November 30, 2008


I took a picture of this when it had just sprouted. Click here to read that post. We've been waiting for it to be ready.

It has been ready for a while. He cuts some every day but it sells out fast, so I've been buying it from the store down the street.

Finally we got to buy one of his! I thought we'd have to reserve one. Click here to see a young broccoli plant.

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November 27, 2008

Tea Sweets & Tea from Kyoto

Big Sister went on a school trip to Kyoto recently. She brought these tea sweets to us. They have autumn decorations on them; a gingko leaf, a cosmos, a maple leaf, and a rabbit. I'm late posting them. We ate them a week or so ago. They are like gumdrops, but you're supposed to nibble on them while sipping tea. Tea sweets are really sweet. Maybe because the tea used in the ceremony can be a bit bitter.
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November 26, 2008


This photo was taken at the competition at Jindai Botanical Garden. I forgot to look to see which flower won. This one looks like a winner to me!

Most of the chrysanthemums were tall.

Some were short.

This photo was taken in front of someone's garage.

Click on the label below to see the photos of a chrysanthemum festival in Niigata.

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November 25, 2008

Fried Fish Patties on Sticks

This stall was at the ichou (gingko tree) festival.

This is called iwashi genkotsu. The fish is not a whole piece of fish. It is a patty made of ground fish, but the texture is not like ground beef. It's really tasty. Look, this stall keeper keeps his change in a dish.

A steamer.
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More Stuff on Sticks

At this stall, there was chicken on sticks, beef on sticks, corn cobs on sticks and

rectangles of vegetable gelatin on sticks. Yum! They are soaking in hot water. The sticks are pointing upward. She's putting a sauce on one before serving it to a customer.

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November 24, 2008

Day of Thanksgiving in Japan

November 23 is a day of Thanksgiving in Japan. Read about it at Kids Web Japan by clicking on the link below. Big Sister and Little Brother had a day off from school. The postman and the garbage men were at work today. Stores were open in our neighborhood.

Kids Web Japan-- Labor Thanksgiving Day

Gohei mochi

This was one of the food stalls at the ichou festival.

He's putting miso on the grilled mochi (glutinous white rice.)

Little Brother chose the one with red miso on it.

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November 23, 2008

Gingko Trees in Aoyama

Many streets in Tokyo are lined with gingko trees. There is a festival for viewing ichou or gingko trees in Aoyama, Tokyo. I'll post pictures of the stalls of food tomorrow.

We came here in December 2006 and the trees were completely yellow. Click on the link below to see other posts about gingko trees.

The trees here are still very green, so if you're in the Tokyo area and want to visit this festival you may want to wait a little longer.
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November 22, 2008

JFK Rose

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Taken at Jindai Botanical Gardens the other day. JFK roses photograph well. Check the one I posted two years ago by clicking on the label below.

November 21, 2008

Under wrap

These cabbages are in a small field across the street from us. They are next to the sidewalk.

It's nice to walk along and see vegetables growing.

"Oishisou!" "Looks delicious!" Big Sister used to say.

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Time to Split

This field down the street from us is planted in Japanese eggplants. (They are small.) Some of them were left on the stalk too long. They split like this one.

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A Confused Sakura Tree and other fall scenes

This sakura tree was blooming! It's early or late. They are supposed to bloom in spring.

This is pampas grass and a flower that looks like clematis. It was on a stalk, though. Clematis blooms on vines.

Pampas grass.
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November 20, 2008

In Memoriam

Granddaddy passed away last year. I took this photo of an Anne Frank rose at Jindai Botanical Gardens. Many other beautiful roses were blooming.

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November 19, 2008

Shower Caps for Cars

They had to wash the house again so they covered the cars again.

This is our car. Note the elastic band.

The workers strapped and taped this one on the car next to ours.

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November 17, 2008

Looks like Darth Vadar with hat pins

But, no, it's our house wrapped up for a bath and a paint job. The house was washed yesterday. The roof will be painted tomorrow. Why all the bars on top? Are they going to wrap the roof? I'm not sure. They used to spray paint onto houses, but I think they've stopped doing it that way. Maybe we'll find out tomorrow. If I can make it outside to take a picture!

This is the view from the street. When the workers washed our house, they put huge shower caps on the cars in the parking lot behind it. They will probably do that again tomorrow. Today they taped around the windows and shutters.

This is the view from across the field. We have to keep the shutters closed. We don't have shutters on every window. The cats and dogs are bouncing off the walls with men walking the planks around the house outside the second floor. It's a circus under this tent. But it's not fun!

This is the view at the front gate. That's the top of a car. The white round thing is the light on the gate. That gives you an idea how tall the house is!

P.S. They used brushes to paint the house and they didn't wrap the roof.

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