Cat Cafe

I’ve never had a cat at home.   Just from my curiosity,  I visited a cat cafe near my house.   There were about ten pedigreed cats in the cafe and they were so cute!!!   It was very nice place to relax playing with cats.

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My Purikura Photo

When I went to karaoke last month, the shop gave me a free ticket of playing “Purikura”. Purikura is an instant photo booth and normally placed in the game center. I took my pictures by the machine and they made me surprise. The pictures are different from real me! They are far more young and cute. All wrinkles and spots were disappeared because I was lit up from all angles. In addition, it seems that the lines of my face was edited too. I don’t want to show you my before-after photo here, so let me give you other people’s examples.

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I don’t think my purikura photos have a big difference like these.   If you are interested in them, check out my Twitter account.

Photoshop software can edit as you like too.   Examples Where Photoshop Makes Pics Better      Don’t believe everything you watch!

Join and Leave

Two hamsters joined our family a few months ago.  My daughter was eager to have a pet.   So I thought a small one would be nice to take care of.    We bought two one-month-old hamsters at a pet store.  They were both male, of course.   If they were a breeding pair,  we would be troubled by a lot of baby hamsters.   At first, I let them live in the same cage, but one of them wasn’t active.  The other one ran around energetically.   I thought they weren’t getting along well and bought another cage to keep them apart.  However,  the inactive one died soon after this.  The active one is still alive.   It is said that the lifetime of hamsters is only two years.  How short!

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On the other hand, my daughter is leaving home.  She was accepted to a college which is located far away from home.   Recently I’ve been busy for helping her move.   In Japan, the new school year starts in April, not September.  I think spring is a good season to start something.   I wish her good luck with her new life!

The Keroro Tram

This post is about Kumamoto where I live again.   In Kumamoto city, the tram cars run around downtown.    I sometimes see a tram painted colorfully.   The other day, when I was driving my car,  the Keroro tram passed by me.   Have you heard  “Sgt. Frog” (Keroro Gunso)?    It is a popular cartoon in Japan.     Check out Wiki.    This comic artist grew up in Kumamoto.

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Here is another Keroro tram.    I watched Sgt.Frog on TV for the first time when I traveled to Hong Kong.   He seems to be popular even overseas.

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In the tram, Keroro announces the next stop.   His voice is very cute.

My Mobile Phone

What kind of phone are you using?  I’ve had my current mobile phone for a little more than 2 years.  It’s a basic Sony model.   The phone itself was free, provided that I use it at least two years.  I use a few of the phone’s functions, such as text messaging and the alarm clock.   Moreover,  I use its camera, which performs better than my digital camera.

However, I never use my phone to connect to the internet.  That would cause  my monthly fee to jump up.  I usually stay at home and use my laptop, so there is no need for it.  The number of people using smart phones and tablets has been rapidly increasing in recent years.

I bought a WiFi model iPad mini last month.  This is my first time purchasing  Apple products.  This is a very convenient tool for outside use.  It’s handy and the right size for my bag. The covered iPad mini looks like a book.  I only had to pay for the device itself: no other monthly fee are needed.  I use many different functions and apps including Skype.  At first, it seems strange when speaking into my iPad, but I’m gradually getting used to it.  There are many useful apps for free.  Maybe I’m getting close to becoming  “high-tech”

By the way, my son also bought an iPod touch.  He is always playing the game “Puzzle and Dragons”  which is very popular in Japan now(>_<)

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The Cherry Blossom Season

It’s getting warmer and warmer day by day. Now the cherry trees are in full bloom in Kumamoto. Last Saturday, my family went to see the cherry blossoms in a park which is very close to my house. People were having a picnic lunch under the trees. Children were sliding down the grassy slope,  and playing on the grass with a ball or jump rope.

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My Cursed Car Part Ⅱ

On a sunny Sunday afternoon the next year, I had the third accident at the same location as before.    My car was once again hit from behind, only this time without a braking sound.  The driver was an old woman.  She said she was lost in thought and saw my car too late.  The damaged part was the rear bumper, the same as before.  Unlike the last accident, not only the bumper but the body were damaged.  My car was towed to a  garage.

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(Although it looks like just a scratch,   the metal was bent inside the bumper.)

I became very  panicked.  Don’t you think it is weird that this kind of accident happened repeatedly?  “Is my car cursed?  Since my car’s color is a less noticeable,  is it hard for the seniors to recognize it?  But the same colored cars are running without an accident.  Why do I get in accidents so often?”

I thought I might be killed by my car.   So I decided to sell it and buy a new car.   I searched for a dealer that buys such damaged cars and found one.  I made a deal with him via mail and the phone.  It was a good deal.   The trade was very easy.  The car seemed to be exported abroad after being repaired.   Anyway, I never thought it would come to this.  I drove that car for only 3 years.    Thinking positively, it was lucky I wasn’t badly injured. However, I had to go to a clinic to heal my back for a while.  I was really exhausted by various anxieties, and contacts with the insurance company and the car dealers.

Then in January this year, it happened again!!!   On a weekday morning, my car was pushed from behind when the traffic was slow.  The driver was an old man.  He said he took his eyes off the road for a moment.  I wasn’t injured thanks to traffic congestion.  I just had to have the bumper replaced.  That was all.    It was  superfluous work for me.  My car became the one with the history again.

What’s going on my car!   Drive safely, everyone.

My Cursed Car Part Ⅰ

I got into a car accident in January.  Lo and behold, I got involved in four accidents over a few years.  In all cases,  the accidents were 100% the other side’s fault.

The first accident happened in the spring of 2007,  only one week after I bought a new car.  When I was in a parking area at a gas station on Sunday morning, a car went into reverse to park and bumped into the rear bumper of my car.   The driver was an old man.  He said he couldn’t see my car.   He was an unpleasant man.  He asked for a discount on  the repair charge at the garage because he didn’t want to use his insurance.  But after all he failed to pay and the insurance company paid everything.   I was shocked that my new car got in an accident so soon.    The accident decreased the value of my car!   However, there was no compensation for it.  I just had a bumper replaced.  That was all.

Then,  on a sunny Sunday morning the next year,  another accident happened!    The place the accident happened was near my house.  While I was waiting for a gap in traffic to turn right,(the left-handed traffic in Japan) I heard loud braking, then a car suddenly hit mine from behind.    The person who caused the accident was another old man.  He said it was too late to notice my car and couldn’t hit the brake.   It seemed he didn’t see my car.  But the weather was good and the road had good visibility.   The damaged part of my car was the rear bumper, the same as the last time.  It was paid for by the old man’s insurance.    As for my body,  I was almost OK though I went to a clinic to heal my neck several times.

So, I decided to go to a shrine so as to purify my car.   A priest purified my car, especially the rear bumper, with salt.   Nevertheless, he said “ This rite doesn’t mean you will never have an accident in the future.  Drive safely.”   As he said, the third accident happened.

To be continued.

A Very Stylish Senior in NYC

When I was researching the seniors for my  Super Granny Series,  I came across an intriguing blog.   It was Ari Seth Cohen’s “Advanced Style” blog.   Mr.Cohen’s blog seems to be very popular, and you may have heard of him.   He lives in NYC and reports  on elderly street fashion trends.   His works are very impressive.   The seniors on his pictures are very fashionable.   In Japan, it’s hard to come across such fashionable seniors like them even in Tokyo, I think.  I hope to grow old elegantly like them.   To me it seems fashion and colors preferences differ a little between the US and Japan.   Elder Americans seem to prefer bright colors, while Japanese tend to prefer dark colors.  I prefer bright colors though.   Cohen has published a book called “ Advanced Style“(Power House Books, 2012)

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