Thursday, June 22, 2017

Tomoko's Diary.....June(3)

                                                                                 Willy Nilly Friday

                                                                                    Hello, Friends!

                                                  Osaka Station is the biggest and busiest one in Western Japan.
                                If you walk around Osaka station, you will be amazed at the number of trendy shops.
                       Besides the shops, you can also enjoy other areas with various features such as Japanese-style gardens,
                                              seasonal flower beds, small farms and streams on the upper floors.  
                                                                            It is an oasis in the busy town.

                                                   This is the hydrangea on the 11th floor of the station building.

                                                                                       People enjoy the fresh open air. 

                                                 the Japanese-style garden on the breezy plaza on the 11th floor.
                                                        Several gardeners work in shifts every day.
                       Coincidentally, I see her every time I come here.I enjoy chatting with the gardener when I meet her here.

                                                       can see birds bathing on the stream!

                                                                                            Look at me!

                                                                                  We can Jump like this!!

                                                                             These are  the sparrows living  around the station!



                               Thank you for visit.
                                Until next time


Thursday, June 15, 2017

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


    May 2, it was a beautiful day. I went to see Bugaku, which was held by Todai Temple in the Nara Park. 
What is Bugaku? Bugaku is the ancient Japanese court- dance.
    Bugaku took place during the  Shomu Emperor ceremony to mark his death , which was 1261 years ago,
         when Nara  was  capital of Japan.

  The mask on the dancers  is called Noumen.
Noumen has no expression. But audience see mixed motion and feeling on that. 
                                      The motion of a performer and an angle and shadow makes complex expression.


                                                                                    He is  a kind devil!

                                  This parade by monks started before Bugaku performance in dedication to Shomu Emperor.

                                                                       At the Nandai gate of the Todai Temple

                                                                      May was also the time for golden chain flowering.

                                                                                    at the nearby playground

                                                      .......... and the time for school excursion.
                              Little boys and girls walked around the Nara park and watched the traditional ceremony.


                                                                     children going back to school by train
                             I was with them on the train until my station. I enjoyed looking at them being merry in the vehicle.

                                    This Mask, which has been displayed on the wall of our Japanese style guest room, 
                                    is  my late father-in-law's Noumen. His coworkers gave it to him when he retired 
                                                           from his work, wishing his long health and smile!

                                                                                            Thank you for visiting.
                                                                                Until next time!



Friday, June 9, 2017

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


                                                                                   Five on Friday  
                                                                               Saturday's Critters
                                                                               I'd Rather B Birdin
                                                                                Hello, Friends! 
                                                                                  I am back.
                                                         My diary pages should start from the beginning  of May.

                                 In the sunny day of May, I took photos of these sweet sparrows on the 11th floor terrace 
                                 of the Osaka Station building. The terrace is also named "Garden of the Wind".
                                                                  With the sun showering on the  garden,                 
                                                 many sparrows enjoyed the open air space, bathing in the pond.                




                                                 A friend of mine, who has a large bamboo wood, sent me bamboos this spring too.
                                     After much peeling, then boiling in a large pan until soft, various recipes are possible.                                                                                                                 

                                                                           This is  one of the recipes " Bamboo rice". 

                                                           My  long favorite  wooden  bowl  comes on the table for the  rice today. 
This is a Japanese lacquer" Wajima".      
      It needs a bit of care to keep it and make it last a long time because of the delicate material,
 but age brings its own particular beauty. 
 Wajima lacquer is here.

                                                                       My mother  in Tokyo moved to a nursing home May 8.
                                                        This is the water painting my mother painted when she was 87.                                                                                                   She no longer paints, but she is still happy with her paintings.
                                                         My sister and I displayed her painting in her new room.   

                                                                                                          i phone


                                                                                               Thank you for visit.

                                                                              Until next Time!


I'd Rather B Birdin

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Tomoko's Diary...April(2)

Dear Friends,

           Mostly Japanese people know one of the remarkable Samurai ”Toyotomi Hideyoshi” legend(1536-1598) in Japanese history.
                                           He was born a peasant and yet rose to finally end the War Period.

                   This is the Kodaiji Temple in Kyoto where Hideyoshi’s widow” Nene” lived to pray for his soul until the end of her life.

                   As a woman, I am one of many women who are interested in Nene’s life getting through the turbulent time.
                                    I took a trip to Kyoto, wanted to see just one sakura tree in the temple’s garden.

                                                                                                                                                                                     April 5....9:30 A.M

                                                                                                   from corridor

                                                                                                      from  Nene's room


                                                                                        This is a playground near my house.                               
                                                                    Our neighbors call this place Sakura Park.                                              

                                                                                                          April 12                                                                                       

                                                                                     Children gathered playing ball games.

                                                                                       Sakura blossoms are falling.
                                                     Seeing little children playing here always makes me smile.
                                                                                                             April 13

                                                                                               the sakura petals dancing

                                                         Thank you for visit, and I always appreciate your kind comments. 
                                                        My daily life will be busy with lot’s of other things to do. 
                                                     From next Monday, I will be away from blogging for a while.  

                                                                              Happy day to you!



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Thursday, April 6, 2017

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


                                  The Sakura blossoms were still budding when I went to Nara Park on March 31.
                    While leisurely strolling through Nara Park, I felt the softly falling rain and watched the ever widening ripples 
                                                               on the pond among the water lily pads.

                                             The color of these  water lily pads was  actually reddish brown 
                                       however, somehow the color turned to pink by my camera without any editing.   
                                                                              I do not know why......                               
                                                                                            March 31     

                                             My camera made such a miracle art.I was not certainly disappointed,
                                                 and just added a little light on these photos as an edit.

                                                                            Looks cold..... but spring is on the way.

                                                             This is my favorite Japanese antique shop near Nara Park. 
                                                                  They also serve green tea to customers.                                        

                      They have a small garden arranged with the white stones and the old dying trees at the shop's side window. 

                                                      traditional Japanese aesthetic world..Wabi Sabi is here.

                                                This week, finally some early-bloom types of Sakura trees began opening.
                                       I looked cherry blossom forecast up and went to see the Sakura flowering in Kyoto.   
                                                                           Honmanji Temple in Kyoto
                                                                                                                                                                                                April 5

                                                                                            Thank you for visit.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

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


The graduation season falls in March in Japan.
                        It is always lovely to see young girls and boys dressed in formal wear going for their graduation 
                             this time of the year. I went to the Kyoto Station building to see my friends the other day.
                        I glimpsed some girls dressed in Hakama around the station, and got to know that a graduation ceremony 
                        would be held at Doushisha Girl's University, located in the center of Kyoto City.After having a pleasant time 
                      with my friends at a tearoom, I decided to drop by the University to enjoy seeing the brilliant graduating girls.
before the ceremony

                                                            They wore a traditional Japanese garment Hakama over a kimono. 
                              Many female students traditionally wear Hakama to their university or college graduation ceremony. 
                                                                            We call them Hakama girls.

                                                                                                  in front of the ceremony hall

                                                                         I liked to see their fashionable colors of Hakama and kimono.  
                 I remember that ,a long time ago,I wore a plain dark blue Hakama over a plain pink kimono to my graduation day.
                                                                           It was simple back then.
                                                                   Congratulations, Hakama girls!                                                                                                                                                   I felt myself young again.


                                            This is a unique hedge I found while walking in my neighborhood.
                                                                  It is supposed to be over 50 years old.
                                                The house owner has nurtured carefully the hedge of Kaizuka plants
                                                             until it has become a big bonsai looking one.

Sakura will be in full bloom soon in April.
                                                    April is the beginning of Japan's fiscal year for most of the companies,                          
                                                                 and school years also start from April.

                                                                                         Thank you for visit.