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トピックによりけりで日本語と英語で書いてます。音楽、旅、食べ物、政治や経済、ちょっと変わった視点で気になることなど選んで書きます。ジャズのピアノトリオで演奏していて活動中です。ジャズの話題、多いです。

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那須もそろそろ春かな・・

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今日はとても天気がよくて、那須の山頂近くまでドライブしてみた。
まだまだ新緑は見えないけれど、春の雰囲気は一面に広がっていた。

これから那須の観光シーズンが始まる。
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素顔

父親はすでに他界しているけれど、母親はまだまだ気丈にもがんばっている。
あまり親孝行しないで育ってしまったので、過ぎた日は後悔も多い。

昨日、母親を那須に連れてきて車で観光した。喜んでくれてよかった。
今日、写真をプリントして持っていったらまた喜んでいた。

写真を見て思ったけれど、母親の顔も変わった。老人になったのだから当然だけれど、子供のころに覚えていた母親の顔は力もつやも違っていた。親も顔もしみじみ見ることもなくなったということだろう。

同じように、自分の顔も変わってきたんだろう。自分の顔など、なおさらしみじみ見ることなんてない。写真をとって、今度しっかり眺めてみようと思った。

素顔を記憶しておくのも、悪いことじゃない。
母親の写真をみてそう思った。

那須の雪も解けて・・・

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3月になって那須の山もずいぶん雪が解けてきた。毎年、雪深い時期なので今年は早めに動きやすくなって楽。寒さとの戦いも毎年になると結構疲れる。子供のころはスキーで駆け回るのが楽しかったので、雪なんて最高の贈り物だった。でも、今はそのスキーもあまりすることもなくなって、だんだん雪が面倒になってきて・・・確かに体力はなくなったってことだろう。

その体力の話だけれど、姿勢が悪いと身体の機能も悪くなって体力を失いやすいらしく、いまさらだけれど猫背の姿勢を矯正すると決めて頑張りはじめた。

どこまで続くか。雪解けのように消ええなくならないようにしないと・・・・

那須の雪景色

那須山に雪が降って、一面が雪景色。
那須のスキー場もこれで本格営業開始ってことか。

雪って、なんか好きなんだよね。雪国生まれで、雪を見て育ったからだろうけど、なにか楽しさと喜びと哀愁と美しさとが全部一緒になった景色が、自分にとっての雪景色。

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白い恋人たちっていう昔の映画音楽が何か心によみがえる・・・かな。

A life is precious...for a cat in the wood

About a week ago, my wife found a cat in the wood. He is still small, maybe less than one year old. Apparently someone gave up keeping him and left him in the wood. What a tragic thing.

Today, my wife and I went to the place where the cat is "LIVING", and caught him.
Until we find someone who can take care of him, he would be one of our family member. I'm sorry for this cat being left in the wood, but I also thank him for contacting me after all. It's some kind of our fate to see each other and spend some time together.

Life is beautiful, life is precious, which is often heard among human. But any life is beautiful and precious. I'm very happy if I could save a life today.

Thank you, small cat, for coming to my home. Please enjoy your life here until you find better world.



A Happy New Year 2013 after Toshikoshi Soba, Year Passing Soba

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Today is the New Year's Day of 2013.
In Japan, most of the shops and businesses are closed except some all year running shops like Seven Eleven. It's just a relaxing day and we often go to shrines to pray with our wish for the new year, which is called Hatsu Moude in Japanese, and this custom is a long remaining Japanese life heritage probably since the birth of the religion, Shinto in Japan.

Yesterday, what we usually do is having Soba. This is also an old traditoin of Japan. For the time of changing the years, we have Soba. This Soba eating custom is called Toshikoshi Soba, which should be translated like Year Passing Soba.

The Photo is my Toshikoshi Soba at home by my wife's cooking. It's really simple, I added Shirimp Tempura on the top of hot Soba ( some like cold soba better even in the Winter). Taste is also very simple but I like it so much. We enjoy the flavor of Soba with the taste, so we don't change the essence of the food by arranging much.

I had Toshikoshi Soba at home, but many people also have it at Soba restaurants. Famous Soba restaurats have the busiest time in the year on 31st of December.

Also, today I went for shopping to a electric equipment store nearmy house without thinking something especially to buy in my mind. As I wrote, most of the stores are closed, but occassionally some try to sell even on the New Year's Day in Japan. So I went to see something new at one of the running shops today.

Cameras were impressive. I like taking photos and I've been working on photo taking since the 35mm analog film cameras were top share models. Recent cameras are really fantastic with easy handling functions and high quality photo result. In addition, the price is amazingly low in comparison with the quality. I have some cameras but new ones displayed at shops make me feel like trying them.



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THEME:日々出来事 | GENRE:ライフ

New Year's Day in Japan

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In Japan many of us take a little long vacation from the end of December to the third or the forth of January. This year, many people take the vacation until 6th of January bacause it's sunday on the 6th.

Japanese events in special days like New Year's day are more or less related with Japanese original religion called Shinto. In the past time, we usually took 7 day rest after the new year breaks. Recently it's not always in one regular rule but it's true that New Year's day is the most important seasonal event in Japan. Of course it's more important than Xmas day.

As I wrote above, I will also take a little longer holidays from Today. Have a happy new year !!!!
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THEME:日々出来事 | GENRE:ライフ

My Xmas Eve

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Today I'm still alive. Maya's word fortunately didn't realize.

My Christmas Eve is just another day. I'm not religious so much, so nothing special for me.

But today I enjoyed with my dog in a park. He is very good at catching a ball even when the ball is in the air. He jumps and catches it in the photo. I'm really happy that I can live another day with him.

Today, I will have a Takoyaki Party with my family. If possible, I will try to upload the photos of Takoyaki later.

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THEME:日々のできごと | GENRE:ライフ

Christmas Time in Japan

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For me, celebrating Xmas in Japan is a little strange because we Japanese mostly aren't Chrstian. However, Xmas is already a kind of year ending event for Japanese people. They buy beautiful cakes and enjoy parties with friends or families.

When I lived in NZ, people were quiet all through the Christmas day. Fot them, of course it's holly time and they spend the time with holly mind with families. But in Japan, people are enjoying the Xmas events at bars, restaurants, or with their families too. Streets are also decolated beautifully with illumination and Santa Claus designs. In Japanese Xmas, it's not especially related wtih religion.

Now we are about to have Xmas day soon. For me this season means just the ending of a year with fun events.

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THEME:日々のできごと | GENRE:ライフ

Traditional Japanese House at Shirakawa no Seki

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I went for a short drive with my two dogs today to near historic heritage place in Japan. It's known as Shirakawa no Seki, which used to be a gate to go to Nothern part of Japan in Edo priod in 7th century to early 19th century. There are legendary remainings still in the small village surrounded mountains with tiny but mystic shrine on the top. Trees are really old and they stand with grand looking with twisting shape.

Besides the mountian, there is an old house of Japan. It's kept in the traditional building technique of Japan with careful maintainance work. As the photos, roof is made of straws or thin tree branches and the walls are made from clay with bamboo trees inside. Doors are made of wood and papers instead of glasses. In the entrance, floor is just the ground and we take off shoes when stepping into the house. Each room floor was tatami floor which was made by straws. A old fireplace is still remaining in the house, too.

This is just what my memory explains about traditional old Japanese house. Actually when I was a kid, this kind of house was already out of use in many places. But at my father's farm village, there used to be the same kind of house there. I still remember I stayed there and had food around the fireplace in the cold time.

Back then, Winter time of Japan was incrediblly cold in the houses being protected only by wood, clay and papers. There was not solid concrete walls or warm air conditioners. It's now hard to live in that old style of Japan but seeing this type house is a kind of good thing because all the memory then is still good.

There was not modern technique to escape from cold Winter then, but we actually had warm and bright hope for our future, that was a really pasionate dream which could warm ourselves up from the bottom of our heart.

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