Yellow Ball


Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Yellow Ball






Subj:I enjoyed the delightful movie!


Date: Fri., September 5, 2014 4:43 PM
Pacific Daylight Saving Time

Hi Kato,

Nice to hear from you and thanks so much for the review on the film.
I’ll look at it on Monday when I return from my weekend reveries.

I do recall seeing “The Scent of Green Papaya” years ago, but can’t remember it clearly at all.
Maybe I’ll reserve it one of these days, and thanks for the recommendation.

I just returned from a matinee at International Village of Woody Allen’s latest “Magic in the Moonlight.”


I must say it was delightful.
The cinematography is superb, so is the witty dialogue (Colin Firth shines in this one).
And the romance, the magical music of the late 1920’s, all came together to provide a most pleasurable romantic comedy, with a bit of substance underlying the whole affair.
Quite a surprise ending as well.

It didn’t hurt that it took place in the lovely Cote d’Azur, where my boyfriend and I just returned from visiting my brother in June.



We really enjoyed this movie … when we arrived at the theatre we were the only two there.
How can they keep these theatres profitable? Egads.

Another couple came later and sat behind us, but it was just the four of us in this huge theater.
It is Friday afternoon, nice day—no rain to keep folks home.
It’s just so unbelievable!


… guess you’re looking forward to the upcoming VIFF (me, too!).
I’ve already picked out 10 must-sees and the guide isn’t even out yet.
… looks like it’s going to be a fantastic year.
… hope to see you at the some of the films, kiddo.

Have a good weekend, Kato

We’ve got tickets to “The Tempest” at Bard-on-the-Beach tomorrow afternoon with our breakfast group.
Reviews have been positive and the weather is expected to be sunny and warm.
So we’re all excited.


Love, Diane ~



You’re looking forward to

the upcoming VIFF for sure!


Date: Thur., September 18, 2014 6:27 PM
Pacific Daylight Saving Time

Hi Diane,

Unfortunately, I’m going to leave for Japan in October.
Naturally, I’ll be busy preparing for my annual migration.
I’ll have to write some articles in advance.
Although VIFF will open on September 25, I’m afraid I won’t have enough time to attend the events.

Diane, you’ve already picked out 10 must-sees, eh?
I took a look at the festival program.

My picks are as follows:


1) Force Majeure


Echoing The Hunt’s psychological intensity, Ruben Östlund’s riveting drama features another desperate man whose world crumbles around him.

After an avalanche at a ski resort in the Alps, a family’s narrow escape is overshadowed by husband/father Tomas’ cowardice in the clutch.

It seems that running for his (own) life is a slight his wife Ebba just can’t shake.
“Precisely calibrated… Visually stunning… Emotionally perceptive…”


2) Foxcatcher


Employing an unsettling mix of suspense and absurdity, Bennett Miller (Capote) delves into the bizarre true story of Olympic wrestling brothers (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo)
and their well-heeled, mentally imbalanced sponsor (Steve Carell, combining arrogance and anguish to monstrous effect).

“Powerfully disturbing… This insidiously gripping psychological drama is a model of bleak, bruising, furiously concentrated storytelling.”
(Variety. Winner, Best Director, Cannes 2014.)


3) The Golden Era


Fresh from Venice, Ann Hui’s masterly new film tells the life story of China’s greatest modern woman writer Xiao Hong, brilliantly played by Tang Wei.
In the background, Japan’s invasion of China in the 1930s.

In the foreground, a woman in love with a feckless man, negotiating the sexual and political rivalries of her day with honesty, clarity and beauty.
(Tony Rayns)


4) The Horses of Fukushima


Much of Matsubayashi’s prize-winning documentary was shot inside the “exclusion zone” around the crippled nuclear power-plant at Fukushima.

He finds a stable of horses injured in the tsunami, and follows their rehabilitation to take part in a local horse festival.
Very movingly, we watch one horse overcome its traumas… and one man overcome his fears.
(Tony Rayns)


5) In Search of Chopin


It’s always a pleasure to present VIFF favourite Phil Grabsky’s (In Search of Mozart, In Search of Beethoven) latest beautifully made, exquisite-sounding inquiry into the life and music of one of classical music’s great composers.

Now it is the Polish maestro’s turn… “Grabsky has astutely woven together an indelible portrait, offering us a rich and personal insight into Chopin the man and his music.”
(Urban Cinefile)


6) Something Must Break


While identities and genders are alluringly fluid in Ester Martin Bergsmark’s narrative debut, the desire for connection is unrelenting.

Initially trepidatious to explore a feminine side, Sebastian—who sometimes prefers to be called Ellie—falls hard for Andreas, a straight man.

But when Andreas proves a fast friend but reluctant lover, Ellie rushes to the fore.
(Winner, Hivos Tiger Award, Rotterdam 2014.)


7) Two Days, One Night


Marion Cotillard gives her rawest performance as a woman desperately trying to save her job and discovering the meaning of solidarity and self-worth.

“A tense dramatic situation and a subtly magnificent central performance… add up to an outstanding new movie from the Dardenne brothers: impassioned, exciting and moving—a Twelve Angry Men of the 21st-century workplace.”
(Guardian. Winner, Sydney Film Prize, Sydney 2014.)


8) The Vancouver Asahi


Back in the 1930s, in Vancouver’s old Japantown, a group of Canadian-born kids launched their own baseball team, the Asahi.

Ishii’s lavish-scale entertainment chronicles their battles against failure, racism and prejudice—and the brief moment of triumph they enjoyed before Pearl Harbor changed everything.
An epic tale, rich in humour and humanity.
(Tony Rayns)

In any case, I’d like to hear about your picks once the festival is over.
Now, I’ve just written an article.



…hope you’ll enjoy it.

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


So, Kato, you’ve picked up eight movies you’d like to watch, huh?


Yes, I have.  Which one of those would you like to watch, Diane?

I’d say “In Search of Chopin,” which sounds quite interesting.


So, Diane, you love Chopin’s music, eh?

Yes, I do—very much so.

Which piece do you like the most, Diane?

Of course, I love his “Nocturne op.9 No.2.”


Ummmm…  I love it, too.

What else do you love, Kato?

I love “Tristesse.”


So, Kato, you like melancholic pieces, huh?

Yes, I do.

Tell me, Kato, which one of your picks do you like to watch the most?

Of course, I’d like to see the following movie.


I see… the baseball team of the Japanese Canadians, huh?

Yes.  Actually, I thought I’d already watched it, but the above film was made in 2014.  What I viewed is the following flick.

Sleeping Tigers

(The Asahi Baseball Story)


In pre-World War II Vancouver the Asahi baseball team was unbeatable, outplaying the taller Caucasian teams and winning the prestigious Pacific Northwest Championship for five straight years.

When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the Canadian government sent every person of Japanese descent, whether born in Canada or not, to internment camps.

Faced with hardship and isolation, the former Asahi members survived by playing baseball.

Their passion for this quintessential North American game soon attracted other players, including RCMP and local townspeople, and the baseball games helped to break down racial and cultural barriers.

In Sleeping Tigers, award-winning director Jari Osborne skillfully weaves archival film and dramatic re-creations, along with candid interviews with the last of the Asahi, to tell this remarkable story.

2002, 50 min 47 s

Directed by Jari Osborne

SOURCE: “Sleeping Tigers: The Asahi Baseball Story”
National Film Board of Canada

The above movie was made in 2002.  I’m pretty sure that the Japanese movie “Vancouver Asahi” was inspired by the “Sleeping Tigers.”


【Himiko’s Monologue】


I wish I were at the film festival in Vancouver.
I’d like to watch as many love stories as possible.

A decade ago, I watched “Love Story.”
I was moved so much that I even forgot to eat my supper that night.


The theme music is beautiful—I love it better than any other music piece.

However, music is one thing; food is yet another.
Romance doesn’t fill my stomach.
I’m quite hungry now, and feel like eating sushi.

How about you?
Do you like sushi?
I’m sure you do.

Why don’t you make California rolls?
I’ll show you how to make those rolls.

California Rolls

An Easy Sushi Recipe

Now, you know how to do it.
Enjoy it to the hilt.

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:


“Go Bananas”


“Stanley Boardwalk”

“With Your Tiger”

“A Second World”

“Asexual Thought”


“Stanley 125 Years”

“Sushi @ the Globe”

“Peace@Syria & Pentagon”

“Sweet Memory”

“Unforgettable Movies”

“Typhoon 26”

“Great Luck”




“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”





Hi, I’m June Adams.

The contemporary version, internationally known as “sushi”, was created by Hanaya Yohei (1799–1858) at the end of the Edo period in Tokyo.
Sushi invented by Hanaya was an early form of fast food that was not fermented (therefore prepared quickly) and could be conveniently eaten with one’s hands.

Originally, this sushi was known as Edomae zushi because it used freshly caught fish in the Edo-mae (Edo Bay or Tokyo Bay).
Though the fish used in modern sushi no longer usually comes from Tokyo Bay, it is still formally known as Edomae nigiri-zushi.

I like temaki sushi.
It is easy to make.
Here are the step-by-step instructions.


Temaki Sushi








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