Tag Archives: Japan

Flower of the Day – Embroidery

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Flower of the Day – Embroidery

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These flowers are embroidered on my silk kimono that I got while in Japan.

As usual, the lighting in here is not good, so the first photo is more the true color of the kimono.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

FOTD – January 13, 2019 – Hydrangea

 

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© 2019 BS

Flower of the Day – Blossoms

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Flower of the Day – Blossoms

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Little flowers on the branch the doll is holding could be cherry blossoms. I got this Japanese doll when we lived in Japan, back in 1979. The base the doll is sitting on is a wind up music box.

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For Cee’s Flower of the Day:

FOTD – January 12, 2019 – Daffodil

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© 2019 BS

Train Station – 10 Day Photo Challenge – Day 8

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Train Station – 10 Day Photo Challenge – Day 8

https://cassiaelisabeth.wordpress.com/2018/07/01/attention-photography-challenge/#comments

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Cassia has asked for train stations for today’s challenge prompt. Thanks, Cassia!

We don’t have any passenger trains or stations here. I’m sure there must be a freight train somewhere.  I wouldn’t know where to find them, though.

We did visit Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri several years ago. Very impressive! It’s also said to be haunted.

The rest of these are photos of children’s train rides.

 

 

Union Station (Kansas City, Missouri)

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Children’s Train Ride (train ticket station) at the mall

Train ride in Japan park

Train ride in Japan park

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© 2018 BS

 

 

 

THURSDAY DOORS 3/23/17

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THURSDAY DOORS 3/23/17

https://miscellaneousmusingsofamiddleagedmind.wordpress.com/2017/03/23/thursday-doors-march-23-2017/

Thanks for hosting the challenge, Norm! 🙂

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This challenge is to find doors of all kinds. To join in, click the above link for details, and to see other entries. Some are fancy, some are not, but all are interesting to see. 🙂

Here’s mine for this time.

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These doors are in the Texas Capitol Building

These doors are at the Tiffany store in Kansas City MO

These doors are the elevator at the hospital

This door is for a shop in Japan

This door is for going into the Paisano Hotel, in Marfa TX. The hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places, and was built in 1930. It is famous because back in 1955 the Warner Brothers Movie Studio, came to Marfa to film the movie,”Giant”. It starred Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. All the cast and crew stayed at this hotel for a few weeks.

When we were there a few years ago, we toured the many rooms which featured historical information about the film. It is a beautiful hotel, and is still in business today.

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© 2017 BS

RECYCLED BOOK READING CHALLENGE – BAR FLOWER

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RECYCLED BOOK READING CHALLENGE – BAR FLOWER

Recycled Book Reading Challenge!

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The recycled book reading challenge is where we post a review of a book we’ve read the past month. Ultimately, it should be a used book, found at library sales, yard sales, thrift stores, etc. We know we have lots of books stacked up, ready to be read. Now is the time to pick one up and actually read it!

Find out more about this challenge by clicking the link above. It’s fun! 🙂

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My recycled book this time came from the book store, in their used section. I’ve had it quite a while, and I’m glad I finally got to read it. It is called “Bar Flower”, and is a memoir written by Lea Jacobson. Here’s a photo of the cover.

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Ms Jacobson writes of her experiences in Japan. She studied the Japanese language in college, and was fluent in speaking it. So, she decided to go live in Japan to pursue teaching. She did find a job, and enjoyed it, but ran into trouble with the organization she was obligated to, and their rules.

Still needing a job, she investigated the businesses of the night…the nightclub/bar scene, which is a major, complicated industry there. She did secure a job in one of the nightclubs, as a hostess. These jobs were classified as being in the sex industry, yet the jobs of being a hostess, was not at all selling sex. The girls were only required to sit at a table in the bar, and visit with the male patrons who came in. They were to provide drinks (at the customer’s expense), and be pleasant to talk with. That was all, and it was strictly enforced by the bar’s ‘mama’ proprietress.

Lea made friends with some of the other girls who worked there, had fun dressing up, and of course drinking. She had one job at a certain bar for a long time, then one at another place. She would go back home to the U. S. from time to time, to continue her studies, but always came back to hostessing in Japan. She still had dreams of teaching, though.

It was a very interesting book, that gives a glimpse of what the nightlife is like in some areas of the Ginza in Japan. It also goes into her struggles with alcoholism.

If you enjoy memoirs that are a bit different, you would like to read this one.

I noticed it is available on Amazon for only one penny!

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© 2016 BS

 

CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE – ROOFS

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Roofs

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Fence on top of roof?

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Net roof over Olympic Stadium (Munich,Germany 1972)

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Underside of net roof over Olympic Stadium

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Tall roof with windows? (Germany)

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Looking from our apartment window…roof of Red Cross building (Germany)

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Roofs in Japan

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© 2016 BS

FLAMES

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FLAMES

For Daily Post

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/flames/

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These photos of firemen and their fire truck were taken not long ago, close by our house. I think they were testing the fire plugs for water pressure.

My story of flames, though, happened many years ago, in another country…Japan.

We lived on the Army Base there in Sagamihara, Japan, right outside Tokyo. The house was furnished with the usual amenities plus appliances. One morning I was wanting some cinnamon toast, made in the broiler of the oven. All was good, until I completely forgot about it being in there.

I only remembered when I saw flames coming out of the lower part of the oven/stove. Smoke was getting everywhere. I did manage to turn off the control dial, and call the fire department. They came right away, put out the fire, and all was good again. I don’t remember them using a hose, but just taking out the flaming cinnamon toast and putting it in the sink, running water on it. I’m not sure how the flames went out in the oven, as I was keeping my little girls out of the kitchen, and out of the way. The oven was destroyed, though, and we had to have another one brought out to our house.

The funny thing was that later in the week, the whole incident was reported in the base newspaper. It was a bit embarrassing, too. I never did get my breakfast that day. I still have a problem with trying to heat up bread in the oven. Most times I still burn it first, then have to start over, but haven’t had flames any more.

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© 2016 BS

PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF # 9

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For NanoPoblano and NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month)

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“PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF”

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Ohayou gozaimasu

Konnichiwa

Konbanwa

Hello

We are Japanese Temple Dogs. We have many other names that refer to us, such as… Fu Dogs, Foo Lions, and Temple lions. We  are the guardians of temples from the old days up until the present time. We resemble another guardian, the gargoyle.

Our job is to ward off evil spirits. We’ve been living at the nice lady’s house since 1979, and have been prominently displayed for all those years. We used to have orange tassels hanging from the swords in our mouths, but I think sometime along the way, the cats confiscated them.

We have traveled many miles over the years of living with the nice lady. We came to her while she was living in Japan, where we were created. Then, every time the nice lady moved to another country, state, city, we were carefully packed and shipped. We then were unpacked and resumed our important job, once more at a new house.

Thanks you nice lady, for the chance to protect you and your family! 🙂

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© 2016 BS

 

WEEKLY WEATHER – HURRICANE

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WEEKLY WEATHER – HURRICANE weekly-weather

Weekly Weather: Hurricane

Click the link above to find out how to join in this challenge.

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I’ve been lucky to never have been directly effected by a hurricane. Here where I live we do get lots of rain occasionally from hurricanes that hit the Gulf Coast, and from the west side, coming off from Mexico. We lived in south TX years ago, and people were boarding up windows getting ready, but the hurricane went another direction that time.

What I have been through is a Category 5 typhoon. This was Typhoon Tip that hit Japan while we were there. Here’s what I wrote about our experience.

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TYPHOON TIP – CATEGORY 5

Recorded as a Catagory 5, super Typhoon Tip hit Honshu, the largest island of Japan, on October 19, 1979. Thirteen Marines were killed, and 68 injured, at their base training camp, near Mt. Fuji, near Tokyo. Forty two deaths occured from flooding, and another 44 from shipwrecks.

We lived there at that time. My husband’s helicopter unit, at Camp Zama, was called into action to MedEvac the injured Marines to the hospitals. Several of these servicemen were injured, also.

In our city of Sagamihara, right outside Tokyo, we’d been getting weather updates for days. A sign was posted at the entrance/exit of the base housing area. Cat 1, Cat 2, Cat 3…no one knew at this point, that they would eventually catagorize Typhoon Tip as a Cat 5, the strongest measurement available at the time.

Typhoon Tip has been officially classified in history, as the most powerful typhoon ever recorded. With winds of 190 mph plus, at it’s peak, and a diameter of 1,380 miles, it was almost half the size of the whole United States.

In the few days before it struck our city, the weather was calm, but a bit muggy. It soon became hazy with a fine mist in the air. We would get short bursts of rain, in squalls, but that did not stop us and our neighbors from our regular habit of cooking outside on the grill. The men rigged up plastic tarps, strung from the tree branches, as a make-do awning over the grills, so the rain would not put out the fire. We did manage to get the food cooked in time.

The next morning, the base was hunkered down for what was to come. I’d never been in a typhoon, or hurricane before, so was excited and anxious as to what would happen. As the torrential rains began to fall, our neighbor’s car stalled out in the middle of the street. She asked if my husband could help. So, he went out in the rain and helped push the car up into the driveway.

We stayed inside the house the whole time, as there wasn’t anywhere else to go…there were no evacuation plans. Our girls were very young, and they still needed entertaining, and I did do some reading, as I sat at the table. We all watched, as the rain was windblown sideways, along with items from outside that had not been tied down. At one point the electricity went out, leaving the house in semi-darkness, so I lit candles. This lasted for hours.

By late afternoon, the roaring sound of the wind suddenly stopped, and it became clear, with no rain. The sun shone for a little while. Everyone came out of their houses, to see if there was damage. Some speculated that we were in the eye of the storm. We knew we had been, when the wind and rain begain again, from the opposite direction.

When it was all over, we went out to see what damage was done. The only big damage we could find, was several huge trees had been uprooted in the back yard. I know we were lucky that none fell on the house.

That was my experience of a typhoon. I know it had been a bit downgraded from a Catagory 5, to around a 4, by the time it hit us, and with winds of 130 mph, it was till very strong. For some reason, though, I was not scared. After being in the F-5 tornado, in my hometown, nine years before, the Cat 5 Typhoon was more of an exciting event to me.

It will, however, be an experience I will never forget.

For more information on Typhoon Tip …

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Typhoon_Tip

This article is very interesting! There are photos, too! 🙂

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© 2016 BS

 

 

CEE’S FUN FOTO CHALLENGE – TRACKS/TRAINS

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This week we are challenged to find photos of trains, tracks, etc. Here’s how to join in the fun, and to see other entries:

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Tracks – trains, rail tracks, etc.

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This first photo is of our friends, from quite a few years ago, and an old train. It is at the Ranching Heritage Center, and was moved here to be installed to represent the continuing progress of the area over the years. There are also lots of old houses that have been moved here from their original locations, showing the different eras.

The second two photos were taken while we were in Japan. They are fun little trains for the kids to take a ride on around the area.

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© 2016 BS