Sumo Tournament 初場所

Today, Sunday, Sumo Tournament has started. I love Sumo and watch TV. I would like to introduce a very interesting comment on 17th July last year.

Sumo Tournament is divided into the first half and latter half of Makuuchi division and one person(master) makes comments through.That day a referee misjudged in the first half. Being asked for comment on this misjudge the commentator said, “wrestler who lost by misjudgment had good start. ” For the latter half there was another misjudgment by referee. This same commentator asked comment on this misjudgment and said,”wrestler who lost by misjudgment had good start.”This comment surprised me, for both first one and the second one are exactly same. However, what he said might be right as winning percentage more depend on good start.

Takeshi Kitano 北野武


Monsieur Takeshi Kitano, my sincere congratulations for Legion d’honneur.

It is not easy to receive such order just because you have contributed to other countries culture.They now say that we are in borderless society but still it is not all borderless,depends upon area where you are or where you live.I presume Mr Kitano changed consciousness of those who are so called cultured and those who live in areas where they can receive benefits of culture or civilization.Yet if I am asked they really changed their consciousness my answer is no.I do not think they wish to change themselves nor never think of changing themselves by the influence of others. However,in order prove them being one of those cultured or intellectuals it is indispnsable to accept that Takeshi Kitano is as worth as influencing others.Anyway, to receive such order it is honour and proves Takeshi Kitano is super worth.I thank you French people and for those who thought he is worth receiving such order.

About Mr Trump  トランプ氏

Before I go any further let me tell that I am not Mr Trump’s fanatic supporter. It is beyond my understanding why American people say so badly about him.

When Presidential election started a young American lady living in Japan was asked how she thought of Mr Trump to be President. She said she won’t return home.Watching that interview I looked for any article telling his policy for being candidate.Having read his policy as candidate my impression was normal, nothing seemed eccentric.

I think his undesirable rude words are just to attract people’s attention ( I do not think them all acceptable).A few days ago a Harvard graduate American comedian here in Japan said on TV.that he would exile. Are you serious?to where to exile?The day may come when Mr Trump becomes President. He is nearer to President than before.Watching Presidential campaign It has been ‘only if Mr Trump becomes President’ but things seem have changed and now’when Mr Trump becomes President’.Possibility between only if and when differ.

He only speaks out on behalf of the others, for those who hesitate to say what they are thinking.

He himself said he would be a good President.(I heard him say so on TV)

He can keep his hands clean. As he is rich as possessing one airplane and three helicopters he does not have to rely on the others financially.

Lastly, according to fortunetelling for Mr Trump it is extremely lucky year that he might receive something honorable. I do not know this means President or not. When Mr Obama became President I watched inauguration ceremony all night.Whoever becomes next President I think I will watch the ceremony.

New Years Family 正月だけの家族


From 31st December to 2nd January three of my friends stay with us.It is almost 10 years we started to gather.Not only myself but they also are confident we are New Years Family.One of them sent me a thanking mail saying that we talk as we like, we drink and eat as much as we like and do whatever we like. The picture shows new years delicacies I made.Sashimi(raw fish) Hanamame beans,Kuromame beans, sushi, kinpira,marinated saury,herring roe,Japanese omelet, thai stle vegetables, plus sake and champaine.We start small fest on new years eve.At twelve midnight we exchange new years greeting-Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu.

The following nenu is fixed during new years days. On 1st of January we have Zouni, soup with rice cake.Zouni differes depnding upon the area.I am from Hokkaido, northern island.My husband is from Hiroshima and styles differ.In Hokkaido we add chicken and various vegetables to soup whereas my husbnad’s family zouni is simple with clams.I was grown up in lots of ingredients Zouni but after marriage I take Hiroshima style. These clams called Hamaguri is fortunate shell fish. Talking of Hiroshima,Hiroshima is famous for its Okonomiyaki-a kind of Japanese pizza.Later I will write my favourite Okonomiyaki shop in Hiroshima.Oh I forgot to tell that dinner on 1st January is Okonomiyaki.My husband shef serves them his special version.

I also bake a cake, same every year, gateau au chocolat.This will be served between meals and coffee is served by my husband.2nd of January breakfast is ordinary one with coffee/tea, English bread, cheese, green salad, broccoli.Except cheese all are home made. Sorry no picture. May be I can add later on.I’d like introduce this special cheese later.In the afternoon we have Oshiruko-sweet azuki bean paste woup with rice cake.After Oshiruko we send my friends to station. I’d like to add that we go to area’s shrine for New years worship.




A Happy New Year 謹賀新年

コピー ~ nennga1076 A Happy New Year.

Thru last year I was not well and therefore I hope it will be good healthy year for me. I sent message of this year being my year but every year I think my year. I pray for everyone’s health and people,  particularly for people in difficult area.Sumi

Dull feeling-ennui

What I feel recently is that I am lazy.Being asked what makes you feel so I reply everything.By nature I am lazy.I think I am often active on my exhibition or on my blog or on something new I like to start.However,other than the period I am active I mostly sleep to refill energy.I can regain my energy only by sleeping.In order to regain my creative ability I sleep and sleep and become lazy to do anything.Someone who sees only my active side thinks how powerful I am as I call myself “Super Powerful Artist”.But those who know me and my daily life think I am in middle of charging.I do not know but they say that I concentrate on activities so much.As such with my power and spirit I draw pictures and exhibition and that’s all.

But if I can wish a tiny bit of thing it is this:If there could be a communication between viewers and my pictures this is more than sufficient.I do not have any intention to tell anything.If I intend something am I insisting viewers to see my pictures in a way I want them to appreciate.

I simply like drawing.At the time when I finish drawing they are just pictures.If viewers feel somehting from my pictures that’s another thing.Above all, I don’t have anything to tell.Being lazy means…..

Helen Mirren  ヘレンミレン

Helen Mirren, British actress with who I have unforgettable memories.

Some 40 years ago I was working in London and became so much theatre goer or lover.I became a member of Royal Shakespeare Company and saw so many memorable plays and Hedda Gabler and Macbeth are those two.Helen Mirren is known as acting wild and acted wild Lady Macbeth in white dress.I could not forget one scene Lady Macbeth kept washing blooded(illusion) hands repeatedly and madly.

Time flied and I was in London again and excited so much to find her act Lady Macbeth again.As all seats were sold out I made a queue to get that night seat. Among those who were in the queue were related to the theatres.And I was told not to say ‘Macbeth’.If you say curse may be on you! I do not know really that this effected on me I had an accident.

That night It was raining and I was rushing to the theatre.Bus was delayed and could not get any taxi.I waited for both for about half an hour and at last bus came.The shortest way to the theatre is to get off the bus at Waterloo bridge bus stop and descend the stairs. I was in a hurry but on my way I fell down the stairs, jumped 12-13 stairs and stopped at the landing. This happened 30th October in the year of 1999, unforgettable day.

Oh I would like to tell that that wild Helen Mirren changed a Lady. No wonder she is a Dame.

Learning foreign languages

It has been exciting to resume learning foreign languages.I used to listen radio language programs without textbook, I just listened.Each program consists of 15 minutes and it is just like brain exercise to change from one language to another every 15 minutes.One day something has changed in myself and I bought text books for French and Korean languages. Korean for beginners and French for intermediate.I even intended to take intensive course at school.Perhaps I wanted to add French version to my blog so that my friends who know only French can enjoy reading.

But very very unfortunately I had to stop listening to these language programs. I did not realize that if I concentrate on my learning so much my brain would be tired so much, in other words exhausted.

Poor my old brain.  (to Japanese)


Exhibition at a cafe in Karuizawa (軽井沢のカフェで展示)

6~19 October I am going to exhibit a few of my works at a cafe, Ray coffee house in Karuizawa.It is very quiet and comfortable cafe. I hope you enjoy my pictures over drinking coffee.

Ray coffee house 2141-431 Nagakura,Karuizawacho,Nagano prefecture tel 0267315031 Open 11:00~18:00 closed on Thursdays

Route18 at Uenohara you turn into Royal Prince St and you will find Ray coffee house on your right.


Castletown Komoro Festival

They held a Joukamachi (castletown) Festival in Komoro 19-23 this months
This is Komoro station.In June many swallows come to the nests under the roof.


imageimageComing out of Komoro station you turn left and you will find Honjin building where some exhibitions are held.One of them was exhibition of kimono made of old cloths.At the entrance they arrange wild flowers in the area.What most impressed me was that Ms Nakazawa collected old cloths and made them into Furisode(long sleeved kimono) and she said it took 15 years to do so.

imageimageMs Nakazawa.Please enjoy her


beautiful kimono and obi (belt) all in different style.



imageimageAfter kimono I visited Sake brewer and bought a Sobachoko.Sobachoko is dip container for soba.(japanese typical noodle and Nagano prefecture is well known for good soba).This is Sobachoko I bought.Surprisingly he is from Karuizawa and a sort of sake connaissurer.Loving sake and choko (for sake) he now opened a shop in Karuizawa. Interesting!Regret I don’t drink alcohol.


imageYoung people exhibit their works and run cafe.

imageWhen I was looking at the map thinking where to go next I was spoken to see the old house open only for the day.The house was built in Edo era(17-18 century).I was interested in the skylight and it was installed in Edo era did they possibly get glasses? As I wondered skylight was installed later and they became popular in the area.There were houses of three stories and these houses have tower like skylight to reach the roof of three storied house.

imageThis is Soba restaurant built also in Edo period.

I finished my day trip by having Unagi kabayaki don(eel). to Japanese