Monday, November 17, 2014

Wakayama Castle

This is a stair corridor bridge. I took off my shoes and stpped down. You can see how it looks like from outside in the second picture. I took these pictures at Wakayama Castle today.

Friday, September 26, 2014

White Spider Lily

Red-color spider lilies are more common than white ones. We can see lots of them on the border of the rice fields.
This is part of Floral Friday Fotos.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Autumn Flowers

Hello friends, after a break, I am back here again. Now here in Osaka I feel autumn breeze. Nice season for walking. Spider lilies have started to bloom, which is one of the main images of autumn to me.
This is part of Floral Friday Fotos.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cotton Kimono Ladies

Took this picture at Yasaka Shrine yesterday. These kimono ladies are Maiko, apprentice Geisha. They were going into the shrine hall to attend the ceremony.
Their red Obi sash and beautiful hairstyle attracted me. Maiko are always photogenic.
This is part of Ruby Tuesday Too.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Taketomi Island


This is Taketomi Island, ten minutes by high-speed craft from Ishigaki Island. The islanders are proud of its tradition and lifestyle. They have preserved their housing tradition. As you see above, it is characterized by its red roof tiles and  coral limestone walls. And every house has a very attractive decoration called Shisa on the roof. It is regarded as guardian.
This is part of Skywatch Friday.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Ishigaki Island

 I visited three southern islands of Okinawa Prefecture. They are Ishigaki Island, Taketomi Island and Iriomote Island. Today I show you the pictures of Ishigaki Island.

Kabira Bay
This is part of Skywatch Friday.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Indian Coral Tree

This is DEIGO in Japanese. It's a tropical tree and this is my first time to find one in our region.  I found one at the Oji Zoo in Kobe. I had a wonderful time with my two grandkids on Sunday.
This is pat of Ruby Tuesday Too.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Dragonfly on Break

Found this dragonfly in the iris garden yesterday. It looked like posing on the iris bud for a couple of minutes.
This is part of Outdoor Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Hydrangea Closeup

Hydrangea flowers have started to bloom here. These were taken in the Expo Park, Osaka today.
This is part of Our World Tuesday.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Iris Garden

The rainy season has just started in Osaka. Iris flowers are symbols of this season. I took these pictures at the Shirokita Garden in Osaka city today.
This is part of Outdoor Wednesday.

Vegetarian Restaurant

This is a Buddhist vegetarian restaurant near Kodaiji Temple, Kyoto. Its name is Ikkyuan. I don't see red gates so often in Kyoto.
This is part of Ruby Tuesday Too and Our World Tuesday.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Red Bull X-Fighters Osaka

This is really eye-catching. Today I found it at the Osaka Castle Park. The big motocross competition was held these two days. It must be exciting.
"International Freestyle Motocross World Tour - The biggest and most respected freestyle motocross tour on the planet!" (from the website
This is part of Skywatch Friday.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Iwatayama Monkey Park

 Iwatayama Monkey Park in Kyoto

In the picture you can see two monkeys, mother and child. Mother monkey is stretching her arm to get some food. Visitors enter the house covered with net to feed monkeys.

Golden Pavilion with Iris

Now iris flowers are in bloom.  New leaves come out and I love to see different green colors.
This is part of Skywatch Friday.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Poppy and chamomile

Now is a good season for walking out and sitting under the tree. Today was the perfect weather for going out with my camera.
This is part of Ruby Tuesday Too.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Purple Rose

This rose color is so pretty among others and its scent is fascinating. I don't know its name. I should have made a note.
This is part of Floral Friday Fotos.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Wisteria Shower

When the wind blows,  I smell the sweet flagrance of wisteria. Like a wisteria shower! Had a wonderful time at Dasai Shrine in Hyogo Prefecture.
This is part of Outdoor Wednesday.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Wisteria Garden

This was taken at the Manyo Botanical Garden near Kasuga Grand Shrine in Nara today. It is famous for its wisteria garden. Wisteria gives us nice scent. I love wisteria flowers and bees too.
This is part of Floral Friday Fotos.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Cherry blossom with color variety


This cherry blossom is amazing! I can see different colors. I found this tree at Nijo Castle Cherry Garden in Kyoto today.
This is part of Our World Tuesday.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ginkakuji Temple & Heian Shrine

Ginkakuji Temple

Heian Shrine

This is part of Thursday Challenge. This week's theme is "tranquil". I can't decide which picture to choose, so I posted both.