Saturday, July 30, 2005

International Dinner

Yesterday was Italian, and Chinese with Japanese today.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Vulnerable Japan!

Last weekend an earthquake, with a seismic intensity of 5, strongly jolted Kanto region (eastern part of Japan), which caused public transportations' halt and prevented many people from going home . It took place in the early evening and I can easily imagine how people, in the metropolitan area, were seized with panic. The news reminded me of my fearful experiences 10 years ago and last summer. I know Japan is a volcanic country and thus earthquakes at any time are inevitable.
3 days have passed since the earthquake and now we have to be prepared for typhoon No.7 approaching to Japanese archipelago. When my husband left for work this morning, it was raining rather strongly. According to a weather forecast, the typhoon likely strikes Kanto region in the evening and moves up through Japan. Again many public transportations must be disrupted.
Not only to those natural disaster, but I think our country is also vulnerable politically. At the international talks currently held in Baijing, Japan seems to be isolated as for the abduction issue. Although the United States seems to be a bit supportive, I'm pretty much skeptical about realization of 2 major talks between Japan and North Korea about the issue. Things are going to be favorable to North Korea. Abduction is obviously a national crime. Why are we have to be so passive?
Japan, such a vulnerable country...

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Shining Boy & Little Randy

Based on a true story.
Yuya Yagira, the winner of the Best Actor Award of Festival De Cannes last year, did a very good job again! He is only 15 years old but definitely given a gift. Rather than playing a role, he got right into the character "Tetsumu," who was an elephant handler and died at the age of 20 due to a traffic accident. Elephant is a very intelligent animal and Yuya reached out to Randy, a child elephant, so naturally that both of them easily communicate to each other without words.
Spiritual exchange between animals and human beings...
mutual understanding of people from different cultures...
Strong tie between mother and child...
Cried a lot, impressed a lot.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Musical Baton

My daughter have passed me a musical baton. Why me? I know about it through my internet friends, but I myself was the last person I expected to receive the baton. Well since I have no reasons to resist, I try to answer the 5 questions.

1. Total volume of music files on my computer:
No idea. I've never downloaded music into my computer.

2. The last CD I bought was:
ODYSSEY (album, Ayaka Hirahara)

3. Song playing right now:
I love Jazz
One of my younger friends gave the album to me a few years ago. Lately I often listen to it. This light jazz selection is the perfect BGM for cooking.

4. Five songs (tunes) I listen to a lot, or that mean a lot to me :
Loving you (Minnie Riperton)
When I was a student in the States, my sweetmates in a dorm used to listened to it. An angel voice of Minnie Riperton, coming from the next room through the bathroom between the 2 rooms, captivated me.

Sukiyaki (Kyu Sakamoto)
The original title of this Japanese song is "Ue o Muite Aruko ( I Look Up When I Walk). " In 1963, the song climbed up the billboard charts and stayed on top for 3 weeks. I'm very proud of the accomplishment.

Yesterday Once More (Carpenters)
Carpenters were very popular in my youth and I studied English with this song. In 1974, I went to their live concert held in a small hall in Michigan, for the first and last time in my life.

Imagine (John Lennon)
I simply love the words.

Mahoh no Kagami (Yumi Arai)
My hubby & I have a good shared memory related to the song. Not only this but many other songs of Yumi Arai (later Yumi mattoya) are in association with our marriage history.

5. Five people to whom I'm passing the baton :
I don't know many bloggers who haven't received musical batons. Hope they will receive the batons!!