Monday, December 20, 2021

My favorite landscape of twelve places

I selected some landscape photos from my past travels in ten years for the last post this year.

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Due to the relatively warm climate, white narcissus start to bloom mid-January
on a steep south slope of Mt. Yuzuruha.
Narsisuses at Nada-kuroiwa facing the Pacific, Awaji Island, Hyogo Pref.

"Robai", or Wintersweet, at the entrance to Yatsuri, Asuka Village, on a misty morning

Ume (Prunus Mume) blossoms, the floral harbinger of spring of Japan, 
brighten up the hillside from pale wintry landscape.
Tsukigase Ume Grove, Nara Pref.

Blooms of cherry blossoms tell full arrival of spring.
Kasugano Field in Nara Park

Crystal-clear water flows through moss-covered rocks from the beech forest of Mt. Daisen.
Kitanizawa mountain stream, Tottori Pref.

Floral symbol of the rainy season, "Ajisai" Hydrangeas, at Lake Yogo, Shiga Pref.

Star Festival decorations at Mt. Rokko, Hyogo Pref.

Olive farm facing Seto Inland Sea, Okayama Pref.

Five-storied Pagoda seen from Ara-ike Pond, Nara Park, Nara Pref.

Oide Suspension Bridge, Hakuba Village, Nagano Pref.

Thatched-roof village and Kitayama Cedars, Miyama Cho, Kyoto Pref.

Grand Front Osaka

My eldest and youngest grandchildren, F and M, turned 11 and 4 early December.

The year 2021 is left only eleven days.
Many people are looking forward to going back parents' home in their hometown
over the years, which they had to give up last year-end.
I look forward to welcome back all my families.

Wish you the warmth of family getting together again
and a healthy, happy, and peaceful Holiday Season!


  1. Lovely to see the last year through your eyes. May and October's photos are incredible but I love each one. Wishing you a happy Holiday season and new year.

  2. A Year in gorgeous pictures ! To remember that beauty is everywhere...
    Have a Happy Season with your lovely family !
    Wish you the best for 2022 !

  3. It’s not difficult to find beauty in your part of the world but you have a particularly good eye for uncovering the gems amid your surroundings. It must have been quite a task picking your favorites because so many are worthy of this key spot. Each one you chose would look great in a calendar marking the months. Merry Christmas, Yoko, and a very Happy New Year to you and your family!

  4. なんとまあ驚いたわ。10年前からのポストと美しい写真。白馬のつり橋は思い出せないけど、それ以外は全部おぼえてます。私のはクリックミスでほとんど消えてしまった。

  5. What a wonderful way to look back at the year! I love November best...but the last mosaic of the little ones is my favorite! Happy holidays!

  6. Wonderful photos throughout the year. I loved the mosaic with your beautiful grandchildren.
    Thank you for your wishes, I also wish for you and your family, Happy Holidays.
    May 2022 will be full of joy, health and love.
    Best wishes

  7. Lovely look back through the months.
    I am at #11 of the linky today


  8. Yoko - a spectacular re-cap of the year, in photos. You live in such a photogenic place, and you have a true talent for capturing its beauty. I am happy for you that you will get to enjoy your family at this time of year. Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  9. WOW! Such incredibly stunning photos!

    Have a wonderful Christmas, Yoko.

  10. What a lovely year in review and showing such a diversity all so photogenic (and you have great skill) Wishing you a wonderful family reunion, we are happy to be having this too.
    Happy holidays!
    Wren x

  11. お孫ちゃんのお誕生日おめでとう。いつも幸せいっぱいの写真ですね。

  12. your posts are best gift for blogging friends i must say dear Yoko !

    they heal soul and refresh my energy and i want to say thank you for sharing the mesmerizing beauty of your land ,what a beautiful country you live by the grace of God!

    happy birthday to your grandchildren ! may they find health ,peace and prosperity in life amen!

    i hope with all loved ones your Christmas will be full of love and happiness!

  13. Grandes recuerdos del año Yoko. Preciosas fotos.
    Te deseo una buena Navidad con tu familia. Felix Navidad 🎅 🎄メリークリスマス


  14. ·.
    I'm back friend. I hope to stay on the blogs.
    I like your photos very much. Thanks to them I can travel so far.
    May all of us be better in 2022


    LaMiradaAusente · & · CristalRasgado

  15. Dear Yoko!
    May the miracle of Christmas bring you love and joy.
    A very happy Christmas to You!

  16. Looks beautiful 😁! Happy holidays🎄!

  17. Cudowne zdjęcia. Pozdrawiam serdecznie i życzę szczęśliwego nowego roku.

  18. And a happy, healthy, peaceful New Year! That’s what people around the world wish, don’t you think, Yoko? I was looking at all the pictures, recognizing some from your previous posts, and even recognizing places like Nara Park or. Five-storied Pagoda. They imprinted in my memory. Do you believe travelling will be ever possible as it used to be? If it ever is, I would extremely like to see Ume Groves, Lake Yogo, Hakuba Village and amazing Kitayama Cedars . And those terraces with rice fields you showed once, something incredible! Let us hope that dreams come true. Take care and keep safe, my dear friend.
    With warmest wishes to you and your family,
    Irina and Doctor B.
    P.S. Your eldest is a teenager already, especially next to this little doll M))) Thank you for this invigorating post, Yoko.

  19. What a wonderful way to look back at the year and remember the happy moments! Happy new year!

  20. Beautiful photographs Yoko! I wish you and your family a happy and safe 2022.

  21. Stay Beautiful My Friend - All The Best In 2022


  22. Lovely photographs to look back on.
    My good wishes for a happy and healthy 2022.

    All the best Jan

  23. What wonderful travel memories! I love the mossy rocks in the stream. Of course, I always look forward to your Sakura photos. Your Grandchildren are growing, Yoko. I'm happy that you can spend so much time with them.

  24. Fantastic shots. All your beautiful photos look like pretty postcards. You really have gifted and keen eyes. Thank you for sharing these photos. I like those with mountains and rivers. They give me so much peace in my heart.


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