Posts Tagged ‘Kato’

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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『スパマー HIRO 中野 悪徳業者』

 


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Eight the Dog

2017年9月28日

 

Eight the Dog

 


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Kato, what do you mean by “Eight the Dod”?


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It is a dog’s name… It literally means the dog called “Eight.”  If it is transaleted into Japanese, every Japanese knows the dog.

How could it be possible?

There is a dog statue placed in front of Shibuya Station in Tokyo.


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So there used to be a real dog called “Hachi” and this statue was made after that dog, wasn’t it?

Yes, that’s right.

what kind of a dog was it?

Born on November 10, 1923, this dog was called “Hachikō” in Japanese. He died on March 8, 1935. He is remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, for whom he continued to wait for over nine years following his death.

Really?

Oh, yes. During his lifetime, the dog was held up in Japanese culture as an example of loyalty and fidelity. Well after his death, he continues to be remembered in worldwide popular culture, with statues, movies, books, and appearances in various media.

Amazing! I didn’t know that.

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In 1924, Hidesaburō Ueno, a professor in the agriculture department at the University of Tokyo, took Hachikō, a golden brown Akita, as a pet.

Ueno would commute daily to work, and Hachikō would leave the house to greet him at the end of each day at the nearby Shibuya Station.

The pair continued the daily routine until May 1925, when Ueno did not return.


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The professor had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, while he was giving a lecture, and died without ever returning to the train station in which Hachikō would wait.

Each day, for the next nine years, nine months and fifteen days, Hachikō awaited Ueno’s return, appearing precisely when the train was due at the station.

Hachikō attracted the attention of other commuters.

Many of the people who frequented the Shibuya train station had seen Hachikō and Professor Ueno together each day.

Initial reactions from the people, especially from those working at the station, were not necessarily friendly.

However, after the first appearance of the article about him on October 4, 1932 in Asahi Shimbun (one of the national newspapers), people started to bring Hachikō treats and food to nourish him during his wait.

 

Publication

One of Ueno’s students, Hirokichi Saito, who developed expertise on the Akita breed, saw the dog at the station and followed him to the Kobayashi home, the home of Ueno’s former gardener, Kuzaboro Kobayashi, where he learned the history of Hachikō’s life.

Shortly after the meeting, the former student published a documented census of Akitas in Japan.

His research found only 30 purebred Akitas remaining, including Hachikō from Shibuya Station.

He returned frequently to visit Hachikō, and over the years he published several articles about the dog’s remarkable loyalty.

In 1932, one of his articles, published in Asahi Shimbun, placed the dog in the national spotlight.

Hachikō became a national sensation.

His faithfulness to his master’s memory impressed the people of Japan as a spirit of family loyalty to which all should strive to achieve.

Teachers and parents used Hachikō’s vigil as an example for children to follow.

A well-known Japanese artist rendered a sculpture of the dog, and throughout the country, a new awareness of the Akita breed grew.

Eventually, Hachikō’s legendary faithfulness became a national symbol of loyalty, particularly to the person and institution of Emperors.

 

Death

Hachikō died on March 8, 1935 at the age of 11 based on his date of birth.

He was found on a street in Shibuya.


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In March 2011, scientists finally settled the cause of death of Hachikō: the dog had both terminal cancer and a filaria infection.

There were also four yakitori skewers in Hachikō’s stomach, but the skewers did not damage his stomach or cause his death.

 

Legacy

After his death, Hachikō’s remains were cremated and his ashes were buried in Aoyama Cemetery, Minato, Tokyo where they rest beside those of Hachikō’s beloved master, Professor Ueno.

Hachikō’s fur, which was preserved after his death, was stuffed and mounted and is now on permanent display at the National Science Museum of Japan in Ueno, Tokyo.


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Bronze statues

In April 1934, a bronze statue in his likeness was erected at Shibuya Station, and Hachikō himself was present at its unveiling.

The statue was recycled for the war effort during World War II.

In 1948, the Society for Recreating the Hachikō Statue commissioned Takeshi Ando, son of the original artist, to make a second statue.

When the new statue appeared, a dedication ceremony occurred.

The new statue, which was erected in August 1948, still stands and is a popular meeting spot.

The station entrance near this statue is named “Hachikō-guchi”, meaning “The Hachikō Entrance/Exit”, and is one of Shibuya Station’s five exits.

The Japan Times played an April Fools’ joke on readers by reporting that the bronze statue was stolen a little before 2:00 AM on April 1, 2007, by “suspected metal thieves”.

The false story told a very detailed account of an elaborate theft by men wearing khaki workers’ uniforms who secured the area with orange safety cones and obscured the theft with blue vinyl tarps.

The “crime” was allegedly recorded on security cameras.

A similar statue stands in Hachikō’s hometown, in front of Ōdate Station.

In 2004, a new statue of Hachikō was erected on the original stone pedestal from Shibuya in front of the Akita Dog Museum in Odate.

After the release of the American movie Hachi: A Dog’s Tale (2009) filmed in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, the Japanese Consulate in US helped the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council and the city of Woonsocket to unveil an identical statue of Hachiko at the Woonsocket Depot Square, which was the location of the “Bedridge” train station featured in the movie.


SOURCE: “Hachikō”
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I see… So he’s become a symbol of loyalty for the Japanese, huh?

You’re telling me… Actually, the Japanese still remember Hachiko and love him… As a matter of fact, some people recently placed another statue of both Hachiko and Professor Ueno at the campus of Tokyo University.


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But, how come you pick up the dog out of the blue.

Well…, I watched the last movie in the folowing list.

 



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“Actual List”

 

This is the list of movies I’ve recently viewed at the Vancouver Public library… Look at the red-rectangled title in the bottom of the list!

I see… So you watched “Hachi” on August 22, huh?

That’s right.

 


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After you watched, you jotted down the following comment, huh?


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Directed by Lasse Hallström in 2009, this 93-minute docudrama delves into a sad yet heartwarming real story of the famous Japanese loyal dog in an American setting.

The subject is a remake of the 1987 Japanese film, Hachikō Monogatari (ハチ公物語), literally “The Tale of Hachiko”.

Hachi(November 10, 1923 – March 8, 1935) was an Akita dog born on a farm near the city of Ōdate, Akita Prefecture, Japan.

He is remembered for his remarkable loyalty to his owner, whom he waited for more than nine years after his owner’s death.

Hachi is known in Japanese as chūken Hachikō (忠犬ハチ公) “faithful dog Hachikō”, hachi meaning “eight” and kō meaning “affection.”

During his lifetime, the dog was held up in Japanese culture as an example of loyalty and fidelity.

Well after his death, he continues to be remembered in worldwide popular culture, with statues, movies, books, and appearances in various media.

I’ve seen its movies so many times and heard its stories so many times, yet still it touches my heart each time I see the movie.

Kato, have you really seen so many movies about the dog?

Oh, yes, actually I watched the Japanese version.

How did you like it?

I love it! … It seems to me much beter than “Hachi (American version)” simply because it reminds me of my hometown… The most heartbreaking scene is as follows:


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Wow!… I feel like crying…

Seriously?

Oh, yes… very much so… Did you also watch the American version?

Yes, of course, I did.

Kato, tell me about it.

Here it is.

Hachi

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Hachi is a story of love and devotion between a dog and a man.

The story is told by Ronnie, the grandson of the man.

He has to give a presentation about a personal hero.

Ronnie’s subject is his grandfather’s dog, Hachikō.

Despite his classmates laughing he tells how his grandfather, Professor Parker Wilson, finds a lost puppy sent from Japan at the train station and ends up taking it home with the intention of returning the animal to its owner.

He names the Akita puppy Hachikō, after Ken, a Japanese professor, translates a symbol on his collar as ‘Hachi’—Japanese for the number 8—signifying good fortune.

Even though they didn’t find his owner and his wife, Cate, doesn’t think they should keep him, they do.

Over the next year or so, Parker and Hachi become very close.

Parker tries, but Hachi refuses to do dog-like activities like chase and fetch.

One morning, Parker leaves for work and Hachi follows him to the train station and refuses to leave until Parker walks him home.

Later that afternoon, Hachi walks to the station to wait patiently for Parker to return.

Parker is surprised to find Hachi waiting for him, but it becomes a daily routine.


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One day, Hachi waits patiently as the train arrives, but there is no sign of Parker.

He waits, lying in the snow for hours until Parker’s son-in-law Michael comes to get him.

Although everyone tries to tell Hachi that Parker has died (of a cerebral hemorrhage during a lecture in class), Hachi doesn’t understand.

Hachi continues to return to the station and wait every day.

As time passes, Cate sells the house and Hachi is sent to live with her daughter Andy, Michael, and their baby Ronnie.

However, Hachi escapes and finds his way back to the station, where he sits at his usual spot.

Andy arrives and takes him home, but after seeing how depressed the dog is she lets him out to return to the station.

Hachi waits every day at the train station and sleeps in the rail yard at night.


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He is fed daily by the train station workers that knew the professor.

After seeing a newspaper article about Hachi, Ken visits Hachi.

Cate comes back to visit Parker’s grave on the tenth anniversary of his death and meets Ken.

She is stunned to see a now elderly Hachi still waiting.

Overcome with grief, Cate sits and waits for the next train with him.

At home, Cate tells the now ten-year-old Ronnie about Hachi.

Meanwhile, the dog continues waiting until his body can wait no longer, and is last seen lying in the snow, alone and still, although he is comforted by a final vision of Parker finally appearing and picking him up to go, presumably to the afterlife.

Ronnie concludes on why Hachi will forever be his hero and his story has clearly moved the class, with some students holding back tears, including those who had laughed at the beginning.

After school, Ronnie, coming off the school bus, is met by his dad and his own puppy, also named Hachi.

Ronnie and Hachi walk down the same tracks where Parker and Hachi had spent so much time together.


SOURCE:”Hachi: A Dog’s Tale”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

It appears quite different from the Japanese versin, doesn’t it?

Yes, it does… It can’t be the same simply because “Hachi” is now an Americanized pooch… Anyway, the movie turns out to be still good in its own right… And Richard Geer loves the movie himself.


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Kato, do you think I should watch the film?

Yes, of course, you should because it’s free as long as you borrow the DVD from the library.


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In any case, there are some people waiting to see this movie.  So you should reserve the DVD as soon as possible.

Yes, I’ll do it right away.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Kato has watched 1,737 movies at the Vancouver Public Library so far.

When I take a look at the following movie list, I notice a film called “Marley & Me.”


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It must be another dog story.

I checked the catalogue page.


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Kato jotted down the following comment:


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Originally produced as a motion picture in 2008 and based on the book by John Grogan, this 115-minute comedy-drama depicts an amazing, amusing and incorrigible dog called Marley.

The film portrays John Grogan and his family’s life during the thirteen years that they lived with their dog Marley, and the relationships and lessons from this period.

Marley, a yellow Labrador Retriever, appears as a high-strung, boisterous, and somewhat uncontrolled dog.

He is strong, powerful, endlessly hungry, eager to be active, and often destructive.


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It is definitely a good movie for dog-lovers.

Although I enjoyed it, the first two-thirds of the film are somewhat repetitious and boring.

“Hachi” is certainly much better as a docudrama.

Kato says, “‘Hachi’ is much better.”

Anyway, I past the trailer here.


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It looks amusing and amazing, doesn’t it?

I think I’ll borrow the DVD.

How about you?

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


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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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Hacksaw Ridge

2017年8月20日

 

Hacksaw Ridge

 


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Subject:

Wow! What a lovely summer day!

You must be sunbathing with joy!

Ha ha ha ha ha…


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From: barclay1720@aol.com
Date: Thur., July 27, 2017 12:04 PM
To: diane705@yahoo.ca


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Hello Diane,

Eventually, we’ve got gorgeous summer days.

Are you sunbathing?

Or jogging along the seawall?


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On Canada Day, I strolled along the seawall and read some books while sitting on one of the benches.

Guess what?

Without knowing it, I was sunburnt.

Fortunately, it wasn’t so bad.
However, flakes of brownish skin are now falling from my arms and legs—just like dead cherry flowers.

Well,… no summer is perfect for everybody as nobody is perfect.

By the way, I read a newspaper article of METRO on July 24.


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The headline shouts: Former bishops guilty of polygamy.

Winston Blackmore was making no apologies Monday after he and another former bishop of an isolated religious community in BC were found guilty of practising polygamy.

Blackmore, 60, was married to Jane Blackmore and then married 24 additional womne as part of so-called “celestrial” marriages involving residents in the tiny community of Bountiful.

Amazing!
He was once married to 25 women!

Well, no bishop is perfect as nobody is perfect.

By the way, I’ve just written an article, which is somewhat related to the above incident.

Please read the folloing:


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“Romance @ Madison”

 

I’m pretty sure that you watched a movie called “The Bridges Of Madison County.”

This movie is a 1995 American romantic drama based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Robert James Waller.
The story in the diaries reveals the impact the affair had on the lives of a farm woman named Francesca and a National Geographic photographer—Robert played by Clint Eastwood.

The affair took place while her husband and children were at the state fair in Illinois.
She almost ran away with him to travel the world with him.

After a wrenching period of decision-making, however, she decided to stay at the last minute after considering the bigger picture that includes the consequences leaving would have on the lives of her teenage children and husband, who was a good, loving man.

After all the photographer finds meaning and his true calling as an artist.

It also has deep consequences on the lives of her son and daughter, who are both experiencing marital problems.
Their mother’s story helped them to find a sense of direction in their lives.

It is an old-fashioned love story with some meanings in terms of the present day context.
Superb are the performances of Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.

Francesca had a dream, but she couldn’t realize it while being busy with daily chores.
Then she met Robert and suddenly she felt like realizing her dream.

Well, those 25 women who married to Winston Blackmore might have thought the same way.
However, Francesca changed her mind at the last moment and didn’t divorce her husband while those 25 women foolishly married the same bishop.

Times seem to have been changed.

In any case, I hope you enjoy this glorious summer day.
Have a great afternoon and a glorious evening!


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

 


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Subject:

Sorry to hear you got sunburned.

From: diane705@yahoo.ca
Date: Thur., Jul 27, 2017 at 12:30 PM
To: barclay1720@aol.com

Hi Kato,

Sorry to hear you got sunburned but glad to hear you’re enjoying this glorious weather.

We went up the Whistler on Tuesday to do some gentle hiking and do the Peak to Peak experience from Whistler to Blackcomb.


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It was awesome and I was afraid I’d end up quite burnt.
Fortunately not, so that’s the good news.
Such a magnificent part of our Province; mind-blowing, really.

I did read a bit of the Winston Blackmore story.
Image the logistics of 25 wives.
Holy cow!
The man should get a medal … maybe be named a saint. Just kidding!

But at least the wives seem to be well taken care of and the children seem to be as well.

When you look at all the single mothers we have and the experiences their children have to endure, there may be something to be said for an extended, fairly functional family.

Of course, there are many angles here, but personally I’m adopting a live-and-let-live-attitude.
It will be interesting to see how long this man will serve in jail.


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Off this afternoon to see Dunkirk at the Ridge.
Thanks for your notes as usual, kiddo.

See you soon, hopefully,


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Love, Diane ~


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Diane, did you see the movie?


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Yes, of course I did.

How did you like it?

I love it.  You see, Christopher Nolan, the director of the movie, is a master of reinvention.

What do you mean by that?

Well, after rethinking the whodunit with “Memento” made in 2000, he rewrote the rules for the cop thriller with another 2002 neo-noir psychological drama—“Insomnia.”

 


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Then came “Batman Begins” in 2002, followed by its two sequels—“The Darl Knight” in 2008 and “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012, both of which injected new life into the moribund caped crusader on the big screen.

 


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I see… so what did Director Nolan create in the above “Dunkirk”?

You see, Kato, the movie is about the real-life events in Dunkirk, France, during the Second World War.

Yes, I know that.

Director Nolan decided to reimagine a battle epic as a suspense thriller.

Oh, yeah?

Nolan really wanted the film to be driven primarily by suspense, which is one of the most pure cinematic film forms.

I see.

Nolan creates three distinct storylines—on land, on sea and in the air—to evoke a tale about “communal heroism.”

What do yuo mean by that?

You see, Kato, 400,000 British, French, Belgian and Canadian troops were surrounded by the Nazis on the beaches of Dunkirk in late May and early June of 1940.  With safety on British shores just 26 miles away across the English Channel, the rescue had to be completed by non-military ships that sailed out from the southern coast of England to bring the stranded men home.

But what do you mean by non-military ships?

Well… A makeshift flotilla of hundreds of fishing boats, plesure crafts and lifeboats are called into service to aid in the evacuation.


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I see… Gee, Diane, you’re talking like a film critic.  I didn’t know, you’re such a movie buff.

Oh yes, to tell you the truth, I’ve watched a great deal of movies so far, but not as many as you have.

Diane, do you know what?  Although some events are loosely based on true history, the characters and storyline are fiction.

How do you know?

I read the director’s comments.

I see… By the way, Kato, have you lately watched a war movie?

I’m glad that you ask me.  As usual, I’ve seen a number of movies these days, including war movies.

 



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“Actual List”

 

This is the list of movies I’ve recently viewed at the Vancouver Public library… Look at the red-rectangled title in the above list!

I see… So you watched “Hacksaw Ridge” on August 15, huh?

That’s right.

 


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“Actual Page”

Twenty-one people are waiting to watch the above DVD, huh?

Yes, you’re telling me.


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After you watched, you jotted down the following comment, huh?

Directed by Mel Gibson and originally released as a motion picture in 2016, this 139-minute WWII docudrama depicts a story of Desmond Doss, an American pacifist combat medic who was a Seventh-day Adventist Christian, refusing to carry or use a firearm or weapons of any kind.

Doss’ unit was assigned to the 77th Infantry Division and deployed to the Pacific theater.

During the Battle of Okinawa, Doss’ unit was informed that they were to relieve the 96th Infantry Division, which was tasked with ascending and securing the Maeda Escarpment (“Hacksaw Ridge”).


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The battle at Hacksaw Ridge turned out to be one of the deadly battlegrounds during WWII.

Doss became the first conscientious objector to be awarded the Medal of Honor, for service above and beyond the call of duty during the Battle of Okinawa.

It is one of the best anti-war dramas I’ve ever watched.

Kato, do you really mean that the above movie is one of the best anti-war films?

You bet on that.

Kato, tell me about it.

Hacksaw Ridge


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As a young boy, Desmond Doss nearly kills his younger brother Hal.
This experience and his Seventh-day Adventist upbringing reinforce Desmond’s belief in the commandment “Thou shalt not kill”.

Years later, Desmond takes an injured man to the hospital and meets a nurse, Dorothy Schutte.


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The two begin a relationship and Desmond tells Dorothy of his interest in medical work.

After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Doss is motivated to enlist in the Army and intends to serve as a combat medic.
His father Tom, a troubled World War I veteran, is deeply upset by the decision.
Before leaving for Fort Jackson, Desmond asks for Dorothy’s hand in marriage and she accepts.

Desmond is placed under the command of Sergeant Howell.
He excels physically but becomes an outcast among his fellow soldiers for refusing to handle a rifle and train on Saturdays.

Howell and Captain Glover attempt to discharge Desmond for psychiatric reasons but are overruled, as Desmond’s religious beliefs do not constitute mental illness.

They subsequently torment Desmond by putting him through grueling labor, intending to get Desmond to leave of his own accord.
Despite being beaten one night by his fellow soldiers, he refuses to identify his attackers and continues training.

Desmond’s unit completes basic training and is released on leave, during which Desmond intends to marry Dorothy, but his refusal to carry a firearm leads to an arrest for insubordination.
Captain Glover and Dorothy visit Desmond in jail and try to convince him to plead guilty so that he can be released without charge but Desmond refuses to compromise his beliefs.


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At his trial, Desmond pleads not guilty, but before he is sentenced, his father barges into the tribunal with a letter from a former commanding officer stating that his son’s pacifism is protected by an Act of Congress.
The charges against Desmond are dropped, and he and Dorothy are married.

Desmond’s unit is assigned to the 77th Infantry Division and deployed to the Pacific theater.
During the Battle of Okinawa, Desmond’s unit is informed that they are to relieve the 96th Infantry Division, which was tasked with ascending and securing the Maeda Escarpment (“Hacksaw Ridge”).

In the initial fight, both sides sustain heavy losses, and Desmond successfully saves several soldiers, including those with severe injuries.
The Americans camp for the night, which Desmond spends in a foxhole with Smitty, a squadmate who was the first to call Desmond a coward.
Desmond reveals that his aversion to holding a firearm stems from nearly shooting his drunken father, who threatened his mother with a gun.
Smitty apologizes for doubting his courage and the two make amends.

The next morning, the Japanese launch a massive counterattack and drive the Americans off the escarpment.
Smitty is killed, while Howell and several of Desmond’s squad mates are left injured on the battlefield.
Desmond hears the cries of the dying soldiers and decides to run back into the carnage.
He starts carrying wounded soldiers to the cliff’s edge and belaying them down by rope, each time praying to save one more.

The arrival of dozens of wounded once presumed dead comes as a shock to the rest of the unit below.
When day breaks, Desmond rescues Howell and the two finally escape Hacksaw under enemy fire.


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Captain Glover tells Desmond that the men have been inspired by his miraculous efforts, and that they will not launch the next attack without him.
Despite the next day being the Sabbath day, he joins his fellow soldiers after finishing his prayers.
With reinforcements, they turn the tide of battle.

During an ambush set by Japanese soldiers feigning surrender, Desmond manages to save Glover and others by knocking away enemy grenades.
Desmond is eventually wounded by a grenade blast, but the battle is won.

Desmond descends the cliff, clutching the Bible Dorothy gave him.


SOURCE:”Hacksaw Ridge”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Wow!… quite fascinating and heart-warming.

Unlike “Dunkirk,” the characters and storyline are based on the real events.

Is that right?

You bet… If you see the movie, your stomach will be quite upset because you see scores of gory, bloody and horrendous fighting scenes, but it’s worth watching it to the end.  I’m pretty sure you’ll become a different person after viewing it.


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No kidding!

In any case, there are 21 persons waiting to see this movie.  So you should reserve the DVD as soon as possible.

Yes, I’ll do it right away.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Kato has watched 1,712 movies at the Vancouver Public Library so far.

When I take a look at the above movie list, I notice a film called “Osama.”

At first, I thought that it was about Osama bin Laden.

Although the title of the film highlights an allegorical relevance to Osama bin Laden, there is no further similarity.


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“Actual Page”


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In the above film, the Taliban are ruling Afghanistan.

Their regime is especially repressive for women, who, among other things, are not allowed to work.

This situation becomes difficult for one family consisting solely of three women, representing three successive generations: a young girl, her mother, and her grandmother.

With the mother’s husband and uncle dead, having been killed in battle during the Soviet invasion and their civil wars, there are no men left to support the family.

The mother had been working as a nurse in a hospital, but the Taliban cut off funding to the hospital, leaving it completely dysfunctional with no medicines and very little equipment.

One foreign woman working as a nurse in the hospital is arrested by the Taliban.

The mother does some nursing outside the hospital and receives payment from the caretaker of a patient, but after the patient dies the mother cannot find any more work.

The mother and grandmother then make what they feel is the only decision they can to survive.

They will have their preteen daughter disguise herself as a boy so that she can get a job to support the family.


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Osama’s grandmother tells a story to Osama about a boy who changed to a girl when he went under a rainbow, in order to help persuade her to accept the plan.

The daughter, feeling powerless, agrees despite being afraid that the Taliban will kill her if they discover her masquerade.

Partly as a symbolic measure, the daughter plants a lock of her now cut hair in a flowerpot.

The only people outside the family who know of the ruse are the milk vendor who employs the daughter.

This vendor was a friend of her deceased father.

A local boy named Espandi recognizes her despite her outward change in appearance.


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The masquerade becomes more difficult when the Taliban recruit all the local boys for school, which includes military training.

At the training school, they are taught how to fight and conduct ablutions, and an ablution is taught to boys that should be done when they experience nocturnal emission or come in contact with their wife when they grow older.


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Osama attempts to avoid joining the ablution session, and the master grows suspicious of Osama’s gender.

Osama realizes it can only be so long before she is found out.

Several of the boys begin to pick on her, and although Espandi is at first able to protect her, her secret is eventually discovered when she menstruates.

Osama is arrested and put on trial, along with a Western journalist, and the foreign woman who was arrested in the hospital.

The journalist and the nurse are both condemned and put to death, but, as Osama is destitute and helpless, her life is spared.

She is instead given in marriage to a much older man.

Osama’s new husband already has three wives, all of whom hate him and say he has destroyed their lives.

They take pity on Osama, but are powerless to help her.

The husband shows Osama the padlocks he uses on his wives’ rooms, reserving the largest for Osama.

The film ends with the new husband conducting an ablution in an outdoor bath, which the boys were earlier taught to conduct after coming in contact with their wives.

That’s about 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


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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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Romance@Madison

2017年7月28日

 

Romance@Madison

 


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Kato, have you been to the above Roseman Covered Bridge in Madison County?


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Oh no, I haven’t.  The other day I watched a drama titled “The Bridge of Madison County” at the Vancouver Public Library.

 



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“Actual List”

 

This is the list of movies I’ve recently viewed at the library… Look at the red-rectangled title in the above list!

I see… You watched it on July 3, huh?

That’s right.

 


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“Actual Page”

 


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I see… so after you watched, you jotted down the following comment, huh?

Produced and directed by Clint Eastwood, this is a 1995 American romantic drama based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Robert James Waller.

The story in the diaries reveals the impact the affair had on the lives of a farm woman and a National Geographic photographer.

The affair took place while her husband and children were at the state fair in Illinois.


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She almost ran away with him to travel the world with him.

After a wrenching period of decision-making, however, she decided to stay at the last minute after considering the bigger picture that includes the consequences leaving would have on the lives of her teenage children and husband, who was a good, loving man.

After all the photographer finds meaning and his true calling as an artist.

It also has deep consequences on the lives of her son and daughter, who are both experiencing marital problems.


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Their mother’s story helped them to find a sense of direction in their lives.

It is an old-fashioned love story with some meanings in terms of the present day context.

Superb are the performances of Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep.

Diane, have you seen the above movie?

Oh yes, I have.  That was quite a popular movie back in those days of the late 1990s simply because the novel, on which the film was based, was a 1992 best-seller.  Actually, 60 million copies were sold worldwide.

The Bridges of Madison County (Book)


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It is a 1992 best-selling novel by Robert James Waller that tells the story of a married
but lonely Italian-American woman (war bride) living on a 1960s Madison County, Iowa farm.

While her husband and children are away at the State Fair, she engages in an affair with a National Geographic photographer
from Bellingham, Washington, who is visiting Madison County to create a photographic essay on the covered bridges in the area.

The novel is presented as a novelization of a true story, but it is in fact entirely fictional.
However, the author stated in an interview that there were strong similarities between the main character and himself.

The novel is one of the bestselling books of the 20th century, with 60 million copies sold worldwide.
It has also been adapted into a feature film in 1995 and a musical in 2013.

 

Publication history

It was originally published in the UK under the title Love in Black and White.

A sequel entitled A Thousand Country Roads was published in 2002.
It tells the remainder of the two main characters’ story after their four-day affair.
They never meet again, but their lives are interlocked until death.

In 2005, the trilogy was completed with High Plains Tango, which came about when Waller was writing “A Thousand Country Roads” and he realized he had two novels’ worth of material.
“High Plains Tango picks up the story of itinerant master carpenter Carlisle McMillan, Robert Kincaid’s illegitimate son, who settles in Salamander, S.D.
There his life becomes intertwined with two very different women and almost overrun by the threats of eminent domain.”


SOURCE:”The Bridges of Madison County”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sixty million copies, eh?  Amazing!

Did you watch the movie on July 3 for the first time?

Yes, I did.  Actually, I was quite interested in the movie when it was quite often talked about in those days.

Then why didn’t you view the movie back in those days?

Well, I could hardly imagine that Clint Eastwood would take such a melodramatic role.  You see, he was quite famous as a “Dirty Harry.”


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He was also famous as a hard-boiled guy in Spaghetti Western or Italian Western such as “For a Few Dollars More” directed by Sergio Leone.


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I could hardly think that Clint Eastwood would play a protagonist as a ladys’ man in “The Bridges of Madison County.”

Is that the reason you didn’t watch the movie in the 1990s?

Yes, it is.  His womanizer-image destroyed my appetite for the movie.

Then how come you watched the movie at this time?

Well, as Clint Eastwood gets older, I’m getting softer on his image.

So how did you like the movie?

As I jotted down the comment, the performances of Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep are superb.  I was quite impressed by their acting.  The film was made based on a true story, I guess.

No, I don’t think so.  As noted in the above article of Wikipedia, the novel is presented as a novelization of a true story, but it is in fact entirely fictional.

I know, but look at the following article about the author.

Robert James Waller


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Robert James Waller (August 1, 1939 – March 10, 2017) was an American author best known for “The Bridges of Madison County”—an enormously successful book in 1993.
He was also a photographer and musician.

Life

Waller received his BA (’62) and MA (’64) from University of Northern Iowa (then known as Iowa State Teachers College).
He received his PhD in business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington in 1968.

Later that year he returned to UNI and began teaching management and economics, and in 1977 became a full professor.
He became dean of the College of Business in 1980 and retired from that position in 1986.
It was announced in 2000 that he made a “seven figure” donation to Indiana University.

Several of his books have been on the New York Times bestseller list including 1992’s “The Bridges of Madison County” which was the top best-seller in 1993.
Both that novel and his 1995 novel, Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, have been made into motion pictures.

Personal life

In 1997, his marriage of 35 years to Georgia ended in divorce.

An article in People Magazine noted, “The parallels between Waller’s life and his art (his Bridges heroine, farmwife Francesca, sacrifices her chance for happiness with a globe-hopping photographer in order to stay home and shield her loved ones from small-town scandal) haven’t been lost on the locals”.

Waller died on March 10, 2017, at his home in Fredericksburg, Texas.
He was 77 and had been battling multiple myeloma.


SOURCE:”Robert James Waller”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

You see, the author was divorced in 1997.  What do you think made the couple get divorced?

Well, nobody knows for sure.  Besides, he’s been dead now.  The secret was buried with him.

But the author stated in an interview that there were strong similarities between the main character and himself.  That’s the reason the novel is presented as a novelization of a true story, which has obviously damaged his wife’s feeling.  Therefore, the couple got divorced, I suppose.

In any case, that’s none of your buinsess, Kato.

I know, I know … But aren’t you curious about it?  The above Wikipedia article says: The parallels between Waller’s life and Francesca’s life remains on the locals.

After all, it is anybody’s guess.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Well…, Francesca almost ran away with Robert to travel the world with him.

After a wrenching period of decision-making, however, she decided to stay at the last minute after considering the bigger picture that includes the consequences leaving would have on the lives of her teenage children and husband, who was a good, loving man.

When you view the movie, you might be surprised to see how much damage a scandal would cause in such a rural community in those days.

As a matter of fact, Robert noticed an alienated woman in a local cafe-restaurant when he dropped in.


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The woman sitting beside Robert (played by Clint Eastwood) was ignored by elder waitresses because of her extramarital scandal.

However, the younger waitress reluctantly took an order, but on a second thought, the woman decided to get out because the customers inside all stared at her with most treacherously despising gaze.

She just couldn’t stand it.

In those days, you could hardly ignore those contemptuous gazes.

Those rural communities were open in terms of scandal and rumors but closed and close-knit in terms of human relations.

Everybody knew everybody; everybody watched everybody.

Now times seem to have been changed.


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So, I think Calpernia is quite brave to make a decision to transform her male self into female self.

Well, you can live your life ONLY once.

Nobody prevents you from realizing your dream.

So, if it’s your dream, it’s your choice to transform yourself or to stay as you are.

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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“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

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!

Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo

Middle Sexes


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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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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

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じゃあね。



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『スパマー HIRO 中野 悪徳業者』

 


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Middle Sexes

2017年6月24日

 

Middle Sexes

 


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Kato, what do you mean by “Middle Sexes”?


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… good question, Diane… Actually, I watched a documentary titled “Middle Sexes” at the Vancouver Public Library.

 



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“Actual List”

 

This is the list of movies I’ve recently viewed at the library… Look at the red-rectangled title in the above list!

I see… You watched “Middle Sexes” on May 25, huh?

That’s right.

 


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“Actual Page”

 

I see… so you jotted down the following comment, huh?

This is a 75-minute American television documentary directed by Antony Thomas in 2005.

This film explores the issue of gender and sex, beginning with transgender women dancing at a nightclub.

Then it introduces you to the murder of Gwen Araujo, a teenage transwoman is described in detail by the narrator.


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Several acquaintances killed her after finding out that Gwen was born male because two of them had sexual relations with her.

The film then looks at different treatment of gender-variant and people of different sexualities across cultures and history.

Quite interesting is a story of heterosexual college men who were shown gay pornography.

Their physical response was measured.

Men who were considered homophobes were more aroused, but claimed they had no reaction.

This then goes back to Gwen Araujo, who was killed by two men who were insecure about their sexualities because they had sexual relations with her.

All of this supports the theory that people are more likely to get angry at sex, gender, and sexuality differences because they are insecure about their own sexuality or gender identity.

It is one of the profoundly thought-provoking documentaries I’ve ever watched.

I see… Because some people are insecure about their own sexuality or gender identity, they’re more likely to get angry at sex, gender, and sexuality differences, huh?

I think so.

So, Kato, what impressed you most in the above documentary?

In the film I see a tansgender woman called Calpernia Addams.

Calpernia Addams

 


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Calpernia Sarah Addams (born February 20, 1971) is an American author, actress, musician and spokesperson and activist for transgender rights and issues.

Addams grew up in Nashville, Tennessee.
She served as a Hospital Corpsman with the Navy and United States Marine Corps.

During her last year in the military, she came out as a transgender woman.
Addams chose the name “Calpernia” from the William Shakespeare play Julius Caesar (a variant spelling of Caesar’s wife Calpurnia) and its appearance on a tombstone in the film The Addams Family.

Career

In 2002, she formed Deep Stealth Productions in Hollywood with Andrea James.

 


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Deep Stealth creates educational and entertainment material around gender-identification issues and the experiences of differently-gendered people.

Addams and James coached Felicity Huffman for her Academy Award-nominated performance as a transgender woman in the film Transamerica.

At the Sundance debut of “Soldier’s Girl“, Addams met Jane Fonda, whose son Troy Garity had played Winchell.

 


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Fonda suggested Addams mount an all-transgender production of The Vagina Monologues.
The production was to contribute funds and help raise awareness of violence against women;
it became the subject of the 2006 documentary film Beautiful Daughters.

A reality television series entitled Transamerican Love Story, featuring Addams choosing among eight suitors, debuted February 11, 2008 on Logo TV.

In April 2008, Addams performed alongside Fonda, Glenn Close, Salma Hayek, Alicia Keys, and others in a tenth-anniversary production
of The Vagina Monologues at the Louisiana Superdome.

In May 2008, PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) chose Addams as PFLAG’s spokesperson for
their educational campaign, This Is Our Love Story.

Addams said, “I hope This Is Our Love Story will help young transgender people as they come out.
By seeing the happy, confident woman I’ve become,
I hope I can act as a role model for these young people at a critical moment in their development.”

Addams writes a blog on gender issues for Psychology Today.

Addams has released a single entitled “Stunning”, available on iTunes.
Addams co-produced the song “The Vagina Song” by Willam Belli, from his debut album The Wreckoning, and made a cameo in the song’s music video.

In 2015, Addams appeared in the international premiere of “Trans Scripts” a new play by Paul Lucas at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland.
The production received 24 four and five star reviews, a Fringe First Award, a High Commendation from Amnesty International
and was shortlisted for the Feminist Fest Award, the Best of Edinburgh Award, and the Holden Street Theater Award.

Personal life

In 1999, while working as a performer, Addams began dating PFC Barry Winchell.
Word of the relationship spread at Winchell’s Army base where he was harassed by fellow soldiers and ultimately murdered.
Winchell’s murder and the subsequent trial resulted in widespread press and a formal review of the U.S. “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) military policy, ordered by President Bill Clinton.

The case became a prominent example used to illustrate the failure of DADT to protect LGBT service members.
Addams’ and Winchell’s romance and the crimes of their abusers are depicted in the film: “Soldier’s Girl“, released in 2003.

Addams was portrayed by Lee Pace.
A subsequent New York Times article, “An Inconvenient Woman”, documented the marginalization and misrepresentation of transgender sexuality even by gay rights activists.


SOURCES: “Calpernia Addams”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I see… So, Kato, you are quite attracted to the above transwoman, huh?

Yes, I am.

How come?

Well… she looks more feminine and prettier than an ordinary woman.

Do you really think so?

How about you, Diane?

Maybe so, but I think she is more like Pandora’s box.

Pandora’s box?  What do you mean by that?

You see, Kato,… Pandora opened the box and all the evils flew out, leaving only “Hope” inside once she had closed it again.

Yes, I know the episode, but what do you really mean by that?

As you jotted down in the above comment, because some people are insecure about their own sexuality or gender identity, they’re more likely to get angry at sex, gender, and sexuality differences.  While working as a performer, Calpernia Addams began dating PFC Barry Winchell.


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Then word of the relationship spread at Winchell’s Army base where he was harassed by fellow soldiers and ultimately murdered, because those soldiers are insecure about their own sexuality.

I see… So you’re saying that Calpernia Addams made those soldiers awake their insecure gender identity, aren’t you?

Yes, I am… In due course, those soldiers got angry at Winchell and killed him.

By opening Pandora’s box, Calpernia Addams performed an action that might’ve seemed small or innocent, but that turned out to have severely detrimental and far-reaching negative consequences, eh?

You’re telling me, Kato… By the way, you also watched “Call me Malcolm.”  Tell me about it.

 


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“Actual Page”

This is a 90-minute documentary about Malcolm—a transgender male.

He shares his reflections with candor, eloquence and compassion.

As his travels end in New York after meeting many transgender people, his future seems to hold greater opportunities than he ever could have dreamed.

It is an inspiring, informative and heartwarming documentary.


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   Trailer

   Full movie

 

Malcolm used to be a girl.  And now in the final year of seminary after transgender surgery, he struggles with faith, love, and gender identity. In due course, he also met Calpernia Addams.


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So Malcolm will eventually become a minister, huh?

Yes, actually, he’s already been ordained as minister.


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Calpernia congratulates him.

Malcolm is a devoted Christian, huh?

Yes, he is as devoted as you are.

I’m NOT that devoted.

Don’t be so modest, Diane.  At least, you’ve been a regular churchgoer.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Well…, what do you think about transgender people?

Transgender people are persons who have a gender identity or gender expression that differs from their assigned sex.

They are sometimes called transsexual if they desire medical assistance to transition from one sex to another.

Transgender is also an umbrella term: in addition to including people whose gender identity is the opposite of their assigned sex (trans men and trans women), it may include people who are not exclusively masculine or feminine.

Other definitions of transgender also include people who belong to a third gender, or conceptualize transgender people as a third gender.

Infrequently, the term transgender is defined very broadly to include cross-dressers, regardless of their gender identity.

Interestingly, transgender people may identify as heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual, asexual, etc., or may consider conventional sexual orientation labels inadequate or inapplicable.

It is so complicated, huh?

Therefore, most transgender people might face discrimination at and in accessing work, public accommodations, and healthcare.

They are not legally protected from discrimination in many countries.


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So, I think Calpernia is quite brave to make a decision to transform her male self into female self.

Well, you can live your life ONLY once.

So, it’s your choice to transform yourself or to stay as you are.

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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“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

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!

Life or Death

Way to Millionaire

Adele Hugo


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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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Way to Millionaire

2017年3月28日

 

Way to Millionaire

 


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From: The Desk of ERIK GUNNAR
email: erikgunnar402@yahoo.com
FAX: 0044-8452992881

15-02-2017

Ms. Akira Kato
1100-2010 Robson Steet
Vancouver, BC V6G4K7
CANADA

 


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Dear Akira,

I write to you in good faith and trust that you will take a moment to consider the contents of this letter.
In 2006, a Canadian man by the name of David Kato opened a high interest account with a local bank in UK.
Investments made on his behalf by the Bank saw Mr. Kato’s portfolio (initially valued at 4.8 million USD) increase by 300,000 thousand USD to 5.1 million USD by the end of the financial year.

In 2008 before the world financial crisis, the Bank received instructions to liquidate and transfer by cash, the principle (4.8 million USD) to Canada, where it was understood Mr. Kato intended to invest the money.
Arrangements were made for Mr. Kato to come into the bank and confirm the instruction but unfortunately, he never came, that was the last heard of Mr. Kato.
In 2012 when bank’s investigation revealed that Mr. Kato suffered a calamitous death.

The investigation also revealed that he died intestate.
All attempts to identify any living relatives—however distant—have yielded no results.
Mr. Kato would seem to have had no living relatives.
Having read the letter this far, two questions, no doubt, spring to your mind; firstly, what is my involvement in this and why have I contacted you?
The answer to your first question is quite simple.
My knowledge and involvement in this matter stem from the fact that I am employed by Bank as a Business Relations Manager.
It is on this basis that I decided to contact you.

I propose to make you the beneficiary of Mr. Kato’s estate with a view to you and I splitting the proceeds.
As outlandish as this might seem, I sincerely believe this venture is both plausible and achievable.
I will submit your details to my Bank as Mr. Kato’s relative.
Verifying your identity with information supplied by me then becomes a routine matter and once satisfied that you are who I say you are, the Bank will then instruct the Central Bank to make the funds in Mr. Kato’s account payable to you.
No eyebrows will be raised since you are a Canadian resident and have the same last name with the deceased.

Here in UK, the alternative is a simple one; when the funds remain unclaimed they eventually revert back to the state which will happen by the end of financial year of 2017.
In contacting you, I have explosed myself and I can only hope that by so doing, I have not compromised my livelihood and welfare of my wife and children.

I hope you will consider the facts as contained in this letter and make the decision to contact me in order to take this delicate matter forward.

 

ERIK GUNNAR


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Diane, I’ve received the above letter.


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Yes, I realize that, but something is fishy.

What do you mean?

First of all, Erik thinks you’re a woman.

I know… Most people living in North America quite often consider my Japanese first name to be feminine… That’s why I insist that my Canadian name is Kato Akira Kaato.

Kato, do you really think you’ll become a millionaire?

Yes, I do… Once I reply to the above letter, I’ll be able to receive more than one million USD… That’s what it says.

Do you really believe that?

Yes… Why not?

Don’t be an easy prey, Kato.

What do you mean by that?

Have you ever heard of a Nigerian letter scam?

Nigerian letter scam


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Nigerian letter scam or an advance-fee scam is a type of fraud and one of the most common types of confidence trick.
The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster requires in order to obtain the large sum.
If a victim makes the payment, the fraudster either invents a series of further fees for the victim, or simply disappears.

There are many variations on this type of scam, including the 419 scam, the Spanish Prisoner scam, the black money scam and the Detroit-Buffalo scam.
The scam has been used with fax and traditional mail, and is now prevalent in online communications like emails.

Online versions of the scam originate primarily in the United States, the United Kingdom and Nigeria, with Ivory Coast, Togo, South Africa, Benin, the Netherlands, and Spain also having high incidences of such fraud.
The scam messages often claim to originate in Nigeria, but usually this is not true.

The number “419” refers to the section of the Nigerian Criminal Code dealing with fraud, the charges and penalties for offenders.

 


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SOURCE: “Advance-fee scam”
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

If you reply to the above letter, Erik will ask you for an up-front payment—probably, a couple of thousand dollars—to obtain 5.1 million USD specified in the above letter.

No kidding! How come you’re so sure about that?

That’s the way the fraudster makes some money… Look at the above video clip.

I don’t believe it.

To be on the safe side, I’ll show you another video.


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You see, Kato, there are so many victims out there… If you’re greedy, you’ll become an easy prey for the fraudster.

What if the above letter is a genuine offer?

I’ll tell you, Kato, it is a letter for an advance-fee scam.

How come you’re so sure about it.

Firstly, Erik writes as follows:


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I will submit your details to my Bank as Mr. Kato’s relative.

Verifying your identity with information supplied by me then becomes a routine matter and once satisfied that you are who I say you are, the Bank will then instruct the Central Bank to make the funds in Mr. Kato’s account payable to you.

Erik is stupid enough to consider you as a female. The executive of the Central Bank is NOT that stupid and find out that you’re a man. He will never release the fund to you.

What if I disguise myself as a female?


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Don’t be ridiculous… You’ll never be able to fool the executive of the Central Bank.

Then I’ll ask you to take the money for me.

I don’t want to get involved in this scam… Secondly, how many persons named “Kato” are living in Canada?

Probably, quite a few.

Look at the following search result:


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“Search now!”

Wow! 11,900,000 … I can hardly believe that.

Anyway, Erik must have sent the same contents to many people whose family name is “Kato.”

No kidding!

By now, Erik might have been arrested… I searched the news for you:


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“Search now!”

Gee… There are 196 results.

Erik Gunnar must be dealt in one of the above news.

I’ve cheked the above articles briefy one by one, but Erik Gunnar of UK hasn’t shown up in any article.

Well… Believe me, Kato… He will… He will appear in the near future.


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【Himiko’s Monologue】


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Well…, do you want to become a millionaire?

You see, money is only means to achieve your life goal—NOT definitely an end itself.

You believe ot not, some millionaires end up with their miserable death.

Think about it.

By the way, you certainly know about this famous billionaire.

What do you think about the Trump administration?

Can you see many happy and bright aspects of his policies?

Thousands gathered near the White house in response to US President Donald Trump’s immigration ban against nationals from seven countries where Muslims make up the majority of the population.

It marked the second consecutive weekend protest organized against Trump’s policies.

Here is five Nostradamus Predictions for 2017, in which you might be interested:


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However, I really hope that 2017 will be a happy year.

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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“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”


(dianesun.jpg)

“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

Changeling

Fiddler on the Roof

Flesh and Bone

Maiden’s Prayer

Romeo & Juliet

Trump @ Joke

Halloween in Shibuya

Trump Shock

Happy New Year!

Life or Death


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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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(1001nite10.jpg)

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.


(bellyan15.gif)

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』


(renge730.jpg)

『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。


(bikini901b.jpg)


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