We got on the bus again, went to Katsuura station and walked to a hotel. On the street, we could see many dried Samma. Dried Samma is my favorite. I wanted to buy it but it was the first day of the trip. Even if I wanted to buy it, they wouldn’t sell it.
We arrived at the hotel and Ito and I went to a bath. There were two bath tabs. One was inside and the other was outside. The outside bath was made of cypress and Yuzu was floating on the bath. They smelled nice.
I went to a public bath today. After I went to Onsen, I always feel that I want to go to a public bath. There is a good public bath close to my apartment.
The bath wasn’t crowded. I washed my hair and my body. I washed my body a few times and I felt I was really clean. I took a bath several times. There were some bath tabs. I went into hot water and cold water several times. I think I stayed there over one hour.
I was satisfied very much. Then, I went to a changing room. So, a woman was smoking there. It’s awful. Why did she smoke there? I think she can smoke anywhere. I thought I would smell of tobacco smoke, so I left quickly.
I wanted to stay there longer and I wanted to drink milk there, though.
After that, we visited a shrine and a temple. Before we got there, we visited three stories tower. On a guide book, it seemed really big, but the original was a little cheap. We looked at the shrine and the temples. According to a woman who works at a souvenir shop, the shrine, the temple and the water falls are the same high. It means all of them are the same rank. She also said that the shrine and the temple had been one thing, and they had parted about 150 years ago.
On the approach to a shrine, Ito and Mike bought a teapot and a tea leaf box. A shop’s clerk gave them big discount.
I visited Wakayama with my sister, Ito, and her husband, Mike. On the 25th, we left Osaka.
We arrived at Katsuura around 2:00P.M. We visited Nachi-no-taki falls. It was a little farther than I remembered. We had to get on a bus for 20 minutes.
We went through a trii and went to the falls. Amount of water was a little. When I visited there last time, I could see more dynamic water falls. We went close to the falls. We had to pay 300yen per person. The shrine sells the water falls’ water inside. If we want to drink it, we had to pay more 100 yen. I felt it was a fraud. We already paid 300yen. Why do we have to pay more 100yen? Of course, we didn’t drink it. Even if we stayed close to the falls, we didn’t get wet. It was a proof that the water falls weren’t as usual.
I have a room and a kitchen in my apartment. There is no heater in the kitchen and PC is in the kitchen, so I don’t want to write blog now.
Yesterday, my sister and I went to see Yoshimoto. Before I went there, I wanted to buy thickets, but they had already been sold out. We arrived at NGK around 12:20P.M. and the show would start 12:45. When we lined up to buy the tickets, a lady talked to me and asked if I would like to buy tickets. She had two reserved seats. Of course, we said ‘Yes’ and we could get the tickets. I had been to Yoshimoto several times before but I had never had a seat. That was my first time.
The first show was New Comedy Troupe. I don’t think I have to explain about it. The show is the same as always. But if the show changes, nobody wants to see the show. We want to see the same show anytime. After that, we saw some Manzai. We could see ‘Unabara Yasuyo and Tomoko’, ‘Charan-Poran’ and ‘Nakata Cuffs and Button’. I like Manzai but I got tired to see them. I thought I needed a lot of power for laughing. Anyway, if I have a chance, I want to see it again.
Leaser Ramon HG is the person who is riding on the crest of a good wave now. His toy is going to sell but a gay group constrained it.
KUROHIGE KIKI- IPPATSU is a very popular game in Japan. It is like a Russian roulette. KUROHIGE is a pirates and he was caught and put into a barrel. Players have some knives and stick the barrel. If KUROHIGE pop out from the barrel when you stick it, you will lose.
Leaser Ramon’s selling point is a gay. The gay group says the toy makes a fool of them. I can’t understand their feelings but I guess that toy will be a good sale. I hope everybody enjoys that toy.
I fell down the stairs at my apartment this morning. I sprained my left ankle, hit my left knee and hurt my right knee. I feel sore everywhere in my body.
I sometimes slip. That was the second time in this year. The first time was at a station. Of course, I didn’t drink. I don’t know why I always fall down. Of course, I always don’t care about how to walk. I am not old now but if I get old and if I fall down sometimes, I think I will break my bone.
I don’t think adults slip easily. I guess I’m not good at walking.
The ceremony started at 11:00. The ceremony has lots of rules and I still don’t remember those rules. Recently you don’t have to sit down on tatami mattes, so you don’t have to care about if you can stand up quickly or not. After that, we went to the graves and had another ceremony. We had a party after that. Those things are good for us to communicate other relatives. We usually have no chance to meet them. The foods at the party were delicious but they were too much for one parson. My sister and I ate them a little quickly and shared the oblations. Our aunts helped us. The oblations were too much. We put them into a paper bag. The paper bag was too small for the oblations, so it almost tore. An uncle who lives in Noseguchi is very funny. He looks like my father. He called me ‘Underage’ because I can’t drink. He also called my sister ‘America’. When we were children, he always played with us. An uncle who sit next to me was hit me a lot. I decided that I would never sit down next to him. I didn’t think they had drunk too much but they did. My mother’s sisters went home first. After they left, my father’s relatives talked about how to keep their graves.
We left the temple around 3:00P.M. I don’t know when I can meet my relatives.
I had a ceremony of the second anniversary of my mother’s death last Saturday. It was a really cold day. I could see some snow on a street.
I arrived at a temple before 10:00A.M. My father and my sister had already arrived there. My sister came back from the U.S. for that ceremony. I hadn’t seen her for a while but she seemed fine. My sister and I started to prepare the ceremony. We put on some oblations in front of the Buddhist sanctum. When we opened parcels in the temple, a lady of the temple was angry. I could understand her meaning. It is rude to open them there. After that, we cleaned my ancestors’ graves. We broomed around the graves and rubbed it by a brush. We wanted to change flowers at the graves but we couldn’t see flowers. My father always ordered them, so I asked my father but he didn’t know. I asked the lady at the temple about it, so she ordered the flowers soon. While all this was going on, our relatives came one after another. I poured tea and talked to them.
Many people put on their blog from their cell phones. I think it’s really convenient. They can write it anywhere. I sometimes want to do that but I never did. Writing English by cell phone is very hard for me. I need lots of time to find a letter. And I couldn’t understand if the spelling that I wrote is right or not. So, I always need a PC. If I go on a trip, I can’t write a manuscript.
SHARP is selling a new cell phone but it has keyboard as a computer. If I get it, I can write my blog anywhere. It is expensive but my cell phone’s battery is almost died. I’m thinking about if I buy it or not.
Today’s topic is from the newspaper again. The waiters on the Twilight Express pocketed the charge for coffee.
The Twilight Express is a train that shuttles Osaka and Hokkaido. It is a midnight train and it is expensive. I’ve never gotten on it but I always think I want to get on someday. I imagine it is like the Oriental Express. Of course, I’ve never gotten on the Oriental Express either.
Many children have been involved in crimes. Criminals kill kids without a reason. The worst crime is that Takuma killed many students at a school. He went to that school only for killing kids. That was a really tragic crime.
I often ignore traffic lights when I cannot see any cars. I have to cross many traffic lights until I get to my office. If I hold by all traffic lights, I cannot arrive at my office.
I’ve never crossed a wide street. Some people ignore the traffic light on that street because we don’t always see any cars. But I’m still scared to cross the wide street.
One object has many sides. If you see one thing from the right side, it will seem a circle, but if you see it from the opposite side, it might seem a triangle.
I really didn’t know, but I found a police box. The police stayed there last night. There is a traffic light I always ignore in front of the police box. I can’t see the police box when I go to the office, but I can see it when I get back from the office.
I bought a new electric carpet. It is a small one; it is only 45×45centimaters. My father’s house is very cold. I always wear a jacket in the house like I stay outside. My father uses electric heater but it warms only my father. I have to take a bath just before I go to bed. Otherwise, I will catch a cold quickly. I have to use the electric carpet for myself.
I bought it at Yodo-(ya)-bashi-camera as usual. In this season, Yodo-(ya)-bashi-camera is always very crowded. Many cars are waiting in front of parking to go into.
I always decided which carpet I would buy, so I didn’t have to choose it. There are 4 cash desks on the fourth floor. And they have four registers each desk. So they totally have 16 resisters. All of them were crowded. I was looking for a resister it wasn’t crowded but all of them had almost the same numbers. I went to the end of the one line. I couldn’t see the head of the line. I was reading a book. If I didn’t read it, I would feel really impatient. Two boys in front of me started crying. I could understand their feelings.
Finally, I could buy it. I could read over 20 pages and I paid only 2000yen.
First, we had a salmon salad. It was enough for us. The salmon was a big fillet. We expected that the salmon was thin slice, so we was a bit surprised. Next, we ate rice croquettes. There were two croquettes on a dish, so we could share them very easy. We ordered a spaghetti. Mine was carbonala with sea urchin. I love Uni. So, I ordered it. It was a little deep. I liked its taste but I don’t think I could eat a lot. The sea urchin was fewer than I thought. I think Uni-Donbiri is better because I can eat lots of sea urchin.
I didn’t see her for a while. The last time I met her was when we saw a baseball game at Osaka Dome. It was about 2 years ago. She was really slender as I remembered. But she said she got fat only around her waistline. I could understand her mean. All of middle-aged-ladies get lots of fat.
She said her eyes hurt. She said she uses her eyes a lot in her job. Recently, many office workers have to use their eyes because using computer is very common. I thought it was good for her to quit using her contact lenses.
Anyway, we ate a lot. Finally, we ate desserts. Mine was lemon tarte au sucre. I didn’t think it was bad, but I was already full, so I couldn’t enjoy its taste.
We ate very slowly and we could relax. We promised to eat out again.
I went to an Italian restaurant with my friend, Tomi. She mailed me several days ago and she said that she wanted to eat out. Of course, I answered OK. We hadn’t decided which restaurant we would go to. After that she recommended to me a good Italian restaurant.
I had a sinking feeling. Because that restaurant was located in the south of Yodoyamashi station. We met at Yodoyabashi station and went toward the restaurant. My foreboding was correct. That was the restaurant I had already been to with Yoshiko. I like that restaurant but I wanted to go to a different restaurant.
The restaurant wasn’t crowded. First, we tried to order one hors d’oeuvre, one salad and one spaghetti. A waiter said it was too small for two persons, so we reconsidered it. Next, we ordered one hors d’oeuvre, two salads and two spaghettis. The waiter said two salads were too big for two people. So we had to consider again. We were a little tired, so, finally, we ordered as he said.
I have been practicing penmanship for over three years. I practice it almost everyday. I sometimes do it for 20 minutes but I usually do it only 5 minutes. The characters I wrote are still terrible, though. I sometimes want to quit it but it already became my custom.
I saw “Nightmare before Christmas” last night. I didn’t think I liked the story but I like characters. Since I saw "Corpus Bride”, I wanted to see it again. I knew it would be sold, so when I went to DVD shop in Keihan Department store. It was 3880Yen. I thought it was more expensive than I thought. But I bought it. I didn’t know but the DVD software I bought was special version. The Normal DVD software is about 2000yen.
I can see lots of extras in my DVD software. I want to know how it was made. I guess staff persons spent lots of time to make it. I didn’t have enough time to see it last night. I want to see it soon.
Mr. I gave me jellybean. He bought it when he visited the United States for his business trip. He tried to conciliate me that I would conduct his report after the business trip.
He gave me it about two months ago and I hadn’t opened it, because if I opened it once, I would have to eat it quickly.
Two days ago, I opened it, at last. It had 10 colors and ten tastes. They are gaudy. The jellybeans are the same as my image of America. And they are too sweet. The package said “40% fewer calories” and “sugar-free”. It also said “Consumption may cause stomach discomfort and/or laxative effect. Individual tolerance will vary; we suggest starting with 8 beans or less.” Even though it says we may eat more than 8 beans, I cannot eat them. I only could eat 2 beans at once. Some beans are too sweet but not bad. But some beans are terrible and they are like medicine.
I finished only a few beans. I want to finish them by the end of this year.
Disk-Animal won the good design prize. They are toys and they act in Masked-Rider now. Masked-Rider holds them and they help Masked-Rider. Sometimes they investigate a crime or attack toward criminals. Of course, it is only in the story, so they don’t move automatically. Even though they don’t move, they are made very well. I wonder how they change the disks to the animals. Recently, those kinds of toys aren’t sold a lot, but their sale is good and the toy maker making Disk-Animal is busy. Christmas comes soon. I’m sure the toy maker will be busier.
I met Kiyomi last night. When she asks me to eat out, she always fights with her son. Last night, too. She said she fought with him yesterday morning. I know she has a big problem. Her son doesn’t do anything and hangs out everyday. Only spends lots of money. When I knew him, he was a good boy. I didn’t know when he changed like that kind of guys.
Anyway, we went to eat Okonomiyaki. We ordered Okonomiyaki, Yakisoba, Tonpeiyaki, Chicken and Kimchi. Of course, she ordered a middle size of beer. I ordered a small size. And she told me about that day’s fight. I can’t write about it because it was too terrible. I worry that Kiyomi will be killed someday. Even though she was angry, she was sane. She drank only two glasses of beer. She said if she asked Akemi-san, she would have to drink more, so she asked me because I didn’t usually drink a lot.
Okonomiyaki was good. Fugetsu always makes good Okonomiyaki. We ordered salty Yakisoba but other guys were eating sauce taste Yakisoba. We thought sauce Yakisoba looked nice but we knew we couldn't eat anymore.
After we ate a lot, I called my father. I complained about my father. That day was a complaining day for us.
We had caramel coffee. We promised we would eat spaghetti next time, and went home.