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So, my last post was belated spring post and now it is time for belated summer. It's already October and is starting to feel so much more autumn.
This year we had a rather strange summer weather-wise, we had many really hot days but we also had many not-really-that-hot days and it was so much easier. (I mean when compared with previous years, summer had been insanely hot and intolerable.)

Anyway, this summer I had a mini brake and went on a little trip to this gorgeous onsen ryokan - hot spring inn. Our lovely friends from Melbourne Michelle and Steve were travelling around Gunma and R and I joined the two. I had been really looking forward to visiting this ryokan Choju-kan at Houshi Onsen and to see this beautiful architecture built in the Meiji period - 140 years ago.
This secret onsen is at the very end of the road so deep in the mountain in the Minakami area in Gunma prefecture. So quiet and peaceful surrounded by nature, it was just so incredible.








My favourite season, back in early April when it was all magical, cheerful and beautiful. I took the courage to go down to to Nakameguro although for some years now I have only seen the cherry blossoms in Nakameguro from the station platform but soon after I started walking along the canal I could not cope with the crowd so I walked away from it towards Meguro along the canal Meguro-gawa. It doesn't take so long before you are free from the busy area, the canal gets so much wider and it feels nice. (See my post from 2011 to see the Nakameguro sakura) It was meant to be a quick stop after my dentist visit but it was hard to stop and I kept on walking to Shirokanedai past Meguro taking so many pictures. It was really beautiful.

人ごみに耐えられずここ何年かは中目黒の桜は駅のホームからのちらっと見にしていたのですが、思わず途中下車で下へ降りてみたのです。こんなに混んでも浮ついてもいなかった「あの頃はよかった〜」系の思いを引きずりすぎているワタシには、やはり難しくて、歩き始めて間もなく早歩きで遠ざかることを決意。駒沢通りを越えればあっという間に人ごみはなくなり、それと同時に行き違う人たちの年齢も上がり、広い空も見える。ホッとして、ゆっくり、じっくり、桜を楽しむにはやっぱりこうでなくては、と。来年は中目黒に間違って降りることはない、と思う。(あの頃はよかったバージョン、過去の記事はこちら


I had an American gentleman visiting my store the other day, out of the two stores option he was given to visit and purchase some items for his wife he chose my store as mine looked more independent. I thought that was a really nice way of choosing things, and of course I felt so grateful for the kind thought. There are hundreds of nice stores across Tokyo and especially for my store being so hidden people have to have a good reason to take a bit of effort to come and visit, so I really do appreciate people who visit my store each time. Some really kind people say to me it is a good treat for them to come to my store but that sweet thought and gesture always make it a huge treat for me.

I love people who can naturally make others feel so warm.




Well, I think I wrote in the last post that I had loaded a new roll of film nice and fresh just as the new year started. I did mean that and I felt really motivated.....until I found out that the film had not been set properly and what I thought had photographed never existed. I don't know how many more times I will do this, if you take film photos I am sure you know how it feels when this happens. And you can not blame anyone or anything for this to happen except yourself.



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I haven't visited my own blog for so long, and why does it happen when I have deadlines for some work submissions coming up that I finally post something. It seems to be the way it is.

I stopped having "new years resolutions" but still, I will try to go back to the basics, all things I used to really enjoy - photography and movies. New roll of film loaded as soon as 2017 started. Already seen 6 movies. Feeling inspired. So far so good.

Photos are from the beautiful Happoen garden in Meguro/Shirokanedai. Peaceful place if you go on the day when they do not have 30 weddings a day(!)

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