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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Saturday, June 15, 2019


                     The roses at my local temple flowered this year too. On May 18th, local children and temple workers carried a big  basket of roses to the main hall on the hillside
                                                                      This is a ritual event held every spring, here at this temple.

                                                                                                                                               in the garden of the temple

                                                                         The roses were beautiful under the sunlight, and the water spray of the fountain in the garden was also bright.


Wednesday, May 29, 2019


                                    One day in May, I walked around the Nara Park. Many tourists visit this ancient Nara to enjoy the lots of temples, buildings and atmosphere.
                                    Some local people sitting by the Sarusawa pond in the Park, and painting the image of the day is a familiar sight there.

                                         This is one of the painters I meet and speak sometimes at the same spot. His painting is a bit special, which is called pointillism with black ink.
                                His one set of 3 paper painting work is going to complete soon in October. It took him 2 years. He said with smile.

                                                                                                         Thank you for allowing me to take your art!   
                                                                                             I look forward to seeing you by the pond in the Park  again.

                                                                                                                               Here, life is passing very slowly...I like it.



Thursday, May 16, 2019


  Our sons and a daughter-in-law sent me this beautiful flowers on Mother's day.
   This is not a composite photo....yes, the reflection on the lid of my piano.

                                                                                                Finding the beautiful reflection on the lid, I tried to take the device of  piano too.


                                                                                                                                                very photogenic!

                                                                                                                I am so happy to find that there are so many beauties in my room.



                                                                                               Driving Miss Daisy, I watched countless times 20 years ago is unforgettable film.

                                                          The main players are Miss Daisy, 72, a proud old wealthy Southern lady, and her chauffeur Hoke, he is a black man.

                                                          The story explores their relationship over 25 years. No special event happens; the days just pass quietly.
                                                                         Over the years, they are going to realize that their existence is important.The story looks at humans getting old and dying, 
                                                         mentions racism, and touches my heart with their exquisite words.
                                                          I started reading the dialog of the film 5 monthes ago. With my English teacher's great help, the reading is going to the end soon.
                                                          It was fun but very difficult!!!






Friday, April 26, 2019


                                           I feel that while cherry blossoms were making Japanese people festive, the days in April were flying so fast.

                                       I missed enjoying the cherry blossoms this spring, but I found this lovely weeping peach tree quietly blooming at a nearby shrine.

                                                         See? Single tree has white and pink flowers on it.

                                                                                                                                    源平しだれ桃(genpei weeping peach)

                                                                     This is my piano student who has been studying with me for over 13 years.

                                                                   She had dreamed since childhood of playing the piano, but  she never had a chance to try.

                                                                   When she retired, she came to my piano studio and started learning piano from the basics

                                                                                                            Here ,she plays Chopin's Nocturne Op.9.No.2.   

                                                Many students age from 4 to 80 were playing with me for more than 30years.Now she is my only student.

                                                I think, when she stops learning piano, it will also be my time to retire as a piano teacher.

                                                Then I will enjoy playing the piano for my own pleasure in everyday life.

                                                Until then we will continue practicing piano, encouraging each other as friends rather than as a teacher and student.

                                                                              This is her favorite piano song.
                                                               For Elise ...Beethoven Op.173




Wednesday, April 10, 2019


It is fun .

Let's take a look at how to prepare mochi by pounding in the traditional way.

 April 2,I had lovely guests from Hawaii,Sandy and her partner Bert.
Sandy was my first teacher at an English converstaion class.
20 years ago, she moved back to Hawaii after living in Japan for 4 years as a teacher
and then we have been keeping in touch with each other by e-mail.

I took them out around Nara Park with my camera, but totally  forgot to take pictures!
too much fun being with them and the time was passing so fast.

This video was taken by Bert at a mochi shop near the Nara Park.