In the hedge

October 12th, 2011 — 8:12pm

Chris’s father and his brother (who’s visiting us from England) spent all this morning trimming the top of our camellia hedge. They must have chopped quite a lot as now I can see a bit of our neighbour’s house. I noticed a big bushy hump on top of the hedge that looked like it was forgotten about. The brothers told me how they’d found a bird’s nest and a little yellow baby bird inside the tree so they’ll leave that bit untouched until the bird family leave their house for good. When I went around to see the baby bird there already was a protective mother dove sitting in her nest hiding her baby from my sight. I quickly left them alone as I didn’t want the mother to get too nervous.

 

I hope they still think our house is a safe place to live.

our dream stories

October 7th, 2011 — 10:12am

I was woken by a bad dream. I was really upset and disappointed because Chris and my friend Ryoko were having a fun night out without me. I told Ryoko about my dream and she told me that she had also dreamed about me on the same night which gave me a twinkle in my heart.

 

Ryoko dreamed that I was in a high school basketball team and that I was being scouted by some local and city pro teams. I didn’t know what to do so I asked Ryoko for advice. A city team is cool because it gets more attention but they constantly change their players. On the other hand a local team is friendlier and closer to home and people stay there for a long time. We ended up choosing the local team. Then Ryoko added, “You were wearing a pair of basketball shoes and a uniform and looking quite cool!” I really liked hearing that.

 

I would definitely play basketball with this uniform!

bubble battle

October 1st, 2011 — 2:17pm

While I was preparing to bake a quiche, I saw lots of bubbles coming out of our dishwasher. I panicked. I quickly opened the dishwasher and I was attacked by an avalanche of foam. It wasn’t at all nice like a bubble bath or a bubbly fountain. I scooped some of the bubbles out and pressed the start button again pretending as nothing had happened but the dishwasher made even more bubbles. Chris came to help me saying that hot water will decrease the amount of bubbles so we sprinkled hot water but it didn’t help much. He came back with a search result of vinegar which worked better, and then salt which really made the bubbles disappear! Chris frantically sprinkling salt all over the dishwasher looked like some kind of witchcraft and it made me laugh.

 

So, lesson one – if you ever have bubble trouble, salt and vinegar are the key to solving your problem. And please remember to never put regular detergent into a dishwasher like I did…

 

I had never used a dish washer before!

sweet delivery

September 29th, 2011 — 9:59pm

A jar of raw honey was in my mail yesterday. This unexpected gift was from Gen and made me so happy…

 

One bee collects one teaspoon of honey.

Bus ride

September 20th, 2011 — 1:01pm

A tough looking mid-aged man asked the bus driver ‘Does this bus go to Fairy Meadow?’, that made me smile.

 

Fairy Meadow is one of my neighbouring towns... but sadly not like this.

our little spring harvest

September 16th, 2011 — 9:08pm

We just ate our first harvest of the beans that Chris’s father and I planted in April. To be honest, I wasn’t at all keen on having beans in our vegetable patch as I thought they are easy to come by and growing my choice of beet root felt more satisfying. I used to take extra care when watering the beet roots but not any more as I just found out that the beans were in fact broad beans, my favorite! It was a good surprise.

 

We also received a bag full of kumquats from Chris’s sister’s garden. Well, we thought they were kumquats but they were actually another fruit called loquat. A fruit you often find in Japan during the summer time, and I was even more excited! I really enjoyed the sweet condensed smell that filled our house from the homemade loquat jam prepared today.

 

Spring helps me to like Australia a little more.

Traveling books

September 9th, 2011 — 12:18am

Today I received all the boxes that Chris and I shipped from Tokyo at the end of July. Opening boxes full of my favorite books was just like seeing my old friends! I happily spent all morning working out my bookshelf’s new seating plan. It was a lovely way to start my day.

 

My knees are all scrached from lots of kneeling down now, sob.

Where I live

September 6th, 2011 — 9:17pm

I often see parachutes in the local sky during the morning and dawn and I get excited every time I see them. I wonder what it feels like to be floating in the sky and I like to think these parachutes are delivering some presents from above the clouds.

 

Sadly, my fear of height and sharks will never bring me up there...

A sky print dress

August 25th, 2011 — 10:07pm

Last month I saw a shop girl in Tokyo who was wearing a sky print dress and she looked so striking. I walked extra close by her to have a good look but I didn’t think I could possibly own such a look. As soon as we left the shop Chris said “That dress reminds me of Prince in the Raspberry Beret video” and that’s when things got a little complicated…

 

Raspberry Beret has always been my most favorite Prince song but I only recently discovered how sweet the music video is (and it made me like him even more). In the video Prince looks just perfect wearing a sky print suit that also enables him to become part of a very sweet animation.

 

Now I’m sighing like a chimney thinking I should have at least asked the shop girl about her dress. I can’t believe I missed my chance of possibly owning the same magical look and playing on a blue screen somewhere.

 

The sky is for everyone.

Strawberry on top

August 17th, 2011 — 9:37am

Two years ago our friends Ryan and Sanae got engaged in front of Claes Oldenburg’s Spoonbridge & Cherry in Ryan’s hometown of Minnesota. I was so excited to hear their good news – I mean, how can you get any sweeter than being proposed to in-front of Mr Oldenburg’s big cherry?

 

Not long after our friends sweet news Chris and I went on our regular neighborhood walk where Chris showed me his recent discovery of a gigantic strawberry shaped building. I was just speechless. The huge strawberry house with a mushroom facade is the legendary Sanrio shop I used to dream of visiting when I was little. It definitely put a strawberry on top of my walk!

 

Strawberry seed portholes!

Spring smells

August 12th, 2011 — 10:41pm

Our garden is filled with sweet sweet spring flower scents including jasmine and daffodil. I’ve been wondering if there’s any way to capture these good smells to share them with my friends, family, and all the kind people who check my posts.

 

Please rub the bubbles, you can smell the flowers. (...I wish this worked!)

Down Under

August 8th, 2011 — 6:02pm

Last weekend I arrived in Australia.

 

...and I think I'll be here for a while.

Just like our little neighbour

August 7th, 2011 — 8:06pm

Every April or May we had a swallow couple move into our garage. It was always a joy for me to observe the swallow family grow from two to several in their tiny tiny nest. I often saw myself in them because we both lived in a small flat in the same apartment building. After a few months they’d always leave their nest for good in the few days I’d forgot to check on them. Thinking that this summer it was our turn to leave the apartment made me really sad.

 

A family of five swallows who used to live underneath us last year.

We’ve had the West time!

July 31st, 2011 — 10:35pm

Ginza West is a tiny old coffee shop in Ginza that always lifts my mood from the moment I step into the salon. Welcomed by neatly dressed waitresses, surrounded by shiny silver cutlery on crisp white table cloths and brown velour chairs with the lace trimmed white seat covers just makes me want to be my sunday best.

 

The sweetest logo on the door at West.

West is one of the coffee shops that made me realized how sweet tea time can be with classical music. The salon has created a completely different atmosphere to the busy outside and has a huge wooden shelf full of old records from the 1920’s. Chris and I always trust coffee shops that have a Beethoven head.

 

A gigantic cast iron head of Beethoven and a beautiful ikebana at West.

As West is open until 11pm I would often meet friends in Ginza after work to enjoy an unrealistic moment with cakes and cups of coffee and fruit juice. I’d often see some off duty hostess ladies having their break but unlike in Roppongi, they’re often in kimono to make the space even more classic!

 

After our midnight coffee party.

…so this week I was thrilled when Chris suggested that we spend our evening at West after a tiring day of packing.

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