Aug 28, 2012

Fun fun fun trip to Nikkou , Tochigi Prefecture

I went on an overnight trip to Nikkoin Tochigi Prefecture with my
family .  I visited  there for the first time in the last 30 or so years  
scince I traveled here as school trip and family trip when 
 I was a child.  My husband and children  took first time trip to Nikkou. 
 By the way,  I associate  Nikko toshogu ,Kegon WaterFall, Irohazaka ,
autumn leaves and Chinise dumplings with Tochigi Prefecture.
"Iroha Pass (Iroha zaka / いろは坂) "
We left our home midnight not to meet traffic jam, and got to our first
destination  about 6 AM  as scheduled. Red leaves at Iroha pass is very famous.

My son is still sleeping.

Look at  the display  of my car navigation system.
Iroha pass is such a twisty and winding road

Lake chuuzenji (chuuzenjiko / 中禅寺湖) 

Senjogahara Marshland

 With the stone statues ,three monkeys, in parking lot behind a souvenir shop

"Ryuzu Waterfall" (Ryuzu no Taki/ 龍頭の滝) ,which means dragon head waterfall
in Japanease. The very best season to visit here is  autumn leaf season.

Please enjoy the roaring sound of this waterfall, if you like.
What a excellent view!  This is   almost 100 meters tall "Kegon Waterfall
(Kegon no Taki/ 華厳の滝)", which is one of  Japan's three most  beautiful
falls , from the paid platform. Foutunately, we were able to see a fantastic
rainbow appearing  over the waterfall.

  Look at these  six pictures below taken   in Toshogu (東照宮),
which Japan's most lavishly decorated shrine and the mausoleum of
"Tokugaa Ieyasu"(徳川家康),  the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate.

The Five Storied Pagpda

Toshogu's famous carvings "Tree monkeys"

Toshogu was enlarged into the spectacular complex seen today
by Ieyasu's grandson Iemitsu during the first half of the 17th century.

Yomeimon Gate( 陽明門)
It is designated as national treature. Especially,sculptures are remarkable

Karamon Gate
Near the hotel with my children and my cousin's children
We stayed  in "Kinugawa onsen(鬼怒川温泉)”,where is popular
 hot spring resort town along  Kinugawa River , near Toshogu
 with my cousin and her family. We met at the hotel in the afternoon.

 A Frying-squirrel  that my cousin has got. Its name is "Peach". She's so cute.

The following day, We first played at "Kinugawa River " its water is very cold, .

 We found some tadpoles there.

And then, We also went to a dude ranch ,and I felt relaxed there.

We slided along lawn with a sled.This was really fun.
Much faster speed than we expected excited us.
We parted sorrowfully  from my cousin and  her family here,
and headed for "futarasan Shrine"

The approch to Futarasan shrine
"Futarasan Shrine(二荒山神社)" was founded in 782 by ”Shodo Shonin”,
the Buddhist monk who introduced Buddhism to Nikko

The Taiyuinbyo is the mausoleum of the third Tokugawa shougun, Iemitsu,

"Niten Gate"

Main Hall (honden/ 本殿)
One hundred forty dragons are painted on the ceiling in Haide Oratory.
That was extremely excellant.
After visiting this gorgeous place, we directed our course toward  home.
I  had  happy ,exciting ,full time with my family and relatives during vacation.
I hope I could go to Nikko  in colored leaves season next. 

Aug 7, 2012

Good Luck!

During summer , my working hours is a bit longer than other seasons, so I am rather tired.

At this time ,  especially in August we have less flowers than other seasons
 in my garden. so that these showy flowers, This Rose of Sahron
(Hinomarumukuge) are very valuables. It is easy to grow and can tolerate 
intense heat and cold winter. All I have to do is prun well for shape in winter.

These orange fruit look like very cute, right?  I often used to play with the
orange fruit of Ground-Cherry when I was a schoolchild.

This picture of Chinese lantern plant  was taken on
June 28. The fruit were still green then.

I just tried to adorn our  entrance hall with the lovely bells .

 These typical summer fruit are present from my husband's acquaintance.
These were  very fresh and delishous.

Reacently I visited to Tokyo SkyTree, the world's highest broad casting
towerin the news, with my daughter and my parents again. This time we
climbed up two observation decks

This is the lower observation deck, which is 350 meters high.
This upper observatory  is 450 meaters high. Unluckily, the field of vision is
not so good because of  cloudy skies. We were not able to enjoy a panoramic
view of  the whole Kanto area, but had a great time .

We walked around big shopping mall called Tokyo Solamachi and  took a
short rest while eating  tasty crepes
I bought Soda Pop for my son as souvenir of SkyTree.

This is my son's homebuild computer. He overdoes a computer every day,
so that I am always anxious about that.

 My son's soccer team won the championship in the last prefectural tournament.
So that they can go on next round, Kanto tournament. He and his teammates
have been getting  along well since they were schoolchildren. FYI,
 the boy lying in the front row and the leftmost in the picture is my son.

I do hope they will win victory in junior high school national soccer tournament.