2014年10月20日月曜日

A Photo Diary.....October ( 2)

Hello, Friends!

田植えも終わり、地元の神社で秋祭りが行われました。恒例の大太鼓の演奏が見たくて出かけました。

An autumn festival took place to thank good harvest in our local shrine. I went to the festival eve as I wanted to see one of the annual programs,  professional "Japanese Drum performance" by Ikoma Sanrei.



             an autumn evening  before the festival 
                                Smoke rises into the air from burning the rice field after the harvest. 
                                                           This view reminds me that autumn has arrived.

      夕日に照らされたススキの穂がきれいでした。逆光で太陽を外して撮りました。稲刈り後の田んぼ焼きが行われていました。






                                                                                     A Big Japanese Drum





                                                                                      ..silence..............                                                                                                                                                                                    


                                           
                                      The performance is held on the stage in the shrine’s garden.



                  This great performance continued resonating through the garden for 30 minutes at the night.











                                                                       great sounds......





                                                                                     before their live performance




The following day, the festival car(Dashi in Japanese) was drawn by the local children and men wearing Happi coats through the local streets.
















Japanese drums have existed and being used in Japan over 2000 years ago. It may have come to Japan around the 5th or 6th century with the influences based on Buddhism brought from China.
                                 

                                                                 Thank you for your visits.

                                                    Wishing all of you a very happy week!             

                                                                      Until Next time!

                                                                          Tomoko

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2014年10月6日月曜日

A Photo Diary...October (1)

Hello, Friends!
流し撮りを試してみました。慣れない事をしたので、首が凝りました!
近所の田んぼでは稲刈りがはじまっていました。愛らしい案山子達の役目もあと少し。ご苦労様!

                                                                    It was a very beautiful day.     
             On a walk my neighborhood last week, I decided to practice a panning technique for the first time.

                                                                               


                                                                    This is not a car race.




 Have you  tried it before? It is fun, but if you will, please be careful. A lot of panning practice will make your neck stiff ! Because it requires concentration and quick movements of your head and camera lens to follow subjects! 





             After I shot many fast cars on roads,I walked around my town to refresh my tired  brain and neck. 
           It takes me ten minutes walk to get this rice field from my house. The rice are ready for harvest. 



                                                This man will be busy harvesting of the rice today. 

                                  Each farmer has a small rice field, growing their rice as a side job.
                              I hear the local farmers share one threshing machine for their harvest 
                                                     with one another at this time of the year.




           Those men are now waiting for the machine in turn.........


                                                                      
                                                                                          the next day 
 
                                                               

                                                   
 A candy is always with me when I walk.    

   


                                                    .............and then I stopped by a green grocery.
     
   This is a woman who runs a green grocery. I am a long-term customer of this shop. Many local small shops are disappearing as new big supermarkets expand. This shop has bravely survived with local fresh vegetables, fruits and a service  delivering products to shoppers' homes. She has a beautiful smile, always! 
                                                   This is one of the reasons I like this shop.



                                                                                    2012 at near my house

                                           Thank you for visiting, dear friends!  It is time to go back home!                   

                                                                  Wishing all of you a very happy week!             
                                                                                                        
                                                                         Until next time!

                                                                           Tomoko                                                           

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2014年9月22日月曜日

Higan flowers celebrate the harvest.




                   Ohigan day (21-24) has come. It is time for many families to visit their family graves in Japan.
Higan flower (a cluster
amaryllis) which is named after "Ohigan" begins blooming around this time, and the best time ends in a week. Higan flowers planted on the ridge between rice fields tell us that the autumn harvest season will be coming soon.


Actually, I was just a little child when I knew of Higan flower. In my picture book, there was a colored illustration of Higan flowers on the ridge between golden rice fields. I was impressed. I did not have chances to see flowers with short life such as Higan flower in the modern city of Tokyo where I grew up.Believe or not, it was 40 years later when I saw real Higan flower while I was traveling the countryside of Okayama prefecture. It was quite similar to the picture of Higan flower in my book. 




                                                                              after rich harvest  in Asuka village Nara

Still, here in Asuka village, farmers reap the rice plants by hand and dry them in the sun. Many tourists visit here to enjoy this scene, the old way of reaping.









Now Higan flower is very close to me.The flowers in a full bloom are seen on my walking route where there are some rice fields and kitchen gardens at this time of the year.

Theses yellowish and pink Higan flowers are rare in Japan. I heard from the kitchen garden's owner that she ordered them from the southern island, Kyushu.
    


                                       The next is the other memory of mine about Higan flower.


I went to the green tea field in Kyoto a couple of years ago. I walked up and up to the tea field on the tea mountain,seeing Higan flowers blooming.



                                                                the tea field in Wazuka Kyoto




                                         Finally I got here! The tea harvest also will be coming soon. 
                                                                                                        
                                                                
                                          I hope you all enjoy your new seasons and rich harvest!

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                                                           Thank you for your host,Judith. 
                             
                                                            Until next time! Tomoko


                          
                                                              
                                                       

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