Monday, September 17, 2018

I Walk around the City of Rome, Colosseum and the Roman Forum

It is hot in Rome as it is in Utsunomiya. But, in terms of humidity, it is lower than that of my city in summer.

My wife and I walked to Colosseo, just 20 minute walk from our hotel to the historical monuments.

It is said that the construction of Colosseum began under the emperor Vespasian in AD 72, and was completed in AD 80 under his successor and heir.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

More Than Ten Hour Travel from Japan to Italy

We went to Rome via Doha which is a capital city of Qatar.
We stayed only two hours at Doha airport, though, we walked about here and there and took some snap shots.

These three pictures are snap shots I took at the airport.

Following pictures are of in-flight meals.
I rarely drink Heineken beer in Japan.
The taste of Heineken is not so different from that of Japanese brand beer, I think.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

I Spend My Holidays in Rome

 I have been in Rome since 5 days ago.

The city is itself a big biiiiiiiig museum, I think.

There are lots of sightseeing spots scattered all over the city.

One week travel is too short to fully enjoy seeing this city.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Okuribi Ceremony

festival on August 16, people do Okuribi or "send-off fire" ceremony.

It signifies the moment when the spirits of deceased family members, who are said to visit this world during OBon, are believed to be returning to the spirit world.

In my home town, people put expired Ofuda in an old rice cooking pot, then set fire on them.

The Ofuda is customarily renewed annually before the end of a year, and then attached to a door, pillar, or ceiling. It may also be placed inside a private shrine. It is believed to protect the family in residence from general harm, such as a disease. 

A portable form of Ofuda, commonly called Omamori is typically wrapped in a small bag made of decorated cloth.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

I Stay in My Mother's Home

For just one week, I stayed in my mother's home in my hometown.

I met my old friends, went shopping with my family, visited my father's grave and took lots and lots of pictures.

I only go back to my hometown once a year though, whenever I may go, I always feel at home with my mom, brother and sister-in-law.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Overnight Bus Trip to Shimane

I had jumped into an overnight bus heading to Shimane prefecture and here came back to my hometown Matsue city yesterday.

Now, we are in the middle of summer holiday or Obon season in Japan. 

Obon is a Buddhist festival to honor ancestral spirits in Japan.

It is believed these spirits return to their families during the period.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Statue of Liberty from the Hudson River

It was more than one year ago, time really flies, when my wife and I joined a tour called the Circle Line Sightseeing Cruises.

Seeing Statue of Liberty from the Hudson River became one of my precious memories while staying in New York.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

A Collection of White Flowers

There are many beautiful white flowers.

Among them, gardenia is tiny though, strongly scented and one of the best remembered flowers, I think.

 Can you see little white flowers among purple sepals?

 You are sure to see little white flowers among purple sepals.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Tokyo Tower and Tokyo Bay

My wife and daughter had a Tokyo waterfront area tour called "Tokyo Duck Tour" the other day.

They took a ride on an amphibious bus going around Tokyo bay area.

It seemed enjoyable, didn't it?