Friday, August 30, 2013

A Rice Field

There is a small rice paddy in the nearby park.

Kona is afraid of the scarecrows.

The ear of rice is still green. I look forward to seeing them turn gold in autumn.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013


We went to a sunflower farm in Setagaya.

Approximately 20,000 sunflowers have bloomed.

A sunflower smile.

A Lupita smile.

The sunflower smile is infectious.


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

This is What I’ve Been Waiting For

Lupita stepped in a puddle from the rain last night.

It’s sunny but it’s very nice and cool.

How brisk this morning is! This is what I have been waiting for the entire summer.


Sunday, August 25, 2013

A Cool Morning

It’s very…

cool this morning!

Lupikona walked with Scott. It’s a happy and cool Sunday.


Saturday, August 24, 2013

A Saturday Evening

Sniff, sniff…

Sniff, sniff…

Sniff, sniff, sniff…

We are having a BBQ tonight.


A Saturday Morning

Kona stepped in a puddle from the rain last night.

Today is Saturday. What do you wanna do?

Have a good weekend, everyone!


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Object Association…

When I walk by here…

I associate the rock with something I want to eat. What is that?

An Eclair.


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Moon

On our walk yesterday.

Yesterday’s forecast said it was going to rain, but it didn’t. We saw a beautiful moon. It is full tonight.


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Getting Our Wish

We love the town we live in. It’s dog-friendly and comfortable. But we have noticed that there is one thing missing. We were wishing we could have it here. And finally…

our wish is coming true. Yay!


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Charcoal Grill

Let’s have steaks.

Let's BBQ them in our yard.

They are nicely done.

That cold beer is…

just the thing to have on a hot summer night!


Friday, August 16, 2013

Sunset Glow

We had another very hot day but…

the weather got a little more bearable in the late afternoon.


Thursday, August 15, 2013

5 a.m.

Lupikona and I have became early risers.

We enjoyed a bit cooler air this morning.

It’s worth getting up early.


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Blistering Heat

Sunbathing is one of Lupita’s favorite activities. However, this summer is inordinately-hot, so…

“It’s hot.”

“It’s way too hot.”

“I can’t take it anymore.”

“Let’s beat a hasty retreat.”


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Red Shiso Juice

I made red shiso juice and Japanese plum wine in June.

The hot summer has come. It’s time to open the red shiso juice to drink.

Red shiso is rich in vitamins and minerals. It helps overcome summer lethargy. Also its luteolin has anti-allergic and anti-inflammatory effects. It’s a perfect summer drink for me since I’m experiencing dermatitis.


Saturday, August 10, 2013

I Made it Happen

I managed to get up at 5 o’clock. I thought I would be able to walk the dogs in the cool morning air, but…

it was already hot like a sauna even it was only 5ish.

We walked to the big field.

The glow of sunrise. Morning dew glazed the grass.

We are having an abnormally hot summer in Japan. I hope you are not suffering too much from the heat and keeping well.


Friday, August 9, 2013

Up Early

I got up before 6 a.m. to walk the dogs. Even that early, after walking few blocks, I started sweating. It’s supposed to be hotter tomorrow. I think I should wake up earlier. I’m not sure if I can make it happen though.


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Flower Walk

This purple flower is…

Duranta Repens.

It reminded us of our old neighborhood in Hong Kong.

The flower that makes me feel refreshed during a hot summer walk is…

the light-blue-flowered…

Cape Leadwort.