Kitakyushu Bamboo Light Festival 2021

In the early 1990s, we spent three years teaching in Kitakyushu, which is on the island of Kyushu, the southernmost and third largest of the four main islands of Japan.

We made many friends during our time there, we enjoyed the rural life in Wakamatsu-ku, and our firstborn was born in Yahatahigashi-ku.

One of my friends, Kazumi Kawano, whom I met in Kitakyushu all these years ago, took these magnificent photos during the Kitakyushu Bamboo Light Festival.

The festival took place from 23 – 31 October.

The 30.000 bamboo lanterns on display were made by volunteers.

Kokura Castle 小倉城 竹あかり
Kitakyushu, Japan

Kazumi, thanks again for sharing your photos here with us. It is truly appreciated.

A Good Reason to Travel

Wer glücklich reisen will, reise mit leichtem Gepäck.

– Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900-1944) –

Photos of Edinburgh

While our daughter and I rested in Bournemouth, my husband and son took the train to Edinburgh to visit the university.

From their room with a view, my husband shot this photo at 5:30 in the morning.

Sleeping in Edinburgh

The next photo was taken at about 8 a.m.

Morning light over Edinburgh

… and to finish off the fairytale view of the city:

Edinburgh at night

If our son gets accepted to the University of Edinburgh, there will be more trips to this most wonderful city.

All photos were taken with this camera: Canon EOS 550D SLR-Digitalkamera (18 Megapixel, LiveView) Kit inkl. EF-S 18-55mm 1:3,5-5,6 IS Objektiv (bildstabilisiert) (from