Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Jazzy Night

After several rainy days, it was fine, hot and very humid yesterday. Got up early as usual and turned on the radio to listen to the Korean language program; just about the mid-course now, getting complicated little by little. I always start a day with a glass of water and the morning lesson. Right after the program, I usually review "today's lesson" by typing key sentences in Korean characters, but not yesterday, as I had an appointment with my daughter in the evening. She invited me to a jazz live!

Osaka Blue Note moved to the current place a few years ago if my memory is correct. It was the very first time for me to be there. The ambience was good and fortunately we had good seats in the center near the stage. Light food and alcohol (red wine for me and Kahlua milk for my daughter) before the show put us in a good mood. About an hour later Jane Monheit appeared on the stage and the show started. I don't remember how many songs she sang, but time just flied. She had a beautiful voice and her singing was just wonderful! "I'm lucky to be me" (I searched the title on the internet.) was really touching. Only accompanied by piano, Jane put such a lot of feeling into the song and shed tears while singing that I, probably other audience, too, were moved to tears.

Thanks to my daughter I enjoyed the jazzy night and found it fun to spent such a bit luxurious time once in a while.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Day after Day...

Rain is essential to flowers, rice fields, and us human beings.
I know it, but...




Saturday, June 17, 2006

No lightning bugs but...

Besides a rainy season, June is the time for lightning bug watching.
Since the beginning of this month, I have been tied up with a rather complicated translation work. Now I've got tired of sitting in front of computer and being just a slave to words and phrases in the Pharmaceutical Law. It's about time for me to go out and breath fresh air, isn't it? So I asked my hubby to take me out for lightneing bug watching.

Sugio Area, about a 30 minute drive from home, is a villege famous with its "Hudo no Kyoseki," or "Immovable Huge Stone" in English. The stone has a hole and you hear some kind of sound when putting your ear against the hole. According to the tourist information center in our city I previously asked on the phone, the area is also the place where we can expect to see wild lightning bugs. We have seen numerous farmed lightning bugs flitting about in another famous spot several years ago. It really was fantastic! But we chose a less famous place this time. Although it is 14 years since we moved here, there are still many places we've never visited.

I like the scenary changing its color toward nightfall. Nobody but just 2 of us. Silence...

The 635 steep steps crushed my desire to see the huge stone. Maybe next time we will come back in the daytaime and make a detour to go up to the stone. I really want to listen to the sound it creates.
We couldn't encounter lightning bugs around the stream there, but at least I felt refreshed and enjoyed being in the open air.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

If the Country is a Village of 100 People

2 of them goes to college, and 14 are illiterate.
Manica, 12-year-old Filipina, lives in a dumping ground, collecting something worth for selling to make living. Her father was murdered, mother is sick in bed suffering from uterus fibroid. She has 2 brothers, one is 10 years old and the other is 3. They can have a meal every third day, which is only salty rice soaked in water, as what Manica can earn herself is far from ample. Fighting against grown-ups for collecting better articles among the heaps of rubbish for a long time under the burning sun is such a hard work for 12-year-old girl. However she has to keep doing it to support her family.
It is her only pleasure to read English magazines she has found in the heaps of rubbish. Although Manica hasn't been able to go to school since her father died, she likes studying English very much. Her desire is to be rich enough to buy more medicines for her mother and gives her little brothers 3 meals a day.

I was shocked to see the severe reality and wondered where her unconquerable will and strong responsibility come from. The documentary's message was so serious and crucial that I can't think of any immediate solution. I feel ashamed that I am so helpless.