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Former Officemates

It’s been like 4 or 5 years not hearing them, well we just liked button on the facebook the usual thing. They really had a great time visiting in Japan and had time to meet us also. That’s totally great!

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But first, they both enjoy playing in the toys floor which we are in the Yodobashi Camera in Umeda, Osaka before meeting the Family.

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Then after they enjoy playing and we meet mo colleagues. Then, we had a great time chatting and they also shop. And finally, we will have a nice Dinner with them which they treat us. That’s totally great again! I just notice I always use the word great! But surely, it’s been awhile and away in IT Industry, we just talk everything besides from the “those are the days of Dell life” and also differences of our country and this country as well.

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Before heading home, she likes to have pictures of this shapes. (lovely!)

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Revisited: Katsuo-ji temple

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Once again, we visit this temple of course with different people, I mean visitor. The temple was done renovating. This is the new place they built.

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Look at my little princess staring those Daruma Dolls. Those dolls are scattered in this temple.

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The Daruma doll (達磨daruma), also known as a Dharma doll, is a hollow, round, Japanese traditional doll modeled after Bodhidharma, the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism. These dolls, though typically red and depicting a bearded man (Dharma), vary greatly in color and design depending on region and artist. Though considered an omocha, meaning toy, by some, Daruma has a design that is rich in symbolism and is regarded more as a talisman of good luck to the Japanese. Daruma dolls are seen as a symbol of perseverance and good luck, making them a popular gift of encouragement. The doll has also been commercialized by many Buddhist temples to use alongside goal setting.

When purchased, the eyes are white so a person can decide on a goal or wish and paint one eye in. Once the goal is achieved, the second eye is filled in.

History and commercialization

The current popular symbolism associated with Daruma as a good luck charm in part originated with the Daruma-dera (Temple of Daruma) in the city of Takasaki (Gunma Prefecture, north of Tokyo). Josef Kyburz, author of “Omocha”: Things to Play (Or Not to Play) with, explained that the founder of Daruma-Dera would draw New Year’s charms depicting Bodhidharma. The parishioners would keep these charms to “bring happiness and prosperity and ward off accidents and misfortune”.

It is believed that the Daruma figurine then originated from this region when the ninth priest, Togaku, found a solution to handle the constant requests of the parishioners for new charms. The charms were always given with an effectiveness of one year, so the people required new ones every year. He solved this by entrusting them with the making of their own Daruma charms near the beginning of the Meiwa period (1764–72). The temple made wooden block molds for the people to use. The peasants then used these molds to make three-dimensional papier-mâché charms.

Kyburz notes that though it is unknown when the Daruma figurine combined with the tumbler doll; the two were well recognized as synonymous by the mid-19th century. The doll quickly grew in popularity, becoming a mascot of the region. This was due greatly in part to fact that the majority of the families were silk farmers, a crop which requires a great deal of luck for success.

There is an annual Daruma Doll Festival (達磨市daruma-ichi) held by the city of Takasaki in celebration of being the proclaimed birthplace of the Daruma doll. The celebration is held at the Shorinzan, the name of Takasaki’s “Daruma-Dera”. According to the Takasaki city website, “Over 400,000 people from all over the Kanto Plain come to buy new good-luck dolls for the year. Takasaki produces 80% of Japan’s Daruma dolls.” The festival also features a 24-hour reading of sutras by the Shorinzan monks for world peace.

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This is nice, had been for a while they closed this section. Now it’s open. Totally nice.

Of course, I have video which i uploaded in my channel.

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Friends Arrived

Before the end of the month (March) our friends visited us here in Japan. As usual, we have to show them the place and teach them also how to go to where they want to go. But, they arrived in different date as well :(. Anyway, if we have time we will show them around. Basically, kids still in vacation school will start on the 2nd week of April. Busiest mother, I am, as my little princess will be in school and I have to send her and pick her up everyday.Because the school bus is not in the route to our house. They say is still near to do service bus. Alright, let’s stop here. I’ll be posting that thing in different date. Let’s get started.

One of our friends went to Narra, which we cannot able to join her. She met her long distance neighborhood in the Philippines long time ago.But, now they are staying in Nara, south area. Then, the next day one of our friends will come. Evening, we had time to eat in our one of our favorite ramen restaurant near by.

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The next day, we planned to go Banpakoen (Banpako Park) to see the cherry blossoms. But, the weather didn’t cooperate at all. Raining all day so, we ended to go inside the Mall (Lalaport Expo City) and stroll around.

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I already had a video as well. Check below.

 

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Osaka Castle, Japan

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Every time, we have visitors, they intend to check this castle one of the tourist spots in Osaka. Fascinating, as they still maintain the look of this castle. But, to think I didn’t have a chance to go inside because the line is so long take our time. Anyway, outside is a better view and see the rock fence beside it and those trees (Cherry Blossom) but, sad to say the flower of the cherry blossom are not blooming yet, too early.

Osaka Castle (大坂城 or 大阪城,Ōsaka-jō?) is a Japanese castle in Chūō-ku, Osaka, Japan. The castle is one of Japan’s most famous landmarks and it played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.

The main tower of Osaka Castle is situated on a plot of land roughly one square kilometer. It is built on two raised platforms of landfill supported by sheer walls of cut rock, using a technique called Burdock piling, each overlooking a moat. The central castle building is five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and built atop a tall stone foundation to protect its occupants from attackers.

History

In 1583 Toyotomi Hideyoshi commenced construction on the site of the Ikkō-ikki temple of Ishiyama Hongan-ji. The basic plan was modeled after Azuchi Castle, the headquarters of Oda Nobunaga. Toyotomi wanted to build a castle that mirrored Oda’s, but surpassed it in every way: the plan featured a five-story main tower, with three extra stories underground, and gold leaf on the sides of the tower to impress visitors. In 1585 the Inner donjon was completed. Toyotomi continued to extend and expand the castle, making it more and more formidable to attackers. In 1597 construction was completed and Hideyoshi died. Osaka Castle passed to his son, Toyotomi Hideyori.
In 1600 Tokugawa Ieyasu defeated his opponents at the Battle of Sekigahara, and started his own bakufu (i.e., shogunate) in Edo. In 1614 Tokugawa attacked Toyotomi in the winter, starting the Siege of Osaka.[4] Although the Toyotomi forces were outnumbered approximately two to one, they managed to fight off Tokugawa’s 200,000-man army and protect the castle’s outer walls. Ieyasu had the castle’s outer moat filled, negating one of the castle’s main outer defenses.
During the summer of 1615, Hideyori began to restore the outer moat. Tokugawa, in outrage, sent his armies to Osaka Castle again, and routed the Toyotomi men inside the outer walls on June 4. Osaka Castle fell to Tokugawa, and the Toyotomi clan perished.
In 1620, the new heir to the shogunate, Tokugawa Hidetada, began to reconstruct and re-arm Osaka Castle. He built a new elevated main tower, five stories on the outside and eight stories on the inside, and assigned the task of constructing new walls to individual samurai clans. The walls built in the 1620s still stand today, and are made out of interlocked granite boulders without mortar. Many of the stones were brought from rock quarries near the Seto Inland Sea, and bear inscribed crests of the various families who contributed them.
In 1660, lightning ignited the gunpowder warehouse and the resulting explosion set the castle on fire. In 1665, lightning struck and burnt down the main tower. In 1843, after decades of neglect, the castle got much-needed repairs when the bakufu collected money from the people of the region to rebuild several of the turrets.
In 1868, Osaka Castle fell and was surrendered to anti-bakufu imperial loyalists. Much of the castle was burned in the civil conflicts surrounding the Meiji Restoration.
Under the Meiji government, Osaka Castle became part of the Osaka Army Arsenal (Osaka Hohei Kosho) manufacturing guns, ammunition, and explosives for Japan’s rapidly expanding Western-style military.[5]
In 1928, the main tower was restored after the mayor of Osaka concluded a highly successful fund-raising drive.
During World War II, the arsenal became one of the largest military armories, employing 60,000 workers.[5] Bombing raids targeting the arsenal damaged the reconstructed main castle tower and, on August 14, 1945, destroyed 90% of the arsenal and killed 382 people working there.
In 1995, Osaka’s government approved yet another restoration project, with the intent of restoring the main tower to its Edo-era splendor. In 1997, restoration was completed. The castle is a concrete reproduction (including elevators) of the original and the interior is intended as a modern, functioning museum.

We got our friend to take us the pictures, ’cause every time our family will go here I don’t have my decent picture unless I will take a selfie.
I had a chance to take video with my daughter with her new playmates. Please check below.

 

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Day Tour @ Kyoto, Japan

I had fun with my Malaysia’s friends but they are from the Philippines. They visit me here in Japan, their first time here. They said, “Japanese people are so honest even though they don’t speak English they respect each other so much.”

We had so much fun in 1 day trip in Kyoto, Japan take note, without my husband. But, we have interpreter my son (i’m so proud of him, he can conversed and read japanese so well and good thing is he passed to continue in studying in Japanese school (public school). Before we had tour in Kyoto, Japan. We visit the nearest and huge temple in our place.

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Katsuo-ji temple (Temple of the winner’s luck)

The temple is situated in the mountains north of the Osaka plain and has been a place of worship for several thousand years, an unparalleled sacred site founded on the spiritual power of the mountain  and a faith build up over 1,300 years.

In 727, early in the nara period (710-784) two holy priests name Zenchu and Zensan constructed a hut on this mountain. with these two priests as teachers, Prince Kaijo, a son of the Emperor Konin (770-781), established Mirokuji Temple in 765 in his quest to reach the spiritual realm of Buddha.

Kyoto 1-day bus-ticket.
Kyoto 1-day bus-ticket.

I recommend the 1-day pass bus ticket. You can just hop in anytime you want going to the destination within Kyoto. Of course, we have to visit the famous tourist spot. First stop will be the far from the station which is “The Golden Pavilion”

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Kinkaku / Rokuon-ji Temple

Kinkaku (The Golden Pavilion) is a sharien, a Buddhist hall containing relics of Buddha. The pavilion is part of a temple that is formally named Rokuon-ji temple, but commonly called Kinkaku-ji Temple,or Temple of the Golden Pavilion. Rokuon-ji is a Zen Buddhist temple, is the Shokokuji School of the Rinzai Sect. This Area was originally the site of a villa called Kitayama-dai and owned by a statesman, Saionji Kintsune. Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the 3rd shogun of the Muromachi period, took a liking to the area and acquired it from the Saionji family in 1397. he then built his own villa, which he named Kitayama-den.

Nijo Castle (with my Son)
Nijo Castle (with my Son)

Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo)

The castle was originally built in 1603 as the official Kyoto residence of the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyusa. It was completed in 1626 by the third Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu, with the addition of some structures transferred from Fushimi Castle (built in the Momoyama Period; 1573-1614). Nijo Castle is one of the finest examples of early Edo period and Momoyama culture in Japan, as it makes splendid use of early Edo period building designs, lavish paintings,a nd carvings that Iemitsu generously commissioned. In 1867, when Yoshinobu, the fifteenth Tokugawa Shogun returned sovereignty to the Emperor, the castle became the property of the Imperial family. In 1884,  it was renamed the Nijo Detached Palace. It was donated to the City of Kyoto and renamed Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo) in 1939. The castle was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

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Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera was founded in the early Heian period.The temple was founded in 798, and its present buildings were constructed in 1633, ordered by the Tokugawa Iemitsu. There is not a single nail used in the entire structure. It takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills.Kiyomizu means clear water, or pure water.

It was originally affiliated with the old and influential Hossō sect dating from Nara times. However, in 1965 it severed that affiliation, and its present custodians call themselves members of the “Kitahossō” sect.

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Yasaka PagodaYasaka Shrine

Yasaka-no-to Pagoda stands mostly alone, the buildings of the temple of which it once belonged (Hokan-ji Temple) having been destroyed by fires, earthquakes and wars over the years. We’re thankful that the pagoda survived, because it’s a stunner. It stands at the top of Yasaka-dori, which is itself unique for the lack of overhead power lines, which were removed to preserve the view of the pagoda. The pagoda can easily be accessed from Higashioji-dori, or by ducking off of the bottom of Ninen-zaka. It’s particularly lovely after dark, especially when the lone cherry tree at the base of the pagoda is in bloom.

Yasaka Shrine once called Gion Shrine (祇園神社 Gion-jinja?), is a Shinto shrine in the Gion District of Kyoto, Japan. Situated at the east end of Shijō-dōri (Fourth Avenue), the shrine includes several buildings, including gates, a main hall and a stage.

Initial construction on the Shrine began in 656. The Shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian period. In 965, Emperor Murakami ordered that Imperial messengers be sent to report important events to the guardian kami of Japan. These heihaku were initially presented to 16 shrines; and in 991, Emperor Ichijō added three more shrines to Murakami’s list. Three years later in 994, Ichijō refined the scope of that composite list by adding Umenomiya Shrine and Gion Shrine.

From 1871 through 1946, Yasaka Shrine was officially designated one of the Kanpei-taisha (官幣大社?), meaning that it stood in the first rank of government supported shrines.

After those iconiq spot in Kyoto. We can feel the ache of our legs in walking up and down but it worth it. My visitors enjoyed a lot even though they are tired. Same as my son, he enjoyed and happy being a interpreter (non-stop talking). It just easy to take train and commute than driving a car, as you will have a problem where to park especially now is a peak season. So, better yet take public transportation, feel to be a japanese for a while experience it.

Birthday Celebration

March 1 is the actual birthday of my daughter while my hubby birthday is on March 6. We had to celebrate on March 6 for the mothers in kinder garden which is a bit far from our place about 30-45 mins drive going to our home.

My very own decoration for the party.

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pictures from newborn to 11months
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balloons and paper flowers
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paper flowers
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used cartoon, colored papers and colored pen

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I had great time decorating hehehe… anyway, will also share the food we served, most are pilipino dishes.

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Pizza Muffin we just search it in the YOUTUBE
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this one for our friend recipe… original recipe. All marinated.
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Crispy Pata consisting of deep fried pig trotters or knuckles[1] served with a soy-vinegar dip. It can be served as party fare or an everyday dish. Many restaurants serve boneless pata as a specialty.
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Lechon na Paksiw is roasted pork lechon meat cooked in lechon sauce or its component ingredients of vinegar, garlic, onions, black pepper and ground liver or liver spread and some water. The cooking reduces the sauce so that by the end the meat is almost being fried.
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Kare-Kare (Big bowl) -It is made from a base of stewed oxtail (sometimes this is the only meat used), pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat; and occasionally offal, or tripe. Vegetables, which include (but are not limited to): eggplant, Chinese cabbage, or other greens, daikon, green beans, and asparagus beans are added – usually equaling or exceeding the amount of meats. The stew is flavored with ground roasted peanuts or peanut butter, onions, and garlic. The stew is colored with annatto (extracted from annatto seeds in oil or water), and can be thickened with toasted or plain ground rice.

 

 

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dessert portion: we made fruit tart, ginataang ( a soup made with coconut milk, tubers, tapioca pearls, and sagois simply called ginataan in Tagalog (a shortened form of the proper name, ginataang halo-halo), Biko (It is made of coconut milk, brown sugar, and ground glutinous rice. They can also be flavored with margarine, peanut butter, or vanilla.) Ube cake (Purple yam) above food from March 6 we served.

to be continued… bec. my daughter is bugging me in front of my laptop.

 

 

Review from 2014

Just want to share what happened last year 2014 either good or bad.

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Well, no words to explain the most memorable happened to me. My little angel born March 1, 2014 in natural birth yes, I face my fear no anesthesia at all. It paid it all because when you see her now, i feel blessed and it covered all the pain you experience from carrying her for 9 mos. until labor. What a relief…

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The laugh you won’t forget.

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I thankful my mom for being here when i gave birth. She’s very patience and help us. And of course while she’s here she made or let say sew some beautiful dress for my little princess and as well our curtains.

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My son’s first school in Minoh, Japan. We didn’t know we have to wear formal.

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My little princess passport. First travel was in our home country (Philippines)

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Having fun with our monopod selfie gadget… Lol

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Enjoying my yarn-aholics.

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Tiring and enjoyed a lot our travel. Meet our families, relatives, old friends and eat pilipino food/dishes that we missed.

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First time experience the hot spring “onsen”. Very relief and relax with an all you can eat lunch.

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Heavy snow experienced.

Now, I thank almighty god for all the good and bad happened to us. Let’s just move on and face the present. And pray for the guidance and blessing to come.

2 weeks to go…

But first… We held baby shower with my close friends.

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I’m so glad they made it to our new house. From Saidera to Mino City.
I’m surprise also they have gift for my baby.

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House warming (Feb. 15,2014 SAT)
We served Pilipino dish. Chicken with pineapple, Beans Sprout (“toggue”), bbq ribs and salmon. We also served macarones, brownies and cinnamon rolls for tea time.

My hubby and I didnt spend time together instead we enjoying preparing the foods and the snow on that day.

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