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Red Spider Lilies! In Chichibu

Red Spider Lilies at the Miyama Flower Park in HIno, Arakawa, Chichibu.

Red Spider Lilies, known by the nickname of “autumn equinox flowers” in Japanese are flowering everywhere along the sides of the roads here at the moment, and also in this lovely flower park. I got sidetracked trying to photograph the pussycats playing!

Red Spider Lilies Chichibu

 

 

What is pussy looking at?

playing together!

Little puddytat likes to knock over the flowers!

 

 

Playful pussycat

Lovely Lilies!!

 

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Posted by on September 21, 2017 in seasonal harvests and flowers

 

Chichibu Red Buttercups, Ryokami, Ogano

Another favourite place! The “fukujuso” or yellow buttercups are flowering at Mt. Azumaya, Ryokami, Ogano, just behind Ryokami Michinoeki, also called “yakushi-no-yu onsen”. The Robai (“wintersweet”) were also in flower and their fragrance was divine. There are also a a few “Chichibu-beni” red buttercups which the local council is trying to propagate. Move over winter, spring is here. Yey!

Let’s start with yellow!

buttercups at Mt. Azumaya

buttercups at Mt. Azumaya

dear adorable buttercups

dear adorable buttercups

 

Chichibu-beni red buttercups I wonder why

Chichibu-beni red buttercups I wonder why

Chichibu-beni red buttercups at Mt. Azumaya. They flower a little later than the yellow buttercups. dsc00516

See Mt. Buko in the distance.

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In the buttercup season the local council opens up this old house as a resting spot.

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And just to brighten things up, more buttercups:

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Come and visit my instagram (neezie1608) for a short video clip.

 

Taiyoji Temple, Chichibu

This is one of the two most beautiful spots in Chichibu, Taiyoji temple in the middle of the mountains of Otaki. A little remote and so peaceful, and the priest so friendly, and his dog so naughty, or playful you could say. Watch out if you take your shoes off, the dog might run off with one and throw it over the cliff! People can come and stay overnight and he teaches meditation in the meditation hall, with its fabulous views of the mountains. He even made an outdoor rock bath for guests.

come and play!

come and play!

Taiyoji Temple main building

Taiyoji Temple main building

Enma-sama

Enma-sama

Enma sama

Enma sama

Apparently in Japan, if a child is naughty, their mother says that Enma-sama (scary God) will come and get them. One friend even showed me an app on their iPad where they could dial up Enma-sama in front of the child and tell him what the child had done, and Enma-sama would answer! I thought that was a bit over-doing it. Way too scary.

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History

History

It seems there has been a temple here since 1313, and it was at one time especially for women, who were banned from setting foot on some of the other sacred mountains and temples. It is amazing to imagine people walking all the way up here centuries ago, in such a mountainous and forested area. It is only a stone’s throw on to Mitsumine Shrine at the top of the mountain, another great spot, but the narrow mountain road is totally overcrowded on some weekends and the first of every month when people go to buy some special charms, as it is being marketed as a “power spot”.

the walk back to the main road

the walk back to the main road

A real power spot.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2016 in walks and places to go

 

A walk in the neighborhood

It was only late afternoon but the grey sky made it seem later. The days are beginning to shorten.

These are from my neighborhood.

Soba (buckwheat) field in Autumn

Soba (buckwheat) field in Autumn

Chichibu Railway

Chichibu Railway

Kura (warehouse)

Kura (warehouse)

Well

Well (behind the wall)

Fabulous carport

Fabulous carport

"Streetview"

“Streetview”

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another streetview

another streetview

yep, another “streetview”..

There goes another rainy day.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Red Spider Lily!!

We went for a drive today over the mountains to Higashi-Chichibu-mura, a village east of Chichibu, to buy vegetables at the farmer’s market  there as they always have a great variety of local vegetables. Figs were in season as well as many types of mushrooms. The Red Spider Lilies were in bloom along the river in front of the shop and an old guy was trying to pick walnuts from a very tall walnut tree.

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Red Spider Lilies

Red Spider Lilies

 

More Red Spider Lilies!

More Red Spider Lilies!

 

The Red Spider Lily!

The Red Spider Lily!

This is the brochure for the red spider lilies at Koma on the Seibu Chichibu train line. The flowers are called “higan-bana” in Japanese as they flower around the “higan” week (a Buddhist holiday or a special time to visit graves) around the autumn equinox.

On our way back from Higashi-Chichibu-mura we went past the wonderful “kogen bokujo” farm on the top of the mountain. Can you see the sign?

One last photograph……..

Chichibu Kogen Bokujo

Chichibu Kogen Bokujo

 

 

 
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Posted by on September 17, 2016 in walks and places to go

 

Beetroot Boast!

Well, I can’t help myself. I have to put up some photos of our fabulous beetroot harvest! We rent a little plot of land to grow vegetables in Ryokami, a 15 minute drive away, because we cannot grow veggies in our garden. The monkeys would eat them all.

We planted the beetroot at the beginning of April, just after planting the potatoes, and started harvesting in mid-June. We ate some of the beetroot leaves too. Very handy!

Detroit red beetroot

Detroit red beetroot

June harvest:

Beetroot and the beetroot leaves in the vase

Beetroot and the beetroot leaves in the vase

Still harvesting and pickling in August

Still harvesting and pickling in August

This is the tip of the iceberg! More beetroot yet to pickle!

Just some of our beetroot pickles

Just some of our beetroot pickles

I cannot interest my local Japanese friends in the beetroot though. They have never seen it before and don’t like the color or taste. But it is so much fun to grow, and was one of the vegetables I missed in Japan.

My garlic were much more favorably received though……And that was a mega-harvest too.  Ciao for now!

a little garlic boast

a little garlic boast

 

 
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Posted by on August 2, 2016 in veggie garden

 

Callistemon thriving in Chichibu!

Without looking very hard, so far I have noticed five callistemon (bottle brush plants native to Australia) flowering profusely in Chichibu.

It’s nice to see another Australian blooming in Chichibu!

This one is in my neighborhood:

 

lovely bottle brush in Chichibu

lovely bottle brush in Chichibu

 

Australian bottle brush in Chichibu

Australian bottle brush in Chichibu

 

Australian plant blooming in Chichibu!

Australian plant blooming in Chichibu!