On the morning of September 21 (Sat.), we held a weekend guided tour of Murin-an’s garden. Immediately after the tour got started, it began to drizzle, bringing out ripple patterns on the water’s surface. When the rain stopped, our guests’ then turned their eyes toward the moss and enjoyed a relaxing time.
On September 19 (Thurs.), we lit up the garden for a seminar on Noh theater. To allow our participants to experience Noh more intimately, Noh performers Tatsushige and Norishige Udaka and Noh mask carver Udaka Keiko talked about how to appreciate Noh song and dance and how to look at Noh masks and dress.
On top of the leaves of the large maple tree on the north side of Murin-an’s 8-tatami mat space, we found a citrus swallowtail basking in the morning sun. It lay still there until the sun rays had warmed its body up, and then flapped around the maple tree. Later, it flew outside Murin-an in search of nectar from floral nectar. It was a special guest that came to Murin-an to spend the night.
In the garden visible from Murin-an’s reception window, there is a large Kurogane holly. Its foliage was starting to look overgrown so we pruned it. We covered shrubs to avoid damaging them and then removed unnecessary branches from the tree’s crown.
Looking at the tree from below, we could see the gradual increase in the amount of sunlight pouring through it and the brighter feeling that resulted.
On the afternoon of September 12 (Thurs.), we held a kimono wearing school on the second floor of the main house. Our second lesson for September focused on how to tie the kimono’s obi sash. Ms. Mai Ogihara taught us how to wear a kimono Sasashima-style. Come to Murin-an to experience the kimono and also learn about kimono basics!
Our next class will be held on October 2 (Wed.).
The steady rain of cicada chirps that during summer rang from Murin-an to the Higashiyama mountains has died down considerably now, going from a grand chorus to a quartet, and finally to a solo song.
Last week, looking at the garden as a performance hall, it felt as though we were enjoying natural music, with the cicadas’ chirps performing melodies to the continuous accompaniment of the stream’s cascades.
With the passing of just a little more time, we’ll be able to hear yet another concert. And next summer, a grand symphony will resonate from Murin-an’s stage.
When the sun begins setting, we can now see numamutsu (nipponocipris sieboldii) fish leaping from the water’s surface where Murin-an’s stream widens. We don’t know if they’re aiming for insects above the water or if they’re trying to dodge one another after a near-miss encounter underwater, but they leave ripples everywhere.
On the afternoon of August 28 (Wed.), in the 8-tatami mat space of the main house’s first floor, we held a mini-lecture on the Eurasian Nuthatch. While we were explaining why in Japan this bird is called a “forest ninja” and the strange things it does to build a nest, the lecture’s 30 minutes blew by before we knew it.
Today,we are open from 9:00am.
The typhoon has passed, no major damage occurred at Murin-an garden.
Our entire staff awaits your visit to Murin-an today!
We closed the garden 8/15 because of the typhoon.
We will post a notice on this Facebook account when it opens on 8/16.