I want to show some of my work on this blog too. : )
Last month I started painting class.
This is one piece that I painted.
The title is “friends.”
I took only 2 hours to paint it, so it is a little rough.
But I like it.
If I can paint more stuff that I like, I will post them here.
This is Tokyo Skytree.
My friend Pitch took this photo for me.
It is the world’s tallest broadcasting tower, opened in 2012.
It is 634 meters tall.
The observation deck is at 350 meters high and has a shop, a cafe and a restaurant.
And the observation corridor is at 450 meters above ground.
They say you can see Mt. Fuji when it is a clear day.
Around the tower there are a shopping center, an aquarium and a planetarium.
I am sure that it is sometimes illuminated.
When I go to Tokyo next time, I would like to visit it.
“Sazae san street” is in Sawara-ku Fukuoka.
“Sazae san” is a well known manga in Japan.
There are 45 comic books in the series.
The TV show started in 1969, and is popular to this day.
The characters names in the Sazae family are taken from things related to the sea, like Sazae (turben shell), Katsuo (bonito), Wakame (sea weed), Masuo (trout), Tara (cod), Fune (boat) and Namihei (waves).
Machiko Hasegawa, who is the author of the manga, used to live in Fukuoka.
And here in Momochi beach she got the idea of ocean-related names and decided on them.
This photo shows the old-style Sazae san manga.
This is the Fukuoka Tower mascot: Fu-ta kun.
They say he is kind and shy.
His height is 234 cm, and the towers’ height is 234 meters.
In Japan there are many mascots which are called “Yuru kyara”.
It means loose character mascots.
Many kinds of local areas and company groups have yuru kyara.
Every year the yuru kyara Grand Prix contest is held in Japan.
More than 1500 characters enter it.
This is Fukuoka tower’s X’mas tree in lights, which is 108 meters tall.
Sometimes santa clause appears on the building.
Fukuoka tower is the tallest seaside broadcasting tower in Japan.
Its height is 234 meters.
Usually it costs 800 yen to ride an elevator to the top, but foreigners who can prove their status need only pay 640 yen.
Fukuoka tower is also specially illuminated on Valentine’s Day or during the Star Festival in July.
It is enjoyable to see the various displays on Fukuoka Tower.
Soon it will be the end of the year.
Illumination displays for X’mas are found all over Japan.
This photo is the one at Hakata Station.
It is from Dec.13 to Jan.12.
Illuminations are beautiful and make me happy.
The day before yesterday I made “Yakiimo.”
Yakiimo is baked sweet potatoes.
In Japan there are over 20 kinds of sweet potatoes.
This one is Beniharuka which is very sweet and it is good for yakiimo.
I baked these using a oven for 90 min. at 160 ℉.
Nowadays it has became rare, but ishiyakiimo (sweet potatoes roasted on hot pebbles) used to be sold by street vendor’s stalls.
And one of the typical Japanese winter scenes is people baking sweet potatoes in gathered fallen leaves.
Anyway yakiimo is delicious.