Merry Christmas to All!

Happy Holidays to everybody who celebrates the season all around the world!
Peace and Goodwill towards all people.


Cheyenne, WY in Japanese

Here’s another post about the U.S. for my Japanese readers with a brochure in Japanese at the end.

We recently visited Colorado for several days (go Rockies!) and enjoyed a day trip to Wyoming also, my first visit to this state. We visited old West Cheyenne and Laramie. In Cheyenne, we took a trolley tour of the town, and the tour guide gave a fantastic oratory on the “Wild West” history of Cheyenne as we stopped by historical buildings and parking lots that once were historical buildings…

Listening to her fantastic tales and truths, one could only imagine the rowdy town of the late 1800s with notorious characters like Wild Bill Hickok, Continue reading

The National Cherry Blossom Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Washington D.C., U.S.A.

MARCH 20 – APRIL 12, 2015

“Each year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries.” Read all about the intriguing history of this event along with visitor information and events at Continue reading

Camping in Florida, U.S.A.

Manatee Springs State Park

One of my blog’s purposes is to foster understanding between the folks of America and Japan.  Most of my blog postings are about my trip to Japan. However, I thought that perhaps my Japanese readers might also like to read about the sights and life in the U.S.  So, here is a narrative about one of our camping trips.

Each state in the U.S. has several state parks reserved for the purpose of public recreation or for the preservation of natural beauty or historic association.  Visiting and staying in the state parks is very economical. Many state parks offer picnic and camping facilities, and one can camp in a camping tent or camper. Park admission for daytime use averages $8.00 per vehicle, and overnight camping fees average less than $20.00 per night.

Recently, we had the pleasure of camping at one of these fine state parks, Manatee Springs State Park in Chiefland, FL. Rolling in with the camper Continue reading

A Gardener’s Christmas Message

Although not part of my trip to Japan, in a spirit of peace and goodwill, I would like to share this Christmas thought because Christmas brings hope and happiness around the world.  Happy Holidays to all!

My lovely garden flowers took a hit with the recent passing of a couple hard frosts. The flower garden now displays itself in various hues of brown although with the occasional surviving bloom hidden to all but the diligent looker. Now, brown isn’t a bad color; but in the garden setting brown indicates the fun of the garden is over for a while. Some plants die with the first frost of winter (annual-type plants) while some (perennial-types) simply go dormant, ready to grow back at the coming of spring.

With the brown garden in mind, join me for just a moment while I dig deep and pull up a lesson learned from the garden. Continue reading

Typhoon Neoguri

My heart goes out to all those affected by Typhoon Neoguri this past week as the storm made its way straight up through Japan. Best wishes for a speedy disaster recovery.

In the Japan Today news an article stated, “The storm swept past Tokyo earlier Friday, where it failed to disrupt the morning rush-hour, but was still packing winds of up 83 kilometers an hour and bringing heavy rain.”    Correct me if I’m wrong, but that is about 50mph winds with heavy rain. My thoughts return to my trip to Japan and the morning I left the hotel and casually strolled around a few blocks with a cup of coffee from Starbucks before heading to the train station.  There were a lot of pedestrians dressed very nicely obviously headed to the office.  It’s hard to imagine the same scene in 50mph winds with heavy rain.  The folks must have been soaking wet by the time they reached the office!