Thursday, January 17, 2019


       2019 is the Year of the Boar,which is the last animal in the 12-year Chinese zodiac calendar.

    This shrine(Kashihra-jinguu Shrine) has a tradition now of creating the large votive picture each year to celebrate the New Year.
            It was a very cold morning.I bundled up, and visited the shrine on my own to see the new boar insignia on the 7th of January.

              Seeing me clicking around the boar votive picture, this group of people asked me to take a photo of them all together.
              One of the men handed me his camera, and I carefully took a photo of them with the whole boar display shown clearly 
     in the back ground.

                     They said, "Thank you," with big smiles, and unexpectedly, some of them told me, "Next is your turn. 
                     Stand by the boar!"This is the photo taken of me with my camera, even though, I felt a little self-conscious. 
                     Later I found that the photo  the man took was zoomed.  Although he and I released the shutter from the same place, 
                     we took in a different way.

        Meeting good people at my first outing for the year made me feel that this year is starting off very well.

             In Kashihara Shrine, the Emperor Jimmu, who is the first emperor in Japan, is worshiped, 
                          so Kashihara city in Nara prefecture is called "the Beginning of Japan".
                                                        the entrance of the main building of the shrine
                                                        lantern and” Imperial chrysanthemum emblem” on it


                                                                   This is also a votive picture of this year taken at another local temple on the 15 of January.


Monday, December 17, 2018


I went to Osaka for a reunion tea party. Just for me and my old friend.
We have known each other since our elementary school.
She recently moved  to Osaka to settle down close to her son's house.
It means we can easily meet more often than before!

                                                 The annual Christmas decoration in Osaka station building was begun.
                                                         Both young and old enjoy the bright lovely!

Many people from young to seniors snap with their mobile phones.
Now, it is a familiar scene.

My friend  too.

                                          underground walkway in busy....

                                                                            These photos were taken in Kyoto station(from my archive)
                                   ki~~n ko~~n ka~~n ko~~n(we say in Japanese like this)
                                 Merry Christmas and Happy  New Year!

                                                                                           Thank you for visit


Sunday, December 9, 2018


I think I would like to share some autumn photos taken in Nara.
A pretty quiet and peaceful.

                                                                                                  the garden of my local temple   

                                                                                                 looking down from the top

                                                                                on a beautiful day of November

           My husband and I drove about 20 kilometers each way to Asuka village, which is the ancient  town in Japan.
                         In Asuka village, the first Japanese Emperors established their capitals, and many of the country's oldest shrines,
                         temples and toms can be found.

                                                                viewing from the back gate of Asuka Temple.

                                                                                       bronze Great Buddha in Asuka Temple

                                                       A guide is explaining about the history of the temple and the Buddha statue to tourists.


This was taken at the playground near my house.
I walked around there with my backpack.

                                                                The following day, in the early morning, I walked the playground again.
                                                                The slide was wet with morning dew. One fallen leaf on the slide caught my eye.
                                                                                       Looks sad?.......but beautiful......

                                                                                                         Thank you for visit.

                                                                          Have a lovely day filled with smile.


Sunday, December 2, 2018


Here we are in December already. How fast time is flying!
        Sometimes, I wonder where the time has gone!The year brought many natural disasters including an earthquake, 
        typhoon and severely hot summer.Regretfully, these damaged many crops in farming areas. Thankfully, my area, 
                       Nara City was quite calm and there was little damage.

 Noyaki (open burning)was done after rice harvest this year too.

               Noyaki has been traditionally conducted by Japanese people for the purpose of continued use of hills and fields as grass land. 
               However these days open burning is conducted to use the field as semi-permanent farmland (Wikipedia)

                    On one day in October, there was an annual autumn festival held at the local shrine close to where I live.
                    I appreciate seeing the happy children, enthusiastic youth and even the elders having fun at the festival.
                    Together in the festival, and of course the festival programs performed at the shrine garden are too good to miss!

                                                                                                       The programs are here.

                                                                                            Fire dance

                                                     hula dance

                                                                             Japanese Dram performance is highlight.

                      These are the young men from a local youth group who support the event with their stall of BBQ sausages.
 Thank you for your support and allowing me to post of you!! 


                                                                                                 Thank you for visit.

                                                                   Have a wonderful day filled with smile!


Wednesday, November 21, 2018



                 It is end of November, and even though golden leaves have already come, the last roses are still beautifully flowering here.
                 After what is usually the best month for viewing, the entrance fee was discounted.But how proudly the roses are flowering!

                 I do not know how many times I have visited this rose garden nearby this autumn... maybe 6 or 7 times. 
                 When I got to the rose garden yesterday, a familiar man in the garden's information office saw me with surprise, saying that
                 again you came here? No No, no need to pay for the entrance fee (about 5 dollars) anymore today, enter to enjoy roses!! 
                 It was fun.We laughed together, and I was willing to accept his kind words!
                 I took some pictures of 200 kinds of roses in the garden, where only a few visitors were enjoying them.
                                                                                    The rose garden is here! 
                                                                                                   Princess of Wales

                                                                                                        Olympic Fire

                                                                                                          Livin Easy



                                                                                                           Maria Callas

                             Jubile du Prince De Monaco

                                                                           One more gift was this bunch of roses on the day. 
                                    A rose grower cut these roses in the garden and gave me. You can see him in my previous post.
                                                          This was taken with my mobile phone as my camera needed to rest !

                                                                                 The man working at the garden's information office.

                                                                     I took a photo of him when we say good bye.

                                           Information office man! Thank you for your kindness and allowing me to post of you!

    Finally,I am ready for yellow leaves now.
                                                                             Thank you for visit.

                                                                  Have a wonderful day filled with smile.



Saturday, November 10, 2018

Diary....November (1)


                                                                        It is time to come back blogging.

                                                  This is a small waterfall inside the temple ground near my house.

                                                       This is a rose garden in the temple ground.
                                                My camera was set on high-key to make low contrast images.

                                                                                                        tea room in the back

                                                                        This is a rose grower in the garden.
                             He works in the garden through the year by himself for growing 200 kinds and 2000 roots of roses. 
                                                                         Working alone here is not bad, he says.

                            Sometimes we have a short conversation. On this day, I asked him, "Who taught you how to grow roses?"
                            He thoughtfully answered, "Nobody; the roses here taught me." It was a great answer, I thought.

                    He said to me with a camera “Make me look good(in this blog), okay ?” and then smiled.

         Lastly I say that I was very busy with this and that during my blog break.Please do not ask about what this and that. 
         There were too many and ....

        It was sudden that my left eye lost half of its vision for a few minutes. It was like a thick curtain blocked my eye.
        The detailed exam of my eyes and body including brain scan did not show any problems related to my eye situation
        at the time of report. After all, my eye doctor told me that there is a possibility that a small clot blocked in the vessel 
        leading to the eye just a short time. Do not worry.
        Although my eye doctor's positive diagnosis did not ease me, I feel better now.

                                                    Take good care of yourself too.

                                     I will visit you soon.



Friday, July 6, 2018


                                                                              I was away from PC.

                                                               These are some of photos from Tomoko's file.
                                                                             Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo,

                                                                                                 Nene's Temple in Kyoto

                                                                                 tea room in the garden of the Temple

                                                                                       Kyoto Tower


                                                                                            waiting hall in the Osaka station building                              


                                                                                              a street in Tokyo Asakusa

                                                                                                              Tokyo station 

               My younger sister, nephews, nieces and I recently held my mother's first memorial service, traditionally observed in Japan 
               around 49 days after the death.

               It's a difficult task for daughters to move out their beloved mother's things which have so many memories of her attached
               to them.

               It was up to my sister and I to sort out the contents of my mother's home in Tokyo in the days following this ceremony.
               We chose a few precious mementos to keep for ourselves, and then used a company which specializes in clearing diseased 
              estates. Now my mother's house is perfectly cleaned up. Her oldest son and his wife, a newlyweds, will live there soon.
              Although I had to say good- by to many belongs of my mother I am  relieved now.

                     After having a restful break, I hope to resume my diary blog, when I feel more motivated.

                                                                                a shell of phone(スマホ)
                                                While I was waiting for a bus coming  at the bus stop near my house....