Posts Tagged ‘gyoda’

Halloween@Shibuya

2017年11月3日

 

Halloween@Shibuya

 


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Kato, who is the above lady in East Indian costume?


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She is Madame Taliesin.

Is she your wife?

Oh, no… She is the queen of Halloween.

No kidding!

I’m dead serious!  She is MY queen of Halloween.

Are you telling the world that she is a queen of Halloween ONLY for you?

Yes, that’s right.  You’re telling the world, Diane.

But why is she wearing an East Indian costume instead of kimono?

Good question! … It is a long story.

Then make it short and tell me the story.

Well … When I arrived in my hometown, Gyoda, on October 18, it was so hot that Madame Taliesin welcomed me while bathing in bikini.


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Kato, were you dreaming or what?  It was terribly cold in Vancouver on October 18.  No Vancouverites could take a dip in the water.

I know, I know, … I’m sure you were almost frozen to death, but I felt as if I were in Hawaii when I arrived in Japan on October 18.

How come it’s so hot in your homwtown at this time of year?

Good question, Diane!  It is because Gyoda is famous for its fire festival.


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Kato, are you saying that the fire in the festival makes it hot in Gyoda at this time of year?


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Yes, you’re absolutely right.

I think you’re definitely kidding me.  Who could believe you?  By the way, who are the couple in the above video.  They seem to wear old Japanese costumes.

Yes, they do… The festival is about Konohanasakuya-hime and her husband.

Who is Konohanasakuya-hime?

She is a famous character in Japanese mythology.

Konohanasakuya-hime


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Konohanasakuya-hime (木花咲耶姫) is the blossom-princess and symbol of delicate earthly life.

She is the daughter of the mountain god Ohoyamatsumi.

She is often considered an avatar of Japanese life, especially since her symbol is the sakura (cherry blossom).

Kono-hana is also the goddess of Mount Fuji and all volcanoes.

Kono-hana-hime is the wife of the god Ninigi.

She met him on the seashore and they fell in love.

Ninigi asked Oho-Yama, the father of Kono-hana-hime for her hand in marriage.

Oho-Yama proposed his older daughter, Iwa-Naga-hime, instead, but Ninigi had his heart set on Kono-hana because Iwa-Naga-hime was ugly.

Oho-Yama reluctantly agreed and Ninigi and Ko-no-hana married.

Because Ninigi refused Iwa-Naga-hime, the rock-princess, human lives are said to be short and fleeting, like the sakura blossoms, instead of enduring and long lasting, like stones.

Kono-hana became pregnant in just one night, causing suspicion in Ninigi.

He wondered if this was the child of another kami.

Kono-hana was enraged at Ninigi’s accusation and entered a doorless hut, which she then set fire to, declaring that the child would not be hurt if it were truly the offspring of Ninigi.

Inside the hut, Ko-no-hana had three sons, Hoderi, Hosuseri and Hoori.

Shrines have been built on Mount Fuji for Konohanasakuya-hime.


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It is believed that she will keep Mount Fuji from erupting, but shrines to her at Kirishima have been repeatedly destroyed by volcanic eruptions.

She is also known for having tore up the Yatsugatake Mountains, because it was higher than Mount Fuji.


SOURCE: “Konohanasakuya-hime” from Wikipedia

I see… Quite interesting… But, Kato, how come Madame Taliesin wore an East Indian costume, instead of the traditional Japanese costume?

Diane, have you ever heard of an old saying—“Fight fire with fire”?

Yes, I have. But I can hardly understand why the above saying has to do with Madame Taliesin’s East Indian costume.

Well…, Madame Taliesin is crazy about East Indian currey.


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Kato, are you saying that I’m crazy about East Indian curry?

Yes, I am. The other day, You ate Indian curry at Kumagaya Station shopping mall!


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Even if you’re not addicted to East Indian curry, you’re still crazy about curry in general.

Do you have any proof?

Yes, of course.  You ate soup curry yesterday (November 4, 2015) at Neco Curry Shop.


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『Actual Page』

Did you see me eat the soup curry?

Yes of course I did.  You ate it in front of me.  I couldn’t help but see you enjoying it to the hilt.


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So, Kato, you enjoyed seeing my eating, huh?

Actually, I was a bit surprised.

Why is that?

…’Cause you told me that this place was a secret romantic spot.

Did I really say that?

Yes, you did.  You even showed me the following page:


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『Actual Page』

Then you even asked the owner to play some romantic music.

Did I?

Yes, you did.  You requested “Black Orfeus”—romantic Bossa Nova.


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You told me, “I wish I could eat with you on the beach in Rio de Janeiro.

Did I really say that?

Yes, you did.  I’m pretty sure that if you hear the following music, you’ll certainly recall it.


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Now, Madame Taliesin, did you remember what you said at the time?

I’m afraid not.  There are no stages in that curry restaurant in the first place.

Is that right?

I’m quite positive, Kato, that you were probably daydreaming.


SOURCE: 『Soup Curry @ Gyoda』
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You see, Diane, Madame Taliesin is crazy about curry. That is, she fights hot weather with hot East Indian curry.

Are you saying, Kato, that’s the reason Madame Taliesen wore an East Indian costume in the Halloween party?

Yes, that’s right!  You’re telling the world.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Kato enjoys his atay in his hometown—Gyoda-city.

A couple of days ago, he visited and watched the rice-paddy art, which was registered in 2015 as the world-largest rice-paddy art by Guinness World Records.


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It looks amusing and amazing, doesn’t it?

In any case, I expect Kato will write another interesting article soon.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!

Bye bye …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”

“Tyrannosaur”

“Love@Magic”

“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

“Merry X’Mas”

“Heaven with Mochi”

“Travel Expense Scandal”

“Love@Redemption”


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“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver

Aftershock

Whiplash

Sex Appeal

Better Off Without Senate

Fire Festival

Sweets@Paris

Scary Quake

MH370 Mystery

Putin’s Way

Trump @ Vancouver

Otter & Trump


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Changeling

Fiddler on the Roof

Flesh and Bone

Maiden’s Prayer

Romeo & Juliet

Trump @ Joke

Halloween in Shibuya

Trump Shock

Happy New Year!


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Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo

Middle Sexes

Romance@Madison

Hacksaw Ridge

Eight the Dog


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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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『Actual List』


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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.


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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.


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ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。



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『スパマー HIRO 中野 悪徳業者』

 


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Sweets@Paris

2015年12月17日

 

Sweets@Paris

 


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DAGASHI (Japanese Sweets)

is Popular @ Paris

Subject:

I’ve been in Japan since October 30,

enjoying the glorious days.

Ha ha ha ha ha…

From: barclay1720@aol.com
Date: Sun, Nov 29, 2015 at 9:30 PM
To: diane705@yahoo.ca


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Hello Diane,

How’s it going?
…freezing to death?
I hope not.

I’ve been enjoying my pre-Christmas vacation in Japan since October 30.
Although it’s getting cold, you can enjoy warm days here in Gyoda (my birthplace)—sometimes it gets 25 ℃.

I’ll be back in Vancouver tomorrow (December 1).
…really hope that it’s not freezing cold over there.

Gyoda is my hometown—65 kilometers north of Tokyo.

As usual, I stay with my mother, who is now in her glorious golden age.
You believe or not, her mental ability is as young as mine. Ha ha ha ha…

Gyoda is quite famous for its ancient burial mounds called “Sakitama Kofun.”
Every spring, a fire festival is held.
I missed it, but a friend of mine showed me the video of the festival.

What is the fire festival?—you may ask.

So, to answer your question, I’ve just written an article for you.
Please read the following article.


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“Fire Festival”

By the way, did you enjoy VIFF?
I bet you did.

On my way to Narita from Vancouver, I viewed the following five movies on the Air Canada flight:

1) Terminator Genisys

2) Mad Max: Fury Road

3) Jurassic World

4) BLACK SEA

5) Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation

As you see, I didn’t sleep at all on the plane.

On my way to Vancouver from Narita, I’ll view other movies.
As you know, I’m a flick maniac. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha…

In any case, have fun and a nice evening!
…see you soon.


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

 

Subject:

Your mom is proud of you!

From: diane705@yahoo.ca
Date: Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 6:42 PM
To: barclay1720@aol.com

Hi my smiling bohemian, Kato,

Well, so that’s where you’ve been, huh?
You’re back visiting the family and your dear young mother—good for her that she has retained her memory and all, a real accomplishment when one gets into their old age, I’d say.

You’re a good son to visit so frequently and I’ll bet she’s very proud of you.
Me, too.

Well, it’s sure darn brrrrrr cold here in Vancouver today.
A thin layer of ice has covered a great deal of Lost Lagoon.


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While it’s pretty to look at, you have to bundle up to go out.
Not that it ever stops me.
One of the big, tough, trainers from the Denman Fitness Centre was all bundled up (inside) and still cold, while the rest of us were traipsing around with our gym gear.

We had lots of fun teasing him; of course, he IS from Australia.
So this is not quite like their weather.

I suppose the Syrian refugees will have a big surprise waiting for them when they set feet on our shores as well.


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… hope it’s not too traumatic on top of everything they’ve been through.

Sure the luck of the draw which country you’re born in, isn’t it?
And to which parents?
How healthy are they?
Are they mentally ill?
Drug addicted? …
Well, you get my point, some people have it so difficult; it’s very sad.

You are definitely a flick maniac.
I can’t imagine watching five movies in a row during one flight … a marathon.
My boyfriend can handle two, but I never get past one, before I’m fast asleep.


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I bring my earplugs and my eye shades and off to dreamland.
You are an addict, the best kind, though; a culture/entertainment addict.
… hope you enjoyed them and hope you’re enjoying your next five right now as you’re probably in the air as I type this.

Welcome home and thanks for the attachment,

See you soon, hopefully,


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Love, Diane ~

 

Subject:

I’m back in Vancouver

with a box of sweets.

Ha ha ha ha ha…

From: barclay1720@aol.com
Date: Sun, Nov 29, 2015 at 9:30 PM
To: diane705@yahoo.ca


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Hello Diane,

How are you doing?
…hope you’re hopping and jumping in joy during your workout.

I slept more than enough last night to make up my sleep loss during the return flight.

As usual, I watched in-flight movies.
This time, however, I viewed only four movies instead of five.

1) Ant-man

2) Mr. Holmes

3) Love & Mercy

4) Pixels

You know why I watched ONLY four movies?

Well… the return flight is shorter because of the jet stream, which blows from West to East.
Thus the super wind helps the jet plane flies faster on the return trip.

By the way, I bought a box of heart-warming, yummy-yum-yum Japanese sweets for you.


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These Japanese sweets are quite popular in Paris despite the terrorist attack.
In fact, these Japanese sweets are the most popular among the Parisienne.

These sweets are best-eaten before December 21.

I’ll go to the central library everyday.
You go to your church every Sunday, eh?

Maybe, you might as well drop in the central library one of these days.
When you decide to visit the library, send me an email before you come.

I usuall work on the third floor.

In any case, have fun and a nice evening!
…see you soon.


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


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Welcome back to Vancouver, Kato.  I’m glad you’re back safe and sound.  It would take me longer than a day to get back to normal, so good for you.


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Thanks.  I’m pleased to see you, Diane.  Waht’s new here in town?

Well… it’s getting cold.

That’s nothing new… he, he, he, he … Talking about the movies, I’m glad to know that you were crazy about the Beach Boys.

Oh yes, I used to absolutely adore the Beach Boys as a teenager, and was never aware of Brian Wilson’s slip from reality.  Very well done film, I’m sure you’d agree.

Yes, I agree with you.  I wasn’t that much crazy about them, but I like the harmony they created while singing.  It was kinda heavenly harmony, wasn’t it?

I’d say so… And I liked “Mr. Holmes”—very well acted, and I’m rather fond of Ian McKellan as an actor.  Besides, Sherlock Holmes is always good for a story.

Yes, yes, yes … Sherlock Holmes is always good for a story.  As you know, he is the world’s most famous detective.  In his remote seaside farmhouse, Holmes faces the end of his days tending to his bees, with only the company of his housekeeper and her young son, Roger. Grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind, Holmes comes to rely upon the boy as he revisits the circumstances of the unsolved case that forced him into retirement, and searches for answers to the mysteries of life and love – before it’s too late.

… sounds interesting!

It is!  In the movie, an aging Sherlock Holmes returns from a journey to Japan, where, in search of a rare plant with powerful restorative qualities, he has witnessed the devastation of nuclear warfare.


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What a coincidence!  I’m back from Japan with a box of heart-warming, yummy-yum-yum sweets for you.


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Thanks for bringing me back some sweets.  How thoughtful you are!  But I don’t think I’ll be down that way for a while.

Why not?

Well … things are starting to get busy now with Christmas fast approaching.  Besides, I’ve also given up sweets for some reason.

What reason?


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You see… Sweets just don’t appeal to me any more.  Once in a while I’ll pick up some dark chocolate, but that’s it.

So you’re doing your best to keep yourself in good shape, huh?


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Oh yes, I’m trying to…

But these sweets are special.

What do you mean?

Well … I bought them at Tokyo Station.


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The sweets above are all made for 100th anniversary of Tokyo Station.

Are they?

Believe me, Diane… I’ve chosen those sweets especially for you.


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… looks interesting and appealing.  I really appreciate your thought, but would ask you to enjoy them for me or pass them along to another of your friends.  Very kind of you to do bring them back.

Well… I feel a bit disappointed, but I respect your diet and self-discipline… I think I’ll enjoy those sweets while dreaming of staying in the Tokyo Station Hotel some day. Ha, ha, ha, ha, …

Please do… I’ll be on the look-out for you in the new year, my smiling bohemian.  In the meanwhile, enjoy the season and have fun at the central branch of Vancouver Public Library.  That’s a truly spectacular place and we’re so lucky to have it.

Yes, we ARE.  And enjoy the season and have fun at your workout, Diane.

I will.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Have you been to Canada?

Canada extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles) in total, making it the world’s second-largest country by total area and the fourth-largest country by land area.

Canada’s common border with the United States forms the world’s longest land border.

Naturally, many wild animals live in the vast land—especially in the northern part of the country.

Some of these animals are shown in this documentary called “Snow Babies,” which depicts the first year of baby animals and their families originally broadcast on television as individual episodes in 1996.

Prepare for your heart to melt as the “BBC Eath” program brings you an in-deapth look at adorable baby animals in the beautiful but harsh world of ice and snow.

It is a fascinating and entertaining documentary.

Please take a look at the following trailer.


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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 …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“Sabina”

“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”


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“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”

“Another Cinderella”

“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”

“Life with Music”

“Poutine@Canada”


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“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”

“Tyrannosaur”

“Love@Magic”

“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

“Merry X’Mas”

“Heaven with Mochi”

“Travel Expense Scandal”

“Love@Redemption”


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“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver

Aftershock

Whiplash

Sex Appeal

Better Off Without Senate

Fire Festival


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies by the end of this year.

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


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『Actual List』


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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.


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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.


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ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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Fire Festival

2015年11月30日

 

Fire Festival

 


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Kato, you’re in Japan enjoying the fire festival, aren’t you?


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Yes, I am in Gyoda—my birthplace—right now, but the festival was held in last spring.

So you missed it, huh?

Unfortunately, I didn’t see it myself, but a friend of mine showed me the above video.

How come you didn’t take part in the festival?

Well… I wasn’t in Gyoda at the time. The fire festival is held in May every year. I usually take a pre-Christmas vacation in October or November to visit my mother and brothers.

I see… Tell me about the couple in the video. They seem to wear old Japanese costumes.

Yes, they do… The festival is about Konohanasakuya-hime and her husband.

Who is Konohanasakuya-hime?

She is a famous character in Japanese mythology.

Konohanasakuya-hime


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Konohanasakuya-hime (木花咲耶姫) is the blossom-princess and symbol of delicate earthly life.

She is the daughter of the mountain god Ohoyamatsumi.

She is often considered an avatar of Japanese life, especially since her symbol is the sakura (cherry blossom).

Kono-hana is also the goddess of Mount Fuji and all volcanoes.

Kono-hana-hime is the wife of the god Ninigi.

She met him on the seashore and they fell in love.

Ninigi asked Oho-Yama, the father of Kono-hana-hime for her hand in marriage.

Oho-Yama proposed his older daughter, Iwa-Naga-hime, instead, but Ninigi had his heart set on Kono-hana because Iwa-Naga-hime was ugly.

Oho-Yama reluctantly agreed and Ninigi and Ko-no-hana married.

Because Ninigi refused Iwa-Naga-hime, the rock-princess, human lives are said to be short and fleeting, like the sakura blossoms, instead of enduring and long lasting, like stones.

Kono-hana became pregnant in just one night, causing suspicion in Ninigi.

He wondered if this was the child of another kami.

Kono-hana was enraged at Ninigi’s accusation and entered a doorless hut, which she then set fire to, declaring that the child would not be hurt if it were truly the offspring of Ninigi.

Inside the hut, Ko-no-hana had three sons, Hoderi, Hosuseri and Hoori.

Shrines have been built on Mount Fuji for Konohanasakuya-hime.


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It is believed that she will keep Mount Fuji from erupting, but shrines to her at Kirishima have been repeatedly destroyed by volcanic eruptions.

She is also known for having tore up the Yatsugatake Mountains, because it was higher than Mount Fuji.


SOURCE: “Konohanasakuya-hime” from Wikipedia

I see… Quite interesting… But, Kato, how come you’re telling me about this festival?

Diane, have you ever heard that the Japanese emperor was believed to be a living god before the second world war?

Yes, I have. But I can hardly believe that.

Anyway, according to the mythology, the third son or Hoori is supposed to be the ancestor of the current emperor.

Kato, do you believe that?

No, I don’t, but my mother used to believe it before the second world war.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Canada extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles) in total, making it the world’s second-largest country by total area and the fourth-largest country by land area.

Canada’s common border with the United States forms the world’s longest land border.

Naturally, many wild animals live in the vast land—especially in the northern part of the country.

Some of these animals are shown in this documentary called “Snow Babies,” which depicts the first year of baby animals and their families originally broadcast on television as individual episodes in 1996.

Prepare for your heart to melt as the “BBC Eath” program brings you an in-deapth look at adorable baby animals in the beautiful but harsh world of ice and snow.

It is a fascinating and entertaining documentary.

Please take a look at the following trailer.


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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 …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“Sabina”

“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”


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“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”

“Another Cinderella”

“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”

“Life with Music”

“Poutine@Canada”


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“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”

“Tyrannosaur”

“Love@Magic”

“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

“Merry X’Mas”

“Heaven with Mochi”

“Travel Expense Scandal”

“Love@Redemption”


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“JAGEL”

“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver

Aftershock

Whiplash

Sex Appeal

Better Off Without Senate


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Hi, I’m June Adams.

Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies by the end of this year.

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


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『Actual List』


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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.


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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.


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ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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Welcome Back

2014年11月11日

 

Welcome Back

 


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Kato, how did you enjoy your stay in hometown?


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I did enjoy it with my family to the hilt.


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When I was a kid, I attended Gyoda Junior High Schoo in the above map.


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The above picture is the present-day school.  During my days, the school was an old two-storied mortar-built building.  Not far from the school is the famous park called “Sakitama Kofun Park.”


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 Sakitama Kofun Park


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You see, I went to the above park with Madame Taliesin to enjoy a Thai-style picnic.

Thai-style picnic?  What the heck is it?

Well…, I created Thai-flavored canapés for the picnic with Tom Yum paste.


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This is a jar of Tom Yum paste.

What is Tom Yum?

Well… There is a famous Thai soup called “Tom Yum Goong.”


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So, Kato, you used the above paste to make a canapé, instead of some soup, didn’t you?

Yes, I did.

Hummmm… interesting!

Did Madame Taliesin like the Thai-style canapés?

Yes, she did.  Actually, she loved those canapés very much and got impressed so much that she sang for me.


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So Madame Taliesin speaks Portuguese, doesn’t she?

Yes, she does.

Unfortunately, I can’t speak Portuguese.

Don’t worry, Diane.  My friends and I sing for you in English.


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Wow! … I didn’t know that you can sing so romantically… Which one of those singers is you?

The man in white on your far left.

I see… So, you’ve got a funny sense of humor, haven’t you?

Diane, you don’t believe me, do you?

By the way, how come the park is so famous?

‘Cause there are quite a few ancient burial mounds in the park.


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To the right of Sakitama Kofun Park is Ancient Lotus Park.  What is it?

Good question.  Actually, Madame Taliesin and I went to the park.


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 Ancient Lotus Park

I see… Madame Taliesin danced in bikini in the middle of lotus flowers, didn’t she?

Yes, she did.

So, she can sing and dance. And she also speaks Portugues.  Madame Taliesin is a multi-talented lady, isn’t she?

You’re telling me, Diane.

Incidentally, Kato, did you meet Mayumi?

Yes, of course, I did.  Actually, Mayumi came over to the house in Gyoda and met my mother.


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So, Mayumi and you came over here to Vancouver together, huh?

Unfortunately, Mayumi couldn’t manage to get on the same flight.  She’ll come to Vancouver in the middle of December.

Why is that?

‘Cause she must work till the middle of December.

I see… that’s too bad.

In any case, I’m here with a souvenir for you.

What a surprise!  What is it?

It is a Japanese delicacy called “Fluffy rice balls flavored with Camembert and Cheddar cheese.”


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This delicacy is “East meets West” because Japanese-made rice balls meet Frence-and-England-made cheese.

Ummmm… looks interesting and delicious.  I’d love to taste it.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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I wish I were with Kato in Sakitama Kofun Park.

As a matter of fact, I visited Gyoda in the summer of 2013.
I enjoyed “Gyoda floating-castle festival.”


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The music was dynamic and lively.
The citizen in Gyoda were having a great time.

However, festival is one thing; food is yet another.
Festival 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 …


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If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


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“Go Bananas”

“Manwatching”

“Stanley Boardwalk”

“With Your Tiger”

“A Second World”

“Asexual Thought”


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“Stanley 125 Years”

“Sushi @ the Globe”

“Peace@Syria & Pentagon”

“Sweet Memory”

“Unforgettable Movies”

“Typhoon 26”

“Great Luck”

“Diane@World”

“Diane@Spam”

“Sabina”

“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”

“Poutine@Canada”

“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”

“Tyrannosaur”

“Love@Magic”

“Yellow Ball”


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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.


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Temaki Sushi

ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』


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『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。


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KIFF

2012年10月17日

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KATO

INTERNATIONAL

FILM

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Subj:What a gorgeous day

we have here today!


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From: barclay1720@aol.com
To: diane@vancouver.ca
Date: Sat., September 29, 2012 4:47:58 PM
Pacific Daylight Saving Time

Hi Diane,

What a gorgeous day we have here today!
You must be busy hopping around the VIFF and are enjoying viewing a lot of movies.
But be well-prepared.

Vancouver International

Film Festival

An open mind is advised!

…be well-prepared…?
What for?—you may ask.

Well…, a super earthquake will hit Vancouver in the near future.

Don’t scare the shit out of me, Kato! — you might as well say that. he, he, he, he, he, …

I’m pretty sure, you wanna know how come I’m telling you this.
Well…, I’ve just written an article about Vancouver super-quake.

To find it out, please click the following link:

“Vancouver Earthquake”

…hope you’ll enjoy it to the bone.

Your careful quake-dodger, Kato
with a lot of love

 


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Subj:
Oh yes, I enjoy

forest-bathing.

From: diane@vancouver.ca
To: barclay1720@aol.com
Date: Sun, Sep 30, 2012 12:03 pm
Pacific Daylight Saving Time

Hi Kato,

What a gorgeous day it is!
You’re right on about that.
You’re also right about the VIFF being in progress.
I went to a fabulous Danish one last night “Teddy Bear,” which was exceptional, really, and my cinephile buddies felt the same way.

Teddy Bear

Directed by Mads Matthiesen
Genre: comedy
Country: Denmark


Dennis (Kim Kold), a bodybuilder and part-time security guard at a slaughterhouse in Copenhagen, has a problem:
At 38 years of age, he’s still living at home with mom.
And what a mom Ingrid (Elsebeth Steentoft) is: Stern and domineering, she is unable to allow Dennis to grow up and, God forbid, start to date.
But eventually, Dennis decides to grow wings – flying to Thailand on a secret vacation (he tells mom he’s attending a bodybuilding tournament in Germany), where after a few awkward hookups with local Thai prostitutes he meets Toi, the accidental owner of a local gym (a facility she inherited from her late husband).

Love ensues – but watch what happens when Toi visits Dennis in Denmark.
Kold is masterfully understated as the painfully awkward hulk – a man whose only real power can be exercised with weights.


Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Granville 3
Oct. 2, 11:40 a.m. Granville 3


SOURCE: 【VIFF movie review: Teddy Bear】

It drew us all in and made you feel like you understood the lead actor and his quandry.
We were on the edge of our seats hoping that things would work out for him. Great.
Not going to as many as I used to but should see 10 or so before it’s through.

Thanks for this update on Vancouver quakes.


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I do remember a small one that occurred during working hours in my office.
Everything just started shaking and before we could figure out what was going on it stopped.
My mother used to have a earthquake preparedness kit which she refreshed religiously.
She had it for YEARS.
She’s passed on now since 1991 so you can see why I don’t take this stuff seriously.

I like the Bible quote that goes something like this.

“Do not worry about tomorrow,

for tomorrow will

worry about itself.”

They say that most of the things we worry about never come to pass … so what the heck, right kiddo?
Hope you’re having fun at Joe Fortes!
Maybe I’ll see you at the VIFF.


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Love, Diane ~


So, Diane, you enjoyed viewing “Teddy Bear,” didn’t you?

Yes, I did … very much so.  By the way, what is KIFF?

Well … Vancouver International Film Festival is over now.

Yes, it is.  I really miss it.  I wish I’d seen all the movies.

I know … I know … That’s the reason I set up “Kato International Film Festival” especially for you.

How do you mean?

You can see as many international movies as possible for free.

No kidding!

I’m not joking nor jesting.

Where on earth can I see those movies?

On the net, of course.

Show me the list of your international movies.

I’d love to. See the following list.


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This is a list of your books and DVDs you commented on at Vancouver Public Library, isn’t it?

Yes, it is.

I see the Polish movie at the top of the list.

If you click the title on the list, you can see my comment like this:


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So, you saw the movie on September 27, then commented on that, didn’t you?

Yes, I did.  Likewise, you can see all the movies in the list.

Kato, did you actually see all the movies in the above list.

Yes of course, I did.

Amazing! … How did you like the Polish movie.

I like it.

But, Kato, your comment sounds otherwise, doesn’t it?

A Year of the Quiet Sun


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A Year of the Quiet Sun (Polish: Rok spokojnego słońca) is a 1984 Polish film written and directed by Krzysztof Zanussi.
It tells the story of a romance between a Polish refugee (Maja Komorowska) and an American soldier (Scott Wilson) in spite of the language barrier and the many cultural divisions that separate them.

The performances of Komorowska and Wilson are superb, but the script has several flaws.
First of all, the film doesn’t tell painful memories of their pasts.
It simply touches the surface of their pasts—not enough for the audience to emphasize with both of them.

Furthermore, the film suddenly jumps from 1946 to 1963.
What has happened in between?
I’m totally puzzled.

Someone said, if a script is superb, bad actors could achive some success, but when a script has some flaws, even great actors could not make the film superb.

Personally, I’ve found some flaws in the movie, but I’m pretty sure that you will love it.

What makes you think so.

…’Cause I know what kind of films you love.

Do you?

Oh yes, I do most definitely.  In any case, I’ve just picked up the first three parts out of 11 parts for you.  So just view those three parts.  I know you love these clips.

A Year of the Quiet Sun


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(PART 1 OF 11)

(PART 2 OF 11)

(PART 3 OF 11)

Hmmmm … quite interesting!  I think I’ll borrow the DVD from Joe Fortes Library.

Please do.

But how come you recommend this movie to me?

…’Cause we love each other in spite of the language barrier—just like the hero (Scott Wilson) and heroine (Maja Komorowska).


【Himiko’s Monologue】

Wow! I wonder if Kato and Diane love each other in spite of the language barrier.
What do you think?

By the way, did you see the following clip about the Tōhoku Earthquake 2011?

Whenever I see the above clip, I feel scared to death.
What an awful and devastating quake it is!

I hope I’ll never experience a super quake in my lifetime.
But I hear that a big quake will hit Kyoto within next 30 years.
I’m living in Kyoto—the anciant capital of Japan.
Nobody knows exactly when the big one hit the region, but many seismologists predict that the big one will definitely come in the future.
Well…, I’d better be well-prepared for that.

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:


“Net Travel & Jane”

“Net Love”

“Complicated Love”

“Electra Complex”

“Net Début”

“Inner World”

“Madame Riviera and Burger”

“Roly-poly in the North”

“Amazing Grace”

“Diane in Paris”

“Diane in Montmartre”

“Diane Well Read”

“Wantirna South”

“Maiden’s Prayer”

“Bandwidth”

“Squaw House and Melbourne Hotel”

“Tulips and Diane”

“Diane in Bustle Skirt”

“Diane and Beauty”

“Lady Chatterley and Beauty”

“Victorian Prudery”

“Diane Chatterley”

“From Canada to Japan”

“From Gyoda to Vancouver”

“Film Festival”

“Madame Taliesin”

“Happy Days”

“Vancouver Again”

“Swansea”

“Midnight in Vancouver”

“Madame Lindbergh”

“Dead Poets Society”

“Letters to Diane”

“Taliesin Studio”

“Wright and Japan”

“Taliesin Banzai”

“Memrory Lane to Sendai”

“Aunt Sleepie”

“Titanic @ Sendai”

“Birdcage”


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“Roly-poly in the wild”

“Silence is dull”

“Zen and Chi Gong”

“Piano Lesson”

“Dangerous Relation”

“Electra Complex”


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“Covent Garden”

“Fatal Relation”

“Notre Dame”

“Anne Frank”

“Biker Babe”

“Diane Girdles the Globe”

“Diane in Casablanca”

“Infidelity Neighbourhood”

“Forest Bathing”

“Enjoy Ramen!”

“Sex, Violence, Love”

“Halifax to Vancouver”

“A Thread of Destiny”

“Fujiyama Geisha”

“Beaver Lake”

“God is Near!”

“Holy Cow@Rose Garden”

“Birthplace”

“Vancouver Earthquake”

Hi, I’m June Adams.

Japan’s National Police Agency said on 3 April 2011, that 45,700 buildings were destroyed and 144,300 were damaged by the quake and tsunami.

The damaged buildings included 29,500 structures in Miyagi Prefecture, 12,500 in Iwate Prefecture and 2,400 in Fukushima Prefecture.

Three hundred hospitals with 20 beds or more in Tōhoku were damaged by the disaster, with 11 being completely destroyed.

The earthquake and tsunami created an estimated 24–25 million tons of rubble and debris in Japan.

Among the debris, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle came to shore on Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands) in British Columbia of Canada.

Harley from Tsunami

Comes to Shore

It traveled from the east coast of Japan to Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands).

It took some forty days.

ところで、愛とロマンに満ちた

レンゲさんのお話をまとめて

『レンゲ物語』を作りました。

もし、レンゲさんの記事をまとめて読みたいならば、

次のリンクをクリックしてくださいね。

『愛とロマンのレンゲ物語』

『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』

とにかく、今日も一日楽しく愉快に

ネットサーフィンしましょうね。

じゃあね。

Birthplace

2012年10月6日

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Kato, I haven’t seen you for a while.  What happened to you?

I’m in Japan.

No kidding!

Diane, do you remeber that I was in Japan last October?

Yes, I do… So, Kato, are you saying that you’re like a migrating bird?  Every October you fly back to Japan?

Yes, I do… I migrate into Japan every October from Vancouver.

Why is that?

My migrating instinct.

You must be kidding.

Actually, I visit my mother who is in hospital.

Are you saying that she is terminally ill?

Oh no, not that critical.  But she’s been sick on and off for last decade.

I see… so, Kato, you visit Japan to make an enjoyable and memorable reunion with your mother, don’t you?

You’re telling me, Diane.

How do you like Japan at the moment?

I like it here in Japan very much.  Here, the city of Gyoda is my birthplace.

Wow! … seems like an interesting place.

You bet on that, Diane.  My hometown is a very interesting place to live in.

Gyōda (行田市)

Gyōda is a city in Saitama Prefecture, Japan.
As of April 1, 2011, the city has an estimated population of 87,089, with 33,570 households and a population density of 1,292.70 persons per km².
The total area is 67.37 km².
The city was founded on May 3, 1949.
On January 1, 2006 the village of Minamikawara, from Kitasaitama District, was merged into Gyōda.

Transport

Gyōda Station (JR East Takasaki Line)
Gyōdashi Station (Chichibu Railway)

Sakitama Kofun Park

Sakitama Kofun Park is a 300,000-square-meter historic park dotted with large ancient tombs, including a tomb of ancient potentates on Mt. Maruhaka-yama, one of the largest round burial mounds in Japan.

Maruhaka-yama

At Mt. Shogun-yama, a 91-meter-long burial mound that is square at the head and rounded at the foot, there is a display room of its interior where the stone cave hut and excavated articles have been restored to their original conditions in the 5th to 7th centuries.
Every spring, residents celebrate a fire festival, which symbolizes the myth that the ancient goddess of Japan gave birth in fire.

Ancient Lotus

Gyoda City is proud of its ancient lotuses that grow in the Kobari Marsh.
The seeds of ancient lotuses here, estimated to date back 1,400 to 3,000 years, were found by chance during excavation for the building of a waste disposal facility.
After a few thousand years of dormancy, they awoke and germinated.
The large pink blossoms bloom only in the morning for about a month from mid-July after the close of the rainy season.

Ancient Lotus Park

Oshi Castle (Oshi-jo) was built by the daimyo Narita Akiyasu near the end of the 15th century.
It was considered impregnable, and was built using the natural levee of the surrounding marshlands and river.

When it was attacked by the army of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (who ruled Japan in the latter half of the 16th century) it was besieged by over 20,000 soldiers.
The castle did not fall even when it was flooded by water drawn in from the nearby river.
After that it was rumored that the castle had been able to withstand the flood because it floats on water.
The largest turret in Oshi Castle is Gosankai Yagura, although it was demolished in the latter half of the 19th century when political power changed from the Edo shogunate to the Meiji government, due to its condemnation as a symbol of the samurai.
The existing turret was reconstructed in 1988.

Culture

Gyōda is renowned for its Jeri Furai or fried jelly.
This is a local speciality consisting of fried bean curd, carrots, onion, and potato.

There are many shops which sell it around town, especially during the warmer seasons.

Gyōda is also quite well known for the making of traditional tabi socks, worn with kimono.
Gyoda still makes half of the tabi made in Japan.


SOURCE:Gyōda, Saitama
From Wikipedia
PICTURES from the Denman Library

I wish I were with you in Gyoda.

Yes,… yes…, someday … someday…

You always say that …

He, he, he, he, he , …

By the way, Kato, how come you place a swimwear-clad girl in front of Mount Fuji at the top?

Good quastion!  It’s quite hot here— 25 degree Celcius.  I’m experiencing a second summer here.

 

No kidding!

Look at the following weather chart!


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Wow!  So you’re recalling the summer of Vancouver.

You’re telling me, Diane.

It’s getting cold in Vancouver, you know.

I know … I know …

How do you know?

I checked the Vancouver weather.  Look at the following chart!


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I really wish I were in Gyoda with you, Kato.

No big difference between in Gyoda and in Vancouver.

How do you mean?

Well … you feel quite hot, don’t you?

No, I don’t.  Kato, we’re running into winter here.

But, Diane, you must be feeling hot?

Why is that?

… ‘cause you’re enjoying VIFF.

You’re sexually hot.

An open mind is advised!

Tsk, tsk, tsk, tsk, … Oh, Kato …, you like a black humor, don’t you?

Oh, no… I like a hot humor.


【Himiko’s Monologue】

Wow! The VIFF viewers are getting sexually hot.

By the way, did you happen to see the following clip about the Tōhoku Earthquake 2011?

Whenever I see the above clip, I feel scared to death.
What an awful and devastating quake it is!

I hope I’ll never experience a super quake in my lifetime.
But I hear that a big quake will hit Kyoto within next 30 years.
I’m living in Kyoto—the anciant capital of Japan.
Nobody knows exactly when the big one hit the region, but many seismologists predict that the big one will definitely come in the future.
Well…, I’d better be well-prepared for that.

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:


“Net Travel & Jane”

“Net Love”

“Complicated Love”

“Electra Complex”

“Net Début”

“Inner World”

“Madame Riviera and Burger”

“Roly-poly in the North”

“Amazing Grace”

“Diane in Paris”

“Diane in Montmartre”

“Diane Well Read”

“Wantirna South”

“Maiden’s Prayer”

“Bandwidth”

“Squaw House and Melbourne Hotel”

“Tulips and Diane”

“Diane in Bustle Skirt”

“Diane and Beauty”

“Lady Chatterley and Beauty”

“Victorian Prudery”

“Diane Chatterley”

“From Canada to Japan”

“From Gyoda to Vancouver”

“Film Festival”

“Madame Taliesin”

“Happy Days”

“Vancouver Again”

“Swansea”

“Midnight in Vancouver”

“Madame Lindbergh”

“Dead Poets Society”

“Letters to Diane”

“Taliesin Studio”

“Wright and Japan”

“Taliesin Banzai”

“Memrory Lane to Sendai”

“Aunt Sleepie”

“Titanic @ Sendai”

“Birdcage”


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“Roly-poly in the wild”

“Silence is dull”

“Zen and Chi Gong”

“Piano Lesson”

“Dangerous Relation”

“Electra Complex”


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“Covent Garden”

“Fatal Relation”

“Notre Dame”

“Anne Frank”

“Biker Babe”

“Diane Girdles the Globe”

“Diane in Casablanca”

“Infidelity Neighbourhood”

“Forest Bathing”

“Enjoy Ramen!”

“Sex, Violence, Love”

“Halifax to Vancouver”

“A Thread of Destiny”

“Fujiyama Geisha”

“Beaver Lake”

“God is Near!”

“Holy Cow@Rose Garden”

“Vancouver Earthquake”

Hi, I’m June Adames.

I like Sylvia Kristel’s Lady Chatterley.

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Sylvia Kristel (1981)

Talking of Sylvia Kristel, you might as well

remember Lady Emmanuelle.

Emmanuelle 1 – Ouverture

Emmanuelle 2: L’antivierge

Sylvia Kristel (1975)

Well…if you love to visit Paris,

please enjoy the Paris theme:

Sous le Ciel de Paris

by Hideshi Kibi(日本人)

You can find some Japanese musicians in Paris.

Fujiko Hemming also likes Édith Piaf

who sings “Sous le ciel de Paris.”

Sous le ciel de Paris

by Édith Piaf

I like Chanson Française (French song).

How about you?

Kato also love Édith Piaf,

but he considers Juliette Greco’s

“Sous le Ciel de Paris” much beter.

Sous le Ciel de Paris

by Juliette Greco

I believe Yves Montand’s “Sous le Ciel de Paris” is the best of all.

Sous le Ciel de Paris

by Yves Montand

I love Paris, but Vancouver isn’t bad at all.

To tell you the truth, Vancouver is a paradise to me.

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