The best part about June? Fireflies.
He wanted a photo of the new Hachimangu Dori/Wakamiya-oji sakura avenue, and I wanted a photo of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu's main building framed by a torii gate. I think mine turned out okay. I hope his did, too.
Back to the turtles. It's been incredibly rainy here, so no new pics as we've been stuck at home. But turtles are always a good thing.
I thought it was about time we had another fish photo. These guys live in a gorgeous pond outside a gorgeous soba restaurant. I have no clue how good the soba is, but their landscaping is fabulous.
Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu has white pigeons. We thought they were pretty special, and it looked like at least one of them thought Kaede was, too.
Now, I knew this was a turtle, and I guessed that it was a "suppon", a Chinese soft-shelled turtle. But, I thought it would be more fun to let my imagination run wild. What could you imagine it to be? As an aside, suppon are a kind of snapping turtle, so best not to get … Continue reading Photo of the Day: It Came From the Deep
Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu is famous for its lotus flowers. It has two huge ponds overflowing with them. Sadly, they bloom at the hottest time of year—and the busiest—so we didn't make it out to see them. Last week, the weather finally cooled down and we headed out to see what we could see. Not too many … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Hachiman Gardens
One of Japan's more unusual (to an outsider) festivals has got to be Setsubun. Every February 3rd, adults across the country don demon masks and scare the wits out of their children and grandchildren, whose job it is to drive the demons out by tossing dried beans at them (mame maki), and shouting, "Oni wa … Continue reading Photo of the Day: Setsubun at Hachiman