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Up the mountain
On Friday me and shayera visited Mt. Hiei, where we took the chance to check out the garden they've got right on top of the mountain. It's called a "Garden Museum", and there are reproductions of paintings by various famous European (mostly French) artists among the little winding paths and colorful greenery.

I'm not usually a big fan of plants, but it was a spectacular experience, especially with the magnificent view afforded through the location. We could see both the city of Kyoto, and Lake Biwa, which is on the other side of the mountains from Kyoto's side. Otsu looked like a tiny Lego town, and the boats sailing the lake were just a scattering of white against the glittering expanse. And the flowers were quite gorgeous.

My brother pointed me to a new web photo software JAlbum, and I've beating myself about not finding out about it sooner. It makes things so easy! So now there are pictures up, from the Mt. Hiei & Garden Museum visit. Worth a click, even if you're not usually into plants!

Feeling: cheerful cheerful
Listening to: Joe Hisaishi - Sanpo

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stitcher2ficcer From: stitcher2ficcer Date: August 27th, 2006 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, ooh, I want to go here next time we visit Gnine and Xparrot! BEAUTIFUL pictures! The views are breathtaking, and the gardens are really lovely. Very Western compared to the gardens we visited in Japan. You have some lovely close-ups of some of the flowers (I particularly like the off-center close-up of the orange/peach/white dahlia), and great captures of butterflies and moths. And this album software is very easy to use. The second picture looks like it was taken from a tram or ski lift car? Is that how you got up there?

Thanks for sharing!! I wish you could convince a certain friend of yours to get off her duff and post some of her pictures, along with an occasional expository post about where she's been and what she's seen. We STILL haven't seen her pictures of the Gion Festival or Comiket or the August fire-on-the-mountain festival (the name of which I can't remember). We get far more details of life in Japan from you than we do from her and her sister, alas. *Sigh.*
ex_naye320 From: ex_naye320 Date: August 27th, 2006 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm glad you liked them! And you should - I have a feeling it's a gorgeous garden during the whole season. It had an extremely western feel, with the gazebos and western paintings and the little pond with bridges...

There are several ways of getting up the mountain, but on one the last stretch is a ski lift! Or - ropeway, I think they call it. It's fun!

Well, in their defense, they both have full time jobs, whereas I'm doing nothing all day long. Plus my internet connection is much more cooperative, and I'm much more interested in photography. But I'm really glad you enjoy the pictures I put up! It always makes me happy that people actually look at my stuff, and it's even better when they like it. So, thank you for your comments. ♥
avalonjones From: avalonjones Date: August 27th, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wow, those black butterflies are gorgeous! And the gardens are too. Your photos are excellent--thanks for letting us see!
ex_naye320 From: ex_naye320 Date: August 28th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC) (Link)
The first time I saw one of those huge black butterflies - in the city - I thought I was hallucinating. Or something. In manga they always seem to have a connection to the supernatural/death, and so I was half expecting it to just flicker out of existance while I was looking at it. It didn't, but it was still a strange moment - I hadn't known they were actually real! They're really amazing.

And thank you! I screwed up a bunch of shots this time because I misjudged the light, but fortunately there were still a couple of good ones in the batch. Glad you liked!
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