I was chosen as a new member of PTA this year. ( A new school year starts from April in Japan.) My job is to take photos of students and report about annual events on the school magazine. I’m happy with doing these chores seriously but I don’t like that unique mood of the PTA culture. For example, I have to take part in the first ceremony thing to start the new PTA of this year and it has a ‘dress code’! means ‘be fancy’. It’s totally a ritual thing. We have to wear suit to pledge to teachers and ex-PTA members not to change their culture. I hate that but I don’t have nerve to wear jeans there… Do you have such a PTA in your culture? Also, i’m curious that have you ever heard or had any uncomfortable feelings like ‘stay at home moms’ VS ‘career/working moms’? In Japan, definitely you have that!! and very scary, hehe……I’m calling myself as Ms,Switzerland. I love the drama “Desparete housewives” but I don’t want to be like that. (^^)
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I took a one day trip on last Sunday. It’s a little bit early to enjoy Sakura (Cherry Blossom) but exciting because I’d never been to Fushimi, Daigo, and Uji Area in Kyoto. ( You can enlarge the photos by clicking over them.)
Fushimi Inari is now very famous among foreigners and tourists. You might have seen these red tunnel of a bunch of Torii.
Adults love strolling. Kids love running through them.
The black ones are for Shinto priests. They looked comfortable.
I didn't see his face, but he must have been handsome! Don't you think so?
Tatsu wanted to come here after he saw a travel guid book of Kyoto temples. He tried so hard to take a photo like he saw on the book.
If you look for somewhere very old and authentic Japanese style rooms or garden, I recommend you “Sanbo-in” by this Daigo-ji. Sanbo-in was kind of a villa of Shogun Hideyoshi Toyotomi. (Sorry if I mistake. That was what I’ve scaned from the brochure given at the entrance. ) There are amazing rooms with decorative fusuma (sliding door), and Japanese gardens. You can walk through corridors or sit by the garden to get Zen! I felt like as if I were acting a queen or maybe her maid in a samurai movie. Photo shooting is prohibited strictly there, so I can’t show you how beautiful they were!!! But I guarantee, you should go there.
After Daigo-ji, we moved to Uji area. The goal was “Byodoin”
10 yen coin
You can guess what I wanted to do? But I failed!!!
Zenzai with Maccha Ice cream. Temples and Zenzai in Kyoto. hummm ^^ You never leave without having Zenzai!
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A Happy New year!
My resolution is…..” To enjoy the moment you have now.” ” Be laid-back.”
You know people who make these kind of resolution never be laid-back!!
I will “TRY MY BEST” to be laid-back. Yeah, I am cursed with “Try your best” spirit.
This's from Momo's Shichi-Go-San photos.
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I heard this news..”The research said that the cars could run only 9 km/hour when people tried to escape from the huge tunami hit Japan in March. It’s caused by the traffic jam. 9km/hour is as slow as you jog. Also about the distance people drove their car, 40% of the drivers drove for under 1km or so. ”
These kind of research makes me think. How could you run with two or three toddlers? the elders? the disable person? Or should you use a car even though you know it’s a bad idea? You leave them, run by yourself and then may live with deep regret all of the rest of your life? My thought goes around and around. You never know what happened before it happens. The most scarly thought is what if a disaster happens when my kids are at school?
So, only I could tell my kids, “Run by walk to the higher place! Think and take an action by yourself! and Survive! Your mom and daddy will do the same thing and we will meet again.”
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I’m still living! I’m fine! Just no inspiration to write a new post these days. It’s kind of sad, you know? Boring and simple my life.
Tatsu has been getting stiffer and stiffer. I mean, his muscle is changing to the adult male’s one. And his bone has become bigger. He now wears shoes as same as my size. He eats A LOT. I ask him over and over, ” Are you OK? ” while he’s eating because his appetite seems crazy. AND he enjoys talking with girls. Once he went out with two girls who visited our home but that day HE HAD A FEVER so HE SKIPPED HIS SCHOOL!! I’m not jealous at all. I’m relieved. He’s been so nerd and still IS, but apparently he is interested in real girls not ones in the video games. So I’m happy with it!
Momo becomes to be able to tell difference good-looking boys from less handsome ones. She is so critic too. She likes boys having this kind of face.
Yes, Johnny’s group!! I’ve never ever liked any boy in Johnny’s so I wonder where that DNA comes from? I love another Johnny (Depp ), though.
But her favorite boy, a real boy in her school is much shorter than her and tiny and called “chu chu” by her. ( actually, “chu chu” means sound of mice. ) He is her pet now.
SO, I have nothing to tell you about me. Just I’ve been amazed to see how my kids are growing every day, and every minutes!!
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I’ve been searching a new wallet for me on the net these days. I like cute and pop design like Orla Kiely. Japanese Yen is strong now so it’s a big chance for me to buy one cheaper!!
But while I was watching some you tube movies promoting wallets I liked, I found one thing. That is, these wallets made in UK or USA don’t have a big pocket for coins. I know they don’t carry coins. But I do!!! I still pay daily supply and train tickets with coins not a card! I’ve never used a credit card at a convenience store ever. The nearest super market doesn’t accept a credit card! I don’t know if I can use a credit card at doctors. I’ve never seen someone pays with a card. Have you? I’m always scared at the accounting counter at a doctor when I got a medical inspection wondering if I have enough cash.
My paying style won’t be changed at least one more decade. So I need a wallet with a big coin purse!
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It was a so beautiful day today ( today was a national holiday in Japan.) so we went for a drive to Kannabe. The previous typhoon has changed the season from summer to fall suddenly. I thought we should go hiking to somewhere full with green!! But…. in the Highland area, it was cloudy and raining lightly. We thought it was not a good idea to climb up the hill so we decided to hang around the river side-walk that had several beautiful spots.
The water was so high because of the typhoon and its heavy rain.
神鍋高原 八反の滝。 水量が台風の後だからかものすごく多い。下の動画と比較してみて。すごい音としぶきだったよ
If you compare this water fall called as ‘Hattann no Taki’ of my picture with the youtube movie I borrowed as below, you can see how it had high volume of water today.
We went down the river by walking. There was a good side-walk along the river. We had a very good time while walking through the woods. It smelled fresh water. It sounds weird for you, but I live by the sea and smell sea wind every day, so I’m really refreshed when I go to the mountain side and smell moistened air.
How will you spend your weekend? Have a good day!
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