2014年9月15日月曜日

Streets....

There are many streets here and there I love.
It is fun for me to walk, seeing buildings, cars and people.



There used to be several street cars here in Osaka. As time goes by, most of them have been replaced by highways and subway trains. Now, the only one line remains and it slowly runs through the busiest commercial district of Osaka.





                                                               This street  is near the Tokyo central station.
                           Occasionally, big crane trucks speed off in the center of the business district.
                                                                This is also part of Tokyo.




                                                        the road in the ancient village Ikaruga Nara.



   
                                                                     Good morning boys and girls!  
This is the school route for elementary school students commuting on in my neighborhood; school zone.The local senior volunteers take turns to stand here every morning to protect students from accidents, saying good morning to them!












                                                  Seems this sweet boy wants to play with a signal flag.
                                     You see a shop"Milford" on the left side? This is my favorite bakery.

                             linked with Lavender Cottage for Mosaic Monday and Friday My Town Shoot out              
                                                                                                            
                                                 Thank you for visiting, dear friends!

                                                      Until next time.

                                                                      Tomoko 


2014年8月30日土曜日

Come and join our touring to Kyoto Japan!

                                                                                    Dear friends!

                                                I strolled Kyoto with a very handsome young man last week! 
                                                                It was very sudden and fun. 

First of all I will show you some Japanese summer casual kimono I saw in Kyoto.  I kept my camera auto ready to snap!

                                                                       
                                                                                at the ancient street in Kyoto

                                                                         
  









Yukata( summer casual kimono) and Obi 










                                                          
                                                                 Welcome Japan,James!         

A friend of mine, she asked me to guide him around Kyoto. He is from Alberta, Canada and this is his first visit to Japan. He is a grandson of her close friend and traveling Japan this month of August. He just graduated from high school this year.I would always like to welcome friends to Japan. However, I wondered if I could walk so long with such a young man in the heat! Anyway I decided to go on a one-day sightseeing date with him to Kyoto.  




                                                                               
                                                                                 Kiyomizu Temple overlooking  Kyoto city

It takes me 50 minutes to get to Kyoto station from my house.I met him at the lit clock tower called "Toki no akari", which is a meeting spot at  Kyoto station. We walked from Kiyomizu temple to Yasaka Temple, which is one of the beautiful tourist routes for visitors with limited time in Kyoto.




                                               
                                                                                           at the ancient street    
                                                    


                                                               

He is curious about what he sees in Japan all the time.  




                                                                   
                                                                       The Kyoto international Manga Museum                                                                

 He likes Japanese manga very much!  If you are a big fan of Japanese manga and animation movies, you can't miss this Museum.           


                                                                                 
                                                                                         in the garden of the Museum
                                                                                       
The Museum was established as a joint project of Kyoto City and Kyoto Seika University which opened Japan's first faculty of manga.






It houses about 300,000 manga and comic books from the recent popular ones and the classics around the world to the comic magazines in the 19th century. Visitors from overseas can also enjoy about 5,300 of the local language version of manga around the world.





                                                                                                   the children library
                                                                                                 















              

Portrait Corner
                                               
                                                                You can also have your portrait made here.


                                
  The last photo is paper lantern hanging in front of the Kyoto-confection store at the Kyoto station.



     Thank you for inviting me to drawing challenge "Japan"for this week, tiny Woolf ,  our world

                                                                   Thank you for your visits.                                                    
                                                             
                                                                       Until next time!

                                                                              Tomoko 

2014年8月20日水曜日

Life is changing.

I have been quiet for a long time.
First of all,today I will show you some photos of lotus flowers taken this summer.


Long long time ago, the Imperial ancient capital Fujiwara(694-710) was here, which is twenty kilometers south of Nara city. The capital was built in a grid pattern based on the Chinese oldest model.
My friend and I walked in the Fujiwara district where there was nothing but large lotus ponds and a distant view of mountains.
 It was great that we walked such a long time in the heat! 



      These flowers are also patient like us.
                                                               I am happy that  these lotus flowers through my lens look cool! 



                                                                                                like a little princes





      brilliantly     





    after blooming


Dear friends,                                                                                      

Finally cool wind goes through windows in our house in the early mornings and evenings these days. The chirp of cicadas in our garden also sounds like they are announcing that summer is coming to an end. 

We have been very busy this summer with a big change of my family. 
It has been almost one month my brother-in-law moved into a nursing home. My husband and I had been living with his sick brother (my brother-in- law) and his mother after my husband retired 6 years ago. This is because my brother- in- law had a serious stroke when he was 29 and single, which left his left hand and leg paralyzed, since then he and his mother had been living together for a long time. The stroke hit him when he immersed himself into his research of high speed and safe design elevator at an electric company in Japan.


He has been getting weak recently and his mother94 is aging. It was getting difficult for us to take care of them at home. My husband and I decided to get him to live in a nursing home. It needed a lot of time to make the decision as he was not so old  to live in a nursing home. In fact he is the youngest in the home. However we thought the time has come.


In Japan, we have a public nursing care insurance system which has started after 2000 in order to respond to the needs of an aging society. The system offers many supports and facilities for aging and sick people who need help. 


Honestly, our lives of the past 6 years were not all fun, but we lived positively. Thanks to plenty of many care givers’ help, my husband and I were able to balance our own lives and nursing care for them.


Let me say a little bit about my brother-in-law. I have one memory that cannot be forgotten.
When I married my husband, my brother-in-law was an active university student. I realized he was interested in playing the piano, so I gave him some classical piano scores of Chopin and Beethoven though I did not expect that he started to play the piano. Surprisingly, he soon became crazy about playing the piano, and mastered Chopin's original Waltz and Beethoven's sonata by himself using his younger sister's piano. His performances were a little bit rough but good enough. It was a kind of shock for me. I had believed instruments always should be learned from basics. His love of piano continued and when he got his first salary he bought his own piano.
Sadly, I remember he was a really talented young man.

Still now, he loves piano music. He occasionally taps piano keys with his right hand to the music from a keyboard. He moved into the nursing home with a few of his old books, many plastic model airplanes he built before he got sick and a table keyboard given by me and my husband. He is gradually adapting to his new place.

My mother-in-law,she 94 spends all day in her room, seeing her small garden. 


                                                  

 
                                                                       I hope you are well.

                                                   
                                                                        Thank you for your visits,my friends! 

                                                          I feel relieved and a little bit tired now.
                      I will be slowly coming back blogging...... I am looking forward to visiting you soon!

                                                                                             Tomoko


2014年7月25日金曜日

Dear friends

Rainy season was over here in Japan.

日本の梅雨がようやく終わりました。もうしばらくブログ夏休みです。


                                                                       I am still busy but have been thinking of you, dear friends.







                                                                                       at Yata temple
                                                                               Happy weekend everyone!
                                                                   



2014年6月12日木曜日

Good- by for a while!

                                                          夏休みに入ります。秋にお会いしましょう!
                                





                  Thank you for your visit.      




                   

2014年6月6日金曜日

The Colors of Early Summer

Hi, dear friends!

いよいよ夏です。日本の友人の皆さんどのような夏の色を楽しんでいますか?
奈良県郡山市にある慈光院、禅寺です。
A refreshing breeze in the fresh green leaves and pink azaleas flowering here and there; they are the colors of early summer the Japanese enjoy before the sweltering rainy season in June.





This is the old Zen( practice of meditation)temple called Jikouin. The whole temple was built for Zen and Japanese tea- ceremony.


Would you like to have some tea , sitting on those Japanese cushions in the moment of early summer ?






All the Japanese paper sliding doors are taken off during summer season so the scenery of the garden is unfold before you.





                                                                                       powdered Japanese tea
                                                                              




                                                                                                 Jikouin Temple




                                                                                              the garden of Jikouinn






                        I found a nest of swallow under the roof of this temple.These young birds of swallow will leave     
                        their nest soon. This is also the color of early summer I like.
                                
                                                            Shared with Friday My town shoot out 
                                                                                Our World
                                           
                                                   Than you for your visits,my friends. Until next time!

                                                                                Tomoko





2014年5月30日金曜日

Sculptures

大坂御堂筋に並ぶ彫刻達です。

Street Gallery


                                                                "a girl"in Beaujolais"( ボジョーレの娘) by Tominaga Naoki in Japan    


You can see sculptures of women and boys on the Midousuji Street which is one of the main streets in Osaka. There are 29 original sculptures along the street. Those great sculptures were donated by the corporations based in Osaka to Osaka city.

                                                           Please meet some of them today.





                                                        "a dancer"by Venanzo Crocetti in Italy(ヴェナンツォ・クロチェッティ)






                                                                          "a boy in the sunlight" by Satou Keisuke in Japan







                                                                                         "Jill" by Asakura Kyouko in Japan



                                                                         
                           Jill, an elegant and a fashionable lady, is loved by both younger and older women isn't she ?
 






                                                                             "a sitting woman"by Emilio Greco in Italy

                                                                  I feel like lying down by her body to relax.


                                 


                                                                                  Well, guess what the next is...... 



                                                                          the pond at Jyu-rinji Temple in Nara

                                                                          Do you think we look ugly ?

Actually we are old water spirits called Kappa in Japan.We are small like infants and have a dish on our head, which always needs to be filled with water. When the water is dried up, we are utterly useless! We hope you like us.
                                                       

                                                          shared with My Town Shoot out ,   Our World

                                             Thank you for your visits. Until next time, my friends!

                                                                         Tomoko