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No.108 I'm watching you. “ŠeŽÒ:¡_ŒI”ª   “Še“ú:2019”N09ŒŽ06“ú (‹à) 02Žž00•ª [•ÔM] -- Impressed a lot! : (1)

The subway station's elevator always pulls me back to the cruel reality by showing on the monitor screen in the cage the back top of my head around which hair is waning.

The footage of the surveillance camera must be transmitted to the security room and might be recorded. If I committed a crime afterwards, this image could be circulated on the Internet.

I can not complain about the video camera shooting someone in the elevator cage. But, you know, I have kind of a mixed feeling.

No.107 I don't want to nitpick to trifles, but... “ŠeŽÒ:¡_ŒI”ª   “Še“ú:2019”N08ŒŽ25“ú (“ú) 03Žž52•ª [•ÔM] -- Impressed a lot! : (2)

A mural graffiti-like drawing on the wall of the restaurant floor of a department store says something funny.

No.100 My flight “ŠeŽÒ:‚Ü‚³E‚Ó‚­ƒvƒ   “Še“ú:2019”N08ŒŽ14“ú (…) 13Žž09•ª [•ÔM] -- Impressed a lot! : (7)

Will my plane be able to take off? Huge typhoon may attack western part of Japan.

I'm now in the limousine bus heading for Haneda Airport.

No.101  “ŠeŽÒ:‚Ü‚³E‚Ó‚­ƒvƒ   “Še“ú:2019”N08ŒŽ14“ú (…) 13Žž21•ª

limousine bus

No.103 OK? “ŠeŽÒ:‚·‚¸   “Še“ú:2019”N08ŒŽ15“ú (–Ø) 05Žž37•ª

Did your plane take off?

No.105 yes “ŠeŽÒ:‚Ü‚³E‚Ó‚­ƒvƒ   “Še“ú:2019”N08ŒŽ15“ú (–Ø) 07Žž04•ª

Thanks for your message, suzu-san. My plane took off more than 30 minutes late, but I enjoyed comfortable flight after that.

No.106 ƒ{ƒfƒB[ƒ~ƒ‹ƒN “ŠeŽÒ:‚Ü‚³E‚Ó‚­ƒvƒ   “Še“ú:2019”N08ŒŽ20“ú (‰Î) 09Žž41•ª

The typhoon was not as awful as it was expected to be, which was good.

No.97 Was I irritated or sympathized? “ŠeŽÒ:¡_ŒI”ª   “Še“ú:2019”N08ŒŽ05“ú (ŒŽ) 01Žž54•ª [•ÔM] -- Impressed a lot! : (7)

At a nearby Starbucks, I was doing a bit of my paper work when two young ladies, seemingly in their early twenties, sat beside my table facing each other.

"Ms.Comfort" (as I named) sat beside me with about one foot apart from me on a several-meter-long couch facing "Ms.Broken-heart" who sat diagonally across me.

At first Ms.Comfort took out her smartphone and showed Ms.Broken-heart some pictures she had taken in Singapore where she had been to for vacation and just come back the other day, according to the explanation Ms.Comfort made to Ms.Broken-heart with an enough volume for me to catch even if I was unwilling to.

I tried to concentrate on my own task, but I got annoyed by the action Ms.Comfort took then; she made a video call to her boyfriend and started to talk with him. Her voice gradually became loud in a minute or two, to the level with which you would have talked to a real person in front of you or even louder.

But at last I didn't complain to Ms.Comfort. For I was surprised to recognize Ms.Broken-heart began to weep after hearing some words I didn't recognize that were uttered by the man beyond the line. I gave her a glance and saw her shedding tears and wiping them with her handkerchief.

Half-conscious about my own task, I could get the picture through the sequence of their conversation: Ms.Broken-heart, a sobbing lady, had been dumped by her boyfriend the day before and the man who dumped her was a friend of the man online, namely, Ms.Comfort's boyfriend.

Ms.Broken-heart's heart was broken so miserably that she couldn't stand any more and finally called her best friend, Ms.Comfort, who was now sitting just beside me, to meet here at Starbucks to ask about how to handle her feeling.

While I found the story interesting instead of irritating, I felt some sympathy to Ms.Broken-heart. Been there, done that. Not even looking at her at all, I soothed her in my heart by saying you'd be stronger and more beautiful when you eventually get this over. I envied her youth.

Ms.Comfort, on the other hand, didn't seem to be really sympathetic about her friend, though. Judging from the way she spoke or the words she uttered, she sounded superficial and even boastful about the fact she was getting along well with her boyfriend who also seemed very light-hearted. She even intentionally let ME know the situation as she uttered, when her friend said with tears she was embarrassed, "It's OK. Nobody listens to us." I did, actually. Knowing that I was listening to them, she seemed to be showing off her advantageous position over her miserable friend. I hate her character and her bad manners.

Ms.Comfort never switched off her line with her boyfriend for more than 30 minutes. She was like,
"I got a bit sun-tanned in Singapore."
"Why, show me, bae."
"No, not here...You really wanna see now, sweetheart?"
"Yeah, I mean that, bae."
Go to hell. How dare you talk like that in front of a heartbroken friend!

When Ms.Broken-heart stood up to get out of the place, she said to her friend,"We must have been troubling other customers all the time..." I pretended not to be hearing that, but I was glad she'd been attentive to me even though she was in a sorrow.

Then they left the cafe earlier than I. According to what Ms.Comfort had said to her boyfriend before hanging up, they would drive down to the beach for a change. I wished Ms.Broken-heart good luck. I hope she'll find another good boyfriend before long because she probably deserves it.

Was I irritated or sympathized? Maybe a bit more of the latter.

No.99 ‚—‚—‚— “ŠeŽÒ:•‘ Šp   “Še“ú:2019”N08ŒŽ06“ú (‰Î) 13Žž46•ª

Hahahaha!!!!

it seems you are often troubled by young ladies outside.

Last time, you cast a story with two high school girls talking on the phone in the bus.

No.104 Girls may be like that! “ŠeŽÒ:ƒ{ƒfƒB[ƒ~ƒ‹ƒN   “Še“ú:2019”N08ŒŽ15“ú (–Ø) 06Žž42•ª

Girls like to listen to others' heart-broken stories. They pretend to listen seriously and sympathize the other but really not.
It doesn't mean, however, the listeners are happy that their friends have parted with their boyfriends. They just enjoy listening to the story as if it is a TV drama or something.
But, donft worry. The telling side also knows that. She just wants to tell how miserable she was and wants somebody to say gI know how you feelh or hYou are righth I would be embarrassed if my friend started crying to listen to my story seriously and offering a variety of advices. I wouldn't need them. Girls get along well with each other by telling and enjoying listening by turns.

No.96 The name list of Japan's political parties in English. “ŠeŽÒ:¡_ŒI”ª   “Še“ú:2019”N08ŒŽ01“ú (–Ø) 01Žž01•ª [•ÔM] -- Impressed a lot! : (5)

Some years ago when I took the 1st grade interview examination of the STEP Test or Eiken, I chose one on politics among 5 topics presented before me to choose. There I was asked by the examiner to name the political parties of Japan.
I was successful as I remembered their English names. It might therefore be helpful for some of you some day. These are the English names of Japan's political parties. I don't give their Japanese names deliberately. Please guess:

Liberal Democratic Party,
Constitutional Democratic Party,
Democratic Party For the People,
Komeito,
Japanese Communist Party,
Nippon Ishin Japan Innovation Party,
Social Democratic Party,
Reiwa Shinsengumi,
Consideration the Euthanasia System,
The Party of Protecting People from NHK,
Olive Party,
Happiness Realization Party,
the Workers Party

No.98 euthanasia “ŠeŽÒ:ƒ{ƒfƒB[ƒ~ƒ‹ƒN   “Še“ú:2019”N08ŒŽ06“ú (‰Î) 13Žž37•ª

I am interested in the issue, euthanasia.

It is OK if medical technology makes a great progress. I suspect, however, people won't be able to die in the future, while the patients' or his or her families' costs or burdens just grow.

Though the party called "Consideration the Euthanasia System" is still suspicious, I want to see what they will appeal to people.


[from Free Dictionary on line]The term normally implies an intentional termination of life by another at the explicit request of the person who wishes to die. Euthanasia is generally defined as the act of killing an incurably ill person out of concern and compassion for that person's suffering. It is sometimes called mercy killing, but many advocates of euthanasia define mercy killing more precisely as the ending of another person's life without his or her request. Euthanasia, on the other hand, is usually separated into two categories: passive euthanasia and active euthanasia. In many jurisdictions, active euthanasia can be considered murder or Manslaughter, whereas passive euthanasia is accepted by professional medical societies, and by the law under certain circumstances.

No.95 Southern Awajishima Island “ŠeŽÒ:¡_ŒI”ª   “Še“ú:2019”N07ŒŽ21“ú (“ú) 14Žž20•ª [•ÔM] -- Impressed a lot! : (10)

The southern-most part of Awajishima Island is connected with Shikoku by a highway bridge called "Oo-Naruto-Kyo" bridge.

Overlooking the Naruto Strait which is famous for the giant whirling currents, the surrounding areas are popular among tourists as there are quite a few tourist spots. One of them is here, Uzuno-oka, a hill-top retail complex for the sightseers just like a Michi-no-Eki which includes local produce shops, restaurants, food stands, and some Insta-genic spots.

White-bait fish or "shirasu", blowfish or "fugu", daggertooth pike congers or "hamo", sea urchins or "uni", and onions. I ate a raw white-beits on a bowl of rice or "nama shirasu don" and found a crane game machine for onions.

No.93 Osaka “ŠeŽÒ:‚Ü‚³E‚Ó‚­ƒvƒ   “Še“ú:2019”N07ŒŽ18“ú (–Ø) 10Žž34•ª [•ÔM] -- Impressed a lot! : (8)

My second hometown, Osaka.

I visited my college and Shinsai-bashi, Namba for the first time in around 30 years.

30 years!! I couldn't help feeling some kind of nostalgia for the glittering days.

Unfortunately, I am not a poet and I don't have enough vocabularies to depict my feelings as they are.

No.94  “ŠeŽÒ:‚Ü‚³E‚Ó‚­ƒvƒ   “Še“ú:2019”N07ŒŽ18“ú (–Ø) 10Žž38•ª

The towns and cities have changed a lot but my seniors and comrades are as kind as they were.

No.88 In answering to the requesti2j “ŠeŽÒ:¡_ŒI”ª   “Še“ú:2019”N07ŒŽ17“ú (…) 01Žž14•ª [•ÔM] -- Impressed a lot! : (7)

Thawed octopuses were washed and boiled. Then...you know.

No.89 amazing “ŠeŽÒ:‚Ò‚æ   “Še“ú:2019”N07ŒŽ18“ú (–Ø) 09Žž36•ª

There are a lot!!

I always wonder where, for example, such a lot of octopuses and crabs can be caught.


Different from fish, I can't imagine the picture of huge flocks of such creatures lying or moving on the seabeds, the amount of which fills a huge number of people's stomachs every day.


Do you understand what I mean?

No.91 Thank you. “ŠeŽÒ:•‘ Šp   “Še“ú:2019”N07ŒŽ18“ú (–Ø) 09Žž57•ª

Thank you for your photos, Kuriya-san.

I clearly understand how they are caught.


I also understand what Piyo-san wants to say.

Even while sardines are becoming scarce because of the excess catching, crabs should have been extinct many years ago.

In fact, they are served at buffe restaurants specializing in crabs.


Why is it possible?????

No.92 takoyaki “ŠeŽÒ:‚¢‚Ê‚à‚ñ   “Še“ú:2019”N07ŒŽ18“ú (–Ø) 09Žž59•ª

They are genuine takoyaki! Surprise.

No.83  “ŠeŽÒ:¡_ŒI”ª   “Še“ú:2019”N07ŒŽ12“ú (‹à) 17Žž43•ª [•ÔM] -- Impressed a lot! : (5)

Akashi City, Hyogo prefecture is famous for octopuses and locally the peak season for them is around Hangesho, which is now.

Hangesho is the name of one of 72 seasonal datum points of the Japanese calender when octopuses become tastiest in a year.

I went octopus fishing in this best season and caught dozens.

No.84 Where are the octopuses? “ŠeŽÒ:•‘ Šp   “Še“ú:2019”N07ŒŽ13“ú (“y) 01Žž15•ª

You should show us some of your photos of the octopuses you caught, too.

I am looking forward to seeing them!!


By the way, do you use fishing rods to catch octopuses? I thought you use some pots with a rope instead of rods.


No.85 Sounds fun!! “ŠeŽÒ:ƒ{ƒfƒB[ƒ~ƒ‹ƒN   “Še“ú:2019”N07ŒŽ14“ú (“ú) 14Žž26•ª

I cannot touch octopuses directly, but raw octopuses taste marvelous, still more the ones served soon after being caught.

No.87 In answer to the requesti1j “ŠeŽÒ:¡_ŒI”ª   “Še“ú:2019”N07ŒŽ17“ú (…) 01Žž06•ª

„•‘ Šp‚³‚ñ

In order to catch octopuses, we use fishing rods and reels with a few lures immitating small beit fish set on the end of the line systems.

Mostly small, but dozens were caught.

No.78 T-T “ŠeŽÒ:‚Ü‚³E‚Ó‚­ƒvƒ   “Še“ú:2019”N07ŒŽ04“ú (–Ø) 13Žž46•ª [•ÔM] -- Impressed a lot! : (6)

Here they are again. I kindly help them move to another place, where I do not know whether there are any leaves they need.


SORRY!!!!!

No.79 swallowtail butterfly “ŠeŽÒ:ƒŒƒ‚ƒ“   “Še“ú:2019”N07ŒŽ05“ú (‹à) 08Žž04•ª

Are the leaves from a citrus tree?
The babies may grow to be swallowtail butterflies.

They look gross actually, but they could be beautiful butterflies.

No.82 What a coloration they have! “ŠeŽÒ:¡_ŒI”ª   “Še“ú:2019”N07ŒŽ12“ú (‹à) 17Žž16•ª

There is a yuzuicitron or citrusjtree in my garden. Every year in this season, some swallowtail butterflies lay eggs on the reverse side of one of the leaves where I canft find them easily.

When I fail to locate them, they hatch. But after they have hatched, the larvae stay together for a while.

Then they start to disperse to other leaves to show great appetite. They crunch leaves with an awful pace.

In the center of the picture is one of the culprits. Virtually they would eat up whole leaves before they metamorphose into pupae if left as they were.

No.86 Just a few “ŠeŽÒ:ƒ{ƒfƒB[ƒ~ƒ‹ƒN   “Še“ú:2019”N07ŒŽ14“ú (“ú) 14Žž30•ª

We could feed them if they have just a few leaves.
Actually, they continue eating until there are few left on the branch.




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