Friday, June 24, 2016

Tomoko's Diary........June (3)

Hi, Friends!

      鳩を殺さないように ただ追っ払ってくれるだけですが,鷹狩についても今回少し知る機会になりました。

                            It has been a tiring week. I had a slight cold, but it triggered my chronic asthma as always. 
                                         So I need to take care not to get even a slight cold in my everyday life.
                                                                             Now I am returning to normal!


                                              My husband and I went to Osaka Castle Park with our granddaughter last May. 
                                                                    You can see the Castle in the distance.
                                                                          my granddaughter and me   

                                                                        Looking down from Osaka Castle tower........


                         Strolling through Osaka Castle Park, we came across one man walking around with this hawk
                         perched on his right hand. Soon I knew that he was a falconer working for the park.

                                 Actually, I had an uncomfortable personal image about falconry from its history in the past.
                                        However, I got to know that this hawk was used to scatter a lot of wild doves settling 
                              in the castle park,not for killing them. A flock of wild doves have bothered visitors though.

                                                                                                             Hi! I work here.

                         The falconer lifts the hawk high to scare the doves, but if it were released it would swiftly kill the doves. 
                                                             So the hawk has to be leashed here. He said.
                          It was a good story but fun. I laughed as I watched the doves scattering when they see the hawk nearing,
                              but success was short- lived, as they immediately returned when the hawk was out of sight!     

                                                                           Osaka Castle and the hawk


                                                            My granddaughter is interested in taking photos.
                                            But she liked to snap pictures of flowers rather than the wild hawk this time.

                                       in the train heading to Osaka                   at Osaka Castle Park

                                                                                      Thank you for hosting Amy and Eileen.
                                                                                            Thank you for your visit.

                                                                                    Until next Time!


Thursday, June 9, 2016

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



                                                                             This year’s first baby deer was born in Nara Park!
                                                         The deer’s birthing season starts around mid-May in the park.
                                          Since mother deer get very aggressive to protect their babies, they are sheltered 
                                          in the deer enclosure “Rokuen” in Nara Park by the Foundation for the Protection of Deer
                                          in Nara. Fawns stay in Rokuen with their mothers before they are released to the park 
                                   where about 1000 deer roam. From June 1st to 30th, visitors can see the lovely fawns at Rokuen. 
                                                                                                   This was copied from Nara Prefectural Government

This new baby was born this week. 

                                                                                                    Up!!!.......Very Good!

                                                                                             ......... and with its mom........

                                                             Suddenly, something surprising happened to them in the shelter.
                                                  Soon I understood that a dog walking outside the shelter barked.
                                                          The deer in Nara park is frightened of  dogs barking.

                                                 .......soon the dog stopped barking and  the deer calmed down..............

                                                                    Visitors photographing the lovely deer.
                                                                             I was also among them with my Nikon 300 mm lens.


       The deer roam freely throughout green Nara Park and streets around.

                                                                      The deer posing by the deer -cracker stall.

Deer-Crackers are for sale throughout the park.
         Visitors can buy "deer-crackers" to feed the deer in the park. 
                                                            The deer happily take the cracker from your hand. 
                                      However you should take note of the warning signs posted here and there in the park.
                                      Deer get aggressive. Nara tourists see the deer are nipping at people's clothing, backpacks
                             stealing their map and munching the paper. These are the most aggressive behaviors you see  in the park.

Thank you for hosting, Theresa and Amy and Eileen.
Thank your your visit.

Until Next Time!


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Tomoko' Diary....June(1)



                                                                                                              Five on Friday

                                                                                    in my kitchen
Now, it is time to show this sealed liquor jar filled with Ume fruits picked in my garden last week. The jar will be rested in a cool and dark place ( not in a refrigerator), for a year or longer. And then this will be drinkable! 

This sweet, fruity liquor is super easy to make. It requires only Ume (Japanese apricot) fruits, rock sugar and sake or sho-chu. That is all! I used cheap sugar this time though. When it's ready to drink, you can eat the fruits, too!The small jar in the top right photo is for making flavored simple Ume syrup.

                                               I went to the Japanese garden" Isuien" adjoining  Nara Park May 3. 
                                               On the way to the garden, the Japanese flags caught my eyes. 
                                               It was a Japanese Constitution memorial day.This old style entrance is 
                                               to the Nara prefectural governor’s public house built in 1922.

Let' start walking from here.

                               The garden is like a symphony hall in the greenery with the step stones, pond and a little flowers .

                                               This is the entrance leading to the Japanese tea room (Teishuen)

                                                                    And then you see this small garden with the mossy stones.


                                             Nara Park covers about 4 kilometers from east to west,and 2kilometers from south to north 
                                    and is home to more than 1,000 deer, which are historically considered divine messengers 
                                    and are therefore allowed to roam freely through the park and streets around. The deer are
                                     generally quite friendly.


                                                                      Thank you for your host Theresa  and Amy.

                                                                                     Thank you for visit.

                                                                                      Until Next Time! 


Thursday, May 26, 2016

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

Hi, Friends!


Random Photos

My granddaughter flew back after spending a few days with us.  

                                       I have returned to my daily routine, which includes helping my mother-in-law, 
                                                                          and enjoying some hobbies.

                                                                              Now, this hedge(privet) of my house is in full bloom.
                                                                                   They bloom just for 2 weeks.

                                                             My husband photographed this recent frequent visitor  with his point and shoot. .

        This time, azaleas are blooming here and there on the streets in my neighborhood.

            This house with a colorful show of flowering azaleas lies opposite my home.
    The owner, now at 93, has been an aged widower for some seven years, since his wife passed away, 
    who organized a gardener regularly to take care of his hedge. It reflected his polite character 
and careful appearance.The blooming flowers made neighbors pleased every season.
But he has been in a nursing home since last autumn. 
    So since then, his relatives have been looking after the house, and the gardener no longer visits.
                                        I photographed the azaleas, hoping this blooming will not be the last time.

  Modern houses are slowly replacing the older houses in the quiet residential area I live.
                                       Still many typical Japanese houses are loved too.

                                                      Japanese apricot  (Ume)in my garden, May 6.

                                Today, it was the time to harvest the fruits.
                                                My husband picked them all.                              
              I will make Umeshu(Japanese liqueur made from Ume) with them this year too.  
                             the right photo...the Umeshu I made last year.                                                  
                                                             Would you like to taste it?  Very sweet and sour!

                                                                     linked with Good Fences 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Random 5 Friday 
                                                                                      Mosaic Monday                                   

                                                                                 Thank you for visit!

                                                                           Until next time


Thursday, May 19, 2016

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

                                                                                                Hi, Friends! 
                             大阪空港そばの ”千里の土手” は飛行機の離陸、着陸が間近で見えることで知られた場所です。


                                                                     Fly and fly with your dreams!!
                            My granddaughter usually uses bullet trains to visit us, but she flew this spring holidays.
                            I went to this river bank near Osaka airport  to take photos of airplanes after my granddaughter returned.

                            Imagine, these planes are roaring sounds over your head. My hat almost blown off when 
                                                                      I looked up, pointing my lens at the airplane.


                                                                                            Photographers like this place.
                                                                                   They quickly become friendly here. 
                                                                           It was a fun place for me too!!
                                                                                      Sky Watch
                              our world
                                                                                Thank you for your visit.

                                                                                     Until next time!