Thank you for talking with me

at the library

during your DVD watching.

Dear Uncle,

I’ve been struggling in landing a job as baker.
It is so hard to find any job in Vancouver without a work permit nor a permanet resident card.
When I was a small girl, living and working in Vancouver was a big dream because my relatives talked about Uncle Kato and Kayo-chan—one of my female cousins—who were deeply engrossed in the western culture and enjoying the western lifestyle.
I envied those who had immigrated to Canada.

In a sense, my dream has come true since I’m now staying with a Japanese-Canadian family in North Vancouver.

The other day, I visited a Jewish bagelery in Vancouver.


I liked this particular bagel shop which I came across while searching by GOOGLE in Japan simply because the bagels looked quite anthentic and attractive.
The owner-operator is a friendly and considerate lady, who phoned me because I had submitted my resume online.

Mayumi Ogawa

North Vancouver, B.C.
Contact cell phone: xxx-872-3692

Baker / Cook


Bagel de Japon

May 2012 to 2014

Job Description and Specification:

1)-Give customer satisfaction in any ways by carrying out efficiency and accurate services,
2)-Purchase all ingredients and materials for products,
3)-Ensure that all ingredients and materials are available or ready before the start of baking,
4)-Monitor ingredients consumption and ensure that all inventories are in acceptable levels at all times,
5)-Take part in all the phases of baking a variety of bagels,
6)-Handle orders and make sure that required bagels are delivered to customers.

Baker / Cook

Panetteria Tokio

July 2009 to April 2012

Job Description and Specification:

1)-Give customer satisfaction in any ways by carrying out efficiency and accurate services,
2)-Bake French rolls, baguettes, ciabattas, bagels, and focassias,
3)-Purchase all ingredients and materials for bakery,
4)-Prepare ingredients and materials to bake bagels and bread,
5)-Mix and bake ingredients to produce breads, pastries, and other baked goods.


Professional cook Certificate (Japan)
Class 3 Certificate in the official Business Skill Test in word Processing (Japan)
Class 3 Certificate in the Professional Sales Skill Test (Japan)


School Name: Utsunomiya Commercial high school
Location: Utsunomiya, Tochi-ken, Japan
Period: April 1998 to March 2001

Field of study: Commerce


-Volunteer work as baker to bake bagels and bread to the poor and the needed,
-kitchen skills such as proper handling of food items, inventory check-up, and maintaining food hygiene,
-Shop skills such as order-handling and keeping good customer-relations,
-Restaurant skills such as wine serving, making cocktails, and maintaining proper standard for service sequence,
-Office skills such as Excel, word-processing and blog-writing,
-Maintaining proper standard for service sequence.
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Although my English seemed to sound somewhat Greek, she showed a great interest in my resume and appeared kind enough to listen to me attentively.
After all, however, she kindly advised me to get an immigrant visa first.
She also suggested that I might as well find a prospective employer who would sponsor me.

In any case, an old saying—Easier said than done—holds true.
I really face the music.


The road ahead of me seems rough and tough.
Like the above video, however, I try to face the music and dance as a positive and happy-go-lucky thinker.
Thank you, again, for your time and kindness.



Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 7:42 PM



Dear Mayumi,

Once upon a time,

an old wise man said:

After pleasure comes pain.

There is no pleasure without pain.

Sweet is pleasure after pain.

There is no rose without a thorn.

No pains, no gains.

Every cloud has a silver lining.


So, don’t be discouraged even if you feel miserable with a ton of difficulties.

The old man also said:

“Where there is a will, there is a way.”

By the way, when you came to see me at the library,
I was watching a German movie titled as “M”.



This film was made by the famous German director—Fritz Lang (1890-1976).
But it didn’t impress me.
That was the reason I quit watching.

Then we went to the atrium, and sat down at one of the tables.
We talked about many things—love, marriage, jobs and life.

After you departed, I went back to the computer
and watched another DVD, which turned out one of the best movies I’d seen recently.



This movie is two-hour long.
I wanted to finish it, but I had to get out halfway through the movie because of the closing time.

This film is titled “The Painted Veil”—a love-hate story about a British couple.
The story starts in the 1920s.
The stage is set in China.

The DVD cover tells you as follows:


Once love is lost, can it—should it—ever be reclaimed?
That’s the question that tortures Dr. Walter Fane (played by Edward Norton)
about his beautiful and feithless wife Kitty (played by Naomi Watts).

So he takes her away from the soirées, flirtations and ardent intrigues of colonial-era Shanghai to a cholera-ravaged village deep in China.
It is to be her punishiment.
But it may be redemption for them both.

Based on W. Somerset Maugham’s novel and filmed in China, it is a moving portrait of the volcanic emotions that can erupt between a man and a woman, set againt the drama of a nation in turmoil.
Immerse yourself in this superb film’s power and let it sweep you away.


This is the 684th movie I watched at Vancouver Public Library.



Kitty Garstin is a vivacious, carefree yet somewhat immature London socialite.
Her mother tells Kitty, “How long do you think your father will take care of you? You must’ve found a good suitor by now.”
Her father is also worried about his spinster daughter and invites Dr. Walter Fane—a bookish bacteriologist—to meet her at a party.
Dr. Fane gets dazzled by her beauty, but Kitty seems unmoved by his presence at all.


Soon afterward he proposes and Kitty accepts only to get as far away from her mother as possible.

They travel to Dr. Fane’s medical post in Shanghai, where he works in a government lab studying infectious diseases.
In due course, the couple find themselves ill-suited.

Kitty gets much more interested in parties and the social life of the British expatriates while Dr. Fane keeps himself busy in his own work.
Although he tries to make her happy by all means, Kitty appears detached to him emotionally.
In any case she doesn’t love him in the first place.

Kitty meets Charles Townsend, a married British vice consul, and the two engage in a clandestine affair.


When Dr. Fane discovers his wife’s infidelity, he seeks to punish her by threatening to divorce her on the grounds of adultery, if she doesn’t accompany him to a small village in a remote area of China.
He has volunteered to treat victims of an unchecked cholera epidemic sweeping through the area.

Kitty begs to be allowed to divorce him quietly and he agrees, provided Townsend will leave his wife Dorothy and marry her.

When she proposes this possibility to her lover, Charles, despite earlier claiming his love for Kitty, declines to accept.

Now, Kitty has no choice.
It is impossible for her to tell her mother that she’ll become a divorced woman in a foreign land.

So, she travel to the mountainous inland region with her husband.
The couple embark upon an arduous, two-week-long overland journey, which would be considerably faster and much easier if they traveled by river, but Dr. Fane seems determined to make Kitty as unhappy and uncomfortable as possible.

Upon their arrival in Mei-tan-fu, she becomes distressed to discover they will be living in near squalor, far removed from everyone except their cheerful neighbor Waddington, a British deputy commissioner living with a young Chinese woman in relative opulence.

Dr. Fane and Kitty barely speak to each other.
Except for a cook and a Chinese soldier assigned to guard her, Kitty remains alone for long hours.

After visiting an orphanage run by a group of French nuns, however, Kitty volunteers her services, and she starts working in the music room.

To her surprise, the Mother Superior tells that her husband loves children, especially babies.


Now, she begins to see him in a new light as she learns what a selfless and caring person he can be.

When Dr. Fane sees Kitty with the children, he in turn realizes she is not the shallow, selfish person he thought her to be.

As Dr. Fane’s anger and Kitty’s unhappiness subside, their marriage begins to blossom in the midst of the epidemic crisis.
Kitty soon learns she’s pregnant.
Another problem hits her hard because she doesn’t know for sure who the father is.
To her relief, however, Dr. Fane assures Kitty that it doesn’t matter since he is now in love with her again.

A cholera epidemic takes many victims.
As Dr. Fane and the locals are getting it under control, ailing refugees from elsewhere pour into the area, forcing him to set up a camp outside town.

He contracts the disease and Kitty nurses him, but he dies, and she becomes devastated.
Bereft and pregnant, she leaves China.

Five years later, Kitty appears well-dressed and happy in London shopping with her young son Walter.
They meet Townsend by chance on the street, and he suggests that Kitty meet with him.
Asking young Walter his age, he realizes from the reply that he could be the boy’s father.


Kitty rejects his overtures and walks away.
When her son asks who Townsend is, she replies “No one important”.

I’m pretty sure, Mayumi, you feel like watching it, now.

Here is a full movie for you.

【Full Movie】

Enjoy it, and don’t get discouraged even if your emails for job interview are not answered.

Like I wrote,

There is no pleasure without pain.

There is no rose without a thorn.

No pains, no gains.

Every cloud has a silver lining.



Good night and have a happy-go-lucky dream.


Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 11:09 PM


Kato, how come you wrote about the movie so much?


Well… you see, Diane, Kitty was living in London during the 1920s.  In those days, when a single woman brought up in the upper class wanted to go abroad, nobody would take it seriously.

You’re right, I suppose.

If Mayumi had lived in those days, she would’ve never able to come to Vancouver.

Are you saying, Mayumi had many suitors in Japan before she came to Vancouver?

You’re telling me, Diane.  If Mayumi had lived in London during the 1920s, she must’ve chosen to marry one of those suitors just as Kitty did.

I see… So you’re saying, women in our days have a lot of freedom and many choices than the women in the 1920s, aren’t you?

Yes, I am.  Unlike Kitty, Mayumi doesn’t have to marry a man whom she doesn’t love.  Although she is still struggling in finding a job, Mayumi is definitely happy here in Vancouver because she is not locked in a loveless marriage.



Mayumi is probably disappointed by the lousy weather in Vancouver.

I don’t think so because, as you said, when you’re happy it doesn’t matter the weather.

Yes, that’s true.

Actually, Mayumi is quite happy here in Vancouver because she’ll start her new life.  I’m pretty sure that Mayumi will be able to sing even in the rain.

Now what’s on her mind?

Well… to tell you the truth, Mayumi is thinking of baking bagels for the people who gather at your church. You see, she visited your church in last December.


After visiting an orphanage run by a group of French nuns, Kitty volunteers her services, and she starts working in the music room. To her surprise, the Mother Superior tells that her husband loves children, especially babies. Now, she begins to see him in a new light as she learns what a selfless and caring person he can be.

How come you brings up the movie again?

Well… when Dr. Fane sees Kitty with the children, he in turn realizes she is not the shallow, selfish person he thought her to be.  You see, Diane, redemption starts here, that is, working at the orphanage is an eye opner for both of them.  Likewise, Mayumi’s experience at your soup kitchen seems to her an eye opener because Mayumi volunteers and helps the Japanese-Canadian kids at the language school, and now thinking of baking bagels and bringing up those for the people who gather at your soup kicthen.




That would be great, but let me check if she could do that at the soup kitchen.

I would really appreciate if you do that.


【Himiko’s Monologue】


Have you ever been to a soup kitchen?

The earliest occurrences of soup kitchens are difficult to identify.

Throughout history, societies have invariably recognised a moral obligation to feed the hungry.

The philosopher Simone Weil wrote that feeding the hungry when one has resources to do so is the most obvious obligation of all, and that as far back as Ancient Egypt.

Soup has long been one of the most economical and simple ways to supply nutritious food to large numbers of people.

The earliest modern soup kitchens were established by the inventor Sir Benjamin Thompson (1753-1814), who was employed as an aide-de-camp to the Elector of Bavaria in the 1790s.

He was an American-born British physicist and inventor whose challenges to established physical theory were part of the 19th century revolution in thermodynamics.

He also served as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Loyalist forces in America during the American Revolutionary War.

After the end of the war he moved to London where his administrative talents were recognized when he was appointed a full Colonel.

In 1784 received a knighthood from King George III.

A prolific designer, he also drew designs for warships.

He later moved to Bavaria and entered government service there, being appointed Bavarian Army Minister and re-organizing the army.

In 1791, he was made a Count of the Holy Roman Empire.

He spent eleven years in Bavaria, reorganizing the army and establishing workhouses for the poor.

He also invented Rumford’s Soup, a soup for the poor, and established the cultivation of the potato in Bavaria.

A “soup kitchen” was born as part of his “social work.”


In any case, I hope Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …



If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:



“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”


“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”

“Another Cinderella”

“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”

“Life with Music”



“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”



“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

“Merry X’Mas”

“Heaven with Mochi”

“Travel Expense Scandal”



Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies by the end of this year.


“Actual Catalogue Page”

So far, he’s watched 658 movies.

That is, he must see 343 more movies to accomplish his goal.

I’m particularly interested in Number 649 in the above list.

It is called “The Sawshank Redemption.”



Kato jotted down his comment as follows:

This is a 1994 epic American drama written and directed by Frank Darabont.

Adapted from the Stephen King novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”, the film tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover despite his claims of innocence.

During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation.

I think this is one of the greatest movies, in which you could feel, as if in realty, that maintaining one’s feeling of self-worth is quite important even when placed in a hopeless position.


This film clearly shows how you can be free, even in prison, or unfree, even in freedom, based on one’s outlook on life.

The above comment sounds quite interesting, doesn’t it?

Why don’t you see it?








『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』








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