Mt. Mifune is also called “Mt. Karafune” as it looks like an old Chinese ship. In the Mifunegaoka Plum Grove at the eastern foot of the mountain, 10,000 plum trees blossom from the middle of February to the beginning of March. During this period, the plum flower viewing festival is held, attracting many visitors. At the western foot of the mountain is located Mifuneyama Rakuen Amusement Park, where 5,000 cherry trees and 50,000 azaleas create magnificent scenery every spring.
We attended the Mifuneyama bamboo festival. 3000 bamboo lantern and the object of the light which used the flowers brightens the night of midsummer. it was gorgeous and the pictures do not do it justice. Only 300 yen to get in per person and about a 45 minute drive from Sasebo.
Below are some day time photos of the gardens. It was off season, but still beautiful
Japan's leading waterfront resort. The streets of 17th century Holland have been recreated in a vast 152 square meter plot. Huis Ten Bosch in Dutch means “house in the forest”. The town has a 6km canal with ships, and is crammed with many shops, restaurants, theatre, museum, art museum, amusement establishments, hotels and villas. In addition to the various events that are held each season, the abundant nature that offer the beautiful flora and fauna of the seasons are also appealing.
Obon or just Bonis a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one's ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.
The festival of Obon lasts for three days; however its starting date varies within different regions of Japan. When the lunar calendar was changed to the Gregorian calendar at the beginning of the Meiji era, the localities in Japan reacted differently and this resulted in three different times of Obon. "Shichigatsu Bon" (Bon in July) is based on the solar calendar and is celebrated around 15 July in eastern Japan (Kantō region such as Tokyo, Yokohama and the Tohoku region), coinciding with Chūgen. "Hachigatsu Bon" (Bon in August) is based on the lunar calendar, is celebrated around the 15th of August and is the most commonly celebrated time. "Kyu Bon" (Old Bon) is celebrated on the 15th day of the seventh month of the lunar calendar, and so differs each year. "Kyu Bon" is celebrated in areas like the northern part of the Kantō region, Chūgoku region, Shikoku, and the Okinawa Prefecture. These three days are not listed as public holidays but it is customary that people are given leave.
Below are pictures of the Obon Festival in Sasebo Park in Sasebo, Nagasaki
No one should go to bed without removing their makeup; it is just unhealthy for your skin and can cause all sorts of skin problems, not to mention getting your pillows all dirty. Practicing healthy hygiene is important to the overall well being of our body as well as our skin. Just as you would brush your teeth at night before going to bed, so too should you make it a must to remove your makeup before retiring to bed at night. It is important to cleanse your face at night before going to bed not only to remove your makeup but also all the dirt and dust that your skin is exposed to during the day.
Makeup contains chemicals that can be harmful to the skin especially if left on overnight, as it clogs the pores making it impossible for your skin to breathe freely, resulting in clogged pores and possible breakouts. It also causes the skin to age much faster when it is left on overnight. At the end of the day most people take a shower before going to bed, and change into their pajamas or some other comfortable night clothing so that they can feel clean and fresh and comfortable as they sleep. In this same way your skin needs to be clean and fresh and comfortable while you sleep.
Just as you have a daily beauty regimen which you practice in the morning of cleansing, toning and moisturizing your skin, before heading off to work or the mall or whatever it is that you do all you have to do is practice this same routine at night before going to bed. Now some people might ask what about after you get back from that hectic party or club hopping in the wee hours of the morning, well definitely you should take a few minutes to cleanse your face from all that dirt, sweat, probably cigarette smoke and makeup before going to bed.
This is why I love this DIY beauty project from One Good Thing by Jillee because sometimes when you have had a long day and all you want to do is to drop face down in your bed, the last thing you want to think about doing is removing your make up and cleanse your face. This cheaters way of cleansing your face and removing your make up in one swoop is a quick easy way to do that once in a while when you need a night off.
I’ve made a few adjustments to the recipe I found to fit my needs and my personal preferences
What you need:
•A container with a tight-fitting lid (I repurposed something I had on-hand)
•1 cup distilled water (or you can boil tap water for 10 minutes, and allow to cool)
•1 Tablespoon mild shampoo or dawn
•1/2 Tablespoon rubbing alcohol (People with sensitive skin should avoid using rubbing alcohol!)
•1/2 Tablespoon witch hazel (Make it one full tablespoon if you are opting out on the rubbing alcohol)
•1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Pour all ingredients into a container and shake to combine. Place enough cotton rounds into a container
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We needed a replacement for our dog's travel food bag for long weekend trips. This is a great solution. It includes two bowls (water, food), food container with its own lid and flip-up crescent handle, and a carrying handle which holds the whole set together.
The food container is not built as rugged as the bowls (it might crack if dropped, fully laden, onto a sharp rock), but it's more than adequate for our purposes. The food container lid and flip up handle could be improved if it were of sturdier/thicker plastic and if the lid had ridges/texture on the outer rim for better grip - it's smooth and slick if your hands are wet, and I don't want to risk breaking the handle by using it to open the lid.
The black plastic carrying handle is reasonably sturdy, and it holds the bowls quite snugly - fine for us, maybe difficult to remove/attach for toddlers and great-grandparents. I would like to note that the bowls on ours are snug and would stay attached to the food unit even without the black carry handle.
The bowls are wide and not too deep. Our dog pushes the bowl around when he eats... but the bowl never tips over. The bowls are smooth plastic; I might put some rubber feet on them to keep them from sliding around during meal time.
Our dog is a large breed (50-60 lb). He gets one cup twice per day of Pro Plan Performance kibble. The Traveltainer holds 7.5 cups of kibble - maybe closer to 8 cups if you tamp it down. So for our dog, it holds enough for 3 1/2 days with a little to spare. Your mileage may vary, depending on kibble size and serving size. For extended trips, we bring additional kibble in a small dry bag.
Hirado Castle was the seat of the Matsura clan, the daimyo of Hirado Domain, of Hizen province, Kyūshū. It is located in present-day Hirado city Nagasaki prefecture, Japan. It was also known as Kameoka Castle Hirado Castle was built on top of a small, rounded mountainous peninsula facing Hirado Bay, surrounded on three sides by water.
After Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s successful conquest of Kyūshū, local warlord Matsura Shigenobu was granted Hirado County and the Iki Island to be his domain. In 1599, Matsura Shigenobu erected a castle called Hinotake-jō on the site of the present-day Hirado Castle. However, he burned the castle down himself in 1613, as a gesture of loyalty towards Shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu, having served in the losing Toyotomi side during the Battle of Sekigahara. In return, he was allowed to retain his position as daimyō of Hirado Domain under the Tokugawa bakufu.
The present Hirado Castle was constructed in 1704 by order of the 4th daimyō of Hirado domain, Matsura Takashi with the assistance of the Tokugawa shogunate. It was intended to be the keystone in coastal defense in the East China Sea region, as the government had by then implemented a policy of national seclusion against Western traders and missionaries. The design was partly influenced by the theories of the military strategist Yamaga Soko. The new construction was completed in 1718, and the castle remained home to the Matsura daimyō until the Meiji Restoration of 1868.
In 1871, with the abolition of the han system, all structures of Hirado Castle were dismantled, with the exception of the northern gate, a yagura and the moat, and the grounds turned into Kameoka Park, with a Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirits of the successive generations of the Matsura daimyō. The former residence of the final daimyō, Matsura Akira was turned into a local history museum.
In 1962, four yagura, the ramparts, and the keep were reconstructed. The modern keep is a five-story steel-reinforced concrete structure, and contains a museum with artifacts of the Matsura clan. One of these artifacts is a 93-cm long Japanese sword (tachi) dating from the Asuka period, and is locally purported to have been carried by a general during the time of the legendary Empress Jingu’s invasion of Korea. An heirloom of the Matsura clan, it is now owned by Kameoka Shrine and is a designated as a National Important Cultural Property (ICP).
In 2006, Hirado Castle was listed as one of the 100 Fine Castles of Japan by the Japan Castle Foundation.
Looking for an easy way to pack coffee?
Put a couple of tablespoons in a filter and tie them up with a rubber band. When you're ready for coffee put one of these in your java drip and your good to go.
Both the pot and pan have folding handles for space saving and compactness. This set is perfect for camping, backpacking, hiking, emergency preparedness, or as part of a survival kit. When the cookset is fitted together (with the lid on the pot) for travel and storage, it contains room to carry a stove, matches, seasoning, salt, pepper, a sponge and many other things to keep your overall space consumption to a minimum.
Would be perfect if they had thought to stamp liquid measurement lines on both containers. As others have pointed out, you can easily carry a propane fuel canister and small stove inside the larger bowl but it would have been the perfect cooking companion to have measurement marks stamped in the side for 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, and 1 Cup measurements. Large pot holds 4 cups, small pot holds 2 cups to the brim. I used a small number stamp set and carefully stamped measurement lines in mine. Check out this set here
Once you practice how to fold the tent back up afterwards, this tent is amazing! We use this tent for car camping. The tent folds into a flat circle. It takes less than a minute to set up and fits a queen air mattress with extra room. We literally threw the tent up in the air and it popped up. The tent folds up similar to a sun visor for your car so if you're having troubles, watch a couple of youtube videos. There are convenient pockets inside the tent to store things. The rain fly is removable leaving a mesh that is thin enough to see the stars but thick enough to keep small bugs out. I am very pleased with this purchase and the cost as I did a lot of research on "pop-up" tents before this purchase.
We recently went on a large camping trip and when we were leaving, the tent cut the packing time in half (if not more). Everyone else was still packing their tent after we had loaded everything into the car. I suggest you practice folding the tent at home before trying your luck when you are camping. Check out this pop up tent here
Do you have a photographer or a selfie lover on your Christmas list? This bundle package is a great gift! This kit includes 5 items; Fujifilm instax mini 7S, Fujifilm Instant Color Film (20 sheets), 4 AA High Capacity Rechargeable Batteries with Battery Charger, Well Padded Case with pocket & strap & HeroFiber® Ultra Gentle Cleaning Cloth. Check it out here