August 23, 2012

What a Wonderful World

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom for me and you
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

 Buds of lotus flowers are dozing, dreaming of tomorrow.

"Krokodil Krokodil (わにくん)" by Peter Nickl and Binette Schroeder.  
How beautifully  pure lotus buds are depicted! 
This book was chosen as "The most beautiful book in the world" in 1977.

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world

 "Going through a thatch ring" ceremony for purification

The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky
Are also on the face of people going by
I see friends shaking hands, saying how do you do
They're really saying, I love you

Michael  Jackson Dancing Tribute in Nara

I hear babies cry, I watch them grow
They'll learn much more than I'll ever know
And I think to myself, what a wonderful world
Yes, I think to myself, what a wonderful world

(What A Wonderful World by George David Weiss & G. Douglass)

What A Wonderful World With David Attenborough,  BBC

visit "Our World" and see more!!


  1. wonderful pictures :) i loved those shire pictures and lotus :)
    so refreshing to start my by looking through these pictures.
    have a wonderful day :)

  2. Your photos are gorgeous. I especially love the sunflowers and the silhouetted lanterns against the sky.

  3. I came back and took a breath because of the hot day...but yes, when I see around me so many wonderful things singing their precious lives. Thank you very much for these phrases and especially for your wonderful photos!!

  4. Marvelous...
    Thanks to share !


  5. When I finished reading your post, I realized I was sitting here with a huge soppy grin. It's one of the most beautiful summer posts I've read. Thank you so much!

    PS: Every time you change your top photo, it's more stunning than the previous one.

  6. I just love this new post !!! There is so much life in it... The first pics with the deers are extraordinary, the fiels with Lotus is marvellous, your sunflowers are so well photographied... I find the picture with the monks (or pirests ?) carying umbrellas so amazing in its very unique composition ! The temple by night is really gorgeous ; and the pictures of the festival are so colorful, so full of life...

    Nice choice of music too...

    I have to visit Japan once in my life, really !

    Thanks for sharing so much with us...

    In what I've blogged recently, I suggest this :

    and this :

    I'm sure you will like those two very much.

  7. とても素晴らしいブログです。 写真もとても綺麗で感動しました。


  8. Wow wow wow - all your photos are so gorgeous and so full of beauty.

  9. Oh, what a wonderful post! Overwhelmingly beautiful pictures and words to go with!
    There're so many unfair, unreasonable, sad things happening in this world, still no doubt what a wonderful world it is!

  10. How beautifully you have woven the words of a much-loved song into your own special world. So many of your captures evoke that same sense of wonder we feel whenever the tune is being played. I especially like the procession of people holding umbrellas. It is a joy to remember in this troubled world there are also many good things that are happening every day. :)

  11. Stunning collection of “what a wonderful summer, what a wonderful world!”

  12. Absolutely lovely and gorgeous post, snowwhite! It's poetic actually and I could hear the music not only in your words but in your pictures too! Take a bow and many thanks for giving us a glimpse into this wonderful world!

  13. 特にブログを書く事で奈良の事を知るとwonderful world を同感します。

  14. Your magical photos go so well with the lyrics - you do show a Wonderful World! Those sunflowers!

  15. Wonderful . . . my favorite song too . . .

  16. the lotus flowers! the sunflowers! yes, it's a most wonderful world, and you've shown a slice of yours in a beautiful way. fabulous post Keiko. happy week to you.

  17. Yes, Keiko! You have reminded us all, so poetically, that this is a wonderful world we live in. What a Wonderful, Wonderful World...

  18. Que fotos tan maravillosas!!!
    Quiero ir a vivir a Japón, es mi sueño, es impresionante!

    Espero seguir tu blog, es alucinante, la mejor manera de estar en Japón, de momento...

  19. Very beautifull pictures about Nara. This is my favorite place to stay in japan. Thanks again for those shots.

  20. Brilliant post!

    Beautiful photos,amazing colours!

    A visual treat!

    Thank you Keiko.
    Happy Weekend,

  21. ¸.•°`♪♪♫

    Encantadora viagem virtual através dessas lindas fotografias.
    Bom fim de semana!

  22. What a wonderful post! Your photos are just amazing - love the lotus. Really a great Mandala of beauty.
    Thank you.

  23. I really enjoyed your post about the cleaning of the Great Buddha – 15 meter tall, that is quite tall! I saw a large Buddha in Thailand several years ago – it is called Big Buddha or Wat Phra Yai – it is golden and 12 meter tall. We saw it on the island of Koh Samui.
    Your wonderful world post is just – wonderful! With wonderful photos too!
    I’d like to ask you – does the name Mitsouko mean anything in Japanese? Or is it just a name?

  24. The photo of Todaiji in the dark is a stunner. If this were available as a print, I would be glad to purchase two or three. Some of your photos are definitely of commercial quality.

  25. Rurousha,
    My header this time is "Obon Ceremony in Todai-ji temple" held on August 15th. I took it standing in front of Great Buddha Hall facing the octagonal lantern in 8the century. You encourage me!

    The ceremony in rain was more beautiful and mysterious. I was very lucky!!

    Mitsouko(Mitsuko) is a name of Japanese woman. Guerlain has the perfume named "Mitsouko". I wonder what fragrance it has. Even though it is the Japanese name , for me it sounds very mysterious. I love "Shalimar" by Guerlain and have used it for a long time.
    Great Buddha in Todai-ji temple also was originally covered with gold leaf and shone in gold. As Japanese prefer subdued color and natural condition, it remains as it is. I hope to see the great Buddha in Thailand someday.

    Your words are great encouragement to me . I am very glad that you like my photos. You can copy any of my photos in my blog. Of course all free. Shall I send the photo of Todai-ji temple in dark by email or shall I print it when I go to a camera shop next time?

    I am very glad that Japan is your favorite place!!

    Mandala is a beautiful expression!! I like it very much.

    Thanks all for visiting and leaving comments.


  26. Awesome captures, Keiko, and what an incredible post for the day! Thank you so much for sharing the beauty, the fun! What a wonderful world indeed!!

  27. Great series of shots. Love these lovely glimpses from your country.

  28. It is indeed a beautiful world. Your photos gave me such joy thank-you. Have a good week

  29. この夏keikoさんが見られた世界なのでしょう。静かな奈良の公園、空を見上げる花、明るい子供達の笑顔、古から変わらない世界。すべてにKeikoさんの愛情溢れるまなざしが感じられます。短くも力のある言葉と相まって、心にしっかり届きました。素晴らしい世界を分けて頂きありがとう。

  30. Your photos are just lovely.. interesting perspectives and beautiful faces. And they work so well with that wonderful song. Thanks for your recent visit to my blog. :)

  31. Truly beautiful photos.
    Love this post.
    From Hilda

  32. ...such wonderful photographs, dear Keiko, you posted some of my favourite flowers in combination with some gorgeous impressions of Japanese cultural life. I hope I'll find the time to edit some of my impressions I have been capturing in Tokyo since last Friday as soon as I will have returned back home.

    Regards from Shibuya,

  33. Beautiful series!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

  34. Calling by from Our World Tuesday, your world looks stunning in this lovely series of photos.

  35. So many beautiful images, it hard to know where to start. The deer are gorgeous, especially that first shot, and then the lotus and the sunflower blooms which are two of my favorites and then those beautiful sunsets. What a wondeful walk with you today. Thank you.

  36. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful world and for David Attenborough's video. If somebody knows how great the our planet is, it is certainly him. Your photos are all pieces of art, one by one! Thank you. Thank you also for your visit.

  37. こんばんわ、snowwhiteさん。




  38. I love that song and your post is a beautiful tribute to it. (I tried to put together a post using the verses like this once, but it didn't work. Yours really really does!) Thanks!


Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and leaving warm messages. I will visit your site soon. keiko

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