Sunday, February 4, 2018


It doesn't snow much here.I just enjoyed a little snow falling last week .
 at a local temple.
                                                                                                                        February 1

                                                                                                The snow turned to sleet soon though....

                                                      Those colorful lucky charms  were not drenched under the small roof.

                              Two days later, the  Ebisu festival day came again, which is  held on February third at many shrines in Japan ,
                                                     particularly in the west Japan and it is very popular. Miko has always lovely smile.
                                                                                                                February 3

                                                 Miko stands on a stage, handing out lucky bamboo branch to all the visitors, one by one.

                                                     Bamboo is strong and supple, so it's represented as a symbol of prosperity. 

                                                                                                            Tomoko got a small one.

                                                                                   ......then, Tomoko in front of the shrine  to pray for peace.

                                    Even though we are not a particularly religious family, we think we do not want to miss this annual ritual.
                               right side: a new bamboo branch at our house,which is displayed here until next year. 


Wednesday, January 24, 2018



                                        Japanese apricot,winter sweet begins blooming in the garden of our local cultural hall. 
                                                                                                   January 13

                                                                   In the hall my husband and I attended a short Tsugaru Shamisen concert.
                                                     The music called Tsugaru Shamisen is played with the shamisen instrument
                                                               and has a unique sound of traditional Japanese folk music.

                                                                                       after their performance at the entrance hall

                                                                                   Here is some background to the origin of this music.
                                    The music was originally born as a way to survive. Being in the northernmost area of Japan's main island, 
                                    Tsugaru has the harshest weather, so people with poor eyesight could not work on the farms.They traveled 
                                    around busking with the shamisen as a way of life to obtain food. From these roots, Tsugaru shamisen has 
             grown into music loved around Japan
                                    You might imagine that the percussive and melodic sound together cry in the furious snow storm. 
                                                    Today I picked  this Tsugaru Shamisen performance by Yoshida brothers.

                                                                        The other day, I went to Osaka station to do some errands.
                                This is a waiting place in the station building, which always pleases people’s eyes with its seasonal display.
                                                                                                              January 17

                                                                        plastic snow men welcoming you.

                                                        I thought  I would be happy if these are real snow men.


                                       At last, on a cold day of last week, snow fell just for 30 minutes in my area. I quickly dressed warmly, 
                                 hurried out side with my camera. The first snow is always exiting!This is just one shot of the under 
                                 road maintenance I captured in the  snow falling near my house.
                                                                                                                       January 22

                                                                       Now, the coldest wave of this winter is passing over Japan. 
                                                                            The  beginning of spring is still a little way off.

                                                               Thank you for visit.


Monday, January 8, 2018


Happy New Year,Friends!

2018, is the year of the Dog, which is the eleventh animal in the 12-year Chinese zodiac calendar.

  My name is Gorou. 2018 is my year.

 Actually, Tomoko does not have a dog and she is happy to get this photo  from my owner, 
     who supports care managements for Tomoko's mother-in-law 97.

Tomoko made this photo for the happy Dog Year.
They both are cute aren't they?
                                        I won't....we are friends.                                                                           Don't bite me...

 Bulldog by Tokyo Art Lab.Ink. 
Thank you for giving me a permission to use this painting!

                                                                                   We are Nara deer. When is our year coming?

                                       Rat, Ox ,Tiger ,Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse ,Sheep ,Monkey, Rooster ,Dog ,Pig.....?
                                               Never,because you are always busy with numerous tourists in Nara Park!  
                                                                             Deer crackers are their favorite.
                                I am thankful for the new start!    

 May we all have a Blessed, Healthy and Fruitful 2018!!
                             Thank you for visit.


Thursday, December 21, 2017



                                                          Hi, Friends!
                                                        Christmas Greetings shine from Japan's Kyoto Station.

                       At the end of every year, I look forward to seeing the Christmas illuminations in the Kyoto Station.
                 The whole station is filled with solemn Christmas music resonating which makes the atmosphere rather quiet and 
                 respectful. I have now posted from the station four times.Here are more romantic time at night and the art of lights.

on the third floor of the Kyoto Station

on the rooftop of the Kyoto Station building 
Not many people would go up to the top away from the Christmas tree though...

                                                                                This is  my favorite place on the rooftop,Wedding Bell.                              
                                             There was a couple besides me there. They noticed me having a camera after they were there
                                             for a few minutes under the bell.They politely offered me a way to the bell and then allowed me 
                                             to take a photo of them with the bell. 

                                                                                                                        and zooming up the bell...

                                                                                                                      ...... and more up!

                                                                              I am thankful for the peaceful special time now.

                                                                    Thank you for visit.
                                                         I will see you  in January, 2018.
                                                  Best wishes for the holidays and New Year.



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Diary....December (1)

                                                                                                      Hi, Friends!

                                                                              Autumn leaves are fading away.
                       My husband likes to go hiking, mostly with his hiking club members.He has not asked me to join them, 
                       because he knows that I am not a person who is good at mountain hiking. I prefer walking on a smooth road 
                       by myself with my camera.

                       However, on a sunny day of autumn I decided to venture in the mountains to see the glorious fall foliage
                       in the ancient Temple Shoryaku-ji, which is located in the mountainous region of the Nara city.
                       There is not enough access to the temple.The special buses taking people from the JR Nara Station to the foot 
                      of the temple  run only during autumn.I took the bus and then walked and walked up to the temple as many 
                      sightseers do.

                                                                                     Finally I got to the stone wall of the gate.

                                                   There were many people enjoying the leaves inside the temple.
                                         Initially I took a simple close up of the Japanese garden with no people in the shot.

                                                                                                    ...... and then.....

                          Moving back to take the whole scene, I clicked exactly at the moment as figures were away in the frame!

                                                           I am thankful for the slow moving pace of nature today!

                                                                                                          Thank you for visit.

                                          奈良の山間部にひっそりとたたずむ 正暦寺。

                                                                                                            Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Diary....November (2)

                                                                                                             Hi, Friends!

                                                 Kyoto is absolutely gorgeous during autumn foliage season and very crowded.
                                             This was  the beginning of autumn leaves in Koudai-ji Temple in Kyoto. It was a quiet day.

   This temple established in 1606 is commonly known as Nene's house. 
 Nene was a shogun's wife, who spent the latter part of her life there
founding the Buddhist temple  as a nun.

I really love returning to this temple, because I always sense the soft, gentle spirit of Nene there.
                                                                        Nene's room  and her garden,the east side,   November 6

                                                                Just one cherry tree stands alone in the garden, the south side.
                                       To my joy, the leaves had not fallen when I arrived there, but soon it will go into a time of rest.


                                                Please see this shabby looking tree dressed up in the delightful pink petals in spring. here

This is the red leaves in my local Temple in Nara city.
at the entrance of the main hall
                                                                     November 13

                                                                                                on the moss in the Temple's garden

                                                                                                               next to the moss

                                                                                                            Thank you for visit.

                                                                                   Have a wonderful day!