Wednesday, December 12, 2018



Open space providing beautiful colors at the end of the fall,text  by Renny Yaniar, photos were taken from google, by darmansjah godjali.

Verdant grass like carpet. Trees with large girth, which also shows its age, a fence. Strong branches combined with foliage that displays beautiful colors. In the center, the lake reflects the surrounding landscape. Meanwhile, the sun provides warmth on a cold day in late autumn.

I was enjoying Nara Park, about 1.5 hour bus ride from Osaka, occupies the northeast of the city. Green open space of about three and a half times that of the football complex in Madrid Santiagou Barnebau is established since 1880. Not only exudes beauty flora, garden exhaling peace. Young and old, men and women, to families of students in uniform looks so vibrant despite the winter winds begin to address.

Todai-ji temple buddha forms are located in Nara park was amazing

The lovers of the open space that not only play with others. Among them are those who are interested in observing or interacting with a herd of sika deer that inhabit the park. Animal enthusiasts of this plant is already accustomed to the crowds. The deer came to the Japanese mainland in the Ice Age passing among men pleasure. For visitors who come from far away, the deer become the object of an eternal companion in the picture - a picture together.

I deplore the behavior of visitors to feed the tame deer herd. Addition will interfere with digestion, deer are ruminant mammals. I was stroking his chest when he saw an old lady handed me a tissue and immediately eat a deer. Something that is unacceptable imitated!

So why would they be allowed to roam free? The deer is a symbol of Nara. According to legend, the god who fell to earth riding a white deer, and since then, the deer was considered sacred. Killing deer is considered the incarnation of the god could be sentenced to death. But after World War II, no longer considered sacred deer but became a protected species. In fact, deer become 'a national treasure' for the Japanese. Perhaps, it is this which encourages parents advocate children feed the deer. Around the park, there are many vendors who provide visitors biscuit that can be purchased as a feed.

Nara-koen not the only attractions. However, Nara becomes a window. There are a lot of art during China, Korea, and ancient India, even Persian. That's why, at the north end of the city Nara River valley is always crowded with tourists.

Just a few steps from the northwest Nara Park, Todaiji Temple there, which are 16 meters tall Buddha statue. This is the world's largest bronze statue. In addition, there are other temples, such as Kofuku-ji, Saidai-ji, Kasuga Tisha Shrine, and Shin Yakushi-ji. About five miles to the west of the city center are Toshoda-ji temple. Cult building which was built in the center of the school's 759 Buddha Ritsu.

Do not miss Horyu-ji Temple was founded by Prince Shotoku in 607. Temple complex, which hold more than 2,300 historical objects has gained the status of world heritage sites of Unesco. Learning culture is certainly exciting. Moreover, while enjoying a variety of flowers.


Transportation: When using Japan Railways train line, take the train Miyakoji which operates every thirty minutes and will cost about USD90 from between Kyoto and Nara station. When choosing Kintetsu line, of Kyoto only takes about 35 minutes (about USD18)

Accommodation: There Nara Hotel (from $ 250), Asukaso (from USD275) Nara Washington Hotel (from USD55). Hotel Fujita Nara (from USD65) Hotel Nikko Nara (from USD 125).

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Test sake in Arashiyama

Test sake in Arashiyama

BY Danie Satrio, executive summary by darmansjah

I headed west from downtown Kyoto. To travel about 30 minutes, I arrived at the
Arashiyama - Sagano. Located at the foot of the mountains. Arashiyama bamboo forest popular will, rivers, mountains, dozens of temples, as well as the architecture of the village with a value authentic maintained for hundreds of years. I just wanted to remind, do not take a trip to this place during the summer. The weather is really to grip.

According to records, travelers can enjoy the natural beauty of
Arashiyama with various modes of transport. If you want to enjoy the panoramic view of the river can choose the boat. Meanwhile, any road there are two options: bus or train. I decided to choose the path of water and land. As soon as I was riding the bus stop in Kameoka station, I boarded a boat from the river towards the bridge Hozugawa Togetsukyo, which became the main meeting point of tourists in Arashiyama.

The view along the river have indulged my sense of sight for about two hours. Although not fluent in English, the crew kept telling me about the history of some point on the river side which is considered sacred by the locals. Not afraid of hunger or thirst during the journey, because there are some floating stalls that provide snacks and cold drinks.

Arriving at the end, I chose the bicycle laneways continue my search to the region. I'm spending 1000 yen of the pocket so that I may wind up the area by train. After clearing rental business, I soon observed that alley between buildings hundreds of years old.

I decided
to stop in front of one of the buildings. This is one of the oldest sake brewery in Arashiyama. Established since 1717, branded Heart Land sake brewery that also serves well as a restaurant-cum-club jazz. That's because Ashimori-san, the master brewer who is also a direct descendant of the founder of Heart Land, is a jazz maniac.

"Indonesia? I got this ..., "said the long-haired man with a sober English, while showing CD" Simak Dialog "-one of Indonesia's top jazz band-collection. "I love their music. They are genius? "
then asked me to try out Japan's homemade wine.

"You can see, the older the age of sake, the darker the color close to the color of whiskey," he said while pouring wine from a variety of age-making into a glass and invited me to try one by one while eating confectionary.

There are
five glasses should I try. The older age of sake, I feel the 'kick' stronger alcohol. "Be careful with this one," he said, pointing Ashimori-san dark glass of sake about 20 years old. Maybe he saw my face began to redden.

There are five glasses should I try. The older age of sake, I feel the 'kick' stronger alcohol. "Be careful with this one," he said, pointing Ashimori-san dark glass of sake about 20 years old. Maybe he saw my face began to redden.

Sure enough, just a small sip, my stomach started to react and this head was spinning fast. Well, I give up! I was forced to admit defeat in the experts. He just laughed understand. From this I learned that the bike anyway, summer, and test sake, not a right blend.

To neutralize the great influence of sake in the body and head, I decided to try out the Romantic Train. This is a series of old railway pacing along the banks of the River Hozu. The road is more or less similar to a boat trip I've lived before. Only the scenery just a little change. Point of view. Hehmm ... may be the influence of sake Heart Lane is still too strong.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018


By Hesti Setiarini, executive summary by darmansjah

EVERY 3rd of March the Japanese people celebrate Hina Matsuri. This means that the doll festival or often called Festival Girl. This celebration began with a game-princess dolls princess during the Heian (794-1185) called with contempt Asobi (royal princess doll play). The game consists of a complete set of dolls (dolls prince, princess royal, ladies in waiting and court musician). Doll with kimono style Heian period it describes the traditional marriage ceremony. Composed entirely irregular in seven steps according with royal order of status or hierarchy.

Top of the stairs. Two dolls that symbolize the prince (odairi sama) and daughter (ohina sama) is placed on the top.

jinrikisha towing close to-ji temple in the Shingon, not far from kyoto

Second ladder . Tia doll princess palace (san-nin Kanjo) were placed on this ladder. Third princess castle memawa equipment drinking sake (Sakazuki). Two other castle princess doll carrying pots of sake and sake containers. Typically ornate sign of happiness pine leaves, bamboo leaves, and flowers ume.

Third place
. Two puppet minister (Daijin) consisting of ministers right (udaijin) and the minister left (sadaijin) is in third place. Dolls pictured right young minister, while the minister left the doll looks older. From the point of view of an observer, the minister of the right to the left, while the ministers were left to the right.

enjoy Arashiyama bamboo forest by climbing jinrikisha 

Fourth . Five musicians doll man (gonin byashi) is in third. The four musicians each carrying a music instrument, except the singer ykang bring folding fans. Equipment brought music each musician is taiko, okawa, kotsuzumi, and flute.

fifth. In this section he placed three stuffed messenger (Shicho) three each carrying a package containing caps (daigoasa) brought it with a stick, the shoes are placed on a tray, and umbrella length when closed. In another version of the doll, the runner man carrying a bamboo rake and broom.

and seventh. Contains a variety of goods 'delivery' or wedding gifts that are intended for the bride as a dressing table, a wardrobe, a container of delicious meals, up to the sedan or wagon as well as transport cattle