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Street – Japan 3:5

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Last November I went on a Textile Tour of Japan with Arena Travel and fell in love with the country, its people and culture. I started to share my trip with you all and then my computer crashed, for good. It took a while for me to get back to normal.  Life bowls along and somehow Japan got left behind, so here we are again with a post full of wonderful memories. (I have put links to previous posts about Japan at the end).

This photo (taken from the coach) is entered in this week’s  Photo Challenge.

The prompt is ‘STREET‘; the Japanese for street is ‘Dori’ as seen on the signpost.

Ronovan’s haiku prompts this week are: CHANGE and MIND

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do you mind if we 

change direction and go South

to catch the sunshine

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In previous posts about the trip I described the tie-dying workshop and wandering around the town of Arimatsu whilst our pieces were drying. We were all (there were 13 of us on the trip) delighted with them when we returned to pick them up

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and had an opportunity to see fabric being prepared for dying in the tiny shop.DSC_0122

Then we set off to visit to a Shibori museum, where more intricate work was being demonstrated DSC_0136

and was on display

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With plenty of opportunities to shop.

Not that I did, but it was fun to look.

Click on any of the photos to see a larger version.

I hope to post more about Japan soon – I have so enjoyed looking through the photos again. Hope you enjoyed the visit.

Here are links to previous posts about my trip to Japan.

Day Three: 4     Narumi

Day Three: 3     Arimatsu

Day Three: 2     tie dye

Day Three: 1     to Nagoya

Day Two: 9        streets around the temple

Day Two: 8       Asakusa Kannon Temple

Day Two: 7       Boro

Day Two: 6       doors and windows

Day Two: 5       a hare in high heels

Day Two: 4       craft centre

Day Two:3              shopping

Japan Day Two: 2 child ceremonies

Japan Day Two:1  bonsai

First Evening in Japan

Work

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beauty created

under pressure and time

by earth and by man

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skills honed from a lifetime’s work

more precious than diamonds and pearls

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Ronovan set us the prompt words of DIAMONDS and PEARLS this week for his haiku challenge.

To marry this challenge with our Photo Prompt of WORK  was a huge challenge and has taken me a while to get there. Go to Cathy’s Post to see more entries and leave a link to your ‘WORK’ photo.

I found it difficult to convey what I wanted to in the 5/7/5 haiku, a few more syllables were needed and so I have written a tanka this week. It does not perfectly fit the ‘rules’ but …

The sentiment is that beauty created by human endeavour and skill is more precious to me than diamonds.

The photo was taken in Mr. Hiroshi Murase’s shop in Arimatsu where we did our tie-dying workshop on my trip to Japan last November. They are preparing the cloth for dying by tying it in intricate patterns.

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Miss E (8) saw me struggling with this challenge and wanted to write a poem using Ron’s prompt words – she wrote:

diamonds and pearls

diamonds and pearls

how lovely they can be

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diamonds and pearls

diamonds and pearls

they form in the sea

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diamonds and pearls

diamonds and pearls

they form under the ground

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diamonds and pearls

diamonds and pearls

all waiting to be found

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this is my poem I hope you like it

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Next Week’s Photo Prompt is

LAYER

 

Vase on Monday – Pink, White and Blue

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In the empty Sparkling Saké (yum!) Bottle is schizostylis, still battling on against the storms and Tiarella Sky Rocket, which I think is supposed to flower in the Spring and has become very confused by our mild October.

Tiarella also in the little dish, which was given to me as a present in Japan. It is the custom to give exchange gifts as visitors depart. I bought the Tiarella from a stall at Winfrith Open Gardens to support the Butterfly Conservation in Dorset.

And joining it is some pink berries from what I think is a pink Symphoricarpos or Snowberry, but you might know better – anyway the bees absolutely go mad for it in late summer.

They sit on a sample of some tie-dye I did whilst I was – guess where! – hmmm –  hope you are not getting bored with references to Japan!

I had never had sparkling saké before – it is delicious and as easy to drink as lemonade, but at 16% proof one needs to be a bit careful.

It is a challenge to take a good photo today as it is soooooo dark here.

Joining in with Cathy’s In a Vase on Monday

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