Many maple leaves and a water fall

Minoh city, northern area in Osaka prefecture, is my hometown.

Looking back my childhood I think that the city was like a village with many open fields, rice pappies and was close to some small mountains.

In a mountain there is an old park, Minoh park, that was set more than one hundred years ago. By a park I don't mean a square nor a plaza but a hiking trail which follows along a brook and the ascendant way leads hikers to a water fall in heart of the mountain.

This way is about three kilometers long from the nearest station and beside it hundreds of maple trees stand in a row. My family sometimes used to walk there with packed lunch in early summer and in autumn.

Walking the path I remembered the days when my parents were young and my brother and sister were very little.

Clustered Yuki-no-shita, Saxifraga stolonifera Curtis, reminds me of my olden days in this season.

A tiny hydrangea is already in bloom. Hello, thank you for welcoming me.

This area is famous for a variety of habitats, monkeys, deer, various kind of insects and river fish. A passenger kindly told me that there were Ōsanshōuo, Japanese giant salamanders, between some small rocks in the river.

The three stone- like round heads slowly moved to breathe.

Some parts of the brook were in emerald by the shining maple young leaves.

These young leaves and the shimmering reflection on water make me think about song in praise of adolescence.

Let me introduce my favourite tanka poem in regard to passion of youth and love.

あの夏の数かぎりなきそしてまたたつた一つの表情をせよ 小野 茂樹
Show me again

the totally unique

and an endless number of

your sign of emotion

that you gave me in that summer

by Shigeki Ono (1936~1969)

28 件のコメント:

Magia da Inês さんのコメント...

❤♡ Olá, amiga!
É tão calmo, tão florido, tão encantador... imagino um passeio num lugar lindo desses.
Bom fim de semana!

Jen さんのコメント...

What a magical park. I can see where your love of nature comes from, and like to imagine you as a child, going on picnics with your family. I have never seen giant salamanders--they ones we have are tiny and colorful (green and orange). That waterfall is magnificent!

Celeste さんのコメント...

Salut Haricot,
Quel plaisir se promener dans un si bel endroit, et terminer par une chute d'eau....C'est peut-être cela le paradis??????

cosmos さんのコメント...


Dave King さんのコメント...

This is all so beautiful, that it's difficult to find a superlative to do justice to this final image. Breathtaking. Thank you so much for this post.

sarah さんのコメント...


haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you for your warm words from Brazil. Your comment always makes me happy!


I was fond of spending my time in some bamboo groves, on trees and in a spacious field when I was child.
I like Nara park which is not far from here, but I feel it man made somehow.
Thank you for your kind words.

Ca fasait tres long temps que je n'avais pas y visite, masi j'ai trouve que l'endroit n'etait pas change beaucoup et ca me faisait plaisir.
Merci pour votre mots, Celeste.


Thank you for your comment. Actually the fall is not so huge, though I felt like I met my old friend.

haricot さんのコメント...


Sy さんのコメント...

what a beautiful place, magic!

snowwhite さんのコメント...
snowwhite さんのコメント...

Whenever I see waterfalls reaching up to the sky, I understand why the ancient people had considered them divine. The waterfall of Minoh seems as if it were connecting the heaven and the earth. Your photo conveys its magnificence and magnitude to me more than 200 %!!

Jenny Woolf さんのコメント...

What beautiful glimpses of peaceful nature. The salamanders look amazing. I wish more maples grew here in England. They're a garden plant here, but I think they look so dainty and I wonder how it would feel to wander through maple woodland.

haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you for visiting my blog again!

I have never known the way of say the word,"magnitude", like this, and tt's wonderful surprise to know. Thank you for encouraging comment.


Without the passenger I did not noticed these salamanders.
In japan many people plant maple trees, shorter than those of wild, in their gardens as well.
Thank you for your visiting.

Marc Sheffner さんのコメント...

Reading your blog reminded me that, as I live abroad, I have no chance to walk the paths where I walked as a child with my parents. That is a precious experience.

I always like to read your selection of Tanka. I wish I could understand Japanese better.

stardust さんのコメント...


In My Wild Eden さんのコメント...

Oh! So beautiful! I love the tanka poem. "that you gave me in that summer"- It (and your whole post) makes me think of my childhood when my family would walk together in the woods behind our home. Thank you for sharing this. The pictures are so beautiful!

Red Rose. さんのコメント...


あの夏の数かぎりなきそしてまたたつた一つの表情をせよ・・・in regard to passion of youth and love.

haricot さんのコメント...


Thank you very much for your comment which is really encouraging.
It's my pleasure to introduce my favourite tanka poems.


I imagine that you were walking with your family in nature.
When I read your poems I feel some nostalgic scenes and your love for nature.

Red Rose

chasing lightning bugs さんのコメント...

i love coming here.....your words and your photos are soothing and beautiful and spark something in me every time.
thank you.

haricot さんのコメント...

chasing lightning bugs

I'm glad to hear that. Thank you so much for coming and having left such kind comment.

☆sapphire さんのコメント...

初夏の水面が翡翠色に映えてステキですね。小野茂樹さんのこの短歌、遠い夏の日を思い出して、その頃に帰ってゆく想いをいだかせます。私、この歌、好きです! それから、haricotさんの・・・蝶眠る野にたまゆらわれは白昼夢見つ とてもステキです。この歌の上に載せておられた写真ともマッチしていて。


haricot さんのコメント...


demie さんのコメント...

This looks like a great place for both kids and parents : )

haricot さんのコメント...


When I was child I saw many monkeys some of them tried to take away our lunch boxes. I din't see any of them this time, a little sad.

Magia da Inês さんのコメント...

Boa semana!

haricot さんのコメント...

Thanks from Japan(^^)/~

Ekaterina Trayt さんのコメント...

Looks like a really nice place! Made me think of Nuuksio national park that is not very far from our home. I like to travel there.

I've never seen a salamander! They are mysterious creatures ^^

haricot さんのコメント...


Domo arigatou!
Have a good week ahead.