This blog is for family and friends, to share my feelings and photos with and for myself, to support my fading memory and improve my Japanese. I intend to do some writing in kanji, but am not getting very far without a Japanese computer. So for the moment I say "konnichi wa". Aisatsu dake - just saying hello.

Monday, 12 March 2018


It's not often we get a chance to see these ladies walking around town, but when the Plum is in bloom in Dazaifu you might get lucky

 At Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, with the legendary Tobiume Plum in the back

Not only Geisha dress up in kimono, it is quite a touristy thing, popular among people from other Asian countries

The ladies on their way to the Kyushu National Museum for a spring performance.
Japan is full of extremes where traditional dress and futuristic architecture coexist.

Friday, 9 March 2018

Uso again

Bullfinches, ウソ this time with a background of pure blue sky :-)

Wednesday, 7 March 2018


Celebrating the first week of March with:




Every first Sunday of the month a group gets together to count birds in the Imazu area. The results are on their blogs, click here.

A few of the 80+ Shelducks, ツクシガモ with some Falcated Ducks, ヨシガモ in front

Always a number around, Osprey, ミサゴ on the hunt

Black-faced Spoonbills, クロツラヘラサギ  will be migrating soon

Surprise! Still here Naumann's Thrush, ハチジョウツグミ

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Noko birds, 能古の鳥

Once a week, weather permitting, I walk around before work. During the cold days of January I preferred to keep watch at the heater at home, so when I started up my habit again in February I was surprised at all the birds I saw. There were the Brown-headed Thrush, the Scaly Thrush, Dusky and Pale Thrushes, Yellow-throated Bunting and Black-faced Buntings (as reported before).
The Scaly Thrush was again often seen foraging at "his" field. The Brown-headed Thrush flew by again, too shy to pose for me. Several Daurian Redstarts, all very friendly, but the Bullfinches kept their distance. A group of 9 Mergansers stayed just outside the harbor entrance and frequently wandered inside the basin. Raptors were there, of course the Ospreys and Buzzards. It's a good place for winter birds.

Scaly Thrush, トラツグミ

left Pale Thrush, シロハラ         right Dusky Thrush, ツグミ

Red-breasted Merganser, ウミアイサ male and female

Daurian Redstart, ジョウビタキ male and female

Bull-headed Shrike, モズ male

left Yellow-throated Bunting, ミヤマホオジロ     right Black-faced Bunting, アオジ


Cormorants, カワウ flying over Hakata Bay

Japanese White-eye, メジロ

Eastern Buzzard, ノスリ

left Black Kiteトビ                              right Osprey, ミサゴ

The sweetest of all, female Daurian Redstart, ジョウビタキ

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Yamaga Tourou Roman festival、祭り

In February bamboo lanterns and paper umbrellas decorate the streets leading to the old Yachiyoza theater, were you can watch a drum and a tourou dance performance. For us the street decorations offered enough photograph material, specially when the crowds had left to watch the show.

Got to like the funny note in there!

Children's art

The biggest and probably most famous public bath house of Kyushu, Sakura Onsen attracts busloads of tourists during the festival

A free foot bath across the road

The owner of this house took decorating his front porch a bit too far I think :-)

A town with a name has to have it's own manhole covers