2018 is the year of the dog by the Japanese calendar.
All fine traits of human nature are found in people born in this year.
Duty, loyalty, and honesty makes them do their best in relationships with others.
Click on the image to see a larger image of Hikari, our Newfoundland.
While the blossoms of our plum trees are still tightly closed, these opened today because of the microclimate created by their proximity to the ground. May 1st was warm, but overcast. Click on the image for a larger view.
New years in Japan is a rich event. Millions of Japanese visit shrines and temples. One of the largest temples in Tokyo and one of the busiest is Senso-ji in Asakusa. This temple is famous for its gate. What it is little known for is one of the shortest rituals of the new year celebration, moja-okuri. Click on the image for a larger view.