The trip back to Japan was the best one ever.
|My sister's family, playful family !|
I was by myself for 16days in my home country, so I was able to be "me" , not a mother nor a wife.
I met my old friends and relatives whom I haven't met for over 15~20years.
|I haven't met him for 15years!|
|Gymnastic team mates from the college. It has been 18years!|
I walked around the home town where I grew up, and visited temples and shrines where
I used to play in my childhood.
|Yasaka Shrine. The colour of the gate is now red! It used to be a stone colour.|
|Kiyomizu- temple 2nd building, Nagasaki.|
It is funny that I did not notice the beauty of this town when I lived there. Now it has been 12 years since I left this town, and I see the beauty.
|The stone tiles.|
|The rock walls.|
As I walked around, I noticed that the quan-yin statues are everywhere !
Even in front of the store.
Cars and motorbikes are casually parked in front of the Quan Yin statue.
It has been 12 years since I spent New Year's time in Japan. New Years in Japan is like a Christmas in Canada. Family gathers, Friends come back to old home town.
Visit Shinto Shrine for a Hatsu Mode. Every year, we visit the Shrine to show
the gratitude for the past year, and set a goal for the new years.
|Suwa-Shrine. Hatsu mode " the first visit of the year to the Shrine"|
January 1st, 2nd and 3rd. We start the morning with Otoso. Share the sweet rice wine (non-alcohol) to celebrate the New Year. Usually oldest person of the house hold pour the Otoso to all the family members.
|New Year's custom. Otoso.|
And, the first calligraphy of the year, Kakizome. Usually draw the goal of the year, or inspirational words.
|"Move towards the Dream"|
Old style window lock. I think it is so beautiful.
It was absolutely a soul cleansing, a soul charging time. I did not realize that I needed this
trip so bad.
This is the first time that I really felt that I could live in Nagasaki again. If things ever change in my life, or if there will be an opportunity for my family to live in Japan, I want to go back to Nagasaki.