Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Sumisaka Shrine festival

This is an autumn festival held in a small town,Haibara in Nara prefecture.
The local people are holding up a small mobile shrine, parading around the town.
I visited the town to see the festival November 3.

                                                                                        This parade starts around II a.m and finishes at 4p.m.

                                                                                                            They prepare for the parade,using thick ropes.

                                                                                                          The parade continues.

                                                                                                    This friendly man is one of  the  members of organizing the festival.
                                                            about Sumisaka Shrine festival is here


Tuesday, November 12, 2019


The season for autumn roses has come.
These are the photos of the rose garden I often take a tour.
I feel spending time there, it is like an adventure .

It gives me good feeling.

This is a man who is responsible for all the roses here.

He converted this cart for his use.
How pretty it is!

                                                                                                                          and a pair of ...........he uses....


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Saturday, October 26, 2019


October 19 was an autumn festival day at our local shrine.
Many programs were held in the garden shrine to say thank you for the local good harvest, health, and our prosperity.

There are many festivals in Japan in fall and spring, and the Japanese drums play a big part in  every festival.

The sound continued in the shrine.
Hearing the sound, we feel excited and energetic.

I was excited too,clicking shutters.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                edit using photoshop

                                                                                                        I smiled seeing little boys dancing with the sound.

                                                                                                                                                    no editing        


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Friday, October 18, 2019


                                                                In the beginning of October, I walked around Shibuya, Tokyo.
                                                 When I was a high school student, I used to get off a train at Shibuya Station and transferred to a local bus to go to school. 
                                                 Recently, Shibuya has been greatly changing into the town filled up with youth culture.
                                                 Thanks to Google Maps on the mobile phone, I no longer get lost in the busy town, Shibuya.

                                                                                                   These  are just some of the photos  taken in Shibuya that attracts the young.


                                                                                                                                      I have no idea what this building is.

                                                                                                                              This is my favorite.


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Saturday, September 28, 2019



                                   One day in September, the gate of a shrine, called "Torii" in Japanese, near my place got repainted: it gets repainted once every couple of decades,
                                   according to the painters. I came across this scene while I was taking a walk with my camera.
                                  The painters willingly allowed me to take photos of them at work as well as posting the photos on my blog.


                                             They  are making coating materials by mixing chemical substances that can prolong  the effects of  insect repellent.

                                                                              They were very friendly people.  I tried not to disturb their work, and enjoyed seeing their work. Thank you.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2019



                                                       Higan flowers. I saw them last year near my house. They must have been planted by nearby residents.

                                                       They looked colorful especially on that rainy day.

               These flowers were taken in 2018 near my house.

                                 Higan flowers are usually seen in the footpaths between rice fields in countryside, to protect growing rice from wild rats as their bulbs are toxic.

                                          The other day, I was walking around an area, once with full of Higan flowers, and noticed the flowers had been completely pulled out.

                                           From this autumn, Higan flowers there will no longer be in bloom. I will miss them forever.

                                                                                       昨年 近所で見かけた彼岸花。



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Thursday, August 29, 2019


                                            Himeji Castle, which is called Shirasagi (White Heron) Castle because of the beautiful figure spreading its wings
                                            This photo was taken when I visited the castle with our son and granddaughter in mid-August.

                                            One of the annual events in our area is a fireworks festival held at a nearby temple.

                                             Usually my neighbors and I stand watching the fireworks along the street in front of our houses; 
                       this time, though, I went to the temple garden to watch the fireworks at close range.

                                                          In front of a goldfish scooping stand


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