365 photos in 365 days: Photo #190

Good evening everyone!

When I went to go for a walk to get ingredients for tonight’s dinner, I wanted to capture a fisherman going out on his boat. Today’s weather was overcast and chilly, so I didn’t think I was going to get the photo that I wanted. As I was walking and looking around to see if there was something else that peaked my interest, I heard the motor of a boat start and quickly looked around to find where the boat was leaving from. I spotted it and realized I still had to turn on my camera (stupid me, I should have had it on already). As I was turing on my camera, the boat started to pull further and further away, but I got lucky because the picture came out better than I thought. I originally wanted to capture a close up shot of the boat, but I like the picture I landed up taking because the building in the background is the fisherman’s cooperation where all fishermen bring in their daily catches to sell. I couldn’t have asked for a better background and timing (even though it was just plain old luck).

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken JAPAN

Surprise! You get an extra photo for today! Even though this is an old one, my father in-law wanted to see one of my previously posted pictures in color. The photo I am talking about is photo #171. If you forgot what it looked like go check it out here! Sorry that it took me so long to post this in color, but here you go!

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

Chibu’s Dossari Matsuri

Last weekend was Chibu’s first annual Dossari Matsuri, a new festival that was created to replace bunkasai (culture festival).  Khoa was asked by the town hall to be the official photographer, so he was busy all day taking photos.  I was acting as his “assistant” but really all I did was eat, drink, and talk with people.

Outside, many food and game booths were set up for the people of the village to enjoy.  This year, the village sponsored the first annual Gourmet Contest, a cooking competition open to everyone on the island.  Participants were supposed to create a dish that showcased Chibu’s local food.  As you would expect, everything was made with seafood.  Three groups made it to the final round of the contest and were invited to make their dish on the day of Dossari Matsuri and the people of the village would choose a winner.
^ Squid Croquette
^Deep fried squid balls
^Sazae (sea snail) Curry Bread (deep fried dough with Japanese curry in the middle)
^That’s a lot of fried food!
We paid 300 yen (about $3.70 US) for the three dishes.  After eating each dish, we voted for our favorite.  The Sazae Curry Bread, won the competition!
^Lots of people lined up to try the Gourmet Contest food.  I was at the back of the line 😦
Inside the community center, there were many displays set up by different groups in Chibu.  The kindergarten had a section filled with little art projects.  Take a look:
They’re so cute!  I love the Christmas origami!
The Eco Flower Club displayed their handmade flowers at the festival as well.  Each flower is made out of newspaper!
^These flowers were made out of the newspaper displayed on the board.
The police officer in Chibu also had a booth set up.  Khoa and I tried on beer goggles and did our best to walk in a straight line.
^I didn’t do so well…
There was also a test to see how good your reflexes are.  Two of the twenty buttons light up and you have to press them as soon as possible.  At the end of the test, a little print out tells you what age you are based on your reflexes.  My little print out read, “24 years old,” and Khoa’s run through scored him at the young age of 20.
There was also a tuna show where fishermen displayed and cut up a tuna for the crowd.  In Chibu, the local fishermen catch small tuna which are then sold and shipped live to Kyuushu, the large island south of mainland Japan.  Chibu’s small tuna frolic in the warm southern waters, grow big and strong, and then one lucky fish is chosen to come back to Chibu for the tuna show.  This year’s tuna weighed in at a whopping 50 kg (110lbs).
^Using a spoon to quickly make nigiri sushi
^Some already made nigiri sushi (on the left).  Everyone at the show could try the freshly cut tuna for free.  It was sooooo good!
Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN
^Each of these pieces were being auctioned off for 3,000 to 5,000 yen.
Khoa also displayed nine of his pictures at the festival.  We were lucky to get a spot in a bright part of the hallway next to the staircase.
^The Japanese writing simply reads, “Pictures Khoa-san”
All day, people were coming up to Khoa and telling him how much they like his pictures.  One of our students’ fathers liked a picture so much that he just took it off the wall at the end of the festival and emailed us later to say he had it.  Khoa and I were both surprised, a little annoyed because we wanted to display the picture in our own home, but happy because someone liked the picture so much they decided to steal it (I guess there isn’t a bigger complement than that :P).
Here’s the picture that was too good not to steal:
I really like this picture, too;  it’s one of my favorites.  I like how there’s only one man preventing the mikoshi (portable shrine) from toppling into the ocean.  If you’re wondering what’s going on in this photo, take a look at my post about Chibu’s summer festival.
Khoa and I had a great day at Chibu’s first annual Dossari Matsuri.  I’m already excited for next year!

365 photos in 365 days: Photo #187

Good evening!

Today’s weather was just horrible. It rained all morning and afternoon, then it was super windy, then it started to rain again. As a result, I couldn’t go for a walk with my camera and we stayed indoors all day. Towards the end of the afternoon, we ran out of things to do inside.  Michelle started to pluck her eyebrows using her compact mirror and I decided to play around with my camera and take pictures. At first I fiddled around with my camera settings, taking pictures of random objects around the house. I quickly got bored, so I started to think of cool things to take pictures of and landed up taking this shot:

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

I am glad she decided to pluck her eyebrows. I really like how it looks like Michelle is going to take a picture of me with her compact mirror.


365 photos in 365 days: Photo #186

Good evening!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend. We are 🙂  Michelle has a 4 day weekend and we don’t have anything to do, which is great. It’s been a really good weekend with one more day to go!

Michelle and I went for a walk today because we were getting a little antsy being inside all day. I think everyone should go and take a walk everyday to slow down and enjoy everything around you. This photography project and living on this small island has taught me to slow down and enjoy my life, even on the days when you don’t have anything planned or anywhere to go.


Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

365 photos in 365 days: Photo #185

Today was a good day. I had a relaxing time with Michelle, trying to stay warm in our little house and watching the walking dead. That show is so awesome. If you haven’t watched it yet then you should start now!

After we watched the Walking Dead, Michelle started to get sleepy so she took a nap. I was trying to find something quiet to do so I wouldn’t wake her up and I decided to go for a walk. On my walk I saw this palm tree that is being grown in a pot. I first wanted to get a picture of one of the leaves from the tip to the trunk but that didn’t work out too well. I started to get discouraged until I saw this twisted leaf. I love how it was different than all the rest. I guess it’s good to be different every once in a while.

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

365 photos in 365 days: Photo #184

Today Chibu had a festival called Dossari Matsuri and it was a blast. I was asked by the town hall to take photos of the event. I took 1400 photos during the event. I’m going to have to delete a lot of them but I couldn’t believe I took that many.

Today’s photo is from the festival. They had a tuna cutting demonstration and after the fishermen where finished slicing and dicing, they auctioned off each piece of tuna. The average price of each block of tuna that you see in the picture was 4,000 yen (US $48). Michelle and I were able to try a piece of nigiri sushi (just tuna, vinegar rice, wasabi and soy sauce) that was made from the tuna used in the demonstration.  It was the best we’ve ever tasted!  The tuna melted in your mouth, it was soooo good!  Wish we could have bought some, but I had to stay at the event and keep taking pictures and didn’t have time to go home and put the tuna in the fridge.

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

I also displayed some of my pictures at the festival and I was so glad to get complements on my photography from our neighbors.  One of the dads in Chibu liked one of the pictures on display so much that he took it off the wall, brought it home, and sent Michelle an email about it after…the photo was printed at a photoshop, but luckily I only used black paper for a frame :/  I’m honored that someone liked my picture so much that they felt compelled to steal it off the wall 😛

365 photos in 365 days: Photo #183

Good evening everyone!

I know what you are thinking “Khoa why are you doing another flower photo?”

Well, it’s because I love flowers and how pretty they are. Don’t you remember me saying that yesterday? If not then you should go check out what I said here.

I love how the white flowers stand out infront of the yellow ones in the picture below. These flowers are just so beautiful! Just like Michelle 🙂

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

365 photos in 365 days: Photo #181 and #182

Good evening everyone!

Sorry for the late post again. I’ve been feeling under the weather for the past two days.   I did take a picture today and yesterday when I went to the store. Don’t worry, I didn’t cook dinner. Michelle did and she made a wonderful pasta last night. I think I might have her make dinner more often. Maybe only on the weekend when she doesn’t have to go to work.

I love taking photos of flowers because they’re naturally beautiful. So when summer started coming to an end and the weather began to cool down, I got a little sad because a lot of flowers started to wither away and die. As fall kept chugging along and winter came creeping up, I started to see some flowers pop up, blooming nice and bright and beautiful even though it was freezing cold and windy. These are some of those flowers:

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, JAPAN

I was so happy to still be able to photograph flowers at the start of winter. I am hoping that there will still be some in bloom when it’s snowing…I doubt it, but a little part of me is still hoping.


When ever I can’t think of a photo or I just don’t see anything on my daily walks, I go to the shrine in Chibu. There is always something interesting there for me to take a picture of.  Take a look and what I found this time:

Location: Chibu-mura, Shimane-ken, Japan