Hop or Not?


Kofu, Japan


What Am I?


I am not very good at bird identification, so I am asking the WordPress community to help me out.  I snapped the above image in Tachikawa (Japan) yesterday.  I see them often in Yamanashi Prefecture, where I live, as well.  Any ideas?


Update: Since making this post, I have learned that the bird in question is a Japanese wagtail.

Swallowing Serenade



Their songs were sung without a care
for those who slumbered soundly there.

This morning, I was happy to be awoken by the cheerful songs of some little barn swallows.
Kofu, Japan 
July, 15th, 2017

One Thousand Hopes

Crane Collage

Please burn us when dark evenings yawn.
and joyful days will surely dawn.

I recently finished folding one thousand origami cranes (known in Japan as Senbazuru) as a gift for a friend who is expecting her first child.  This was my first time completing such a project.  When I began the folding, my cranes looked a bit bedraggled, but after making 150 of them, I began to develop a technique.

There is a Japanese legend that says a wish will be granted to anyone who folds a thousand cranes.  It is common for people to present them as gifts to family and cherished friends.