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My magic portion

January 29th, 2013 — 11:14pm

The grocery shop I go to almost every day has a dispensary where the shop girls (who are also naturopaths) tailor mix herbal medicines. When I first saw this medicine counter (and all of the brown jars stacked on a shelf behind it), I felt as if I was in a witch’s house. I thought about Kiki’s mum in Kiki’s Delivery, a witch who makes traditional medicine the same way, plus a little magic.


I’d had a cough for quite a while (since catching a cold in Japan), so I finally had a reason to ask for some help. When I received my potion packed in a small brown jar, I said to the naturopath “Thank you, it’s been my dream to try your dispensary”. “Lucky you, you’re sick!” was Chris’ cold response, and it made us laugh.


A modern witch at the dispensary.

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Tennis Fever

January 23rd, 2013 — 9:16pm

As soon as Chris and I came back from Japan, the Australian Open started. While watching a very heated tennis match on TV one night (that almost went for five hours), we were saying that we should go to a game next year. The next morning we woke up to a kind offer of two tickets to the arena. You can imagine how thrilled we were.


A tennis girl.

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January 6th, 2013 — 9:18pm

Seeing Hatsu-hinode (the first sun rise of the year) has became a New Year tradition for Chris and I, however Chris wasn’t well from the night before so I thought I wouldn’t be keen to go out by myself. Strangely, I was right awake after my alarm went off, so I quickly put my coat on and hurried up to the look out.


Sadly, the sun rise was mostly hidden by layers of cloud. However, when I turned around, Mt. Fuji was looking so glourious under the morning moon, being lit by the sun light. It was just magnificent. After a while, one drunken gentleman approached me and offered me the last little cup of sake on his tray. Drinking sake infront of my favourite mountain made my first morning of 2013 better than I thought it would be.


Happy New Year!

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