Autumn at Katsuo-ji Temple

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After our Japanese class, my hubby wants to try to eat this resto. because we, my friend (Brazilian-Japanese) visit last time we loved the bread here. So, now we did and he (husband) love it, better in Jolly Pasta and Seseriya Restaurant that we usually eat.

Dolce Moscato – Italian Restaurant


Just loved the effect of the mist of this temple…

Katsuō-ji (勝尾寺 Katsuō-ji?) is a Buddhist temple in Minō city, north of Osaka, Japan.

According to an English language brochure given out at the temple, the site was first occupied late in the Nara period by two priests, Zenchū and Zensan. The Miroku-ji temple was erected in 765 CE. The name “Katsuō-ji” was given by the Emperor Seiwa. The temple was burned in 1184 CE. The present Main Hall and Temple Gate were rebuilt by Hideyori Toyotomi.

The word “katsu” in the temple’s name refers to winning. People buy daruma dolls hoping to obtain “winner’s luck”.[1] If the wish is fulfilled, the daruma is often returned to the temple and left somewhere on the grounds.

and we’re surprised when we go inside a lot of cosplay having a pictorial inside.

Cosplay (コスプレkosupure?), a contraction of the words costume play, is a performance art in which participants called cosplayers wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character.[1] Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture and a broader use of the term “cosplay” applies to any costumed role-playing in venues apart from the stage. Any entity that lends itself to dramatic interpretation may be taken up as a subject and it is not unusual to see genders switched. Favorite sources include manga and anime, comic books and cartoons, video games, and live-action films and television series.

The rapid growth in the number of people cosplaying as a hobby since 1990s has made the phenomenon a significant aspect of popular culture in Japan and some other parts of Asia and in the Western world. Cosplay events are common features of fan conventions and there are also dedicated conventions and local and international competitions, as well as social networks, websites and other forms of media centered on cosplay activities.

Usually, they are not allowed to do this inside the temple or prayer place. Well, I think they ask permission for it. Anyway, so nice to see them wearing costume and the weird contact lenses. Anyway, my son don’t want to take a picture with them.

I just really loved the effect of the mist… nice right? you can check my youtube channel for the video Click Here

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Nursery School in Japan

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Time flies… my little princess will be going to school next year. September we’ve been inquiring already for the school year entrance. We gathered all the documents and this is the first time that we just know now is for a raffle. If your name I mean my daughter name has been pick then, we can enroll it to that school.


So, what we did, we gather all the raffles date of all nursery school nearby for at least my daughter will have more chance to enroll next year. This is quite interesting, raffle not a first come, first serve basis when enrolling your little munchkin’ in the school in Japan.


We waited for the dates of the raffle/draw of every school, but the two schools we inquired have the same dates for the raffle seems we have to separate my hubby and me for the two schools. My sensie (actually my son’s sensei (teacher) in Japanese language and tutor for my son) accompanied us near our house school while my hubby alone in the other school. We waited until all the parents/ guardians are in before proceeding the draw. Luckily, in the nearby school our number has been picked, before paying the reservation, we waited our hubby if my daughter’s name has been pick in the other school, no luck at all.

The school of my daughter near by the house not totally near we will have to send her thru bicycle everyday that’s the catch becuase the school bus they don’t have route in our area. So, I have to send my daughter everyday in the school around 15mins by bicycle. I don’t bother anymore making bento (Packed lunch)for her not like my son’s nursery school I need to make bento. Anyway, good luck for my little princess and me as well, rain, shine or snow need to send her in the school for the next year.

Now, we know that too many kids in our area but few nursery school. (Japan, Osaka Prefecture, Minoh City) First time, to experience as well the draw/raffle in the school.


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Eating time, she love seating in the kitchen counter.

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Our tree is Up!

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Yeap, the spirit of Christ-mas and holiday is in our house now. When I was a little or young I’m so excited with Christmas because of presents/gifts and abundant foods in every house we go besides of those things we have to thank the above for nearly end year for us celebrate the birth of our saviour and most of the best is family bonding. From my great grandparents, uncles, aunties, cousins, friends and neighbors as well. We always talk about everything but usually we talked our younger years. Graders to College days non-stop chating and laughing. 

Now, I have my own family still I’m excited of Christ-mas… Because, whenever we put up our christmas tree it just bringing back my younger years and also seeing my kids very happy hanging the decor in the tree I feel happy and glad i have this two kids even though they quite stubborn sometimes but still I’m thanking the almighty that He trusted me to have my own family. And, of course longer family bonding and looking forward for a ahead of another year to us. 

Before I end my post… I hope I’m the first to greet you A Merry and Bright Christmas to all 🎄

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Day trip at Kitano, Kyoto (Japan)



We had a day trip from Osaka to this place. Kitano Tenmangu, Kyoto, Japan. It was a beautiful place and so huge shrine.


The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is a shrine built in the northwest section of Kyoto over 1000 years ago. The shrine was built during 947AD by the emperor of the time in honor of Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar and politician who represented the middle Heian period (794 AD – 1185 AD), as well as for the peace of the nation. Ever since, the imperial family, nobles, samurais and commoners alike all visit the shrine to worship.
The Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the very first shrine in Japanese history where an actual person was enshrined as a deity. He is known as the “god of agriculture,” “god of honesty and sincerity,” “god of dispelling false accusations” and “god of performing arts.” However, he is best known for being the “god of academics.” Sugawara no Michizane is a historical figure who read poems at the age of five and wrote Chinese poems at the age of 11. His superior talent is what led to the dissemination of the “Tenjin faith” throughout Japan. There are as many as 12,000 shrines that are dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane in Japan, but the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine is the origin and the main shrine. To this day, many students that pray for passing scores on examinations and persons who wish for the improvement of their abilities come here to visit.


The main shrine, where the deity is enshrined, is positioned behind the worship hall, which is connected by the “Ishi-no-Ma Hall.” The main shrine, worship hall and the Ishi-no-Ma Hall have roofs above them, and by combining them all, create a large, elegant roof. This unique construction method, due to having numerous buildings, is called a “yatsumune-zukuri” (multi-building construction). The current shrine was constructed by Toyotomi Hideyori during the twelfth year of the Keicho era (1607 AD) and is designated as a national treasure.
The main shrine, Ro-mon Gate and Sanko-mon Gate were all built at the same time. They all have golden decorations, finely-detailed sculpting and vivid colors, fitting for the unique design of the Momoyama period (1573 AD – 1603 AD).


The vast shrine grounds have many more things to see. It is known as one of the nation’s best places to view ume trees. When the flowers bloom, the Bai-en (ume garden) is open to the public. The ume blossom festival on February 25 has a tea ceremony where the geiko and maiko of Kamishichiken come to serve matcha and sweets.
During the season of the red maple trees, there is the Momiji-en (autumn maple garden) where one can see 250 maple trees. Remnants of the “Odoi,” an earthen mount of fortification built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi encircling Kyoto, can be seen here as well. They are designated as national historical sites and these historic remains have fused with the natural surroundings and have become a scenic view with an atmosphere unique to Japan. Also, having its roots on the anniversary of the birth and death of Sugawara no Michizane, on the 25th of each month, there is a street market called “Tenjin-san’s Festival” that is held within the shrine grounds as well as in the outer areas. You can purchase food, sundries, used clothes and used tools at the stalls here. The market is bustling from early morning at 6 AM to 9 PM, with many visitors.

Etiquette during visit

Visiting shrines originally was done with prayer to the gods in appreciation for their daily lives and also asking to be protected in the future. Each custom that is formulated through our long history has meaning. Please enjoy your visit to the shrine while following the proper etiquette.

Before visiting, “Customs on Hand Washing”

Hand washing has its roots in the “Misogi” (purification) rituals. Sins and taints that have accumulated on the person without their knowledge were purified through dipping into the rivers or ocean. The custom gradually shifted to rinsing one’s hands and mouth. After passing through the Ro-mon Gate, you will see the Chozuya, a site for the ritual cleansing of your hands, to your right.



Hold the ladle in your right hand, fill it with water, and wash your left hand with it.


Then switch the ladle to your left hand, and wash your right hand.


Hold the ladle on your right hand again, and pour some water into your left hand to rinse your mouth. At this time, do not put your lips directly onto the ladle and do not drink the water.


Wash your left hand one more time.


Hold the ladle vertically to wash the handle with the remaining water.

Basics of Visiting 1: “Ringing the Bell”


The timbre of the bell is said to dispel ominous presences and taints. It is meant as a form of purification. This does not mean that the bell should be rung loudly or for extended periods of time. Please take great care when ringing the bell.

Basics of Visiting 2: “Bow Twice, Clap Twice, Bow Once”


Bow deeply twice.


Place both hands near your heart and clap twice.


Keep your hands together on your second clap, and greet and give thanks to the Tenjin god. If there is a particular wish you have, pray for it at this point.


Bow deeply once more.

How to Hang Talismans

For those who will be hanging talismans within their residences, please place in a bright area like the living room where family members gather. Put the talismans higher than eye level. Placing them on top of cabinets or bookshelves is acceptable. Normally, talismans must be hung so that they face the south or east.

Returning Old Talismans or Charms


Nosatsu office

When receiving new talismans or charms, it is customary to return old ones to the shrine. At our shrine, there is a site to accept the old charms on the left side after going past the Ro-mon Gate. Please return the talismans and charms while expressing your gratitude to the Tenjin god.

We are early to view the Momiji-en (Autumn Maple Garden). But, anyway, we still enjoyed the vicinity of this place.

After, we walked inside the shrine for about 3 hours, we had delicious lunch a different ramen we tasted. We (Hubby and I) will definitely to go back and eat this (shiroi) White Ramen as they called.


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Trade In Car

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After we attended a showroom for the new release car of Nissan with Autech which is top notch techonology. Well, as you all know Japan is a manufacture of cars. Thats why here in Japan after 3years you can change your car and trade in to a latest model. But, you can exceed to 5 years it depends on the condition of the car. In Japan, the more the older your car is, the insurance is much expensive. So, people here cars is not luxury to them is a necessity.


From Silver color to Maroon both Nissan Serena Type

Total coordination of exterior and interior under the theme of “Power and Luxury” offers a striking street presence.
Higher output engine, tuned body and suspension deliver exhilarating acceleration, sporty and stable handling for a tight, comfortable ride.

Design: Exterior and interior design is totally coordinated by using full scale clay models and CAD design system.

Performance tuning: Leveraging the technology of racing car development, AUTECH provides ultimate driving performance through total package of high-output engine, tuned suspension and body reinforce.

Accessory parts: A broad range of original accessory parts are available for more personalization of customized cars.

Lucky for these kids, they get a chance to ride the latest and we are the first customer bought this new model. When, I was age like them riding in the bicycle is the happiest thing experience, but now a lot of rides you can imagine and invented as well.

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Roadventure (Fukui, Japan)

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This is our first time to do road trip and camping inside the car. It was cold but, it was fun and interesting.


We had light dinner at the Family Mart. I had Nissin Instant Ramen c’oz I want hot for my stomach, my hubby had Ramen of Family mart, he said is so tasty. My son had carbonara and my little princess a simple soup with rice. We have to wait with our friends here in Family Mart and will go off the road.

So, cute my little princess but sad when we where on the road she vomited the food she ate. Anyway, she’s okay afterward we reach in the service area.

This is our first time to do camping inside the car and lay down all the chair to make bed. It was a bit uncomfortable because of the bump at the back. It was warm enough to sleep with my kids.

My son’s breakfast is Ramen, too heavy but he likes it. I had sandwich and my little princess her new favorite juice (vegetable juice).

Fishing, Cooking and Eating Time


Fukui originally consisted of the old provinces of Wakasa and Echizen, before the prefecture was formed in 1871.
During the Edo period, the daimyō of the region was surnamed Matsudaira, and was a descendant of Tokugawa Ieyasu.
During World War II, the city was heavily bombed and its palace, surrounded by a moat, was demolished. The Fukui Prefectural government buildings were built on the site.

The province faces the Sea of Japan, and has a western part (formerly Wakasa) which is a narrow plain between the mountains and the sea, and a larger eastern part (formerly Echizen) with wider plains including the capital and most of the population. The mountain side of the eastern part has much snow in winter.

As of 31 March 2008, 15% of the total land area of the prefecture was designated as Natural Parks, namely the Hakusan National Park; Echizen-Kaga Kaigan and Wakasa Wan Quasi-National Parks; and Okuetsu Kōgen Prefectural Natural Park.

Fukui is one of the less populated prefectures of Japan; in September 2015 there were an estimated 785,508 people living in 281,394 households.[6] As seen in most of Japan, Fukui is facing the problem of both an aging and decreasing population; 28.6% of the population were over the age of 65 in July 2015[6] and the population has decreased 2.6% from the 806,000 measured in the October 2010 national census.


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