name is Emily and I live at
in Germany .
Since August 2011 I stay in Japan,
where I live at the home of Heike's friend Kaoru.
the living place with my friends Miffy and Cherry,
who live normally at Kaoru's place
and now they are the home of Heike in Germany:
Miffy since August 2011 and Cherry since June 2012.
created this blog for showing you my life in Japan.
My greatest adventure ever!
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on the image to view the other Monchhichi exchange diaries.
Me and my friend Anne went to a
flower park tour by
First, we visited ''Yakyu inari shrine'' in Saitama prefecture.
This shrine is famous for Botan (peonies).
Next, we went ''Yacyonomori Koen'' in Gunma
In the very large park, there are various kinds of flowers are in bloom.
They are beautiful. We ate ''cherry blossom softcream'' there! yummy!
Then, we visited ''Tsutsujigaoka park'', very
near from Yacyonomori Koen.
So many kinds of Tsutsuji (azaleas) were in full bloom!
We are very surprised to know, there are about 50 kinds of azaleas
Finally, we went to ''Ashikaga flower park''
in Tochigi prefecture.
This park is very famous for ''big wisterias(Fuji)''.
This big wisterias's age is over 145 years!
like a flower shower! It was so beautiful.
We are fully enjoyed lots of flowers today!
We want to join this tour in the next year...(*^_^*)
now I am so hungry. We had a great lunch!
箭弓(yakyu) is the same pronounciation with 野球(baseball) in Japanese,
so lots of people come to pray making progress in their baseball
What a wonderful day! Thank you Kaoru ♥
Saturday April 07, 2012
My Ohanami picninc
Today we had an ''ohanami'' picnic
in the park near our house.
Cherry blossoms are in full bloom and so beautiful!
We enjoyed viewing flowers and of course, eat & drink!!
We had a very good time. We always love picnic!
is ''Setsubun'' in Japan.
Emily and Anne are playing ''Bean Throwing Ceremony''.
Anne performs ''Oni (Demon)''
and Emily is throwing roasted soybeans, shouting
''Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!!!'' (demons out! luck in!)
Setsubun is the Bean-Throwing Festival or Bean-Throwing
Ceremony in Japan.
It is the day before the beginning of Spring in Japan.
The name literally means "seasonal division", but usually
the term refers to the Spring Setsubun,
properly called Risshun, celebrated yearly on February 3 as
part of the Spring Festival ( haru matsuri).
In its association with the Lunar New Year, Spring Setsubun
can be and was previously thought of as a sort of New Year's Eve
and so was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away
all the evil of the former year
and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year
This special ritual is called "mamemaki"
(literally "bean throwing").
November 03, 2011 Some days ago
Emily did a one-day sightseeing bus trip to "Yoro Keikoku" Valley and
an orange fruit field.
After that she visited the Tokyo German Village with the
I am a wild girl, hehe :o)
This is a great photo from me. Thank you Kaoru!
I watched the fall and colored leaves. It was very beautiful!!
Orange Fruit Field
Here, you can take oranges by yourself and you can eat them as much as
We got full(^o^).
October 27, 2011
Emily went to Nagahama Castle, visited Hikone town
and met "Hikonyan"
After Chikubu Island, we went to Nagahama
It is not the original construction, it was built on 1983 as a museum.
Originally, Nagahama Castle was built on 1573, after many wars it was
broken on 1615.
From the top floor, we can see the Lake Biwa in a panoramic view.
This is the
dinner at Nagahama Hotel. We ate sashimi, beef, vegetables, matsutake
mushroom, and many dishes devoted a lot of time to cook. We were full!
Emily visited town
The next day, we went to Hikone town. Hikone
Castle was constructed on 1603. Today it remains one of the oldest
original-construction castles in Japan. Hikone Castle was designated a National
Treasure by the Ministry of Education, Science, Sports
Emily met "Hikonyan"
The ''Hikonyan'' is the very famous character of
''Hiko'' is from ''Hikone'' and
''Nyan'' is the baby talk meas ''cat''.
So it means ''The cat in Hikone''.
It puts on the ''Samurai helmet'' on its head.
It dances, jumps, turns, shakes hands without speaking at all.
It acts out many pantomimes.
Many Japanese like Hikonyan because we feel it is ''Kawaii'', pretty,
so it is very popular character in Japan.
We met Hikonyan and enter the Hikone Castle, and this is the end of our
we went home.
It was fun to make a small trip!
October 16, 2011
Emily had a trip to Shiga prefecture by Sin-kan-sen, made a cruise and
visited Chikubu Island
trip to Shiga prefecture by Shin-kan-sen (super express train, its top
more than 200km/h) with Kaoru's family.
We went to Biwako Lake, the biggest lake in Japan, and to old
The landscape from the window of Shinkansen is rice field.
Please take a seat!
This is an impressive train!
Wooow, I am so fast!!!
Emily made a cruise
On the lake, the wind was fresh and we felt very good.
Then, we arrived at small island ''Chikubu-jima'' (Chikubu island).
This island is believed to Gods are living. Chikubujima
September 04, 2011
Emily went to a japanese castle
Today I went to a japanese castle. Wow, it is
so different from german castles.
This is ''Chiba castle'' build in 1126
This is the entrance of "Chiba castle".
Look this is the armor of ''Samurai'' (Japanese
warrior) out of the
Edo period (1603-1868). I am deeply impressed.
This is a japanese sword called ''Katana'' out
of the Edo period.
The painting which you see here is called
"Sumie-painting" (''Suibokuga" in Japanese)
This is me at the Tea room in front of
the castle. This
castle is used as a museum now.
Many thanks to Miffy, Ayuka, Kazuki and Kaoru for inviting me to take
at that very interesting and fascinating journey to the "Chiba castle".
My new friends are
''Sakura'' (girl) and ''Ken'' (boy).
They belong to Kaorus daughter. Thank you Ayu for my new
We took our first photo together at the veranda at Kaoru's house.
This flower is ''asagao'' in Japanese and ''morning glory'' in English.
They are not only purple, they have various colors, red, pink, white,
blue, and tie-dyed.
Asagao is a traditional Japanese flower in summer since 1300 years ago.
Look, this is me with
Maneki-Neko. Kaoru told me, that ''Maneki''
means ''Beckon'', and ''Neko'' means ''Cat'' in
is a traditional lucky sculpture in Japan, often made of ceramic,
size is various, which is believed to bring good luck
to the owner.
And is usually displayed (many times at the entrance and in
shops and restaurants) in the design of the sculptures.
A raised right paw will attracts money, on the other hand, a
raised left paw will attracts people.