Friday, August 12, 2016

Soba Guests, Gourd, and Critters;

*Making Soba Experience* 蕎麦打ち体験 Part1;
At the end of last month, my husband's ex-lady colleagues and her sister came to our house to try Soba-making for the first time.  I know you might be tired of this topic by now :-)  Please bear with me as I had another cute guests (part2) later.  
One of them is working at the agricultural high school, so she's been wanting to try and chose the summer holiday season of the school. 

I was happy to see this sisters looked happy and having fun togather.

*Gourd Family*
These vegetable are the gifts from them on that day.  Watermelon ←link about I learned from mom when little and remember surprised to hear it.
In the middle of last month, I found this yellow color flower. I proudly showed the pictures to my husband saying how happy that I'll be to link the rare one to flower meme. To my surprise, he laughed a lot. And told me it's a pumpkin flower, surprised him not knowing the flower(^.^)  Blogging helps me keep learning new things.

*For the Critter and the Bird link*
                  An Egret I found in the usual river-side last month. 

Female Cryptotympana facialis
She accidentally popped into my house from the opened window. 
My husband taught me it's a "kumazemi, bear cicada" in Japanese :-)

Obon week in mid August (actual date is from the 13th to the 15th) is one of Japan's major holiday seasons in Japan. It is an annual Buddhist event for commemorating our ancestors, as their spirits believed to return this world in order to visit their relatives. 
Tomorrow, my husband's younger brother's family visit us and family grave.
Thank you SO much for your precious comments♡♡♡ 
I'll start commenting you all soon...

Linking this post to, "Saturday's critters", "Scenic Weekends", 


  1. Your photos, stories and the entire blog is a treat for the eye! I'm learning new things too while blogging - now I know what soba means :) enjoy your festive day with your relatives Miyako.

  2. Dearest Miyako,
    What a very special time for those two sisters to practice Soba noodle making with your husband.
    You sure received some lovely fresh vegetables!
    We too hear cicadas outside and soon their noise will be quiet again... Time is passing so fast.
    Love your photos.
    Hugs and blessings for the special Obon celebration.

  3. A very interesting post.
    I had to look up your Female Cryptotympana facialis and found it on youtube. It makes some interesting noises!
    Have a lovely weekend :)

  4. Not so keen on the bug but the egret is elegant and the flwoers beautiful. Have a wonderful week ahead.

  5. Miyako, I love your curiosity! And that you love animals and birds and insects so much.So do I.
    That pumpkin flower.. well, you might be interested to know that you can eat them. I certainly know of eating courgette flowers, anyway, dipped in tempura batter and deep fried. Not a very filling meal!

    The egrets always photograph so well.

    Not bored at all with soba noodle -making...the ladies had a great time, I can see that.
    Do you eat the noodles after, or did they take them home?
    Enjoy the holiday!

  6. Hello, I have never seen the cicada up close. I have heard them plenty of times. Your egret is beautiful, lovely photos. Making the Soba looks like a fun time. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  7. Wow, I have never seen a cicada before.

  8. your husband is a good teacher of soba making. nice that they brought you gifts, too. the pumpkin or squash blossom i recognize from my mother's gardens. :) enjoy obon week.

  9. Oh I never get tired of the topic. I'd love to try soba making myself some day :-) How nice of them to gift you those veggies. They look very fresh! Now I wanna some watermelon :-) The pumpkin flowers are very pretty.
    Love the colors. I'd panic if cicada flies into our house. Probably Goro will try to hunt it! I haven't seen them up close for years...maybe since I was in school. Their voices bring back memories of summer in Japan :-)

    Have a wonderful obon weekend!

  10. Hello Miyako!:) Such an interesting read as well as lovely photos. I can see that the two sisters are absorbed in their lesson, and I am not fed up of learning more about Soba making or any of your customs.:) The flowers are pretty- We like Pumpkin soup, and eat a lot of water melon in summer. It was a very nice gift you received. Loved your egret pictures, and find the cicadas fascinating insects. We heard them in the Algarve. Have a wonderful weekend!:)

  11. Making soba from the very beginning must have been a great experience.

    Your critters are wonderful....I especially enjoyed the egret of course, it's so beautiful!!!

    Thank you so much for linking in at I'd Rather B Birdin' this weekend.

  12. I hade no idea what soba means till now. An interesting process. Incredible detail of the cicada in macro and smiled about your experience with the pumpkin flower.

  13. Dear Miyako, thank you for linking to Mosaic Monday and sharing your pretty mosaics, wonderful photographs, thoughts and experiences with us today.


  14. What fun you've had! Soba making -- I bet they tasted good, too! The pumpkin flower IS a pretty yellow! Lovely egrets and the cicada close up is great. I love the sound that they make. Have a wonderful holiday....

  15. That must have been a treat for the sisters - and what a lovely gift of garden produce you received! Your photos are, as always, so very good. The egret is beautiful!

  16. I love your blog. You spend quality time on your posts. It definitely shows. Love those cicada photos

  17. I enjoy reading your blog and learning about your culture. Love the egrets!

  18. The noodles and veggies look lovely! (The fly less so.) ;-)

  19. I've never heard of Soba noodles...glad they had fun making them...

  20. Soba Nodles are always in summer time but we had cold winters in Melbourne!
    When I love make Soba noodles with introduce in my friends they are very enjoyed food good diet is important they tent to eat happy time.
    The pumpkin flowers are very pretty.
    Very soon Obon no Celebration tanoshi desune!
    I hope you will having a nice all your familey

  21. Good introduction about soba.All the best.

  22. Japan was celebrated in Brussels from 12-15. 08. The giant flower carpet that is laid every 2 years was inspired (designed and also assembled by Japanese artist and volunteers) by Japan this year.

  23. I've heard cicadas but never really seen one up close. Wonderful pictures. Soba noodle making looks so fun...I never get tired of reading about that (but it makes me hungry ))). I have eaten squash blossoms before ....they look just like the pumpkin flowers (they aren't very good to eat really).

  24. Another wonderful post full of interesting facts and photos.

  25. Good afternoon dear Miyako from sunny New York. I loved learning about soba and so happy when you share this kind of information. I also love the cicada and they are singing loudly here...Michelle