Saturday, September 28, 2019



                                   One day in September, the gate of a shrine, called "Torii" in Japanese, near my place got repainted: it gets repainted once every couple of decades,
                                   according to the painters. I came across this scene while I was taking a walk with my camera.
                                  The painters willingly allowed me to take photos of them at work as well as posting the photos on my blog.


                                             They  are making coating materials by mixing chemical substances that can prolong  the effects of  insect repellent.

                                                                              They were very friendly people.  I tried not to disturb their work, and enjoyed seeing their work. Thank you.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2019



                                                       Higan flowers. I saw them last year near my house. They must have been planted by nearby residents.

                                                       They looked colorful especially on that rainy day.

               These flowers were taken in 2018 near my house.

                                 Higan flowers are usually seen in the footpaths between rice fields in countryside, to protect growing rice from wild rats as their bulbs are toxic.

                                          The other day, I was walking around an area, once with full of Higan flowers, and noticed the flowers had been completely pulled out.

                                           From this autumn, Higan flowers there will no longer be in bloom. I will miss them forever.

                                                                                       昨年 近所で見かけた彼岸花。



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Thursday, August 29, 2019


                                            Himeji Castle, which is called Shirasagi (White Heron) Castle because of the beautiful figure spreading its wings
                                            This photo was taken when I visited the castle with our son and granddaughter in mid-August.

                                            One of the annual events in our area is a fireworks festival held at a nearby temple.

                                             Usually my neighbors and I stand watching the fireworks along the street in front of our houses; 
                       this time, though, I went to the temple garden to watch the fireworks at close range.

                                                          In front of a goldfish scooping stand


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Saturday, August 10, 2019


                                   During the unusual muggy days continuing here in Japan, let me send you cool wind from the sky: it is on the 60th observation floor 
                                  of the Harukas building in Osaka. For a moment, you can feel yourself soaring into the sky, getting away from the noise of the big city.

These photos were taken when I went to the Harukas building for some erands.


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Sunday, July 28, 2019



                                                                                          Finally the rainy season in Japan has finished.  

                                                    Although the rainy season is full of muggy days, we find that we still have beautiful things to see around us.
                                                                                                 Raindrops on lotus petals.
                                                                                             At the temple garden near my house


                                                I met a priest in the garden. He was willing to allow taking photos of him, saying welcome visitors.                



Tuesday, July 9, 2019

July (1)

                                                                                                                            Random photos                      
                                                                              from everyday chatter in July

                                                                                                                        under my vinyl umbrella

                                                                                           My mother-in-law's talisman, staying longer than me. 


                                                                                                   Forgotten playground overgrown with grass 

                                                                                                           Daily practice
                                                                            my piano student, reflection on the piano lid. ピアノの蓋に映りこんだ生徒さん。


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Wednesday, June 26, 2019


These photos  were taken at  the southern part of Awaji island,Anaga.
My husband and I took one night trip to the island  this month.
It was a beautiful day.
The sunset was glorious.

                                                                               a local man taking a dog for a walk      陽が沈んだ後、地元の方が犬を散歩に連れてきたところです。

                                                                                                                                 Anaga fishing port

      on the way back home by car.

                               Our home is soon.


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