Tuesday, April 26, 2005

An ordinary happiness

Last weekend my husband went riverfishing with his friend, and caught 3 chars.
Last night our daughter came home and three of us enjoyed dinner together as usual. The main dish was char meuniere.
After learning a big tragic train accident, involving about 580 passengers, I realized how precious an ordinary happiness is.
I would like to offer my sincere condolence to those victims of the accident.

Monday, April 25, 2005

Cinema, Cinema, Cinema

I know I'm supposed to complete so many things and the due for each is coming before long. Yet I've seen many movies so far this month, on TV, by DVD, and at theaters.

Aviator (America)
Based on a true story. Leonardo DiCaprio fulfilled my expectation as ever. Special effects are marvelous particularly the plane crash scene, which is so real that as if I myself was in the plane and got seriously hurt. Howard Hughes... His life is just like something out of a novel.

Constantine (America)
For me, as a libran who puts high value on keeping balance, the story was very attractive. Right and left, black and white, front and rear, angel and devil... Everything must manage its balance to keep this world in peace. Keanu Reeves is much better in this film than Matrix.

Silmido (South Korea)
This is also based on a true story. The long history of conflict on Korean peninsula have generated many many sad stories involving various people living there. A very convincing flick.

Please Teach Me English (South Korea)
Love comedy. Anyone, who has struggles in studying English as a second language including me, surely feel sympathy with the film. Not only laughing a lot, but cried a bit at a strong family tie peculiar to South Korea

In the mood for love (Hong Kong)
An emotional (I mean not physical) love affair is so sad and painful, and make the couple more strongly long for each other. Tony Leung, who played the leading role, is very sexy and Maggie Cheung is breathtakingly beautiful in various China dresses.

The Poisoning (South Korea)
I definitely love Lee Byung-hun! Speaking of being addicted, what pop up in my mind are alcohol, tobacco, or gambling. Then what if it is love? The flick develops just like the American movie "Ghost, " but the ending is more like phycho-horror. I realized again Korean movie industry produces so many excellent movies. No wonder Hollywood wants to remake some of them.

Monday, April 18, 2005

All of Sudden

"Lumbago," I learned a new English word yesterday.
A sudden sharp pain arose in my lower back while doing vacuum cleaning. I was very surprised at the pain since this is the first time and I have had no omen for that at all. Many people are suffering from lumbago and It is most common among middle-aged people. I thought I would never join in the group. Sigh...
My hubby did grocery shopping, and my daughter, happened to be back home last night, cooked dinner.
This morning my condition is a lot better, almost recovered from it. I just hope it won't become chronic.

Sunday, April 17, 2005

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Internet


The photo is Japanese towels one of my cyberfriends sent me the other day. I met her on the internet, actually I visited her website first and posted a brief message on the bulletin board. I have known her for almost 5 years since then. She doesn't have the website any more now as she is too busy to keep it. However she said in her letter that the towels, she had found while traveling, reminded her of my husband and me although we have never met each other. It is always so nice to know that someone somewhere thinks of me and my family.
The internet gives us numerous good opportunities. By just clicking of a mouse button, I can gather information for my work and interests, study at Englishtown, do shopping, and meet people from all over the world.
On the contrary I have to be aware of disadvantages out there. One thing is cybercrime, and another is a demagogic article or wrong information provided on the internet. The current anti-Japanese demonstrations in China, some of them turned to be riots, are said to be more than somewhat instigated by demagogic articles on the internet. A demonstration is OK, but a riot is out of question. Throwing stones and attacking ordinary Japanese people and restaurants there can make them attain no goals. I do think we have to know the unfortunate facts during the Second World War, but more important thing is how to pass down the facts to our descendants for making better neighborhood relationship in the future. I encounter Chinese people often at Englishtown and have a nice conversation with them in English. Such individual involvements may be the first and helpful step. I would like to believe so...

Friday, April 15, 2005

The Cherry Blossom Season

My husband, daughter, and I went to see cherry blossoms in Wakayama Castle, about an hour drive from home. The best time this year was the last weekend, but they still hold out there although it rained a few days ago. We enjoyed seeing them.
Wakayama Castle used to be a residence of Kii Tokugawa, one of the 3 branches of Tokugawa Shogunate. The keep was burnt down twice. The first fire broke out due to a lightening strike in 1846 and the keep was rebuilt in 1850. It was destroyed in 1945 again because of World War II, and rebuilt 13 years later, in 1958. From top of the keep, which is a 3 story building, we can have a nice panoramic view of Wakayama city.

Thursday, April 07, 2005

Almost Through

First day of the new aqua exercise class.
With a brand-new swim suit, I enjoyed myself being in water. It is a year since I started water exercise. Before then I had been suffering from menopause disorders a bit seriously. In addition to various physical disorders, frequently I had felt something wrong with my emotion; so easy to get depressed with myself, cried a lot for nothing, and so on and so on. I had a kind of fear in the darkness of a long tunnel. It was so long that I couldn't see the exit ahead.
Menopause period is said to be about 10 years, 5 years before menopause and 5 years after it, and generally speaking the period is from the age of 45 through 55. Over the past year I have gradually got well owing to water exercise. I can be more positive with myself now and even I haven't had hey fever this season I used suffered from. I guess at last I'm at the end of this troublesome long tunnel and see the slight light ahead. I wonder what is waiting for me when I get through it. I'm looking forward to it. The picture is cherry blossoms at their best in the parking lot of the swimming pool.