Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year! (新年明けましておめでとう!)

The First Sunrise of The Year
Happy New Year !!!!!

These are New Year dishes.

(Rice cakes boiled in vegetable soup) [雑煮 Zoni]

(Steamed Egg Hotchpotch) [茶碗蒸し Chawanmushi]

Upper plate, from left
"Date Maki" "Squid dressed with Cod ovum"
"Squid dressed with Wasabi preserved in sake lees"

Lower plate, from the left
"Roast pork" "Broiled Shrimp with salt" "Salmon roe"

"Strawberry tart for the dessert"

Our son back to our home from Tokyo last year, yesterday.
But he went to play golf with his friend, after ate the new year dished.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Radish and Miso soup (大根と味噌汁)

These become a radish.

The right side is amorous radish.

These are side dishes for today's breakfast.
This radish Miso soup had very good taste.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

First freezing (初氷 ハツゴオリ Hatsu Goori)

This place is a sink for the tap in our garden.
It must be first freezing this season.

But MA in US had a first freezing on 18/November in this season.
MA latitude is higher than here. So it stands to reason two different timings.

Friday, December 26, 2008

Ant cow (アブラムシ Aburamushi)

Marna san, thank you for your comment.
I have several dots on the petals of rose are interested in.
So I asked AyeYai for shooting a photograph at the point with her camera.

The both pictures taken by her with super macro condition.

You know what these are ant cows!!
Can you live in winter? I asked them unconsciously!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Watching the rose blossoming

This is today's the rose . There are a white and a pink flowers on the same plant. Why!

The cause is blossom timing or something, which one?

It's on 12/Dec..
It's on 18/Dec..
It's on 21/Dec..

It's today's the flower.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Unusually warm winter? (暖冬 ダントウ Danto)

This is the harvest of green again.

It's the green cookery, ohitashi in Japanese.
The boiled green is a very typical Japanese cooking.

Before harvest
After harvest

Sunday, December 21, 2008

English Haiku (Eigo Haiku 英語俳句 エイゴハイク )

This is an English Haiku which was created by my blog friends.
Like a burrito
Wrapped snug and tight in my crib
Drifting off to sleep

They are nice young couple in US. I love their life stile.

(today's daffodil bud in our garden)

Parents gentleness are expressed in this Haiku.
What a happy their son!!!

(today's rose in our garden)

I did not know English Haiku.
Before they told me it via their blog.
What a fantastic English Haiku too!!!!

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Cyclamen on the table in our drawing room

We don't use the drawing room very often.
I was in this room after a long interval this evening.

I found out the cyclamen which was given by AyeYai's brother with the pot.
What a pretty!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Very pleased with the concert

It is a landscape of cleanup stage after the concert.
This concert is the second time around for me.
I was very pleased with this concert more than the last concert.

Because my stand was central stage, and there were four solo singers of each part. Additionally I had a baritone in m face.
From the first to third movement's, I could listen with rapt attention just at the back orchestra. I certainly was ethereal music, and could be enraptured by the beautiful music.
And them the fourth movement, I could be enjoying sing in chorus too.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Funny expression-2 (奇妙な表現)

It's just exiting after finished our performance. We could see still a lot of audience.

And now, regarding a funny expression at training.
The voice trainer says to us "When you are singing, you should vocalize from back of the head.
"from back of the head"??? How should I do? I can not do that.
”後頭部から声を出せ”??? どの様に出すの? そんなことできるわけがない!!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Holly olive flower (柊の花 Hiiragi no Hana)

It's unexpected flower.

The flower season is from October to November.
But today is December 17.
Something isn't right. It's warmer-than-normal.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Rose of a different color (色違いの薔薇)

The both rose flowers are from the same plant.
The white one is growing in door, the pink one is growing out door.

The different color was caused by changes in the environment.
This phenomenon teaches me a renewed recognition of importance of environment for organism.
But our nurturing had been over.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Funny expression-1 (奇妙な表現)

This is individual exercise of the orchestra.

Our philharmonic chorus has one director, one voice trainer and one piano accompanist.
Since I joined in the philharmonic chorus, some expressions which the voice trainer says are continuing to get across me.

For example,
She usually says to us "when you are singing, you should make a vertical voice.

Vertical Voice?!? I can not understand nor make it.
I don't know how I do make it.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

BEETHOVEN's "Ninth Symphony"

This is the satage of today's the concert.

We have played " AN DIE FREUDE" with Gunma Philharmonic Orchestra.
Our perfomance was good success. There were ringing applause in the concert hole.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Pull up the weeds (草むしり クサムシリ Kusamushiri)

The weeds are still growing also.
I have pulled then today. After that the place are not too heavy.


We will hold the concert tomorrow.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Preparing bloom (開花の準備  Kaika no Junbi)

It's the brilliant rose of the parent tree.
It's preparing bloom.

It seems that those buds will blossom out in new year.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Today's harvest (今日の収穫, Kyo no shukaku)

The harvest is for the first time in twenty days.

Before harvest ........................ After harvest

We may have one more harvest within the year.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

English Haiku (英語俳句 エイゴハイク Eigo Haiku)

Michelle san
I have known English Haiku and Photo Haiku from your latest comment for my post.
So I have tried to compose a silly English Haiku also.

December Chrysanthemum!!!
A poetry flower in a blog
Can connect within world stage.
I hope your PC has Japanese font.
The following is in Japanese.
師走(shiwasu) = December
(kiku) = Chrysanthemum
世界(sekai) = world stage
結ぶ(musubu) = connect within
ブログ(blog) = blog
かな(kana) = should be

Friday, December 05, 2008

A flower (花一輪 ハナイチリン HANAICHIRIN)

It's pretty lonely flower.

What a beautiful flower it is!

It's a chrysanthemum in the garden.

Which one do you like a flower or many flowers?