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Shimabara Hina Dolls Fes and My new hobby

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 3, 2012, 7:08 AM
Hi! :D

So sorry for my long absence, I'm still alive and quite good, working hard and keeping to take photos when I have enough time.
I've not updated my journal for a long time, and today I wanna show you some pics of mine shot in Shimabara Hina Dolls Fes and in my house.
Shimabara is located in the east of Nagasaki Pref, and it's a very beautiful city.
The canal made by spring water around the city, and Shimabara castle, Fugen-dake… etc are very famous in Japan.
As usual, by clicking each pics you can see large sized pics ;)


A Shinto priest.
Before the Fes, all of the participant were purified by the priest.


A girl, role for Ohina-Sama.



A guy, role for Musha(Bushi).




Shimabara castle.


Prunus mume garden.





Hina dolls in each Buke-Yashikis.





This doll is not Hina doll, but decorated in some buke yashiki.
I was very amazed with the beauty of the doll.


At the Spring Water Garden in Shimabara city.
The pond is closely attached to the architecture of old Japanese house.
Ancient Japanese Samurai class people enjoyed the beauty of the garden like this.


My son!! :D


Japanese Cho-Zu 手水.
Previously I submitted the pic of the same object.…


Small street in the town.

Btw....I got new hobby last summer, and I'm so so so interested in it recently.
My son asked me to buy some ricefish medaka in August, and we bought some of them.
We started to feed them with very small water tank, and gradually  I was very fascinated by aquarium.
Next month I bought another 60cm tank, started to feed characins, and in December I added another 60cm tank and 45cm tank.
Now I enjoy to feed fishes, and decorate the water plants everyday.
Here are some pics of the fishes I feed.


1st 60cm tank in my personal room.
Equipped with EHEIM 2215, fermented CO2.
Neon terta, Hemigrammus erythrozonus, Pristella maxillaris, Corydorases, Otocinclus, Japanese marsh shrimp, Neocaridina denticulata denticulata.
The pic shows the Riccia with air bubble, and Japanese marsh shrimp


Neon tetra.




2nd 60cm tank in my personal room.
Equipped with EHEIM 500, mini bottled CO2.
Blue tetra, White Cloud Mountain minnow, Rosy bitterling, Japanese marsh shrimp.
The tank is laid out with various water plants, Java moss, Blyxa, Micranthemum micranthemoides, Rotala indica, Riccia, and Eleocharis parvula, etc.


3rd 45cm tank in the living room in my house.
Equipped with Bottom-in filter and pomp, fermented CO2.
Platy, Poecilia velifera, Colisa lalia, Neon tetra, Otocinclus, Japanese marsh shrimp.
My daughter loves to watch the fishes in the living room :aww:


Do you see the small fishes?
They are the Platy fry born in last month!!
At first I did'nt noticed them, and one day my wife told me that there were some small fishes we've ever seen in the tank.
Most of fry are usually eaten by other fishes ( sometimes by their parent fish XX ), but in this tank 8 fry survived, grew to the size which other fishes can't eat.
We're very happy with new lives!!

Phew, as usual my journal is too long...I'm so sorry!
See you in next journal :wave:

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GabrielaBorta Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconthankyou1plz::iconthankyou2plz::iconthankyou3plz::iconthankyou4plz::iconthankyou5plz:for this Journal, thank you very much!:worship:
vampyrjavel Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It is good to hear you are all well and happy! As usual I really enjoy reading your journals! I feel so in love with those small lanterns the dolls had. They are so wonderful!
Aquariums are much fun. And it is relaxing watching them swim around. I always enjoy that. I donīt have a aquarium of my own tho.
I hope you will be able to stay in good health and happines!
Thank you for sharing these journals!
R4p70r Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Wow! It's been a long time and it's good to see your new journal entry with pics and that you and your family are doing fine. Keep it up Tomo!
WindyLife Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you! and how are you?
R4p70r Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2012
I am doing fine! Thank you!
Just need to travel more to have more motifs for my photography! ;D
Ubersinnlich Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Your new hobby is really delicious:aww:
And I really enjoyed your pictures from Shimabara!:heart:
WindyLife Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Ahaha, yeah, but I spent much money for aquarium xD
Ubersinnlich Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Well, good aquarium takes some resourses!)
But it is worth it:)
sora-h Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Student General Artist
Oooooh, these are such nice pictures, as usual. おかえりなさい!

It seems that the festivals there are always so beautifully decorated--if I had the chance to, I'd like to experience them lol.

We used to have a whole pond of koi carp fishes and turtles at my family's house, but all the fishes died... so my dad gave our turtles to someone else and removed the whole pond 8'D it's really too bad, my dog loved watching the turtles... really though, the fishes in your tank are so very pretty OwO

And your son seems to grew up a lot! XD
pinkal09 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Nice to see you back, Tomo! Great pics! :fish:
Dicky-Mint Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Great photographs, your son is growing quickly.
The fish are quite a challenge too as well as being beautiful subjects to take photo's of.
rollinghair Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Good to hear you're fine, Tomo! :D
snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
very nice pics. i love you sharing these photos of your culture. :)
Denahi Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Your son is so big now! :) Nice to hear from you. You just keep fanning the flames of my desire to visit Japan! Such beautiful pictures...
Deb-e-ann Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012
Beautiful pictures as always. I was a bit worried you had been caught up in the Tsunami as we haven't heard from you for such a long time. Glad to know you and your family are all well :hug:
LaceX-Foxypowow Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The photos are stunning. Japan seems like a country filled with such fantastic sites. I'd love to visit there someday.
The fish and aquarium look really neat! I used to love having an aquarium. It seems you take good care of them. :)
MaithaNeyadi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG this is so beautiful as always :la:
and yayay welcomes back :woohoo:
we missed you so much :hug:
so glad that everything is so well :love:
wish you happinese with your family
and your son is our son .. all of us who is watching you ., hehe we saw him grow in every photo by photo :D
Hanami-Mai Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
As usual, your photos look marvelous! ^^
I love how you capture colors so beautifully... Amazing pictures, thank you very much for sharing!
DayleC Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Very beautiful TOMO (:

Missed your updates, thanks for the new journal!

Take care

P.S Your son looks so grown up! can't wait to see new photos of your daughter !!
monoga Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Wow, it's so beautiful.
I always love Hina Dolls
the-boogle Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Your son is growing up!
Ru-kai-yah Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! .. amazing :heart: .. the photos are absolutely great :clap: .. I LOVE Japan :heart: .. I wish I can go there one day :'3 ..
this was lovely .. thank you for sharing it with us :aww: ~
Delicadaa Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
Glad to see you're back!:hug:
Thank you for wonderful photos:) And your journals are never too long, I love them!:D
Defleshed-Martyr Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
These are really lovely photos with nice composition.

I'm glad to see you again here :hug:
DawnstarW Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
YAY! It's so good to hear from you again. Was starting to wonder if we had completely lost you. Lovely captures as always. Look forward to seeing more.. Have a fantastic day!
VictorianPrincess Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you so much for sharing your adventures with us, Tomo-san! It's so nice to read about the traditions and see the pictures you had taken. :heart:

And I love your little fish. :giggle: Despite the fact that the little creatures sometimes need a lot of care, it's a very relaxing hobby, isn't it? I'm looking forward to see more of your aquarium shoots (and perhaps one with the little Ayane). ^^
themysticalmediator Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely! :D I'm glad that I discovered you, it''s so nice to get a taste of another culture in this manner. Your son is so cute!~ :meow:
UszatyArbuz Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012   Digital Artist
I would love to see [link] and [link] in your gallery, they are such amazing pics :)
Taking photographs of your aquariums and fishes sounds really nice, and I'd love to see more :) Also your son is really big now :D
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