15 emperors write 福 – a word for blessings, good fortune and luck.

Writings by the 15 emperors of China

Just 12 days to Chinese New Year! For those celebrating, I’m sure you’ve started planning, preparing and perhaps becoming a bit stressed too😱?!

福 means blessings, good fortune and luck. This chinese character is found on a lot of Chinese New Year decorations.

The Chinese have a saying 五福临门 which literally translates to “the 5 blessings/good fortune.” These 5 blessings, not one less makes a perfect life.

  • Longevity
  • Wealth
  • Health
  • Virtuous
  • To die a natural death at old age

May these 5 blessings be with you too! Have a beautiful day!

Yanagawa 柳川 – water water everywhere

It’s water water everywhere!
https://jezbraithwaite.blog/2020/01/06/firth-of-forth-water-water-everywhere-9/

Yanagawa (柳川) is known for its hundreds of kilometers of canals and hence its name “city of water” in Japan. Guided cruise along its canals is one of the top tourist activity when visiting this city in Fukuoka Prefecture, Kyushu. A photo (1st one below) was taken outside the ruins of the Yanagawa Castle built in Eiroku Period (1558-1570).

The cruise is roughly an hour so like me you may become very hungry … not to worry! Unagi no Seiro-mushi (eel rice steamed in a basket) is one of the specialties of Yanagawa. In fact there’re a few eel rice restaurants once you alight the canal cruise. Below 👇🏻 is the city’s website where you’ll find lots of information on the canal cruise and list of eel rice restaurants. Enjoy 😉

http://www.yanagawa-net.com/eng/

Light through stained glass with famous icons of Hongkong.

Beckys square photo challenge: Light

I took these from the second floor looking down. These beautiful pieces of stained glass (I cut into 4 pictures to fit the square theme😊) are at Standard Chartered Bank in Central Hongkong. Famous icons of the city are included – colorful neon signs suspended above crowded streets, junk boats, tram and metro.

Thanks for dropping by to read!

We’re woolly sheep 🐑 from Rokkosan pasture…come visit us!

Debbie from Travel With Intents quotation inspired image

Come visit us at Rokkosan Pasture in Kobe Japan. This hilly pasture is home to sheep 🐑, big and small and they roam freely. Yes! And so for sheep lovers this is the place to go if you’re visiting Japan.

Sharing some of my photos from 2 years ago. And if you like soft serve ice cream 🍦, they have really smooth and creamy ones on sale at outdoor stalls where you can sit down on the grass and mingle with our sheep friends.

Here is their official website available in various languages. Enjoy 😉

https://www.rokkosan.net/