Saturday, November 22, 2008

Cup of Russia 2008: Carolina Kostner from Italy wins ladies

1 Carolina Kostner ITA 170.72
2 Rachael Flatt USA 166.06
3 Fumie Suguri JPN 162.04

"Japan's Fumie Suguri, who was leading after the short program, had to settle for bronze and I don't know if nerves kicked in at the last moment. Skating to Otonal by Raul di Blasio, Fumie couldn't complete her combination jumps, singled her Salchow, doubled her triple toeloop, then singled her triple flip - it was just not her usual skating, and she slipped to third. "

by life skate

Raul Di Blasio

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Kimono (Dry goods) Shop

Japanese Woodblock Prints (浮世絵)

The founder Kunimasa Utagawa (about , (of 1773)- (December 26, 1810)) is an ukiyoe master at the latter term of Edo period. From Aizu.
The left work were said extremely very few. The work was discovered to be preserved of Fine Arts,excellently,in Boston Museum. NHK made a special program in recent years.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Manual well pump

I remember it was in the garden of grandfather's house in childhood.
There are a few companies of manufacturing, sales, and the installation also in the region still used.

Convenient well that can be used even in region where electricity doesn't run.

Japanese-style pasta restaurant

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Godzilla cloud

These are two photos taked at the same point .
Is this a synchronicity?

Monday, November 17, 2008

Broom of Houkigusa (Kochia, Summer cypress)


The origin such as Southern Europe. It introduced from China to Japan old. (It is said that there is a cultivation history in 1000years. )

Grass seed is called, "Tonburi", and becomes medicinal use and for food. Shape,the color, and the tooth sitting dividing look like the caviare. (There is an alias with "Caviare of Japan", too. )。 Special product of Akita. It uses it for the dressing thing and the vinegared dish, etc.

It is written "Houkigi (broom)" 「箒木(ほうきぎ)」 Houkigusa「箒草(ほうきぐさ)」 . The branch and stalk are dried and the broom is made.

Hiroshima Setouchi news





Tool to strike and soften cloth that fiber is fat, rough and texture is too stiff.
Fulling block

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Japanese lantern made in Gifu

盆提灯 岐阜提灯 天然木民芸塗
盆提灯 岐阜提灯 天然木民芸塗

Looking tower of fire and Fire alarm

Looking tower of fire

Fire alarm

The fire alarm hung on the looking tower of the fire was sounded when a fire broke out in Japan and it had sounded the alarm surroundings in old times.
It takes the place of the loudspeaker recently.

Trophee Bompard, Day 2 15 Nov 2008

Ladies, Free SkatingJoannie Rochette of Canada won the Ladies event ahead of
Japan Mao Asada and Caroline Zhang (USA).