Saturday, April 13, 2019

I Go to Matsue Castle Park

It was a top season of cherry blossoms in Matsue city.
I had planed the trip, thinking about the best timing by checking a forecast of the cherry blooming top season in the area on the web.

There were plenty of cherry trees in Matsue Castle Park.

When I was a child, I often went to the park with my family members. One of my memories of my grandfather was that I walked to the park by holding my grandpa's hand to see cherry trees.

Apparently, it was more than fifty years ago.

Sunday, March 31, 2019

I Come Back to My Hometown, Matsue City

A camellia flower is blooming in a backyard of my mother's house

I arrived at a riverside bus stop in my hometown Matsue city in the early morning today.

It was an looooong overnight bus trip.

It took about eleven hours from a Tokyo bus terminal to the city.

It was raining and sometimes snowing today here in Matsue city.
But, my family members warmly welcomed me as always they had done so.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

I Go to Koubun-kan Museum in Ibaraki Prefecture

I went to Koubun-kan museum with my wife on a warm sunny day a couple weeks ago.
Plum trees were in full bloom.
I don't know the name of it but the bird were busily sucking nectar from a branch to a branch, from a flower to a flower.

FYI: After posting this article, I was informed that the name of the bird was bulbul.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Girls Wearing Kimono in Kawagoe City

It is said that visitors who wear kimono or traditional Japanese clothes were eligible to get special discount at every food shop or souvenir shop in Kawagoe.

Otherwise, people rarely wear kimono except for days of special occasions, such as new years' holidays, wedding or graduation ceremonies.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Atami Plum Tree Garden, Years Back to 2002

There was a waterfall inside the Atami plum tree garden.
Actually, it was the third time we visited the garden.
When I saw the waterfall, suddenly it reminded me of my memory of 17 years ago.
My two daughters, wife and I went to the garden in the season of no plum tree blossoms, December 27, 2002.
A photo taken in the year of 2002

A photo taken in the year of 2002

Sunday, March 3, 2019

I Go to Atami Plum Tree Garden

 It was raining when my wife and I went to Atami Plum Tree Garden.

Plum flowers were in their full bloom.

There were many cute birds called Japanese white-eye; they were flying, singing, having and sucking nectar from flowers.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

I Go to Kawagoe City

I went to Kawagoe city to enjoy seeing old Japanese buildings there last week.

Kawagoe Bell Tower is famous for the city's symbol.

According to Wiki, it is originally built on the orders of Sakai Tadakatsu between 1624 and 1644.

The present structure goes back to 1894, a year after the Great Fire of Kawagoe.
It is a three-story tower measuring 16 meters in height.

The tower has been telling time to the city's residents for 350 years and has been deemed as a symbol of the city.

Currently, the bell can be heard four times a day (6 AM, 12 PM, 3 PM and 6 PM)

Kawagoe Bell Tower

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome

The Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore is considered to be the largest of the churches dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Rome.

It is one of the city’s four major basilicas was built in the mid-fourth century.

It is an easy church to visit, as it's near the Termini station and metro stop, and a walk through on your own won't last more than half an hour.

Pope Pius IX

Pope Pius IX