Sweet Memory

Monday, September 16, 2013
Sweet Memory






Summer seems to be over!

From: diane@vancouver.ca
to: barclay1720@aol.com
Sun., 2013 Sept. 8, 6:46 PM
(Pacific Daylight Saving Time)

Hi Kato,

I think you’re right, kiddo.
Summer seems to be over … well, almost.
In the mornings you can feel the chill, it’s definitely not as light as before, but, come afternoon ~ well it feels downright summerish.
… hope it lasts a bit longer.

Thanks so much for the following article:


“Peace@Syria & Pentagon”

Syria Chemical Weapons Attack

I just can’t seem to get myself interested in the political issues of the day for some reason.
I know I should, or at least many friends tell me I should, develop an interest but it just doesn’t grab me.
I’ll try, though.

By the way, the Vancouver Library has a new writer-in-residence, Rawi Hage, and he’s giving his inaugural reading at the Central Branch on Sept. 17th.

Rawi Hage:

Writer in Residence Inaugural Reading


A program for adults
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
7:00 pm-8:30 pm



Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level
Central Library
350 West Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC

We invite you to join us for the inaugural reading by VPLs 2013 Writer in Residence,
award-winning Canadian author Rawi Hage.

Rawi Hage will read from his critically acclaimed novels, offer insights into the writing process, and share how emerging writers can work with him during his residency.
Visit vpl.ca/writer_in_residence for more information and to apply for a consultation.

For more information please contact Vancouver Public Library at 604-331-3603

Sponsored by Canada Council for the Arts

and Friends of the Vancouver Public Library
TEL: 604-331-4049

Might be interesting, do you think?
I’m hoping to attend, even though it conflicts with my Kundalini yoga class.

I Went to JFS (Joe Fortes Library) earlier today.


I took a look around the joint hoping to see you, but, alas, no Kato.
Next time, maybe …


Ciao, Diane ~


A bit chilly in the morning


From: barclay1720@aol.com
to: diane@vancouver.ca
Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 2:25PM
(Pacific Daylight Saving Time)

Hi Diane,

How are you doing?
we’ve got a nice and gorgeous day, today, haven’t we?


As you said, in the mornings I can feel the chill, it’s definitely not as light and warm as before.
Like today, however, it feels downright summerish.

Yes, yes, yes… I hope it lasts a bit longer, too

> Thanks for the article ..
> I just can’t seem to get myself interested
> in the political issues of the day for some reason.

Yes, yes, yes … I understand that.
If possible, I’d like to get rid of politics altogether.
Politics is a dirty and nasty thing behind the scenes.

> I know I should, or at least many tell me I should, develop an interest but it just doesn’t grab me.
> I’ll try, though.

Well … Each person has his or her own interest and color.
Nobody has a right to change your color.
You’ve got your own marvelous shining color, which I can see!

> By the way, the Vancouver Library has
> a new writr-in-residence, Rawi Hage,
> and I see he’s giving his inaugural reading
> at the Central Branch on Sept. 17th.
> Might be interesting, do you think?

Yes, yes, yes … I’ve noticed the poster in the elevator.

Rawi Hage’s speech upon winning

the 2008 International IMPAC Literary

He’s an award-winning writer.
It must be interesting.

> I’m hoping to attend, even though it conflicts
> with my Kundalini yoga class.

I’d like to attend, but I’m gonna leave for Japan in the beginning of October.
I’ll stay in Japan for a month and will be back in November.


TAKOYAKI cooking

As usual, I’ve got to write about 30 articles in advance to cover 30 days so that I have enough time to enjoy my stay in Japan.
Nobody forces me to write an article everyday, but it has become my habit and I’m enjoying it to the hilt.

> Went to JFS earlier today, and took a look
> around the joint hoping to see you
> but, alas, no Kato. Next time, maybe …

I book the time slot in the morning at JFS from Monday thru Saturday.
Not on Sunday, when I go straight to the central library and spend half a day.


Peace-loving fun-loving skinny traveller, Kato
with a lot of love




Last fall, I bought several pieces of Japanese sweet called “Yatsu-hashi” for you.
It has a peculiar Japanese taste, I suppose.
This year, I’m thinking of a different kind of Japanese sweet—something like a 1000-year-old lotus-sweet.





A 1000-year-old lotus-sweet.

…sounds yukky? :-)




I’m watching my weight

From: diane@vancouver.ca
to: barclay1720@aol.com
Monday, 2013 Sept. 9, 2:25PM
(Pacific Daylight Saving Time)

Hi Kato,

Yes, it was another gorgeous day today, warm & sunny & fresh.
I went for a nice long walk in Stanley Park.






So now I know why I’m missing you at the JFS.
you’re there when I’m still at the gym or my volunteer jobs and such.
Maybe one day I’ll manage to get up a bit earlier and then I will see you .. hopefully.

Glad to see you’re making another month long trip to Japan beginning of October.
I’m sure your mother and family will be happy to see you and glad to know you’re so responsible that you prepare your daily blogs in advance.
No wonder you have to keep so busy, kiddo.

Please don’t bring me anything back from Japan.
I’m watching my weight and besides the only important thing to bring back to all of us in Canada is yourself.

See you soon,


Love, Diane ~

Diane, I’m not a big spender.  Don’t worry about my spending too much.

Actually, I’m glad to hear that you’re gonna bring me some kind of Japanese sweet, but as you know, I’m watching my weight.

Oh, c’mon, Diane.  You’re in such a good shape and you’ll still have some space in your stomach for some sweets.

I don’t think so.

I’ll tell you what… You take whatever you want, then jog aroung the seawall to burn out some fat.


I can’t afford to jog around to burn out some fat.  I’m too busy at the gym and my volunteer jobs.

If you take a look at the following video clip, you might change your mind.




Wagashi (和菓子)


Wow! … There are so many fancy sweets.  Ummmm … These delicate sweets are really tempting.

Those sweets are giving you a taste of Japan, you know.  Now, what would you say?

Well … I might take a one or two, but I’m really worried about getting into a balloon.


【Himiko’s Monologue】

Have you ever visited Stanley Park?
The park is Vancouver’s crown jewel.
Unlike other large urban parks, Stanley Park is not the product of a landscape architect, but has evolved into its present, mixed-use configuration.
Significant effort was put into constructing the now nearly century old Vancouver seawall, which can draw up to thousands of residents and visitors to the park every day.


The park also features forest trails, beaches, lakes, playgrounds, and the Vancouver Aquarium, among many other attractions.
When you visit Vancouver, please visit the park.

Stanley Park Guide

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:



“You Love Japan, eh?”

“Eight Bridges”

“First Love”

“Fright on Flight”

“Boy’s Movie”

“From Summer to Eternity”

“Sōseki & Glenn Gould”


“Dream Dream Dream”

“In Search of Your Footprint”

“Little Night Music”

“Merry X’mas”

“Happy New Year!”

“Long live Diane!”

“Mona Lisa”

“Flu Shot”

“Selfish TD Bank”

“Talk with Mozart”


“Bliss for Diane!”

“Romantic Bohemian”

“TD Bank or Mozart?”

“Diane@TD Bank”

“Tear Jerker”

“Diane in Chorus Line”

“Pork or Friend?”


“Easter Bloopers”

“Beauty is Heart-deep”

“Romance@South Pacific”

“Art Gallery”

“Diane Hypatia”

“Cherry and Silk”

“Price of Your Life”

“Elephant Cries”

“Banana @ Eden”


“Go Bananas”


“Stanley Boardwalk”

“With Your Tiger”

“A Second World”

“Asexual Thought”

“Stanley 125 Years”

“Sushi @ the Globe”

“Peace@Syria & Pentagon”



Hi, I’m June Adams.

Stanley Park is a 1,001-acre public park that borders the downtown of Vancouver.
It is almost entirely surrounded by waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Its land was originally used by Aboriginal peoples before it had become a military reserve in the mid-1800s, when British Columbia was colonized by the British in 1858.

If you have never been to the city, the following video clip will give you a rough idea about what it looks like.


Vancouver Walking Guide

Vancouver is one of the warmest Canadian cities.
Vancouver’s climate is temperate by Canadian standards.
The summer months are typically dry, with an average of only one in five days during July and August receiving precipitation.

In contrast, precipitation falls during nearly half the days from November through March.

The daily maximum averages 22 °C (72 °F) in July and August, with highs rarely reaching 30 °C (86 °F).

The highest temperature ever recorded at the airport was 34.4 °C (93.9 °F) set on July 30, 2009, and the highest temperature ever recorded within the city of Vancouver was 35.0 °C (95.0 °F) occurring first on July 31, 1965, again on August 8, 1981, and finally on May 29, 1983.

On average, snow falls on eleven days per year, with three days receiving 6 cm (2.4 in) or more.
Average yearly snowfall is 38.1 cm (15.0 in) but typically does not remain on the ground for long.

Winters in Greater Vancouver are the fourth mildest of Canadian cities after nearby Victoria, Nanaimo and Duncan, all on Vancouver Island.









『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』






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