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



2014年5月22日木曜日

Memory

Dear Friends!

                                                                    Sorry, I'm  late late posting.
               I am  linking the drawing challenge on "memory"of this week by Kristen of A Sunny Spot .
                                             


   
                                                                        Nakanoshima in Osaka




                                         I was also standing here, enjoying his painting for a long time!




                                                          He showed me his painting with smile.     





               Nakanoshima, this is the oasis for people in Osaka.

I walked around Nakanoshima, Osaka the other day.It was a perfect day for a walk, and I enjoyed fresh green and sunlight through leaves. 

Osaka is my mothers home town. I remember that my mother liked painting as well.In her old age she did not go out for sketching but she liked making birthday cards with her hand painting for her friends and family.
  
 I hope you too have a happy day with your good memories!
         
                                                                    
                                                       Thank you for your host, Kristen....



 Thank you for your visits. Until next time!

Tomoko

2014年5月16日金曜日

Bridges

                                                                        Dear friends!
These are some of my photos. They had been quiet  for a long time in my PC. These bridges are beginning to tell their stories.

水の都、天下の台所と呼ばれる大阪。川に囲まれた街です。
200以上もある橋の多くは大阪の商人達の私財を投じて建設されました。
物、人々が行き交う橋が彼らの生活を支える大切なものであることを知っていたのですね。



                                                                                            Osaka, Nakanoshima



                                                                                             Osaka, Nakanoshima

Osaka is surrounded by the rivers and there are more than two hundred bridges there.The city has developed as a center of the nations commerce since the Edo period(1608~1867). Not only many people but also many products and vegetables were coming and going on the bridges, and many goods were loaded on ships and sent from there to many places all over Japan.

The most bridges in Osaka were built using the local merchants' funds. They had known that  bridges were very important to support their lives. They might not have imagined that highways would run over the bridges at that time. Gladly,their bridges have supported the development of Osaka for a long time.




the closed Takedao iron bridge seen from the tunnel




                                             Takedao Iron Bridge over the Muko River, Do you think it is scary? You can walk through on the side!
                                                                               
A JR line between Namase station and Takedao station, which ran along the beautiful Muko Valley, was abandoned in 1986.Since then the old line has become popular as a walking trail for hikers. Although hikers go through some tunnels and cross some old iron Bridges, this old bridge attracts many hikers through the year. 



                                                                                              Namase iron bridge




                                                                                    the Double Bridge in Tokyo
                                                                              the entrance of the Imperial Palace 





the stone bridge in the garden of Yata Temple






the paint train passing on the bridge in a countryside of Kyoto
It is petty isn't it?

shared with  Friday My Town Shoot Out


Thank you for your visits!

Until next time

Tomoko