Saturday, July 16, 2016

                                                                                      A summer Break                                                              

                                                                                 I look forward to visiting you again.
                                                 I hope you are enjoying your new season.

                                                         These photos were taken in Kikouji Temple June 26.


                                      I will be off-line from next Monday(18th) for a while.
                                                              Dear Friends, Until Next Time!


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Friday, July 8, 2016

Tomoko's Diary......July(2)

Hi,Friends! Here is a lovely miniature world!


                                After I saw my granddaughter off at Osaka airport, I was taking pictures of airplanes taking off, 
                                from the observation deck of the airport. After a while, looking down to the land, I spotted many    
                                                                         people working with the airplanes. 


                                                               It looks like being quiet.                                 
                                                                       Nothing happened but it made me smile. 




                                                      The only roar echoes through the sky when jets take off.

                                                                                                            a happy boy!


                                                                                           .........and after the passengers left......

                                                                                   Thank you for your host Theresa and Amy.                                                                                          

                                                                          Thank you for your visit.                                                                                               

                                                                           Until next time!
                                                     I hope you have a wonderful time filled with smiles !



Friday, July 1, 2016

Tomoko's Diary........July(1)



                                                             Last May, I visited a local temple with its rose garden.
                                                   The local temple features their roses blooming this time of the year.


                                               On the day, an annual ceremony was held by the temple,      
                                   where roses were offered to the image of Buddha to pray for peoples happiness. 
                                     Some men shouldering the roses  parade  through the garden of the temple.


                                           Small child choir members joined the parade dressed in  costumes 
                                            from the traditional Tenpyo culture 7th and 8th century period in Nara,Japan.

                                                           There was a professional cameraman to report this ceremony.
                                                   Visitors were also allowed to take photos of them on the parade.


This man holding the red paper umbrella is leading the parade.

                                                                             Here is a path leading to the main hall,
                                                        where the image of  Yakushi Nyorai Buddha is enshrined.

                                                          This is a soda-drink I had at the tea house in the garden.
                                              The roses smelled sweet in the garden and so was this drink!

                                                                                          Thank you for hosting,Amy and Jesh.

                                                                        Thank you for visit, dear friends.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Until next Time!


Friday, June 24, 2016

Tomoko's Diary........June (3)

Hi, Friends!

      鳩を殺さないように ただ追っ払ってくれるだけですが,鷹狩についても今回少し知る機会になりました。

                            It has been a tiring week. I had a slight cold, but it triggered my chronic asthma as always. 
                                         So I need to take care not to get even a slight cold in my everyday life.
                                                                             Now I am returning to normal!


                                              My husband and I went to Osaka Castle Park with our granddaughter last May. 
                                                                    You can see the Castle in the distance.
                                                                          my granddaughter and me   

                                                                        Looking down from Osaka Castle tower........


                         Strolling through Osaka Castle Park, we came across one man walking around with this hawk
                         perched on his right hand. Soon I knew that he was a falconer working for the park.

                                 Actually, I had an uncomfortable personal image about falconry from its history in the past.
                                        However, I got to know that this hawk was used to scatter a lot of wild doves settling 
                              in the castle park,not for killing them. A flock of wild doves have bothered visitors though.

                                                                                                             Hi! I work here.

                         The falconer lifts the hawk high to scare the doves, but if it were released it would swiftly kill the doves. 
                                                             So the hawk has to be leashed here. He said.
                          It was a good story but fun. I laughed as I watched the doves scattering when they see the hawk nearing,
                              but success was short- lived, as they immediately returned when the hawk was out of sight!     

                                                                           Osaka Castle and the hawk


                                                            My granddaughter is interested in taking photos.
                                            But she liked to snap pictures of flowers rather than the wild hawk this time.

                                       in the train heading to Osaka                   at Osaka Castle Park

                                                                                      Thank you for hosting Amy and Eileen.
                                                                                            Thank you for your visit.

                                                                                    Until next Time!


Thursday, June 9, 2016

Tomoko's Diary......June(2)



                                                                             This year’s first baby deer was born in Nara Park!
                                                         The deer’s birthing season starts around mid-May in the park.
                                          Since mother deer get very aggressive to protect their babies, they are sheltered 
                                          in the deer enclosure “Rokuen” in Nara Park by the Foundation for the Protection of Deer
                                          in Nara. Fawns stay in Rokuen with their mothers before they are released to the park 
                                   where about 1000 deer roam. From June 1st to 30th, visitors can see the lovely fawns at Rokuen. 
                                                                                                   This was copied from Nara Prefectural Government

This new baby was born this week. 

                                                                                                    Up!!!.......Very Good!

                                                                                             ......... and with its mom........

                                                             Suddenly, something surprising happened to them in the shelter.
                                                  Soon I understood that a dog walking outside the shelter barked.
                                                          The deer in Nara park is frightened of  dogs barking.

                                                 .......soon the dog stopped barking and  the deer calmed down..............

                                                                    Visitors photographing the lovely deer.
                                                                             I was also among them with my Nikon 300 mm lens.


       The deer roam freely throughout green Nara Park and streets around.

                                                                      The deer posing by the deer -cracker stall.

Deer-Crackers are for sale throughout the park.
         Visitors can buy "deer-crackers" to feed the deer in the park. 
                                                            The deer happily take the cracker from your hand. 
                                      However you should take note of the warning signs posted here and there in the park.
                                      Deer get aggressive. Nara tourists see the deer are nipping at people's clothing, backpacks
                             stealing their map and munching the paper. These are the most aggressive behaviors you see  in the park.

Thank you for hosting, Theresa and Amy and Eileen.
Thank your your visit.

Until Next Time!


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Tomoko' Diary....June(1)



                                                                                                              Five on Friday

                                                                                    in my kitchen
Now, it is time to show this sealed liquor jar filled with Ume fruits picked in my garden last week. The jar will be rested in a cool and dark place ( not in a refrigerator), for a year or longer. And then this will be drinkable! 

This sweet, fruity liquor is super easy to make. It requires only Ume (Japanese apricot) fruits, rock sugar and sake or sho-chu. That is all! I used cheap sugar this time though. When it's ready to drink, you can eat the fruits, too!The small jar in the top right photo is for making flavored simple Ume syrup.

                                               I went to the Japanese garden" Isuien" adjoining  Nara Park May 3. 
                                               On the way to the garden, the Japanese flags caught my eyes. 
                                               It was a Japanese Constitution memorial day.This old style entrance is 
                                               to the Nara prefectural governor’s public house built in 1922.

Let' start walking from here.

                               The garden is like a symphony hall in the greenery with the step stones, pond and a little flowers .

                                               This is the entrance leading to the Japanese tea room (Teishuen)

                                                                    And then you see this small garden with the mossy stones.


                                             Nara Park covers about 4 kilometers from east to west,and 2kilometers from south to north 
                                    and is home to more than 1,000 deer, which are historically considered divine messengers 
                                    and are therefore allowed to roam freely through the park and streets around. The deer are
                                     generally quite friendly.


                                                                      Thank you for your host Theresa  and Amy.

                                                                                     Thank you for visit.

                                                                                      Until Next Time!