Saturday, November 10, 2018

Edo Tokyo Museum


Edo Tokyo Museum is a good atruction for visitors to Japan.

These pictures are a few examples of the museum.

During WWII, many residents of the Tokyo downtown areas lived in rooms such as the one in the picture below.

To prevent window glass from shattering during bombing raids, windowpanes were taped.

A special lampshade was used to prevent light from leaking outside.

Steel helmets and other safety gear were kept close by. A radio set was used to obtain information about air raids.




Sunday, November 4, 2018

I Go to Utsunomiya Museum of Art


I went to Utsunomiya Museum of Art with my wife yesterday.

They displayed many portraits of celebrities taken by a famous Japanese photographer Kishin Shinoyama.

The day, November 3rd, is Culture Day and a national holiday in Japan.

The purpose of the day is promoting culture, the arts, and academic endeavor.

All municipal museums offer admission free on the day.






Saturday, October 27, 2018

We Do What Tourists Want to Do Again



We went to Santa Maria in Cosmedin church, which had the mouth of truth, a marble mask, being famous for the film "Roman Holiday."
Roman Holiday is a 1953 American film directed and produced by William Wyler.
It stars Gregory Peck as a reporter and Audrey Hepburn as a royal princess.
The church itself was not so big comparing with other churches in Rome. It made me feel that I wanted to see the movie again back in Japan.






Sunday, October 21, 2018

We Do What Tourists Want to Do at Trevi Fountain



 We did what every tourist wanted to do at Trevi Fountain, in Italy. They went to "Fontana di Trevi" and took pictures of themselves.

It is sometimes more interesting to see people than to see the place itself in any sightseeing resort.
As I once felt at the observation deck on the 86th floor of the Empire State Building in the States.





Sunday, October 14, 2018

Scenery around My Mother's Home



There are a lot of flowers around my mother's home in Matsue city.

Whenever I go back home, seeing colorful flowers is one of the most enjoyable entertainments for me.

Top season of flowers and crops in my mom's garden is summer.

There are more kinds of flowers than I can easily remember each of its name.







Monday, October 8, 2018

Just a Month Before Autumn Top Season in Tochigi Prefecture




Though it is a bit early for autumn top season in Tochigi, the scenery in every place could not disappoint you at all.

Kegon waterfall, lake Chuzenji, Kinu river and flowers are sure to welcome every visitor all year round.

I am happy if someone share his or her impressions and pictures that are taken in the top autumn season in the same area.





Sunday, September 30, 2018

I Go to Musei Vaticani or Vatican Museums



The upper picture was taken in Vatican Museums.
Where, do you think, was the lower picture taken?


I took the left picture and the upper picture in Guggenheim Museum in New York City last year.
Aren't they look similar?

According to the Wiki, the Museums celebrated their 500th anniversary in October 2006.

What a long history they have!

In 2017, they were visited by 6 million people, which makes it the 4th most visited art museum in the world after Louvre in France, National Museum of China and Metropolitan Museum of Art in the USA.



Sunday, September 23, 2018

Metro in Rome


Subway systems are different in every city.
People can ride on them with dogs; there are graffiti on train bodies; there are only two major limes and shorter branch lines in Rome.

What, do you think, is the most big difference between those in Rome and other city's ones?

There are many pickpockets there. They act in groups. My wife and I met them twice at the hub station of two major metro lines.
Their thief techniques were splendid and far beyond our imagination.

I was robbed of about 100 Euro out of my wallet in my waist-bag. To be exact, the female thief took only big notes and left a five Euro bill for train tickets for two of us so as to come back to our hotel without any difficulty.

Please be careful for pickpockets when you are in Rome.
They lead you to an elevator. Once you get in the lift, all persons standing around you are members of the same robber group.