Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Garei The Picture Ghost

Garei-The Picture Ghost-
Good evening my dear friends & followers I hope you enjoy the music I have added a few new pic's to my music box. I always have a check on it now and then to make such none of the music has been taken off. It does happen more often then not. And I do check on my video's post once a month because I know that I find a few of the video's taken off and I always try to either replace or at least take off the ones that are not in use. So I do care for you all and keep up the blog my dears. Its getting close to video check so I will have to take a day for that...
For a few more posts before the month of June is out, I thought you might like the legend of the
Garei -the Picture Ghost... It is a very old Urban legend I believe from Japan... Sadly I could only find one drawing of the legend of the Garei the Picture Ghost... 
The tale was told in ancient times a very long time ago, when there was a dilapidated folding screen with the portrait of a woman holding her infant child. The screen was the property of the
Kanju-ji-temple in Kyoto, where it was kept buried away in a storehouse. One day there was a request that came from a retainer of the Samurai Honamiden to borrow the dilapidated folding screen with the portrait of a woman holding her infant child upon it. Sadly on the part of the Samurai, he thought is was nothing more than a worthless nuisance, however the temple was only too happy to comply with the request. The priests sent Honamiden to retrieve the screen from the old storehouse with all due haste. Even though the folding screen was very old and neglected, the painting upon it was still very beautiful & Honamiden proudly put the Folding screen on display in his home. Not knowing the history behind the mysterious woman and her young infant within the  painted, Honamiden had no idea that he would have ghostly happening that very night he brought it into his home. But that very night, there were many reports stated coming from a mysterious woman who appeared in the vicinity of Honamiden's manor. The woman was quite beautiful and was reported as carrying a small infant child. The unknown woman appeared every single night & she wandered on the grounds of the manor. Finally, Honamiden had one of his servants follow the woman, to see what the ghost does? He watched the ghostly woman as she entered his home, and gasped as she suddenly disappeared while standing in front of the ancient screen painting.
Upon seeing this, Honamiden returned the screen to Kanju-ji as quickly as possible, mentioning 
nothing of the mysterious woman or the incident that he just saw.
A beautiful picture was one thing, but he didn't need to attract strange spirits too.
Now, that same mysterious woman began to appear around the Kanju-ji temple.
Suspecting the painting was the origin of this apparition, a clever servant place a piece of paper over the head of the woman in the painting, hoping it would stop the strange ghostly spirits too.
Well, that evening when the ghostly woman was seen her head was covered by pieces of paper this time. So it work to some extend.
So Kanju-ji assembled some artists to investigate the painting, to see what is going on with this spiritual screen ghostly woman that comes out of it at night. The artists all agree it was the work of the artist Tosa Mitsuoki , very important work at that time.
Sadly the artist Tosa Mitsuoki was dead, and there was no way of knowing the history behind the woman in the painting, but the artist all agreed that it was a shame that such a valuable painting was allowed to degenerate to such poor conditions.
Once it was heard, that Kanju-ji had the screen commissioned to be restored to its former condition and then properly displayed, the mysterious woman never appeared again.
As far as this tale Garei the Picture Ghost, some have said it comes from the Fujiwara Ietaka's Monogatari-落栗物語-Tales of Fallen Chestnuts, is thought to be written sometime in the 1820's.
This tale of the Garei the Picture Ghost is build on the idea that certain works or craftsman are able to infuse some of their own soul into their art. And their art takes on a life force of it own...
This tale serves as a cautionary from the artist with a definite moral too! treat your works of art with respect, or they will come out and haunt you to the end of your times. Which probably is what happened to Tosa Mitsuoki ,the artist who did the painting originally. Tosa might have been  haunted by his painting so he tried to hide his painting, by buried it away in a very old storehouse so no one would ever find it. No one will ever know if it work or if the artist was haunted to death by the beautiful woman in the painting. Yokai researcher, Oda Kokki identified the Garei-Picture Ghost as a type of Tsukumogami.
Which is a belief in Japan that household objects can gain life after 100years. It is said that the Tsukumogami spirit will slowly gain life as human's infuse them with small pieces of their motive energy over the century. They tend to be house hold objects like that of a tools, instruments, containers etc... I did a post on the Japanese Tsukumogami-Spirit if you would like to check It out just check out this link - http://wendyjargonncom.blogspot.com/2016/06/japanesetsukumogami-spirit.html

This way you don't have to go to my labels to look for it...
I hope that you all enjoyed another urban legend of Japan, I love them myself... I hope you all have a lovely evening ...
Good night for now..love you all my dears Wendy🎶🎶❤💖💖💖☺☺😁😁😛💖💖💖

Thursday, June 1, 2017


'For My Love of the Hummingbird'
In this post we will cover the many aspects of the daily diet of the hummingbird. First I will cover their appetite. You might think these tiny birds (the smallest warm blooded birds in the Animal Kingdom) would have the smallest appetites... Well, actually its the opposite.
Hummingbirds have enormous appetites. The reasons for their enormous appetites is the frequent visits they make to rich nectar flower that will provide the fuel these tiny hummingbirds require to maintain their high body temperature. Also to give them the energy they need for their powerful flights with their tiny muscles to function efficient in flight and rest. During a normal day for the hummingbird, they will visit between 1000 and 2000 flowers a day.
As for the flowers that these hummingbirds visit everyday. Some flowers release nectar  gradually as other flowers will release lots at a time. As for the gradually releasing nectar in some flowers, these type will receive many more visits from the hummingbirds while other flowers were only visited once a day. It could be that some nectar producing flowers were able to control the amount of nectar and even make it available only at dusk when the hummingbirds are anxious to feed before going to bed.
This happens with the flowers that release special nectar only at dawn when hummingbirds are very
hungry after a long cold night of sleep. The reasons for the High-rich diet in nectar is so essential for these tiny beauty birds is to maintain their body temperatures. Why you might ask? For example humans temperature for normal is 98.4F degrees
However, the hummingbirds temp is much different at normal ... Its 102'F and a few degrees higher at different times of the year.
The reasons for this is, that these hummingbirds need to keep their body temp's  at least at 102 F degrees (38.5c)to keep alive.
This also provides their muscular activity with the heat which is needed during the many periods of rapid flight. It will also keep them warm during those long flights when they head home for the winter.

There is always a huge problem in maintaining their 102 temp during the night when these tiny hummingbirds are perching hidden in the trees.
Most hummingbirds are known to feed just before dusk so their bodies will have sufficient reserves to keep them going through the night. They are also seen to engage in frenzied bouts of feeding early in the morning to restore his/she fuel used up during the night to keep their bodies warm.
In order for hummingbirds to survive the long cold nights, they will enter a state of torpidity- this means their bodies temp will drop within a few degrees of what surrounds them.
Their rate of respiration and heart beat also will drop. They will remain in this state until morning .
Many will find a safe place to do this so they don't become prey. Like my Rosy at night sleeps deep in the thick pine trees. This is why it's very important if you happen to have an hummingbird from the South like Peru or Mexico that has decided  to make your backyard or porch his/her their permitted home.
You have to think about your tiny new friend during the winter conditions which they are not used too.
They need lot!!! of homemade nectar. So you must have a hummingbird feeder from at least late Oct- to April when the first froze has left and the nectar flowers have stared to bloom. Personally I keep on out 365 days a year just in case. And now for Rosy who lives on my porch year around I need to for his survival. You also need to make sure that they have lots of safe places for roosting, nesting and sleeping in the weather conditions.
Sleep- Lastly I am going to cover sleep-

When a hummingbird finally settle down for the night They will find a safe perch to prepare for the night lower their body temp. to a few degrees of the air temp around them. Most of these hummingbirds at this point will ruffle up their feathers to expose their skin to let the cool air to speed the dissipation of the heart. As the hummingbird descends into torpor it will settle on its perch into a
characteristic sleep posture. The head tilts backwards and the bill is pointed toward the sky. Once in the torpid state the tiny hummingbird will not respond to anything stimuli like sudden noises or movements near its perch. It is only the rise in temp and increase in light of dawn that will raise it from the torpid state back to its normal rate of activity. When it does it will flee and feed.
The word narcotization has been used to describe as overnight torpidity in winter hibernation to save energy.

I have been lucky to see this once back in 2010 when we had our last big snow or any snow for that
matter. Rosy would stay on my porch where the food was always full and I had put a homemade heater there. I remember seeing him sitting so still and his feathers all ruffle out he didn't move all night .. I was very worried . I checked on him all night but when the sun started to rise he was starting to move a bit and then he was just fine... I hope you enjoyed my hummingbird stories..Wendi💗

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Dragons disappearing Tail

A Dragons
Disappearing Tail-

Far above a small village, high up in the mountains there was a

Cave. The cave was deep inside the high mountains in a dark lair of a dragon that known one knew lay asleep. There was a magic wand that lay upon a hard rock for many thousands of years. The owner of the wand was the last known man to ever enter the lair with the dragon as a friend. For century’s the wand land where it was left deep inside the cave. In the village it has been legend that a dragon lay asleep for century’s inside the cave. Some say at the light of the moon; the dragon comes towards the town creeping from the mountain top. He would bring mass destruction and endless death to the village. It was said that a yellow green in the dragon’s eyes meant he would scorch everything in sight with his fiery breath.

Well, as with many legends, there is some truth, fact & lies too! In this case, the Dragon on the high mountain top was indeed a dragon however, he wasn’t a fierce one. First he lacked the scorching breath.  This dragon could do many things, however when it came to fire all he could do at best was to blow smoke rings through his nose.

His eyes were not mean at all! Not at all yellow green fierce but green & somewhat kind and sad too! This all resulted from his loneliness & sleep of century’s in the cave. The dragon yawned as a mighty dragon would yawn, then slowly he rolled onto the hard floor. He flicked his tail & stretched his limbs, his body that were quite a bit sore being in the same position for so many thousands of years. To sleep a Thousand yeas whilst in the darkness and damp cave, it can leave your joints sore even a dragon. It can even leave you feeling groggy and crampy too.  The dragon made his way towards the daylight, rubbing his head. It was early morning outside and the sunlight was giving him a migraine. He kinda wished he’d stay in bed. However, it did feel good to get his legs moving again. As he reached the entrance of the cave, he saw a silken gown that was wrapped around some bones that lay upon the stony ground. A little farther over he saw a funny looking stick. It seemed to sparkle inside and out. The dragon rubbed his eyes to realize what he saw was truly captivating and he pondered on the next thing he should do. He slowly moved toward the sparkle stick as he called it. As he did the stick began to rise, it turned and pointed at him looking straight at the dragon between the eyes. Aware of what was happening, he then pulled away his stare. His nose began to twitch. A bolt of lightning flashed toward him, so he leaped across the floor, he turned to face a burning smell, from what he wasn’t sure. You see this wasn’t the brightest dragon. He then saw a sight that caused a fright, to him so very much. Being that he was an easily frightened dragon he started running around in a circle. And he found that his rear was smoking badly, and then his beautiful tail had completely disappeared. Then his big green eyes grew bigger & bigger as the truth began to come to him.

The poor old dragon discovered that he was left with only half of his body & a weird kinda funny smell surrounded him as well.  As the old dragon realized what had happened to him; he began to scream if dragons scream of course? It was a scream unheard of ever before. It was part pain but mostly fright. It could be heard all the way to the village and many villages beyond that. His howling is so enormous with sound and strength that it ripped the leaves of every tree in sight outside the cave. Then the cave in which his lair was started to shudder and the rocks inside began to fall inside. The much more sadden dragon whimpered to face what he had done to his home in the darken cave. As he looked back at his lair in the daylight more than half his roof had fallen or caved in to the floor. It was the magick that had done all the damage. However, it was the wizard that had died who had put a protected spell on the wand to protect the entrance to the cave to protect the dragon not knowing he would have come out. Sadly, it didn’t protect the dragon it harmed the wizard s dragon friend. By now, the magick wand had been crushed and buried by the rocks and half the cave that came done upon it. The entrance to the cave/lair was no more. The rocks and mountain had enclosed the dragon in a tomb that was his own lair. Across the small town that was down in the valley and other villages too, had heard the howling. But no one really knew quite what it was or where it was coming from.

It could be the fact that it didn’t sound much like a dragon, for dragons only Roar! And they do this very loudly in fact!  Sadly, for this dragon his sound was much more like that of a wail, which lacked the punch of terror that a dragon has. So no one took to look and investigate this as being a threat to the village. Then there the thought that no one has ever heard what a dragon would sound like when they lose their half their body and tail. It would be quite different of a sound then the usual Roar! For many years, that turned into centuries the dragon of the mountain top with the odd sound became a mystery even to this day!

Many stories were passed down through the centuries while other couldn’t say.

As to what the villagers heard that faithful day centuries ago? Well, the legend of the dragon is still very much alive today! He has many names too!

Some call him the monster from hell, a devil with no name and a very few a sad dragon. He is said too returned to the very back part of his lair, the part that wasn’t harmed. It had a small opening in which he found deep in the mountains. When he went into the area, it was just large enough for him to sleep and stretch his limbs, that were left as the cave closed in on him. He lays asleep, with his pride and fears kept in the depts. of the cave for centuries. However, when he wakes he hopes to find his body not in pain and renewed to his former glory. Mostly that his beautiful tail is grown back again/no magick waiting for him again.

Thing that the Dragon forgets is… He is the Magick!!!

And he will dream about this until the day he awakes. For this Dragon has forgotten his own Magick & it will take a long long sleep until he remembers…

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