Sunday, February 4, 2018


It doesn't snow much here.I just enjoyed a little snow falling last week .
 at a local temple.
                                                                                                                        February 1

                                                                                                The snow turned to sleet soon though....

                                                      Those colorful lucky charms  were not drenched under the small roof.

                              Two days later, the  Ebisu festival day came again, which is  held on February third at many shrines in Japan ,
                                                     particularly in the west Japan and it is very popular. Miko has always lovely smile.
                                                                                           February 3                

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

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

                                                                                                            Tomoko got a small one.

                                                                                   ......then, Tomoko in front of the shrine  to pray for peace.

                                    Even though we are not a particularly religious family, we think we do not want to miss this annual ritual.
                               right side: a new bamboo branch at our house,which is displayed here until next year.