Friday, January 30, 2009

Nanohana Flower Blooming in Winter

tnanohana blooming in winter
Nanohana(菜の花) is a typical flower which blooms in spring.
"naonohana" is a season word of spring in haiku-poetry.
It is a generic name of flowers which belong to Brassicaceae family.
But usually it indicate rapeseed.

By the way, some species of the family bloom in winter.
The other day, I took the photo above in a field.
Those flowers makes me warm in a moment.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Vending Machine and Bamboo Grass

vending machine and bamboo grass

vending machine and bamboo grass
I have been searching for interesting vending machine.
And I have been searching for lovely bamboo or bamboo grass.

I took these photos, when I walked along the farm.
That vending machine sells soft drinks.
In Japan, there are many vending machines in really various place.

Vending machine and bamboo grass.
What do you think of the combination?

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Sakaebashi (Sakae-bridge)

object on the bridge
I have already post about some bridges in this city.
In this time, I show you sakaebashi-bridge which is over ebi-river.
There are figures on both side railing of the bridge.
Photo above is a figure which a girl hold up her palms for the sun.
It has a motif of Japanese song, "tenohira o taiyo ni".

object on the bridge Photo above is a figure of Andersen fairly tale.
Funabashi city is a sister city of Odense city.

Railing of the bridge is designed as musical note.

Hilda(My Manila) tagged me yesterday to reveal five details about my self.
Well, I tell you..

1. I prefer beer to sake. but when I have sushi or sashimi, I drink sake.
2. I like walking.
3. My cell phone is FOMA SH903i.
I took photos for my blogs with this camera phone.
4. I am 1.76 meters tall, weigh 73 kilograms.
5. I can talk to flowers and trees.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Cherry Blossoms in the Supermarket

school satchel counter in the supermarket Photo above is a school satchel counter in the supermarket.
We are in mid winter.
Those cherry blossoms are imitation.
In Japan, school year open in April.
Those school satchels are sold for children who enter elementary school in this year.
By the way, we call such school satchel "randoseru".

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Pottery Statue of Tanuki

pottery statue of raccoon dog"Tanuki" means raccoon dog.
I took this photo in front of a liquor shop.
He wear straw hat and carry a container of liquor.
If you visit Japan, you often see him in front of some shops such as liquor shops and izakaya.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Funabashibashi (Funabashi-bridge)

object on funabashi-bridge
funabashi-bridge Funabshi-bridge is a bridge which is over ebi-river.
It is near to the mouth of the river.
There are lovely objects of Kappa on the bridge.
Kappa is a Japanese legendary creatures that live in river.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A Smal Tempura Shopl

tempura shop
tempura shop
Tempura is a deep-fried seafood or vegetables with batter.
This small tempura shop is on a narrow back street in central funabashi.
We can take out tempura or have it in the shop in a good price.

Monday, January 19, 2009


sasanqua Sasanqua is the symbol tree of funabashi city.
It blossoms from late autumn to early winter.
In this time, I thought it has finished blossom.
But I fortunately found those blossoms today.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Lifting Gate on the Railroad Crossing

lifting gate on the railroad crossing
lifting gate on the railroad crossing
Usually, lifting gate of railroad crossing has yellow and black colour in Japan.
And those are set parallel to tracks.
That bar of the lifting gate is made of bamboo.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

River in the Twilight

ebigawa in twilight This is same place where I post yesterday.
I took these photos in late afternoon.
The river is ebigawa which flow in funabashi city.
Both side of the river are stroll road.
I often tkae a walk there, so it is a my favorite place in this city.

I like those lights along the river too.
So those lights are atmospheric for me.

ebigawa in twilight

Friday, January 16, 2009

Cherry Tree in Winter

cherry tree in winter I have already took photos here, summer amd fall.
And now,the tree is very simple.
This cherry tree is a typical kind of cherry trree "Somei Yoshino".
In spring, it blossomes with white petals ( slightly pinc ).
And after blossomes, fresh green leaves come out.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Woods in Winter

woods in winter
I took these photos in the woods near my house.
I often take a walk in th woods.
In summer, those trees blocked sunshine with leaves.
Now, almost trees have no leaf.

woods in winter

Monday, January 12, 2009

Coming-of-Age Day

in front of the hall which the ceremony is held
in front of the hall which the ceremony is heldToday is Coming-of-Age Day.
It is a national holiday.( the second monday of January )
Today, "coming-of age ceremony" is held in every city(or town).
It is a ceremony for the people who reached ( or will reach ) 20 years old during current school year.
I took photos above in front of the hall which the ceremony is held.
I think the ceremony is simple, some speeches and some attractions.

a girl wearing furisode
Almost ladies who attend to the ceremony wear Furisode.

Friday, January 09, 2009

Furisode discounted

Furisode discounted Furisode is a long-sleeved kimono.
It is the most formal kimono for unmarried women on ceremonial occasions.

By the way, the second Monday of January is coming-of-age day (20 years old).
Many of girls who attend the ceremony, wear furisode.
But those girls have already got it in this time.
So, I think they have to discount the furisode.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Park in winter

amanuma bentenike park It is cold here in funabashi.
But it has been fine in this year.
In this season we have not so much rain.

This is amanuma bentenike park which is located in central funabashi.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009


Today, I happened to see this attraction in front of funabashi railway station.
Hikeshi means old day's fire fighters.
( I suppose it was in 17, 18 century. )
They were singing a song with having tools for Hikeshi.

Sunday, January 04, 2009


Originally, Hagoita is rectangular wooden paddle for Hanetsuki that is a Japanese traditional game, similar to badminton.
Hagoita in this photo is a ornamental Hagoita.
It is also good-luck charm for girls.

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Lighthouse in New Year

lighthouse in funabashi shrine
This is the lighthouse in funabashi shrine.
It doesn't work now, but it is a symbol of funabashi city.
In three days of new year, we can enter to inside of the lighthouse.
Many people was waiting to enter to it.

Friday, January 02, 2009


Hello evrybody, I hope you will have a great year.

Kagura is a sacred music and dancing performed at shinto shrine.
I took this photo in funabashi shrine.
It was performed as a new year's event of the shrine

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