Thursday, January 31, 2013

Present from Rotterdam

I found these girls playing marbling in the Meriken Park in Kobe. They look so adorable. In my childhood, I often played Japanese-style marbling with my friends. Sweet memories.
The sign says these were presented by the port of Rotterdam. Thank you for sending happy ladies.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Big Smile

At Osaka Castle Park.
After a short blog break I start again. This is part of Ruby Tuesday 2.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Changan Gate

This was also taken in Kobe China Town. Here red color looks more dominant than yellow. This is the eastern gate called Changan Gate. On the left you see a panda on the two vending machines.
This is part of Ruby Tuesday 2.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Yellow Lanterns

Was taken in China Town in Kobe. Within  a space of 200 meters by 100 meters, more than 100 Chinese restaurants and food shops are open. This place is always lively and a bit noisy.
This is part of Monday Mellow Yellows.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Kobe View

 This was taken from the gondola of the Nunobiki Ropeway in Kobe city yesterday. It's very close to the Shin-Kobe station for the Bullet train.
In the first picture, you can see a huge shadow of the clouds. Thanks to the modern technology, just ten minutes ride gives us a nice view like this.
I dedicate this post to Shadow Shot Sunday and Scenic Sunday.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Floral Friday Fotos

 By the window I place a pot of cyclamen. Its red color makes me feel bright every morning. Water, sunlight and love grow flowers. It's my routine to open the curtain to see this flower pot. To be honest, this flower is a big part of my life now.
Come and enjoy Floral Friday Fotos.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Yebisu on the fence

 This happy- looking statue is sitting on the corner of the fence. I found it while walking around the countryside in Nara. This man is called Ebisu or Yebisu who is regarded as a guardian deity of fishermen and luck. He is always depicted to bring a fishing pole in a right hand and hold a sea bream in a left hand.
Yebisu is a popular beer brand of Sapporo Beer in Japan, whose can has a picture of this man.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Monday Mellow Yellows

Winter sweet blooms in the earliest time of the year and it smells very good. Its small, waxy, yellow flowers are so precious here now.
This is my first entry to Monday Mellow Yellows. Thank you for hosting this yellow meme!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Winter Peony

 Today I went to Sekkoji Temple and Taima Temple in Nara to see winter peonies protected by straw umbrellas. They are all about 40 to 50 cm tall. Their flowers are really enticing.
This is part of Pink Saturday and Floral Friday Fotos.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Museum Window

Looking into the window to see the ethnic displays at the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, I found a nice reflection of bare trees and clouds.

I dedicate this post to Weekend Reflections and Floral Friday Fotos.
Have a nice weekend! Tomorrow I plan to see winter peony in Nara with my friends.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Winter Garden


At the Japanese Garden in Expo Park in Osaka. It is like my own garden, because very few people visit in this time of the year! I love the purity of this time.
I dedicate this to Water World Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Rose Cafe


Had a relaxing time in Rose Cafe, just next to the rose garden. Most flowers are gone, but I found a tough one. I was happy to see this bright color against the gray sky.
I post this to Ruby Tuesday 2 and Our World Tuesday.

Friday, January 4, 2013

New Year Display

On the observatory floor of the Umeda Sky Building, a beautiful display is set to celebrate the New Year.
This is part of Floral Friday Fotos,
                       Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Happy New Year!

I wish all of you a happy new year!!

Today my sisters' families and my daughter's family came to my house to have a new year party. I prepared some traditional Japanese dishes for the New Year Day. We all had a fun time together in talking, laughing and singing. Next year, we'll have a new baby member to our family. Feel like I made a good start for the year.