Saturday, 24 December 2011

Higashiyama onsen

A nice onsen resort on the mountains near AizuWakamatsu, Fukushima prefecture, with this old ryokan and many modern hotels.

Kitakata train station

At Kitakata train station in Winter 2011, as usual there is a lot of snow and is very cold. The very nice red cartoon character on the train and on the flag is the mascotte of AizuWakamatsu area, Fukushima prefecture, is a red cow.

To separete from you.

The tears
struggle to contain
with the inconsolable sleeve.
Oh how much I would avoid
to separete from you!
From The Genji monogatari of Murasaki Shikibu (1000 d.C.)

Friday, 23 December 2011

A sparkling new year to all.

Merry Christmas and happy new year