Saturday, January 2, 2016

Our Jan.1st and 2nd;


 (posted; Japanese culture page)

Hi, I DO hope you are having wonderful start of 2016☆☆☆

*New Year's visit to a shrine, Hatumoude "初詣”*
Yesterday, on 1st. we had a sudden guests and had unexpected busy day with them.  So this morning on 2nd, we visited a shrine. We pray for the peace and health for the year.  I hope you can see an atmosphere through my picture for our new year custom♪

Long queue to wait during  "the first three days" of the year.
We have special way to call these 3 days "三が日sannga-nichi"




    This year happens to be "the year of monkey" according to Chinese Zodiac Sign.
おみくじ. Omikuji (also referred to as Mikuji) are Sacred Lots drawn at temples or shrines to tell our fortune.  If your written oracle "fortune" said that you would have unlucky year, you'll tie it like the picture below.
Mine was a middle luck :-)




 First two kinds of Birds for me on New Year
After finished visiting a place with our guests on 1st, I found these 'African Stonechat (hope so) Brambling'  when we were coming back home. With poor nature in our area, these so many birds even on the electric wire really surprised us and made me happy feeling as if lucky year ahead for us p:-)   Normally these flock of birds fly away as soon as they sense me getting close. Even all together at an instant.  They looked So cold that my husband said 'they look like dumpling' which means 'roll up a ball'.



And these 'Japanese Grosbeak' were waiting for me when we came back from shrine, on the tree of close to my house ♫♫♫





















I was busy arranging this post this afternoon (^^;)   
My next post will be a week later, Visiting You Soon ♡♡♡

Linking this post to, "Saturday's critters", "id-rather-b birdin" ,"Scenic Weekends", 

34 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Hello Miyako, I wish you much luck and happiness in the new year. I loved to see all those African Stone chats on the wires, very cool. Your Japanese Grosbeak is beautiful too, their beaks are similar to the Grosbeaks here. Beautiful birds and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, have a great weekend!

TexWisGirl said...

the birds are awesome and plentiful! and i hope your year and blessings are, too. :)

Karen S. said...

Good morning Miyako! Goodness your photos are all lovely but the birds on the wire are just the most adorable sight to see! Thank you for stopping by and leaving such a lovely and warm comment on my blog! I trust all is well with you and that your new year is bright and filled with love and laughter! Take good care, enjoy your day, Karen.

Tamago said...

The shrine looks very busy with visitors! Reminded me of when I was a child, when my family and I went to temple for Hatumoude. There were looong line!
The photos of flock of birds are spectacular! Your husband's comment about them looking like dumpling made me giggle :-) Nice metaphor!
Have a wonderful weekend, Miyako san xoxo

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Thank you for a glimpse into your culture and some photographs of beautiful birds.

Happy New Year to you!

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Lovely birdie pics, Miyako. I'm sure you will have good fortune this year!
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Sussi said...

wonderful photos!

Happy New Year!

Marie C said...

Hi Miyako! LOVE that Japanese Grosbeak! The shrine was lovely. May you have blessings and goodness in the new year!

Cloudia said...

Thank You for the blessing!

Alex said...

Oh, Lovely birds! They DO look like dumplings : )
You have some interesting birds over there...
I'm sure they came to bring you a little extra luck, my friend!
I wish you a blessed year.

Anni said...

Oh my goodness!!! Look at all those birds on the wire! Amazing. You were there at the right time for such a wonderful spectacle. Wow. Also, love the grosbeak.

Thanks, as always for sharing such a fabulous cultural and nature experience from your country for us all at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

Stewart M said...

Love the shots of all the birds on the wires. I have a family member (by marriage) who is working in Japan - I may get to visit again soon!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Dear Miyako, I hope your good luck continues throughout the year ... in finding birds and in all other aspects of your life! Your posts are always so beautifully made ... I love the birds and as always so much enjoyed learning something new about Japanese culture. Thank you!

helmiriitta 10 said...

Thank you for your interesting post. May the hundreds of birds bring you luck in the coming year!

September Violets said...

Well I hope seeing all those birds is a lucky omen!! Great photos of them, they're very cute! We have grosbeaks too, but I've only seen the rose-breasted one in my yard. Happy Lucky New Year to you and your family!
Wendy

Andrea Ostapovitch said...

Well, I suppose middle luck is better than no luck. Wow, that is a lot of birds! Great photos.

Snap said...

Always so much fun to visit with you. I feel like I'm in Japan! I learn so much. Happy New Year to you. All those birds! Amazing!

Donna said...

I love your tradition of praying for peace and health at a shrine....if we all did this, the world would be a more peaceful place. And look at all those birds...wow! Wishing you a Peaceful, Healthy and Happy New Year!


Donna@GardensEyeView
and LivingFromHappiness

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Miyako,
Wow, finally I manage to read some blogs!
Way behind because of being in bed for days.
Lovely photos from the temple and above all from all those birds on the wires. Incredible that many...
Wishing you both a blessed and healthy 2016!
Hugs,
Mariette

Klara said...

I love Japanese temples. Can't believe there are so many birds on the wires, amazing. well spotted! have a wonderful year.

Margaret Adamson said...

Fabulous birds and many of them. Happy New Year. I am home now from my trip to Malawi but thanks for leaving me all the comments when I was away.

Hannah said...

What an interesting glimpse into your customs and ceremonies. I always enjoy your photos of Japan and the artwork in your header and margins, so artistic. The birds on the power lines are amazing, they do look a lot like dumplings. The Japanese Grosbeaks, look like they are bundled up in grey coats with a black scarf on their heads, so cute. Best wishes in the New Year, dearest Miyako, and hugs from the PNW, Hannah

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Happy New Year! Your photo of the Grosbeaks reminded me of musical notes. :-)
The View from the Top of the Ladder

BumbleVee said...

Oh, wow.... I can't believe how many and so close together on the wires......

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Good heavens, that is a lot of birds on the wires! You were in the right place at the right time Miyako.
All the best for this new year.

Laura said...

Beautiful offerings Mikayo… wishing you a happy, healthy New Year!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Great photos, especially the birds!

Powell River Books said...

It was interesting to read about your traditions in Japan. We have a very simple holiday season since there's just my husband and myself, plus a good friend we visit during the holidays. - Margy

Denise inVA said...

Dearest Miyako, a wonderful post. Happy New Year :)

Ida said...

Such an interesting culture there. - The temple with the large rope and tassles hanging is very cool looking. There were plenty of people there waiting for their fortunes. - Loved your birds on the wire shot. Wishing you the best in this New Year.

Christian Weiß said...

A wonderful place and great birds.

Neil said...

Happy New Year love all the birds on the wire.

Rambling Woods said...

Hello Miyako. Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your husband. I love learning about your country as I will probably never get to visit it. Thank you so much for joining in with Nature Notes... Michelle

Florence said...

How I would love to visit Japan!! But since that is unlikely to happen, at least I have you to give me a photo tour. Thank you so much for your lovely blog!