Monday, November 21, 2016

                                                                                                          Hi, Fiends!

                                                                         the nearest train station taken by my husband
                                                                    with his point and shoot camera

                                           I will go to Tokyo soon. I am excited to see my mother and younger sister. 
                                                             This time, I am planning to see my close friend too. 

                        Following my left eye surgery(cataract) of the last year, I am going to have a right eye surgery 
                        in December. My eye will need a rest ,have to be away from my PC for a while.  

                                                                                  I hope you have a wonderful day, full of smiles.

                                              See you again!


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Friday, November 11, 2016

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

Hi, Friends!


                                                                                                    Sky Watch- Friday

                     The autumn festival delighted visitors to the Heijo Palace site located in the ancient capital city of Nara 
                              adjacent to where I live. There were traditional dances depicting ancient stories of Nara,
                                    performed by people dressed in nobles' costumes from the 7th and 8th centuries.


                            The highlight of the festival was the air show. The site was full of people flocking to see the air show. 
                                                               Visitors eagerly awaited the air show. 
                                                           Several jets performed creating white smoke trails in the clear blue sky.

                                                                    Jets soaring skywards together!

                                                                   Horizontally shooting past overhead!

                                                                                                       Getting ready to...

                                                                                  Budding up!

                                                                           Exploding in the sky!!
                         The breathtaking, 20 minute performance was over in a flash, leaving the spectators thrilled and delighted.
                  It is such a moving event no matter how many times you look at it, giving us a dream and hope for the future!
                                          Thank you to the pilots of Nara Air Self-Defense Force for this mission!

                                                                Daikoku-Den in the Heijo Palace site

                               Thank you for visit.

                               Actually,my favorite camera had something wrong after theses photos. The click did not work at all. 
                               I missed taking photos of the people enjoying the show.Now the camera is being fixed at a camera shop. 
                               I should get a new camera...? I am just wondering. I will post,next time, after my camera was repaired.
                                                                    Until Next Time!   

Thursday, October 20, 2016

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

Nice to see you again!



This is Tomoko.
 My husband took this photo in Osaka with his point and shoot camera,Sonny 20×optical zoom.
It was a clear day after many cloudy days in September and October. 
We went to Osaka for doing an errand.
                                                                                        at Namba Tower in Osaka


                             Osaka is the biggest merchant city in Japan; thought to be very busy and crowded. 
                           Businesses are not the only thing prospering, as Osaka is also known for its innovated greenery.

                                                      Here is the rooftop garden of the Namba Tower, 
                                                 which also is home to an extensive 120 tenant shopping mall.

This garden extends over several city blocks, 
and the flowers and trees have been nurtured organically.

Sparrows were playing here, but my camera was not able to ready to take them!



Green fall fences


This  photo shows the meeting place on the highest floor of Osaka station.
 It is customary in Osaka for people to stand on the right side of escalators.
The left is for walking.

                                                               People in a hurry use the left side to pass you quickly.
                                                                    But, the rule in Tokyo is opposite.                                                                                                                                           Tokyo is my hometown, but I do not know why. 
                                               There are many cultural differences between Osaka and Tokyo.
                                                                             This is one of them.

                                                                          Thank you for visit.

                                                 Have a wonderful day, full of smiles and peaceful moments.                                                              

                                                                            Util Next Time!



Thursday, October 6, 2016

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

It is so nice to see you again.


 In our summer holidays, my husband and I visited the sand dunes of the Tottori region.

Welcome to this sand dune!
This is a camel working here for the tourists.

   The size of this dune stretches 2.4 km north/south and 16 km east/west along the coastline of the Sea of Japan, 
                    and it is the largest one in Japan. The easy transportation access from the city encourages people to visit
                    the dunes throughout the year, so the dunes are mostly covered in tracks made by visitors.

                          The rippled sand dune, which is the formative arts made by the wind, may be a rare scene here.

You have to climb up that 50 meter high sand wall called" Horse's back"  if you want to see the sea from the top.
OK,Let' try it.

It was so hard ,but I climbed up and up.....and Up following them!

Some young girls wanted to dash down......but I didn't.

 finally, my husband and I were on the top!


                                                                                         (5)                                                                                                                                                                         This is the "Sea of Japan". 
                                           The sky was not clear, but enough beautiful and the sea was calm. 

                                                                                           Thank you for visit.

                                                                          I hope you have a lovely day!  
                                             Util next time!


Friday, September 23, 2016

Tomoko' Diary September (2)


                                                   My week has been quite busy, and September will be over soon. 
                                                          I will share a few of summer photos with you.

     You can imagine how big the Great Buddha of Nara is!
                                                           The Buddha is 15meters high and it weight 250 tons.

                                                     August 6, it was an annual cleaning day of the Great Buddha. 
                           About 200 Buddhist monks and others purify their bodies and gather at the Great Buddha Hall
                           in white clothing and straw sandals; after taking out the Great Buddha’s soul, they chant together 
                                                                            and began cleaning his body.


                                              Visitors kept clicking their zoom cameras in the dust falling on them.
                                                    See? Some  visitors are wearing masks on their faces.
                                            I covered my nose and mouth with a scarf I always carry in my backpack.

                                   This is another mysterious summer event held in Nara Park located in our ancient Nara of Japan.
                                                           The flower candle Festival called "Tokae"! 
                         Toukae is the Japanese word which represents a piece of candle that is shaped in the form of a flower. 
                                    Nara Park was filled up with the thousands of candles lined up from August 4 to 15.

                                                              It is 7 o’clock, now is the time to start lighting up candles. 
                                                  Visitors came to light the candles as a prayer for world peace.                                                                       


                                                        These were taken before lighting up, at early evening.
                                    You might be surprised to see  Nara deer not disturbing the unlit candles that surround them.

                                                                     Nara deer are tame and loved by Nara people.

                                                                                  He was bored without lit candles.....?

Thank you for visit.

I hope you have a wonderful day, full of smiles.
                                                                                               Until next Time!


Thursday, September 8, 2016

Tomoko's Diary September (1)

                                                           Hi,Friends! I am back.                                                       

                                                                         Five on Friday                                                                                                                                                  
                                                                        Mosaic Monday                                                                                                                                                                                                 
                                                 Finally, our air is slightly giving signs of autumn arriving here. 
                                                                           These are  some events I had in August.

  I made some simple clothes this summer, using the same paper pattern.
                                            They are so easy to make and comfortable to get through the heat!

                                 I didn't feel like going out in the heat, but did not miss my weekly English class hobby,
                                                        which is held at a table in a nearby restaurant.  
                                     My brain does not work well, studying another language is always challenging.
                            Usually, I don't have a sweet tooth so much, but I feel a bit indulgent after the English practice.
                                                I enjoy sweets with my friend and our teacher from Canada. 
                                                  Today’s treat was this gelato with marrons and syrup .

                                                              See! Nara deer are enjoying cool water. 
                             Due to the long hot and humid days with little rain, euglena in the pond has increased.
                             Especially under the morning sunlight, the euglena cause photosynthesize on the surface,
                             which makes the water brown red. A Nara Park attendant explained this to me.

                                                       Daibutsu pond in Nara Park, August 8 around 9 a.m.                                                                                                                 

                                                           Suddenly, the deer started running. Dog's barking frightened them.  

                                                       My husband and I took a trip to Hamasaka coast in Hyougo prefecture.

                                                                                                                 August 28

                                                         Young sun-tanned men were playing beach soccer games on the beach.

                                                                                                       Hamasaka beach

                                                                                                       and children  too.
                                                                                      It was fun to watch their games!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         after the games on the beach

                                                                                          Thank you for visit.

                                                              Have a wonderful day, full of smiles and peaceful moments.

                                                                                                Until next time!