Jiaojiao, Sanuki Mannou Park, Kagawa, Japan


Posted Oct 3, 2013, 1:59 pm
Hello, I'm Jiaojiao! This is my mom's name, she is an young artist. :)
To travel abroad, is a wonderful and beautiful thing. Every state is the best, it always makes me very excited!

Grandma and mom bought me, from Shanghai's IKEA.

Grandma knit beautiful sweater for me, so I'm unique bear.




Mom fav refrigerator magnets!! They come from Belarus, Australia, Germany, Austria and so on.


Today grandma made Chinese traditional "fried tenderloin", is very delicious!

Mom bought new dumbbell, her most hated exercise. Haha, I think it is very heavy!

Looking forward for my travel!
Love you, mom! Love you, grandma!
See ya!

Posted Nov 2, 2013, 12:55 am
Hello, mom.
I am arrived safely in Japan.
I was a little tired in the long journey, But I am glad and happy because my host and Toys warm welcome. We hit it off right away.
I showed my goods and postcards, they looked these with great interesting.
See you soon.
your little Jiaojiao

Posted Nov 10, 2013, 12:49 am
I went to the "Kurihama Hana no kuni"(Kurihama flower garden).
Many cosmoses are blooming in this season every year.
I heard it was so beautiful.
However many cosmoses had been blown away by typhoons this year.
Today is "Bunka no hi"(Culture Day), it is national holiday.
November 3rd was originally celebrated as a Meiji emperor's birthday.
It's also the day when the government grants cultural-service awards to people who have contributed to Japanese culture. And at the Imperial Palace the emperor confers orders of Cultural Merit to people who've rendered special services for the development of Japanese culture.

Posted Nov 10, 2013, 2:12 am
I came to Tokyo by train and subway(Oedo Line).
You can see subway map, We arrived It was Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
And, You can see Tokyo from 45th floor observation deck of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (height of 202m) .
It is free and open till 11PM.
There are a lot of public art at around.
Explore Tokyo!

Posted Nov 10, 2013, 8:34 am
I went to a very popular place Asakusa.

Asakusa's main attraction is Sensoji, a very popular Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century.

Kaminarimon is the first of two large entrance gates leading to Sensoji Temple. First built more than 1000 years ago, it is the symbol of Asakusa.
BUT!!! I could NOT see big lantern of Kaminarimon.
It was screen of big lantern.
The Nakamise shopping street leads from Kaminarimon to the temple grounds,
There are many people. The Nakamise shopping street stretches over approximately 250 meters from Kaminarimon to the main grounds of Sensoji Temple. It is lined by more than 50 shops, which offer local specialties and the usual array of tourist souvenirs.

Sensoji ("Senso" is an alternative reading for Asakusa and "ji" means temple) is Tokyo's most famous and popular temple.
Built in the 7th century, it is also one of its oldest, although the current buildings are postwar reconstructions.

I could see Tokyo Skytree from here. The Tokyo Skytree  is a new television broadcasting tower and landmark of Tokyo. It is the centerpiece of the Tokyo Skytree Town in the Sumida City Ward, not far away from Asakusa. With a height of 634 meters (634 can be read as "Musashi", a historic name of the Tokyo Region), it is the tallest building in Japan and the second tallest structure in the world at the time of its completion.

And we can see beautiful carps in small Japanese garden.
There were a lot of foreign tourists there.

Posted Nov 10, 2013, 9:37 am
I went to History Garage of MEGA WEB in Odaiba.
MEGA WEB is car theme park by Toyota.
1950s to 1970s vintage cars from around the world on display in a nostalgic town setting, where history comes alive.
I can see Time Machine "De Lorean(DMC-12)".
Back to the Future!

Posted Nov 10, 2013, 12:03 pm
Odaiba is a popular shopping and entertainment district island in Tokyo Bay.

I went to "DiverCity Tokyo Plaza",This new shopping, dining and entertainment complex opened on last year.
Its most unique attraction is the Gundam Front Tokyo with various attractions and a shop centered around the anime series' robots. A "life sized" Gundam statue stands in front of the building. 

Then The headquarters of Fuji Television, one of Japan's private, nationwide TV stations.
You can see some exhibits on popular programs, buy Fuji TV goods at a shop and access the futuristic looking building's observatory deck housed in the sphere shaped part of the building.

At last, I can see called "The Rainbow Bridge", The Rainbow Bridge connects Odaiba to the rest of Tokyo. The two story bridge is an iconic symbol of the bay and is especially beautiful during its nightly illumination.
Houseboat has tour under the Rainbow Bridge.

You can see our tickets, blue ticket is The Yurikamome
The Yurikamome is an automated, elevated train with rubber tires, which connects Shimbashi Station on the JR Yamanote Line with all of Odaiba's attractions and Toyosu Station on the Yurakucho Subway Line.
Pink ticket is Tokyo 1 day pass ticket from Yokohama.

I had a fantastic time!

Posted Nov 13, 2013, 10:53 am
That was not all for today!.
At late night, someone knocked on the door.
We were really surprised!
There is beautiful turtle Cassiopeia, alot hugging going on, we gave chocolate because she looks like tired.
We talked about Tokyo to her, she was interested reading a guidebook.
I would like to talk more to Cassiopeia. Well, I'll go to bed.
Night- night.

Posted Nov 14, 2013, 7:43 am
It is Stoker's birthday, 582 years old. He looks young for his age.
We decided to make a birthday cake for him.
Usually, He sleeps late into sunset, We must not  make a noise while his asleep.
Mix for flour, make a source of strawberries, add decorat chocolate.
It was not easier than I thought, we did our best. I love it.
He was very pleased with our birthday cake.
I think we did a very good job.

Posted Nov 20, 2013, 9:04 am
We went to the Kannonzaki park.
Here is a very nice park, but it is a very ghost spot where ghosts meet up in the midnight.
Ghost is called "Yuurei" or "Obake" in Japanese.
In this tunnel, ghost footsteps, strange white shadow, has been witnessed in particular.
I was afraid to walk through the tunnel. When ghost smiling when I looked up at the ceiling of the tunnel, What should I do?

Then, we went Kannonzaki lighthouse.
There is a oldest lighthouse in Japan. November 1 is the lighthouse anniversary to commemorate the start of construction date of this lighthouse.
Collapsed in the earthquake of twice, the current lighthouse is the third generation.

I found a cute yellow flower.
This flower is Isogiku(Chrysanthemum pacificum).

We went home and playing in a little seaside .

I heard a strange story from my host .
One day, 10 children went to play in this park .
But when someone count, 1, 2, 3... there are 11 children.
It is each other face that everyone knows .
At that time, photo was taken, you look at later ...It was 10 children.
But it was 11 children certainly in that place!
Would it Who was hell. Kyaaaaaaaaa! yiiiiiiiiipe!

It is said that you are hearing a scary story with ghost behind you.

Posted Nov 30, 2013, 12:40 pm
We came to Yokohama, get on 30 minutes by train.
Standing 296m, the "Yokohama Landmark Tower" is a marvelous cityscape featuring offices, a hotel, and a shopping mall in the central tower, as well as a variety of facilities.

Most people in Japan, not only Christians, They will enjoy Christmas Eve by exchanging presents with family and sweethearts and by eating dinner together.
By the end of November, large trees decorate shopping districts and the advertising for Christmas sales in department stores and shopping street arcades, We found a Christmas tree.

Then we passed Yokohama Sakuragi post office.
Post office is closed because it is saturday.

And we came to Yokohama Stadium.
Game of professional baseball in Japan will take place in April to October.
Unfortunately, I could not watch a Japanese professional baseball game.
There seems to be a Little League baseball game today. Boys wearing baseball uniforms had to fun.

We had little walking, arrived soon Yokohama park.
There are green and yellow and beautiful red leaf
Looking at all the beautiful autumn foliage here is such a treat.

Posted Dec 1, 2013, 1:28 am
We came to Yokohama Chinatown.
Beautiful red lanterns for Chinese New Year was being decorated, and Christmas decorated.
The main attraction of the Yokohama Chinatown, however, is the cuisine offered at its many restaurants and food stands.
Has a history of 150 years, there is 500 Chinese restaurant  in the narrow and colorful streets of Chinatown.
And delicious Chinese cuisine smell from here and there.
It smells wonderful! It makes my mouth water.
We visited "Kanteibyo" .
"Kanteibyo" is a gaudily colored temple in the center of Chinatown. Constructed in 1873 by Chinese residents, it is dedicated to the Chinese god of good business and prosperity.
Various events and festivals are held in Yokohama Chinatown, such as Chinese New Year around the beginning of February or ending of January.

Posted Dec 1, 2013, 2:15 am
I was a walk in the Yamashita Koen-dori avenue.
I think yellow ginkgo leaf is very beautiful .
Then we went to Yamashita Park.

Yamashita Park is a public park that stretches about 750 meters along Yokohama's waterfront.
The park is about a hundred meters wide, and consists mostly of open green space.
It was constructed after the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923.
Strolling through Yamashita Park, it is hard to miss the massive ocean liner in the water beside the promenade.
The ship is called the Hikawa Maru, and was first put into service in 1930 along the Yokohama-Vancouver and Seattle line.
The ship had first-class cabins that attracted the likes of the imperial family and Charlie Chaplin for the transpacific journey.
In 1960, after 30 years at sea, the ship was retired.
It now serves as a museum, with informative displays and interiors in the style of the 1930s.
You can see the black-tailed gull aligned on the chain.

I was able to see the Christmas tree beautifully decorated in Landmark Tower.
Christmas coming soon! I'm getting excited! Mom!
See you!

Posted Dec 1, 2013, 10:11 am
Today is Labor Thanksgiving Day, national holiday in Japan.
But my host is little sick in bed.
We went to buy Christmas stamps and Christmas postcard and paper tape to go to the shop for her.

Posted Dec 14, 2013, 12:50 am
Hi mom,
My host has been feeling under the weather the past few weeks. She got better now.
She loves to read the travelog of many toys. So, She learned for the first time "St. Nicholas Day" and the "Advent calendar".
Especially, It impressed the Advent calendar, she said "That's interesting!", it bought us the Advent calendar from Czech Republic at imported goods shop.
Many people not knows the St. Nicholas Day and Advent calendar in Japan.
See you soon!

Posted Dec 14, 2013, 11:30 pm
It is sunny day.
We came to "Kaminari Jinja" in Yokosuka.
"Kaminari Jinja" means "Thunder shrine".
Here was built in 1581. There are god of Thunder in this shrine.
In Japan, people often regard the spirits or natural forces as gods.
We went up stairs, And we prayed safe trip and protect us from lightning and thunder in the future.
Ginkgo tree is 400 years old in shrine, it is beautiful seen beginning of December from the end of November.
We were coming a little late.

Posted Dec 15, 2013, 7:19 am
We came to Takatori(It means hunting hawk)-yama(mountain).
It is a small mountain height 139m, you can easily hiking.
Geology of this mountain is tuff of the third generation layer. It is easy to process and soft, making it ideal for stone for wall and foundation of the house.
Here many quarry stone 100 years ago, It was not have quarry now.
Many holes's to rock, it is the trace of Harken struck for climbing practice.
Also, We were able to see "Magaibutsu".
This Magaibutsu is Maitreya, height 8m, width 4.5m.
It was carved out about 50 years ago.
We enjoyed the hike.

Posted Dec 15, 2013, 7:38 am
We were a little tired after hiking.
My host bought for us some sweet donuts, shaped Christmas tree  and Snoopy and woodstock.
Shaped Christmas tree is chocolate and strawberry chocolate, Snoopy is white chocolate taste, woodstock is lemon chocolate taste.
When I actually ate it, I found it tasty.

Posted Dec 18, 2013, 6:49 am
I went to "Yokohama Bayside Marina", located 30 minutes from my host's home by car.
This marina opened 1996, Japan's largest marina with capacity of 1,500 boats.
Currently mooring about 1,200 boats.
Situated midway between Tokyo Bay and the open ocean, it is a prime spot for fishing and cruising, also a visitor's pier for many people to enjoy every weekend.


Posted Dec 22, 2013, 12:56 am
We went to the Yokosuka city museum (Admission free) today!
Although that was a small museum, it was enough to see the life of Japanese people's ancient times.
I saw the skeleton model of naumanni,Then, we relaxed sitting together on the veranda of the house of the old fisherman.
There was a "Irori"(fireplace) in the living room, square place floor, to cause charcoal and firewood on the ashes, also we have warm here, and can cook.
Then I saw a textile machine for weaving yarn into a textile, Farming equipment, fishing equipment, and burial mounds.
I was able to see beetles and jewel beetle, a beautiful butterfly at the exhibition floor of the organism.
If you were not good at insect you should not better see it.
shellfish and giant crab was very interesting.

Posted Dec 22, 2013, 12:56 am
Today is "Toji"(winter solstice) in Japan.
It is the time when the day time is the shortest and the night time is the longest.
In Japan we have a custom to bath with "Yuzu"(kind of Japanese citrus) and eat pumpkin on Toji.
If you do so, it is said you won't get a cold.
In Japan we soak in the warm water (about 40-42 degrees centigrade) to relax every day.
There are many kinds of bath powder to enjoy the fragrance or effect.
Yuzu is very good smell.

Posted Dec 28, 2013, 1:04 am
We looked Japanese calendar.

December 23 became a national holiday to celebrate the present Emperor's birthday in 1989.

Christmas was originally an annual Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and is a widely observed holiday around the world, but it is not a national holiday in Japan.

With best wishes for Merry Christmas.

Posted Jan 1, 2014, 1:06 am
Hello mom.
New Year holidays start!!!
Most businesses shut down from December 28 to January 5 in Japan, and families typically gather to spend the days together.
With end of Year coming soon, My host decided to give her room a makeover. So we visited to IKEA that shopping and get idea.
IKEA is a furniture store that is very popular in Japan.

Posted Jan 1, 2014, 1:27 am
I went to the "Shinyokohama Raumen Museum" .
The "Shinyokohama Raumen Museum" is a unique museum about ramen, a very popular Japanese noodle dish which was originally introduced from China.
Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum was founded on March 6th, 1994 as the world's first food-themed amusement park.
Nine ramen shops are showcased in a street-scape replication from the year 1958, Japan.
It was in this year that the world's first instant ramen was invented.
We ate ramen finally.
Their soup here is a mixture of chicken bone and seafood with a flavor that invokes the essence of the ocean, and the noodles they use are special, medium-fine and wavy.
It was so good!

Posted Jan 5, 2014, 12:06 am
This is kind of dried fruit called "Korogaki", dried fruit of Kaki(Japanese persimmon), it is one of food of winter.

Posted Jan 5, 2014, 12:22 am
This is "Kagami mochi", it is shaped from rice cake of New Year.
"Kagami mochi" literally means "mirror rice cake." It is one of traditional decorations for Japanese New Year, and the name "kagami" came from its resemblance to an old-fashioned copper mirror.
This is ornament of "Kagami mochi". That's interesting.

Posted Jan 5, 2014, 12:34 am
I ate Japanese noodles eaten on the last day of the year called "Toshikoshi-soba"(New Year's Eve Buckwheat Noodles).
Eating buckwheat noodles, and wishing for longevity has remained as one of the good old traditions of the night.
The most commonly held explanation for the origin of Toshikoshi-soba is the wish for a "slim but long and healthy life," like buckwheat noodles.
Then I ate Sushi and cake. I am stuffed.

Posted Jan 5, 2014, 1:26 am
Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu(A Happy New Year) !!!

New Year (oshogatsu) is the most important holiday in Japan.
Homes and entrance gates are decorated with ornaments made of pine, bamboo and plum trees.
Many Japanese decorate the front door of shops, company buildings and houses with a pair of "Kadomatsu" during the New Year holidays. "Kado" means a gate and "Matsu" means a pine tree. "Kadomatsu" is a decoration consisting of bamboo and pine branches and symbolizes longevity and prosperity. It is said that this is the appropriate way to welcome gods.
We ate a lot of New Year dishes.
Zoni( or Ozoni) is a kind of soup with rice cakes(mochi).
Ingredients vary according to each area.
Fish paste, black beans, and Chawanmushi.
Chawanmushi is cup-steamed egg custard with chicken,  and vegetables.
And I ate Sukiyaki.
"Sukiyaki" is a Japanese dish in the nabemono (Japanese steam-
boat) style.

You can see  "Hamaya".
Hamaya is an arrow-shaped goodluck charm.  It is said to ward off evil spirits and bring in happiness. 
Hamaya is sold at the shrine during the New Year's holidays.
Horse is drawn to Ema(votive picture) because 2014 is horse year.

May the New Year bring many good things to you !

Posted Jan 5, 2014, 4:28 am
I ate "Wagashi".
Traditional Japanese confectionery called Wagashi, made from azuki bean paste and fruits, have a delicate sweetness that dissolves in the mouth.
Intended to please the eye as much as, they are crafted to reflected the four seasons.
Then we enjoyed"Game of Life". It is popular board game.

Posted Jan 5, 2014, 8:25 am
We went to Jogashima Island park.
I saw "Umanose Doumon", It has been eroded Rock by the sea. It was a strange rock form of 8m height.
Then I went to see the Jogashima lighthouse.

Jogashima is habitat of kurosagi and Japanese cormorant here.
They are black birds, build nests in rock reef wall.
Let's expansion! Do you can see they?

We found a statue and flower of aloe and narcissuses with a walk in the beach.
Narcissus was good sweet smell .

You can see Jogashima Island map.

I wanted to look for treasures in shattered shells.
It was not possible to find unfortunately.

We went to Awasaki lighthouse.
It was unique lighthouse.
There were people who are fishing!


Posted Jan 15, 2014, 2:47 am
Hi, mom.
Unfortunately, I was not able to go out together weekend because my host was very busy.
I'll show you one of Japanese winter food called "nabe (hotpot)".
The year's first nabe "Sundubu" is a popular Japanese hotpot with Korean flavours.
In this case we used pork, shimeji mushrooms, tofu, and negi.
Finally we eat sundubu with cheese and udon noodles.
It is easy to warms the body.

Posted Jan 22, 2014, 7:48 am
We came to The Imperial Palace East Gardens, Otemachi of Tokyo by train.
The Imperial Palace East Gardens are a part of the inner palace area and are open to the public.
They are the former site of Edo Castle's innermost circles of defense, the honmaru (meaning "main circle") and ninomaru (meaning "secondary circle"). None of the main buildings remain today, but the moats, walls, entrance gates and several guard-houses still exist.
Edo Castle was the residence of the Tokugawa shogun who ruled Japan from 1603 to 1867.
A wide lawn and the remaining foundation of the former castle tower can be found on top of the hill, where the castle's innermost buildings once stood.
The castle tower was completed in 1638 as the tallest castle tower in Japan's history.
But only a few years later in 1657, it was destroyed by citywide fires and has not been rebuilt ever since.
Then,In place of the former buildings in the secondary circle of defense (ninomaru) at the foot of the hill, a nice Japanese style garden has been created.
We enjoyed walking through this garden.

Posted Jan 23, 2014, 8:39 am
Then we visited the south observatory of Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building is often visited by tourists for its free observation decks which provide good panoramic views of Tokyo and beyond.
The 243 meter tall building has two towers, and each houses an observatory at a height of 202 meters.
It had been the tallest building in Tokyo until it was overtaken by the Midtown Tower in 2007.
We can see Mt. Fuji, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Tower from the observatories. 
We found a couple of ladybug.

Posted Jan 23, 2014, 9:10 am
Finally, we came to Tokyo Midtown.
Tokyo Midtown is a city within the city in the center of Tokyo's Roppongi district.
And, We went to the National Art Center Tokyo.
Opened in early 2007, the National Art Center Tokyo is Japan's largest art museum.
The museum maintains no permanent collection, but rather provides a venue for various, temporary exhibitions.

It is about time we have to go back home.
I spent a really good time!
Bye for now.

your little Jiaojiao

Posted Jan 26, 2014, 5:24 am
We decided to take it easy at home this weekend.
My host bought lunch for us at Kentucky Fried Chicken.
We ate "Wafu Katsu Sando"(Japanese style pork cutlet sandwitch) and potato, chiken.
Eating has made us sleepy... I'm going to take a nap.
See you again.

Posted Feb 1, 2014, 12:38 am
Hello mom!
Thank you so much for Chinese New Year's Card! It was surprise for us.
In evening, my host back home, she had an envelope. It seems she was really glad. she said "Wao, it is beautiful  card and warm message. I am happy to."
Thank you again mom, Happy Chinese New Year!!!

Posted Feb 2, 2014, 4:21 am
Hi there!
We came to Kanazawa-bunko station by Keikyu railway take the train for about 10 minutes.
We are going to go to Shomyoji temple, I saw the map carefully because my host might get lost.

Posted Feb 5, 2014, 1:21 am
We arrived in "Shomyoji".
It is said that the foundation period, here we do not know for sure, but to have been founded in 1258 in the tradition.
We walked through the Red Gate.
Then I came to Deva. There is two Deva king Statue , but we can not to take pictures because covered with net.
Beautiful Japanese garden here in an attempt to reproduce the paradise, There is a pond in front of temple.
We were able to enjoy it was a little cold(+7c) and sunny.
see you!

Posted Feb 5, 2014, 1:42 am
Most people send traditional New Year's postcards called Nengajo.
Nengajo are postcards sent as a greeting for the New Year.
It is similar to Christmas cards in the West, though there is no religious significance for nengajo.
In late January the post office announces the winning numbers in their otoshidama nengajo kuji (New Year's postcard lottery).
The nengajo (New Year's postcards) received in the first few days of the year usually come with a lottery number (shown at bottom left of the postcards above), and that number can bring a variety of prizes, 10,000 yen(100 euro or $100) or all the way down to a set of two commemorative stamps.
We were hoping that fortune would ensure us a good prize, and although we did win one set of stamps, the better prizes alluded us.

Posted Feb 5, 2014, 1:55 am
It is Setsubun!
"Setsubun" is a traditional Japanese event, It is meaning the division between two seasons winter and spring.
People scatter roasted soybeans inside and outside their homes as they shout "Oniwa-soto! Fukuwa-uchi!" (meaning "Devils go out ! Happiness come in !").
It's customary to eat the same number of beans as one's age.

Posted Feb 5, 2014, 2:12 am
Here you'll see a typical dinner of Japan.
Rice and miso soup, grilled swordfish, Hijiki(kind of seaweed) salad, Chikuwa(a tube‐shaped fish paste cake) and cabbage braise.

Posted Feb 8, 2014, 7:20 am
In the morning, there are quiet and white view it was surprised me.
Today is snow in Yokosuka. It is really really rare!!!!!
We will try achieving Cassiopeia's one of life missions.
We made "Nyanko sensei"(Japanese famous comic character in "Natsume Yujincho") of snow, and we played to write a picture of snow on the ground.
It did not last so long. It was too cold(+2c).
I come back home to drink hot cocoa.

Posted Feb 19, 2014, 8:11 am
The onset of cold weather brought heavy snow across a wide area of Japan.
The Japan Meteorological Agency issued the first heavy snowfall warning for central Tokyo in 13 years.
We could not go out because we had a record snowfall at weekend.
And my host had a bad cold, few days stay in bed.
We gave her some good medicine for cold.
It is OK now. We will go out this week end.
I am looking forward to go out somewhere.

Posted Feb 23, 2014, 8:57 am
Hello mom !!!
It is sunny and cold(+5c).
We visited the Verny park.
The heavy snow has melted away.
I enjoyed a walk in the park, we found gate, it was builded 100 years ago.

Posted Feb 23, 2014, 9:13 am
We came to Yokosuka Station of JR Yokosuka Line.
I'm going to go to Kamakura.
My host bought me a ticket. Can you see?

Posted Feb 26, 2014, 8:57 am
We came to Engakuji in Kamakura.
Engakuji is one of the leading Zen temples in Eastern Japan and the No. 2 of Kamakura's five great Zen temples.
Engakuji was founded by the ruling regent Hojo Tokimune in 1282.
Temple is built into the slopes of Kita-Kamakura's forested hills. The first main structure encountered upon entering the temple grounds is the Sanmon main gate, which dates from 1783.
There was rebuilt relatively recently in 1964 after the former building was lost in an earthquake.

The temple entrance, which is surrounded by many maple trees, is a particularly popular photo object.
Although it is getting warm little bit here in Kamakura, there is still some snow left on places.
We found white plum flowers and pink plum flowers. I think spring is approaching.

This temple has some national treasure, but can only be seen from a distance during most of the year.
Another national treasure found at Engakuji is the temple's large bell (called Ogane).

See you soon.

Posted Mar 1, 2014, 11:41 pm
We went to Mikasa Park in the afternoon, weather is good too!
This place is located 20 minutes from my host home by bicycle.
There was a monument called "arch of peace", it is height 18m .
Many people admire the sea here, relaxed and lying down on the grass.

Posted Mar 2, 2014, 12:55 am
March 3rd is celebrated as the Dolls Festival(or the Girl's Festival) in Japan.
It's called "Hina- Matsuri"or "Momo no Sekku(Peach festival)".
It's the day to pray for healthy growth and happiness for young girls.
Most families with girls display dolls called "Hina-ningyo".
People began displaying dolls in the Edo period(about 18 century).
The dolls depict the imperial court of old.
They are dressed in beautiful ancient court costumes(the Heian period 794-1185).
People display graceful dolls in ancient court costumes on a tier of 5 or 7 shelves covered with scarlet cloth.
These dolls represent the Emperor and Empress, the court ladies, the ministers and the court musicians.
I think dolls of ancient costumes is very interesting, isn't it ?

Posted Mar 2, 2014, 2:47 am
This weekend is rainy, We can not go out.
We are playing Japanese card game "Hanafuda"(Nintendo version)!
This Japanese playing cards was called "Hanafuda"or also "Hana Karuta".
"Hana" mean "flower" in Japanese.
The origin of "Karuta" is Portuguese "Carta".
Hanafuda is Japanese playing cards, which has 12 different flowers of 12 months.
January has Pine, February has Plum, March has cherry blossom, April has Wisteria, May has Iris, June has Peony.
July has Hagi, August has Susuki, September has chrysanthemum, October has maple, November has willow, December has Tung.
My host's toys teach me some rules of Hanafuda.
I have a wonderful time.

Posted Mar 9, 2014, 8:10 am
It is sunny. I found a pay phone in Japan.
Unfortunately, I can not to call mom.
This pay phone is use for Japanese domestic, can not be international calls.
The pay phone also allows we to call the police.
I will push the "110" at that time.
Push on the "119" when you call an ambulance or fire.
You do not need the money at the time of SOS.

Posted Mar 9, 2014, 8:56 am
We came to the "Minato-no-mieru-oka" park.
The park was opened in 1962.
It is very warm today(+10c).
I found little cute flowers called "north pole"(swamp chrysanthemum)in Japan.

Posted Mar 12, 2014, 1:39 am
We came to a place called "Yamate" in Yokohama.
There are Western architecture, many Japanese tourists visit here.
We visited 6 Western-style buildings .
We decided take some pictures with each my friends Toy Voyagers at each place.
Yamate 234 bankan(Bluff No.234)with Aura,
Diplomat's house with Jiaojiao,
British House Yokohama with Cassiopeia,
Ehrisman Residence with Chrissi,
Yamate 111 bankan(Bluff No.111) with Betty Bear.
I went to "Diplomat's house".
As residence of Mr. Uchida, He was Meiji government diplomat, and Turkey Plenipotentiary Ambassador and New York Consul General. It was built in 1910.
Designers is JM Gardiner who an architect from USA.
Here also "Hina-Ningyo"(Hina dolls)was being decorated.
I found beautiful Japanese lantern.

Posted Mar 12, 2014, 2:23 am
We went to Bluff No.18.
Look at the beautiful Italian garden, Here also "Hina-Ningyo"(Hina dolls)was being decorated.
It about time the end of the search of fun, We went red brick warehouse.
Wow, there were many "Doraemon".
Mom,  Do you know "Doraemon" ?
He is a famous character in Japan.
They had come to the events of the movie.

Posted Mar 12, 2014, 3:09 am
Hi, mom.
I went to the Kanou shrine. It is said to have been founded in 1181.
The main shrine was rebuilt in 1842. It is amazing wooden sculpture.
Many people have visited this shrine. Because this shrine name "Kanou" is very lucky sounds, and this shrine's Chinese character name.
It is meaning "dreams come true".
Then We ate sushi for lunch at conveyer-belt sushi restaurant.
Tastes really GREAT!

Posted Mar 14, 2014, 8:36 am
Chrissi set out for USA on full of hope.
We said "Have a good trip, Chrissi. I wish you the best of luck in your new journey." with big hugs.

Posted Mar 14, 2014, 8:51 am
Cassiopeia has taken her way to Italy.
We said "So you're really off now. Have a good trip and Take care yourself, Cassiopea. I wish you the best of luck in your new journey." with group hug and hug, hug, hug!

Posted Mar 18, 2014, 8:46 am
Hi, Mom!
It's sunny sunday(+12c am 10:00).
We went to "Yokosuka museum of art".
Yokosuka museum of art was founded in 2007.
It is you can see the sea in front, mountain park in back, And lawn garden.
Wow, Mom, I found cherry blossoms in garden, It is called "Kawazu Cherry blossoms".
Kawazu cherry blossoms is an early cherry blossoms and little more deep pink.
It was beautiful this pink Kawazu cherry blossoms and new green leaf.
I believe the Spring has come at last.
"Japanese style painting at seaside museum" was being held as a special exhibition at this museum.
Unfortunately, We could not take a picture in the museum.
You can see the posters of other museums.
Oh! It's not Marilyn Monroe of Andy Warhol?
And, We were looking at the sea from the roof.
Lastly, I will show you the ticket of the museum.
Today was a wonderful day!
Take care and a lot of love, bye for now...

Posted Mar 19, 2014, 3:37 am
Hello, mom!
Today, March 16th is my mom and my birthday!
And March 17th is my Toy Voyagers friend Aura's birthday. Yeaaaaaah!!!
We made cup cake at my host's home.
We sang the birthday song.
Happy Birthday to you, Happy birthday to me!?
Happy Birthday dear Aura, Jiaojiao, Monachu!
Happy Birthday to you!
It was a really fun time. Of course, cup cake was delicious!

Posted Mar 19, 2014, 4:29 am
Hello Mom, thank you for finding a nice host to me.
I have to say goodbye.
Everyone gave me a lot of big hugs.
My host gave me a postcard and called "hato sable(biscuits shaped like a pigeon, small gift in Kamakura)".
Of course, I still remember! It is my notebook.
My host gave me ticket of Yokosuka museum of art.
I'll attach that ticket with Washi tape. She wrote something.
I am little sad, but I am looking forward to go to Takamatsu!
See you soon.
Your little bear Jiaojiao

Posted Apr 17, 2014, 7:11 pm
The night view of Sakura cherry blossoms at Ritsurin Garden
It's the another world :)

Posted May 27, 2014, 7:40 pm
Carp Streamers in the Spring Wind
At the Childrens Day on May 5th,
Carp Streamers known as "Koinobori" are put up to celebrate the boys,
who are supposed to grow as strong as the carps that can swim upstreams.
They says that its origin is ancient tales in China. (wow!) :o
Only the carp which could climb up the waterfalls became dragon.
B) B) B) B)
The holiday is on May 5th, but the streamers are put up long before that.
We can see them hung are from large poles at homes where boys live,
or in long lines across the river like this.

Posted May 27, 2014, 7:45 pm
Udon is a kind of wheat flour noodle.
It's eaten everywhere in Japan and there are many variations in each region.
Especially Kagawa prefecture where Takamatsu is its capital city is famous for Udon.
They often eat Udon both at home and at Udon-restaurant.
It's also very popular fast-food.
I'll try one ;)


Posted Feb 15, 2015, 11:02 am
Kochi-Jo (Kochi Castle) --- nickname "Hawk Castle"
This Samurai Warrior on Horseback is Yamanouchi Kazutoyo, feudal lord of Kochi in the 17th century.
The Castle was completed in 1611. After 100 years, in 1727 it was mostly destroyed in a large fire.
Now we can see this castle which reconstructed between 1729 and 1753 in the original style.

Greetings from Kochi city,


Posted Feb 15, 2015, 11:14 am
Ekin Matsuri --- Ekin Festival
Kinzo, the painter, was born in Kochi in 1812. He was called "Ekin".
Some of his artworks are blood-soaked scenes from Kabuki.
This evening, on the third weekend in July, his folding screens on dramatic subjects are displayed at night by candlelight in the streets of Akaoka.
After dark, it will be a little scary.

Posted Jun 8, 2015, 4:36 pm
Sunny day during the rainy season
The start of the rainy season has been announced for the Shikoku region. Where is the rain? It's a nice and sunny day!!!