All the arboretum was taken all possible measures to avoid coronavirus

Many people were enjoying the flowers taking social distance

Tsuyu, rainy season in Japan, is the most uncomfortable, gloomy time in a year . What is worse, coronavirus spread makes us feel oppressive atmosphere.

However, this is the best season for the vegetation. All the plants look lively and thrive with plenty of water. We hope to enjoy the season and the vegetation.


Hydrangea is the city flower of Kobe, our town, and we citizens specially love the flower. You may see hydrangea at many places in this season, but we love the flowers in the forest. We were happy to enjoy the various kinds of hydrangea.

One day at the end of June
we visited Kobe Municipal Arboretum in Rokko Mountains with Tak's three old students. Tak went the way on the wheelchair and we enjoyed the beautiful sights of hydrangea.

Flowers in the Rainy Season



We hope you are both doing well?
We were reading about the bad landslide at Atami, and the very heavy rainfall in that. area of Shizuoka.  It does sound very bad for the people there. 

---------- Tom and Kate, Christchurch, NZ-------

Thank you for your July Home Page featuring the Hydrangia flowers near Kobe.

We have escaped from cold and wintery Armidale and are enjoying a family holiday on the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane.  We were lucky to be able to travel because there have been further cases of the Corona virus (Delta) here and there.

We are hoping that everything will be safe for the competitors and spectators of the Olympic Games.  

Wishing all the readers and contributers to the Coffee Break pages a safe and 

happy time until we finally get this terrible virus under control. 

----------- Claus &Michiko Jehne,  Armidale, NSW, Australia

 Thank you for sharing your hydrangea experience. It is easy to imagine you were immersing yourself among the flowers. Hydrangeas are perfect flowers for the Japanese rainy season from June to August and getting both warmer and drier for the last few years. I am slowly converting my garden to native drought-tolerant plants with deep root systems and succulents with parts that are thickened and fleshy to retain water. But it is hard to say goodbye to rhododendrons, roses, climates, hydrangeas......

While we have grown accustomed to wildfires for the last few years, the severity of the heat wave of the last week here on the north west of North America was beyond our imagination: the interiohis province recorded 49.6 C on June 29, Canada's all-time record. And the wildfire has come after this extreme heat in the region. It is still burning, forcing many families to flee.

 ------ Haruyo Konishi HazeltonBC, Canada----------

I hope you are doing well.

Thank you for sharing  adorable pictures. The green leaves and white flowers look moist touch andthe rainy smell came wafting in.

 We cope with this weather every year, but I wonder the plants are insects loves these days.

I have been working at home for over a year like many businesses person. There are a lot of changes and findings through this experience.

For example, How I didn't use the words correctly. Sometimes I just omitted the subject and object, it caused serious misunderstandings for my colleagues and We were about to be late for the deadline! For now, we have 15 minutes regular meeting with small members every morning. It is said that Japan has very high context culture and easy to keep the stable relationship, however, it seems that it has changed little by little. Frankly speaking, it is not cup of my tea, but I will accept and adjust these variations.

On the other hand, I can find the good things. I never get tired of looking at the sky through the window every day.The flowers are growing up every hour and the clouds are different every seconds!

I want to make small discoveries and I want to learn the names of flowers and birds on your page. It must be totally fantastic dictionally for me!

 I am looking forward to meeting you and your family when I will visit to Kobe!

 The attached is 'Manyo no mori vallay' in Yugawara onsen,Kanagawa prefectire. I enjoyd walking  with my beloved hasband last week.

 ----Liebe, Yokohama, Japan---------

iThanks again for your Homepage and photographs of the beginning of your rainy season.  We always enjoy learning more about your seasons, traditions,  and activities.

So good to see that you two are still getting out for a walk, even with the worrying Covid impacts there, and all that has caused and is causing in Japan.   This worldwide  pandemic is far from over yet.     

 We had news on our TV last night about the ongoing plans for the Olympics in Tokyo, even in this time of the spreading of Covid, and the world-wide advice to avoid large gatherings of people, avoid crossing borders unless necessary, and only having activities that are essential.   

 For us here, we can see no sense in the world taking such a risk,  just for the sake of what is probably simply the possible financial impact of cancellation on the Olympic Committee.   It seemed from the story here yesterday, that the vast majority of New Zealand's people believe it is a "reckless decision" to proceed with the Games at this time, even though cancellation will disappoint many of our athletes

 Anyway, please keep safe (and dry) you two, and we look forward to your next Homepage effort.

 ------- Tom and Kate, Christchurch, NZ-------

◎Glad to hear you are getting Vaccinate soon. Iam also hoping to be done soon

All is well here. Winter is arriving. Interesting times ahead for Japan with the upcoming Olympics.

Wishing you both all the best.

----------Noela Knight, Christchurch, New Zealand----

Yes! We need a kind and strong Oni who would eradicate Covit-19. In Canada average daily Covit death is about 150 for the last few days.

 When the rest of Canada is suffering from the extreme cold temperature, we have had a very mild weather here in the Pacific north west . Through the winter I have enjoyed many flowers, jasmines, hellebores, prim roses,,,,, Some of hardy fuchsias have stayed beautiful and have kept feeding hummingbird. For the last few days beautiful colorful skies have entertained me – sure sign of spring. The photos I am sending you are my watercolor. I have been trying to capture the constantly changing color of clouds and water .

 This Christmas I received a Rubik cube and murder-mystery books (Stieg Larsson). Both are perfect gifts for my rainy day.( I still love murder-mystery. Your fault! Many , many years ago at high school you introduced me to Agatha Chrisie.) I came across a couple interesting things in his books – The heroin of the book Lisbeth Salander is an odd girl but has super brain, especially in math and computer.

 1;Lisbeth solved Rubik cube in 45 minutes. ( It took me about ten days. )

 2: Lisbeth solved Fermat's Last Theorem after a few days. ( I could not get even a long, elementary proof . ) Do you remember your “Last lesson” which you and Mrs Kanda gave to us old Fukiai students of 60-70 years old? ? Mrs Kanda's topic was Fermat's Last Theory - The equation x^3+Y^3=z^3 has no integer solution. I think about Mrs Kanda often.

 I am looking forward to March Home Page




Coffee Break

We arrived at the pond Haseike. We saw the surface of water was covered with water lily. White and pink flowers were pure and pretty.