◎Happy New Year .Thank goodness the recent earthquake didnt cause as much damage as the last one .Your trip to the city of Mikl sounded really interesting, loved the red faced demons,and all the little birds, we call them silver eyed.They come into my garden and eat the green fly on the roses.I have just spent four days on the West Coast, at Lake Brunner with Glen and family.Their cottage is in the bush where I saw two large woodpidgeons and heard the lovely bell birds,but no tuis.Covid is still causing problems but we are hoping next week sees
the first of the injections given to the Border people and health workers.Keep
safe keep wel.
◎Thank you for another welcomed report of the winter season in Japan.
Yesterday we received a Calendar (日本の名城）from a friend in Japan and we wondered when it may be possible to visit her and some of the castles?
Here in Armidale everything is safe and
well, however travel plans to other states have to be carefully made
◎Thank you again for your fine Homepage update, and for bringing us the information and photos from your Setsubun Festival for early February. Always good to get such fine photos and information.
Here in Christchurch, we are fine and life is almost returning to "normal". Within NZ, we can travel again, and Kate and I took the chance to visit Kate's brother and family in Tauranga for the New Year celebrations with her siblings, and then to visit areas we knew well near Auckland, from our time when we lived there.
Of course, we still can't travel internationally, and New Zealand's borders remain closed for most too. However, most of our immediate family are in NZ, and we regularly "chat" to our son and his wife and their son in Ireland, via the convenience of on-line video calls.
We hope that you two are also keeping well and happy, and the we may all soon have the worst of this pandemic behind us.
◎A Happy New Year Tak sensei and everyone in the family!
Thank you for bringing me wonderful pieces of pictures and essays, and poems last year and keep it this year!
And also I have found your smiles with that happy masks ?? That really suites both of you and matches your atmospheres！
I enjoyed this article because the Prince Arima is the most favorite author in Manyo-syu.I met his song in my junior high school hood. I went to Miyagi gakuin, located in Sendai city and spent in the boarding house. I really sympathized his feeling towards his parents and home. Because that I had been serious home-sick through all six years. However, I never know the deep relation between the Arima shrine and Prince Arima. I would like to ask Toshi and Yoshi to visit there when I will go Kobe.
----Liebe, Yokohama, Japan---------
The attached is Mt Fuji over suruga galf,last autumn
◎How are you both? I hope all is well and you are coping with the virus situation.
NZ is almost back to normal, although the borders are still closed.
I am fine, enjoying crisp winter days working in the garden.
Setsubun is one of the time-honored festivals held on February 1 or 2. People drive
away the oni from the household by throwing roasted beans at them. These beans have
been used as a charm against demons since ancient times.Grilled sardine
heads are stuck on the end of a holly branch and put at the entrance of
the house to repel incoming bad fortune, because demons hate bad smell
The most commonly-found image of oni, demon or ogre, is a human-like figure with a horned head and an ugly red face. A loincloth of a tiger’s skin covers its naked body. The oni are rather familiar beings in the life of Japanese people, and often appear in folktales, legends and proverbs as a symbol of evil with violent and cruel natures and of Herculean strength. Parents often tell children that if they misbehave, oni will come and eat them. However, sometimes oni has been thought like a being of somehow ridiculous and melancholic.
This year, corona virus has spreaded all over the world and so many people have suffered and died by the virus. Event of driving away the oni have special meaning.
The photos bellow show the event held at the Shrine Ohmiya Hachimangu in Miki City in January 2009.