Thursday, October 5, 2017

Diary....October (1)


In August, my husband and I went on a trip along the cost line of the Seto Inland Sea for two nights . 
       It was fun and the weather was beautiful.

                                                                  This is our first destination,Awaji island. 
                                                                            My husband asked me to get into a gondola.
                                                      I stepped reluctantly into the gondola,but soon found the view exciting!                                       

                                                                   The Seto Inland Sea  is where tidal whirlpools can be seen, 
                                                        but unfortunately there were not many dynamic whirlpools that day.         

                               We visited the walkway's observation room on the Naruto long-Bridge, sitting 45m above the whirlpools 
                               which can be seen through glass windows set in the floor. Some boys enjoy walking on the glass,
                                                                         taking a glance at the below.

                                                                                                                       a little baby too

                           My husband aimed to fish on the second day of this trip, and I planned to explore the Seto Park on my own. 
                                                                                            I was so excited!

                                                                            the Seto long-Bridge from the Seto Park

                         While I was checking the bus time schedule heading for the Seto Park at the bus stop, one young lady approached me 
                         and said, "Why don't we share a taxi, I will also go to the park." There was no reason to refuse her offer, 
                         because I found that the bus heading for the park goes a long way around to get there.  But, my trip with her was 
                         not limited to only sharing a taxi. Because she then looked up on her phone the best things for us to see in the park.
                              She was smiling and allowed me to visit some spots.How could I just pay half the taxi fare with such a kind young lady? 
                        When we said goodbye after spending 2 hours she gratefully said, "At least let me buy you a cold tea in return!" 
                          She was a positive, smiling person. I am not an aloof person.we just clicked!

                                                                                                 the second night , the Seto Inland Sea

                                                    Last but not least,my husband's fishing catch was five grunts! Not too bad! He was happy too!
                                                                          This was a story of our trip  in August. 



Thank you for visit.
I will have less time for PC.
 One of my close family members, he is single and now serious sick. 
My husband and I have responsibilities of helping him for a while.
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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Diary.....September (2)


                                                                                 Time goes by so quickly!
                         I returned home after spending a week at my younger sister's house, the sister who lost her husband in July.
                         Being with her was the only thing I could do to help her, I thought. Although she was busy doing many things
                         after her husband's death, we shared plenty of time talking.I hope she is going to find a new life by herself, 
                         dealing with her grievous loss.

                                                                       From Kyoto to Nara

Here I am picking some photos from my summer vacation.

                                            Nara Park has been our granddaughter's favorite place from when she was a little baby. 
                                   She likes to see Nara deer, giving crackers to them, now that she is very good at feeding Nara deer.


                                                                             No more crackers! Enough!
                                                                The Nara deer understood its manners well. 


The following day
                  Kinkaku Temple shone surprisingly bright under the gray sky, which is one of the most famous temples in Kyoto.
                 The temple itself is very unique. It is more lavish than other temples in Japan.  There are a lot of tourists, 
                  so taking pictures here is quite a challenge. Also you have to find a spot where there are no tree branches hanging down 
                  into the frame. 

                                                  After our stroll at Kinkaku Temple we continued walking to Ryoanji Temple.

                                                                                                                       Ryoanji Temple
                                 It is indeed a simple garden, in which white sand is spread, and on it fifteen rocks are arranged
                                    into five islands in a small space of twenty-two by ten meters.

    My husband is always willing to click shutters when he was asked.

                                                                                       I hope you enjoyed Kyoto and Nara deer.


                                Thank you for visit.


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

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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.


                                       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! 


                   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.

                              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.