Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Illuminations in my city♪

Good Morning friends from Japan;
I have never enjoyed our city's Christmas illuminations before. And didn't expected to go this year, either.  Luckily, my husband encouraged me to take pictures for my blog post. (I don't have driver's license so he has to take me)  Wow, he made me surprised with the offer p;)  My first attempt taking pictures at night...  I know my pictures didn't do justice to the beauty of illuminations. (I need help from my talented photographer friends; struggled with the modes, haha)
(So sorry for many pictures today;)

*In front of ANA-hotel*
Sculptures were dressed with Santa♬♬♬ 

*Inside of the city mall*

*At our city park*
Pictures are worse than taken in the city...  I visited here (the park) first and fiddled with the mode of camera before going to the city. Might have worked a bit. That is why I put them above.

                                                                  Maze for children

Ties between parents and children

"swans which became stars in the sky"  Early spring last year, about 400 of our swans we had in the lake by the park were killed due to the bird  influenza; made all of citizens so sad.

It took me so long arranging the pictures last night, haha.  And I know I need to catch up with you a lot (^^;)  My father is doing so-so well.  It makes me sad that considering his condition, we won't be able to take him to my house to eat year-crossing Soba noodle this year. Today, another busy day visiting aunt and and father and so on.  Hope you all doing well at this time of the year


Giga said...

Podobają mi się Twoje zdjęcia i piękne świąteczne ozdoby miasta. Próba robienia nocnych zdjęć się udała :)
I like your pictures and beautiful Christmas ornaments of the city. An attempt to take night pictures are gone :)

Ann said...

your photos are lovely!!! the illuminations are so pretty!!! thanks so much for sharing these my friend!!!
hope your father sorry he won't be well enough to join you for the year crossing Soba noodles...can you take some to him and celebrate with him?
sending love and hugs from across the ocean to you!!

Barbara F. said...

Miyako, these photos are beautiful. I enjoyed taking this "tour" with you. Nice of your husband to drive you so you could see this and blog about it. Thinking of you often with all you have going on there. ((hugs)) xo

TexWisGirl said...

your night light shots are beautiful! i love all the blue lights! and the rainbow tunnel is very cool. dressing the statues was a clever idea!

doodles n daydreams said...

These are lovely photo's Miyako. I'm not very good at night shots myself.
You are busy with our family, maybe you can join your faher for the 'year crossing' celebration.
And yes, Christmas is important in the West - and for Christians it is the second most important time in the church year.

blessings to everyone at your home,

Shelly said...

Those are truly gorgeous, pictures, my dear friend Miyako! I always enjoy seeing such illuminated scenes, and these were a joy. I'm so glad you and your hubby got to enjoy them.

I'm so sorry about your dad's condition- hoping and praying he will improve. Take care of yourself in this time of much busy-ness, my friend!

Joyful said...

How nice of your husband to take you to the places to get photos for your blog. I think your photos turned out very well. Much better than my night photos. I find it so interesting to see the Christmas decorations from other lands. I hope your father gets better as each day goes by. Merry Christmas to you and your loves ones.

maddyrose said...

Dear Miyako,
Your night photos are not bad at all. I doubt I could have done as well since I have trouble taking photos even when there is light.
I also don't drive so I know how special it is to have someone offer to take you to places like this that are for no purpose other than to be enjoyed. Thank you so much for sharing this experience with us.
I'm sorry to hear your father isn't well at this time and will pray that his health improves. Take care of yourself my dear little bs. Love you always

Ayu Maselli said...

Dear Miyako,

Come ..on..your photos so beautiful;), believe me!
wow, your city X'mast lighting incredible
I love that colorful tunnel.
I do so sorry to hear that your father isn't well for this moment, let's pray that he will be better soon.
Thanks so much for sharing your city.
and Thanks for join my give away
hugs to you Darl

Linda Primmer said...

Miyako, I am so sorry to hear your husband isn't feeling well. I hope and pray his good health will return quickly. Your photos of your city are gorgeous. So festive, bright and cheery. The lights are dramatic and it is such a pleasure that you are sharing them. Have beautiful day. Love and hugs, Linda

thisisme said...

Lovely to see you here today my dear friend Miyako. Gosh, you do yourself down - those photos are amazing. I loved all the photos, but the ones in the Mall were gorgeous. It's lovely to think that Christmas decorations and lights are up all over the world. I'm sorry to hear that your father isn't too well again. Take care. This is such a busy time of the year isn't it?

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Miyako san,
Lovely pictures you show. Never mind they might not be professionally taken but they sure give is a great insight into Christmas lights in your area. Love that cat sculpture in front of the Ana hotel! So cute, all of them are well done.
Enjoy this season, however bittersweet with your ailing Father. That is never easy with year's ending to have a Parent not being able to join for the special meal.
Hugs to you and wishing you strength!

Amy said...

Oh such beautiful photos. I love to see all those bright and happy colors too.
Such good news of your father for this joyful season.
Much love to you.........

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africanaussie said...

thank you for sharing - it is lovely to see what other countries do at Christmas. I am glad to see that the swans got their special place in the show. I love that tunnel of lights - where does it lead to?

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I loved seeing all these photos of your Chrismas decorations in Japan that tunnel of lights is just awesome I have never seen anything like it.

Miss Simmonds Says said...

Those are absolutely wonderful, I love the rainbow tunnel!! Your city has better lights that my town, ours are terrible. xxxx

✿ chica said...

Lindas luzes!!Alegram os olhos! beijos,chica

Jan Hennings said...

So pretty!