Friday, July 17, 2009

Forest and Waterfall, in summer at Tempura

Hi, this is chikae ella, an officer of Tempura SIM.

With the coming of summer, all natures over hill and dale turn into flushing greenness. In the USA, a jealousy is said as “green-eyed monster”, but the green color has different meaning in Japan.

Psychologically, it is said that green color stabilizes mental balance, and heals fatigue of the eye or stiffness in the shoulder. In Japan, green is not a single color and there are many kinks of delicate name used, such as yellowish green, deep green, bright green, or spring-green.

The summer forest in Tempura spreads toward left from the entrance to the castle. We tried to let this forest have a healing power by the green color, and also to create a nostalgic fairy-tale world. Please step in very slowly. Exuberant green towering trees, green ground surface firmly trodden, easy to walk on, the golden sunlight passing through the greens. They are giving off an atmosphere that the seven dwarfs of Snow White might appear unexpectedly behind a large tree and invite you to the dance.

Please step forward in the heart of the forest. Together with a roar, a realistic and splendid water fall will welcome you.
In Japan, from mythological times, a waterfall has been preserved with care as a sanctuary where forest spirits gather together.

When a mountain priest of Buddhism called Yamabushi performs the ascetic practices hiding oneself in a mountain retreat, he trains one’s mind and body by performing cold water ablutions by a fall in a white clothing, numerating a sutra. Even in the very deep of winter, it is said that the body will be warmed up amazingly while coming under the holly waterfall.

There is a famous folk tale called “Yourou no Taki” (Waterfalls for the Aged)

Once upon a time, there were a father and a son, wood cutters, living in a forest. The son knew that his aged father liked sake, more importantly. But they were so poor that he could not buy sake for father. One day, the son lost his way in a forest, and ran into a beautiful waterfall. He took a sip of the waterfall. Surprisingly it was sake coming down the fall. It was a gift from heaven for the dutiful son. The waterfall was named as “Waterfalls for the Aged” by the emperor, and had allayed many people’s thirst since then.

Fairy tales and folk stories go well together with the forest and waterfall at Tempura.
The large green trees and the blessed waterfall will surely bring you healing and solace. Please visit the summer forest of Tempura for dating with your best fellow or for picnic with your friends.
Looking forward to seeing you!

::: てんぷらの夏の森と滝 :::

こんにちわ、てんぷらシムオフィサーのchikae ella です。









Photograph by kikunosuke Eel