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Oct 13, 2008

Happy Monday and Shadow Shot Sunday

In the year 2000, the Japanese government installed the "Happy Monday" system and moved several National Holidays to Monday. The second Monday in October is Health and Sports Day (in Japanese 体育の日). We are encouraged to enjoy sports and a healthy, active lifetyle. This holiday was originally on October 10th to commemorate the anniversary of the opening ceremony of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, but was moved to Monday under the Happy Monday System.


My husband and I rarely have the same days off, but today we had the day-off together on account of the holiday. We took a long walk along the river that runs through the city. The river has all sorts of wildlife. We saw Egrets, birds, ducks, Koi fish, Perigrine Falcons, dragonflies. I got several shadow shots that I will post over the next few weeks. I also managed to drop my glasses and step on them. Now I am blind as a Bat. The bright side is that we had a good laugh about it. I have to sit really close to the computer to see it, even with the font set to x-large.

For more shadow shots, visit hey harriet's blog.


Rosebud Collection said...

I was checking in and checked you yesterday..The duck and the wonderful shadow..So beautiful..Awful about the glasses..good you can laugh.
You really saw some beautiful wildlife..Glad you both enjoyed the day..

Bobbi said...

What a lovely, lovely shot, so relaxing! I also found the holiday info interesting!

Hey Harriet said...

I like the sound of your Happy Monday System! So sweet that you were able to enjoy a lovely day with your husband. Not so sweet about the glasses though. At least you can laugh about it :)

Beautiful shadow shot! Hello cute duckie! :)

Twinkle Star Art said...

I love ducky shots. They're so happy aren't they? Perfect choice for 'Happy Monday' :)

Lisa B. said...

I love the sound of the Happy Monday System!! Wish we could get our country to adopt it! 'Course we can't get them to do much we want these days!!
Sounds like you had a wonderful day off...well except for the glasses part! Lovey photo of the duck!

The Summer Kitchen Interiors said...

We just love the pattern that the water is making - it is so interesting. The duck shadow is quite fun at the bottom then!
Isn't it nice when you have the same day off to enjoy together? Those come few and far between sometimes! Sorry about your luck with your glasses - if we could, we would make our font bigger on this end!! Blind as a bat is not a good place to be Juana!
Have a great week!!
Karla & Karrie

Gallery Juana said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by. I took my glasses in to get repaired today. So one more day of squinting and putting my face up close to everything to see it. LoL!

Sweet Repose said...

As I waited for my dial-up to download the photo, I enjoyed the beauty of the rippling waters and delighted at the end when the waterfowl appeared in frame. Beautiful shot.


bobbie said...

A very beautiful picture! I'm looking forward to more in the future.

Thank you for stopping at my blog. I hope we see more of one another.

Gallery Juana said...

sweet repose, thanks for letting me know my blog is slow-loading for dial-ups. I will see what changes I can make to speed up the page loading.

em - rubyblue gift shop said...

Happy monday sounds cool!

I've tagged you in my blog, please take a look :)

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eeniemoni said...

what a pretty and peaceful shot.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photo.
Great blog and Etsy store as well.

Mannie Vincent said...

Thank you for sharing this post! I never new about the "Happy Monday" System, and I'm so happy to have learned something new today! Thanks!

<3 Mannie

Chris Stone said...

great pic! sorry to hear about your glasses... i'm blind without mine and have a back up. but there are such an old prescription they're useless.

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