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NOSTRA

(2009-07-30)
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I went to a restaurant, Nostra’.
I heard they used used furniture, so I wanted to go there once.

The location is close to Minami-Morimachi Station, so I went there on foot from the office.
It was about 20 minutes.

Their dishes were interesting.
They have an Italian plate and also they have Asian dishes.

I ordered Hijiki bibimbap.
Don’t you think it seems delicious?

Yes. It was really good.
It was a typical Asian taste. But not so spicy.
One thing I can’t recommend you is that it is too garlicky.
So if you meet your boyfriend after dinner, you shouldn’t eat this bibimbap.

Their interior is really cute. And the ceiling is too high.
So we could have a comfortable time.

They have delicious cakes, so next time I want to eat their cakes.
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THE PANDA SEATS

(2009-07-28)
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These are the Panda Seats.
You can see these seats on a train between Kyoto and Wakayama.

These are not reserved seats.
These seats are used for for example taking pictures.
So you shouldn’t keep these seats while your trip.

Are they cute???

I don’t think so, but JR WEST wants to get many customers by these seats.

Even if they don’t have these seats, I want to go to Shirahama to see pandas.


KUROOBI

(2009-07-27)
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Daimaru Department Store has held a Hokkaido Fair.

A good point is that Daimaru is not too crowed as Hankyu, but not quiet as Keihan.

I went to eat ramen because I had a 300yen discount ticket.

The name of the restaurant is Kuroobi. I don’t know this restaurant.

The restaurant was crowded. It was 5:00P.M., so it wasn’t a time for lunch or dinner, but I had to wait for 10 or 15 minutes.

I ordered a special ramen. I didn’t know the difference between the normal one and the special one. But I could use the discount coupon for only the special ramen.
The soup was thick and the noodles were thick and crimpy.
The taste of the soup was miso. But I think sio(salt) or shouyu(soy source) tastes were better because miso taste was a little strong for me.
It was good, but I wouldn’t go there if I didn’t have a discount coupon.

Afterwards I looked around other shops.
I wanted to buy something sweet but I didn’t buy anything.

Hokkaido Fairs are always attractive for me.
But I prefer Kyushu Fair.
I want to eat delicious Chanpon…

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NEYAJYU-NO-YU 2

(2009-07-26)
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The massage started at 3:30P.M.
It was an oil lymphatic massage.
A massager was Thai.
She said she had the same job in Thailand.
My massage menu was 90 min. She said the massage time in Japan was too short.
According to her, 120-min. massage is normal in Thailand.

She pushed my bad parts, especially neck and back.
It was really comfortable…
My bad parts made a strange noise.

90-min. was too short as she said.
I think she is the best massager I have ever seen.
I want to request her next time.

Afterwards, I took a bath again.

Then, that day’s main event, dinner!!!

I had ‘kimuchi nabe’ and a glass of beer.
I was really hungry and thirsty, so these foods made me satisfy.

Before I left there, I ate ‘chocolate dessert’.
It was also good.

I stayed there more than 6 hours.
I LOVE Neyajyu-no-yu.
I want to be there as soon as possible!!!
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NEYAJYU-NO-YU

(2009-07-25)
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Today’s topic is a little old but I want to talk about it.

On the 16th, I took a day off because a new fridge would come.
It came around 11:00A.M., so I went to Neyaju-no-yu afterwards.

Neyaju-no-yu is a super sentou and I really like it.

I arrived there around 12:00 and had lunch there.
They have many delicious meals and it is hard to choose one of them.
I ate ‘Oyako Donburi’. After I ordered it, I realized that I had eaten it last time…

Then, I booked a massage.
I had about 3 hours before the massage.

I took a bath for 30 minutes and then went to a bedrock bath.

I love a bedrock bath.

I lay across a bedrock bath, got lots of sweats, drank sport(ion)-drink, stayed in a cold room, and lay across a bedrock bath again.

My plan was staying there for an hour but an hour was too short.
When I realized, it was 2:30P.M.

I went back to the bath, washed my hair and body, and took a bath for a while.


SATSUMA KIRIKO

(2009-07-24)
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On the 20th, I went to Kobe City Museum to see ‘Satsuma Kiriko’.

Kiriko is a technique of cutting glass.

This technique imported from European countries and developed in Edo.

Satsuma invited a famous Kiriko craftsman from Edo and started to manufacture Kiriko to help its financial resource.

When it started, they also produced medical equipments.
It was because those items were made from glass.

I cannot say anything about Kiriko…

If you are interested in it, you probably like them, but if you don’t, it is boring.

I really love Kiriko.
I stopped at in front of each glass and stared at them.
I could see a reflection of Kiriko and it was like a kaleidoscope.
I imagined that if I drank sake with this glass or if I ate hiyamugi with this bowel.

Those imaginations made me really happy…

My favorite one is a sake pot.
It seemed like a Japanese tea pot, but it said that it was used for sake.
It was really beautiful.
Unfortunately I couldn’t buy it, so I bought a postcard…
I also buy a book of this exhibit.

I was really satisfied.
I LOVE Satuma Kiriko (not Edo Kiriko) and I want to buy it someday.




twelth night

(2009-07-23)
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On 19th, I saw ‘Twelfth Night’.
As you probably know, this play was written by William Shakespeare.

This play has three faces.
One is a Japanese Kabuki, and another is a traditional British play, and one more is, of course, NINAGAWA.
The story is simple but a little complex.
To make long story short, this story is a triangle relation.
A loves B, B loves C, and C loves A…
Like this…

I don’t think it is Kabuki. I can see many NINAGAWA taste in this play.
And I like his stagecraft of Shakespeare.
Especially, comedy.

The stage sets were really beautiful. He used mirrors effectively.
The mirrors made the stage widely.
We could see double numbers of stage sets (for example, flowers) by the mirrors.
This stagecraft is really like ‘NINAGAWA’.

I saw this play on the third floor sheet.
I always can’t see actors when they come to the stage from the back door, but this time I could see it because of the mirror.

One actor, Kikuno-suke, acted two persons. They are an elder brother and a sister.
And the sister acted a man.
So, Kikuno-suke had to act three different persons.
All persons are really beautiful. Especially, a girl was really cute.
I always think that ladies in Kabuki are ideal girls of Japanese men.

This Kabuki is easy to understand.
So, if you are interested in Kabuki and if you hesitate to see Kabuki, this play is good for you.


VAN GOGH

(2009-07-22)
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How did you spend three-day week-end?

I was a little busy.

I saw two plays and one exhibition.

On 18th, I saw a play about Van Gogh.

As you know, Van Gogh is one of the most famous painters.
But his life was miserable.
His paintings had never been sold until he died.
His brother had helped his life.
So, his brother was one of his parts.
He hadn’t had his life without his brother’s help.
He had a terrible mental problem. He spent a part of his lives in a mental hospital.

His play portray those his lives.

The main actor is Ichimura Masachika.
He acted a mental patient very well. He seemed he was Van Gogh himself.
I was a little scared to see a mad man in front of my eyes.

Lately Ichimura-san’s act isn’t good because he always seems ‘Ichimura Masachika’ himself.
But this Van Gogh was not Ichimura Masachika.

I saw some Gogh’s paintings in this play.

Before I saw them, I didn’t like his paintings, but now I like some of them.
Especially, I like his paintings, which he painted in Arles.
I can feel atmosphere of Arles from his paintings.
I can feel fresh air and blue sky. I can feel I stay in Arles.

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a play about Seurat. It was a really terrible. But Gogh’s play was really good.
Even these two plays portray about painters, though.
Isn’t it interesting?


TOKYO -A GIFT-

(2009-07-21)
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This is a gift for me.

I don't know his name...

I met him at one of gift shops in Disneyland.

He stared at me and said, "Take me your home"

I couldn't refuse...

he is really cute, isn't he???



TOKYO -MONSOON CAFE-

(2009-07-20)
We had lunch at ‘Monsoon Café’ in IKUSUPIARI.

First, we said we had lunch in Disneyland but it was really crowded.

Second, we said we had lunch at Tokyo Station but we thought we wanted to feel 'Disnlyland', so we decided to have lunch at Maihama

The reason we chose Monsonn Cafe is , (1) it seemed delicious, (2) it doesn’t seem crowded.

It was an Asian food restaurant.
I didn’t know that but there is the same restaurant in Osaka.

I like spicy food and I like this restaurant.

The taste is normal.
If I say, the taste is normal, it sounds like it is not delicious.
But the all dishes were good taste.

Especially, Pumpkin zenzai.
It is cold zenzai made with pumpkin, red beans and Shiratama.
I wanna eat it one more time….

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EEL DAY

(2009-07-19)
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There are some calendars in Japan and it is ‘doyou ushi(土用丑)’ today.


We have a custom eating an eel.

It is said that,

Summer season is really hot and people didn’t eat eels in the summer season.

One day, an eel shop asked Hiraga Gennai to give him an idea.

Gennai said that you might write ‘Doyou Ushi’on a sign of the shop.

He did that, then many customers stood in a line in front of the shop.


There are many flyers of eel today.
They seem really delicious!!!
I want to eat eel.

But it is really expensive.
And I doubt if they are really fresh..

I will eat an eel in a week.


TOKYO -TOKYO DISNEYLAND=

(2009-07-18)
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On 17th, we woke up really early and got on a shuttle bus for Tokyo Disneyland.

Lately, we always go to Disneyland on Sundays because it is not so crowded as Saturdays.

When we arrived at the Disneyland, it hasn’t opened yet. Many customers were waiting for its open but we didn’t want to wait.

We wasted the time by getting on a monorail, visiting the Disneyland hotel and eating breakfast.

In the Disneyland, we went to the Pirates of Caribbean, canoe, big thunder mountain, etc, as usually.

Last year when we visited the Pirates of Caribbean, it was really crowded because it was just after it was renewed.
We didn’t want to wait, so we didn’t go to it.

But this year, it wasn’t crowded.
That’s why we love this attraction!!!

We could see many Jack Sparrow in this attraction.
I haven’t seen its movie before but I enjoyed enough.


Around noon, we felt tired. We were not young anymore.
We went to a drawing class and drew ‘Mike’ and left the Disneyland.

You think it is boring.
But it wasn’t. The most important thing of us is visiting the Disneyland and we feel the Disneyland.
The Disneyland makes us forgetting our daily lives.


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TOKYO -2 SUNDAY IN THE PARK=

(2009-07-17)
Afterwards, we went to a musical, ‘Sunday in the park’.

This story is about a famous painter, ‘Georges Seurat’.

In this play, he is selfish.
He died when he was 31years old.
I think he knew the day of his death. That’s why he did only he wanted to do.

The director is Miyamot Amon and the main actor/actress are Ishimaru Kanji and Toda Keiko.

Toda Keiko-san is a good actress but her song is bad.
I don’t know why Miyamoto Amon casted Toda Keiko.

Miyamoto Amon’s plays are sometimes good but sometimes bad.

This musical is placed into ‘bad’ one.
It is boring.
Mais(but), I didn’t sleep even if I saw it just after dinner.
It is really rare for me…



TOKYO -1 DINNER AT MARUBIRU-

(2009-07-16)
I went to Tokyo.

Why did I go to Tokyo?
I don’t know.

Tsuru-chan and I go to Tokyo in summer every year to see a Shonen-tai musical.
But it ended last year.

This year, we were planning to see a musical which Nishikiori-kun acted.
But he cancelled.
Tsuru-chan and I reconsidered if we went to Tokyo or not, but we wanted to go to Tokyo Disneyland, so we decided to go to.

We met at Tokyo maru-biru and ate dinner there.
We canceled to see a stage of Nishikiori-kun musical but we decided to go to see another musical.

We always eat dinner after seeing a musical but it is always too late.
So, this time we decided to eat before seeing.

We met at 4:30P.M. Around this time, many restaurants don’t open. It is between dinner time and lunch time.

We didn’t have enough options but there are still many restaurants in Maru-biru.

We ate at an Italian restaurant, ‘Essenza’.
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Pollo alla Griglia & Spaghetti Aglio Olio

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Mousse di Pompelomo
Espresso

A soup is cold and a little salty but it made me refresh.
The menu said that the third picture’s one is a scallop but there was no scallop.
I don’t know what it was…

Anyway, the price of this dinner (or lunch) was 2980yen.
It’s worth to eating.



ENJOY JAPANESE TEA

(2009-07-15)
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I took a lesson, ‘enjoy Japanese tea’.

This lesson is not serious.

We learned how to enjoy drinking Matcha in our daily lives.

I took this lesson with Yumi-chan (she looks like Adachi Yumi) and XX, who are friends of a manner class.

The lesson was not difficult.

A lecturer taught us the difference of Matcha and normal Japanese tea, a famous place of tea production, and how to make.

We leaned thin and thick tea.
The thin tea, ousu(お薄), is a popular one and anybody knows.
The other one, koicha(濃茶), is really thick and seems like a chocolate fondue.

I like koicha but it is too bitter.
So, the lecturer taught us arranged tea.

Please look at the last picture.
As you can see, it is separate.
The top one is, of course ,green tea.

What is the bottom one?
It is grapefruit juice.

It seems strange but is really good.

I have green tea powder, so I want to make it!!

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MONSTERS VX ALIENS

(2009-07-14)
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I saw ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’.

As you expect, this story is about a fight between Monsters and Aliens.

One day, a strange meteorite hits Susan and she becomes too big.
She is caught by an underground government organization.
She meets some monsters there and they become friends.

One day, an alien attacks the earth.
The government says if the monsters fight against the alien, the government makes them free.

The monsters decide to fight against the alien!!!

I can see many parodistic tastes in the movie.
It is not only silly but also funny.
I really like this movie.
The designs of characters are not original.
I mean I feel as I have seen them somewhere before.

I don’t recommend you to go to see this movie but if you have a chance, you might want to see it on TV.

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真可爱

(2009-07-13)
On the way to the Kayashima Station, I saw a shadow.
I chased it.

Then, I saw three kittens running on a wall.

I talked to them.

“Miaow”.

Then, three kittens turned back and stared at me the same time.

真可爱。
真可爱。
真可爱。
真可爱。`

I talked to them again.

They still stared at me.

I did one more time.

They still looked at me…

Finally, they ran away…

I want them!!!

When I see a cute cat, I always become a wolf…


FINALLY -2-

(2009-07-12)
Next I looked at smaller fridges.

The first choice is the ‘Sanyo’ one.
Its freezer is enough big, but I can’t get the ECO-point.

The second choice is the Sharp’s.

I can get the ECO-point but its handle is too hard to grab.

I considered again…


By the way, do you know how to get the ECO-point?
I don’t know.
I looked at the internet but still don’t know.

Then I thought I probably wouldn’t apply for the ECO-point even if I bought the ECO-point’s fridge.

Finally, I decided to buy the Sanyo small size one.

I checked the price of it at internet and Yodo(ya)bashi camera, and tried to buy it at Joshin net.

I added to my cart but I couldn’t crick ‘order’.
I repeated it several times. But I couldn’t order it…

Then, it was sold out!!!

Noooo!!!

I thought I had no relationship between us.

I decided to buy the Sharp’s.
I was waiting for this weekend because some shops sell ‘week-end price!!’
While waiting, I sent e-mail to some shops to ask about Sanyo’s but no one response me.

One night, I looked at the internet as usual.
And I found a good one.
It was the one which I wanted to buy first. It was Mitsubishi’s.
I could find it at an 'outlet booth’.
It was about 42000yen at 'Bic Camera com'.
A good thing was that its fee, for example recycle fee or delivery fee’ is the cheapest.

I clicked ‘order’ quickly.

Finally, I ordered!!!

I have already forgotten how many times I went to Yodo(ya)bashi Camera and Midori Denka and other electric shops.
I have already forgotten how long I spent in front of my PC.
I needed long long time before I bought.

Once, I thought the reason I couldn't order it was it was because it wasn’t a time to buy a new one.

Now I am really happy.

It is worth waiting for!!

I want to see my new one soon!!!
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FINALLY -1-

(2009-07-11)
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Finally, I ordered a fridge.

I’ve already forgotten the date which I decided to buy a fridge.

Please listen to my long story.


My fridge is about 20years old.
20-year is enough young if it is a human, but it seems really tired lately.
It makes a strange noise, so I always thought I wanted to buy a new one.

At that time, Japanese government started an ECO-point campaign.
I thought it was a good chance to buy a new one.

First, I browsed at an Internet and selected a several fridges, and then I went to Midori Denka and Yodo(ya)bashi Camera.

The first choice is the ‘Mitsubishi’ one.
Its freezer is enough big and the color is really cute.
The price is about 60,000yen.
A bad point is that it is not listed under the ECO-point.

The second choice is the ‘Sanyo’ one.
Its height is about 140cm and I can put a micro wave on it.
I can get 11000 ECO-points if I buy it.
A bad point is that its freeze is too small.

I couldn’t decide which one I would buy..

I considered about it at my apartment.

Then, I realized that I didn’t have to buy such a big size fridge.

TO BE CONTINUED


TOO BIG -2-

(2009-07-10)
Double-size seats were placed in a train in Brazil.

This seat was made for a double-size person.
A man who answered an interview said that it was really comfortable, the normal size was too tight.

I can understand what his meant.
When a double size man sits on the next seat of mine, I feel uncomfortable.
So, I think the double-size seats are good for double size people and normal size people.

There is a lady’s car of train in Japan.
I think we need a big-size-man’s car.


EAT IT!!!

(2009-07-09)
When I saw the news about Michael Jackson while I was eating dessert, I remembered the song called ‘eat it’.

It is a parody song of, of course, ‘beat it’.

A man who likes eating is eating everything on a promotion video.
But the promotion film completely copied ‘eat it’.
It was a perfect.
I don’t remember clearly but it was really funny.
I think it is a good film.

I want to see it one more time but I couldn’t find it.
I haven’t already remembered the name of musician.
If you know his name, please let me know.




too big

(2009-07-08)
Did you see a 150000yen-hunbergaer?

It is a guineas record.

Its size is H44cm×φ92cm and its weight is 136.2kg!!!!
How big it is!!!

Ingredients are
1. beef 70kg
2. pork 30kg
3. tomatoes 100
4. milk 10L
5. eggs 100
6. green levees 50
7 onions 100


8. flour 32kg
9. squid ink 1kg


10. black sesame source 5L
11. tomato 10L
12. cheese 5kg

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Who eat it???
I don’t know….

Japanese love this kind of party.



A SUSPCIOUS RESTAURANT

(2009-07-07)
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There is a very suspicious restaurant, Rajasthan 2, near the Kitahama Station.
I can’t tell you how suspicious it is but if you see it, you probably think it is suspicious.

I pass there everyday but I have never seen it opened.
I visited there once before, but it was closed.
Of course, it was a business hour.

I doubt it has already been closed.
But the nameboard is still clean….

Today, I saw a new advertising display.
I believe that it still works.

I want to visit there until this October!!!


MY NEW CLOCK

(2009-07-06)
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I bought an alarm clock at Yodo(ya)bashi-camera.

It is a really cute clock. I really like it.

The price is 2420yen. And Yodo(ya)bashi-camera gave me an extra point.

I thought it was a normal alarm clock but it wasn’t.

I mean it is an atomic clock.
So, it adjusts at the correct time automatically. It is really convenient.

I was really surprised.
Because when an atomic clock began to be sold, it was more than 10000yen.
At that time I thought a convenient stuff was always expensive.

But now, we can buy it for 2420yen

It is made in China but the maker is ‘citizen’.
I think it won’t die until I die if I don’t kick it out from my bed.


evian

(2009-07-05)
Do you buy bottled water?

I don’t.

I usually drink tap water.

I boil and chill it.

It is enough to drink!!!


As I said, I cleaned up a fridge at my office and got a few bottled of water.

One of them was ‘evian’.

I drank it and was surprised because evian was really delicious.
Its taste is a little salty and mild.

There are big differences between tap water and evian..

I think evian is worth to buying.

Of course, I won’t buy it.

The tap water is enough for me!!!


CAPTAIN EPO!!

(2009-07-04)
Michael Jackson passed away.

I’m not a big fan but I really liked ‘Captain EO’.

Captain EO was an attraction of Tokyo Disneyland.
It was a 3-D movie and of course Michael acted Captain EO.

Tsuru-chan and I go to Tokyo Disneyland every year and we usually went to Captain EO.
Captain EO was like ‘Star Wars’ because its producer is George Lucas.

Unfortunately, it closed 1996.
Since then Tsuru-chan and I don’t go to 3-D movie in the Disneyland…

I remembered about Captain EO since I touched his death.

I wish I see it in the Disneyland one more time.


WHOSE IS IT???

(2009-07-03)
There is a small fridge in my office.
I have never seen someone cleaning it up before and I always thought I want to clean it up.

Many workers use it.
I don’t know whose food in the refrigerator is, so I couldn’t clean it up.

Finally, I cleaned it up.

I found many suspicious foods.
For example, outdated yoghurt, strange colored juice, outdated yokan, strange smelled tea, etc.

It was a big fun to throw them out for me.

I found three plastic bottle of water and a pack of milk.
I don’t know whose they are.
It means they are mine.

Today, I drank milk. Its taste is really good and fresh.
Only one thing I am afraid is that I get stomachache.


TABETEN

(2009-07-02)
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There are many restaurants near my office, and I visit one of them every lunch time.
However, it is too hard to find a good restaurant.

Tabeten was renewed lately.

It used to be a curry restaurant and I have been there once.
It was a normal curry restaurant but a little expensive.
Only the sweets were really good.

And I visited there again a few weeks ago.
It was a typical Japanese restaurant.
They have three lunch menu, today’s lunch, fried-chicken lunch, and raw fish lunch.

It is good and the price isn’t so expensive.
The rice is fluffy and white. The taste of dish isn’t too salty.
I like that restaurant.

I cheer their decision which they renewed.
Because the curry restaurant was produced by a famous cook.
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QUILTS

(2009-07-01)
Last Saturday, I went to the Takashimaya Department Store to see quilts.
I want to buy a tapestry but I don’t know where a quilt shop is.

I saw a quilt fair advertisement on the Asahi newspaper, so I thought it was a good chance.

There were many quilt shops there and I looked around those shops.
They had cute quilt, bags, coin purses, tablecloth, stuffed dolls, skirts, etc.

I was really interested in them, but I don’t think I can make them by myself.

They had many tapestries but all of them were only materials.
I mean I have to sew by myself…

I was really interested in them, but I don’t think I can make them.

Can you imagine that you should sew more than 100 pieces together??

No, I can’t!!!

I gave up quickly and left the Takashimaya Department Store.
I will buy a tapestry which is a completed product.
I think it is easier for me.


If I have a chance, I want to try to sew a quilt.
However, I know when I have the time it that it is probably after retirement, and if I retire, I don’t think I can sew it because of aged eyes.


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