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. 



  1. The shrine looks pretty in the snow. We've had a heavenly bamboo plant growing for more than 10 years. Mac has made me a small Japanese garden and he is trying to grow some bamboo at the back of it too.

  2. What a lovely tradition, Tomoko! Great photos!

  3. Thanks for your beautiful post.Unfortunately where I live there is never any snow. I looked up the web to find out the difference between snow & sleet.Now I have a better understanding. Sleet contains small pellets of ice and can be hazardous !

  4. Hi Tomoko, falling snow is magical, and soft and peaceful as it lands. We have also had a little but it soon disappeared - however we can have all kinds of weather between now and April. The dusting of snow really enhances the shapes of the clipped bushes. Religion apart I think that rituals and ideas have their own energy - may your bamboo branch bring prosperity to your home. Nice to see you Tomoko!

    Have a lovely week,

  5. Oh, snow falling ... :)
    The 3rd is my favorite.
    (Daylight synchronized is good choice!)
    And, Good snapshots and good portraits.

  6. It is wonderful to see falling snow. It' hasn't snowed much here where I live. But when it does and it builds up we are housebound. It snowed a bit yesterday but is gone this morning. I enjoyed your photos of the festival. Thank you!

  7. Thank you for showing me the Ebisu festival and the giving out of the bamboo. There are so many very interesting religious traditions and festivals in Japan. The snow at the temple is really lovely. But COLD!

  8. Dear Tomoko, thank you for sharing this special Ebisu day festival with the Mosaic Monday crowd today, I love the glimpses into other worlds and lives that we all get to enjoy through MM. We had a few flakes of snow earlier today but that all we've had in Normandy so far this year.

  9. Rituals are important ... they keep us all connected in special ways. Thank you for sharing Ebisu day. Enjoy the snow -- so pretty!

  10. Supple and strong: a lovely combination.
    Thank you for glimpses of this celebration.
    I love how your culture honors things that are worthy.

  11. I love this fine whit cloth of snow decorating all the branches! Japan rituals are so sensitive and full of music and dreams. A spiritual bamboo-branch: So heart-touching! Best greetings to amazing Japan from the Bavarian Forest

  12. Hello, pretty images of the snow and temple. Miko has a lovely smile. It is nice to learn the ritual of handing out of bamboo and the meaning of prosperity. Pretty photos of you, Tomoko. Wishing you a happy day!

  13. Very nice details from your local temple.
    Have a nice week!

  14. Those snowy shots are just magical.

  15. Snow falling is such a pretty sight. We don't see it very often here where we live (the west coast of Canada). Miko's smile while handing out the bamboo is sure to have made people happier. Happy days to you.

  16. Hello Tomoko!
    Winter is a very beautiful and magical season. Your photos are proof of this.
    Thank you that I could see such phenomenal places.
    Blessed days.
    Hugs and greetings.

  17. Tomoko, Just a little snow gives a variety to the seasons! Thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

  18. Tomoko - I didn't know that bamboo symbolizes prosperity ... now I am glad that I chose it for the borders of my blog! Thanks for sharing your traditions with us!

  19. The images are serene and lovely and have a timeless quality about them. I hope that ancient traditions will always be kept alive despite the onslaught of the lowest common denominator that society has to offer. Several years ago I had to change planes at Narita and I have always regretted that I didn't take a few extra days and get to know Japan and its birds a little. Your English is excellent, Tomoko, your command of phraseology praiseworthy and your grammar is precise. Congratulations. I am glad to have found your blog. With my very best wishes, David


  20. Lieve Tomoko.mooie winterse foto.,s in Nederland is het koud maar geen sneeuw.
    Miko heeft een lieve glimlach,leuk jou te zien Tomoko,dank voor het delen
    van de Japanse gewoonte.
    wens je een mooie dag.
    groetjes Christiene.

    Dear Tomoko. Beautiful winter photo., In the Netherlands it is cold but not snow.
    Miko has a sweet smile, nice to see you Tomoko, thanks for sharing
    of the Japanese custom.
    wish you a beautiful day.
    greetings Christiene.

  21. Dear Tomato ....
    Your beautiful photos that brought back fond memories from my past. I live in Canada ... Last night, we had ice pellets combined with a snow storm and below zero temperatures ..B-r-r-r-r ... so today, only the snowplows are out and about cleaning the streets.

    Seven years ago, I lived in Kitykyushu and only experienced snow a few times within the city... I do miss your lovely festivals and shrine rituals ...Thank You for sharing all the wonderful pictures.

  22. Dear Tomoko,

    Lovely to see your beautiful photos and falling snow is so pretty.
    Thanks for sharing a little of your custom and great to see you and Miko with a sweet smile.
    have a great weekend

  23. The expression of shrine maiden is adorable.
    The scenery where the snow dances and scatters has an atmosphere.

    I wish You all the best.


  24. Everything looks so pretty with the light dusting of snow. I always like learning about your customs. Let us all hope for peace.

  25. It’s very interesting to read about the Japanese holidays and festivals. Thanks for sharing them Tomoko.

  26. Snow gave me a moment of joy. The Ebisu Festival is an interesting event. A bamboo twig kept for a year at home is a tradition for me. Regards.

  27. このような地元色豊かな寺社には、ほっとさせられます。


  28. I know you were excited by the falling snow, Tomoko. Lately, because we are't getting as much as usual, I'm always excited to see it falling, too. Miko does have a lovely smile. You and I have a similar black coat. I wear mine when I go to the city. Hope all is well with you and your family, my friend.

  29. Bamboo is not afraid of cold days. It will bring you lots of happiness.

  30. Dearest Tomoko san,
    Yes, I do know the meaning of bamboo.
    When I left from Japan, back to the USA as a chaperone to several teenage students, my host a Zen monk, gave me some special bamboo.
    Love those meaningful rituals and it doesn't matter in which religion; it has the same depth and meaning and is for positive and good causes.
    Love your photos, you look so cute! Bet we could swap clothes with each other as my size is a size 4 and some 6. Pants might be too long for you due to my long legs but in general I do have an Asian frame, small wrists too.
    Finally able to read some blogs, as my B'day was on February 6 and I have been very busy last week.
    So much I have to to all alone now and it takes longer, as we age... But I was feeling so proud for having accomplished a lot.
    Also finishes my chronicling of the Mississippi cruise and have it scheduled every 4 days to come out.
    Husband Pieter has enjoyed reading the comments and also reliving all the fond moments; which was my purpose for gifting him the memory to feel positive and happy.
    Sending you hugs,

  31. Great shots - lovely Tradition👍
    All the best
    💕Hug Crissi

  32. Hi Tomolo! Wonderful post!
    Monique 🐾🐾


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