Friday, September 23, 2016

Tomoko' Diary September (2)


                                                   My week has been quite busy, and September will be over soon. 
                                                          I will share a few of summer photos with you.

     You can imagine how big the Great Buddha of Nara is!
                                                           The Buddha is 15meters high and it weight 250 tons.

                                                     August 6, it was an annual cleaning day of the Great Buddha. 
                           About 200 Buddhist monks and others purify their bodies and gather at the Great Buddha Hall
                           in white clothing and straw sandals; after taking out the Great Buddha’s soul, they chant together 
                                                                            and began cleaning his body.


                                              Visitors kept clicking their zoom cameras in the dust falling on them.
                                                    See? Some  visitors are wearing masks on their faces.
                                            I covered my nose and mouth with a scarf I always carry in my backpack.

                                   This is another mysterious summer event held in Nara Park located in our ancient Nara of Japan.
                                                           The flower candle Festival called "Tokae"! 
                         Toukae is the Japanese word which represents a piece of candle that is shaped in the form of a flower. 
                                    Nara Park was filled up with the thousands of candles lined up from August 4 to 15.

                                                              It is 7 o’clock, now is the time to start lighting up candles. 
                                                  Visitors came to light the candles as a prayer for world peace.                                                                       


                                                        These were taken before lighting up, at early evening.
                                    You might be surprised to see  Nara deer not disturbing the unlit candles that surround them.

                                                                     Nara deer are tame and loved by Nara people.

                                                                                  He was bored without lit candles.....?

Thank you for visit.

I hope you have a wonderful day, full of smiles.
                                                                                               Until next Time!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tomoko's Diary September (1)

                                                           Hi,Friends! I am back.                                                       

                                                                         Five on Friday                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                        Mosaic Monday                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                 Finally, our air is slightly giving signs of autumn arriving here. 
                                                                           These are  some events I had in August.

  I made some simple clothes this summer, using the same paper pattern.
                                            They are so easy to make and comfortable to get through the heat!

                                 I didn't feel like going out in the heat, but did not miss my weekly English class hobby,
                                                        which is held at a table in a nearby restaurant.  
                                     My brain does not work well, studying another language is always challenging.
                            Usually, I don't have a sweet tooth so much, but I feel a bit indulgent after the English practice.
                                                I enjoy sweets with my friend and our teacher from Canada. 
                                                  Today’s treat was this gelato with marrons and syrup .

                                                              See! Nara deer are enjoying cool water. 
                             Due to the long hot and humid days with little rain, euglena in the pond has increased.
                             Especially under the morning sunlight, the euglena cause photosynthesize on the surface,
                             which makes the water brown red. A Nara Park attendant explained this to me.

                                                       Daibutsu pond in Nara Park, August 8 around 9 a.m.                                                                                                                 

                                                           Suddenly, the deer started running. Dog's barking frightened them.  

                                                       My husband and I took a trip to Hamasaka coast in Hyougo prefecture.

                                                                                                                 August 28

                                                         Young sun-tanned men were playing beach soccer games on the beach.

                                                                                                       Hamasaka beach

                                                                                                       and children  too.
                                                                                      It was fun to watch their games!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         after the games on the beach

                                                                                          Thank you for visit.

                                                              Have a wonderful day, full of smiles and peaceful moments.

                                                                                                Until next time!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Tomoko's Diary....August (1)



I will be back blogging soon.

photos from August

                                                          Crape myrtle is still in full bloom. taken at nearby play ground

                                                August the 6th was the day during WWII when a nuclear bomb was dropped in Hiroshima. 
            On the anniversary, the 71th Hiroshima Peace Memorial  Ceremony was gravely held with about 50000 attendances.

                                     TV screens at our living room.  Hiroshima peace memorial( Genbaku Dome)                               

                                                                                      commitment to peace

                                   Coincidentally, the Olympic games in Rio also opened on the same day and time.
                                                 These ceremonies both have a wish for world peace in common.

                              It was the  time to think of our good fortune to be living in peaceful times and enjoying life's simple pleasures, 
                                                         which we sometimes take for granted.

                                                                                                       in Nara Park

                                                        The temperature is gradually going down in morning and evening. 

                                      My husband and I will take a short trip to the Japan seaside beach this weekend.

                                                                         See you in September!

                                                       Have a wonderful day, full of smiles and peaceful moments.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Thank you for visit.


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Saturday, July 16, 2016

A summer break


                                                                                 I look forward to visiting you again.
                                                 I hope you are enjoying your new season.

                                                         These photos were taken in Kikouji Temple June 26.


                                      I will be off-line from next Monday(18th) for a while.
                                                              Dear Friends, Until Next Time!


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Friday, July 8, 2016

Tomoko's Diary......July(2)

Hi,Friends! Here is a lovely miniature world!


                                After I saw my granddaughter off at Osaka airport, I was taking pictures of airplanes taking off, 
                                from the observation deck of the airport. After a while, looking down to the land, I spotted many    
                                                                         people working with the airplanes. 


                                                               It looks like being quiet.                                 
                                                                       Nothing happened but it made me smile. 




                                                      The only roar echoes through the sky when jets take off.

                                                                                                            a happy boy!


                                                                                           .........and after the passengers left......

                                                                                   Thank you for your host Theresa and Amy.                                                                                          

                                                                          Thank you for your visit.                                                                                               

                                                                           Until next time!
                                                     I hope you have a wonderful time filled with smiles !



Friday, July 1, 2016

Tomoko's Diary........July(1)



                                                             Last May, I visited a local temple with its rose garden.
                                                   The local temple features their roses blooming this time of the year.


                                               On the day, an annual ceremony was held by the temple,      
                                   where roses were offered to the image of Buddha to pray for peoples happiness. 
                                     Some men shouldering the roses  parade  through the garden of the temple.


                                           Small child choir members joined the parade dressed in  costumes 
                                            from the traditional Tenpyo culture 7th and 8th century period in Nara,Japan.

                                                           There was a professional cameraman to report this ceremony.
                                                   Visitors were also allowed to take photos of them on the parade.


This man holding the red paper umbrella is leading the parade.

                                                                             Here is a path leading to the main hall,
                                                        where the image of  Yakushi Nyorai Buddha is enshrined.

                                                          This is a soda-drink I had at the tea house in the garden.
                                              The roses smelled sweet in the garden and so was this drink!

                                                                                          Thank you for hosting,Amy and Jesh.

                                                                        Thank you for visit, dear friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Until next Time!