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Easter Sunday

This image I think most of my close friend and my family send this to me. Popular for the Easter Sunday.  So, tell me what is the meaning of the Easter Sunday. Let’s dig deeper into this words. As a Catholic/Christian, we think our Creator has risen. (The Lord is Risen / He has Risen // Jesus Christ is Risen)

Luke 23:32-46 New International Version (NIV)

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”a]”>[a] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.”

36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

38 There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the jews.

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.b]”>[b]

43 Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The Death of Jesus

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon, 45 for the sun stopped shining. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. 46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.”c]”>[c] When he had said this, he breathed his last.

Luke 24:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

Jesus Has Risen

24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.

Luke 24:30-35 New International Version (NIV)

30 When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. 32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

33 They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together 34 and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” 35 Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.

1 Corinthians 15:12-20 New International Version (NIV)

The Resurrection of the Dead

12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.

20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

Easter is that most confusing of dates – one that is never fixed and changes according to the lunar calendar. In the Philippines, we usually take a break or go on vacation. Traditionally, we won’t eat meat for the start of during Holy Week  (Holy Thursday to Black Saturday). Then, Sunday is the feast day.

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his crucifixion, which is marked on Good Friday. Christians believe rose again three days later. The three days are known by the Church as the Easter Triduum.

The Easter season begins on Ash Wednesday – the first day of Lent, which lasts 40 days – if you leave out the six Sundays in between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. It is a time when Christians fasting or give up a particular food or vice. The fasting period is to remember when Jesus went into the wilderness and fasted for 40 days despite being tempted.

Hopefully, this will help understand what is Easter. If you want to read more about this please click here.

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We had a great time with our friends in the Church and also Cherry blossoms viewing.

 

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First Day (School)

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She was just little now, she’s on her first day at the school. Time really flies so fast. I can’t believe it just 3 years ago i was pregnant with her.

It’s my first time to carry a baby in a different country and it looks like my first time also. My first son born 2008 then my daughter 2014, it’s 6years gap. My first time to labor without anesthesia, all natural birth. I really inspired the doctor here as they really into natural birth and people here are so brave as well to bear natural birth.

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Looks how happy she was, she’s so excited to go school. The school ceremony started last April 11 and their first day school in the next day, from 9am ~ 11:30 for the 1st week. Then the rest of the week the schedule is M-T-TH-F from 9am ~ 2:30pm, while Wed only half-day 11:30am. At least in this school, I don’t worry what will have my daughter “bento” (pack lunch) the school will provide it.  That’s won’t stress me out everyday the “bento” preparation, because when my son in Kindergarten. In the evening, I have to think for his “bento” which everyday stress my brain of its.

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At first we know that we have to wear formal together with my daugher and we bought the black formal dress. Then, it’s too late as my husband read the information regarding the Opening Ceremony program that our daughter should wear the school uniform. “Mottainai” (waste of money) as the Japanese says, anyway, we just have picture taking and the white dress, she supposedly to be a flower girl to the wedding in the Philippines what they did they send it to us via our friend who’s visiting us here in Japan.

The school ceremony is so wet, it’s raining the whole day. We can’t have picture taking inside the ground of the school under the Sakura trees. Where thinking to have a pictorial under the Sakura trees which we only know the mall nearby which nice background.

“Kangatte” (My feeling) to her I’m a bit anxious and I feel happy that I have seen my daughter growing I didn’t miss anything about her. First word she says, First step (walk), first solid food she eat as in everything. I’m so glad I made this way. I just miss her around me whenever I go from groceries, stores, malls, playground, etc. Now, I love to be full time mom. I’m so happy and proud to be a mom.

 

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Cherry blossom (Spring 2017)

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This year, we didn’t have time to view or spend time under the cherry blossom season. We just have gone near our place those cherry blossom (sakura) in the streets and malls as well.

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We just went to the park near our place.

A cherry blossom (or commonly known in Japan as sakura) is the flower of any of several trees of genus Prunus, particularly the Japanese cherry.Prunus serrulata ( or ; さくら).

Currently it is widely distributed, especially in the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere including Japan, China, Korea, Europe, West Siberia, Iran, Pakistan, India, Canada, and the United States. Along with the chrysanthemum, the cherry blossom is considered the national flower of Japan.

Many of the varieties that have been cultivated for ornamental use do not produce fruit. Edible cherries generally come from cultivars of the related species Prunus avium and Prunus cerasus. Cherry blossom are also closely related to other Prunus trees such as the almond, peach, plum and apricot and more distantly to apples, pears and roses.

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Q’s Mall, Minoh, Osaka, Japan

And, this was still raining. Every time the sky is clear, we hurry to go out and view the cherry blossom.

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Below the video in my channel.

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Mt. Yoshino (Nara)

This long overdue, so sorry I was busy with my son for his school preparation, we only have 1 weeks for that as the Grade 2 finished, a week after, his on Grade 3 already. But, at least he can write and speak Japanese already so, we’re not worried anymore. Anyway, let’s get started.
We had a great time viewing the Sakura (Cherry blossom) in Mt. Yoshino, Nara.

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Mt. Yoshino is well known from old times for the best cherry blossom site in Japan.
It covers all over the mountain paths around 8 kms, from the north end to the south of Omine Renzan mountains.
It is also a base of Omine spiritual mountain walk for decipliants. A path between Yoshino-Omine and Yuya is called Omine Okukudou and is still used for religeous training.
The spiritual site and path in Kii, including Mt. Yoshino, was approved as one of UNESCO World Heritage.
This means the area is registered in the World Heritage List per World Heritage Treaty for the purpose of maintaining the area as an indespensable property shared by all humans.
The whole Mt. Yoshino is registered as World Heritage: You can walk and visite various World Heritage Buildings including Yoshino Mikumari Shrine, Kinpu Shrine, Kinpusenji Temple and Yoshimizu Shrine.

You can also visit a variety of historical sites such as a temple of Ennogyoja (Ennnoozuno), historical site of Nanchou, Yoshitsune, Saigyou and Basho.
Not only spring Cherry blossom but hydrengea, autumn leaves and snowing landscape are also magnificent.

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With around 30,000 cherry trees decorating the mountain range, Nara Prefecture’s Mt. Yoshino is proudly regarded as “Japan’s best cherry blossom site.” The appearance of the cherry blossoms of these “sacred trees” continuously planted over 1,300 years across the mountainside dotted with World Heritage Listed temples and shrines, takes on an almost otherworldly beauty. While walking around this mountainside cherry blossom park of Mt. Yoshino, we introduce you to Hanakueshiki Festival, which is its main ceremonial event of spring, as well as the World Heritage Listed temples and shrines located here.

DSC_0058DSC_0065Rather than a free standing mountain, Yoshinoyama is a north-facing mountain slope. It is divided into four areas: the Shimo Senbon (lower 1000 trees) at the base of the mountain, Naka Senbon (middle 1000 trees), Kami Senbon (upper 1000 trees) and Oku Senbon (inner 1000 trees) at the top of the mountain. Visitors can enjoy the cherry trees as they ascend the mountain, passing Yoshino’s touristy town with its various temples and shrines, and enjoying hanami in the parks and viewpoints along the way.DSC_0067

The Shimo Senbon (lower) area encompasses the base of the mountain around Yoshino Station and the lower part of the town. The Yoshino Ropeway bypasses the steep ascent between the station and the town, but waiting times for the ropeway can get very long during the peak of the season. Lots of cherry trees are planted along the road up to the town, making the ascent on foot an attractive alternative to the ropeway.

The Naka Senbon (middle) area covers the rest of the town along the ridge of the mountain. This is where the majority of Yoshino’s accommodations, shops, restaurants, temples and shrines are found, including Kinpusenji Temple and Yoshimizu Shrine. The view up the mountain from Yoshimizu Shrine is particularly famous.

Towards the top of the Naka Senbon area lies the Naka Senbon Park, one of the most attractive spots for holding hanami picnics under the trees. The park spans several small hills that are covered by cherry trees and offer views onto even more cherry trees. Especially in good weather, the atmosphere here is delightful.

Further up the mountain in the Kami Senbon (upper) area, the town begins to thin out. Kami Senbon tends to be a little less crowded and slightly quieter than the lower parts of the mountain, and several small parks provide nice places to take a break. The most famous panoramic view of Yoshinoyama can be enjoyed from the Hanayagura View Point, about one hour on foot from the upper ropeway station.

The Oku Senbon area has by far the fewest cherry trees and does not offer any views of the cherry tree covered mountain slopes. However, the trees here bloom about a week behind the rest of Yoshinoyama, so it may be worth visiting if you are too late to see the blossoms along the lower slopes. The best hanami spot in the Oku Senbon area is the Takagiyama Observation Deck roughly a 90 minute walk from the ropeway station.

And, we didn’t know the bus we took is going down the mountain is not going to the train station. oh my, our boo boo experience. We have to ride again a bus going back to the top of the mountain and down to the Train station.

I had a time took a video from the bus and walking down the mountain, i hope you like it.

This is my first time to edit video and i don’t know if this is right in editing. anyway, for personal use only. 

 

Thank you for visiting….

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Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) Viewing

yup, we have the chance to view it… coz’ this is also the day that it won’t rain.

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we came early so, that we can view the park and for sure people also grab the opportunity that today won’t rain.

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we took the train for 300yen to tour around the vicinity of the park

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and now, I would like to share photos of the cherry blossom…

so wow… amazing and beautiful.

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around 12noon the park is getting crowded. (as seen some pictures above)

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Mt. Yoshino Experience

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We’ve been searching for a lotsa of Cherry Tree here in the mountain. We though we are late, they told us is too early, because in this part of the area (Nara) especially in this mounth usually the Cherry Blossom will bloom around 2nd week of April because of the weather is still cold here. 

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Abenobashi – Yoshino
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Sakura Line train

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We took a train from Abenobashi to Yoshino station and we tried the Sakura Line Train.  

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before the long walk we eat our breckky and semi-lunch. Home cook taste food. 

Below, are the pictures from the mountain few cherry blossoms (as I said earlier we are early). We (my husband and I) decided to go back again to experience the Mt. Yoshino Cherry blossoms festival. And we never thought we had semi-trekking experience as well, I better wear comfy sneakers here next time. 😉 

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Proud Mother

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Graduation of my son… Here’s the proof.

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Receiving gift from his sensei (teacher)

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Here’s some of his friends. He said: “he will miss his classmate, esp. Doing some drawings and cooking”
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Congratualation, my Son…>