The rock garden.
Though the rock garden may be placing rocks in a bowl, if you get the opportunity to take part in this calming, and intricate activity, you will find it is a whole lot more. This activity takes patience, as well as a passion for what you are creating. You must feel as though you are standing right in the center of your tiny garden. Using this, I knew where and how to place my rocks and moss. After that, it all fell into place. After all, this tiny garden is perfected from your hands and only limited by your imagination. – Alexander Balog
Japanese gardening with the master.
Little one, where does your heart take you?
Sensei, is it the items in the garden, or the space without, that makes the garden complete?
Master, how does one know when the garden is complete?
Your garden is complete when the heart says it is complete.
Kyoto is stunning. A delightful balance of modern and traditional, young and old, but all maintaining a lovely aesthetic. Imagine anything in the US keeping age-old crafts and precision from hundreds and hundreds of years ago?
Origami, calligraphy, gardening, clothing, cooking, poetry, Geisha, pottery, weaving, figurines, dolls, umbrellas, noodles, rice, shrines. The list seems endless.
And all of it bathed in an ever-present Japanese kindness and respect.
Kyoto is one of the great gems this world has on offer.
We all will miss you.
Growing up with only brothers, I’m not quite sure what exactly is the definition of “a little girls best day ever”, but I suspect heading out in Kyoto with Maman to get kitted up in full makeup as Geisha is pretty darn close.
I believe the story will begin, “Once upon a time…
And rode in a Rickshaw…
And had a jolly photo shoot that I imagine they will both remember for a very long time. My two beautiful Geisha princesses…
“The highly accomplished courtesans of these districts entertained their clients by dancing, singing, and playing music. Some were renowned poets and calligraphers. Gradually, they all became specialized and the new profession, purely of entertainment, arose.” – Wikipedia
Annika’s Musings on the Subject
“Geisha and Meiko by Annika Balog
I went to the Geisha salon. Then I went to the back room. We sat in chairs while the workers put on the make-up. And then we put on the dresses and took our pictures. Then we went outside and took more pictures and went in a rickshaw. I enjoyed it very much. Everyone was waving at me and taking pictures of my mom and me. I hope to do this again someday. And I hope I will enjoy it that day too.”