Thursday, 25 May 2017

Thankful Thursday

Tama-Chan: Hello Dear Friends! Have you been missing us? Today is a week since #1 left for Japan. We are sad that she is so far away, but are also thankful that we are being so well looked after by Mr. P and Ms. S. They sent #1 some new photos of us, so she could share them with all of you.

As you can see, Tommy is very stressed...

Da Genj is being curious...

Sei-Chan is being cautious...

My Beebs is being Da Beebs...

And I continue to be Queen!

Oh, and #1 is being a good #1...

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Woofie Wednesday With Special Guest SORA

Tommy here. We are all well and will report on things here at Poupounette Central in tomorrow's blog post. Today, we would like to share another report we got from #1 who had the pleasure of meeting a FB friend for real yesterday. Sora, which means Sky, is an older Shiba-Inu woofie who lives in the beautiful hills near the ancient Japanese capital of Kamakura. #1 spent the day with her and her lady, Ms. CD. Sora showed #1 the beautiful house where she lives and the lovely parks where she walks every day:

"This is my house"

"My lady is an architect and she designed the house we live in:"

"I have a beautiful view from the big window, so I can supervise!"

"There are two parks across the street from where I live!"

"I love to explore off-lash!"

"Come on! There's lots more to see!"

"This lady brought me treats all the way from France! They were delicious!"

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Tuesday Thrills!

#1 here. I am hijacking the blog today as I wanted to share a little bit of my big weekend adventure with you. Thanks to a wonderful Japanese friend who is lending me the flat I am staying at, I was able to take part in Tokyo's biggest traditional festival, Sanja Matsuri (translated as The Festival of the Three Shrines). You can read about it here.

On both Saturday and Sunday, I donned the traditional "uniform" of festival participants (for those who know, momohiki, maekake, happi, hachimaki and tabi), wearing the colours of the Komagata neighbourhood where I am staying, and paraded through the streets of Asakusa , first behind the Komagata portable shrine and, on Sunday, actually helping to carry both the small (only about 400-500 kilos!) neighbourhood Mikoshi (portable shrine) and one of the huge (weighing one tonne) main shrine Mikoshi. It was such a privilege for this older foreign woman! I saw a couple of young foreign men in the crowd of other neighbourhoods, but no other foreign woman, and no foreigner anywhere near my age! So, here are a few photos of my adventures.

With the old friend who is hosting me, in front of the portable shrine for the Komagata neighbourhood:

With the portable shrine (Mikoshi) of the Komagata neighbourhood:

The portable shrine and the crowds:

I met some fun people along the way...

And some cute kids:

The big portable shrine (Mikoshi) caught in a mirror:

And the biggest thrill was being allowed to help carry the neighbourhood shrine twice during the day!

Grey hair and two top knots fourth from the right!

An amazing experience!

Monday, 22 May 2017

Manly Monday

Tommy: We have some photos to share still from before #1 left, so here goes. A couple of days before we left, she and i went down to the stream to give some apples ad carrots to Hotesse. I had my ball with me, but I got thirsty, so I put my toes in for a drink:

But you see, I "put down" my ball to have that drink and it started to float away. #1 kept telling me to get it but, unlike my sisters, I don't like to swim so I just watched it go. It got caught in a little pool and still I wouldn't get it...

In the end, it was one of our gypsy friends who got it for me. They are so nice. I could hear my mermaid sisters Sophie, Lydia, and Elsie laughing all the way from Normandy. 

Da Beebs: I helped #1 with preparing the  guest room for our sitters.

Didn't I do a great job?

Vidock: I promised #1 I would be a (sort of...) good boy whilst she is away. 

Da Genj: I helped with preparing the room too!

And then I had a nap on Tommy's bed. 

We hope you all have a good week.

PS: #1 sent us this pic of a handsome miniature Shiba dog about town she met yesterday. His name is HAKU:

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Any Snuggles on Sunday?

Tama-Chan: Well, #1 is gone and we are becoming acquainted with our sitters, Mr. P and Ms. S. We do have a few pics here and there to share with you, starting with this rather sweet one of #1 and Genji, taken shortly before she left:

There is also this nice one of Tommy and a young friend he made at the birthday lunch he and #1 went to last Sunday.

And here I am with Tommy:

Sei-Chan and my Beebs on #1's bed first thing in the morning. That's something they are all missing...

Last but not least, here is little Héloise snuggling up to her mama, Hotesse:

PS: #1 sent us this photo of herself snuggling with a Barn Owl at a owl café in Tokyo. The owls there are very well looked after and look quite happy!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Special Saturday

Tommy: As you know, our #1 is now in Japan. She is currently in Tokyo and this weekend, she is taking part in an amazing festival called SANJA MATSURI. She has been to the festival in the past, when she lived in Tokyo, but this time, she is being hosted by friends who live locally to it, and so she will get to be part of this amazing celebration. Apparently, there are as many as two million people who attend over the three days of the festival!

I wish I could have gone with her. You may recall that I have my very own Japanese festival wear, that she bought me on one of her previous trips.

The character on the back of the shirt says "Matsuri", Japanese for festival! 

Anyway, #1 has said she will do a special post once the festival is over, probably on Monday. In the meantime, here is a pic of me for "Sporting Saturday"!

#1 sent us this photo, taken last nice from her apartment in Tokyo. It looks over the Sumida River to Tokyo Sky Tree:

Friday, 19 May 2017

Vidock and Violette Vendredi

Vidock: I wanted to let #1 know how much I love her and how sad I am that she will be gone so long, so I gave her a little love bite on the breast. I am not sure how well she understood the message, though...

Mr. JP has been quite pleased with my work of late.

Violette: I graciously came over to get my apples and carrots, seeing as #1 will be gone a long time.

She told me that Ms. E would be bringing me my treats whilst she is gone, and Ms. T would be doing the same for the Big V. Phew! I don't think we would survive that long with no treats.

Lately, she has been going on and on about my Mama, Hotesse, and my new sis, Héloise, so I guess I need to share a few more pictures of them:

PS: We heard from #1. She has arrived safely in Tokyo!