Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursday Challenge

This was taken before sunset at the Floating Garden Observatory in Osaka. You can see the Yodo River and the Osaka Bay.
This is part of Thursday Challenge. This week's theme is 'landscape.'

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Child Celebration

This family came to the Kasuga Grand Shrine in Nara to celebrate the girl's healthy growth.  This is a custom called 'Seven Five Three" still living in Japan. Three-year-old boys and girls, five-year-old boys and seven-year-old girls are taken to Shinto shrines by their parents to celebrate their growth. Many children wear traditional kimono for this celebration. This girl's kimono and sash are so gorgeous. Her hair style too.
This is part of Ruby Tuesday 2.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Group Shot

Now is the time for school outing in Japan. You can see many primary school kids with yellow caps are ready to be photographed by their teacher. They are posing in front of the Buddha Hall of the Todaiji Temple in Nara.
This is part of Monday Mellow Yellows and Our World Tuesday.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

At Heian Shrine

I found this reflection on the small lake of the Heian Shrine Garden in Kyoto. The red umbrella and maple leaves color caught my eyes.

Today Heian Shrine held a special ceremony for the certain tea ceremony group and many kimono ladies came to participate it.
This is part of weekend Reflections.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Windy Lake Biwa

Two days ago I took this picture at the lakeside of Lake Biwa, the biggest lake in Japan. As you see, it was very windy.
Now the big typhoon #26 is approaching Japan . Hope it will swerve away from us.
This is part of Water World Wednesday and Outdoor Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


These were taken at Pontocho Street in Kyoto. This narrow alley is always full of people at night, who wish to enjoy nice dinner. But in the morning very different.
This is part of Ruby Tuesday 2 and Our World Tuesday.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fushimi Inari Shrine Festival



These are portable shrines in sake barrels. Fushimi is noted for its pure water and one of major sake production area.

On the stage, you can see many different kinds of offerings, such as vegetables, fruits and sakes.
These were taken at Fushimi Inari Shrine in Kyoto yesterday. It was very beautiful and the festival was held in the large precincts.
This is part of Shadow Shot Sunday.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Panda Vending Machine

This red vending machine is standing just close to the East Gate of Kobe China Town.
This is part of Ruby Tuesday 2.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Thatched Arbor

The hexagonal arbor is standing in the Japanese garden of Myoshinji Taizoin Temple in Kyoto.
This is part of Monday Mellow Yellows.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Start to Change

Leaves have started to change colors in Kyoto. All red leaves look beautiful, but I like  to see different leaf colors on the way more.

Friday, October 4, 2013