Romeo & Juliet


Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Romeo & Juliet








We’ve got lots of sunshine.



Date: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 6:19 PM


Hello Diane,

We’ve got lots of sunshine these days.

I’ve still seen scaffolding around the cathedral.
Now what’s going on?
Are they making it twice as big as the current size?
Holy cow!

I suppose many people are wondering how soon the soup kitchen is available.

Well.. under this glorious weather, I’d rather hop and jump around with joy while strolling along the seawall, instead of eating soup indoors.

Maybe, I should take my own advice and step outside the library.
Don’t you think?

Well… On August 6, I watched a Spanish movie called “Abre los ojos (Open your eyes).”


“Actual Catalogue Page”


In this steamy, intriguingly complex, psychological thriller, the line between reality and fantasy is hopelessly blurred.
César tries to make sense of his life after a car crash leaves his once-handsome face grotesquely disfigured.
After he is placed into a psychiatric penitentiary for a murder he doesn’t remember committing, César’s only hope is to delve into the depths of his subconscious mind where the answer to ending his living nightmare lies in his dreams.”

After viewing the above film, I jotted down my comment as follows:

“The script is fantastically contrived for the sake of complexity,
but it is profoundly thought-provoking in the sense that life is what exists in your mind after all.”

So, I imagined that I’d been enjoying the sunshine in Stanley Park… He, he, he, he, he…

In any case, the above movie gave me an inspiration because I came to realize that “love is what exists in your mind after all.”

This realization let me write the following article—just for you.


“Maiden’s Prayer”

I hope you’ll enjoy reading the above article.

In any case, sing while jogging around the seawall, Diane.
…see you soon.

Your smiling Bohemian, Kato
with a lot of love as always


Your smiling Bohemian, Kato
with a lot of love as always




Oh, what a lovely story it is!

How are you, Kato?

from: Diane
to: Kato
date: Tue, Aug 16, 2016 at 7:25 PM

Hello, my happy bohemian,

Oh, what a lovely story of unrequited love, Kato.
You really ARE a romantic.

You never know; they say the world is getting smaller all the time, so one day you may run into her sauntering into the library or skipping down your very street.
Now wouldn’t that be marvelous?

Very sweet story.
I’m impressed with you being into a special class as well;
in my school we had the classes for the “smart kids” (my older brother John was always in those classes),
but I seemed to always being in the middle so to speak; not with the handicapped kids,
but also not with the smart kids. Not that we cared much as kids, though; but good for you nevertheless.

I always knew you were brighter than the average cookie.
Thanks again for this story.

Life’s good; I’ve been having a great sense of well-being lately; hopefully the feeling will hold.
Maybe it’s this great weather.
Speaking of which, I’m going for a walk,

Tata for now,


Get to the beach when you can kiddo.
Summer’s short in Vancouver, you know.

If you like theater, Bard on the Beach is in full session now.



Fred and I went to Romeo & Juliet on Saturday and it was awesome.

Highly recommended!


See you soon, hopefully,


Love, Diane ~


Kato, did you see “Romeo and Juliet” on the beach?


You did see the play, didn’t you… Tell me about it.

Well… the synopsis goes as follows:


Two powerful families in Verona, the Capulets and the Montagues, have been feuding for generations.
When yet another street fight breaks out between the rival families, Prince Escalus threatens death to anyone who disrupts the peace again.

Meanwhile, Capulet, the family patriarch, learns that Count Paris is eager to wed his daughter Juliet.
He invites Paris to a masked ball that evening to begin the courtship.
Juliet’s nurse and her mother, Lady Capulet, worry that Juliet is too young for marriage but they still encourage her to consider Paris’ proposal.

Elsewhere in Verona, Romeo Montague pines for Rosaline, who disdains his affection.
His friends Benvolio and Mercutio urge him to forget her.
They decide to attend – uninvited – the Capulet’s party.

Juliet’s fiery cousin Tybalt is at the party and recognizes Romeo as a Montague.


Capulet forbids him to fight, so Tybalt vows to retaliate in some other way.
Romeo is oblivious: he and Juliet have discovered each other and are smitten.
They flirt and soon kiss.
Before the party ends, each learns the other’s identity and family affiliation.

Romeo hides in Capulet’s garden, where Juliet is on her balcony.


They profess their love and decide to wed secretly.
Romeo promises he will find someone to marry them.

The next morning, Romeo visits Friar Laurence, who agrees to marry the young lovers in the hope that the union will end their families’ feud.
Juliet’s nurse arrives to confirm the arrangements, and the secret ceremony takes place that afternoon.

Later, Tybalt encounters Romeo and challenges him to a duel.
Romeo refuses, knowing that Tybalt is now his kinsman through marriage.
Mercutio fights Tybalt instead and is fatally wounded.
Enraged at his friend’s death, Romeo attacks and slays Tybalt, then flees.
When Prince Escalus learns of this latest violence, he banishes Romeo from Verona.

Back at the Friar’s cell, Romeo plans his escape to Mantua.
But first, he spends his wedding night with Juliet.
As the sun rises, the newlyweds reluctantly part.

Juliet’s father informs her she must marry Paris in just a few days.
Her protests fail to change his mind. Desperate, Juliet seeks Friar Laurence’s help.
He offers her a potion that will make her appear dead for 42 hours and promises to send a message about the plan to Romeo, so he can rejoin Juliet when she awakens and then they can run away together.

Alone in her bedroom, Juliet drinks the potion and falls asleep.
The next morning, her nurse discovers her and believes she is dead.
Juliet is laid to rest in the family tomb.

Romeo, now in Mantua, never receives the Friar’s message.
When he hears news of Juliet’s death, he resolves to return to Verona to see her one last time, setting into motion the final fateful events for the young lovers.

SOURCE: “Romeo and Juliet (Synopsis)”

Ummmm … sounds quite interesting.

So, Kato, you went to the beach to see it, huh?

I did see “Romeo and Juliet” NOT on the beach BUT in the library.


“Actual Catalogue Page”


How did you like it?

Terrible! … I didn’t like it at all… Please read my comment:


This is a American adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet directed by Baz Luhrmann.

The film is an abridged modernization of Shakespeare’s play.

While it retains the original Shakespearean dialogue, the Montagues and the Capulets are represented as warring mafia empires with legitimate business fronts.

Swords are replaced with guns.


As soon as I watch the first ten minutes, I realize that this film is a total garbage because Shakespeare would get mad with this comical rendition of the futuristic adaptation.

I dislike this kind of comical shit.

Tsk, tsk, tsk… Kato, your comment sounds awful! … Shakespeare would get disappointed if he read your comment.

Its adaptation is so bad that Shakespeare would get furious.

Is it reall that bad?

You surely bet on that… I was so disappointed that I turned to the famous “West Side STory.”


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so, Kato, how did you like it?

It’s one of the best adaptations of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Please read my comment:


This is a 1961 American romantic musical directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins, based on the 1957 Broadway musical of the same name.

Inspired by William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, the story focuses on the two gangs—the Jets led by Riff and the Sharks led by Bernardo.

Lieutenant Schrank and Officer Krupke break up a brawl, warning both gangs to stop fighting or they will be arrested.

Despite the warning, the Jets challenge the Sharks to a rumble for neighborhood control.

Bernardo’s younger sister, Maria, meets Tony (previous leader of the Jets) at the dance and both fall in love.

Bernardo tells Tony to stay away from Maria, and the tragedy starts.

I love mambo and music!


I think this film remains the most memorable and iconic of all the Shakespeare adaptations for film.

so, Kato, you like mambo, don’t you?

Yes, I love it… I like salsa, too… As a matter of fact, salsa is a popular form of social dance these days, you know.  It originated in New York City with strong influences from Latin America, particularly Puerto Rico, and Cuba.  The movements of salsa have origins in Cuban Son, Cha-cha-cha, and Mambo. And the dance, along with the salsa music, originated in the mid-1970s in New York.

Is that right?

Do you know, Diane, from three to seven o’clock in the afternoon every Sunday, there goes salsa dancing party at Robson Square.



The other day, I enjoyed dancing with Mayumi.



Wow!… I didn’t know that you and Mayumi are such enthusiastic salsa dancers.

Well … there is a “West End Story.”

Oh…?  Tell me about it… I’m all ears.

I’ve already told you about it.


Sex Appeal


【Himiko’s Monologue】


I love “West Side Story.”

Tony, the previous leader of the Jets, has fallen in love with Maria, the sister of Bernardo—the leader of the Sharks.

Upon Maria’s request, Tony plans to go to the rumble and stop the fight.

Maria and Tony sing the following song:


This song is about their eagerness to see each other after Tony returns.

They believe that after Tony stops the fight, the tension surrounding their forbidden love will finally vanish and the night will be “endless.”

They are frustrated by the seemingly slow place of the present day while they are anticipating the coming night.

Well … 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,

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“Love & Loyalty”

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“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”

“Life with Music”



“Glorious Summer”

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“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

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“Travel Expense Scandal”




“JAGEL Again”

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Maiden’s Prayer



Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.

As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.


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Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.

You might just as well want to view it.



The stories in “the Arabian Nights” were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.

The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.

In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.

What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.

The stories proceed from this original tale.

Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.

Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.









『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』