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Fave Foto Friday… on a Monday

This is part of Sandy (of Scribbles and Musings) #FavFotoFriday challenge. I am not a photographer, nor am I aspiring to be one. I just like taking photos. The #FavFotoFriday is a WordPress Daily Post approved challenge. It’s simple; pick a favourite photo you took in the last week, share it, pingback to Sandy and use the tag.

 

This photo was taken in the public part of the Imperial Palace Gardens, Sunday November 29th. It has not been edited in anyway. The autumn leaves are stunning and thanks to the blue sky the reflection in the pond is picture perfect.  More to come on the gardens later in the week.

 

This is my 30th post for #NaBloPoMo meaning that I passed the challenge to post every single day during November.  Party over here!

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UPDATED. A photo with Santa Claus |Premium Outlets

From December 6th to 23rd Santa is travelling around the Premium Outlets for a rare photo opportunity. There will be four sessions daily. Each time the first fifty families will be able to get their photo taken with Santa free of charge.

Locations include the Premium Outlets in Shissui in Chiba, Ami, Ibaraki, Gotemba, Shizuoka, Sendai in Miyagi prefecture.

Dates:

December 6th

Shisui in Chiba, in front of the food court
Tosu in Saga, in front of Lego

December 12th

Izumi in Sendai, in front of Rope

December 13th

Ami in Ibaraki, in front of the food gallery

Toki in Gifu, in front of Unite Arrows

December 19th

Sano in Tochigi, near New Balance

Gotemba in Shizuoka, in the West Zone near Gap

December 23rd

Rinkuu in Osaka, in front of Gap

Sanda in Kobe, in front of the food gallery.

 

Times: 10.30, 13.00, 14.30 and 16.00.

They are all free events.

PHOTO from WalkerPlus Magazine.  Information fron the official website at http://www.premiumoutlets.co.jp/wsr_santa2015/

 

 

Manhole Monday

Regular Monday feature for the month of NABLOPOMO, introducing the manhole cover art of the Greater Tokyo area of Saitama and beyond.

MT TAKAO, TOKYO

Even at 599 metres there are manhole covers! I couldn’t find a coloured one, but the steel one is quite nice regardless.

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KAWAGOE

Kawagoe manholes have featured on my blog before, but this week I managed to find a new-to-me one and a coloured version of the Bell Tower manhole cover.

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Kawagoe coloured manhole

If you are interested in manhole covers, I recommend you check out these three blogs with a great selection:

Shizuoka Gourmet: http://shizuokagourmet.com/?s=manhole

Life in the Land of Wa: http://dustinandlaura.blogspot.jp/search?q=manhole

KA Japan: http://kajapan.org/?s=manhole

Fave Foto Friday

This is part of Sandy (of Scribbles and Musings) #FavFotoFriday challenge. I am not a photographer, nor am I aspiring to be one. I just like taking photos. The #FavFotoFriday is a WordPress Daily Post approved challenge. It’s simple; pick a favourite photo you took in the last week, share it, pingback to Sandy and use the tag.

This photo was taken in the monkey park near the top of Mt Takao, a very popular mountain in rural Tokyo. The autumn leaves were absolutely stunning.KIMG4511

Post number 20 for the NaBloPoMo challenge complete. 🙂

Manhole Monday

Post #16 for #NaBloPoMo 2015.

The manhole cover art of Japan. Week #3. Art on a fire hydrant cover in Higashimatsuyama.
Higashimatsuyama fire hydrant manhole cover

Preschool playgrounds in Japan

In my experience of Gunma, Ibaraki and Saitama, most preschools in suburbia Japan, have some form of outdoor play area. Most of them have at least a slide and/or swings, and some are a full on playground with a combination of equipment.  Thankfully, our preschool is one of the latter.

The main piece of equipment in my kid’s preschool’s playground was designed and made by Dino World in Fukui prefecture, hundreds of kilometres away. It is a combination piece for kids in the preschool age range. The Dino World brand is part of the Dinosaur museum in Fukui, which is said to be one of the best dinosaur museums in the world. We have yet to visit, but at least a little part of the museum has come to us. 🙂

Apart from the Dino World combination unit, there are swings, monkey bars, horizontal bars, tunnels and a sand pit. Hours of fun guaranteed.

Has anyone a post like this for another country? I’d love to see what preschools are like around the world.  What are the playgrounds like in your kid’s preschools?

Preschool playground

FavFoto Friday

This is part of Sandy (of Scribbles and Musings) #FavFotoFriday challenge. I am not a photographer, nor am I aspiring to be one. I just like taking photos. The #FavFotoFriday is a WordPress Daily Post approved challenge. It’s simple; pick a favourite photo you took in the last week, share it, pingback to Sandy and use the tag.

I love the colours in this photo I took last Sunday in Hikarigaoka Park in Nerima, Tokyo, close to the Saitama city of Wako. I also love how the trees are reflected in the rain water.

Post lucky number 13 for the NaBloPoMo challenge complete. 🙂

Hikarigaoka colours

Manhole and Street Art

Continuing the weekly Monday theme of manholes, with a few street pictures thrown in.

This past week I was in Saitama, Tokyo and Kanagawa.

In photos:

SAITAMA

Fujimi

Fujimi city manhole

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Higashimatsuyama

Higashimatsuyama manhole

 

TOKYO

Nerima

Hikarigaoka manhole

Chiyoda

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Shibuya

Shibuya manholeStreet art Tokyo

 

 

 

KANAGAWA

Yokohama

Yokohama manhole

 

 

 

 
Tune in next week for more!

Night Illumination for FavFotoFriday

This is part of  Sandy (of Scribbles and Musings) #FavFotoFriday challenge. I am not a photographer, nor am I aspiring to be one. I just like taking photos. 🙂

The #FavFotoFriday is a WordPress Daily Post approved challenge. It’s simple; pick a favourite photo you took in the last week, share it, pingback to Sandy and use the tag. Despite travelling to Yokohama twice this week, Tokyo once and having mini adventures with my kids, it would seem I didn’t take even one good photo all week, they are all mediocre. With time against me to fulfill the NaBloPoMo challenge of a post a day (6 minutes to midnight here)  I chose one from our Halloween night in the woods of Shinrin Park.

I chose this photo, because I like Night Illumination, not because I think it is a particularly good photo.  Quite the opposite; I realised that my smart phone doesn’t take good night photos. I am new to the world of Android and still have a lot to learn. If anyone has any tips on how to best take a photo at night with Kyocera android, please do share! Regardless, next time I go to view the Winter Illumination, I’ll be sure to bring a regular camera!

NIght Illumination at Shinrin Park
NIght Illumination at Shinrin Park

Happy Weekend.

Mount Takao – TAKAO 599 MUSEUM & TAKAO HOTSPRING

This week’s Tokyo Thursday introduces the very popular mountain area of Takao. The mountain draws thousands each weekend, due to the scenery, the hiking trails, the monkeys, the accessibility and its proximity to Tokyo. I recommend it as a top spot to witness some of the resplendent autumn scenery in the Tokyo area. It is also a good place to enjoy hiking in the Tokyo area.  However, whenever possible, I suggest you avoid visiting on the weekends as it gets incredibly busy.

If you’ve been to Mt Takao recently, you’ll know that the train station had a make-over earlier in the year, and that there are some new attractions at 599 metres. The 2 new facilities have been kept fairly low key, but they are a wonderful addition to the area. In August, the 599 museum opened. It is a beautiful modern, minimalist building, fresh with lots of natural light and airy spaces.  Apart from the wonderful exhibitions it has lots of other things to offer, including a very comfortable space in the 599 cafe. For me as a parent I am very grateful for the play space they created . The museum is only 4 minutes from Takaosanguchi station.They have a very detailed, very enjoyable, informative website completely in English, take a tour for yourself to see all it has to offer:

http://www.takao599museum.jp/?lang=en


The other addition to the area of Mt Takao has only just been opened this past week.  The Takaosanguchi Onsen (Hotsprings) are now open for business and are running a campaign this week to mark the opening. The first 500 visitors (before November 8th) will receive a special commemorative present. They also have a special menu for this opening week. The onsen is open daily from 8am to 11pm. The off season price is 1000 yen for adults and 500 yen for children between 4 and 12 years old. During “kouyou” autumn leaves, Golden Week and other holidays the price is 1,200 yen for adults and 600 yen for children. This onsen is also right beside Takaosanguchi station.

Just two more reasons to visit Mount Takao in Hachioji, Tokyo, this Autumn. Of course, not that Mt Takao needs anymore reasons, given the spectacular scenery that draws millions every year. For more and full detailed information in English on Mt Takao please see the Mt Takao official website:

http://www.takaotozan.co.jp/

Featured image from SONY JAPAN

http://www.sony.jp/otona/4k/k201411.html

Access – information from the official Takao 599 Museum


Source: About the museum | TAKAO 599 MUSEUM

Some more images from the Takao 599 Museum official site

 

 

Source: About the museum | TAKAO 599 MUSEUM