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!

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Accommodation

We stayed at the condo hotel ” Waikiki Park Heights.”    The room wasn’t gorgeous, but cozy and neat.    The best thing about it was its location close to the beach and supermarket.

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I chose a room with a kitchenette,  which costs less than one with a full kitchen.  It was suitable, for sure.  I didn’t want to cook during the trip.

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I saw a bathtub that has a step for the first time.

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My son fell off the bed every night.   He usually sleeps on a futon.

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When I was waiting in the  laundry room,  I had a chat with a man who came from San Francisco.   He said the beaches in San Francisco were too cold to swim in.    I wonder if there are a lot of  Americans who haven’t swam in the sea because many states have no sea.   As for the beaches in the US,  only California and Florida come to  mind.

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This is a view from a mountain side.

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Hawaii Report #3

Photojournalist Tsuneko Sasamoto is 98

Super Granny Series #1

Japanese people have one of the world’s longest life-spans, with an average age of 86 for women and 79 for men in recent years. So there seem to be many energetic seniors.   Tsuneko Sasamoto is one of them.   She, at 98 years old, is still an active photojournalist.   Her autobiography was published two years ago.   In a bookstore, many books written by older authors are lined up, such as the book by an author living in Hawaii who is 104(@_@)   Since I hope to live long,  I bought those books…. correction, I borrowed the books from a library.

The Japan Daily Press provides more details about Tsuneko Sasamoto  She became the first female photojournalist in Japan.   She began her professional career at age 27,  but she had to switch jobs in mid-career.   After a 20- year break,  she got back to photography at age 71 and she has continued her work until now.   Last year she flew to Paris on business.   Wow!

According to the book, I think her keys to longevity are having curiosity,  keeping her brain active, ( She keeps on studying English)  physical activity, (She performs calisthenics every morning.   She can bend forward and put hands on the floor)  living a regular life,  eating in moderation and drinking wine every evening.

This is the video promoting her book.   In 2011,  she didn’t look 97.  She has good taste in clothes and a dignified elegance.

Hot Spring Cure

I went on an overnight trip to “Yamaga onsen” with my family last week.   An onsen is a mineral hot spring spa.   Yamaga onsen is located within an hour’s drive,  but we stayed one night for a change.   The hotel we stayed in was “Yamaga New Grand Hotel”.

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The room was a Japanese-style room.    In those kinds of rooms, the guests sleep on a futon instead of a bed.   The housekeepers move the table aside and lay out futons on the tatami covering the floor while guests have dinner.

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This is the onsen bathtub in the hotel.  (both pictures from hotel website)

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“How to Enjoy a Japanese Bath” is taken from “Japan Ryokan Association Kinki“.    I saw the poster displayed in another onsen.   Before seeing the poster, I had no doubt I should wash my body first and then soak in the tub, because everyone around me do so.   However, the poster said just rinsing is OK before sitting in a hot spring.   Isn’t it unsanitary?    But I’ve never heard of infection in hot spring.   Umm I think I can say the same for a swimming pool?    An onsen may be better than a pool because the abundant hot water is bubbling up all the time.

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The hot water will warm you down to your core.   It might make you very sleepy.   After sleeping, you can refresh yourself.  An Onsen is also good for beauty.   While resting in a bath, your skin will feel smooth.    By the way, I ‘ve been going to an onsen with my daughter since she was a baby.    We are used to seeing each other’s naked bodies.  I think it would be an embarrassing thing for non-Japanese people.   I also would be embarrassed with friends.   It is a little embarrassing for me to take a bath at a fitness club.

Room prices at hotels and inns around onsen usually include breakfast and dinner.   The dinner is made with typical Japanese dishes.   You can’t choose.  But nobody complains about it because it’s delicious.

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The Kikuchi River flows by the hotel.    It was fine in the winter morning, but bitterly cold.

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We took another onsen bath at Sakurayu.   Edo-period onsen facility was rebuilt last year.   Sakurayu was the onsen for the lord of this area during Edo era.

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We went for a little walk.  This is the theater “Yachiyo-za”.  It is in use nowadays.

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Here is the temple “Kongou-Jouji” and a unique stone-gate.

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There is a public foot bath in the park.

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On the way back home,  I became very sleepy.    Maybe the onsen worked on me.   I almost dozed off at the wheel.   I fell asleep as soon as I got home.   The onsen has soothed away my fatigue.   On the other hand, my children seemed to be discontent.   My son complained, “It was a very boring trip!!!”