fall foliage forecast for 2017

Fall color is at peak in the Taisetsu Mountain Range, Hokkaido. (September 24, 2017)

when and where to see fall foliage (Japanese version only):

Current foliage reports (Japanese version only):

seasonal flowers:

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year 2015

Happy New Year!
I hope this year will be a good one.

It was a snowy New Year's Day in many areas including Yokohama.

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep.

New Year's card

"未" means sheep.

Sacred arrows(破魔矢, hamaya)  exorcise evil spirits.

New Year's card

Ema (a votive horse tablet)

New Year's card

New Year's rice cakes(Kagami-mochi)

New Year's card

Kadomatsu (New Year's pine decoration)

Boys used to  play a game of top‐spinning.

New Year's card

Ready-made New Year's dishes are set in three-tiered boxes.

a simmered dish called 'Onishime'


  1. Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures!
    Wishing you and your family: Happy New Year and my very best wishes, Ichinen!
    Kind regards, Ilona

    1. Thank you, Ilona. It's been a long time. I am comforted by your words.
      I wish you a happy new year!

  2. your english is good!,. are you learning by yourself ? :)

    1. Thank you for your comment! I learnt English in schools, but I'm still struggling to write in English... I rely on dictionaries.

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