#848 You wanna beat the heat this summer? Let’s watch some horror stories to get chilled!

What are you doing to cool off yourself this summer?

Thanks to the sizzling summer, I have been watching many mysterious and horror movies lately.
I have already seen a lot of dead bodies this summer.
Of course they were all in the movies.

“Twin Peaks”

I am a big fan of the TV show “Twin Peaks”. It is an American mysterious drama.
I have been waiting for months to rent its latest DVD release “TWIN PEAKS -a limited event series-“ at a rental shop in my neighborhood.
At last the time has come!
I rushed to the store and rented all 9 boxes of DVDs.
I watched all the episodes, 18 in total, in just one week.

I don’t recommend you to watch it, if you are not a fan.

Let me tell you first. I love it, but if you are not a fan of the original series, you probably won’t enjoy this as much as I do.
This is for the “Twin Peaks” die hard fans.
Watching each episode requires some patience, because the stories are quite slow. There were many puzzles but not all of them make sense.

I had fun seeing many old faces for the first time in 25 years.

Even after watching them all, I still had some questions in my mind.
That is the best part of “Twin Peaks”! I enjoy this feeling but I think some people may find this unsatisfying.
Although the show was mysterious, complicated, creepy and gross, it also has a dark sense of humor that made me laugh.
I had fun seeing many old faces for the first time in 25 years.

Let’s watch some horror stories to get chilled!

So, this is my way to forget about the heat and enjoy some mysterious and horror movies in this hot summer.

How about you?
What are you doing to cool off yourself this summer?

Small joy!!(2018.7)

↓Here is my previous post about “Twin Peaks”↓

2018-08-07 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#849 My lemon tree has grown 8 small lemons now!

↑It’s summer now!

My lemon tree has grown 8 small lemons now!

Even under the hot summer temperature, it is still growing. I water it every day, and I will smile to it too.
Usually my lemon tree grows 8 lemons. But depending on the day sometimes when the number is various to 6 or 9. I don’t know why!
Maybe because those lemons are green color and they are not easy to find among the green leaves.
Maybe I can not figure out when counting under the hot summer day.
The size of the lemon is about 6 cm now.

How did they turn to lemons from white flowers!?

↑This picture was taken in April.

↑This picture was taken in June.
After the white flower’s petals dropped down, there is something green small fruit come out from it.
Then the green small fruit would gradually become a small lemon.

I’ll continue to observe.

I’m very happy to see that my lemon tree has grown lemons.
I’m looking forward to seeing the green lemons when turning to yellow.
I will continue to observe and let you know about the progress.

Small joy!!(2018.7.20)

Here are my previous posts about my lemon tree!

2018-07-30 | Posted in English4 Comments » 


#850 Kimono in hot summer

Kimono in hot summer

I wore kimono in a hot and humid day.
I had to wear it because of my kimono school graduation party. I have finished the intermediate course.

It looks cool but needs patience.

I wore a pink color summer kimono with Hakata obi which means belt.
I like summer kimono because looks so awesome and cool. Actually it is difficult to wear it due to the hot temperature and feeling tight myself. Even Japanese sandal straps are hurting me and of course the beginners as well.

I could get a sense of accomplishment.

When I got back home and took off my kimono, I was relieved from the hot and tight feeling. I was relaxed in my cozy wear at my home.
On the other hand, wearing kimono was a good experience and gave a sense of accomplishment myself. I think that being a fashionable person, you need to make steady effort.
I will be continued to learn more about kimono.

Small joy!!(2018.7.8)

2018-07-19 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#851 “jikoin” ~ after shojin-ryori ~

After lunch we walked around the temple and admired the beautiful garden.

↑Japanese name is “Nozenkazura”(Campuses grandiflora), red ivy flowers.

↑Goyomatsu(Japanese pine)

↑There is a Buddha statue inside. There is also a dragon painted on the ceiling.

↑Looking out from the window when walking at a covered passage. It’s such a cool image. The scenery changes along with the season and weather. It has a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere.

Then we had green tea and a Japanese sweet.

↑These tea set was included in the entrance fee, 1000 yen.

↑In front of us there were well-maintained trees. We felt relaxed and were just looking at the garden calmly.

This temple is very clean and beautiful.
The chief priest was kind and nice. Maybe that’s why my mom and her friend bought a lot of temple’s original incense sticks, sweets and kaishi (Japanese paper).

↑Even I bought some noodles myself.

It was a very pleasant afternoon.
We were really satisfied with their kindness.

I found shojin-ryori was very good for my body. I usually get a heavy feeling in the stomach after meals. I didn’t feel it at all after this meal. I felt positive and full of energy. It was an amazing experience.

↑Idaten statue. When I passed by the statue I smelled a wonderful fragrance of an incense.

Small joy!!(2018.6.21)

↓Here is my previous post about shojin-ryori.↓

2018-07-11 | Posted in English4 Comments » 


#852 Shojin-ryori

Every year, my mom and her friend travel from Tokyo to Nara for the customary sightseeing. I also go from Osaka to Nara to meet them every time.

Shojin-ryori at Jikoin

This time we went to Jikoin(Zen temple). It is known for its beautiful garden and Shojin-ryori. Shojin-ryori uses only vegetables and prohibit the use of fish and meat. When we had the meal, there were only three of us in neatly decorated room. On our right, there was a “Tsubo niwa”, which was a small inner garden inside the temple. Then on our left, there was a typical Japanese garden.

↑“Tsubo niwa”, it is an inner garden.

The chopstick holder had some texts written on it. And they are lessons on how we should eat and who we should thank when we eat. We read aloud the lessons before we ate the shojin-ryori.
We didn’t talk much. We just tasted the food. It was so peaceful and quiet.

To be continued …

Small joy!!(2018.6.21)

2018-07-05 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#853 The charming half price tag

The half price tag is so irresistible.

I love discount, especially the “half price” discount at the supermarket. The half price tag is so irresistible. I am also an evening shopper. I like getting the discounted groceries in the evening.
Sometimes, I would watch the store staff put the discount seals on groceries. When I am at the cashier, my shopping cart is always filled with discounted items.


Two months ago, Takashimaya(a department store) was opened in the station in my town. The store is called “EKI・TAKA”, not “EKI・NAKA”. It is opened until 9 pm everyday. I always get into “EKI・TAKA”. Then I will start checking out the half priced items like salad, cut vegetables, side dishes, sashimi and etc.

The way reducing small stress

I want to say that Japanese women don’t have to feel bad when they buy premade food. Save your time and prepare your dinner easily.
Thanks to “EKI・TAKA”, I can save my time and money.
Buying half price groceries is fun and it can reduce my small stress.

Small joy!!(2018.6.15)

2018-06-20 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#854 “Udouroku” ~ I read an essay book

Udo san’s essay book

I read an essay book called “Udouroku”. The writer is Yumiko Udo who used to be a NHK’s announcer.
People could see her on the TV program “Asaichi” on every weekdays’ morning. However she suddenly quit NHK in this March. Since she is popular, some people are missing her because they can’t see her on TV.
Then, this essay book is a good time to publish in last month. When you read the title “Udouroku” backward, it means “Kuro Udo”. Kuro is black and Udo is her last name.

She is very honest and charming.

In the essay, she mentioned that if men read this book, they might be afraid of the middle-aged women. If women who are satisfied with their life, they might despise her when reading her book.

In my opinion, actually she is very honest and charming.
In one time she had a very cruel bloody fight with her father.
She is also very unique.
She stayed in N.Y.C. as a correspondent for 3 years. She studied English hard and worked a lot until she had a bold spot.

Are we going to see her on TV in October in “NEWS ZERO”!?

Her frankly essay giving me some energy because she is such a smart and beautiful person that inspired me a lot even though she is not perfect. For me, she is a super woman.
I heard that she will be an announcer again on TV program ”NEWS ZERO” in October.
I’m looking forward to seeing her on TV again.

Small joy!!(2018.6.8)

2018-06-14 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#855 My trip to the UNIQLO anniversary sale

UNIQLO anniversary sale

UNIQLO had a 34th anniversary sale from May 25th to 28th. They sold most items at huge discount. I saw a 190 yen blouse on their advertising insert before heading to UNIQLO.
When I arrived at the UNIQLO in my neighborhood, the store was crowded with shoppers. I looked around, picked 8 items which included the 190 yen blouse and bought all of them. Together they were 7,915 yen in total. I was very satisfied with all the items.
Especially I like a black skirt (980 yen) and a navy blue blouse (190 yen).↓

↑An inner T-shirt is “AIRism”

↑These cardigans are lightweight, handy and easy to carry. They were 1290 yen each.

↑”BACK TO THE FUTURE” T-shirt was 500 yen. I’m a big fan of the movie “BACK TO THE FUTURE”.

Nobody can recognize that it costs only 1200 yen.

A few days later, I worn the blouse (190 yen) and the skirt (980 yen) and went to the cram school that I work at. One of students, she said “You have a lot of clothes”. She always checks my look. Once, she asked me whether my ring was real?. That time, I was wearing a toy ring with a fake emerald gem.
This time, I am relieved that she didn’t ask “Are you wearing UNIQLO clothes?”.
I like this outfit because nobody can recognize that it costs only 1200 yen.

Small joy!!(2018.6.1)

2018-06-07 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#856 An interesting artist I met ~ I bought a paint at NY fair ~

I just bought a paint on impulse at “NY $99 market”.
The name of the event is called NY $99 market at Hankyu department store. There were paints selling there from the artists who are living in N.Y.C.. The customers could choose and buy their works, $99 each.

An interesting artist I met

I met an artist who was painting a picture of a rose at the event. Her name was Adriana Zubikarai. She can paint different types of pictures like realistic pictures or pictures of inspiration from her dreams.

↑An artist, Adriana Zubikarai

↑Adriana Zubikarai’s arts

↑Adriana Zubikarai’s arts

I bought a picture showed a girl was dancing

Then I chose one of her paint from all of her works on the wall. The picture showed a girl was dancing on the small stage and posing with her hand raising. This is her unique pose. However, the stage was dark. Besides, the girl was dyed in white with a blank face. But the picture still has the sense of humor I think. I like it!

↑This is the picture that I bought!

From all her pictures on the wall, she purposely drew the items in white at the centre of her work. I think the reason is coming from her dream’s inspiration.

↑Her works, $99 each

Actually, I went this event last year

This event was held at the same time from last year.
Actually I was so looking forward to this event.
At the same time, I felt the time passed so fast!
I can’t wait to go again if they hold it next year.

↑This is another artist, Peter Opheim, he was drawing at the event.

↑Peter Opheim’s arts

Small joy!(2018.5.18)

↓Here is my previous post about the “NEW YORK fair” from last year.↓

2018-05-24 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#857 The problem of disappearing book stores.

It was the second half of the golden week

It was the second half of the golden week that I found out that a book store which is the closest to our station was closed forever. I was kind of shocked and sad to see the notice from the book store.
It announced the closing day of May 2nd. It also said that for 50 years and their gratitude to the loyal customers.
I was aware that the book store was not making a lot of money, even though it was in such a nice convenient location. I like paper books but I didn’t buy books very much at the book store. Because they didn’t have the books that fits my taste.

The problem of disappearing book stores

Recently people don’t buy books at real stores. Maybe people would rather like reading on smart phones or e-books than paper books. So it was just a matter of time that real book stores are getting fewer. However I was supporting them in my heart. Because I like paper books.

Some people, especially seniors were looking at the closed store and looked surprised and sad. I understand it because the store opened for 50 years. I’m wondering how seniors can buy books if they don’t use the internet.
It is sad that small local book stores are disappearing in our neighborhood these days.

Small joy!(2018.5.11)

2018-05-16 | Posted in English2 Comments »