Thursday, September 22, 2016

Lantern Festival and Japanese Pheasant;

Lantern Festival
My husband's friend told me about the festival at her city.  Her city has a sister city relationship with a city in Taiwan. We expected rain on that day. It was drizzling when we reached the event site, but it started raining hard (^^;)
Cluster Amaryllis; Japanese name is Equinox Flower '彼岸花'.Season for this flower♪
           You can see the blurrlanterns in the back. I just found a couple of flowers .
Sculptures decorated at the event site;

Lanterns before and after Lighting;

Lighting ceremony;

Dancing of the dragons;

*Male Japanese Pheasant*
My neighbor 'who knows about my picture taking hobby for blog' kindly came to tell me this Japanese National bird looked just enjoying relaxing time alone. 

I loved this back shot of his ;-)

So sorry that I didn't know that video is only taken horizontally.
I tried to fix it by using downloaded free soft, not succeeded(^^;)
But I was happy to see the video was taken clearly.

This was not my first luck, I thought there must be a nest near by♪
He was up on the fence near my house. 

I hope you are having a wonderful new week.
Hope to visit you soon!

ps;  Kindly my friend riitta informed me that some of my pictures don't show up. I think in this post I used picasa for all of the collages. As I have no idea and no problem with my pc and cell-phone, hoping to get fixed soon.

Linking this post to, "Outdoor Wednesday", "WATW", "Flower Wednesday"

Friday, September 16, 2016

Precaution and message;

 (keeping header of previous post for link pages;)
My husband's acquaintance caused an accident, which was unavoidable one.
Hearing the unavoidable accident, we decided to put a "drive recorder" to our car. 

We have a saying "備えあれば憂いなし",  direct translation may be  "Well prepared            means no worries." Every taxi has one in japan.
       TV commercial shows us the scene even UFO can be taped p:-)

I'd like to express my appreciation to your sweet comments from bottom of my heart.
I have to return for your kind thoughts;   I will start concentrate visiting you.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Kanmon Straits; place of Two wars of Old and New etc;

Kanmon Strait Bridge (bridge between Kyushu and Honshu)
Although it was a bit cloudy day when we visited, made me think about the history of my prefecture.  (pictures are not from recent ones but haven't posted)

Dannoura (壇ノ浦) at Kanmon Straits (関門海峡)is the place where Two Battles of old and newer ones occurred. It's located between my prefecture and Fukuoka-pref.

The Shimonoseki Campaign (下関戦争)
Shimonoseki Campain ←link   This war happened from 1863 to 1864, to control the Straits by joint naval forces from 4 countries.  "Sonno-joi movement. 尊皇攘夷"  the principle of advocating reverence for the Emperor and the expulsion of foreigners was deeply related with this war.  

 Genpei  War  (源平合戦)
Genpei War ←link   This was a conflict between the Taira-clan(平)and Minamoto-clan(源)which happened during the late Heian period (1180-1185).  Also know as Battle of Dannoura (壇ノ浦の戦い). At school , we learn a proverb (my direct transration) "Arrogance like Taira-clan's won't last long. 驕る平氏は久しからず".    The equivalent for "Pride goes before a fall." in English.

For Flower and Critter Links
Pictures of the flowers were taken at my friend's garden and inside the front door. 
For Critters link; Eileen and edenhills.  I found the butterfly 'Pseudothemis zonata'  at the little pond near my house. My husband's lady band member sent me the stag beetle's picture 'Lucanus maculifemoratus'  It's a season to see them♪ 
Wishing you will have a wonderful rest of the week.

Linking this post to, "Outdoor Wednesday", "WATW", "Flower Wednesday", Floral Passions,

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Ear of Rice and Japanese Proverb etc;

 (posted; Etymology page) 
Rice grow ripe in Autumn*     
         The boughs that bear most hang lowest.
       実るほど頭を垂れる稲穂かな  minoruhodo koubeo tareru inahokana
                This proverb derived from Japanese rice eating culture. 
The interpretation I found from pc.  "As berries ripen drooping ears, humans also deepens learning and virtue, humility."   I think it is a reference to modesty and humility being virtues, and the virtue may apply to those who are the most unassuming, the least pretentious.    I still have a lot to learn ;-)   
         Starts with K : Rice is the "King of staple food" for Friday's Hunt.
♣ pictures taken last week 
 pictures from former posts to show you rice-paddy before ripen 

♣ Extra new butterfly picture for Eileen's Critter link 
This one was drinking water after the rain near my house last month. 
For Flowers and Fence link
Gifted picture from my husband's ex-lady colleague taken at the exhibition
This GORGEOUS work was arranged by her master of "Ohara Scchool".

  Cute road side guard 
Recently, we found these cute rabbits instead of normal traffic cone :-)

Coincidentally, found the pink flower at the road side. Name unidentified.
So sorry for my long absence; start visiting you soon☆☆☆

Linking this post to, "Outdoor Wednesday", "WATW", "Flower Wednesday",  

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Sparrows, Fences and Japanese Randoseru (Ransel) etc;

Such Many Sparrows
Yesterday(on 30th) in the usual rice-paddy on our way for commodity shopping, I found so many sparrows. They were enjoying lunch just for a short while.  I vaguely remember seeing with that large number when little. Surprised me and also a bit happy being able to have a chance for the bird's post ;-)
I even took videos p:-)  First one was from inside the car. Its number got increased close to the end.  Second one is short from outside with clear image.  So sorry for the sound of the wind. It was really windy as you you can see in the videos.

Fence Topic from our Preferential Capital
On our way to our preferential capital to help public procedures for our relatives, I could take a pedestrian bridge and a highway bridge during the drive.

Gifted pictures of Spanish Jasmine
Lady keyboard player kindly sent me these pictures of Spanish Jasmine from her garden. Flowers in the glass look lovely♪

Second Semester starts Sept.1
Starts with J,  "Japanese Randoseru"  for friday's hunt and for seasons as well.
I can't say since when, we have these lovely and colorful schoolchild's satchel you can see in the picture.  Half a century ago, we only had red one for girls and black one for boys(^.^)  I remember happy having my new red one for my tiny body p:-)
We call this "Randoseru" which is originated "Ransel" in Dutch. 
My husband and I both have had cough and runny nose, 
summer cold or due to busy days. But getting better (^^;)
I hope you are having a wonderful week, See You Soon;

Linking this post to, "Wild Bird Wednesday", "GoodFences", "Floral Friday Fotos",