Sunday, May 19, 2019

Morning Scenes at Home with Flowers

I usually bring lots of flowers home in spring season.
This year's spring is not an exception.
It was a fun to decorate my living room with beautiful good smelling flowers.
We can enjoy breakfast more with those flowers.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Historical Sites in Southern Part of Tochigi, Ashikaga City

I retired my company at the age of sixty in February this year. So, everyday is my holiday now.

My lifestyle has completely changed comparing to the days I was working.

What do I do since the day of retirement?

The answers are, playing tennis more, taking photographs, going many places by my car, watching videos, visiting to my mother's home and so forth.

I still have tons of things to do or want to do.

Ashikaga School is Japan's oldest academic institution. 
It is located in Ashikaga city, Tochigi Prefecture, about 30 kilometres from my home. 
It is said that it was founded in the ninth century and restored in 1432 by Deputy Shōgun Uesugi Norizane.
Entrance Gate of Ashikaga School

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Futa-ara-yama Shrine and Cherry Trees

The season of cherry blossoms has almost gone in Japan.

I saw cherry flowers in many different places this year.

My home town Matsue, Kiyohara park near tennis court, Ueno park in Tokyo and here today's post, Futa-ara-yama shrine neighboring to my home condominium are examples.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

I Go to a Fish Market in Ibaraki

Two-and-half-hour-driving from home brought us to a fish market of the small seaside town in Ibaraki prefecture.

There were various fresh fish at the market just next to a big harbor.

We had delicious lunch at a restaurant beside the market, then enjoyed seeing colorful and beautiful fish display.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

I Go to Musha-Gyoretsu, in Matsue City

Musha-Gyoretsu or a warriors parade was held when I was staying my hometown.

It was the first time I saw such kind of parade in Matsue city.

Boys, girls, men, women, young and old wearing historical warrior costumes or princess kimono took part in the parade.

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.