Something I love....

 Growing up, I learn to love things around me. I love warmish yellow lights in a shop or home, and it makes me love strolling around from town to town, or just sit in my chair to read in my room after dark, occasionally looking up to see flower on the table. I also love animals being around me. I love take a walk with my charming dog in the early morning when it's still a bit dark outside, birds start whispering. These are moments I feel I'm so content.


Like a mounntain.

Maybe I'm lonely, but I'm not unhappy.

That's an important thing, isn't it? :)


Cooking food too much....as ever!

 I tend to stock things too much. In the small storage of my apartment, I always get at least a dozen of paper towel boxes, which is unnecessarily big number for a person living alone. I begin to feel anxious, however, once my stock comes down a dozen. Don’t ask me why. It just the way I am XD
Likewise, I tend to cook too much. I know, it covers a whole week of my consumption. And I can’t stop cooking once it starts, haha.


living in a new and old life.

 As days and weeks go by so fast, I begin to walk more, just as if I was trying to catch up the new situation around me. I know it doesn't make any sense, but what can we do else when we have no idea what's going on inside and outside of yourself?
 The point is, I eager to stay where I belonged for more than a decade: simple and quiet life. I know that busy days is about to grab me away, but until then, let me live the way I love ;)


Not yet.

I'm not broken. Not yet, at least.


Moving to a new apartment.

 A night before moving to a new apartment, I dined at a small local restaurant myself. I was married when I started living in Tokyo seven years ago. When I had to move to a small apartment after divorce three years ago, my life had suddenly fallen into miserable. I felt I’ve done, no good thing would ever happen in my life again. That’s when I began to turn my eyes on myself rather than outside.

 Reading books underneath a bedside lamp before sleep, cycling go back and forth to the workplace for 40km, and make fine green tea while enjoying its flavour and steam beautifully coming out of my tiny tea pot for daily basis.
 At some point of this period, something hit me like lightning. I mean, I thought that the inner world might be as profound as the outer one. I know it sounds odd, but somehow it made sense to me. If you can actually feel content with your own, then you would be able to live a harmoniously peaceful life.

 Although I moved to a new place, new work, a whole new situation, most things in my mind hasn’t changed: I still love cooking after work, put smile on my face as I write a message on a postcard before sleep, things that I’m used to. Well, life goes on, and I’m no longer afraid of its continuity :)


My grandmother's funeral.

 It was a sunny beautiful morning of last Thursday when I got a sudden phone call from my mother. She said my grandmother was dead in hospital, and asked me to come back to join a funeral. I said yes, and packed my clothes and daily stuff, then headed back to my hometown Nagoya with my brother.

 She was 93-year-old when she passed away. Born in 1925, she used to tell me stories in wartime: how she ran into a homemade shelter by covering her body with blankets to avoid fire from American bombardments: The electricity company she worked after Second World War. I always liked listening to her tender voice, and whenever she started talking, I couldn’t help coming to her.

 Thankfully, my family isn’t morally strict, and since many relatives came to the funeral (which isn’t usual), we decided to go to a Japanese restaurant to talk more about her, rather than being depressed individually. I know I wasn’t supposed to have fun to eat, I had many kinds of food from salad to beef pot nevertheless. For me, it was my own way of saying goodbye to my lovely grandmother.


A day trip to Kyoto on 2nd January, 2018.

 After coming back from a big event of first Shinto shrine visit Hatsumode (初詣) in Ise Shrine (伊勢神宮), we've already decided where to go on 2nd of January. It was going to be the old, most famous and popular destination Kyoto (京都) !


 Driving 150km to the west from my hometown Nagoya, it takes around two hours ride to get there. Along the highway was....

 ...endless mountains covered with snow, clouds were floating among them. It was just a scenery in Japan's winter, and I definitely love it :) With a couple of hot tea, chatting with my family all along, I felt like I could drive forever.

So, we're here :) Just a few kilometers north of Kyoto Station, there is a famous shopping district Nishiki market (錦市場) with a bunch of small stores selling from clothes to bite-size food. Since We both are big fans of wandering around, why don't we just stop by corners to take a photo? ;)

 I love those mossa-green dishes called Oribe (織部). With so many different styles and colours of dish in this country, that's my best :) Few blocks away from this arcade area, new year's bargain, the biggest bargain of a year, were held in department stores and sophisticated clothing shops. It's always fun to see people walking around with big square paper bags with a brand logo on their hands. Anyway, we sit at a cafe for a while, take a breath and rest, then go back to the car.

 I know it's completely opposite from where we were just ago, but there is another Kyoto to see before getting back to home. North of Kyoto, there is a Temple of the Golden Pavilion kinkaku-ji(金閣寺) . With its tremendously gorgeous looking, it's absolutely a must-visit place when you're in Kyoto. Every child who go to Kyoto for school trip is due to come to this Zen temple, including me (It's nearly 16 years ago, haha).  This shinny temple sits in front of a small pond as if floating on it, and when the sun comes out from clouds, it looks as if heaven was finally before us. So nice and worth visiting ;)

 On our way back home was stuck by heavy traffic jam, which put us additional
 five hours ride rather than just two hours for usual drives. It didn't annoy us, since we got plenty of time to talk :)