Monday, November 5, 2012
So Kato, you’re talking about your first love, aren’t you?
Yes, I am.
I’m all ears.
I’m pretty sure you would be disappointed to hear my monotonous first love.
You never know until you’re done with your talking. Don’t waste your time, Kato. Just start telling me about your love story.
Well …, if you say so. First of all, my first love story sounds like the one in the movie: “Summer of ’42.”
I see … So, Kato, you fell in love with a Drothy-like woman, didn’t you?
Well …, not quite.
Since you showed me the above film, I assumed you fell in love with an older woman for the first time, didn’t you?
Yes, yes, yes … I did. I suddenly get infatuated with an older woman, but …
She’s a bit different from an ordinary woman.
In what way?
Well …, I tell you my story from the beginning.
Okay … take your time.
I was thirteen years old—two years younger than Hermie. But I was quite curious about love and sex.
I can understand that. And what happened?
One day, my neighbor gave me some old Playboy magazines when he moved out.
He was a well-educated married man with a couple of kids. He didn’t even show those magazines to his wife. Since he didn’t want his wife to know that he had such “dirty” magazines, he decided to give them away.
So, did you fall in love with his wife?
No, I didn’t. I was quite curious to see the naked women in the magazines, but I was totally dissapointed.
…’Cause in those days the Playboy magazines were all censored in Japan, and a black-filled circle appeared between the legs.
Oh, Kato, tsk, tsk, tsk, …
I tried to get rid of the ink by all means.
So, Kato, you were an extremely curious kid, weren’t you?
You’re tellin me. I tried everything to remove the black ink, but to no avail. Then suddenly somebody entered my room. Since I thought it was my mother, I was almost stunned to death.
Who was it?
She was twenty-two years old.
… looks like a nice woman, doesn’t she?
Yes, she does, but she was a feeble-minded girl with a mental age of seven or eight. She had never attended any school at all.
Was she your sister?
Oh, no. She was a daughter of a well-to-do family living in the next block.
Why was she in your home at the time?
Kiku-chan was treated like an outsider in the neighborhood because of her feeble mentality. Nobody wanted her company. Only my mother and I treated her as an ordinary woman. So, Kiku-chan liked my mother and me, and frequently visited my house. But at that time Kiku-chan came to my room while I was watching the picture because my mother just went shopping.
I see. Then what happened?
Well …, she was a well-shaped healthy mature woman with a nice wholesome body.
So, Kato, you had a wrong and dirty idea, didn’t you?
In any case, I showed her the picture of the naked woman. Kiku-chan seemed somehow interested in the naked woman. Therefore I said, “Kiku-chan … you are as beautiful as this woman. So, why don’t you remove your clothes as she did?”
Kato! You were such a bad boy! You tried to take advantage of a feeble-minded woman, didn’t you?
Well …, I couldn’t resist the urge to see a naked full-fledged woman at the time.
Did she go naked?
I asked her to stand in the buff for me a hundred times, but she refused adamantly. Eventually she burst into tears.
How come she cried?
Kiku-chan’s mother was born before the World War II, and went to a women’s college. In those days virginity was golden. Although Kiku-chan didn’t go to school, her mother taught her basic disciplines in an old-fashioned way. Such being the case, Kiku-chan believed that she would die if she did show her naked body to a non-family member.
Did she run back home?
Oh no, she liked me and stayed with me since I apologized, but she went out of my room after a while.
Did she never come back again?
Yes, she did. She returned with two pieces of yatsuhashi for a 3’oclock tea break.
I was so relieved to know that she didn’t avoid me after all. While eating yatsuhashi, I watched the video: “Gone with the Wind.”
Gone with the wind (trailer)
I thought that she was gone by the time I would finish the video.
No, she wasn’t. Kiku-chan was in my room even after the video was over. I started to do some homework at my desk. While reading my textboook, I noticed that Kiku-chan replayed the video.
Did she watch the same movie again?
Yes, she did. To my surprise she viewed the same scene over and over again with a touch of fascination and trepidation.
She watched the following famous scene:
Apparently she was attracted by the affection between the couple. I was puzzled if Kiku-chan could ever understand love. So I asked her, “Kiku-chan, do you understand why they kiss?”
How did she answer?
She nodded with a somewhat bashful smile. So I asked her again, “Kiku-chan, do you love me?”
Then how did she answer?
She nodded hesitatingly but with a lukewarm smile. So I said, “Kiku-chan, let me kiss you.”
She closed her eyes just as Scarlett O’Hara did in the movie.
Kato! … Did you … did you … did you go all the way to make love?
No, of course not! I wouldn’t like her to commit suicide.
Kato, you were over-reacting as usual… Anyway, is Kiku-chan still alive?
Unfortunately she died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 48.
Oh, I’m so sorry. By the way, Kato, you told me about your first love to explaine how come you brought some yatsuhashi from Japan, didn’t you?
Yes, I did.
I know Kiku-chan brought you some pieces of yatsuhashi as sweets for a tea break. But that doesn’t explaine how come you chose yatsuhashi for me, does it?
No, it doesn’t. There is a follow-up story.
What is it? Tell me.
Well …, Kiku-chan liked fire engines.
Fire engines? How come?
The red-colored vehicle with a sounding siren drove her crazy. I suppose she was passionate by nature. You like re-colored vehicles, don’t you?
Me? Red-colored vehicles? What makes you think so?
Well …, you sent me the following postcard when you were in London.
(■ From “Biker Babe”)
So I thought you like red-colored vehicles, which remind me of Kiku-chan, who reminds me of yatsuhashi. So I chose yatsuhashi for you as souvenir.
What an association!
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Please read one of the following artciles:
Hi, I’m June Adams.
Gone with the Wind, first published in 1936, is a romance novel written by Margaret Mitchell.
Mitchell received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for the book in 1937.
The story is set in Clayton County, Georgia and Atlanta during the American Civil War and Reconstruction, and depicts the experiences of Scarlett O’Hara, the spoiled daughter of a well-to-do plantation owner, who must use every means at her disposal to come out of the poverty she finds herself in after Sherman’s March to the Sea.
The book is the source of the 1939 film of the same name.
Margaret Mitchell began writing Gone with the Wind in 1926 to pass the time while recovering from an auto-crash injury that refused to heal.
In April 1935, Harold Latham of Macmillan, an editor who was looking for new fiction, read what she had written and saw that it could be a best-seller.
After Latham agreed to publish the book, Mitchell worked for another six months checking the historical references, and rewrote the opening chapter several times.
Mitchell and her husband John Marsh, a copy editor by trade, edited the final version of the novel.
Mitchell wrote the book’s final moments first, and then wrote the events that lead up to it.
Gone with the Wind is the only novel by Mitchell published during her lifetime.