May 7, 2005: Fresh green drive to Aso
|TV said we will have a beautiful day today after a rain. As I have long been wanted to visit Maruyama highland in Yamato town, Kumamoto prefecture, We have decided to drive out there today.|
We checked the route in advance through the internet.
We passed Yamanami Highway heading to Takamori town.
"Koi-nobori",or carp streamers, swing in the May breeze comfortably.
|Neko volcano makes wonderful skyline attracting many picture takers and amateur painters.|
|The sign reads "Yamato town Mamihara district, the very center of Kyushu island."|
|Seiwa Bunraku road station.|
|The banner of Bunraku swing in May breeze at the
entrance of the theater.
Seiwa Bunraku Hall
152 Ohira Yamato town, Kamimashiki-gun, Kumamoto prefecture
On the left is the exclusive theater of Bunraku and round exhibition hall on the right.
|The posters were very good.|
|We saw a video program in the theater. The Bunraku show still lives on in the performances of the farmer actors of today.|
|As a theater was built recently, the Bunraku performance is open on the second and fourth Sunday every month.|
|The representative themes of the performance are Tsubosaka-Reigenki, Keisei Awano-Naruto, Hidakagawa Nyuusou Kaou. A new theme Snow Woman by Koizumi Yakumo (Lafcadio Hearn) was set up two years ago.|
|The wooden structure of the ceiling was very beautiful.|
|You can touch Bunraku dolls in the exhibition hall.|
|A Bunraku doll is operated by three players.|
|Tamamo-no-mae, a beautiful lady. Move your mouse on the picture and watch what happens.A bogy of fox.|
|We headed today's destination after Bunraku Village.|
|We had a kids meeting of Kyushu block at the Friendship Hall here in Maruyama highland.|
|We were welcomed by Ms. Nakamura and Ms. Fujimoto we owed much last year.|
|We were served with fresh local tea and strawberry.|
|The goat family has incresed its number. They were very lovely.|
|Small wild flowers were here and there in the grass field. Watch your step, please.|
|The view was great, indeed.|
|We then visited "Circle Park" designed for aroma-therapy of Alzheimerfs patients.|
|The lavender stocks were planted last year and were growing healthy. I was delighted to see them.|
|The plateau was in its height now.|
|to be continued|