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Life or Death



Life or Death







Kato, how come you become so serious?  Are you thinking of killing yourself because Donald Trump has become President of the States?


Oh no, I’m NOT… I definitely want to live at least four more years to see the demise of the Trump administration.

What if he goes for the second term?

Then I’ll live on for another four years.

Anyway, Kato, what makes you jot down the above title?

Good question!  Well…, I’ve recently watched the following movies at Vancouver Public Library.


“Actual List”

On January 5, I watched “the Book Thief.”


“Actual Page”


This is a 2013 American-German war-time drama directed by Brian Percival, based on the 2005 novel of the same name by Markus Zusak.


A young girl living with her adoptive German family goes through hard times during the Nazi era.

Taught to read by her kind-hearted foster father, the girl begins “borrowing” books and sharing them with the Jewish refugee being sheltered by her foster parents in their home.



It is a well-crafted story that focuses on the consistent thread of humanity.

Superb is the performance of Sophie Nélisse as Liesel Meminger, the titular “book thief.”

With incredible acting and a gripping, heart-warming yet chilling story, this is one of the best war-time movies.

A warmth of humanity will probably nestle in your mind long after the end of the film.



Another Holocaust story?

No, not really… Although a Jewish man is sheltered by the girl’s foster parents, the film focuses on the ordinary German girl and her friend as well as the war-time situation under the Nazi.

What impressed you most of all?

Well…, you see, nobody wanted to die even under the Nazi resume, but some people had no other choice even if they desperately wanted to survive.

I see…

Hitler was elected under the so-called democratic system as Doland Trump was elected in the States.

How come Hitler was elected in the first place?

…’Cause German factory workers were unhappy and unsatisfied with the on-going goverment because of the high unemployment rate.  And Hitler took advantage of the situation and blamed the Jews just like Donald Trump blamed the Mexicans and illegal immigrants.

So unhappy German factory workers supported Hitler as unsatisfied US factory workers voted for Trump, huh?

You’ve got it, Diane… Besides, Trump seems to mimick Hitler.

Why is that?

Trump is thretening Mexicans as well as illegal immigrants.  And now comes Trump’s immigration ban against nationals from seven countries where Muslims make up the majority of the population.

Another day, another anti-Trump protest, huh?

You’re telling me, Diane.  Trump might just as well order a Muslim registration.  It’s a good time to remember German Chancellor Adolf Hitler began his reign of terror by first registering Jews.

So the United States is no longer democracy’s leader, huh?

You’re right on, Diane… A corrupt political system by corporate interests and money, a militarized police force, increasing racial tensions, and an ever-increasing track record of human and civil rights violation don’t sound like pillars of a nation built on democratic ideals and personal liberty.  Anyway, after the above movie, I happened to watch the following documentary.


“Actual Page”



This is a 94-minute documentary about suicide at the Golden Gate Bridge produced in 2007.

In 2004 alone, 24 people jumped to their deaths from the bridge.

Three bodies have never been recovered.


Other people tried to jump but, fortunately or unfortunetely, intervened by somebody else who happended to walk by.

Miraculously, one of those jumpers has survived the fall and talks to you about his feelings before and after.

We all experience moments of despair.

For most of us, the sun comes out, and then tomorrow is another day, and our days continue as usual.


Some people, however, chose the bridge.

More people have chosen to end their lives at the Golden Gate Bridge than anywhere else in the world.

This is a profoundly thought-provoking documentary.

Diane, listen to this!  More people have chosen to end their lives at the Golden Gate Bridge than anywhere else in the world.

Amazing, isn’t it?

Diane, have you recently heard that some Vancouverites jumped to their death from the Lions Gate Bridge?


No, not that I know of.

You see, Diane, so many Americans feel lost.

Why is that?

…’Cause many Americans don’t trust the US government and establishment any longer as the following clip shows:


Are you saying that some Americans lost their hopes and got so depressed that they jumped from the Golden Gate Bridge?

Yes, I think so because no Vancouverites have tried from the Lions Gate Bridge in these days.  Apparently, Vancouverites and Canadians in general are happier here than in the States.

Canadians appear happy enought to live on as usual, I suppose.

I believe so, too.  That’s the reason Donald Trump won the election.  You see, the major media predicted Hillary Clinto would be the next president, but most media ignored so many unhappy and unsatisfied American factory workers, who chose Trump rather than Hillary.

Kato, are you saying that some of the unhappy, unsatisfied Americans jumped to their death before the election?

Yes, I believe so.  That’s another reason so many young Americans applied for Canadian universities and many Americans decided to move to Canada after the election.

I know… Some Americans and even poeple overseas protested against Trump presidency.


Manhattan, New York

A great number of New Yorkers were protesting in Manhattan when they got to know that Trump had been elected as their next president.

I don’t think I’ve ever seen such an angry protest in the previous US presidential elections.

As a matter of fact, there were some other protests:


Downtown, Los Angeles


In Portland, USA


In London, England


Worldwide Reactions

So many people in the whole world aren’t happy to have Trump as US president, are they?

No, they are NOT…

But why not?

Well…, if anything goes wrong, Donald Trump is likely going to press the nuclear button.  That’s the reason, I suppose, many people protest Trump’s presidency.

Many people in the world don’t like Trump’s ideas at all, do they?

No, they do NOT.


Besides, many people know about Trump’s shortcomings and dark secrets:

5 Darkest Donald Trump Secrets


10 Shocking Donald Trump Facts



【Himiko’s Monologue】


Well…, 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 on Sunday 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:


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 …



If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:



“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”


“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”

“Another Cinderella”

“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”

“Life with Music”



“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”



“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

“Merry X’Mas”

“Heaven with Mochi”

“Travel Expense Scandal”




“JAGEL Again”

“Say NO!”

Happy Gal in Canada

Roof of Vancouver



Sex Appeal

Better Off Without Senate

Fire Festival


Scary Quake

MH370 Mystery

Putin’s Way

Trump @ Vancouver

Otter & Trump


Fiddler on the Roof

Flesh and Bone

Maiden’s Prayer

Romeo & Juliet

Trump @ Joke

Halloween in Shibuya

Trump Shock

Happy New Year!



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.


『Actual List』


Kato watched “The Arabian Nights” or “One Thousand and One Nights” as his 1001th movie.

You might just as well want to view it.



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.









『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』
















Thank you for talking with me

at the library

during your DVD watching.

Dear Uncle,

I’ve been struggling in landing a job as baker.
It is so hard to find any job in Vancouver without a work permit nor a permanet resident card.
When I was a small girl, living and working in Vancouver was a big dream because my relatives talked about Uncle Kato and Kayo-chan—one of my female cousins—who were deeply engrossed in the western culture and enjoying the western lifestyle.
I envied those who had immigrated to Canada.

In a sense, my dream has come true since I’m now staying with a Japanese-Canadian family in North Vancouver.

The other day, I visited a Jewish bagelery in Vancouver.


I liked this particular bagel shop which I came across while searching by GOOGLE in Japan simply because the bagels looked quite anthentic and attractive.
The owner-operator is a friendly and considerate lady, who phoned me because I had submitted my resume online.

Mayumi Ogawa

North Vancouver, B.C.
Contact cell phone: xxx-872-3692

Baker / Cook


Bagel de Japon

May 2012 to 2014

Job Description and Specification:

1)-Give customer satisfaction in any ways by carrying out efficiency and accurate services,
2)-Purchase all ingredients and materials for products,
3)-Ensure that all ingredients and materials are available or ready before the start of baking,
4)-Monitor ingredients consumption and ensure that all inventories are in acceptable levels at all times,
5)-Take part in all the phases of baking a variety of bagels,
6)-Handle orders and make sure that required bagels are delivered to customers.

Baker / Cook

Panetteria Tokio

July 2009 to April 2012

Job Description and Specification:

1)-Give customer satisfaction in any ways by carrying out efficiency and accurate services,
2)-Bake French rolls, baguettes, ciabattas, bagels, and focassias,
3)-Purchase all ingredients and materials for bakery,
4)-Prepare ingredients and materials to bake bagels and bread,
5)-Mix and bake ingredients to produce breads, pastries, and other baked goods.


Professional cook Certificate (Japan)
Class 3 Certificate in the official Business Skill Test in word Processing (Japan)
Class 3 Certificate in the Professional Sales Skill Test (Japan)


School Name: Utsunomiya Commercial high school
Location: Utsunomiya, Tochi-ken, Japan
Period: April 1998 to March 2001

Field of study: Commerce


-Volunteer work as baker to bake bagels and bread to the poor and the needed,
-kitchen skills such as proper handling of food items, inventory check-up, and maintaining food hygiene,
-Shop skills such as order-handling and keeping good customer-relations,
-Restaurant skills such as wine serving, making cocktails, and maintaining proper standard for service sequence,
-Office skills such as Excel, word-processing and blog-writing,
-Maintaining proper standard for service sequence.
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Although my English seemed to sound somewhat Greek, she showed a great interest in my resume and appeared kind enough to listen to me attentively.
After all, however, she kindly advised me to get an immigrant visa first.
She also suggested that I might as well find a prospective employer who would sponsor me.

In any case, an old saying—Easier said than done—holds true.
I really face the music.


The road ahead of me seems rough and tough.
Like the above video, however, I try to face the music and dance as a positive and happy-go-lucky thinker.
Thank you, again, for your time and kindness.



Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 7:42 PM



Dear Mayumi,

Once upon a time,

an old wise man said:

After pleasure comes pain.

There is no pleasure without pain.

Sweet is pleasure after pain.

There is no rose without a thorn.

No pains, no gains.

Every cloud has a silver lining.


So, don’t be discouraged even if you feel miserable with a ton of difficulties.

The old man also said:

“Where there is a will, there is a way.”

By the way, when you came to see me at the library,
I was watching a German movie titled as “M”.



This film was made by the famous German director—Fritz Lang (1890-1976).
But it didn’t impress me.
That was the reason I quit watching.

Then we went to the atrium, and sat down at one of the tables.
We talked about many things—love, marriage, jobs and life.

After you departed, I went back to the computer
and watched another DVD, which turned out one of the best movies I’d seen recently.



This movie is two-hour long.
I wanted to finish it, but I had to get out halfway through the movie because of the closing time.

This film is titled “The Painted Veil”—a love-hate story about a British couple.
The story starts in the 1920s.
The stage is set in China.

The DVD cover tells you as follows:


Once love is lost, can it—should it—ever be reclaimed?
That’s the question that tortures Dr. Walter Fane (played by Edward Norton)
about his beautiful and feithless wife Kitty (played by Naomi Watts).

So he takes her away from the soirées, flirtations and ardent intrigues of colonial-era Shanghai to a cholera-ravaged village deep in China.
It is to be her punishiment.
But it may be redemption for them both.

Based on W. Somerset Maugham’s novel and filmed in China, it is a moving portrait of the volcanic emotions that can erupt between a man and a woman, set againt the drama of a nation in turmoil.
Immerse yourself in this superb film’s power and let it sweep you away.


This is the 684th movie I watched at Vancouver Public Library.



Kitty Garstin is a vivacious, carefree yet somewhat immature London socialite.
Her mother tells Kitty, “How long do you think your father will take care of you? You must’ve found a good suitor by now.”
Her father is also worried about his spinster daughter and invites Dr. Walter Fane—a bookish bacteriologist—to meet her at a party.
Dr. Fane gets dazzled by her beauty, but Kitty seems unmoved by his presence at all.


Soon afterward he proposes and Kitty accepts only to get as far away from her mother as possible.

They travel to Dr. Fane’s medical post in Shanghai, where he works in a government lab studying infectious diseases.
In due course, the couple find themselves ill-suited.

Kitty gets much more interested in parties and the social life of the British expatriates while Dr. Fane keeps himself busy in his own work.
Although he tries to make her happy by all means, Kitty appears detached to him emotionally.
In any case she doesn’t love him in the first place.

Kitty meets Charles Townsend, a married British vice consul, and the two engage in a clandestine affair.


When Dr. Fane discovers his wife’s infidelity, he seeks to punish her by threatening to divorce her on the grounds of adultery, if she doesn’t accompany him to a small village in a remote area of China.
He has volunteered to treat victims of an unchecked cholera epidemic sweeping through the area.

Kitty begs to be allowed to divorce him quietly and he agrees, provided Townsend will leave his wife Dorothy and marry her.

When she proposes this possibility to her lover, Charles, despite earlier claiming his love for Kitty, declines to accept.

Now, Kitty has no choice.
It is impossible for her to tell her mother that she’ll become a divorced woman in a foreign land.

So, she travel to the mountainous inland region with her husband.
The couple embark upon an arduous, two-week-long overland journey, which would be considerably faster and much easier if they traveled by river, but Dr. Fane seems determined to make Kitty as unhappy and uncomfortable as possible.

Upon their arrival in Mei-tan-fu, she becomes distressed to discover they will be living in near squalor, far removed from everyone except their cheerful neighbor Waddington, a British deputy commissioner living with a young Chinese woman in relative opulence.

Dr. Fane and Kitty barely speak to each other.
Except for a cook and a Chinese soldier assigned to guard her, Kitty remains alone for long hours.

After visiting an orphanage run by a group of French nuns, however, Kitty volunteers her services, and she starts working in the music room.

To her surprise, the Mother Superior tells that her husband loves children, especially babies.


Now, she begins to see him in a new light as she learns what a selfless and caring person he can be.

When Dr. Fane sees Kitty with the children, he in turn realizes she is not the shallow, selfish person he thought her to be.

As Dr. Fane’s anger and Kitty’s unhappiness subside, their marriage begins to blossom in the midst of the epidemic crisis.
Kitty soon learns she’s pregnant.
Another problem hits her hard because she doesn’t know for sure who the father is.
To her relief, however, Dr. Fane assures Kitty that it doesn’t matter since he is now in love with her again.

A cholera epidemic takes many victims.
As Dr. Fane and the locals are getting it under control, ailing refugees from elsewhere pour into the area, forcing him to set up a camp outside town.

He contracts the disease and Kitty nurses him, but he dies, and she becomes devastated.
Bereft and pregnant, she leaves China.

Five years later, Kitty appears well-dressed and happy in London shopping with her young son Walter.
They meet Townsend by chance on the street, and he suggests that Kitty meet with him.
Asking young Walter his age, he realizes from the reply that he could be the boy’s father.


Kitty rejects his overtures and walks away.
When her son asks who Townsend is, she replies “No one important”.

I’m pretty sure, Mayumi, you feel like watching it, now.

Here is a full movie for you.

【Full Movie】

Enjoy it, and don’t get discouraged even if your emails for job interview are not answered.

Like I wrote,

There is no pleasure without pain.

There is no rose without a thorn.

No pains, no gains.

Every cloud has a silver lining.



Good night and have a happy-go-lucky dream.


Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 11:09 PM


Kato, how come you wrote about the movie so much?


Well… you see, Diane, Kitty was living in London during the 1920s.  In those days, when a single woman brought up in the upper class wanted to go abroad, nobody would take it seriously.

You’re right, I suppose.

If Mayumi had lived in those days, she would’ve never able to come to Vancouver.

Are you saying, Mayumi had many suitors in Japan before she came to Vancouver?

You’re telling me, Diane.  If Mayumi had lived in London during the 1920s, she must’ve chosen to marry one of those suitors just as Kitty did.

I see… So you’re saying, women in our days have a lot of freedom and many choices than the women in the 1920s, aren’t you?

Yes, I am.  Unlike Kitty, Mayumi doesn’t have to marry a man whom she doesn’t love.  Although she is still struggling in finding a job, Mayumi is definitely happy here in Vancouver because she is not locked in a loveless marriage.



Mayumi is probably disappointed by the lousy weather in Vancouver.

I don’t think so because, as you said, when you’re happy it doesn’t matter the weather.

Yes, that’s true.

Actually, Mayumi is quite happy here in Vancouver because she’ll start her new life.  I’m pretty sure that Mayumi will be able to sing even in the rain.

Now what’s on her mind?

Well… to tell you the truth, Mayumi is thinking of baking bagels for the people who gather at your church. You see, she visited your church in last December.


After visiting an orphanage run by a group of French nuns, Kitty volunteers her services, and she starts working in the music room. To her surprise, the Mother Superior tells that her husband loves children, especially babies. Now, she begins to see him in a new light as she learns what a selfless and caring person he can be.

How come you brings up the movie again?

Well… when Dr. Fane sees Kitty with the children, he in turn realizes she is not the shallow, selfish person he thought her to be.  You see, Diane, redemption starts here, that is, working at the orphanage is an eye opner for both of them.  Likewise, Mayumi’s experience at your soup kitchen seems to her an eye opener because Mayumi volunteers and helps the Japanese-Canadian kids at the language school, and now thinking of baking bagels and bringing up those for the people who gather at your soup kicthen.




That would be great, but let me check if she could do that at the soup kitchen.

I would really appreciate if you do that.


【Himiko’s Monologue】


Have you ever been to a soup kitchen?

The earliest occurrences of soup kitchens are difficult to identify.

Throughout history, societies have invariably recognised a moral obligation to feed the hungry.

The philosopher Simone Weil wrote that feeding the hungry when one has resources to do so is the most obvious obligation of all, and that as far back as Ancient Egypt.

Soup has long been one of the most economical and simple ways to supply nutritious food to large numbers of people.

The earliest modern soup kitchens were established by the inventor Sir Benjamin Thompson (1753-1814), who was employed as an aide-de-camp to the Elector of Bavaria in the 1790s.

He was an American-born British physicist and inventor whose challenges to established physical theory were part of the 19th century revolution in thermodynamics.

He also served as a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Loyalist forces in America during the American Revolutionary War.

After the end of the war he moved to London where his administrative talents were recognized when he was appointed a full Colonel.

In 1784 received a knighthood from King George III.

A prolific designer, he also drew designs for warships.

He later moved to Bavaria and entered government service there, being appointed Bavarian Army Minister and re-organizing the army.

In 1791, he was made a Count of the Holy Roman Empire.

He spent eleven years in Bavaria, reorganizing the army and establishing workhouses for the poor.

He also invented Rumford’s Soup, a soup for the poor, and established the cultivation of the potato in Bavaria.

A “soup kitchen” was born as part of his “social work.”


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:



“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”


“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”

“Another Cinderella”

“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”

“Life with Music”



“Glorious Summer”

“Biker Babe & Granny”

“Genetically Modified”



“Yellow Ball”

“Welcome Back”

“Forbidden Love”

“Merry X’Mas”

“Heaven with Mochi”

“Travel Expense Scandal”



Hi, I’m June Adams.

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


“Actual Catalogue Page”

So far, he’s watched 658 movies.

That is, he must see 343 more movies to accomplish his goal.

I’m particularly interested in Number 649 in the above list.

It is called “The Sawshank Redemption.”



Kato jotted down his comment as follows:

This is a 1994 epic American drama written and directed by Frank Darabont.

Adapted from the Stephen King novella “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption”, the film tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who is sentenced to life in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover despite his claims of innocence.

During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis Boyd “Red” Redding, and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation.

I think this is one of the greatest movies, in which you could feel, as if in realty, that maintaining one’s feeling of self-worth is quite important even when placed in a hopeless position.


This film clearly shows how you can be free, even in prison, or unfree, even in freedom, based on one’s outlook on life.

The above comment sounds quite interesting, doesn’t it?

Why don’t you see it?








『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』







Life with Music



Life with Music




I enjoy Zen meditation.


Date: Sat., May 17, 2014 1:06 PM
Pacific Daylight Saving Time

Hi Diane,

Are you still enjoying meditation with the Indian guru?
I hope you are.

I’m also enjoying Zen meditation, though mine is solitary—all alone as if sitting at the very bottom of the abyss. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha …
During sitting meditation, I assume a position such as the lotus position while sitting on a square cushion placed on a padded mat.

To regulate the mind, awareness is directed towards counting or watching the breath or put in the energy center below the navel.
This practice is simply called sitting dhyāna, which is zuòchán (坐禅) in Chinese, and zazen (坐禅) in Japanese.

In the Soto school of Zen, meditation with no objects, anchors, or content, is the primary form of practice.
I strive to be aware of the stream of thoughts, allowing them to arise and pass away without interference.
So much for Zen medittion.

Now, talking about the Canadian politics, I’ve just written an article about careless spending.


“Royal Couple”

When I happened to view “Sicko”—a 2007 documentary directed by Michael Moore, however,
I would feel much happier living in Canada than in the States, although the Canadian politicians spend a great deal of our tax money carelessly and foolishly.


The film investigates health care in the United States, focusing on its health insurance and the pharmaceutical industry.
The movie compares the for-profit, non-universal U.S. system with the non-profit universal health care systems of Canada,
the United Kingdom, France and Cuba.
Fifty million Americans are uninsured while the remainder, who are covered, are often victims of insurance company fraud and red tape.
It’s so amazing!

Then I viewed “The Chorus”—a 2004 French drama directed by Christophe Barratier.


Unemployed music teacher Clément Mathieu becomes the supervisor at a boarding school for the rehabilitation of minors.

Dismayed by the repressive administration, he works to positively transform the students’ lives through music.

But Mathieu is unprepared for its harsh discipline and depressing atmosphere.

With passion and unconventional teaching method, however, he is able to spark his students’ interest in music and bring them a newfound joy.

It is an enchantingly fascinating, somewhat heart-wrenching yet profoundly moving drama.
I’d say it is one of the best French movies.
Diane, I’m pretty sure you would cry for joy while viewing.



Let me know how you feel after viewing the movie.

In any case, enjoy the sunshine!


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

So, Diane, did you cry for joy while viewing “The Chorus”?

Kato, don’t be silly.  How could I possibly cry for joy while eating sandwich and viewing the movie?

Well… Why not?

To tell you the truth, Kato, it’s a good movie, but I couldn’t cry for joy.

You should’ve cried to death ‘cause many VPL patrons did just that.

How do you know?

Look at the following page!


“Actual Catalogue Page”

So many VPL patrons jotted down comments, including myself, after crying for joy.  Among those patrons, Pemberely wrote like this:

Pure magic. I’ve watched it over and over again, and I can’t grow tired of it… the best foreign film made.

So what?

It’s obvious!  Pemberely cried for joy while watching it over and over again.



Are you trying to force me to cry for joy?

Oh no… I’m simply telling you from the bottom of my heart.

What’s that supposed to mean?

Well … Diane, I know you’re a music lover.

Myfanwy – Neath Choir

(Welsh-English Lyrics)

Thanks for reminding me of the lovely Welsh song.

Myfanwy is a woman’s name derived from annwyl, meaning “beloved.”

It is a popular Welsh song, composed by Joseph Parry and first published in 1875.

Parry wrote the music to lyrics written by Richard Davies (‘Mynyddog’; 1833-77).

Some sources say it was written with Parry’s childhood sweetheart, Myfanwy Llywellyn, in mind, although the lyrics were probably inspired by the fourteenth-century love-story of Myfanwy Fychan of Dinas Brân, Llangollen and the poet Hywel ab Einion.

That story was also the subject of the popular poem, ‘Myfanwy Fychan’ (1858), by John Ceiriog Hughes (1832-87).

The song, although now considered by some rather old-fashioned, is still a favourite with Welsh folks.

After all, I’m as healthy as can be.
Well … the good news is, Kato .. I haven’t gained a pound, amazingly so, but you’re right enough-is-enough.
…hope you haven’t partied too hard as well.

SOURCE: “Long live Diane!
(January 10, 2013)


Ingrid Fujiko Hemming

La Campanella


Oh yes, I now remember.  I viewed the above clip, and oh! what a magnificent performance!  I marvelled at Fujiko’s piano playing.

Yes, some people are really moved by her performance, saying that she is playing out her own life story.

Do you think so too, Kato?

Yes, I do.

But how come you’ve brought out the above passage?

Well, I thought Fujiko might have instilled something into your mind.

What made you think so?

You started to take piano lessons soon after I wrote the above article.  

Yes, I did.  I was doing some reading and jogging, and taking chi-gong lessons at the time, but I wanted to do something different, and then I watched the above clip, and decided to take piano lessons.

That’s what I thought.

Did you take piano lessons, too, Kato?

Yes, sort of.

What do you mean?

Instead of taking real ones, I watched piano lessons.

Whose lessons?

Holly Hunter’s

You mean, that famous actress?

Yes, but not in the real world—I watched her play her own piano pieces in the movie:

What an amazing story!

So, Diane, any romance between you and your techer?

Kato, I’m not taking lessons for romance.

Well, whenever you feel competent enough, you might as well give me piano lessons.

For romance?

Well… why not?

You’re telling me all this simply because you wanna take piano lessons with me for romance, aren’t you?

Oh no, I’m not.  I was even impressed when I heard that you’d started to take violin lessons as well.

Yes, I started to take violin lessons a couple of months ago.  How do you know?

You told me that.  Don’t you remember?

No, I don’t.

You wouldn’t belive me, but I play the violin.

Are you kidding?

No, I’m not.  I’m quite serious.

What made you take violin lessons?

A good question? …’Cause I listened to “Zigeunerweisen” played by Sarah Chang:


Wow!  What an amazing piece!  I wish I could play like that.

I was really moved by her performance, and decided to take violin lessons.

Let me hear you play the violin.

Oh no, I’m just a beginner.  When you feel competent enough, why don’t you give me violin lessons?

For romance?

Well… why not?

SOURCE: “Piano Lesson
(January 25, 2012)

You know what?…My Welsh given name is “Myfanwy.”


Yes, it is.  As you know, I always jot down “Myfanwy” in my mail.  so I thought you figured it out.

No, I didn’t.  I thought that “Myfanwy” was your handle name.  So you’re a Welsh-Canadian, aren’t you?

You’re telling me, Kato.   So much for life with music.  Why don’t you tell me about life with Zen meditation?

Since you’re one of the nicest and best persons I know, I’ll let you hear Zen music.


Wow! … Mesmerizing!

Well… whenever you feel like meditating, listen to this music.


【Himiko’s Monologue】


Have you ever thought about Zen?

Well … if you haven’t, here is an introductory clip for the Zen mind.

By the way, “Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind” is a book of teachings by the late Shunryu Suzuki, a compilation of talks given to his satellite Zen center in Los Altos, California.

Published in 1970 by Weatherhill, the book is not academic.


These are frank and direct transcriptions of Suzuki’s talks recorded by his student Marian Derby.

Trudy Dixon and Richard Baker—Baker was Suzuki’s successor—edited the talks by choosing those most relevant, arranging them into chapters.

According to some, it has become a spiritual classic, helping readers to steer clear from the trappings of intellectualism.

In any case, I’m still alone.

How come I’m always a loner?

I wish I could meet a nice gentleman at the library in my town as Diane met Kato at Vancouver Public Library.

Well, they say, there is a way where there is a will.

I hope Kato will write another interesting article.

So please come back to see me.

Have a nice day!
Bye bye …



If you’ve got some time,

Please read one of the following artciles:


“Go Bananas”


“Stanley Boardwalk”

“With Your Tiger”

“A Second World”

“Asexual Thought”


“Stanley 125 Years”

“Sushi @ the Globe”

“Peace@Syria & Pentagon”

“Sweet Memory”

“Unforgettable Movies”

“Typhoon 26”

“Great Luck”




“Happy New Year”

“Merange & Sabina”

“Beauty in Spa”

“Love @ e-reading”

“Troublesome Slang”

“World Family”

“Mari’s Bagels”

“Love & Loyalty”

“Another Cinderella”

“Amazing Two-legged Pooch”

“Delusive Romance”

“Royal Couple”



Hi, I’m June Adames.

Are you interested in Zen principles and practices?

Here is a profoundly intereting and fascinating video clip.

You should be able to look into a mysterious yet valuable way of life.

Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that developed in China during the 6th century as Chán.

From China, Zen spread south to Vietnam, northeast to Korea and east to Japan.

The word Zen is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Middle Chinese word 禪 (dʑjen), which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyāna, which can be approximately translated as “absorption” or “meditative state.”

Zen emphasizes the attainment of enlightenment and the personal expression of direct insight in the Buddhist teachings.

As such, it de-emphasizes mere knowledge of sutras and doctrine and favors direct understanding through zazen and interaction with an accomplished teacher.








『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 – 小百合物語』