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Quick trip to Shanghai…

Over the weekend,

my sisters and I went to visit

our dad and mom

who were and are still in Shanghai.

Much eating,

much drinking…

What else have we done?

Oh, shopping….

Yes, much shopping.

If the clothes turn out well,

maybe I will do a fashion show on my blog.

Well, we well see…

I said ‘turn out well‘ because

we are getting our clothes tailored.

There is this huge market that is

filled with fabric stores and tailor shops.

All you have to do is,

bring in a photo of

clothes you want them to make,

and they do it for you.

I guess you will have to know

how to bargain with the tailors

but mom goes there frequent enough that

she just knows how to

carry on the conversation and

ask them what kind of a deal

she could have.

The tailors and my mom both speak in

 broken English

so it was pretty funny and cute

to see them interact!

Anyways, it is a neat market

and I enjoyed it a lot.

By the way, isn’t it ridiculous to think that

buying clothes in Japan could be

more expensive than

getting your clothes tailored in Shanghai?!

The world is weird.

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I didn’t really feel

like taking many photos there, unfortunately.

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A little closer

I’m wondering if it is good
to write this on my blog or not….

But since today was
kind of an important day for me in that
I actually took an action
rather than just writing my thoughts on this blog,
I think I will keep this post as my record.

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I went to a flea market today.

Not to shop
but
to have a booth there.

I had been planning on this
since that week of massive earthquakes.

I was looking for a way to help
but the situation was too much of a chaos
that the sites were not ready to
accept volunteers or goods.

Instead, what we were encouraged to do
was to donate money.
But then,
sadly and embarrassingly
I didn’t have much
I could donate.

I felt useless.

So I started to think of other ways to be a little help.

I remembered how much I used to enjoy
having a booth at a flea market
so I decided that I would raise money
by selling what I have.

That way, I could recycle and raise money at the same time.

Perfect!
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Thanks to my family
who has also donated things for me to sell,
thanks to Mr. and Mrs.Morita
who have given me a ride to the flea market…

I sold most of what I’d taken with me
and raised about

14245 yen (about 175 USD)

I will donate the money to

あしなが育英会

hoping that the lives of children
who’ve lost their parent(s)
will be brighter in the future.

As much as I wanted to help people
who were and are devastated,
much of the motivation came from
my own self-hatred as well.

I wanted to cleanse my mind and soul.

…I want to see how I would feel
after I actually send the money
to the donation fund.

See?
After all,
I’m such a *me, me* person!

Oh boy

….but

Oh well.

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come here…

It already smelled like

the beginning of summer today.

Sunshine,

bicycle,

gelato,

cherry blossom petals in the air,

straw hat.

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Before saying goodnight…

I’m watching a movie that was filmed in the 70s
(『幸福の黄色いハンカチ』

Watching this film makes me miss traveling
and it also makes me want
to have my hair in ponytail.

(2 items added to my to-do list)

Anyways, it’s a beautiful film.

Tonight’s goal:
Go to bed before midnight.

Tomorrow’s rule:
wake up at 7:00.
(Oh I know that isn’t that early…but it is for me.)

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through a tunnel

It’s Monday

and it’s sunny,

I’ve completed all my work over the weekend (phew!)

and I have all the time for myself.

Happy happy.

Mom and I went on a

petite cycling trip in a park.

Ready to cycle through

a cherry blossom tunnel?

‘Everything will be alright’

cherry blossoms make me feel that way.

I love cherry blossoms

when they are a little bit past its

full bloom.

Spring is short.

I will try to inhale as much spring as possible.

Spring is everywhere!

Love.

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powdery pink

A cloudy day.

You can barely tell

where the border of

the sky

and the blossoms is.

Tokyo Black (porter)

pretty good beer.

Maybe the thickest beer I’ve had

since I got back from the States.

I love swan boat…

It was a better exercise than I thought, though.

(…but I love it!)

When was the last time

I saw cherry blossoms in Japan?

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When the wind blows

and when the petals float in the air,

it makes me want to cry.

I’d forgotten that feeling.

Now, I remember it again.

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I’m very glad

I went out to witness

the beginning of spring.

I know I still have a lot of work to do…

But a little break is alright, right?

Yes.

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plum trees

Sweet little things….

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Can you feel it?

Finally (yes, finally!)

it feels like spring has arrived in Tokyo.

I biked for 2 hours today…

well actually,

I think it’s more accurate to say that

I ended up biking for 2 hours

because I kept getting lost

and kept coming back to the same place.

I didn’t mind though, of course.

It was a perfect day to get lost.

Almost almost…

Cherry blossoms will look gorgeous

this weekend.

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family, friends, good food and good wine

Have I told you about

my family’s  favorite restaurant?

The place is called Capriccio,

a little tiny neighborhood restaurant.

Last night

we had a little welcome party for my father’s

co-worker and his family who returned to Japan

from Shanghai.

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I hope this place make it through this hard time.

Lots of people are feeling hesitant

about dining out

so restaurants are having difficult time

ever since the earthquake has happened.

I was feeling the same too

(…and I still do in some ways.)

How could I go to a nice restaurant and have fun

when lots of people are still suffering?

That was my initial reaction

during the first 2 weeks or so.

Now, the attitude in Japan is starting to change.

People still care and think about the event

but more and more,

the industry and the society

are encouraging people to dine out

so that the economy

will still be alive

and still be moving.

When the event happened,

I never imagined that the influence would stretch out so much

as to affect out little neighborhood restaurant.

(Of course the party has to end with a cake…!)

Anyways,

family, friends, good food and good wine

(yes, we opened a lot of bottles…)

we had a lovely time together!

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If you come visit me,

and if you are taken to this place,

you know that I love you. Hehe.