Category Archives: ALAM (NATURE)

JEPANG SIAP MENYAMBUT MUSIM SEMI 2015

Japan Welcomes Spring
with Festivals Across Nation

Every March, Japan says goodbye to winter and welcomes spring with a variety of different festivals. With flowers blooming and spirits high, these festivals are a great chance to experience traditional Japanese culture while enjoying the beauty of spring in Japan. Here are some of our recommendations for some spring festivals around Japan.

Spring in Tokyo Midtown: Midtown Blossom 2015

March 20 (Fri) – April 15 (Wed)

Tokyo Midtown gives visitors an opportunity to enjoy the blooming cherry blossoms in the heart of Tokyo. The garden itself has over 45 types of cherry blossoms. Guests can enjoy the cherry blossoms during the day in the park, or at night when the cherry blossoms are illuminated. The Ritz Carlton Hotel and Italian sparkling wine company Martini also take part in Midtown’s spring festivities with the Blossom Lounge, where visitors can enjoy cherry blossom flavored wine and cherry blossom inspired pastries.
http://www.tokyo-midtown.com/en/

Kashima Spring Festival (Ibaraki)

March 9 (Sat)

The Saito Festival at Kashima Shrine dates back to the Nara Period when soldiers were sent off to work in Kyushu. Before leaving, they would gather at Kashima Shrine to pray for victory in battle and a safe return home. Nowadays, this tradition has become a festival to pray for a good harvest, with locals dressed in traditional clothing holding poles, dancing Soranbushi around a drummer.
http://kashimajingu.jp/

Shonan Enoshima Spring Festival (Kanagawa)

March 14 (Sat) – March 15 (Sun)

Located off the coast of Kamakura, the island of Enoshima welcomes in the spring by holding various events. There will be live music and street performances, as well as a special area just for kids to play. There are also many chances for foreigners to experience traditional Japanese culture such as tea ceremony and haiku writing.
http://www.fujisawa-kanko.jp.e.mz.hp.transer.com/event/spring_f.html

The Kingdom of Flowers and Light Tulip Festival in Huis Ten Bosch (Nagasaki)

March 21 (Sat) – April 13 (Mon)

Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki, celebrates the coming of spring with its tulip festival. With over 700 different varieties of tulips, Huis Ten Bosch boasts the largest tulip collection in Japan. March 21 and April 13 are referred to as “Special Week”, a week where all the tulips on the premises will be in full bloom. Guests can also enjoy the tulips illuminated at night.
http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/event/the_kingdom_of_flowers_and_light_tulip_festival/

119th Mito Plum Festival (Ibaraki)

February 20 (Fri) – March 31 (Tue)

In late February, the plum trees in Kairakuen began to bloom. There are 1,000 trees that include over 100 different variations of plum blossoms. The festival itself takes place over a month, with special culture events such as tea ceremony every weekend. The festival’s finale includes yosakoi dancers and taiko performances.
http://www.mitokoumon.com/festival/ume.html

Omizutori (Water-Drawing) Festival (Nara)

March 1 (Sun) – March 14 (Sat)

Omizutori has been held annually since 752 at Nara’s famous Todaiji and is one of Japan’s oldest festivals. Each day, large torches are lit outside Nigatsudo Hall at Todaiji in a spectacular fire show. At the festival’s peak on the 12th at midnight, 11 special priests (Renhyoshu) draw water from the temple well between 1:30 and 2:30 a.m. (omizutori).
http://www.todaiji.or.jp/contents/function/02-03syunie3.html

Sagicho Festival (Shiga)

March 14 (Sat) – March 15 (Sun)

The Sagicho Festival takes place in Omi-Hachiman City and dates back to the 16th century with the death of Oda Nobunaga and the subsequent burning of his castle. The 13 neighborhoods where the old castle used to stand prepare intricate platforms of straw. At the climax of the festival on Sunday evening, all of the platforms are set on fire.
http://www.biwako-visitors.jp/search/event_801.html

33rd Higashi Village Azalea Festival (Okinawa)

March 1 (Sun) – March 22 (Sun)

Okinawa’s Higashi Village also joins in Japan’s spring festivities with what it claims to be Japan’s earliest azalea festival. The festival, which takes place in Azalea Park about 500 meters away from the highway, boasts 50,000 azalea blossoms. The festival itself is spread out over a month with various events scattered throughout the festival period.
http://yanbaru-hanameguri.jp/guide/higashi.html

[ Japan Today ]

Henri Daros

A RARE MOMENT WITH A LOVELY LITTLE FRIEND

 [ location: nanzan campus ]

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almost every day those little birds merrily play around, both in a ‘biwa’ tree
in front of the windows of my residence near the campus
and in the campus area;

this afternoon, surprisingly enough, a little bird lands right in front of me
in the quiet campus yard, when I’m about to enter the building
of my office, blocking my way, toddling to and fro, back and forth,
tweeting eagerly, causing me to stop and take pictures …
until finally it moves on, on its own way;
so sweet, so lovely!

(foto henri daros)

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si burung kecil
tertatih-tatih di jalan sepi 
entah apa yang dicari
mencicit tanpa henti …

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apa rezeki yang dipikir 
hingga kau enggan menepi
biar kucari jalan lain
asal kau nyaman dan pasti …

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KETIKA KAMPUS BERBALUT SALJU …….

 PANORAMA KAMPUS NAGOYA, UNIVERSITAS NANZAN
SAAT SALJU PERTAMA MUSIM DINGIN DESEMBER 2014

[ The First Snowfall of Winter, December 2014, in Nagoya,
with a Special Snow Panorama of Nanzan Campus ]

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The main gate, south entrance … (Foto Henri Daros)

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         salju, turun juga akhirnya
        dalam sunyi, tanpa bunyi
     anggun dan lembut ….
membungkam alam
mendekap bumi ….

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The administration building … (Foto Henri Daros)

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The library … (Foto Henri Daros)

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The sport-center building … (Foto Henri Daros)

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The main street / the campus yard … (Foto Henri Daros)

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The main street / the campus yard … (Foto Henri Daros)

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The Pache Square … (Foto Henri Daros)

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The ‘Green Area’ … (Foto Henri Daros)

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Part of ‘Pache Square’ … (Foto Henri Daros)

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Part of ‘Logos Center’ building … (Foto Henri Daros)

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‘Christmas Grotto’ in the campus yard (1) … (Foto Henri Daros)

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‘Christmas Grotto’ in the campus yard (2) … (Foto Henri Daros)

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The city of Nagoya, taken from Nanzan Campus on the hill (Foto Henri Daros)

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Eastern view of the city of Nagoya (Foto Henri Daros)

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Western view of Nagoya City (Foto Henri Daros)

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Nagoya, 18 Desember 2014
Henri Daros

WINTER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER

A COLD DRIZZLY WEEKEND …

in the main yard, nanzan nagoya campus (photo henri daros)

in the main yard, nanzan nagoya campus (photo henri daros)

Akhir Pekan Pertama
Desember 2014

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                                             Hujan turun rintik-rintik
                                             Dedaun gugur gemerisik
                                             Dingin tambah menggigit
                                             Salju mulai mengintip … ?

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nanzan nagoya campus (photo henri daros)

the peaceful corner at the weekend, nanzan nagoya campus (photo henri daros)

December 6, 2014
Henri Daros

ONTAKE, GUNUNG API YANG MENDADAK MELETUS

SUDDEN ERUPTION OF VOLCANO VERY RARE

By AFP
Japan Today, September 30, 2014

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The suddenness of the eruption of Japan’s Mount Ontake volcano is an extremely rare phenomenon which makes it impossible to take precautionary measures, French volcanologist Jacques-Marie Bardintzeff says.

After 35 years without a major eruption, the 3,067-meter volcano in central Japan reawakened on Saturday, spewing a deadly blanket of ash, rocks and steam down slopes popular with hikers.

Bardintzeff, of the Universities of Paris-Sud Orsay and Cergy-Pontoise, said in an interview that such sudden eruptions were rare.

“In general when a volcano becomes actives, certainly after 30 or 40 years (of dormancy) which is short, we normally expect 24 to 72 hours of warning, The magma moves, micro-seismic movement is registered.. there are changes in temperature.”

Normally that is enough time to alert people living in the area to evacuate or to ban access to the site in a tourist area, he explained.

However, eruptions which occur with only minutes of warning are not unknown.

The Ontake eruption, in which more than 30 people are feared to have died, was not only sudden but was particularly dangerous as there were so many people about on a busy weekend.

The mountain is popular with hikers, particularly in late September when the autumn colors make for dramatic scenery.

“A combination of factors turn this into a catastrophe,” said Bardintzeff, adding that there were different explanations for the unexpected eruption. “The magma could have found a crack which allowed it to rise up in a single stroke. This is very rare.”

There is also another feared type of eruption called hydrovolcanic or phreatomagmatic eruptions.

“Often there are pockets of water in volcanoes. When the magma rises and a wave of heat accompanies it. The water can be quickly vaporised, creating high pressure like in a pressure cooker.

“If this pressure is greater than the resistance of the earth above it, all the rocks are pulverised into fragments known as cinder bombs,” the volcanologist explained.

This type of eruption is particularly dangerous precisely because of the speed of events, with no real signs of what is about to happen.

Without more sophisticated seismological equipment than is currently available “unfortunately we are helpless,” in such cases, Bardintzeff said.

For the time being no hypothesis has been confirmed as the reason behind the sudden Japanese eruption.

Mount Ontake is a classic Japanese volcano, he explained.

“Japan is a land of volcanoes, with a complex geodynamic system. There are many which erupt in turn.”

They are usually of an explosive nature and the plumes of ash and smoke 11 kilometers high, seen in the latest case, are reasonably standard, he added.

“What is exceptional is the fact that it was so sudden.”

© 2014 AFP

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Smoke rises from Mount Ontake, which straddles
the Nagano-Gifu prefectural border [ AFP-JIJI ]

BIWA (LOU-GWAT / LOQUAT), LAGI MUSIMNYA!

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Terbangun di pagi yang cerah hari ini
oleh kicau dan cicit burung besar dan kecil
yang ribut menikmati ranum dan lezatnya ‘biwa’
di balik jendela kamar …
Enam foto berikut ini adalah saksinya.

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(Foto: Henri Daros)

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Tentang buah ‘biwa’, silakan baca tulisan berikut ini yang dikutip dari akun Facebook saya tertanggal 16 Juni 2011. Pada akun FB tersebut tulisan berikut ini dilengkapi dengan album berisikan 19 foto ‘biwa’ yang diambil ‘on the spot’ pada waktu itu. Jika berminat, silakan mampir ke sana.

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BIWA:

BUKAN BUAH SEMBARANG BUAH

Bahwa setiap hari selama sepekan terakhir cicit burung-burung kecil di balik jendela kamar kediaman saya terdengar jauh lebih ramai dari biasa, itu semata-mata tegal ‘biwa’.

Ranting-ranting pohon ‘biwa’ yang tinggi menjulang dengan dedaunannya yang hijau gelap itu memang merupakan peneduh di saat matahari bersinar panas.

Namun kali ini buah-buahnya yang lebat dan menguning jelas menampilkan pesona tersendiri pula, termasuk buat burung-burung kecil itu.

‘Biwa’ memang sedang musimnya, dan burung-burung selalu lebih awal mengendusnya.

Terhibur menyaksikan burung-burung itu berloncatan dari ranting ke ranting mencicipi buah-buah ranum nan manis itu, namun tak urung terpikir juga apakah masih akan tersisa buat pemiliknya. Pemilik? Burung-burung itu jelas tak peduli.

Syukur sang petugas di tempat kediaman sudah menjadwalkan hari petik dan pangkas, sambil menjamin bahwa ‘panen’ tetap berlimpah kendati terjadi serbuan awal oleh pasukan burung itu. Benar juga!

Sejumlah gambar pun diambil dan ditampilkan di album ini disertai rasa penasaran karena ‘biwa’ tak pernah terlihat di tanah air. Ataukah memang terlewat dari pengamatan saya? (NB. Albumnya ada di akun Facebook)

Jepang memang negeri penghasil terbesar ‘biwa’, disusul berturut-turut oleh Israel dan Brasil, meskipun asal-usulnya konon dari wilayah tenggara Cina dan dikenal dengan nama ”lou-gwat’. Karena itu di pelbagai tempat buah ini dikenal pula dengan nama ‘loquat’.

Tengok saja di toko buah-buahan atau pasar swalayan pada hari-hari ini. Tertarik oleh informasi, semalam ketika keluar untuk berbelanja buah-buahan, dijepret juga beberapa deretan ‘biwa’ yang dipajang di tempat penjualan.

Dibeli juga? Tentu tidak. Sekadar membandingkan. Sendiri punya ‘biwa’ di rumah, segar pula karena langsung dipetik dari pohonnya. Dua gambar dari pasar swalayan itu melengkapi album ini. (NB. Albumnya ada di akun Facebook)

Hingga beberapa waktu mendatang, tentu saja, bakal tiada hari tanpa ‘biwa’.
Bukan lagi di balik jendela kamar saya, tempat burung-burung kecil itu berpesta, tapi di meja makan pemiliknya.

Bukan buah sembarang buah, buah ‘biwa’ nikmat rasanya.

Logos Center, 16 Juni 2011

Henri Daros

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YAMA-NO-HI / MOUNTAIN DAY / HARI GUNUNG

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Mountain Scenery, Japan

Mountain Scenery, Japan

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Japan Sets Mountain Day
as New Public Holiday on Aug 11 from 2016

[ Japan Today, May 23, 2014 ]

Japan on Friday established Mountain Day as its new public holiday, taking the annual total to 16.

Legislation to create the new holiday on August 11 was enacted after passing through the upper house with the support of a majority of ruling and opposition lawmakers, a parliamentary official said.

It came after the Japanese Alpine Club and other mountain-related groups lobbied for the bill, claiming that Japan—where Shintoism’s animistic beliefs have shaped the culture—needed to celebrate its mountains.

Japan already marks Marine Day, which is sometimes translated as Ocean Day, on the third Monday of July.

The legislation states that the day is designed to share “opportunities to get familiar with mountains and appreciate blessings from mountains.”

A large chunk of Japan’s landmass is mountainous, and walking or trekking is a popular pastime, particularly among older Japanese.

The mountains also bless Japan with excellent skiing throughout the winter, with foreign visitors raving about the quality of the snow.

Once Mountain Day takes effect from 2016, Japan will have 16 official holidays a year, the highest tally among the Group of Eight major powers, and double the number observed in Britain.

And, unlike Britain, where many of the days off are known only as “bank holidays”, each of Japan’s rest days celebrates something specific.

These include Children’s Day, Coming-of-Age Day, Constitution Day and National Foundation Day.

Japan has steadily added to its total of days off in recent decades, along with switching from a six-day working week to five days as the country’s economy has matured.

This is at least in part an effort to tame the tendency particularly prevalent among office workers to put in long hours and not to take time off, with observers saying the reluctance is borne of an unwillingness to burden colleagues with extra work.

While Europeans tend to take long summer holidays, in which they will use up two or more weeks of their annual leave at once, many Japanese limit their time away to extended weekends.

It is not unusual for employees to forgo up to half of their annual leave every year, although this is changing among younger Japanese.

Japanese employees worked an average of 2,031 hours a year in 1990, compared with 1,831 in the United States and 1,578 hours in Germany, according to the Japan Institute for Labor Policy and Training.

The number, however, declined nearly 15% to 1,728 hours in 2011, falling below those in the United States, Italy or New Zealand, according to the government-backed organization.

(c) 2014 AFP

Mount Fuji, Japan

Mount Fuji, Japan

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Source:
Japan Today, National News
May 23, 2014

henri daros

 

PESONA SAKURA DI ANTARA BETON-BETON KOTA

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The Enchantment of  Sakura In Between the City Walls
A Gentle Thrill in the Beginning of Spring 2014

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“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.” 
(Rainer Maria Rilke)

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pesona sakura … (foto: henri daros)

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pesona sakura … (foto: henri daros)

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pesona sakura … (foto: henri daros)

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pesona sakura … (foto: henri daros)

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pesona sakura … (foto: kanako kobayashi)

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pesona sakura … (foto: noriko hirano)

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pesona sakura … (foto: kanako kobayashi)

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pesona sakura … (foto: henri daros)

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”If people did not love one another, I really don’t see
what use there would be in having any spring.”
(Victor Hugo, Les Misérables)

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nagoya, march 29, 2014
henri daros

ON MY WAY BACK TO NAGOYA, FROM JAKARTA

that peaceful dawn!
(march 26, 2014 / flight SQ672)

on my way back to the land of the rising sun
greeted by a peaceful piece of dawn over taiwan …

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fajar nan teduh itu!
(26 maret 2014 / penerbangan SQ672)

saat balik ke negeri matahari terbit
disambut goresan fajar nan teduh di atas taiwan …

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a pecaful dawn over taiwan ... (photo: henri daros)

a peaceful dawn over taiwan … (photo: henri daros)

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DEDICATION

My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to all of you …
The Families of All Passengers of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
in this very difficult time.

They are always with you and they are in God’s hands.

With Love,
Henri Daros

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WHEN THE SUNSET SMILES OVER NAGOYA CITY

“Peace is seeing the sunset and knowing who to thank.”

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sunset over nagoya (photo: henri daros)

sunset over nagoya (photo: henri daros)

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Sunset over Nagoya, taken from L-Bldg, 3rd Floor
Nanzan Campus, Friday, January 17, 2014, 5pm

[Matahari terbenam di ufuk barat Kota Nagoya]

(Photo: Henri Daros)

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