Spring Has Come in Japan!

Hi there! How have you been?  How is the weather there?

In Japan the weather is getting warmer, and now plum blossoms are full in bloom in my area where I live.

Last week my hubby and I went out to enjoy seeing the view of plum blossoms and took lots of photos. So, I want to share them with you today. I hope you feel Spring of Japan a little bit from the photos.

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I love this weeping plum tree! It’s so gorgeous!!!!

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My hubby and I were so lucky to see some Japanese bush warblers, called Uguisu (うぐいす)in Japanese. I was so excited when I saw them to cry, “Take some pics of them!!!!!” to him, lol. Actually, he did a great job, lol. I want to paint the bird some time.

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We will have cherry blossoms soon after the plum blossoms. I just can’t wait to see them!

Have a lovely weekend! See you tomorrow on my other blog, my porcelain painting blog!!

-Yumi

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Japanese Castles

Hi there. How are you doing today? I have been sick for a while, and that’s why my blog entry was delay. I am sorry for that. I am getting better now, and you don’t need to worry about it.

Well, today I want to write about Japanese castles. As you know, our castles are quite different from Western ones.

During the world war 2, we lost lots of castles. Even so, we still have some original ones. I’ve been moving around many places because of my husband’s job in Japan. Through my experiences, I want to show some of my favorite castles here. I hope you enjoy it.

Osaka Castle:Osaka city, Osaka prefecture

I took my British friend, Maryn and my American friend, Zach to Osaka castle. We lost the original version during the ww2. However, it’s still beautiful and it’s a symbol of Osaka city where I live.

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

 

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

 

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

Click it. You can go to YouTube and see a video clip of Osaka castle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khuPeplJLyo

Matsumoto Caslte: Matsumoto city, Nagano prefecture

My family and I lived there 7 years ago before my husband got a promotion. Our first dog, lala was alive at that time, and walking around the castle was Lala and my working out. We still keep the original version of castle. I really love the castle because it’s so pretty in snow.

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcW7LbtJ3LM

Wakayama Castle: Wakayama city, Wakayama prefecture

My family and I lived there almost 20 years ago. Our daughter was born in the city. The castle is one of the biggest castles in Japan. I still remember I really loved walking though in cherry blossoms seasons. The castle has tons of cherry trees and when they blooms, it’s so pretty. The castle isn’t original. We lost it during the ww2.

Wakayama castle

Wakayama castle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7o1eMbZRhQ

Hikone Castle: Hilone city, Shiga prefecture

This castle belongs to my home town, Shiga prefecture close to my husband’s university.

Hikone castle

Hikone castle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qILbWCOJfJ8

This blog enty’s only a part of our castles. We have lots of castles everywhere from small to large. When you are interested in them, go to google image and search them. You can see a lot of pretty Japanese castles there.

I hope this blog entry helps you understand our culture a little bit.

Thanks you as always for visiting my blog.

See you next week!

-Yumi

Plum Blossoms

Hi there! How are you doing?

We are in a rainy season right now, but I want to show our spring pics for you, lol.

Two months ago, my British friend, Martyn came up and stayed at our house. I took him to several places and took lots of pics with him. Today’s entry is one of them.

In March, we have plum blossoms, and it’s before cherry blossoms.

Plum blossoms are very similar as cherry blossoms. I hope you love them!

Enjoy our beautiful spring!

My British friend, Maryn

My British friend, Maryn

 

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I think you already realized that we have so many different kinds of plum trees. That’s why some of blossoms are light pink and others are rich pink or whatever.  Which pink is your favorite? I like dark pink ones the best. They are very cute!

Although spring has already passed, I hope you could enjoy Japanese spring!

See you next week on my blog again!

 

-Yumi

 

 

 

The Best Season Ever in Japan!

Hi there!

How have you been? I still have had a really bad cold and can’t stop coughing…….. Cough, cough, cough…….

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine lives in Tokyo came up, and I took her to Kyoto!  That’s because it’s the best season ever for us to enjoy viewing leaves changing!!!

It’s my first time to see her in person in 4 years. We used to go to the same porcelain school for years, but after I moved to Osaka, I quit the school. Since then I hadn’t met her for a while.

We had a great time in Kyoto!!

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Since the day was clear and fine, it was the best day for me to take a lot of photos.

I hope you can enjoy the Japanese leaves changing season through my post!

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

The place where I took my friend is called, Arashiyama, and it’s very popular in spring and fall.  When you come to Arashiyama in spring, you can enjoy viewing cherry blossoms and it’s a completely different scenery from this one.

This time everything here is red, and at that time everything here is PINK!

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

I love spring the best, but I love fall as well.

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

I love the place and it reminded me of Hayao Miyasaki movies a lot.

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

I am planning on going back to my previous porcelain school in Osaka again next year. I am really looking forward to it.

I asked my friend if she could come up again in spring. I hope she can make it. Then, I can take her here again to enjoy viewing cherry blossoms!!

Countryside in Autumn, Japan

Hi, friends!

Looooooooooooong time no see. I am very sorry that I haven’t updated anything new. Since I got a new puppy, I have been extremely busy for taking care of her, gardening, painting, learning English and so on. I have been really fine and enjoying my life with our new puppy. I will write about her soon.

Today, I want to show some pictures in autumn, Japan. Since our puppy came to our house, I’ve been stuck at home. To relieve my stress, I took my camera with me when I walked around my neighborhood. Then, I found some small autumn.

These are typical views of fall in Japan. I hope you can enjoy them. Fall in Japan is short, but I love this season. It’s a little bit earlier for leaves changing.  When it starts, I will post more pictures here.

Cosmos

Cosmos

Rice Fields

Rice Fields

Cosmos

Cosmos

Bye Bye Fukui, The Last Time in Fukui

Hi there!

It’s been a while since I posted my last blog entry. Last week I returned to Japan from my trip in America and Mexico and have been really busy for settling up our new house.

Before moving to a new town, I took a lot of pictures of our previous city where we lived. At the time the cherry blossoms in Fukui were full blooming.  To keep memories in Fukui, I want to post this blog entry for myself.

Asuwa Liver was really close to our previous house and it’s only a minute on foot. The place is very popular among people in the Hokuriku area as one of the best spots for cherry blossoms.

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

I think Fukui has a lot of cherry trees and one of the best prefectures for cherry blossoms. My favorite season in Fukui was of course the cherry blossoms season.

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

This day I took these pictures with my daughter. She and I stopped by a Pizza restaurant. We ordered Teriyaki Pizza.

My Favorite Japanese Style of Pizza at Texas Hands

My Favorite Japanese Style of Pizza at Texas Hands

Cherry Blossoms on Sakura Douri

Cherry Blossoms on Sakura Douri

Cherry Blossoms on Sakura Douri

Cherry Blossoms on Sakura Douri

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui

My daughter and I also enjoyed the night view of cherry blossoms in Asuwa, Fukui.

Night View of Asuwa, Fukui

Night View of Asuwa, Fukui

Night View of Asuwa, Fukui

Night View of Asuwa, Fukui

I really love the place! We have a very pretty cherry tree that is 100 years old in Fujishima temple, Fukui. I think the night view is the best.

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Don’t you think the cherry blossoms seem to be a fire work? The blossoms is called “Shidare Zakura” in Japanese.

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Cherry Blossoms in Fujishima Temple, Fukui

Night View of Asuwa

Night View of Asuwa

Night View of Asuwa

Night View of Asuwa

My daughter and I stopped by some food stands.

Night View of Asuwa

Night View of Asuwa

Night View of Asuwa

Night View of Asuwa

We ate the fried potatoes. According to the food stand that was selling the fried potatoes, the idea came from Korea.

Cherry Blossoms at Fukui Castle

Cherry Blossoms at Fukui Castle

The following day I went out to take some pictures of cherry blossoms again.

Cherry Blossoms at Fukui Castle

Cherry Blossoms at Fukui Castle

Cherry Blossoms at Fukui Castle

Cherry Blossoms at Fukui Castle

Cherry Blossoms at Fukui Castle

Cherry Blossoms at Fukui Castle

Cherry Blossoms at Fukui Castle

Cherry Blossoms at Fukui Castle

Since I took some pictures of our moving, I want to add some of them.

Moving

Moving

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Moving

Some moving people are moving our furniture from upstairs while using a machine.

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Moving

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Moving

Our Previous House

Our Previous House

I moved to a new town a couple of months ago. I left Japan a week after I moved to the new town to America and couldn’t updated my blog entry at all. While posting the pictures, I miss our previous house, pretty cherry trees, nice views and everything in Fukui.

I hope one day I can go back there as a tourist. Bye bye Fukui! I really think I was lucky to be able to live in such the pretty city for three years!

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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