Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Terraced Paddy Fields

Today I drove to see terraced paddy fields in Chihaya-akasaka village, the southern end of Osaka Prefecture. Completely different from other places in Osaka, I can feel the tranquil landscape. In autumn, this green color will change into golden harvest color. I'm sure I must come back then.
This is part of Outdoor Wednesday.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Flower on Cheek

Look at this pretty flower on the cheek!
This is today's Koharu. She is fed partly to get enough milk. She can drink milk, of course, but for her heart to breathe and suckle at the same time is a hard work now. When she drinks, her head soon gets sweaty, which is a typical symptom.
She likes to sit in this way and looks happy to see her mother (my daughter).

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


I've been busy to help my daughter's family. But I found that I feel more energetic now than before. I can say to do something for my family gives me kind of satisfaction. Now my granddaughter is getting better.(she has a heart problem) She smiles and watches her hand with her wondering eyes.  However, to maintain her good condition until the heart surgery in August, she has to stay in the hospital. Hopefully, she can go back home in a month after the successful surgery.
This is part of Ruby Tuesday 2.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Japanese-style Pizza

This is Hiroshima Okonomiyaki, Japanese-style pizza. It is so popular in Hiroshima that in the station building there is a food mall mainly for Okonomiyaki restaurants.
This is part of Monday Mellow Yellows.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Delightful Reflection

I found the corridor of the pediatric ward of the Sakai City Hospital where my granddaughter is hospitalized now is decorated with many paintings, stickers and others to cheer up inpatient children and their families. They are really beautiful and heart-warming. This window decoration is one of them.

Thank you so much for giving me your encouraging messages. I am deeply grateful for you.  I understand Koharu's heart failure is repairable by the coming surgery.

This is part of Weekend Reflections.

Friday, July 19, 2013

In the Hospital

I have two grandchildren, Rintaro and Koharu. This is Koharu. She is three months old and has a heart problem. Now she has been in the hospital for four days. She needs to have a surgery in near future.
This summer I go to the hospital to help my daughter or sometimes go to see Rintaro to encourage him. He must be lonely without Mother and Sister. But now he looks good with Father.
I wish Koharu will get well soon and go back to her home.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Lotus Core

This lotus has just opened. Each color such as pink, yellow and green gives me spice.
This is part of Monday Mellow Yellows.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Lotus Garden

Today I got up early to see lotus flower blooming in the Expo Park in Osaka. The pink lotus flowers are stunning.
This is part of Floral Friday Fotos and Pink Saturday.

Monday, July 8, 2013

End of the Lane

At the end of the lane, you see a popular pork cutlet restaurant, Katsukura. You see a lot of narrow alleys like this in Kyoto.
The rainy season was over in Kansai including Osaka and Kyoto, and hot and humid summer has really come.
This is part of Monday Mellow Yellows.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Baby Monkeys

This was taken in the Iwatayama Monkey Park in Kyoto. Three baby monkeys were playing. So adorable.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Floral Friday Fotos

This is my first artichoke. It's not a familiar plant in Japan, I think. I found this in the Nunobiki Herb Garden in Kobe. I was fascinated with its bright color and its big size (20 cm). And now I've just googled about it and found it is a popular vegetable. Incredible! I hope to try some in the future somewhere.
This is part of Floral Friday Fotos.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Water World Wednesday

This is Motoyasu River in Hiroshima. People are enjoying in a boat. I wonder how they are controlling it.
This is part of Water World Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Ruby Tuesday

These are formal foot gears of the wedding attendees. I was happy to find a traditional Shinto-style wedding ceremony at the Itsukushima Shrine in Hiroshima last week.
This is part of Our World Tuesday , Ruby Tuesday 2 and This is Wherever Wednesday.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Bamboo Blinds

This is a public bathhouse in somewhere in Kyoto. I took this picture one year ago and forgot where it is. Today I can see many three-story houses in my town Osaka, but  this old bathhouse in such a big size looks special to me. Plus yellow bamboo blinds are my favorite.
This is part of Monday Mellow Yellows.