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.

 http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2134390466930750401  

https://twitter.com/co2071503/status/439087280599224321

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!

WATCH: 99 per cent grade average student from Maple Ridge

Sean Okawa, who is one of my blog friends, is a genius!  He is going on to The University of British Columbia this month.  I hope he has a very enjoyable and rewarding college life.

Global News

Maple Ridge teenager Sean Okawa is remarkable in many ways.

He is about to graduate from Thomas Haney Secondary at the age of 14, a full three grades ahead of schedule.

Okawa also has an impressive 99 per cent grade average, and now five Canadian universities are trying to woo him with impressive scholarships.

He volunteers in his spare time, is about to get his solid black belt and is also an accomplished pianist.

Linda Aylesworth reports.

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Transformers

I went to the movie “Transformers: Age of Extinction” this month.   It was the first time for me to watch this series.   In the movie, some unknown words and names came up.   Therefore I couldn’t follow the story enough, but enjoyed it.   I’m a little hooked on the various transforming scenes.    Why don’t you watch  them?

 

 

Rice-Cake Making By Firefighters

Hello, everyone.   It’s been a while.   How did you spend your holiday season?   I hope that you’ll find hapiness and success in 2014.    For Japanese, New Year’s day is more important than Christmas.    Till the end of the year, we clean our house and prepare “osechi” the special dishes for the coming year.   On New Years,  we eat osechi foods with family and relatives.   One of New Year’s foods is “zoni” vegetable soup.   Japanese eat “mochi” rice cakes boiled in zoni on New Year’s Day.    Not only that, we eat mochi with ground soybean, or sugar and soy sauce, in winter.

Near the end of the year, I happened to see rice-cake making (pounding boiled rice into mochi) festival by firefighters when I went to a shopping mall.   Firefighters served rice cakes out to shoppers.  Besides, they were giving a chance of riding a fire ladder truck to them.

Tsujunkyo Bridge

– A continuation of the last story –
After leaving Heitate Shrine I visited Tsujunkyo Bridge.  Both are located in Yamato-cho.
Tsujunkyo Bridge is Japan’s largest stone-arch aqueduct bridge, which was built in 1854 for water supply to local farmers. For more information  please click Japan Web Magazine.

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Fancy meeting Kumamon there!
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Fortunately, I was able to see the waterfall which is a rare occurrence.

A Spiritual Place – The Heitate Shrine

The other day, I drove to a country side “Yamoto-cho” where it took an hour and a half to get from Kumamoto city.   There are several sightseeing spots in Yamato-cho.  One of them is the Heitate shrine.   Most people living in Kumamoto don’t know it.   However it is famous among some Japanese because it is known as a spiritual place, where a mystic force provides energy, good luck and healing to a person who stands there.   It seems that many people outside Kumamoto visit there.

You have to go up a long stone stars to reach the shrine.

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This is the main shrine.

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The history of the shrine is written on the board.   It has a long history as nobody knows when it was founded.   It worships several Shinto gods.

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There are many huge trees around the shrine.   Somehow I felt refreshed.

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The Shinto priest was performing a purification ceremony.    Some Japanese go to shrine to pray or purify something such as wishing their happiness, good health, or exorcising a person or place of evil spirits.   I’m not a religious person, but I have also gone to a shrine for a purification ceremony a few times before.

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