#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 » 


#840 Bohemian Rhapsody

“Bohemian Rhapsody”

I watched the movie “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Nov. 9. That day was the first-run day. The movie is about the biography of the rock band named “Queen” in England.
There’s a vocalist called Freddie Mercury in Queen who I became fond of more than before. This movie depicts his splendid talents and his sensitive mind.
In the movie, the 4 actors acted so real like the original members of Queen. That is one of the exciting moments to watch this movie.

I felt as if I were in the ”LIVE AID” in 1985.

During the movie, I could listen to their brilliant songs by a sound effect that the movie played at the theater. Especially at the last 20 mins, I was very moved. I couldn’t stop crying to see their performance in the movie.

I really recommend this movie. I would suggest you to choose a bigger screen when you go to see it, so you will be able to enjoy their exciting live performance.

The interesting thing was I saw people dressed up themselves as Freddie Mercury in the theater.

After watching the movie I don’t know why the song “We are the champions” always stuck in my mind.

Freddie passed away when he was 45 in 1991.
Today, November 24th is the anniversary of Freddie’s death.

Small joy!!(2018.11.24)

2018-11-24 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#841 My struggling days ~20cm of my hair was gone~

I’m struggling with my natural curly hair.

After I had about 20cm hair cut from last month, now, I’m struggling with my natural curly hair with a lot of volume every day. I can’t tie up my hair anymore.

Kids are always very honest.

On the first day after the hair cut when I had a lesson for the 6th grade children at the cram school, there’s a girl who looked at me and said “It’s an accident.” I didn’t really get what she meant by that but I think she meant sorry.
Next lesson of the 5th grade children, I asked them “What do you think of my new hair style? Who likes my previous hair style?, raise your hand”.
Kids are always very honest. I found out there were 80% of them raised their hands.

I accept my hair style.

I know my hair style doesn’t look good. I accept it.
I feel disappointed when I see my face in the mirror, because I’m not stylish at all.
I’m trying to play around with my hair every day by using hair pins, hair wax, hair gel or etc.

Now, I know how to fix my hair style to look better. And I get used to it already.

Small joy!(2018.11.16)

2018-11-20 | Posted in English2 Comments » 


#842 A letter from the president

A letter from the president

One day I got an express letter from the president of my husband’s company.
The letter said that my husband has worked for the company for 30 years and he was commended for his long service with the company.
Thank you for your support to your husband for a long time. Then he was given a congratulatory bonus and 5 extra days of vacation for a year.

Why the president sends families such letters

I was very surprised to get the letter form the president. I was wondering why the president sent me such a letter.
Maybe some husbands are too shy to tell their families about the honors. Or the letter is used to tell the wives about this extra money and vacation days, so that the husbands cannot hide them from the wives.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Anyway I want to express my gratitude to the president, and especially to my husband.
“Work harder! And take good care of yourself!”
by oniyome

Small joy!!(2018.10)

2018-11-08 | Posted in English4 Comments »