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Katriona's Diary

...we travel, indeed, to find honest friends... R.L.S.

Bad weather, bad mood
harris
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Last evening when I came home I was tired and felt blue, and had headache, wanted to do nothing :(
And this morning when I got up I still had slight headache and depression, needed much effort to leave home for the office. It’s not raining but is again gloomy, I think part of the reasons of my negative feeling (physically and mentally) might be because of this bad weather and the low atmospheric pressure.
In the office I have had no visitors, no phone calls, no e-mails arrived. It seems no one has the interest in our job. In fact now we(I and a co-worker) are doing some task - simple but taking time- recent some weeks do almost same thing every day so I’m rather tired of this job though I don’t dislike it. I can’t be sure if this task is important or not, if it has any meaning. At least they pay us for doing this so no complaint. Still we sometimes need the approval from others. I know my idea is just from my depression but at the moment not sure how to get out of it...


I posted the above on lunchtime in the office. In the afternoon we have had some sunshine for the first time after a week or so, and it made me feel a bit better! Amazing power of the sun!! And I start thinking of my holiday trip... X)

I’m fed up with...
hotspur
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Really. I’ve become tired of this weather. The grey sky with thick cloud, rain and low temperature. No... as for this coolness I don’t care, it’s easier to spend day and night for me. Still, we should have high temperature and some sunshine in this time of year. We need to. Already the prices of some vegetables - cucumbers, aubergines etc - have risen, sometimes doubled! We have had very little sunshine for a whole month. This morning too I woke up and heard the sound of rain from outside, I was really tired of it. This gloomy weather have really depressed me.

Walking in Oiso
travel
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The weather forecast has said it would be cloudy - no rain, at least untill evening on Saturday. On Saturday - yesterday I went out with my friend and visited Oiso, a town located on the coast of Kanagawa prefecture. Oiso is not a big city but famous for its long coastline and its history as a kind of beach resort where many writers, statesmen and business leaders had had their summer houses about 100 years ago. In and around Oiso town there still are some old houses or gardens once belonged to them.
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friends from Canada
mikebo
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Today I took a half day off in the afternoon to see my friends from Vancouver. They are Japanese but have lived in Canada for years. They are, in fact, not my friends but my best friend’s friends. When my best friend and her husband lived in Vancouver for 3 years about 10 years ago I sometimes visited them and met their local friends, enjoyed going out with them. The friends I met today are two of them - the husband and wife. The wife, Mayu has had serious physical problem in her hip since her childhood and just recently had the special surgical operation in Japan. Soon they will back to Canada but they happened to come to Yokohama to see their relatives, stay here for just a few days. So I and my best friend met them near their lodging near Yokohama train station. Mayu still cannot walk well so we had just enjoyed talking in a cafe then a restaurant. But we had so much to talk about together, it was a nice, enjoyable evening! I hope we’ll have the opportunity to see Mayu and her husband in Vancouver again...

Cool days
garden
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It has been cool for early summer days recently. Yes we are in the annual rainy season now still we have had too little sunshine for weeks, and the temperature has been far lower than usual. With this low temperature it’s easier for us to spend daytime but the farmers must have problems. We are afraid that the vegetables might be very expensive in this coming summer. And this must not be good for plants and animals. I don’t like summer heat but some high temperature is needed in this time of year. The Mother Nature seems be losing the sense, really.



Some days ago, In our neighbourhood. A white cat sitting and looking at me X)

Tradition
mikebo
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Yesterday, late in the afternoon the Buddhism priest of our family temple visited us as he does every summer. It’s a bit earlier than the “Bon” season when the spirits of the ancestors come back to their family home (in our tradition) though our family grave and temple are in my grandfather’s hometown in Nagano prefecture, the priest visit us (and other families now living in and around Tokyo) when he can. We offered the flowers and food to our small family shrine, the priest recited the sutras. We are no devoted Buddhist -not at all! This is just a tradition to us- but it’s good to have this kind of time once a year.


????!!!!
Mr.Uma
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This morning. The window of my room.



Excuse me????? X(

Nephew
harris
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Last night when I came home late I saw my sister and her son(my nephew) were talking with mother. Yesterday sister’s family(5 members) met mother, and sister and nephew came to our house to stay for one night. He(nephew) has been graduated the university in Arkansas and come home this spring, will start working for some big company from coming Sep. Recently it turned out that the office he’d work in is in Yokohama, and he is going to do the part time job in that office as a kind of trial before he officially enter the company. And he asked us if he can stay with us during this summer to save time to go to the office everyday - and also save money to travel, I believe. Anyway, so he’ll come to live with us for a while from the beginning of Aug. It’s good to see how he’d be doing, have a young one in the house. And he is exceptionally gentle for a young boy. But I and mother have had rather quiet life for many years and had our own pace, so we are not sure how this will turn out X) And I’m not sure how my Tako will feel about the young man lives very near to her territory XD
Let’s see...

Going out day
hotspur
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Saturday. After cleaning the rooms in the morning, I have gone out all afternoon and evening. Had supper with friends in a small, nice restaurant. Now on the train going home... it’s nearly 23:30. It’s quite rare for me to go our till such time, a bit tired but this was rather a nice day. I’ll report later. At the moment I’m just sleepy, want to go home to sleep :)

The Lord of the Rings
book
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Last evening I happened to start rereading “The Lord of the Rings”. I’m not a fan of fantasy fiction but like this novel very much, one of the reasons is that the Japanese translation by Teiji Seta is really, really wonderful. Because this translation is so great we have little other translation of this popular story (we have one or two other translation but there are little people who prefer them, I believe). I not only enjoy the story itself but also enjoy its style very much every time. Last night I needed to stop reading after midnight X) but how happy we are when we have really good books...
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