Saturday, July 29, 2006

Shall we dance?

This morning I got an e-mail from my husband. He is now enjoying fishing in Taich, famous as the town of the Sun , the Kuroshio (Japan) Current, and Whales.
He wrote just one word... "Dancer?"
So nice! So cute!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Midsummer Day of the Ox

Rainy season this year is unusually long with heavy rain throughout the archipelago, causing flooding and mudslides here and there. The newspaper says that the rain-related death toll over the last week was 23 in nine prefectures.
Yesterday was "Doyoh no Ushi no Hi" or "Midsummer Day of the Ox" in English. Doyoh refers the last 18 days of each season, and we are expected to eat eels on the Ox day of Summer Doyoh as it is said that eels give us energy to survive the hot season.
"Unadon" (a bowl of rice topped with grilled eel) is most popular, but I chose eel sushi this year. Now am I full of energy and ready to welcome "Risshu,"the first day of fall according to the lunar calendar?
Before that , the rainy season should be over though...

Saturday, July 22, 2006

She is going to be a mother!

A biiiiig surprize!
Glee, my good American friend gave me a beautiful card telling that she was expecting her first baby some time in mid October. What a coincidence! I was born in mid October and my daughter as well. According to the horoscope, librans are generally lovers of peace, beauty and harmony, often good looking. I'm very excited about the news and just can't wait to see her angel.

It's almost a year since her wedding, which was filled with nature's power and love. Our trip to Portland, Oregon is a good and precious memory.

The monochrome card is another good memory with Glee. She gave it to me on my 49th birthday. She said that the picture reminded her of our relationship. Along with the card, she gave me a natural stone with leather strap and a bubble gum. In the card she wrote, "The bubble gum is for the little girl in you." I love her such humor and warm heart.

She will be a good mother for sure.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

11th Anniversary

Shrilling chorus of cicadas in mid-summer reminds me of my late father in law. 11 years ago today, he passed away due to a sudden heart attack (more precisely myocardial infarction). The rainy season will be over shortly and again we will be annoyed by cicadas' chorus.

It was a scorching Sunday morning. My father in law felt some kind of tightness in his chest while doing gardening. With cold sweat he rushed back inside the house to get a glass of water. Neither he himself nor my mother in law took it serious then, but when my brother in law, who lived nearby at that time, took him to the hospital, he could hardly breath. No more than 10 minutes had passed, I heard later, before his heart stopped its beat and never started pounding again. I met him 2 days before his death and we had a bit longer chatting than usual. Who would have imagined the possibilities of his death 2 days later? I was deeply shocked at the fact in front of me and needed some time to accept it.
2 weeks later my daughter left for the States for 1-year study at a small high school there. I don't have a vivid memory around the funeral and my daughter's departure. Maybe my mind is shut up the enormous reality. Thanks to the time passage however, I don't have a grief at the loss of him any longer. Only cicada's shrilling in my ear and the scene I saw my daughter off at the airport...

Since his death we have kept monthly family gatherings . Today after the priest's "Okyoh" (recitation of Buddhistic sutra), we visited the grave and then had lunch at a restaurant. We enjoyed a gorgeous dish and a nice chatting. Mom in law seemed happy, which made us happy, too. The deceased centripetal power makes our family tie firm. We will see each other at Obon next month.

Sunday, July 02, 2006

At the Beginning of a New Month

The latter half of 2006 has just started. What have I done for the last 6 months? And what will be waiting for me in the coming 6 months? It's a good time to think about such things. I felt like changing the blog design. Hopefully we will get out of the rainy season by the middle of this month.