Mario Popped Up From AR Card!

My son likes playing game. Nintendo 3DSLL was released recently, and we went for it. He was divided between 3DS and 3DSLL.  3DSLL is bigger than 3DS, but it seems to get eye strain. After all he bought 3DS in his savings because it looks easy to carry around. It cost 14,900yen (5000yen less expensive than 3DSLL) This is the third DS for him. Every time Nintendo released new one, he bought it.

Then, I ordered the  software of ” Mario” from the company Megatips(stock ticker 6875 in Japan) for him. This company sends shareholders an shopping catalog every year. In Japan, there is a shareholder special benefit plan in addition to dividend.

The next morning my son was taking my picture by 3DS. I wonder why.  I looked into his 3DS. Wow!  Mii was made of my picture automatically. Mii is the avatar used in another Nintendo game Wii. He says my avatar looks like me. Really? I don’t think so.

Many people created various Mii and uploaded them. He was taking many Mii such as anime character of “One Piece” from the internet into 3DS by using QR cord. Kids go ahead of time!

Mario popped up!

My son jumping

My son thinking

My son staring


Running with my son

With Japanese comedian “Tanoshingo”


Do You Know Henna Art?

Mehndi is the body art by using henna, which is popular around India.  As Henna can dye only the surface of skin, the reddish color disappears in two weeks.  I knew about Mehndi on a belly dance magazine.  The pictures of it were beautiful.  I liked it.

When I went to Tokyo in May, I had my left hand decorated with henna by Akina Matubara, Japanese professional henna artist.

Her blog

Later, I found an instant henna corn at a store, then I tried.  But there was a strange and rather disturbing smell.  The color was  strange too.  I thought this wasn’t the right one.  I washed off right away but already my hand was dyed. I think it included chemicals.

I also have had my hair dyed with henna since last year.  I can’t use hair color including chemical any more.  My friend became an allergy sufferer by using it.  So I’m scared.

Henna smells nice like hay.  It is easy to use.  Why don’t you try?  But be careful not to use chemical henna.

The picture  of my first mehndi experience

I Attended a Funeral

Because my husband’s mother died last saturday,
I went to Nagano where is far from here.
As I get older, people around me have passed away one by one.
I have needed to face to face with death gradually.
His mother lived a modest and frugal life in a rural area.
She got weaker little by little and died in her sleep without pain.
I think she was happy.

I attended the rite of placing a dead body in a coffin for the first time.
It is considered that the dead people make a long journey to heaven, crossing the river.
So we shrouded her in a white outfit and put goods
such as food, printed paper coins, amulet in her bag to cross the river.
Her favorite or precious things were placed with her.
I feel the final farewell at the crematorium is the hardest time for me.

Deceased family looks very busy after someone’s death.
I asked my father to prepare his own funeral before death.
He said “Don’t worry! I will live more 20 years.”
But He is already over 80 ・・・

The Meaning of "Smoke on the Water "

I knew the lyrics of “Smoke on the Water” when I sang it at karaoke the other day.
I used to listen to this song without knowing the meaning.
This song was written about the accident of Frank Zappa concert, wasn’t it.
While his performing at Casino de Montreux in Switzerland,
a flare gun set off by an audience started a fire that burned down the casino,
It’s funny that such a song became a huge hit.

I watched this song on YouTube.
The man whom I thought Richie sings the 2nd verse.
He should be a guitarist!  Then who is this man?
David Coverdale?  But he is very different with David’s image.
If anyone knows him, please leave a comment.

Today’s Cooking Menu was・・・・

To tell the truth, I am not good at cooking.
Or rather it’s a bother to cook because I have to do everyday.
My mother is  a cookery enthusiast.  So I ‘m always compared to her.
Then I decided to go to cooking class once a month.
Today was the cooking day.

 Today’s menu
Thai soup curry
     Tofu souffle
     Pickled cucumber
     Pckled eggplant

Memorial Karaoke of Jon Lord

I read Jon Load’s death on the morning paper.
I used to listen to Deep Purple in my teens.
Today I had a plan to go to karaoke with my friends.
Then suddenly I became a hard rocker!
I san out ‘Smoke on the Water’ ‘Highway Star’ ‘Black Night’
But they include a long solo part of guitar in the middle of song.
I can’t wait the end of solo.  I cut off and changed to other song.
I admit their guitar is great though.
The video of their concert ran on the screen.  It was really good.
I found out Ritchie Blackmore in the video which was a long forgotten name.
In addition, I sang Led Zeppelin’s songs.  They are good too. 
I’ll add them on my song list.
I liked British music in the ’70s.
How is the situation of British music scene now?
If you know, please leave a comment.