Friday, February 28, 2020

February(2)





                                                                                     My mother-in-law, like other children, liked origami when she was a little girl.
                                                                      She still remembers how to fold origami and enjoys making Tsuru, or cranes, these days.

                                                                      Origami is the art of making figures by folding paper.
                                                                      You can make birds, animals and vehicles just by folding without scissors or glue.
                                                                      One of the most popular origami figures is the attractive looking crane.




















                                                                                     It is amazing for her age 99 to be able to fold these cranes.



                                                                                85歳の時、年老いたので助けるために同居を始めた義理母。
                                歳を重ねる毎に驚きの元気な100歳に近づいて........
                            今だ自力で歩き、写経を日課とし、新聞を読み、最近は娘の勧めで折り紙を始めた。

                             部屋をスタジオのように暗くして懐中電灯で照らして撮影してみた。



                                                                                                                  Tomoko




Tuesday, February 18, 2020

February(1)



                                            This is a small fishing village on Awaji Island, where my husband and I traveled last week on the 12th and 13th.

                            Because there aren't many jobs available in the village other than the fishing industry, many young people are leaving to work in other places, 
                            and the population has been decreasing. After having breakfast at our hotel, my husband went fishing and I walked in the village, and then 
                            I was headed to a fish market at the port with my camera.













                     There were lively auctions going on at the fish market, and I was so moved to see some young fishers working with a lot of energy with many seniors there.


















                                           
  Thanks to the permission of the manager of the market and the friendly fishers, I was able to walk around the place.

                                                                                                           Many thanks!


                                                淡路島の小さな漁村を歩きました。寂しい漁村に見えましたが、魚市場は活気にあふれていました。


                                                                                                  Tomoko



Tuesday, January 28, 2020

January(2)




                                                    Takoyaki is a Japanese savory snack in the shape of little round balls containing pieces of octopus.






                                          It is made from dough, mixture of flour and water. It also contains some vegetables such as red ginger, cabbage and green onion.
                                          We usually eat takoyaki with sauce and mayonnaise. Last week,I bought takoyaki to take my house, and ate with my family.
                                                                                                     Takoyaki is our favorite snack.


           




                                                                                                                   Tomoko



Monday, January 20, 2020

January(1)


                                    2020 has already started.This means that everyone gets older.
                                    My mother-in-law, who lives with my husband and me, is turning 100 years old this year. She has good health but has a very short memory: 
                                    she forgets what happened 30 seconds ago, but her mind is surprisingly clear every moment. She still has some things to enjoy herself.
                                    There are many different ways of aging, and everyone gets old in their own unique way.


                                     These are the Japanese paper fans she used to use when she performed traditional Japanese dance, which was one of her hobbies.
                                     She studied dance for more than 80 years, and it looks like one needs paper fans when dancing.
                                     She still keeps her fans in her drawer and these are just a small part of her collection.
                                     


                                                                                                           She enjoyes opening her fans in the sun after the new year's holidays.





 This fan was  bit wet and she placed it by the window.



                                                                                          今年100歳になる同居している義理母が大切にしている扇子。
                                   80年以上趣味で日本舞踊を習っていました。
            
                                  まだ足腰がしっかりしてるのは,そのおかげかもしれません。
                                   正月が終わってから、陽に当てました。


                                                                                           
                             Tomoko




Wednesday, December 25, 2019

December (2)



some memories of this year

 There are only a few days left this year.


                                                     This May, I visited our family grave in Tokyo, where my late parents and younger brother rest in peace.
                                                     This photo was taken in the underground passage leading to Tokyo Station late at night.
                                                     There was such a quiet moment in a busy place like this.








                                                           This December, my husband and I traveled to a small fishing village facing the Pacific Ocean.
                                                           While he was fishing, I was walking around the village all day long and taking a local bus to tour around the village.
                                                           During my adventure, I was able to meet some nice local people and had good conversations with them.
                                                           Talking with locals is always one of my favorite things to do when I travel.

                                                           In the long history of this village, the locals experienced some disastrous tsunamis that washed away the place.
                                                            Learning from the ancient people's tragic experiences, people have built some sets of long emergency steps
                                                            on the mountain slope behind the village to escape from tsunamis.This is one of them.




                                                                          When I was holding my camera halfway up the steps, a former fisherman said,
                                                                         "Be careful!" while approaching the bottom of the steps.








                                                I learned from him that there was a big tsunami hitting this village when he was a 3-year old boy 70 years ago.
                                                Her mother carried him on her back and ran to a higher place, walking up these steps.







                                                                           Then I met this woman, who has lived here for 50 years since her marriage.
                                                                           When weather permits, she just walks for a few minutes to the sea and enjoys fishing,







                                                                            With a smile on her face,she told me a list of names of the fish she recently caught.


  Thank you for visit.

                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                     All the best for 2020
                                                                                                                Take care over the holidays.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Tomoko








Tuesday, December 3, 2019

December(1)



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

                                                                               Tomoko


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

November(1)


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....
















                                                                                                              Tomoko



Thank your for visit.