2015年7月18日土曜日

A Summer Break

                                        夏休みに入ります。休み中、パソコンを開いた時には、また訪問させて頂くのを楽しみにしています。

The humid weather has returned to Japan and into our garden as well after the typhoon 11.This is the raccoon ornament standing for more than 50 years in my mother-in-law’s garden. Ceramic raccoon is  placed in some old Japanese home gardens wishing a family happiness. You can also see raccoon ornaments at entrances of food restaurants wishing a good business. But,I did not like this raccoon and was not satisfied with this. I have to admit that I ignored this raccoon for a long time. I thought that I would never take photos of him. Time is passing and my m-i-l is aging. I am beginning to take care of her garden these days,noticing that this raccoon has a sweet smile on his face.

                                                  I took a photo of this poor raccoon  after the typhoon went away.....

                                           長い間好きになれない狸君ですが、笑っている顔は少し可愛いかな。台風のが去った後一枚とりました。






                                                         This is the the oldest Zen temple in Japan " Kenninji" where I visited last month.
                                                                                  the sand garden of the temple taken in June 2015




                                                                                               a visitor doing Zen (meditation)




                                                                                           inner garden of Kenninji Temple



                                                                                    Dear friends.
                                                                   
                                                                           Thank you for your visit.
                                     I have a summer break from next  week. I won’t post for the time being. 
                                     But I look forward to visiting you, when I can sit my PC from time to time.
                                                          
                                                                         Have a happy summer.


                                                                       See you in autumn. Tomoko

                                                                                         

2015年7月11日土曜日

A Photo Diary July(1)

                                                近くのお寺にハスの花を撮りに出かけました。                                                                               

                                                Hello, friends.
The 2015 Western Pacific typhoon season is continuing. These days, we have the humid, hot and strong windy days.The typhoon 11 is expected to keep moving to northward and hit the main island of Japan this week. We are now keeping our eyes on the typhoon's movement.
Fortunately, it was a beautiful day in the beginning of July Saturday.I visited a nearby temple to see lotus flowers. The temple is a place where I want to go with my camera before a humid summer will come. The lotus flowers were giving enjoyment to visitors and photographers this year, too.

                                         
                                                                                                   together to the end.....ずっと一緒に





friends






pretending to be shower heads シャワーヘッドみたい
                                                                                                 






          Excuse me.please move away? スミマセン、ちょっと寄って頂けます?






I am going to open soon. もう開きそうです......

                                                                           

                          
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                           rebirth    
                                                                     


     
                                           
                                                                                                     looking into......                                                                      
                                                                       


                                                                                                                                                          

                              The Red and white lotus flowers are in good harmony with the stone Buddha for background. 
                                                 I was pleased to take some of them.

                                                       Thank you for  your visit. Wishing you all well!
                                                                        Until next time
                                                 
                                                                                 Tomoko

                                 linked with Mosaic Monday . Thank you for hosting, Judith.                                                                                                                         Macro monday  and Gemma and Mystical Magical teacher.                                                                                                                          

2015年6月29日月曜日

A Photo Diary June (3)

                                                              京都にある高台寺に行って来ました。 
                   
                                         Rainy season is still lingering here in Japan.
This month, my husband went to Tokyo to attend a meeting of company, seeing his old friends. My sister-in-law took her mother to her house from our house to give me a few days of rest. My mother-in-law 95, she can do only small activities like feeding herself and just a short walking.Her heart is weak, so she begins easily puffing and blowing.

I decided to visit Kyoto on that day. I woke up very early and started for Kyoto by train. 




A woman,  NeNe's Temple in Kyoto

the entrance  of Nene's temple...........lotus flowers 
the white  sand garden of Nene's temple


This temple is officially called "Koudaiji Zen Temple.
The sound of Nene is comfortable, isn’t it? But not only its pleasant sound, but also some special feelings are in it to tell why this temple is called Nenes temple. 

This is just a part of Nene's life.....Nene built this temple to pray for her late husband,Hideyoshi's soul, in 1606. He was born as a son of a poor farmer, and reached the top leader in the age of the civil wars in Japan. This great person, Hideyoshi finally ended the age of the civil wars (1493-1573).Nene was an intelligent woman Hideyoshi trusted more deeply than anyone else, but her life was also full of ups and downs together.After Hideyoshi’s death, Nene became a nun and had to see Hideyoshi’s glorious reign declining and being reduced to ashes here in Kyoto.





   kaizandou hall           


 Many widows of high rank built temples to pray for the repose of their late husbands' soul at that age like Nene did. But this temple has much more meanings than the sub-temple for retirement of women of high position.  I liked to walked this garden, wondering what Nene was thinking and seeing in the rest of her life in this graceful temple.





                                                   Now, shall we get ready to walk around this garden?   
                                      
      
                      main hall  for guests......this spacious room with  serenity and  the lush green garden in the picture frame is beautiful.




                                                                                          iho-an......tea room




       steps leading to the Otama-ya(sanctuary). Nene and Hideyoshi sleep there.






                                                                                                going up and up.......






              going down and down.........and up to the right





                                                                                                Here is a bamboo grove!
                                                                                            





      looking up........
                                     
                                                                the sound of breeze blowing through the bamboo grove.....
                                                               You can hear the slight sound, sara sara...sara sara sara....sara...


                                                                                  Thank you for walking with me,my friends! 
                                                     

                                                                                         I hope you all have a good new week.
                                                                                     
                                                                                     Until next time.                                                        
                                                                                       Tomoko
                                               
                                                     linked to  Mosaic Monday thank you for hosting, Judith.                            
                                                         

2015年6月14日日曜日

A Photo Diary June (2)

                         
                                    梅雨の晴れ間にローズティは如何?        
                
                 Would you like some rose tea on sunny day during the rainy season?

                                                          a rose-shaped ice cream, and a tea cup produced by Okura Art China.

                                                                            I am a long big fan of Okura Art China.

                             
                                                                                                    
                                                                          近くのバラ園で           
            This rose garden is on the way of my walking course.                               



Today,let me introduce to you a man, Mr.gardener.


  ここのバラ園を任されている庭師さん

  He is only one gardener who is in charge of taking care of this garden



           
                               一年を通して、バラ園の手入れをされ、見事なバラを育てています。  

                         I admire him for his great management of growing those roses through the year.



                                         
           
              一人の車椅子の女性が、きれいね~~といいながら、剪定して捨てられたバラを一本拾いました。
                   
          One lady using a wheelchair picked up a clipped purple rose on the ground , saying "It's so beautiful.





                 それを見た彼は、彼女の為に痛んでないバラを選んで切り、彼女に手渡しました。心温まる風景に出会いました。

                                    Seeing it, the gardener picked less damaged roses from the garden, and handed them to her softly.
                   That is a heart-warming scene I came across in the garden.



                                                                                                      his busy broom  

                                                                Thank you for your approval for posting your photos,
 Mr. Gardener.

                                   庭師さん、 写真投稿を承諾して下さって有難うございます!


                                                                                 bunches of white roses in this garden





                                                                  rose taken in this garden.....classically   クラシックに





                                                                 rose taken in this garden........... brilliantly   華やかに
 

                                                                        Thank you for your visit, my dear friends!

                                                                          Until next time!  
        
                                                                              Tomoko    

        shared with Mosaic Monday ,Thank you for hosting, Judith.
                       Our world

2015年6月8日月曜日

A Photo Diary June (1)

季節の花も移り変わり、梅雨の季節がやってきました。

5月の散歩を振り返って........

散歩の途中、近くのバラ園に寄りました。何度このバラ園に来ても飽きることがありません。バラの花も、訪れる人も、毎回いただくローズティも同じではありません。今回は奈良出身のシンガ-ソングライター、キャラメルパッキングが、バラ園紹介の為のテレビ番組用の撮影をしていました。主に近畿で活躍してるそうです。この日はバラの撮影に加えて、彼らの写真も撮ることにしました。楽しかったですよ。


looking back to May.....
The seasonal flowers are changing. Here in Japan, the rainy season has started, although we still enjoy beautiful days.
In the end of May, I dropped in a nearby rose garden a few times, which is on the way of my walking course of about 3 kilometers. I never get tired of visiting the garden this time of the year.


このアーチ気に入ってます。

I like to find something new there.
The flowers, visitors, and rose tea I have there are different every time.




ティハウスの上に咲く白バラです。





Just an hour before the garden’s closing time, I heard someone singing in the rose garden. It was filming for a local TV program, which tells that the roses are in full bloom there. I was able to take some photos of roses, and  focus on the friendly singers as well on that day.



                     
 pop singer song-writers" Caramel Packing" who have continued music activities mainly in Kinki area...Nara and Osaka
 





                                   I am afraid that their songs cannot come through in my photo .



                                        歌聞えます? Do you hear him singing???
                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              



僕たちキャラメルパッキングです!

Hope you remember, we are Caramel Packing.

Thank you for your visit, my friends.

Until next Time!

Tomoko

Shared with  Mosaic Monday.....Today's flower
Thank you for hosting, Judith. Denise.



2015年5月30日土曜日

A Photo Diary May (2)

Dear friends.
連休に大阪の天王子動物園に行きました。帰りは大阪の繁華街、新世界に寄りました。
通天閣に上るのは3時間待ちで諦めましたが、ピりケンさんの由来を始めて知りました。ピリケンさんが少し好きになりました。

This is the second report about my family event in spring holidays.We went to a Zoo in the early May. You might be surprised.The Zoo is in a busy town near the Tennouji station in Osaka, where many office buildings stand. 



                                                                                                                        zebra                                                                                                   

                                                           





                                                                                    Today's hero is this couple of lions!
           


                                   
         






                                                                       our granddaughter taken by my husband
                                                                                     my grand daughter snapping zebras



                                                                                      our granddaughter taken by my husband
                                                             
After the Zoo,we stopped at Shinsekai(linked to japan-guide com),which is near the zoo and Osaka city's retro downtown developed before the war 2. This is the statue of Mr.Billiken, which is known as a lucky God and also a symbol of Shinnsekai. Many Billiken displayed at entrances of restaurants are seen here and there.Today, I knew a little bit about the origin of Billiken for the first time. It originally comes from a doll created in 1908 by an American illustrator, Florence Prets of Kansas City, Missouri. It is said she saw a mysterious figure in her dream, and then made the doll. Soon, a company in Chicago began making and selling Billiken statues, which got popular as a lucky god in many countries. It is believed that you would get divine favor if you stroke Billiken's sole. 




                                                   A following photo is a big signboard of restaurant.    
     
  

ピリケンさんて、実はアメリカ生まれなのだという事を始めて知りました。1908年、アメリカ、カンザス州の女性芸術家 フローレンス・プリッツが「夢の中で見た神様」をモデルとして作ったのが起源だそうです。謎めいたお顔をしてるなあと思ってましたが、ピリケンさんは笑っておられるのですね。ほんの少し、新世界の歴史の一端に触れました。


                                                                              at my neighborhood in the early evening.

              The last photo is a kitten. I sometimes happen to see him at near my house. He always runs away very quickly.
                                                                 Finally, he allowed me to snap him, today.
                             

                                                  Thank you for your visit. See you next month!
                                          
                                                                 Tomoko  
        shared with   Mosaic Monday
                                     Saturday's Critters 
                            

2015年5月18日月曜日

A Photo Diary May(1)

             ご無沙汰しています。早いもので5月も後半になりました。連休は奈良公園の若草山に登りました。歩いてみると案外きついんですよ。
     
                                  Long time no see!

How are you, dear friends? "Green Tomato" was on a break time for several months, but I often think of you.

It is already end of May. How fast time is passing while we are enjoying this most beautiful season with young leaves, and also I'm having busy days with  my aging mother- in-law who will be 95 this summer.I am doing well, and learning  how life is different  when you are older. 

Sometimes, she gets worse, and then gets better again.My husband and I, and visiting care givers  keep careful eyes on her condition every day. She seems to be stable these days. We are relieved now.



My family spent a few days together, hiking to Mt.Wakakusa on spring holidays.  


           
                           We walked up and walked up, finally got to this top of the Mountain after 50 minutes!                          
Mt. Wakakusa is 342 meter above sea level, which is familiar to Nara people as a symbol of Nara city.




                                                                                                                Nara Park
                                    
                                     See? that green Mt.Wakakusa ahead. Wakakusa means young grass in English.
                                    Just like its name, the mountain is covered with young grass in spring. 
                                    Looks like very easy to climb up, doesn’t it?
                                    I have to confess that it is not so easy for me to hike with light steps.
                                   There is actually a steep road, but I did not give up, of course!                         


                                                      This was taken by my husband with his point-and-shoot camera.                                         
                                            
                 On the bottom of Mt. Wakasa, deer is running around to catch and eat the crackers children threw away.




                                                                                                             long downhill way............




                                                                                   at the underground passage in Nara Park
                                 
                                                                You hear those young girls laughing?
                          I clicked a shutter immediately as those merry young girls were frolicking and running toward us. 
                                                                  They  also enjoy their holidays!
        
                        地下道の中でも、少女たちの明るい笑い声が響いてました!とっさにシャッターを切りました。
                                                              
 

on the top of Mt. Wakasa 

            My granddaughter likes having a camera, which is last year’s birthday gift from my husband and me.


                                                                            Thank you for your visit.                                      
                              
                                                 Have a wonderful week. Be fine with smile, my dear friends!                                                                                                                         お元気で、また近いうちに!
                                 
                               
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                                                                               Tomoko

                                  Participating in Mosaic Monday.Thank you for hosting, Judith.
                                                                    Our World.        Thank you for hosting Lady Fi.