Friday, September 8, 2017

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


It is glad to be back blogging again.
              I had busy summer with many things, and some of them are still going on. 
                                                                     I am picking some photos from my summer break.

                                             Our granddaughter flue to Nara (my town) and spent a few days with us.
                                                 She said she wants to write about Kyoto on her summer school homework.
                                                So my husband and I decided to take her to some temples and stroll ancient streets
                                                in Kyoto. Kyoto is 40 minutes from my house by train.It was extremely hot day.
   Kiyomizu Temple and Kyoto city

                                                                                                             Koudaiji Temple


                                                                            This is a Japanese style paper fan shop. 


                                     Our granddaughter enjoyed choosing some souvenirs for her school friends at the shop.



                                                           It was interesting to see the young male  assistants in the colorful aprons at the shop.
                                                             The material of this apron is called Kyoto Nishijin brocade. 
                                                      The combination of the traditional material and young fashion is something new.


                                        We often needed to get cold water bottles at vending machines here and there.
                                              But this pure green tea Kyoto offers was the best to cool down my throat.


                                  My husband and I took a trip along the coastline of Shikoku island at the end of August.

                                                                     the Seto Inland Sea in the early morning 


                                                 This is one thing I am still sad to write: my younger sister lost her husband July 30.
                                       He passed away after two-month battle with cancer.
                                       Death is a part of life, but how sad to see someone travel to the other world, leaving many 
                                       loved ones feeling bereft behind.
                                       Every moment, I think of my sister, who lives away from me, being in deep sorrow.
                                       I will spend several days with her after his first memorial ceremony in Honganji Temple in Tokyo, 
                                       which will be held next week, when we have a lot of things to talk over.

                                                                                        Wishing you a good day and weekend
                                                                                       Thank you for visit.
                                                                                    I will visit you very soon.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

                                                                                August 6, 2017

                                                      Japan marks 72 years since world’s first atomic bomb attack at Hiroshima.


                                                For  world Peace

Thank you for visit.


Thursday, July 27, 2017

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

             Summer Break


                                                                                                                 All my Friends!
                                                           Have a wonderful day filled with small special moments.


Thursday, July 20, 2017

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

Hi, Friends!


Nara Park, which is a public park of about 660 hectares, is home to hundreds of freely roaming deer. 
                        Although the deer are wild animals, they are remarkably tame and smart.Considered in Shinto religion 
                        to be messengers of the gods, the deer are not  caged.They are allowed to roam free around the large
                        expanse of the Park and are protected carefully here.You will be greeted by the cute deer at the Park.

                                        With a lot of deer roaming in the Park, the streets are marked with warning signs.

                                       It was raining when I went to the Park one day in June,and the ground was  wet. 
                                       I found the deer signs showing up clearly. 

Look! a herd of deer are crossing a crosswalk
They understand .....the red signal?


                                                                                               Deer! Hurry! Cross the street! 


                                                                                This is a familiar sight tourists often see on the Park streets.

                   Currently the deer population of Nara Park is around 1,200.Unfortunately, car accidents involving deer happen each year.
                   The 'Foundation for the Protection of Deer in Nara Park' has made an effort to protect them, so the popularity of 
                    the deer has been kept.

                                                              This is a series of lovely Nara deer stories.         
                              Thank you for visit.

                                                                              Until Next Time!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

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


                                                                                                5 in 5

                                                                             It has been busy last week.
           I took a trip to Tokyo to visit my mother, who has been living in a nursing home since May 2017.
           She survived from bad flue last February, it was magical for her age 95, but the damage from flue result was terrible.
          I appreciate the nursing home’s great help. She is now calm and relax without worries in there. I softly hold her hands, 
           whispering in her ears,  it is me…Mother,Tomoko. She understood who I am, and calmly said (my lovely) daughters….
          Tomoko…Jyunko( her younger daughter).....with a faint smile on her face.  

        When I was a high school student I used to go to school in Shibuya town. I have lot’s of memories from that city, 
            which is colorful and the city for youth culture in Tokyo.I decided to stop at Shibuya station and enjoy my last day in Tokyo.

                                                                              Look at this Shibuya crossing.
                                                    It is one of the best attractions in Tokyo and one of the world's busiest pedestrian crossings.

                                   When the lights turn red at the junctions they all turn red at the same time in every direction. 


                                        Traffic stops completely and pedestrians surge into the intersection from all sides.
                          Up to 2500 people try to cross the intersection at a time. It’s orderly and there is no pushing and everyone is polite.

                                                                                I joined these pedestrians , playing with my camera!

                                                                   Come on! everyone, Hurry, move! 

                                                                                                       walk and run!  

                                         This is a train monument used from 1947 to 1977, and now still alive as a travel bureau.


                                                I went back to Kyoto station by Shjnkansen at night after leaving Shibuya.
                                                            My home in ancient beautiful town, Nara, is soon!

                                                                                                    Thank you for visit.

                                                                                         Until next time.


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.

                                                           .......... 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!