Yesterday evening I walked to Kanazawa Castle Park and Kenroku-en to view the changing leaves and yukitsuri (雪つり) lit up. It started out as a beautiful evening. As I strolled around the castle park I kept seeing flashes of light and hearing a rumble. The flashing and rumbling became more frequent and moved closer. The view from the platform near the Kahokumon (河北門) of the approaching storm was fantastic. Lightening danced across the sky, mingling with the clouds and moon. For the time being, however, I was warm and dry.
I moved on to Kenroku-en, following the crowds of people across the street and past various venders. On my way in I stopped to admire seven wagasa (和傘) that were on display. They were protected by plastic sheeting; a good idea considering the approaching storm. Many people stopped to admire the umbrellas. They were lit from behind to showcase their designs.
Walking around Kenroku-en I enjoyed the views of the illuminated trees. The yukitsuri were also quite interesting to look at. I wish I had thought to bring my tripod with me. In order to take photos without upping the ISO on my camera, I had to drop the shutter speed. This has the downside of blur from movement. It was difficult to get a clear shot. Next weekend the light-up is happening again. I plan to head back on Saturday evening with my tripod to get some clearer shots.
After leaving the garden, I decided to stop and get a bowl of udon. Luckily, the udon shop in the basement of M’za was open. It was quite tasty and warmed me up. During my walk from the garden to M’za it had begun to drizzle. By the time I left M’za (about 20-30 minutes later) it was pouring outside. A complete change from earlier in the day, when I did my laundry and hung it outside to dry.
The thunder and lightening continued all night. Even today, although I haven’t heard any thunder, there has been rain and ominous dark clouds swirling about in the sky. Today I went with some of my co-workers to have a health check and flu shot. As we were driving I think I saw some snow on the mountains. Sometimes it was sunny, sometimes it was pouring, and sometimes it was hailing! This means winter has come to the Hokuriku region from what I gather.
Here is the view from my apartment today:
And one last shot from yesterday:
Hope you all enjoyed the photos!
A few terms:
紅葉 / kōyō – The viewing of the changing leaves in autumn
Yukitsuri – Bamboo poles with ropes used to protect trees and shrubs from the heavy snow that falls in Kanazawa
Kahokumon – One of the gates at Kanazawa Castle Park
Kenroku-en – Considered to be one of the top three gardens in Japan