"Nagoshi no Harai" at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto


I went to Yasaka Shrine today because I can't go to the "Nagoshi no Harai" ceremony tomorrow.

The number of visitors has increased slightly from last month. Before COVID-19, there were so many tourists that it was hard to walk past them.

Now I feel that Yasaka Shrine has returned to the quiet atmosphere of the past.


A big ring of grass, "Chinowa" has been set up beside the main shrine building at Yasaka Shrine.

It has been set up since March this year for praying for the end of the new coronavirus pandemic. Usually, it is only made and installed for a few days for ceremonial purposes.


I walked through the ring and prayed for good health and protection from the new coronavirus.

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Hydrangea blooming


It became the rainy season on Tuesday.
The hydrangea, the season's representative flower, has begun to bloom beautifully!
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Sansho in the best season

Every year I look forward to the late spring season when the Japanese pepper, "Sansho" comes out.


I got some "Sansho" fruits from famous Wakayama Prefecture.


I used the fruits to make flavored oil, liqueur and pickling in salt.


Flavored oil is made by marinating them in extra virgin olive oil at a ratio of 1:3 to 1:4 by weight, and it takes about 5 days to finish.

It is best to finish marinating when it has a very refreshing citrus aroma. If the period of time is even a little longer, the pungency will become very strong.
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Canceling the emergency declaration in Kyoto


Last weekend, the emergency declaration for COVID-19 in Kyoto, Osaka and Hyogo was lifted.

I went to Kyoto Gyoen National Garden. It has a relaxed atmosphere with few people.

The public opening of the Kyoto Imperial Palace has resumed, but it needs to check the body temperature to enter.

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New updated - "Sound Level Analyzer Lite" ver 5.0 - Free of charge!


"Sound Level Analyzer Lite" was updated to ver 5.0.

"Sound Level Analyzer Lite" is a sound level meter app for iPhone.

It is a free edition that has simplified the function of "Sound Level Analyzer".

Available in variety of applications as the neighboring environmental noise measurement, audio system check, vehicle interior noise check, sound check of live events, and more.

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If you are interested in this app, please click the following link to display on the product information of App StoreTM.

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Italian parsley flowers bloomed!


Italian parsley flowers have begun to bloom in my garden!

Italian parsley is essential for my table. I enjoyed various dishes and salads.

However, when it comes to flower buds, the leaves turn into elongated shapes and the leaves and stems become harder.
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Watercress flower


Watercress flowers have bloomed!

Small pretty flowers have begun to bloom on the watercress sewed last autumn. The flower is edible, but it may be pretty bitter.
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Fresh green season


In Kyoto, it's still spring, but the temperature has risen to 29 ℃.

At Konoete-ato, Kyoto Gyoen National park.

Shooting data:
SIGMA DP2 (Foveon image sensor): 41mm 1/60 f3.5 ISO100 RAW.
RAW development processing by SIGMA PhotoPro 6.7

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Rape blossoms


Rape blossoms are beginning to bloom on the Kamogawa riverbed in Kyoto.

Spring isn't just about cherry blossoms.

Shooting data:
SIGMA DP2 (Foveon image sensor) : 41mm 1/125 f2.8 ISO100 RAW.
RAW development processing by SIGMA PhotoPro 6.7
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Carpenter bee


Carpenter bee that sucks the honey of Japanese maple in my garden.

It's still a little cold in this April. So carpenter bees often gather in Wisteria rack, but a little later.

May a peaceful day come to the world soon.

Shooting data:
Pentax K7 / Tamron A09 28-70mm/1:2.8 1/500 f4.0 ISO200
Trim and slightly adjust the tone curve in Lightroom.
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