Friday, April 29, 2016

Azalea under the rain and Egret with reflection;

*Azalea as the road side tree*
This is the scene in front of the book store when I went there to buy the books for my students a few days ago.  Although it was raining, I rushed out of the car to take pictures with umbrella :-)
Some people looked at me curiously seeing tiny senior lady taking pictures under the rainy weather.  I thought Azalea flowers are fencing as the road side tree.

*Egret with reflection*
This Egret was fairly close to me in the river from where I was on the different day.
Surprised how skinny the egret in the right picture looked.
Believe me, haven't done anything to make it thinner 
for the picture :-)

In Japan, we are having so-called "Golden Week" link, which is the longest holiday season in the year.  Really long consecutive off days.  It's also the family gathering opportunities♪ Wish my immediate family (parents  bro) were alive with me :-)
Hope you all will have a wonderful coming weekend☆☆☆  

Monday, April 25, 2016

Boy's Day Celebration, 2016 etc;

 (posted; Japanese culture page)
*Coming May 5th is Children's Day "子供の日"or Boy's Day celebration *
Boy's Day Festival exhibition held by local Handicraft Association

I've explained about this day here;  On this day, we celebrate Tango no Sekku (端午の節句) and wish that our sons will grow up healthy and strong.    'タンポポの会 tampopo no kai' which is the same association held Girl's day exhibition (I posted here) had Children’s Day exhibition in collaboration with the Ceramics Federation.

Happy to see dolls for this day made of "Cocoon Filament" like the girl's day ♪

 The bottles (earthen ware) below used as vases are sulfuric acid bottle container.  Next city where is my husband's birth city used to have thriving ceramic engineering  (pottery industry).  "sulfuric acid, is for refining gold and silver" for coins. 
Here is my post about it.

*Works by Indigo Dying*

I'm surprised that the Matsutake-mushrooms look so real and even they put fragrance on the Hard Tip of them (hope the right word).  We call the part 'ishizuki  石づき'

I really LOVED this work which expresses the old scenery with the lovely old couple.
I really felt heartwarming to see this sweet old couple; we'll be soon p:-)

*The Ceramics Federation side*

I've visited the exhibition yesterday, wished to post early for the association.  
Have a great new week; See You Soon, friends♪
Linking this post to "MosaicMonday" and "Our World Tuesday"

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Azalea Festival at next city's park etc;

*Last Sunday, there was Azalea festival at next city's park*
And my husband performed with his band group.

  I strolled the park for a while before his stage to enjoy the flower♪  

*Japanese Bonsai "potted tree" were exhibited in the exhibition room there*

*On  the stage, there were several performances by the young people*
And then bit seniors turn to perform p:-)
Weather forecast said going to be rain, but surprised that it got sunny without cloud. 
It was unfortunate that STRONG Spring Wind disturbed their performances (^^;)

At the lake-side, I only found people feeding carps and some ducks.  
No winter birds, unfortunately. 

Mochi 'rice cake' throwing for the last to celebrate the festival;

*Scenery on our way back home* 
I got SO nostalgic seeing the wide ares of Chinese milk vetch 'renge レンゲ' planted
in the rice paddy♪   
Funny and happy coincidence that I could take picture of the flower
with Shinkansen 

    And 5 egrets were enjoying free time together close to the rice paddy.

Thank SO much for reading this long picture post again.  
Taking a chance to link several pages, too.  
And hope to be able visit you before the next post...
Have a great rest of the week with the best season weather, everyone;

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Flowers and Grand-Open of the Zoo in our City Park;

At the end of last month, there was Grand Opening ceremony in our city park zoo. 
Here is the last year's post about temporarily condition there. This year, I was waiting to visit there until children's spring holiday was over on 7th :-) 

      *Scene with flowers around the solar clock at the park side*

       *Scene in the Zoo with varieties of monkeys*
Happy that now we 'especially kids in our city' can enjoy seeing varieties of monkeys than we used to.   (not all animals I can introduce here)
White Gibbon


Lion-tailed Macaque・ Gray Langur

Patas Monkey・ Squirrel Monkey・ Black and White Ruffed Lemur

Capybara・ Meerket

common crane

Mandarin Duck
We call this bird 'oshidori.オシドリ '
The phrase we have in Japanese 'おしどり夫婦. oshidori-couple' is the metaphor of
Happily Married Couple.   T
hrough the PC-page, it seems not exactly so p:-)

Flowers in the Zoo

         *Back to the Park Side View*

                   ☆Lovely Sheep-Dog I've met on that day

Amygdalus persica cv. Stellata; peach branch "菊桃, kikumomo" 
Amazed to find its Japanese name "菊桃" before.  The two Chinese Characters, means "chrysanthemum.peach".  The name sure fits to its flower's shape and color.
(Although I've posted this flower last year, I wished to show you the close-up version here p:-)
Thank you SO much for stopping by for this long post today.  
Trying to divide 2 post wasn't successful(^^;)  Wishing that your season is treating you better like ours here.  Have a nice rest of the week.

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