Zoo-chan, Japan

“On the way” in Japan, Thailand and suburban Canada

This week’s photo challenge is “on the way”. I swooned when I saw Michelle W’s photo to kick off the challenge. It is taken from the air before landing in Amsterdam with the tulip fields in full view. Incredible! I highly recommend WP Weekly Photo Challenge – on the way. My favorite mode of transport is…

railway museum, Canada

Broken and abandoned: 1 train, 1 shop and 1 ?

Abandoned is perhaps a closer description of the photos below but broken also fits. This impressive car is part of an outdoor railway museum that we visited recently. Our toddler loved it and so did we. Choo choo! Anything old, abandoned and disintegrating is high up on my list of all things interesting, especially when…

wild building along a back street in Kyoto

Photo Fridays – pops of color in Japan

The local Japanese consulate is holding a photo contest. We meant to enter last year and never got around to it but this year, I’m determined! Going back over the photos I was thinking about entering last year took a fun twist when I started playing with contrast. I love how deep colors appear along…

lovey dovey bugs

A couple of bugs at a construction site – Photo Fridays returns!

In a week of resurrections and repeats, Photo Fridays is back! My very first post in this series was inspired by another blogger doing a Wordless Wednesday series. I had no idea that this was a known thing and started my own Photo on a Friday piece, thinking my title was super snazzy. Ha! Live and learn. My last…

rice growing in the mountain's shadow

Succession planning in a more traditional Japanese family

Hitoshi’s family has agricultural roots. Much of his extended family still lives in rural communities and maintains land for growing rice, vegetables and fruit. While Hitoshi’s family no longer grows food for sale, the land remains part of the family reach. Land is crucial to succession planning. It is so important in Hitoshi’s family that…

Koinobori - Onomichi

Near the sea: six views of descent in Japan

Stories behind the photos On our way down from exploring the low mountains above Onomichi, we walked through a cramped neighbourhood filled with cats. The humans obviously adored the creatures. There was a cat-themed tiny bar, cats made of rocks and cat signs. While koinobori (Japanese carp banners) are hung around Children’s Day in May,…