Friday, March 25, 2005


I got a recipe book by lottery. The sophisticated book, with colorful pictures of dishes, is focused on how a couple can create a rich and relaxing weekend by cooking together. My husband and I used to enjoy cooking and eating a bit gorgeous brunch with fruity wine on weekends. I simply don't know why we have been away from the habit for a while. The book intrigued me to have such a comfortable time with him again.

Tuesday, March 22, 2005


It is 10 years since the sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway systems.
On the morning of March 20, 1995, I was at a hotel in Hokkaido, the most northern part of Japan, putting on my ski wear and about to leave for Tomamu Ski Resort. On the TV screen, terrible scenes one after another were telling us what had happened in Metropolitan Tokyo. At first I couldn't get the gist at all as I had never faced such a terrorism in Japan in my life till then. This incident however revealed that Mr. Kono, falsely accused for the previous sarin gas attack in Nagano, was absolutely innocent.
According to the recent Japan Times on Line, compared with victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States, those of Sarin attacks have had only little support by the government. A lady, who lost her husband in the sarin attacks, was very surprised at the fact that the U.S. government did give great, detailed, and speedy support to the victims of the 9/11 attacks. I feel very sorry to hear that. Why can't our government do the same thing? Aum Shinrikyo ( "Aleph," now they call themselves) are still active although Chizuo Mastumoto, the founder, was sentenced to death. Not only prevention of further terrorism but also taking great care of victims and their families suffering from aftereffects of sarin gas or PTSD are needed.
Leaders must be decisive and active. There seems to be a thin line between prudence and indecisiveness, but in fact it is entirely different!

Saturday, March 19, 2005

Could it happen to us?

Whatever the reason, murder is murder. The incident happened recently, however, surprised me a lot. A 80-year- old husband killed his wife by strangling. Although they don't get along with each other very well, it is the fact that they have been together for a long time anyway. It's fur beyond my imagination why such a trifle matter could be a trigger for the murder.
They were at a dining table just as usual evenings. Then the husband grumbled that there were too many dishes on the table. His wife instantly gave him a counterattack by claiming that he didn't have to eat them up. The argument developed bigger and bigger, and finally the husband ended it by force. Unbelievable!
We have this kind of trifle arguments on daily basis. A few days ago, when our daughter visited us, we had such a big meal , but fortunately (laugh) nothing tragic happened. We ate the meal up, which was paella for 4 people!

Saturday, March 12, 2005

Not Mt. Fuji but Mt. Ontake

Once in a while we feel like getting away from daily routines and going on a trip somewhere for a good change. Anniversaries are good opportunities to make it come true. Soooo on March 3 which was my hubby's birthday, we left for a 3-day trip to Yamanaka Lake.

Due to the heavy snow we unfortunately couldn't see Mt. Fuji at all, which was one of the 2 purposes of the trip, but anyway we enjoyed seeing everything covered with white. We should go back to winter sports (skiing and snowshoeing) maybe the next season. The other purpose was ice fishing (surf smelt?) on the lake, but we couldn't do it either as the way how to do it wasn't that we wanted. There they provide a dorm boat for fishing on the lake. We want to do fishing directly by making a hole in a frozen lake and if we caught some fish, we would like to deep fry them and eat them right there. Isn't that exciting? I guess ice on the lake wasn't thick enough, and I think we should go further up north to enjoy such a fishing.

The next day we moved to Kaida Kogen in the midst of Japan archipelago, a highland area famous with its beautiful nature, pure water, and soba noodles. We had a nice view of Mt. Ontake, a bit lower than Mt. Fuji and my hubby enjoyed river fishing.
For a couple with long marriage life, I think it's good to see each other in different circumstances from time to time. Sometimes you can find something new in your partner.
We will come back here again for camping in this summer, maybe with our daughter.

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

One Day Earlier

March 3 is the Girls' Festival and also my hubby's birthday. Tomorrow morning we will leave for a 3-day trip to Yamanaka Lake in the eastern part of Japan. I hope the weather there will be fine so that we can see Mt. Fuji clearly.