Missing Child

I was very relived to hear the news that the missing child was found. This news was the object of all Japanese people’s attention. Even in the U.S. and in other countries, people’s eyes were focused on it. I saw the Yahoo U.S. news. It showed this affair with the title that read, “Parents abondoned their child in the forest.” I feel that this title is a misreading one. I wonder if I was the parent of the child, if I would have done the right thing. Disciplining is always difficult for me.



Illustrated Books

What are the names of the birds singing in the sky? What’s the name of the type of grass growing on the ground? Illustrated books will tell you the correct answer. I love them. I enjoy the beatiful illustrations that show me all kinds of fascinating creatures. I prefer  botanical pictures than photos. My favorite is the one of plankton.



A La Brooklyn

I found that Brooklyn is a hot spot in New York. When we watch movies that are set in Brooklyn, we can see that there are a lot of good restaurants and shops there. It seems like Brooklyn has become a popular place in Japan too. Many magazines have articles about it. I’ve been to the cafe named Brooklyn Parlor. In Asiya, ther is even a dental office that is in a la Brooklyn.




I was so shocked to hear that Prince died. There were two big icons in the music world during the 80’s. One was Michael Jackson and the other was Prince. In the early years of MTV, their songs were usually in the top 10 music charts. In 1987, Prince came to Japan. I went his concert. It was amazing. His performance was powerful and the back-up dancers were great. I felt as if sweat were spattered onto us. It was the best concert that I’ve been to.



Do You Like Fish?

I found a new fish shop while watching T.V. It’s near Tennouji, half way between my house and my mother’s house. It’s convenient for me to drop by there. I bought many kinds of fish there. There were two dishes that were raw and one was boiled. They were pretty good but pretty expensive. Eating fish is good for your health, but eating healthy is costy.



Spring Picnic

My family and I went to Wakakusayama in Nara prefecture to pick up warabi there. it’s a nice edible wild plant. When you cook and eat it, you’ll taste the flavor of spring, but it’s a bit bitter. At first, we couldn’t find it. We confused it with other plants. Once we were able to distinguish it, we saw it all around us. We enjoyed the good spring day. But walking up and down the hill many times made our legs sore.



Cat Lover Paradise

Do you know what a “Neko Cafe” is? It’s a typical Japanese type of cafe.There are a lot of people who want to own cats, but they can’t. Therefore, the neko cafe satisfies such people. You can see twenty or more cats at the cafes. Some cats like to welcome you and others like to sleep. You can have a good time with them while you are there. The highlight of being at the cafe is snack time. Once you have a cup of snacks, every cat in the cafe will gather around you. It makes you feel like you are a hero.




I bought a bike. I can go to far places without worrying about parking my car. But it doesn’t have any assistants or changeable gears. The roads by my house are mostly downhill. Contrary to that, there is steep hill on my way back home. I have to exercise and climb up hill for about ten minutes every time I come back home. I’m always exhausted after that. I want to believe that it’s good for my health.



Good Movie

Robert De Niro is a kind old man in the movie The Intern. He gets hired at a fast-growing online fasion site company as a senior intern. He works for Anne Hathaway at a nice office in Brooklyn. At first, people around him didn’t know how to treat him. Gradually, they noticed that he was very available and ready to help with anything. I like the coversation that he had with his young colleagues.

“What’s deal with the handkerchief?”

“The best reason to carry a handkerchief is to lend it. Women cry, we carry it for them.”



Takoyaki Dinner

My family and I enjoy making takoyaki at home. I have a Teflon hot plate. It makes it easy to turn the takoyaki over. When I was a child, my parents had a heavy iron hot plate. It was hard to keep enough oil in it. We used to eat burnt and collapsed balls, but now, we can make them perfectly. There are  three different types that we like to make: traditional, cheese with corn and bacon, and small egg.