May 12, 2010

(almost) Wordless Wednesday

(Mom is saying "your tongue is out. Is that OK?" )

What's wrong with it???

May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

Our GABE giveaway has sent to Olive.

Check Olive's blog!!

We are so glad they liked it!
Thank you olive :D

Yesterday, Dad & Mom took me to a vet, and I had a medical check-up and rabies vaccination. Ouch!

In Japan, rabies vaccinations are required by Country law and we have to get vaccinated EVERY YEAR even though Japan is one of the rabies free countries. (No case has been reported since 1957.)

Well, I understand we need to protect ourselves and rabies vaccination is necessary (as some animals with rabies could be smuggled), but I think it should be at least once every three years like most other countries...

Oh well, it's Mother's Day today!

Am I too lazy to say that with sleeping face?
No, no, it's OK, because that makes mom happy!!

May 3, 2010

It's my Birthday!!

I have just turned 6 years young! Yes, I'm still young!!

Dad and Mom have decided to celebrate this day for another 20 years and help me to break the guinness world record for the Oldest Living Dog!!!

May 1, 2010

Shrine Visit

Mom had very busy week, but now it's a holiday week in Japan! We have 4 National hoidays studded in the first week of May and we call it "Golden week" as it is a good vacation season.

Many people travel extensively at home and abroad, and everywhere is so crowded. Dad, Mom and I hate crowded places, so we just stay at home and have some relaxation time.

Today, we went to Oharano Shrine, which is one of my favorite places for a walk.

I love these fresh greens in this season.

Greeting Racoon Statues. :D

This is where we wash our hands and rinse our mouths so that we can purify our bodies and minds before we make a prayer to gods (or goddesses).

This is the "torii" gate. The straw rope you can see on the gate is believed to ward off evil spirits and means inside of this rope, it's a sacred area where gods ore goddesses are.

This is "Honden" or sanctuary, where gods (or goddesses) are enshrined.

There are some rules to make a prayer to Japanese gods (or goddesses).
1. Make a money offering to the offertory box.
(The amount is up to you. 10 cents to 1 dollar would be fine.)
2. Ring a bell in front of honden.
(Most shrines have a bell, but this shirine does't, so you can skip this.)
3. Bow twice.
4. Clap twice.
5. Bow once.

Then, make a prayer.