Thursday, January 14, 2021

January (1)

 

                                In the early morning of one day this week, the first snow came at last. However ,the snow in Nara melts very soon 

                              as the sun rises higher. I wrapped myself up warmly and started walking around my local area, where the snow 

                            was falling, with my camera. That time, for the moment, was like I almost forgot the coronavirus threat.



   the water fountain was frozen.... in the garden of nearby temple





                                                                                                                                         the garden of nearby temple






                                                
                                                                                      Be careful, it is slippery!..... I am holding my camera on the right.

                                      

                                                 It was the day that my mother-in-law's home doctor would pay a monthly visit to our house to see her.

                                                 Looking at my watch while the snow was falling, thinking about the doctor's appointment time, I decided to 

                                                 give up clicking shatters to go back home early.

                                                 It was a shame, but when I reached home, the snow was gone. I was relieved to see the doctor.


                                                 
                                                                                            health check  at our living room

                                                                                                   She has lived for a century.

                                                                                                            Tomoko


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Thursday, December 24, 2020

December(2)



I felt each week passed so fast, but how long the ten months of stay-at-home in 2020 was!

In this last post of this year, I would like to show a man who repairs ships as a welder.

I met him when my husband and I took a trip to the Awaji island last March.

It was fun to walk along the beach, hearing the sound of the sea waves in the sea wind and seeing ships floating in the port.

That was the first trip where I got to know for the first time that there are people who repair ships, which supports fishers' lives.

 

 
                                                                


                                                           

                                                             

 

                                                  



                                          permission photos from the  welder



  













 


 

                                                                                                                                          Happy holidays!
                                                                                                  


                                                                                                                                          Tomoko


Thank you for visit

Sunday, December 13, 2020

December(1)


                                                                               This year was a confusing time, with the corona pandemic all over the world.

                                                                                               However, time only moves forward.

                                                                                          I hope 2021 is going to be kinder to all of us.


                                                                                        These are the photos from my album(2020)

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Shirasaki beach in Wakayama
                                                                 
                                                                         My husband and I went to beaches in Wakayama several times this year..... 





                                                                                     
                                                                                                           and he enjoyed fishing.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Midousuji street                                                    

                                                                                      This  was taken at  the busiest street in Osaka. 
                                                                  Using a zoom lens, I focused on only  some parts of buildings and ginkgo trees.

                         


                                       

My mother-in-law, who lives with my husband and I, turned 100 this year.




                                                                                                          wedding photo  of my parents-in-law                                                                 

                      She occasionally remembers her husband, who passed away 25 years ago, and misses him. 
                                                                        She is very healthy and can walk and eat by herself. 
                                                                                                 What a blessed life!           
          
                                                                             Tomoko                                                                                                                                                                       
Thank you for visit.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

November(1)

                       


             In the beginning of this November, my old friend and I arranged to see each other and take a trip around Nara to see the fall leaves.

             Although the coronavirus was going around Japan, the "go to travel" campaign was launched by the Japanese government to encourage 

             domestic travel and support local businesses. There were many travelers  wearing a mask more than I thought in the city.

             Hand sanitizers were located everywhere. We walked so long and I do not know how many times we sanitized our hands on that day. 

            We had lunch and coffee on the terrace outside where the tables were set having enough distance between.


                                                                                                                                   Toshodaiji Temple. She came to Nara all the away from Nagaya.





                                                                                   Isuien in Nara city





                                                                           street in Tenri city





                                                                                                                                                                                     at the gate of Todaiji Temple
                                              
                                                          A hungry deer is sleeping. Due to Coronavirus, there are no tourists to feed them crackers.

                                                                                                        Herds of hungry Nara deer hit empty streets & train station to find food 

                                    

                                 The third wave of the Coronavirus is in Japan at the moment. I hope things are going back to normal anytime soon 

                                   all over the world. Let’s somehow get over this tough time.

                                                                                                                                      Be safe and take care!

                                                                                                                  Tomoko
      
  Thank you for visit.

Friday, October 23, 2020

October(2)

                

                                                       We are in the middle of autumn. Higan flowers blooming is over by end of summer. They are usually seen 

                                         in the footpath between rice field to protect growing rice  from wild mice as their bulbs are toxic.

               However the beauty of flaming red petals attract people's attention. Some residents plant Higan flowers 

                                         on their side walk, which tells people autumn is coming soon. I walked around to find Higan flowers 

                                      in my area, taking photos of them.





                                                                                    at  Hanya temple garden.



                                                                                         at Hanya temple 

I like your passionate red color, Higan flowers!

         Tomoko


     Thank you for visit.

Thursday, October 1, 2020

October (1)

                                                                 


                                                                                                    It is getting cool and comfortable.

                                                                      Yes, finally new season has arrived. Autumn is in the air.
                                             
                                                                      I enjoy walking around the neighborhood, finding autumn flowers blooming.   
                                                                  
 
                                      




                                                                       

                                                                       Since coronavirus  pandemic has started, I cut my  hair by myself 3 times. My hair looks messy now.

                                                      The other day, my favorite hair salon sent me a mail offering 35% off during this October.

                                                      Many businesses are facing difficulties to bring customers back.  The hair salon is also struggling.

                                                      After thinking a lot, I decided to have my hair cut at the salon with a mask.

                                                                   

                                                                                                     Be safe and happy

                                                                                                                                                          

                                                                                                 Tomoko


Thank you for visit.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

September (1)

                                                         

                                                                                 How are you spending your time at home during the coronavirus pandemic?

                                                                                 I've been facing "quarantine fatigue" because it's been a while since the pandemic started.

                                                                                 However, I'm enjoying a relaxing time for the first time in a long time, listening to music while time passes by slowly

                                                                                 in my living room, which makes me realize just how busy I was before.

                                                                                 I'm also enjoying watching online movies and various history documentaries about other countries, which tell me 

                                                                                 there were so many things I didn't know.

                                                                                 The travel ban between the metropolitan area and other prefectures was lifted to keep the economy going.

                                                                                 Knowing that the pandemic hasn't been contained, I find rushing to return to our "normal" lives very scary

 

    


                                                    These photo were taken from Ena fishing village in Wakayama. My husband and I traveled in August.
                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                   Stay safe.

                                        I hope you find something positive and watch nice movies, read books and talk to your positive friends.

                                                                                                                                          Tomoko

Thank you for visit.