On January 18, TWC New Year’s Luncheon was held in Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel. It snowed from midnight on that day and was piled up.
I intended to go out in my kimono, but gave it up in excessive snow.
In spite of the heavy snow, 103 people attended. 12 ambassadresss attended it in that, too. Performances on a female cellist were splendid, and the dishes were delicious and beautifully each, too.
In my back hill, small birds are singing, and a lot of red fruits become. But,in being surprised, a wild boar seems to live in this hill.
In my garden, Japanese allspice are in full blossom. And winter camellia has begun to bloom again. A lot of narcissus has begun to bloom, too.
On January 4, I wanted to see white heron and wild ducks and went to the Ashida River after a long absence.
But there was not the white heron which was in the dam area all the time.
And there were a lot of wild ducks when I walked towards the down stream. But, when I approached, they have gone to the opposite bank all at once.
They were near before, and I was able to take the photo of the close-up.
Most of the New Year dishes which I cooked are Japanese traditional dishes.
It is a part of the quantity that I made to have served here.
This nest of boxes of lacquer work with this mother-of-pearl has been inherited in my husband’house for more than 100 years.
Bingo Kibitsu shrine is a Japanese Shinto shrine in Fukuyama. It seemed to be founded for 806 years.
The present main shrine is built in 1648, and is a large-scale main shrine to rarely watch in Japan.
The main shrine was appointed to the important cultural property in Japan in 1965.
Many people come for a New Year’s visit to this Shinto shrine. On January 2nd, it was fine and was warm,
My husband and I visited there on foot, but many people came by car.
Huis Ten Bosch is a theme park in Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan, which recreates the Netherlands by displaying real size copies of old Dutch buildings.
The name Huis Ten Bosch translates into English as “House in the Forest”. It is named after Huis ten Bosch,
one of the three official residences of the Dutch Royal Family, located in The Hague in the Netherlands and former home to Princess Beatrix.
Huis Ten Bosch was built, and my husband was invited immediately. And this time I was invited to my husband and visited on December 19, We went by Shinkansen to Hakata Station and enjoying colored leaves by bus from there.
People of entering Huis Ten Bosch did not increase only by having reproduced Netherlands cityscape, and the management failed.
The visitors increased after they installed amusements such as Disneyland.
The present time, the light up are beautiful. https://vimeo.com/user454835/videos
I was able to enjoy the colored leaves of the Itachi riverside enough by my taking photos.
I thought the colored leaves of the Itachi riverside must be beautiful, because it was fine and warm today. https://vimeo.com/user454835/videos
On the afternoon, I have gone out with my friend to Enoshima.
Enoshima is a small offshore island. We took a train and a bus from Yokohama, and crossed a bridge.
When having arrived, the sunset was beautiful and Mt. Fuji was also seen.
The December meeting of the Tokyo Women’s Club was held in Shangri-La hotel Tokyo. And I attended it.
It was the attendance of 120 people in ambassadresss of several countries, our members, guests. http://www.youtube.com/user/sachiko300
The winter camellias in my garden are in full blossom. Therefore I postpone the introduction of the video of Shodo Island tomorrow.
When I returned from Shodo Island and looked at my garden, winter camellias were in full blossom.
This is the first time that winter camellia bloomed so a lot.
White and the pink camellia have begun to bloom, too. The red camellia which I like has buds. https://vimeo.com/user454835/videos
Shodo Island is an island located in the Inland Sea of Japan. The name means literally “Island of Small Beans”.
I visited Shodo Island with my husband from November 24 to 27th. And we visited temples built there in the ancient times while enjoying beautiful scenery. http://www.youtube.com/user/sachiko300
On November 25, we visited temples and walked while enjoying flowers of camellia and colored leaves.
November 26, we left the hotel, and it rained in a few minutes. I wore my raincoat. But the rain stopped soon, and we walked while enjoying colored leaves. There are some hermitages made in a big rock in Shodo Island. Kankakei is a nationally-designated Place of Scenic Beauty on the Shodo Island.
On the afternoon of November 26, we went down the mountain path on foot from Kankakei and visited the Sekimondou which there was in a big rock.
Then, we withdrew and stopped at Ichinotani hermitage and went to our hotel Masuya.