2015年3月12日木曜日

A Photo Diary, March 1

ご無沙汰しています。春の足音がそこ、ここに聞え日射しも心持ち優しくなって来ましたね。久しぶりに出かけました。義理母の介護まだしばらく続きそうですが、元気にしています。時間を見つけて又ブログ訪問させて頂きます。今日はGreen Tomato 開いて下さって
有難うございます。

Hello, dear friends,How are you?
 Last Monday was a respite day for me. I am glad if I can share my trip to Takatori town with you, today.



"Welcome hina dolls" near the Takatori station

 I have posted a few times about Japanese hina festival. So, many of my friends may know about that.  Yes, March 3 is a day for a family having little daughters to celebrate them to grow up in good health.
               


Nowadays, some regional old towns in Japan try celebrating the Dolls' festival as a local event in March.It attracts visitors,and it is gradually becoming popular.Many families there display their old hina dolls in their rooms or in front of their houses, entertaining visitors.I went to an old town, Takatori, which is located in the south of Nara Prefecture, to see hina dolls.







           
                                     a tea house"Machapo"displaying their small hina dolls. 

Takatori, which used to be prosperous as a place of manufacture and wholesale of herbal medicine, holds a celebration of Dolls' Festival in March.                                            
I strolled along this main street, on which many people peddling of their medicine used to come and go, enjoying their old dolls and houses as well. It was very cold with slight rain.There were few visitors.




  antique dolls

The dolls in the right side are clay hina dolls, which have been kept for a few hundreds.




Lovely paper strips for guidance are here and there.
Thanks to them, I did not get lost.




an old house......Let's enter in....

   


  entrance hall





dolls displayed in the entrance room   



 Actually, my husband also walked here with his friends one week before my walk. His aim was to hike to the site of Takatori castle located on the top of Takatori Mountain. I have heard the road to the castle is steep.I am not good at steep road.The castle was built 670 years ago by a local family ruling this place.


                                                   
                                                  This photo was taken by my husband from the site of Takatori castle .

My busy days continue.It is hard to take care of an aging person at home. My mother-in-law 94 has become a different person from what she used to be. However, I say that I am learning so much more from her life. 

                                                                 Thank you for opening Green Tomato. 
                                                                           Be fine!

                                                                           Tomoko

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2015年1月4日日曜日

Dear Friends!

新年明けましておめでとうございます。

       As the New Year blossoms, I hope it brightens your days with everything you have wished for.

                                               



                                   


 at near my house


Tomoko