Greg’s Shichi-go-san official portrait came in the mail today from the portrait studio at Yasaka-san.
*READ TEXT FIRST!* *Don’t click the image until I tell you* He has enjoyed drawing pictures for a year or so, but a couple months ago Greg suddenly began taking a strong interest in writing, in both Japanese and English, and now he can fill a big sketchbook page in a few minutes with letters […]
Shichi-go-san at Yasaka Jinja at Maruyama Park after the ceremony
Greg in kimono and hakama after his Shichi-Go-San (literally “7-5-3″) blessing ceremony at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto, where he was blessed after his birth in the O-miya-mairi ceremony. Shichi-go-san is for girls ages 7 and 3, and boys age 5. Greg is only 4 until next February, but according to the old way of counting […]
Gregory Ferry, aesthete. For some reason, Greg really likes bitter “matcha” tea, and the past two years he has enjoyed his kindergarten class in sado (also called chado or cha-no-yu), the tea ceremony or “The Way of Tea”. So he was delighted that we were able to go upstairs to a tea room and enjoy […]
I found Greg hand copying the main menu screen of an “Okaasan to Issho” DVD. Age 4.
Greg draws a lot of pictures and is filling page after page with writing in English, Japanese and numbers. This is a family portrait of Mama, Gregory and Daddy, as if you couldn’t tell.
(click picture to go to the photo set on flickr)
We hopped on the Eizan train to Yase-Hiezan-guchi station (just about 8 minutes from home) after school and met Anthony and his daddy Jeffrey for a dip in the river. UPDATE (JULY 23): Oh, man, our little swimming’ spot was featured on the news last night, at the start of summer vacation! It’s gonna be […]
Greg and I recently went camping together for the first time. We pitche dour tent at the top of a little valley on the mountainside up above Manshu-in temple. Behind those trees is aÂ waterfall.
Greg went for a bike ride in his LSU Tigers shirt that we got on our recent trip to Louisiana, and I realized his bike and helmet are well coordinated, even if you can’t see the menacing tiger on the front of the shirt.