I went to Hikone yesterday to hear a lecture which would be presented by one of my Adlerian friends. She is a director of a private kindergarten, an author of books on parenting, and a certificated Family Consultant of Adlerian Psychology. When I took Passage, a parenting course based on Adlerian Psychology about ten years ago, she was also a member in the course. After that she has always helped and guided me in the Adlerian community in Japan. She is a very energetic, cheerful, and warm lady, and with her character she fascinates people, especially young mothers. She is a powerful leader for parents and kindergarten nurses who are not certain in bringing up children.
I often go to the west side of the Biwako Lake, but it was rare to go that far, to the east side. From the windows of the JR train, I saw many green rice fields. The wind was blowing on the green plants and the water was running here and there among the fields. Shiga prefecture, it was a good, beautiful country! Where there is clear water, we can cultivate rice, and the land can be rich. Perhaps we Japanese can be happiest when Japan is an agriculture nation, cultivating rice.
In the lecture place in Hikone, I met a person I have not seen for long. We once worked together, and I had heard that she became ill after she quit the job. However, yesterday she looked very fine and relaxed. I sat beside her and we did the pair games together. We laughed and enjoyed, which made me very happy. After the lecture, when I walked around the downtown area, I found a large, quiet Shinto shrine which is supposed to protect this country. As I felt much gratitude to the unexpected encounter with my ex-colleague, I prayed and thanked gods in the shrine.
Then I strolled and looked around the souvenir shops in the severe heat. It was killingly hot! I saw the mascot character "Hiko-nyan" everywhere. I wonder what it is. A kind of cat? Not as much attractive as Sento-kun in Nara....