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#845 Do you know the coffee called “Geisha”?

I found a pack of coffee beans at Costco.

When I went to Costco I found a pack of coffee beans named “Geisha”. Surprisingly, the coffee company which produced the coffee packs was the company that I used to work long time ago. I looked at the coffee for old time’s sake. Although I was interested in it, I didn’t buy it because the price was quite expensive. A pack of coffee was 4458 yen.

Let me explain about “Geisha” coffee.

For Japanese, geisha means traditional and highly skilled entertainers. Actually I have seen a coffee package with geisha girls before. I was wondering if geisha coffee is related to Japan when I saw it back then.
This time I checked it on the internet.
Geisha coffee was discovered in Ethiopia in 1930. In 2004, this coffee was made famous in Panama. It won the best of Panama coffee auction.
The coffee has incredible floral, citrus and honey flavors. Now, it’s the highest per-pound price ever paid at the coffee auction.
Geisha’s name comes from “Gesha” region of Ethiopia. The point is that geisha is not the actual name. It is supposed to be “gesha”. So geisha coffee doesn’t have any connection with Japan and geisha girls.

Geisha or gesha!?

The other day, I found the article “Stop calling it Geisha already” on the internet. Some coffee experts say that we should call it gesha instead of geisha.
My question was answered after reading the article.

On a second thought, maybe I should have bought it, shouldn’t I?
Have you tried gesha coffee before? How was it?
Is coffee worth it?

Small joy!!(2018.9.21)

2018-10-09 | Posted in English2 Comments » 

 

#846 The day when the Mega-typhoon came!

A mega-typhoon hit Kansai area on Sept. 4th.

In advance, most schools and companies in Osaka were closed on that day.
I also stayed at home. Around 1 pm heavy rain and strong wind began attacking my apartment. Around 1:30 pm, my house had a blockout. Then the sound of the wind was getting really strong. It felt like it was going to blow my apartment off.
I found water coming out under the windows. The floor and tatami mat were wet. What!? My house is on the 7th floor. It was the rain that came in through the spaces in the windows. I wiped the floors in each room with many towels.
2 hours later, after the blackout, the storm went away. I was so scared while the storm was attacking my house. The night, I slept alone, because my husband went on a business trip.

Sept. 5th

Next morning, the water supply failed. Fortunately, I had many bottles of water in my house. I just worried about the fridge because of the blackout. I was also anxious about my smartphone’s battery.
I went out to checkout our shopping district. Most stores were opened. Things looked normal, except for one broken traffic light in my neighborhood. I went to a Docomo shop and charged the battery of my smartphone. Then I bought some dry cells for my flashlight at Daiso, 100 yen shop. Some people bought dry cells, too.
The night, my husband came back home. It was still blackout and no water.

Sept. 6th

In the morning at around 9:30 am, the TV suddenly turned on.
Power was back! At the same time, water supply was back, too!
The first thing I did was doing the laundry and washing dishes. I checked the fridge, it looked fine. Just having the TV on made me relax.
When there was no power, I didn’t want to do anything. I was just waiting for the time to pass. But once the power was back, I really wanted to do something.
I was revived!
There is nothing like the ordinary life.

Lesson I learned

The things that I learned this time.

  1. There is no water during blackout. Because some buildings use electric pumps.
  2. Fill the bathtub with water in advance before typhoon.
    Since I couldn’t flush the toilet, I used the bathtub water to flush. It was good enough to flush the toilet paper.
  3. Fully charge your smartphone before typhoon!

Small joy!!(2018.9.7)

2018-09-18 | Posted in English4 Comments » 

 

#847 Meeting an old friend at “Koshien” 〜I watched “Kanao” live at the semi-final 〜

I went to “Koshien” on August 20th.

“Koshien” is a baseball stadium in West Japan, and every year it holds the National High School Baseball Championship. Watching the championship is one of the most popular traditions in summer in Japan.
This year is the 100th anniversary of the championship.
I was at the stadium watching the semi-final game.
And I went with my friend who I have not seen for 25 years!

My friend and her son came to see “Koshien” from Seattle.

Her son is 16 years old and a member of baseball team in high school in Seattle.
When we were watching the baseball game, we talked a lot about what happened in the last 25 years.

We were lucky enough to get some good seats under the roof. If we were not under the roof, I am sure that we would get some horrible sunburn.

My friend said that Japanese boys always run to their positions but American boys don’t run like that. They are more relaxed during the game. I guess it is just the difference in both cultures.

I will remember this day every summer.

We watched the two semi-final games.
“Kanaashi Nogyo”, which is my favorite team, and “Osaka Toin” got to the final. They would play against each other the next day.

My friend’s son’s prediction was that “Osaka Toin” would win. He watched the 2 games very well and could figure out their differences. Actually Osaka Toin defeated Kanaashi, 13-2, in the final.

I had an amazing time with them.
I will not forget this 100th anniversary “Koshien” and I will remember this day every summer.


↑4 of my relatives graduated from “Kanano”

Small joy!!!(2018.8.20)

2018-08-30 | Posted in English2 Comments » 

 

#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.

“EKI・TAKA”

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 »