#830 Do you have things that you cannot live without?

↑I’m embarrassed to show my worn out sandals.(#1)

Do you have things that you cannot live without?

For me one of things is my indoor sandals.
I have used the same pair of sandals for about 20 years!?
l love how they fit on my feet perfectly. I have flat feet and a little hallux valgus.
The sandals help me walk comfortably at home.
I also like the pink color.

I broke my sandals.

Unfortunately, I broke my sandals last Sunday. Since I used it for a long time, it is understandable that they cannot last forever. I’m very satisfied with them. This pair of sandals has supported and helped me in the last 20 years.
Thank you my sandals! It’s time to say good-bye to you.

I’ve already found the same pair on the internet.
I’ll buy a new one just like you.

↑I’m embarrassed to show my worn out sandals.(#2)

Small joy!!(2019.2.15)

2019-02-20 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#831 A new flavored of Valentine’s chocolate is now released.

Valentine’s chocolate events

I’m checking around a lot of Valentine’s chocolate events at department stores recently.
I bought many chocolates for my relatives and myself but actually most are for me.

“VALU MISS” chocolate

I’d like to show you one of my chocolates which is called “VALU MISS.”
It is made by a famous pastry chef. He has won the champion in the popular TV show called “TV champion.”

The “VALU MISS” chocolates contain lemon paste inside it. The lemon paste was made from lemon trees in my living area. In here, we are having a project to revitalize the local community through the lemon trees, it is gradually becoming a lemon town.
Because of this, the pastry chef used the lemons from there to make us the unique chocolates.
I am proud that I have a lemon tree in my home too!

↑Lemon paste inside the white chocolate

I have already tasted the chocolate. It was a lemon chocolate.
I like it that I had four boxes already!
This chocolate is a limited item and it only sells at Senboku Takashimaya department.

Small joy!!(2019.2.8)

2019-02-11 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#832 The story of lemons and students

The 6th grade students clapped for my message!!

I was sad because my grade 6 students at the cram school graduated from my class last week.

Just as last year, I wrote a proverb “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade” on the whiteboard and I explained it to the students in the last lesson.
This class was a smart class. After I explained it, all the students looked like they understood what it meant and clapped for my message.
I was surprised that a grade 6 students would do that. I was very happy about it.
In order to explain it easily, I had brought a lemon from home to show them.

I believe they will be a great person in the future!!

Since one of the students wanted the lemon, I gave it to her. She was the most active girl in the class. I knew that someone would interested in the lemon were those smart and active students.

After the lesson, there was another girl came to me and said thanks for the teaching and the experience of performing at the stage the other day. I was given motivation for teaching by her many times.

I was happy to have them as my students.
I believe they will be a great person in the future.

Small joy!!(2019.2.1)

↓Here is my previous post about the last year’s lemon and students.

2019-02-06 | Posted in English4 Comments » 


#833 Finally I used the Starbucks coupon.

I went to the Starbucks Reserve to use a customer voice coupon receipt from Starbucks. You can use it as a free drink coupon that you can order any drinks.

I asked the barista if I can use the coupon for the most expensive coffee beans.
She smiled and said “Yes, you can do it.”
Then, I’ve decided to order a tall “Hawaii Kau” coffee. That’s 1360 yen.

↑I picked pour-over, a one type of brewing methods.

↑It was good but it’s not as good as I expected. The size was too big that I couldn’t finish it.

↑It was interesting to see a barista making me a coffee right in front of me.

It’s expensive to try this out, but it’s worth to taste such most expensive coffee by using the Starbucks coupon.

Small joy!(2019.1.18)

↓Here is my previous post about a special receipt from Starbucks.

↓Here is my previous post about the coffee called “Geisha”

2019-01-31 | Posted in English4 Comments » 


#834 Three girls performed at the stage.

A huge annual performance

Last Saturday, the cram school that I am working at had a huge annual performance for students. This event had about 300 children performed the classical Japanese performing arts at stage in front of their families. 

The wind and the sun

In my class, I had 3 girls’ students who performed a story called “The wind and the sun” from Aesop’s Fables. They were the only 3 who performed it in English with gestures as special participants while the others were performed their own programs in Japanese. 

While they were performing, I was watching them carefully at the back stage in case they forgot the words. I was so excited standing there for the entire 3 minutes of their performance.

They made it!

Their performance was awesome! Finally they made it! They received many warm applause from audiences.

I was proud of them. It was moved that I thought I would cry after they performed. But I didn’t. Maybe, I was too nervous and I forgot to cry. 

Children always have the miracle and strong power to do thing. They always give me the motivation to teach better.

Small joy!!!(2019.1.12)

2019-01-24 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#835 Marilyn Monroe and Mikimoto pearls

I saw a pearl necklace at Mikimoto exhibition. 

The necklace was owned by Marilyn Monroe once. When baseball legend Joe DiMaggio and Marilyn Monroe came to Japan on their honeymoon, he gave the necklace to her. 

According to the description, although she rarely wore any jewelry, she loved the pearl necklace. There are many photographs of her wearing it. 

I asked an usher “Why did this necklace come back to Mikimoto?”

He said “Mikimoto got it through an auction in N.Y.. About 10 years ago.”

I looked carefully at each pearl of the necklace.

They were shining gracefully and gently. 

Imagining her wearing it fascinated me.

Small joy!!(2018.12.7)

2019-01-16 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#836 When life gives me a lemon, I made squid and shrimp stir-fry.

Finally I ate my lemon!

I have been growing a lemon tree since last October. 

When the tree came to my house, it was shorter than me, now it is taller than me. It even grew 8 lemons. While most of them were still greenish, I picked one that is almost yellow.

Then I stir-fried some squid and shrimp with slices of the lemon. 

↑I’m embarrassed to show my dish.

The taste was very good. My lemon tasted the same as the usual ones. 

I was very moved to be able to eat my own lemon. 

Thank you my lemon tree! Thank you for your beautiful lemon! 

What will I make next time?

Small joy!!(2018.12.9)

2018-12-27 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#837 A pretty compact foundation case

Do you often buy something that you really like at the first time you see it?
In my case, I would, what about you?
Let me tell you about it.
Last Saturday I got a pretty compact foundation case.

↑The design of this case has the limited amount. There are black or white to choose from.

↑The inside of the compact

A glowing skin is popular now. This compact case can help you to have a glowing skin.
It costs 5940 yen with tax.

↑I also bought a cheek blush(#01)

↑And a lip stick(#508)

Using both the matte lip stick with the glowing skin cosmetic to do make up are the latest trend now.

Because of finding this attractive compact foundation case, I had this very good chance to try some new ones.
Since I haven’t bought cosmetics for a while.
Trying new cosmetics is exciting, isn’t it?

Small joy!!(2018.12.7)

2018-12-20 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#838 I got a special receipt from Starbucks.

A special receipt from Starbucks

I was in a luck the other day.
I got a customer voice coupon receipt at Starbucks when I bought only a scone for take out. This receipt is not always offer for customer but if you do, you can get a free tall size drink if you answer a questionnaire.
It was my first time to have this luck to get it and I didn’t know such thing they have.

It was easy to answer the questionnaire.

After I got home, I accessed the QR cord on the receipt through my smart phone and answered the questionnaire. At the end of it I got a 5 digits to write down on the receipt. That’s it! Then this receipt turned into the coupon.
Although the coupon has an expiry date, I can order any drinks at any Starbucks stores.
I’d like to order a cup of coffee at Starbucks Reserve where it is a high concept store not in the regular Starbucks.

Small joy!!(2018.12.4)

2018-12-13 | Posted in English4 Comments » 


#839 Amazing supplement for beauty.

A wonderful supplement

Today I’d like to share a wonderful supplement to you. It is called “PROLINE X1” which helps to improve the health and beauty.
I have tried taking it and it makes my skin looks younger than before. I usually take it before going to bed because it recommended. Each time after I take it, the next morning I feel I have a moist, smooth and firm skin. I’m sure that my face become healthier and no side effect. It’s like magic!


The supplement is powder kind that contained proline 1300 mg which is one of the amino acid. It comes in a box package with 31 packs for 12,500 yen. Since the price is expensive for me, I only take it when I’m so tired and my facial skin is sagging.

You will like it!

Trust me! You will like it!
This product is medical organization exclusive merchandise, if you are interested in it, you can only purchase it at some certain medical agencies.
Here is the link.↓

small joy!(2018.11.23)

2018-12-03 | Posted in English2 Comments »