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cherry blossoms start blooming

March 28th, cherry blossoms start blooming in my garden.
After one week, it will be a full blooming.

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a Doll's Festival

Hello everyone.

I'd like to talk about a doll's festival
A doll's festival held from March 16th, 2019 to March 24th in Yunogo, Mimasaka city, Okayama prefecture.
The festival is called 'Yunogo onsen ohina matsuri': 湯郷温泉おひな祭り.

On March 23rd, I went there.
It took 30 minutes to get there by car.
Each private house and store were displaying dolls about 50 sets of dolls.

In Japan, the Doll Festival on March 3rd is a special day for girls.
A family with young daughters wishes for their health and growth by setting up a display of special dolls.

The dolls were placed on a stepped shelf.
The Empress and Emperor sat on the top shelf.
It was beautiful.

There was a long staircase leading to the temple.
It was made of stone.
A large number of dolls were displayed on the stone steps.
It was gorgeous.

Then, I took many videos of the dolls with my digital camera.
After I came home, I edited them for video.

Thank you.


童謡 うれしいひなまつり

作詞:山野三郎(サトウハチロー)
作曲:河村直則(河村光陽)

あかりをつけましょ ぼんぼりに
お花をあげましょ 桃の花
五人ばやしの 笛太鼓
今日はたのしい ひなまつり

だいりさまと おひな様
二人ならんで すまし顔
お嫁にいらした 姉様に
よく似た官女の 白い顔

金のびょうぶに うつる灯ひを
かすかにゆする 春の風
すこし白酒 めされたか
あかいお顔の 右大臣

着物をきかえて 帯しめて
今日はわたしも はれ姿
春のやよいの このよき日
なによりうれしい ひなまつり

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https://youtu.be/QQsNg6kd6ow

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a Barber Shop

Hello everyone.
I'd like to talk about a barber shop.

In Japan, there is a year number: 'NENGOU'(年号).
The current year number is 'HEISEI'(平成).
HEISEI started January 8th, 1989, and it will end April 30th, 2019.
However, new year number has not been released yet.

By the way, the other day I went to a barber shop at the end of the HEISEI year.
I returned from Tokyo to my hometown to 1990 ('HEISEI 2 NEN').
The shop was the first store I went to for a haircut.
After that, I have been using the same store for 30 years without using other shops.

The shop is 0 minutes away from my house by car.
The barber is a woman in her 60's.
She is very skilled.

In front of the shop, she displays many typese of driftwood.
Inside the shop, she displays many small items.
The store looks like a general store.

Soon, the new year number will be announced and 'HEISEI' will end.
However, I must continue using this shop.

Thank you.

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an old water mill

Hello everyone.
I'd like to talk about a video production.

There is an old water mill near my house.
I took many videos of the water mill with digital camera and edited it.
I didn't have editing software, so I chose one from 3 types of software on the internet.
I chose 'Filmora 9'.

The water mill is by the side of my walking course.
In Tsuyama city, Okayama Prefecture, it is the only one with a rice water mill still in operation.
The mill was built about 80 years ago and is maintained by the people in the area.
Under the thatched roof, a large ring is slowly turning.

I spent a lot of time as it was an unfamiliar editing task.
I inserted subtitles to match the music.
I'm very happy with the results, they are above my expectations.

Thank you.

      森の水車
               作詩:清水みのる
               作曲:米山正夫
  緑の森の彼方から  陽気な歌が聞えます
  あれは水車のまわる音  耳をすましてお聞きなさい
  コトコト コットン コトコト コットン
     ファミレドシドレミファ
  コトコト コットン コトコト コットン
      仕事にはげみましょう
  コトコト コットン コトコト コットン
   いつの日か 楽しい春がやって来る

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Water Mill and Song
https://youtu.be/4zgUQQYWZKw

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水車の動画

水車の動画をデジタルカメラで取って編集し、一本の動画にまとめました。

動画編集ソフトは使ったことがなかったので、ソフトの選択からスタートしました。
Webを見て、良さそうなものから3本試してみました。
最終的に選んだソフトは「Filmora 9」です。

この水車は、私のウオーキングコースの道の脇にあります。
岡山県津山市内で今なお稼働している米ひき水車で唯一のものです。
この水車は約80年前に建設され地域の人々より維持されています。
かやぶき屋根の下で、ゆっくりと回っています。

      森の水車
               作詩:清水みのる
               作曲:米山正夫

  緑の森の彼方から  陽気な歌が聞えます
  あれは水車のまわる音  耳をすましてお聞きなさい
  コトコト コットン コトコト コットン
     ファミレドシドレミファ
  コトコト コットン コトコト コットン
      仕事にはげみましょう
 コトコト コットン コトコト コットン
   いつの日か 楽しい春がやって来る

Water Mill and Song
https://youtu.be/4zgUQQYWZKw

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a Doll Festival

Hello everyone.
I'd like to talk about a Doll Festival.

On March 5th, my wife and I went to the Doll Festival in Maniwa city with a relative by car.
The festival was held from March 1st to the 5th.
This festival name was "Katsuyama no ohinamatsuri", 勝山のお雛まつり.
The many dolls were displayed in about 150 private houses and stores .

The Doll Festival is one of the traditional festivals in Japan.
It’s on March 3rd and it is a special day for girls.
Families with young daughters celebrate this day and wish for their health and growth by setting up a display of special dolls.

Each private house and store was displaying many dolls.
The dolls were placed on a stepped shelf and the Empress and Emperor sat on the top shelf.
It was very beautiful.

On the day of the festival, Japanese decorate peach blossoms and eat special rice cakes, and drink sweet rice wine called AMAZAKE.
So we drank AMAZAKE there.
We took a walk for 1 hour 30 minutes there.

We saw a traditional festival and had a good time.

Thank you.

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adonis amurensi

Hello everyone.
I'd like to talk about 'adonis amurensis', called 福寿草(FUKUJUSO) in Japan.

A few years ago, a relative brought a plant root to my house.
The root was that of adonis amurensis.
My wife planted it in the shade of trees in my garden.
After that, she regularly sprinkled with water so it didn't dry out.
Before winter, she collected fallen leaves from nearby hills, and covered the adonis amurensis.
She took care to prevent it from drying and freezing.

After spending the winter like this, this plant has grown and now flowered.
This flower starts opening in the morning and closes in the evening every day.
The size of the flower is about four cm.
The yellow flowers are pure and beautiful.

The Japanese name of this flower is "FUKUJUSO": 福寿草.
福 is 幸福:happiness.
寿 is 長寿:longevity.
It is a flower that "brings happiness", and it is called "a flower that calls spring".

When this flower blooms, I feel that spring is coming soon.

Thank you.

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ウグイス初鳴き

3月3日朝、ウグイスの声を聞いた。
この春、初めてだ。

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70から英会話の練習を始め、80で流暢に英語を話すことを目指しています。

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