Monday, January 8, 2018


Happy New Year,Friends!

2018, is the year of the Dog, which is the eleventh animal in the 12-year Chinese zodiac calendar.

  My name is Gorou. 2018 is my year.

 Actually, Tomoko does not have a dog and she is happy to get this photo  from my owner, 
     who supports care managements for Tomoko's mother-in-law 97.

Tomoko made this photo for the happy Dog Year.
They both are cute aren't they?
                                        I won't....we are friends.                                                                           Don't bite me...

 Bulldog by Tokyo Art Lab.Ink. 
Thank you for giving me a permission to use this painting!

                                                                                   We are Nara deer. When is our year coming?

                                       Rat, Ox ,Tiger ,Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse ,Sheep ,Monkey, Rooster ,Dog ,Pig.....?
                                               Never,because you are always busy with numerous tourists in Nara Park!  
                                                                             Deer crackers are their favorite.
                                I am thankful for the new start!    

 May we all have a Blessed, Healthy and Fruitful 2018!!
                             Thank you for visit.


Thursday, December 21, 2017



                                                               Hi, Friends!
                                                        Christmas Greetings shine from Japan's Kyoto Station.

                       At the end of every year, I look forward to seeing the Christmas illuminations in the Kyoto Station.
                 The whole station is filled with solemn Christmas music resonating which makes the atmosphere rather quiet and 
                 respectful. I have now posted from the station four times.Here are more romantic time at night and the art of lights.

on the third floor of the Kyoto Station

on the rooftop of the Kyoto Station building 
Not many people would go up to the top away from the Christmas tree though...

                                                                                This is  my favorite place on the rooftop,Wedding Bell.                              
                                             There was a couple besides me there. They noticed me having a camera after they were there
                                             for a few minutes under the bell.They politely offered me a way to the bell and then allowed me 
                                             to take a photo of them with the bell. 

                                                                                                                        and zooming up the bell...

                                                                                                                      ...... and more up!

                                                                              I am thankful for the peaceful special time now.

                                                                    Thank you for visit.
                                                         I will see you  in January, 2018.
                                                  Best wishes for the holidays and New Year.



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Diary....December (1)

                                                                                                      Hi, Friends!

                                                                              Autumn leaves are fading away.
                       My husband likes to go hiking, mostly with his hiking club members.He has not asked me to join them, 
                       because he knows that I am not a person who is good at mountain hiking. I prefer walking on a smooth road 
                       by myself with my camera.

                       However, on a sunny day of autumn I decided to venture in the mountains to see the glorious fall foliage
                       in the ancient Temple Shoryaku-ji, which is located in the mountainous region of the Nara city.
                       There is not enough access to the temple.The special buses taking people from the JR Nara Station to the foot 
                      of the temple  run only during autumn.I took the bus and then walked and walked up to the temple as many 
                      sightseers do.

                                                                                     Finally I got to the stone wall of the gate.

                                                   There were many people enjoying the leaves inside the temple.
                                         Initially I took a simple close up of the Japanese garden with no people in the shot.

                                                                                                    ...... and then.....

                          Moving back to take the whole scene, I clicked exactly at the moment as figures were away in the frame!

                                                           I am thankful for the slow moving pace of nature today!

                                                                                                          Thank you for visit.

                                          奈良の山間部にひっそりとたたずむ 正暦寺。

                                                                                                            Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Diary....November (2)

                                                                                                             Hi, Friends!

                                                 Kyoto is absolutely gorgeous during autumn foliage season and very crowded.
                                             This was  the beginning of autumn leaves in Koudai-ji Temple in Kyoto. It was a quiet day.

   This temple established in 1606 is commonly known as Nene's house. 
 Nene was a shogun's wife, who spent the latter part of her life there
founding the Buddhist temple  as a nun.

I really love returning to this temple, because I always sense the soft, gentle spirit of Nene there.
                                                                        Nene's room  and her garden,the east side,   November 6

                                                                Just one cherry tree stands alone in the garden, the south side.
                                       To my joy, the leaves had not fallen when I arrived there, but soon it will go into a time of rest.


                                                Please see this shabby looking tree dressed up in the delightful pink petals in spring. here

This is the red leaves in my local Temple in Nara city.
at the entrance of the main hall
                                                                     November 13

                                                                                                on the moss in the Temple's garden

                                                                                                               next to the moss

                                                                                                            Thank you for visit.

                                                                                   Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Diary...November (1)


Hello Friends!

         Mosaic Monday    

   Roses are still flowering.
                                              After a month of busy days, now I find myself getting back to normal.
                                              Though it was a cloudy day and a bit late to see roses blooming here, 
                              I walked to a rose garden in the local temple, where I sometimes drop in during spring and autumn.

                                Some roses were damaged due to the recent typhoon, but I enjoyed puttering in the garden, 
                                and then had some sweets and green tea at the tea terrace as usual.

                                                               The autumn air seemed to flavor the green tea.
                    This is a composite photo I made by playing with my Photoshop, layering two photos taken in the garden.

the original photos 
the restaurant in the entrance of the temple ...and tea at the tea terrace in the rose garden


                                       the moment of the roses in a glass vase shining in the sunlight and the reflection 
                                       on the frosted glass table. I clicked the shutter.

This is the photo of the annual rose festival taken in the garden last spring.
                                                                                                       May 21     

marching band going up to the main hall of the temple

This is also a composite photo. 
 roses dancing with the drum music resonating in the garden
Do you like it?

Thank you for visit.

I will visit you soon.


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Diary.....October (3)

Hi, Friends

 old Japanese-style sandal displayed at  Sensouji Temple in Asakusa Tokyo
                                                                     August 2


                                                                   from the end of the boat traveling on Sumida River in Asakusa Tokyo
                                                                                                                 August 2

                                                            sacred space in the busiest business district near Tokyo Station
                                                                                                                                                                                                      September 19

                                         One of my family members, who was hovering between life and death, was slowly waking up
                               after three weeks being in coma. He was released from tubes step by step. Now, he is on the next stage,
                               staying at a rehabilitation center for eating training.It was an amazing recovery. God saved his life.  
                                                                         Thank you to all of you care about him.


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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Diary......October (2)

                                                                                                             Hi, Friends!

                                                                     Shibuya-crossing-under the rain, with umbrellas  

                                                                            umbrellas color rainy days

                                                                                                                                                    September 17

                                                                                 The Painting by Taro Okamoto displayed inside the Shibuya Station

                                                                                                                                                                                            September 17

                                                                                        I encountered this local festival. 
                        The locals carrying a portable shrine (Mikoshi)on their shoulders are parading through the streets in Shibuya Tokyo. 

                                                                                                                                                                             September 17

                                        I was following them with my camera in the rain,trying not to disturb the parade.

                                                                                                          Thank you for visit.

                                                                        Wishing you well and much joy!                                                                           
                                                   I am still busy for helping a sick person, who is one of my family members.

                                                                                            I am looking forward to visiting you not before long.                            

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