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Sunday, April 06, 2014

"A Walk in the Daylight..."






"A Walk in the Daylight..." is full of memories from a trip to the States...



please enjoy one of my favorites:

"Just You, Just Me"

performed by Mary Lou Willams


Thanks for stopping by

and God Bless,

hugs, Chris



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Monday, March 17, 2014

Namahage (in Japanese: なまはげ)


Namahage Display at hotel in Oga, Akita (Japan) 1


Namahage Display at hotel in Oga, Akita (Japan) 2


Namahage Display at hotel in Oga, Akita (Japan) 3



Namahage (in Japanese: なまはげ), found in Oga City, Akita (Japan), 
are a cultural property. 



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Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Beautiful lilies exhibit unity of the heart, impressive beauty, and honor."

"Beautiful lilies exhibit unity of the heart, impressive beauty, 
and honor."



"Beautiful lilies exhibit unity of the heart, impressive beauty, and honor."

~ Anonymous



memories from Ofuna Flower Garden in Kamakura (Japan)

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1. "Pretty flowers help you smile.",
2. caption for mosaic,
3. "Nothing is too small to know, and nothing too big to attempt.",
4. "Discover day-to-day excitement.",
5. "The most I can do for my friend is simply to be his friend."

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Thanks for stopping by
and God Bless,
hugs, Chris


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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

"A Walk in a Forrest"

"I am as my Creator made me, and since He is satisfied, so am I."

~ Minnie Smith


These are photo memories from visiting a garden on 4 May 2005 area near Gotemba (御殿場市, Gotemba-shi, Japan). We visited this garden which is near Mt. Fuji with my husband's parents. And, clearing up some things during some recent remodelling in our apt., I found some of my misplaced photos on discs.

featuring one of my favorites: "From Where I am"

performed by Enya



"A Walk in a Forrest" (mosaic 1)

These are photo memories from visiting a garden on 4 May 2005 area near Gotemba (御殿場市, Gotemba-shi, Japan).

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2. "You need to claim the events of your life to make yourself yours.",

3. "He who has confidence in himself will lead the rest.",

4. "Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits.",

5. "The more I want to get something done, the less I call it work.",

6. "The greatest wealth is to live content with little...",

7. "... for there is never want where the mind is satisfied.",

8. "Find expression for joy, and you will intensify its ecstasy.",

9. "Among God's blessings there is no one small."

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"A Walk in a Forrest" (mosaic 2)

These are photo memories from visiting a garden on 4 May 2005 area near Gotemba (御殿場市, Gotemba-shi, Japan).

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1. "Be cheerful while you are alive.",

2. "You have to believe in happiness or happiness never comes.",

3. "To hope is to enjoy.",

4. flickr.com/photos/81116492@N00/9650445133/,

5. "Where your pleasure is, there is your treasure;",

6. "... where your treasure, there your heart;",

7. "... where your heart, there your happiness.",

8. "Joy is the echo of God's life within us.",

9. "Take plenty of time to count your blessings."

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"A Walk in a Forrest" (mosaic 3)

These are photo memories from visiting a garden on 4 May 2005 area near Gotemba (御殿場市, Gotemba-shi, Japan).

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1. "Never spend a minute in worry.",

2. "Joy makes us giddy.",

3. "Tomorrow will be better.",

4. "This is the best day the world has ever seen."

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Thanks for stopping by 

and God Bless,

hugs, Chris

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Congratulations to Mt. Fuji being added as a World Heritage site!

Congratulations to Mt. Fuji being added as a World Heritage site!







UNESCO to formally add Mt Fuji as World Heritage site this week


Mt. Fuji covers approx. 70,000 hectares in Yamanashi and Shizuoka prefectures.The area Mt Fuji covers includes the five lakes region [Lake Kawaguchi (河口湖 Kawaguchi-ko), Lake Motosu (本栖湖 Motosu-ko), Lake Saiko (西湖 Sai-ko), Lake Shoji (精進湖 Shōji-ko), and Lake Yamanaka (山中湖 Yamanaka-ko)], Fuji-Q Highland [(富士急ハイランド Fujikyū Hairando)], Village of Healing [(いやしの里 iyashinosato)]. including the Otodome Falls [(音止めの滝 Otodome-no-taki)] and the Shiraito Falls [(白糸の滝 Shiraito-no-taki)].

At the UNESCO meeting, they are suggesting Mt. Fuji might be listed as a “cultural” heritage site, rather than a “natural” heritage site.



One of my favorite mountains, Mt. Fuji, gets recognized. This mosaic shows my memories of Mt Fuji as it appears at different seasons.

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1. "One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time.",
2. Fuji-san (Mt. Fuji) [10],
3. Fuji-san (Mt. Fuji) [1],
4. Happy New Year... come & visit Mt Fuji...

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Thanks for stopping by and
visiting one of my favorite mountains.
Take care and God Bless,
hugs, Chris







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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

In Japan, the Chrysanthemum symbolizes high honor and Royalty."



In Japan,  the Chrysanthemum symbolizes high honor and Royalty."









In Japan, the Chrysanthemum symbolizes high honor and Royalty."

~ Author Unknown



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1. "The hidden meaning of a chrysanthemum flower is you’re a wonderful friend.",

2. "The chrysanthemum flower means love and cheerfulness.",

3. "The chrysanthemum flower is believed to bring happiness and laughter to the home.",

4. "The chrysanthemum is one of the most honored flowers in Asia."


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memories from Sankeien Garden in Yokohama (Japan)


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Thanks for stopping by

and God Bless,

hugs, Chris

Thursday, September 27, 2012

"As the sun sets, schools of silvery mullet began jumping out of the water everywhere."

"As the sun sets, schools of silvery mullet began jumping out of the water everywhere."


"As the sun sets, schools of silvery mullet began jumping out of the water everywhere."
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~ Author Unknown 


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"A silvery flash caught my eye and there was fish jumping toward the sky."


"A silvery flash caught my eye and there was fish jumping toward the sky."

~ Author Unknown

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"A silvery mullet sees a lower sun and jumps happily in the air."


"A silvery mullet sees a lower sun and jumps happily in the air."

~ Author Unknown


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"When you least expect it, a jumping fish will swim by."


"When you least expect it, a jumping fish will swim by."

~ Og Mandino


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“No fish jumps without a purpose."


“No fish jumps without a purpose."

~ Author Unknown


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 views of grey mullet jumping as the sunsets at Ashiya Marina (Ashiya, Japan)


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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

God Bless America ~ We'll never forget ~ 11 Sept, 2001




God Bless America ~ We'll never forget ~ 11 Sept, 2001





Thanks for stopping by
& God Bless,
hugs, Chris




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Monday, September 10, 2012

"A Great Blue Heron's very slow wing-beat, tucked-in neck and trailing legs create an unmistakable image in flight."

"A Great Blue Heron's very slow wing-beat, tucked-in neck and trailing legs create an unmistakable image in flight."





"A Great Blue Heron's very slow wing-beat, tucked-in neck and trailing legs create an unmistakable image in flight."

~ Author Unknown


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1. "All Great Blue Heron glides with beauty.",
2. "A Great Blue Heron flies gracefully thru the skies.",
3. "A Great Blue Heron gracefully glides before landing.",
4. "A Great Blue Heron appears almost motionless before landing.",
5. "A Great Blue Heron curls its neck into a tight “S” shape.",
6. "A Great Blue Heron is a majestic sight."



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memories from Sankeien Garden, Yokohama (Japan)




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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

"A Great Blue Heron flies gracefully thru the skies."

"A Great Blue Heron flies gracefully thru the skies."




"A Great Blue Heron flies gracefully thru the skies."

~ Author Unknown



memories from Sankeien Garden, Yokohama (Japan)





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Monday, July 30, 2012

"The sun give brightness to the earth and birds can soar in the sky."

"The sun give brightness to the earth and birds can soar in the sky."





"The sun give brightness to the earth and birds can soar in the sky."

~ Author Unknown


memories from Sankeien Garden in Naka-ku, Yokohama (Japan)





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Monday, June 18, 2012

"Happy Flag Day ~ God Bless America"

Happy Flag Day ~ God Bless America




Flag Day was celebrated on June 14th in the USA.


And, the Teddy Bears in Japan celebrate this Holiday with pride.


Thanks for stopping by
and God Bless,
hugs, Chris




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Friday, May 25, 2012

A little more listening

A little more listening



Each Spring, the City of Yokohama has a "Tulip Festival". This double tulip is one of the many tulip varieties planted in a garden near the Baseball Stadium in downtown.



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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

"Happy Memorial Day!"

Happy Memorial Day!




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Monday, April 23, 2012

Tokyo-Wan Ferry (Japan)

Tokyo-Wan Ferry


The Tokyo-Wan Ferry (東京湾フェリー Tōkyō-Wan Ferī) links Futtsu, Chiba and Yokosuka, Kanagawa.


These are my photo memories from taking the ferry at sunset from Chiba Prefecture to Kanagawa Prefecture (Japan).

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1. Tokyo-Wan Ferryboat, 2. Tokyo-Wan Ferryboat views [1], 3. Tokyo-Wan Ferryboat views [2], 4. Tokyo-Wan Ferryboat views [3], 5. Tokyo-Wan Ferryboat views [4], 6. Tokyo-Wan Ferryboat views [5]



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Saturday, April 07, 2012

“I'm not a vegetarian! I'm a dessertarian!”

“I'm not a vegetarian! I'm a dessertarian!”




“I'm not a vegetarian! I'm a dessertarian!”

― Bill Watterson

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1. “All chocoholics love chocolate.",
2. "We are all tempted when it comes to cake.",
3. “Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is.”,
4. “Stressed spelled backwards is desserts. Coincidence? I think not!”




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memories, memories, memories from an Easter dessert buffet in Tokyo...



bunny hops 4



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Monday, April 02, 2012

"Nighttime views of Yokohama (Japan)"

Nighttime views of Yokohama (Japan)

Views from the dinner cruise with Sakuragicho in the distance. 

1. Yokohama Bay Bridge & Shoreline [1],
2. Yokohama Nighttime View [1],
3. Yokohama Nighttime View [2],
4. Yokohama Nighttime View [3],
5. Yokohama-Sakuragicho,
6. Yokohama Bay Bridge 





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Thursday, March 15, 2012

"FLUTTER OF HOPE" ~ a memorial slide show





This slide show is dedicated to the Japanese who were affected by the earthquake on 11 March 2011 along the Tohoku Pacific coast. It is now past the one year anniversary day of this earthquake.



for your listening pleasure:
"Have You Got A Story For Me?"
performed by John Barry


According to an internet search about the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami", the following statistics are listed.



"On 12 March 2012, a Japanese National Police Agency report confirmed 15,854 deaths, 26,992 injured, and 3,155 people missing across twenty prefectures, as well as 129,225 buildings totally collapsed, with a further 254,204 buildings 'half collapsed', and another 691,766 buildings partially damaged. The earthquake and tsunami also caused extensive and severe structural damage in north-eastern Japan, including heavy damage to roads and railways as well as fires in many areas, and a dam collapse."



I live in Yokohama (Japan) and watched how this tsunami changed the countryside. The lonely moth in this slide show is walking around as if it is searching for answers as if it is looking for its lost family and friends. This moth never finds the answers to the questions about where, who, or why. And, over this past year, many families have not been able to find the answers about missing family and friends who were lost in the force of the earthquake's tsunami.



Thanks for stopping by,
& God Bless,
hugs, Chris



memories from Sankeien Garden, Yokohama (Japan)


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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Mt. Fuji with clouds

Mt Fuji with clouds


descending out of Hakone resort area



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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Mt Fuji ~ my favorite mountain...

Mt Fuji ~ my favorite mountain...



memories from our New Year's Eve drive from Yokohama to Hamamatsu (Japan)
[2011 Dec 31]




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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

"The bird draws his feet under his body, opens his wings, and bids you farewell."

"The bird draws his feet under his body, opens his wings, and bids you farewell."




"The bird draws his feet under his body, opens his wings, and bids you farewell."

~ John James Audubon




"Birds are all different."




"Birds are all different."

~ Ernest Hemingway



"Birds fly in different ways but the sensation is the same."




"Birds fly in different ways but the sensation is the same."

~ Ernest Hemingway



"I hope you love birds too."




"I hope you love birds too."

~ Emily Dickinson



"Other birds, without speech, fly freely about."




"Other birds, without speech, fly freely about."

~ Saskya Pandita




from Hayama Marina, Japan




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Monday, January 16, 2012

Karuizawa (Nagano, Japan) at Christmas

Memories from our trip to Karuizawa (軽井沢町, Town of Karuizawa), Nagano, Japan.

My husband and I went to this area to meet his family and celebrate Christmas 2011 together.


Our Memories of Karuizawa...

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1. The ski resort in the Town of Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan., 2. Martian cat (me) just after arriving at the Bullet Train Station at Karuizawa,, 3. Yoji just after just arriving at the Bullet Train Station at Karuizawa,, 4. A winter view of Kumobo Pond in Yagasaki Park, Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan, 5. Ducks at Kumobo Pond in Yagasaki Park, Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan [1], 6. Ducks at Kumobo Pond in Yagasaki Park, Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan [2], 7. Ice and Reflections on Kumobo Pond in Yagasaki Park, Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan, 8. Ducks at Kumobo Pond in Yagasaki Park, Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan [3], 9. Ducks at Kumobo Pond in Yagasaki Park, Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan [4], 10. Ice on Kumobo Pond in Yagasaki Park, Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan, 11. Mount Asama in Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan, 12. Christmas Dessert

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Monday, December 26, 2011

"Keep close to nature's heart..."

"Keep close to nature's heart..."




"Keep close to nature's heart..."

~ John Muir


Mt. Fuji... my favorite mountain... a view from near my home... natural colors, no PS




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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

"Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.”

"Flowers and butterflies drift in color, illuminating Spring.”





"Flowers and butterflies drift in color, illuminating Spring.”

~ Author Unknown


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1. "I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke.”,
2. "What's a butterfly garden without butterflies?”,
3. “Love is like a butterfly,...",
4. "Everyone is like a butterfly,..."

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"I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke.”





"I dreamed I was a butterfly, flitting around in the sky; then I awoke.”

~ Zhuangzi




"What's a butterfly garden without butterflies?”





"What's a butterfly garden without butterflies?”

~ Roy Rogers



“Love is like a butterfly,..."





“Love is like a butterfly, it goes where it pleases and it pleases where it goes.”

~ Author Unknown





"Everyone is like a butterfly,..."





"Everyone is like a butterfly, they start out ugly and awkward and then morph into beautiful graceful butterflies that everyone loves.”

~ Drew Barrymore


memories from Sankeien Gardens in Naka-ku, Yokohama (Japan)

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Merry Christmas

Christmas


Wishing you all the best for this Christmas Season!

hugs, Chris
(aka) martian cat in Japan




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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

"Learn to stand up straight to admire the sunshine."

"Learn to stand up straight to admire the sunshine."




"Learn to stand up straight to admire the sunshine."

~ a friend


memories from Sankeien Garden, Yokohama (Japan)



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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Wishing you all the best this Halloween Season."







""Wishing you all the best this Halloween Season."
~ a friend


memories from the Flower Museum in Chiba (Japan)



For you listening pleasure: "Peach Cobbler"
sample music from my photo editing program





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Sunday, October 23, 2011

"My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can."

"My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can."





"My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can."

~ Cary Grant




memories from Sankeien Gardens in Yokohama (Japan)




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Sunday, August 07, 2011

Landmark Tower, Yokohama (Japan)

Landmark Tower, Yokohama (Japan)


Memories... the view from a visit to my favorite rose garden in Naka-ku, Yokohama, Japan.

Landmark Tower is one of the tallest buildings in Japan.



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