Friday, February 10, 2017

Diary.....February (1)

Hi, Friends!

                                                 On February third, the Ebisu festival was held at our local small shrine.
                                        This festival is to pray for happiness and business success and it is very popular 
                                                  at many shrines in Japan,particularly in the Kansai business district.  

                                              Bamboo is strong and supple, so it’s represented as a symbol of prosperity. 


                                                              This familiar young Miko stands on a stage, 
                                                    handing out lucky bamboo branch to all the visitors, one by one.


                             For many years, my mother-in-law 97 used to walk 10 minutes to the shrine for this festival 
                                with her close neighbors. Now she prefers staying at our home rather than going.
                            Even though we are not a particularly religious family, my husband and I still go to this event 
                                                                    instead of her and we enjoy it.

     Such a lovely smile! I always like this Miko san.  



                                                           Five-minutes drive takes me to this museum. 
                                                     The Ume trees in the garden have just started flowering.
                                Every spring, the museum has a free entry,which reminds me that spring has arrived. 
                                The many locals enjoy the free entry this time of the year,seeing ume flowers. But sadly, the weather 
                                 was fairy cold and windy on the day, February seventh.There were only a few visitors.

                         The museum holds many exhibitions including its seasonal garden and it also hosts music concerts.

                                                                           2016 in the garden

                                                           You will enjoy the  flowers in full bloom next time! 

                                                                                        Have a wonderful February

Thank you for visit.