From Prague’s Left Bank 「プラハの左岸から」

Prague is simply amazing! The Vltava river runs through the city center, dividing it into two parts, much like the Ohashi river in Matsue😉.


The old neighborhood on the left bank, Mala Strana, is full of cobblestoned streets, lined with colorful homes, that wind up to the magnificent castle (see slideshow below).

左岸の旧市街、「マラーストラナ」には、壮麗な城に続く色とりどりの家が並ぶ石畳の通りがたくさんあります。 (下のスライドショー)

Just a bit further up from Prague Castle is the Strahov Monastery, which has two extraordinarily beautiful libraries, The Philosophical Hall (left) and The Theological Hall (right) .


Near the left bank tower of Charles Bridge, is the Lennon Wall (below), where fans from all over the world come to pay tribute to John Lennon.


In the future, I will post pictures from Prague’s right bank!

In Bucharest「ブカレストから」

ブカレストはルーマニアの首都であり、中世から現代までの建築物が混在しています。私たちは、国民の館「共産主義時代」からウニリー大通りを市の中まで歩ていました。ブカレストの歴史的中心部にあるは、クルテア ヴェケ、スタヴロポレオス教会、ショップ、レストランなど。

Bucharest, the capital city of Romania, has a mixture of architecture from the medieval to modern. We walked from the Communist era, enormous, Palace of the Parliament, down Unirii Boulevard and into the historical city center full of shops, restaurants, Curtea Veche (The Old Princely Court) and Stavropoleos Monastery.


We also visited an edgy men’s salon in downtown Bucharest, Art Inspire. The stylist, Eric Savu, was fantastic and very professional. All of the staff were stylish, welcoming, and had excellent English!

❤︎ Bucharest, also known as “Little Paris,” is truly a nice city! ❤︎

同窓会・HS Reunion

今年の夏にアメリカへ行ったとき、私の卒業20周年の高校同窓会がありました😱 下の写真は同窓会でのスライドショーの写真です!


AHS 1999

When I visited my hometown in the Summer, I went to my 20(!) year high school reunion😱. It was at a historic hotel, and included a buffet dinner, presentations, prizes, nostalgic music, and even a dance floor!

Can you spot me in the group of senior girls (above) from the slideshow?

AHS 2019


I was glad I attended because I was able to reconnect with some good friends. Two of us even went out on the town together (above) for the first time in years.💜


Jennifer です😊


During Golden Week, we visited the beautiful garden on Daikonshima, Yuushien.  The garden is famous for its peonies and has 250 different Japanese varieties.  Many were still in full bloom while we were there.


It was a warm, sunny day, with a brilliant blue sky.  We strolled along the garden paths, over the beautiful vermiliion bridge, and admired the little waterfall.


Also stunning were the many trellises with their veils of blooming wisteria.♥

道後温泉本館・Dogo Onsen


During our stay in Matsuyama City, we enjoyed walking around the neighborhood where Dogo Onsen is located (top left).  Nearby is the “Botchan Clock” (top right), a tribute to famous Japanese novelist, Natsume Sōseki, whose titular character Botchan visited the onsen and increased its popularity.


Dogo Onsen is also said to be one of the oldest onsen in Japan and among the real buildings used as inspiration for the Studio Ghibli film, Spirited Away.


We also walked up to see Isaniwa Shrine, which is one of only a few shrines built in the rare hachiman-zukuri architectural style.  Its beautiful vermilion colors looked stunning against the background of the clear blue sky!