Thursday, March 26, 2009

Friday Shoot Out- Graveyard in Misawa

Taken yesterday after the snowfall

Graveyard has no fences nor signs just in the middle of houses

One of the yellow houses in the background is my house, right across the ricefield is this graveyard

Across this graveyard are houses rent by US military families, I can recognize American houses because of the type of satellite dish installed to every house aside from their cars park in front of their houses (American car's plate numbers have "Y" on it), anyways I can not live or rent a house in front of a feels weird and creepy, no way! and besides I heard a lot of ghost stories here in it's a NO NO :-)

Along side of the road

This looks like the person buried here was a Christian or Catholic because of the "cross"

This is creepy......Can you see the reflection of the white lady on the tombstone??? Take a closer look between the 2 bouquet of flowers, can you see the lady who's wearing white and standing?? That's me, taking this photo! Gotcha! hahaha


I was a bit in a hurry yesterday to take some photos to join Patty for today's graveyard shootout, it's been a week and I haven't taken any photos yet, so I ended up going to just one place, just a stone's throw away from our house. It was freezing cold and so windy outside when I walked down across the rice field where this graveyard is. We thought that snow was over but not here in Misawa, it did snow last Tuesday and until yesterday; even this morning we even had some flurries, I hope this would be the last snowfall.

I remember the first time we got here, we went to a free tour around Misawa and there was one graveyard we went to, the tour guide said that 1 tombstone costs around $20,000+ ......whooah (??????), it is not only expensive to live here in Japan it's expensive to die too! And she even reminded us, in her Japanese accent, "Please, do not die here in Japan," she's so funny hahaha.

I noticed that their tombstones are mostly granite and marble stones that make them so expensive.


Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

These are beautiful snapshots and we're all so glad that you joined our "Friday Shoot-Out"!!
Thank you for showing us life and and how the deceased are honored in your corner of our big world.
Take good care and.......

Steady On
Reggie Girl

HalfCrazy said...

Wow, they have beautiful tombstones! So Japanese indeed!

The third photo seems like the houses in the back are just backdrops lol! Like they were edited and pasted there!

You scared me with that white lady thing. Kumakabog na dibdib ko eh LOL.

I'll die here in the Philippines, halos libre pa yung tombstones. Tulad ng sa North Cemetery LOL.

Patty said...

Thanks for joining us in our shoot out.

I like the 1st shot and the 6th shot. I like the composition on the 6th shot.

I also like the shot of the graves with the buildings in the background.

And of course, the "spooky" shot.

Nice study.

Looks like it was cold there. I don't guess I should complain about it being cold here anymore.

Butler and Bagman said...

Wonderful for you to join. And yes, seeing your own reflection in a tombstone is a bit creepy. Hmmm. With a little planning it could be interesting...I love reflections. Another topic for a future shootout. Great shots.

J9 said...

I thought you were going to say that the reflection was of the statue, and isn't it creepy that ti looks like it is weeping! Well done, and welcome!

Oz Girl said...

Thanks for the diversity here... it would appear that the Japanese believe in very elaborate tombstones, no wonder they are so expensive! My first thought was no way that reflection was of the statue, because of the angle, then of course, you clarified for us!! :-)

Joy said...

The dead must be cold :p See you tomorrow on air!

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Reena said...

ang mahal naman mamatay jan. :) kaya pala sila workaholic para granite ang tombstones nila. hehe.

kala the reason why you're in a hurry kasi natatakot ka. hehe. buti walang lumabas na image in any of your shots. :)

HalfCrazy said...

Natawa ako nung sinabi ni Ate Reena na ang mahal mamatay dyan haha!

Missy said...

Midlife- thanks for visiting my site and hope to join you guys next week

halfcrazy- nope it's not edited, actually I can see this graveyard from our house :-)

patty- thanks for commenting my photos :-) and the spooky shot...atually I was scared when I saw that picture and found out it was me hehehe

butler and bagman- I didn't plan that reflection thingy I just found out when I saw the photo in my computer I was scared first but found out it was me hehehe

J9- thanks a lot, actually at first I thought that's a ghost but it's me, scared by my own reflection hahaha

Oz girl- thanks for dropping by; yes it's very expensive to die here and I found out also some people can't afford that tombstone they cremate the dead person and put in a jar and put in a shrine.

Joy- thanks for visitng me sorry I wasn't able to listen to your show I was out of town last Saturday

Reena- actually I was in a hurry too to take those shots coz I was scared to take pictures by myself in a graveyard :-) and when I saw that photo with my refelection, I thought it was a somebody's reflection....a ghost?? hahaha and found out it was me

Loida of the 2L3B's said...

Dear Missy, I am having trouble with my site. I cannot send comments. I hope this one would work.. Your photo of the cemeteries are nice. I hope I could join too but here in China, you have to climb up the hill to get to the Chinese graves.. I can but the time is too tough for me right now. Have a nice day my friend..

Missy said...

Hi Loida, I just read your comment, thanks for dropping by. How's your move?? It's ok if you were not able to join last week's shootout tomorrow I can't join the shootout there's no wildlife here around Misawa :-)

Cedric Johnson said...

I can't believe I found this post! I lived in the third house from the front, W393C. I spent the majority of my childhood in that house, while attending Cummings and Edgren.

Thank you for bringing back the good memories!!!

Missy said...

Hi Cedric- thanks, you found my post, it's been 3 years since I left Japan and forgot about this graveyard area already. My daughter went to Edgren High School and graduated there. I hope you'll visit my other posts.