Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Diary....December (1)

                                                                                                      Hi, Friends!

                                                                              Autumn leaves are fading away.
                       My husband likes to go hiking, mostly with his hiking club members.He has not asked me to join them, 
                       because he knows that I am not a person who is good at mountain hiking. I prefer walking on a smooth road 
                       by myself with my camera.

                       However, on a sunny day of autumn I decided to venture in the mountains to see the glorious fall foliage
                       in the ancient Temple Shoryaku-ji, which is located in the mountainous region of the Nara city.
                       There is not enough access to the temple.The special buses taking people from the JR Nara Station to the foot 
                      of the temple  run only during autumn.I took the bus and then walked and walked up to the temple as many 
                      sightseers do.

                                                                                     Finally I got to the stone wall of the gate.

                                                   There were many people enjoying the leaves inside the temple.
                                         Initially I took a simple close up of the Japanese garden with no people in the shot.

                                                                                                    ...... and then.....

                          Moving back to take the whole scene, I clicked exactly at the moment as figures were away in the frame!

                                                           I am thankful for the slow moving pace of nature today!

                                                                                                          Thank you for visit.

                                          奈良の山間部にひっそりとたたずむ 正暦寺。

                                                                                                            Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Diary....November (2)

                                                                                                             Hi, Friends!

                                                 Kyoto is absolutely gorgeous during autumn foliage season and very crowded.
                                             This was  the beginning of autumn leaves in Koudai-ji Temple in Kyoto. It was a quiet day.

   This temple established in 1606 is commonly known as Nene's house. 
 Nene was a shogun's wife, who spent the latter part of her life there
founding the Buddhist temple  as a nun.

I really love returning to this temple, because I always sense the soft, gentle spirit of Nene there.
                                                                        Nene's room  and her garden,the east side,   November 6

                                                                Just one cherry tree stands alone in the garden, the south side.
                                       To my joy, the leaves had not fallen when I arrived there, but soon it will go into a time of rest.


                                                Please see this shabby looking tree dressed up in the delightful pink petals in spring. here

This is the red leaves in my local Temple in Nara city.
at the entrance of the main hall
                                                                     November 13

                                                                                                on the moss in the Temple's garden

                                                                                                               next to the moss

                                                                                                            Thank you for visit.

                                                                                   Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Diary...November (1)


Hello Friends!

         Mosaic Monday    

   Roses are still flowering.
                                              After a month of busy days, now I find myself getting back to normal.
                                              Though it was a cloudy day and a bit late to see roses blooming here, 
                              I walked to a rose garden in the local temple, where I sometimes drop in during spring and autumn.

                                Some roses were damaged due to the recent typhoon, but I enjoyed puttering in the garden, 
                                and then had some sweets and green tea at the tea terrace as usual.

                                                               The autumn air seemed to flavor the green tea.
                    This is a composite photo I made by playing with my Photoshop, layering two photos taken in the garden.

the original photos 
the restaurant in the entrance of the temple ...and ...green tea at the tea terrace in the rose garden


                                       the moment of the roses in a glass vase shining in the sunlight and the reflection 
                                       on the frosted glass table. I clicked the shutter.

This is the photo of the annual rose festival taken in the garden last spring.
                                                                                                       May 21     

marching band going up to the main hall of the temple

This is also a composite photo. 
 roses dancing with the drum music resonating in the garden
Do you like it?

Thank you for visit.

I will visit you soon.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Diary.....October (3)

Hi, Friends

 old Japanese-style sandal displayed at  Sensouji Temple in Asakusa Tokyo
                                                                     August 2


                                                                   from the end of the boat traveling on Sumida River in Asakusa Tokyo
                                                                                                                 August 2

                                                            sacred space in the busiest business district near Tokyo Station
                                                                                                                                                                                                      September 19

                                         One of my family members, who was hovering between life and death, was slowly waking up
                               after three weeks being in coma. He was released from tubes step by step. Now, he is on the next stage,
                               staying at a rehabilitation center for eating training.It was an amazing recovery. God saved his life.  
                                                                         Thank you to all of you care about him.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Diary......October (2)

                                                                                                             Hi, Friends!

                                                                     Shibuya-crossing-under the rain, with umbrellas  

                                                                            umbrellas color rainy days

                                                                                                                                                    September 17

                                                                                 The Painting by Taro Okamoto displayed inside the Shibuya Station

                                                                                                                                                                                            September 17

                                                                                        I encountered this local festival. 
                        The locals carrying a portable shrine (Mikoshi)on their shoulders are parading through the streets in Shibuya Tokyo. 

                                                                                                                                                                             September 17

                                        I was following them with my camera in the rain,trying not to disturb the parade.

                                                                                                          Thank you for visit.

                                                                        Wishing you well and much joy!                                                                           
                                                   I am still busy for helping a sick person, who is one of my family members.

                                                                                            I am looking forward to visiting you not before long.                            

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Thursday, October 5, 2017

Diary....October (1)


In August, my husband and I went on a trip along the cost line of the Seto Inland Sea for two nights . 
       It was fun and the weather was beautiful.

                                                                  This is our first destination,Awaji island. 
                                                                            My husband asked me to get into a gondola.
                                                      I stepped reluctantly into the gondola,but soon found the view exciting!                                       

                                                                   The Seto Inland Sea  is where tidal whirlpools can be seen, 
                                                        but unfortunately there were not many dynamic whirlpools that day.         

                               We visited the walkway's observation room on the Naruto long-Bridge, sitting 45m above the whirlpools 
                               which can be seen through glass windows set in the floor. Some boys enjoy walking on the glass,
                                                                         taking a glance at the below.

                                                                                                                       a little baby too

                           My husband aimed to fish on the second day of this trip, and I planned to explore the Seto Park on my own. 
                                                                                            I was so excited!

                                                                            the Seto long-Bridge from the Seto Park

                         While I was checking the bus time schedule heading for the Seto Park at the bus stop, one young lady approached me 
                         and said, "Why don't we share a taxi, I will also go to the park." There was no reason to refuse her offer, 
                         because I found that the bus heading for the park goes a long way around to get there.  But, my trip with her was 
                         not limited to only sharing a taxi. Because she then looked up on her phone the best things for us to see in the park.
                              She was smiling and allowed me to visit some spots.How could I just pay half the taxi fare with such a kind young lady? 
                        When we said goodbye after spending 2 hours she gratefully said, "At least let me buy you a cold tea in return!" 
                          She was a positive, smiling person. I am not an aloof person.we just clicked!

                                                                                                 the second night , the Seto Inland Sea

                                                    Last but not least,my husband's fishing catch was five grunts! Not too bad! He was happy too!
                                                                          This was a story of our trip  in August. 



Thank you for visit.
I will have less time for PC.
 One of my close family members, he is single and now serious sick. 
My husband and I have responsibilities of helping him for a while.
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Diary.....September (2)


                                                                                 Time goes by so quickly!
                         I returned home after spending a week at my younger sister's house, the sister who lost her husband in July.
                         Being with her was the only thing I could do to help her, I thought. Although she was busy doing many things
                         after her husband's death, we shared plenty of time talking.I hope she is going to find a new life by herself, 
                         dealing with her grievous loss.

                                                                       From Kyoto to Nara

Here I am picking some photos from my summer vacation.

                                            Nara Park has been our granddaughter's favorite place from when she was a little baby. 
                                   She likes to see Nara deer, giving crackers to them, now that she is very good at feeding Nara deer.


                                                                             No more crackers! Enough!
                                                                The Nara deer understood its manners well. 


The following day
                  Kinkaku Temple shone surprisingly bright under the gray sky, which is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto.
                 The temple itself is very unique. It is more lavish than other temples in Japan.  There are a lot of tourists, 
                  so taking pictures here is quite a challenge. Also you have to find a spot where there are no tree branches hanging down 
                  into the frame. 

                                                  After our stroll at Kinkaku Temple we continued walking to Ryoanji Temple.

                                                                                                                       Ryoanji Temple
                                 It is indeed a simple garden, in which white sand is spread, and on it fifteen rocks are arranged
                                    into five islands in a small space of twenty-two by ten meters.

    My husband is always willing to click shutters when he was asked.

                                                                                       I hope you enjoyed Kyoto and Nara deer.


                                Thank you for visit.