Saturday, December 17, 2016

A Saturday Walk along the Yanasegawa

Today is the first full day of Christmas break.  The weather outside was sunny but cool, a lovely day for a walk for Hana and me.  The route we took is one of my favourite routes.  I think Hana likes it too.  Enjoy the pictures.
This is our route. (I took this picture this evening, not after our walk as you can tell by the time.)
I know, we were going at a whopping 15 minutes and 34 seconds per kilometer.  Hana likes to stop and sniff as we go along.  The first kilometer today took over 16 minutes.
Hana.  You can see Mt. Fuji in the background.  It looks much closer in real life. Doesn't Hana look happy?

Looking for some food.

Still looking for some food.  We had walked to the bridge and were coming back on the other side of the river.

A duck just floating along.
They are doing some major erosion control construction on this section of the Yanasegawa.  Most of the rivers have some sort of erosion control along the banks or in the rivers.

 After we finished our 4.19 kilometers, Hana was ready for a rest.
Taking Hana on walks are great a way to enjoy the creation and a relaxing activity.  I am grateful for breaks like Christmas break, so I can relax, rest and recharge.
This time of year gives us opportunity to look forward to celebrating God's gift for us, the birth of his son who would die on the cross for our sins, as well as looking forward to his second coming.  Merry Christmas!

Friday, November 25, 2016

June 26, 2016 Field Trip

I have a friend and colleague, Junko Takahashi, who works at Christian Academy in Japan.  She also attends Tokyo Union church.  A few times a year, we make arrangements to go on a field trip after church.  We usually go to some special place that gives a feel of Japanese culture.  Way back in June, we went on such a field trip to a part by a small river.  Following are the pictures I took that day.

Paying respects at the shrine.

Looking down

Entrance to temple area



That is Junko Takahashi with the hat.

It is a beautiful place, calming and quiet.  I am amazed that in Tokyo, a place where millions of people live, there are places such as this park, where one can go to and feel like you're out in the country.  The Japanese know how to create peaceful parks and gardens amid busyness.  

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Last days in The Netherlands

The last days in The Netherlands were spent visiting Amsterdam.  
This video is of an ensemble playing by the Rijksmuseum and the draaiorgel.

Delft Blauw

Model of Dashima

One of the Halls, this was where Van Gogh's works were.

De Ouwe Kerk 
Dam Square facing the Koninklijk Paleis

National Memorial to the Dutch soldiers and those involved in the Resistance in WW2
De Nieuwe Kerk

A Draaiorgel
Bloemenmarkt in Amsterdam

Starbucks in Schiphol
Starbucks in Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong
I am incredibly blessed to have been able to take this trip.  Many thanks to many who were a part of making this a great trip!