Puffer Fish!

A couple of weeks ago I went out to eat some puffer fish with my family in Obama city, Fukui. It was my husband’s idea because we would have to move out and enjoy some seafood here where we current live. He reserved a nice restaurant where we can stay for us. Puffer fish is my favorite, and I really enjoyed it!

Appetizers

Appetizers

Raw Tai (sea bream), called sashimi in Japanese

Raw Tai (sea bream), called sashimi in Japanese

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparidae

Raw Peffer Fish

Raw Peffer Fish

We eat raw fish and seafood with some soy sauce and wasabi (わさび、green horseradish paste). I love the combination, and I eat stake with soy sauce and wasabi! That’s also my favorite!! Every time I go to study abroad in the U.S of America, I always bring a small bottle of say sauce and put it on anything I want. I can’t survive without any soy sauce!!!!

Fried Puffer Fish

Fried Puffer Fish

I also love fried puffer fish! It’s the best fried stuff every for me!!!!

nabe (Japanese style hot pot dish)

Nabe (Japanese style hot pot dish)

Nabe is a Japanese style of hot pot dish. We put some veggies and seafood, in this case we put some puffer fish in a pot. After they are boiled, we eat them with some ponzu sauce (ポン酢、ぽんず, ponzu). The flavor of ponzu is mix of citrus, vinegar and soy sauce. The nabe is for the Winter season and it keeps us warm.

Grilled Shirako (soft roe)

Grilled Shirako (milt)

I know for Western people, it’s disgusting! We Japanese people eat everything of seafood even some milt!!!!! I love some soup of some milt.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roe

Desert

Desert

A View from Our Hotel

A View from Our Hotel

A View from Our Hotel

A View from Our Hotel

We will move to a new town next weekend, and I’ve been walking around to take some cherry blossoms’ pictures here. I will miss our current town because the town has a lot of cherry trees. The view of Spring is the best.

My text blog entry is supposed to become cherry blossoms! Stay tunned!

-Yumi

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A Japanese Garden in Autumn

Hi there!

Looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong time no see!! I’m very sorry for this. I’d been very busy for three months to attend the porcelain convention in Thailand. I had been painting 4 pieces for the convention. I also had been painting three pieces for the other competition. That’s why I haven’t updated this blog for a while.

Meanwhile, I went back to my blog again! Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

Today I want to show some of lovely pictures of a Japanese garden. The garden is called Youkou-kan and the location is in Fukui.

A couple of days ago I went there to  see the fall leaves once more before it becomes winter. 5 months from now I will move out here to another prefecture again because of my husband job. He got a transfer and promotion again. So, this is my last time to see the fall leaves in Fukui.

Enjoy the Japanese fall leaves. The day was very fine and I took some really pretty pictures!

Youkou-kan. A Japanese Garden

Youkou-kan. A Japanese Garden in Fukui

You an see a moat and it was a vacant lot for the Fukui Castle before.

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Castle

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Castle

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Castle in Fukui

The Entrance of YouKou-Kan

The Entrance of YouKou-Kan in Fukui

I payed for three US dollars and entered the garden.

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Castle

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

This is very famous in Hokuriku area. In winter we have a lot of snow, so to guard some trees, we bind some trees with ropes, and it is called Yuki-tsuri in Japanese.

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Castle

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

This is my favorite picture. Look at the reflection. I love Japanese garden because we can enjoy both real scenery and the reflection on the pond at the same time!

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Castle

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Castle

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Castle

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Castle

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

A stone bridge for the winter version and save people not to slip because of the snow.

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Castle

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

This picture is also my favorite! So pretty!!!!!!

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Castle

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Castle

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

The building is for the leasers of Fukui castle in the Edo era. They took their concubines to the building and spent some time together to look at the garden.

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Koi fish! I love Koi fish and I got some inspiration to paint them!

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Orange colors and blue colors are complimentary colors. So, the orange of the leaves and the blue of the sky were so stunning each other!

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

Youkou-kan, A Japanese Garden in Fukui

I hope you enjoyed our Japanese garden in fall! Thank you for visiting my blog and taking a look at the pictures!

-Yumi

Cherry blossoms in my town

Hi, friends! Long time no see. I’ve been very busy for preparing my studying abroad in America again, and couldn’t update my blog for a while.

Please forgive my laziness, everyone! I will fly to America again to take a painting class in Michigan tomorrow.

Today I’d love to show cherry blossoms in my town although I’m not a good photographer.

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

I took these pictures near to Asuwa river in Fukui City. It’s close to my house and only 3 minutes on foot!

There are over four hundred cherry trees there! It’s an amazing view!!!! Enjoy all pics that I took!

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui City

Kenroku-en in Winter

A couple days of  ago I went to Kanazawa City with my family to see a night view of a Japanese garden, called Kenroku-en.

As you know, this winter we have had a lot of snow. When we arrived at the park, there was a lot of snow. It was very cold. Our daughter started to complain about the snow and cold weather.

However, when we looked around the night view of the Japanese garden, we gasped. It was so dreamy, fantastic and beautiful!!
All trees covered with snow were lighted up with some lights. It was so fabolous! We have a lot of snow here where we live. To protect the heavy snow, all trees are covered by Yukitsuri.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yukitsuri

We could see the Yukitsuri in Kenroku-en too. The scenery is very popular in winter.

While looking around the garden, we could listen to nice music. It was mix of a guitar  and a Chinese instrument, called “erhu”. It created a very fantastic atmosphere. We loved it.

I love Japanese gardens. They have a lot of different faces in each season. I can’t tell you that which season is the best because cherry blossoms in spring, green leaves in summer, yellow, orange and red leaves in autumn and a lot of snow in winter, all of them are so nice!

A Japanese Garden “Kenrokuen” (兼六園)

I’d like to show one of the most beautiful Japanese garden today. The garden is one of the top three Japanese gardens. It is called “兼六園” (けんろくえん, Kenrokuen)in Japanese. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenroku-en

I visited there with my British friend a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to show him one of the wonderful Japanese gardens. He really enjoyed viewing changing the colors of leaves there. I took some pictures. So, I’d like to share them with you today.

Kenrokuen 兼六園

Kenrokuen 兼六園

Look at the beautiful reflection on the pond. I think that many Japanese gardens have many ponds. That’s because we also can enjoy viewing the reflection on the water. I love the Japanese autumn season. I also think we can enjoy viewing Western gardens from a standing angle. On the other hand, in some Japanese gardens we can enjoy watching them from a sitting angle. That’s is a big difference between Western gardens and Japanese gardens.

Kenrokuen 兼六園

This is my favorite scene. I’m happy to be able to take a good picture  of it.

Kenrokuen 兼六園

The garden is very huge. So, while we were walking and enjoying viewing, we talked a lot. We had a great time in the garden.

Ishikawa prefecture was called “Kaga” in the Edo period. Kenrokuen has belonged to Kaga, Ishikawa prefecture. At the time, Kaga was very rich. They created their own crafts: Yuzenzome, Japanese lacquer, Temari, Japanese instruments like shamisen and koto, Japanese masks, Japanese pottery called Kutani painting and so on. That’s why the leader of Kaga could created such a huge Japanese garden.

Kenrokuen 兼六園

Look at this picture. The grand is covered with many yellow leaves. It looks like that everything is covered with a yellow carpet. It was so lovely. Both my British friend and I loved the scene.

兼六園 Kenrokuen

Kenrokuen 兼六園

Kenrokuen 兼六園

兼六園 Kenrokuen

It is a part of Japanese garden’s scenery of Autumn. I hope we can enjoy looking at them.

A Very Popular Japanese Resort, Karuizawa

A couple of days ago I went to Karuizawa with my family. It was my first time to go there in one year and  eight months after I moved to my current place where I live. The place is one of Japanese resorts. It is famous that there are several Japanese royal family’s and rich people’s second houses that have tennis courts or swimming pools. There are many Japanese artist, writers, politicians, companies’ CEO’ second houses there. Since the place is in 1000m higher than the sea level, it is much cooler. So, many people gather there to avoid the heat in summer.

Actually, there is a gigantic outlet shopping mall there. So, we went there to enjoy the temperature and the atmosphere of Karuizawa. We also enjoyed shopping there. Although the place is in Nagano prefecture where I lived before, Japanese boarding trains, called ” Shinkansen ” stop there. That’s why many people from major cities come.

We also saw many people. Some of them spoke with standard Japanese, on the other hand some of them spoke with a Kansai dialect. I think that Karuizawa is one of the best resort places in Japan. We have some public bathes,  called, ” Onsen “. We also have a place for skiing there. People can ski in winter.

Since Karuizawa is one of the oldest resorts, there are many historical buildings there. Karuizawa was created as a resort place for foreigners who lived in Japan first. So, at that time there were many modern buildings here and there. Although it already changed kind of historical buildings, it still seems to be attractive. The very famous British band, Beatles’ vocalist, John Lennon loved the place. Hotel Manpei ( 万平 ホテル ) is very popular as he stayed there.
I especially love looking around old houses for rich people. The town seems to be more modern recently, but there are lots of nature. So, we can enjoy bird watching there. It is one of my favorite places to spend time in the  summer.

A Japanese Doll

Today I would like to introduce Japanese dolls called “市松人形 ( itimatsu ningyo)”. Since I was a child, I have loved these dolls. So, when I had my daughter, I asked my mother to buy her a Japanese doll for her 雛祭り ( hinamatsuri). Hinamatsuri is a festival for girls. I will write about it another time.

My daughter’s Japanese doll looks very pretty.  The doll is wearing a Kimono made from silk. There is some lovely needlework in the Kimono. Her face also looks very beautiful.

I also have other dolls. Those dolls are specific dolls for me. One is a boy, and the other is a girl. The dolls were my grandmother’s on my mom’s side. Since I was young, I have loved these dolls. When I visited my grandparents’ house, I always looked at them. They were in a decorated  glass case. Although I have never asked my grandmother where she bought them. I think she brought them to her new house when she got married. She might have grown up with them because they look like antiques. A pair of ichimatsu dolls is kind of rather rare right now. I have not often seen many boy’s dolls . So, I think my grandmothers’ dolls are valuble.

After my grandparents died, my mother and her siblings sold their house. When I heard about that from my mom, I wondered what happened to the dolls. I knew my mother had five siblings, and they shared my grandparents’ stuff with them. However, if noone wanted the dolls, I wanted to keep them in my house. So, I asked my mom if I could get them. Luckily for me, nobody wanted them. In addition, my mother had  the dolls’ kimono fix at a Japanese doll shop, and she paid for it.

I received the dolls a couple of months ago. When I got them, I thought they looked smaller than when I saw them as a child. However, they still look very lovely. I think after my daughter gets married, and if she will have a daughter, I will give them to my future granddaughter as her hinamatsuri dolls. The dolls are part of our family history. They have been known by my grandmother, my mother and myself in my childhood. They are my treasure because noone can buy them anymore. Every ime I look at the dolls, they remind me of my childhood, my grandparents’ house and my grandmother.

                                                                        My daughter’s dolls

                                                                                                      My grandmother’s doll

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