The Yamabushi – Mountain Monks

Yamabushi in northern Japan practice a once forbidden ancient religion.
While their tradition is at risk of disappearing, it offers a way for
those seeking a different path in Japan‘s society.

Walking barefoot through rivers, meditating under waterfalls and
spending the nights on mountaintops – that is the way of the Yamabushi.
They walk into the forest to die and be born again.

Their teachings of Shugendō 修験道 were first established 1400 years ago
and peaked in popularity during the 17th century,

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3rd December

The Wadaiko player

There is no scores for Wadaiko, the learning and the performs are totaly by memory… and it is a down of time passing from generation to generation.
The concentration needed was so beautifully visible during the performance…

There is no scores in the Wadaiko. Learning and interpretation are totally from memory, and it is a transmission since the down of time, passing from generation to generation.
The needed concentration was so beautifully visible during the performance….

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2nd December

Christina Rossetti

J’aimerais rendre hommage aujourd’hui à une poétesse préraphaélite, qui fut à la fois une des icônes de ce mouvement crée notamment par son frère, et une grande figure artistique de son temps.
Femme engagée, pacifiste, contre l’esclavagisme, féministe et suffragette avant l’heure, elle sacrifia beaucoup à sa foi et son art.

Une grande partie de ses poèmes sont sur poetryfondation


When I am dead,

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1st December

To celebrate the upcoming of the end of the year festivities, I decided on this rather special forward calendar ^^^
One of my photographs highlighted every day but also another post on a theme, an art, something that just have gone straight through my heart ^^
I will try to stick to it during this month ^^

The snow dragon

Not only in the clouds are hidden fabulous beings ^^
I caught this Chinese dragon,

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Shirley Baker

Saturday before leaving London, I visited with a friend The photographers’ Gallery, an amazing place. 🙂

I made a very very great discover as there were the few last days of an exhibition of Shirley Baker’s wonderful work.

it is focused on her 60-70’s view of north England, for a great part Manchester and Salford (because Salford is not Manchester, Christopher Eccleston learned me this 😉 )

I use to prefer the old argentic black and white and Baker was a very engaged artist,

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