Monday, May 2, 2011




Wow! The above pictures look so beautiful!  I wish I would taste some of the above sushi.  Ummmm… Kato, you’ve found out the meaning of the long word, eh?

Yeah, of course. I’m pretty sure that not many Japanese know the word. Probably, I’m one of the hundreds of English-word maniacs.

I guess so, too.  How did you get to know the meaning of “scrumdiddlyumptious”?

Simple!  I searched for it on the net and came across the following…

SOURCE: “Urban Dictionary: Scrumdiddlyumptious”

I see.  So, you came across the right dictionary, didn’t you?

Yes, I did.  I happened to look it up in the Oxford English Dictionary, but couldn’t find it.

SOURCE: “Oxford English Dictionary:”

You’re really at it, eh?  Scrumdiddlyumptious is one of brand new slang, I suppose.

Diane…how did you come across the word?

A friend of mine used it in the mail. By the way, Kato…, the pictures of sushi remind me of the Japanese restaurant in Nice, France.

I know… I know…

How do you know, Kato?

‘Cause you’re so attached to Nice as your brother owned and ran the English bar in Vieux Nice.

Food and Drinks in Nice

Nice is a great place for food, whether you’re picnicking on market fare, snacking on Niçois specialities like pan bagnat (a bun stuffed with tuna, salad and olive oil), salade Niçois, pissaladière (onion tart with anchovies) or socca (a chickpea flour pancake), or dining in the palace hotels.

The Italian influence is strong, with pasta on every menu; seafood and fish are also staples, with good bourride (fish soup), estocaficada (stockfish and tomato stew), and all manner of sea fish grilled with fennel or Provençal herbs.

The local Bellet wines from the hills behind the city provide the perfect light accompaniment.

For snacks, many of the cafés sell sandwiches with typically Provençal fillings such as fresh basil, olive oil, goat’s cheese and mesclun, the green-salad mix of the region.

Despite the usual fast-food chains and tourist traps dotted around, most areas of Nice have plenty of reasonable restaurants.

Vieux Nice has a dozen on every street catering for a wide variety of budgets, while the port quaysides have excellent, though pricey, fish restaurants.

From June till September it’s wise to reserve tables, or turn up before 8 p.m., especially in Vieux Nice—and though browsing menus is half the fun it’s best not to leave your selection too long, as not all Niçois kitchens stay open particularly late.

My Sushi

Chic and reasonably priced sushi bar, with menus from 18€.
Open daily until 11 p.m.


High Club

45 Promenade des Anglais

Big seafront disco spinning mainstream house and disco sounds.
Popular with younger clientele;
10€ entry. Open Fri & Sat. 11:30p.m. – 5:00 a.m.

Vieux Nice’s British- and Irish-style pubs have long been very popular with young expat travellers—in fact, you’re more likely to hear English than French spoken in some of them.

Along with their encyclopedic range of beers or whiskies they often feature live bands, though the music tends not to be very original.

For the older, more affluent generation, the luxury hotel bars with their jazzy singers and piano accompaniment have held sway for decades.

As for the clubs, bouncers judging your wallet or exclusive membership lists are the rule.

Nice’s lesbian and gay scene has broadened in recent years, with a wider selection of venues and a more relaxed attitude: the annual Pink Parade takes place in July.

Red characters: emphasized by Kato
Source: Lonely Planet “Provence and the Côte d’Azur”
Pictures and Map: from the Denman Library

Yes, the expatriate British frequented my brother’s pub, and most of them spoke in English.

Did he sell it?

Yes, regrettably, he did. I don’t know what he is up to now.

So, Diane…you miss it, eh?

Oh, yes, absolutely… Kato, did you visit the sushi bar quite often while you stayed in Nice?

Yes, of course.  I couldn’t live a day without a lump of rice.

Are you serious?

Oh, yes. I cook rice everyday.

You gotta be kidding.  It must be tedious and time-consuming to cook rice.

No, not really.  It’s easy.  A rice-cooker will do, and saves a lot of troubles for you.

So, some day, you will make me sushi, won’t you?

You bet, Diane.

By the way, have you seen the “Jane Eyre” DVD?

Oh…, I’m still waiting…

Jane Eyre

It is a famous and influential novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë.
It was published in London, England, in 1847 by Smith, Elder & Co. with the title Jane Eyre.
An Autobiography under the pen name “Currer Bell,” the “autobiography’s” supposed editor.
The first American edition was released the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York.

Charlotte Brontë

The novel merges elements of three distinct genres.
It has the form of a Bildungsroman, a story about a child’s maturation, focusing on the emotions and experiences that accompany growth to adulthood.
The novel also contains much social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, and finally has the brooding and moody quality and a Byronic character typical of Gothic fiction.

It is a novel often considered ahead of its time due to its portrayal of the development of a thinking and passionate young woman who is both individualistic, desiring for a full life, while also highly moral.
Jane evolves from her beginnings as a poor and plain woman without captivating charm to her mature stage as a compassionate and confident whole woman.

As she matures, she comments much on the complexities of the human condition.
Jane also has a deeply pious personal trust in God, but is also highly self-reliant.
Although Jane suffers much, she is never portrayed as a damsel in distress who needs rescuing.
For this reason, it is sometimes regarded as an important early feminist (or proto-feminist) novel.

This is the famous Parsonage

in Haworth where she lived

for much of her life.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

PICTURES: From the Denman Library


When you mentioned it, I was preoccupied with a story idea so that I dind’t know why you came up with “Jane Eyre”.

When I read the Bishop’s homily, it simply came across my mind.

You know, Diane, Charlotte Brontë’s father was Patrick Brontë, who was an Irish Anglican clergyman. And you go to the Anglican church in Vancouver. That’s why you came up with “Jane Eyre”, isn’t it?

Well…, I suppose it has something to do with my church. By the way, Kato, have you ever read the story of “Jane Eyre”?

Yes, of course, I have. It’s a world-famous novel. I’ve also seen the movie a couple of times.

Oh, have you?

Yes, as a matter of fact, I wanna see it again. so, I’ve booked the DVD movie.

I’m the third person in the waiting list.

Position: 3

I see.

SOURCE: “Jane Eyre” (April 14, 2011)

Are you still waiting for the DVD?

Yes, that’s right. It’s in a big demand.

Now, I’m at Position 1.

Then you’re going to get it within a week.

Yes, if the borrower will return within a week. But, he or she will be able to renew twice. If so, I’ll wait for three weeks at longest.

“Jane Eyre” is so popular, isn’t it?

Yes, it seems so. Actually, there’s already another person who’s waiting after me.

How do you know?

The library record shows it.

SOURCE: “The Actual Catalogue Page: Jane Eyre”

Holds: 2

I see…so, there are two people in the waiting list, aren’t there?

Yes, there are.  Me and another person.

Kato, did you post a comment?


Kato A. Kato
May 02, 2011

I’ve been looking for the best version of Jane Eyre that is the truest to the story.

I’m glad that I’ve finally come across the one, and have been waiting for quite some time—since April 13.

I was at position 3, and now I’m at position 1.

I’m so eager to view the DVD ‘cause Diane (a good-natured, kind-hearted lady friend of mine) asked me for a second opinion on the tormented love and the life of the heroine.

How do you like it, Diane?

It looks like a personal message to me.

Well…, you can write anything you like, can’t you?

【Himiko’s Monologue】

Wow! “Jane Eyre” is in a big demand.
There are still two people in the waiting list.
It must be good!

Anyway, It’s a world-famous novel.
I’d better see it.

The Japanese classic literature is one thing; romance is another.
Well, come to think of it, I’ve never met a decent man in my life.
How come I’m always a loner?
I wish I could meet a nice gentleman at the library in my town as Kato met Diane.
Well, they say, there is a way where there is a will.

Have a nice day!
Bye bye …


“Queen Nefertiti”

“Catherine de Medici”

“Catherine the Great”

“Mata Hari”

“Sidonie Colette”

“Marilyn Monroe”




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