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I Saw a Rainbow

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I went to Tottori from Saturday and returned this afternoon. Dr.Noda had an Open Counseling Seminar and a Lecture on Parenting near Kurayosh this weekend. I attended both and stayed at my daughter's house. My daughter and her husband attended the lecture on Sunday because they are in the midst of child rearing, and it was their debut to the Adlrian society in Tottori.
kosuke201112-2.jpgWhile they were listening to Dr.Noda's lecture, I played with 1 year old Koosuke, my grandson. He could walk, sometimes crawled, and liked to speak some words such as mamma (food), nya-nya (cat), mo-mo (cow). He spoke more but unfortunately I could not understand his vocabularies. His parents enjoyed Dr.Noda's lecture very much and became interested in Adlerian psychology. I hope they will learn more and build happier communication than before.

rainbow2.jpgThey drove home, and I had lunch with the members of Kurayoshi Encourage Group and got on a train from Kurayoshi. It was a local train and I soon fell asleep. When I awoke, the train was already near Tottori City, and there, I saw a huge rainbow in the sky. There were few buildings, so I could see the whole big arch ! It was astonishingly clear and beautiful, moreover, it was a double-rainbow. The east sky clouded over whereas the west sky was shining. The whole heavens were very dramatic ! It is rare to see such a beautiful rainbow. I was so grateful to something which showed me this spectacle.


The Tallis Scholars


I went to the concert of The Tallis Scholars yesterday. Peter Phillips conducted ten marvelous singers who sang English and Spanish Renaissance music. There were four sopranos, two altos, two tenors and two basses. To my surprise, one of the altos was male, and his voice really led the beautiful harmony of the chorus.
jeremiah.jpgIn the first part, they sang English songs by William Byrd, John Sheppard, and Thomas Tallis. I actually shivered when they started singing "Lamentations Ⅰ" by Thomas Tallis. It sounded so tragic.... It reminded me of Rembrandt's JEREMIAH (The Prophet Jeremiah Mourning over the Destruction of Jerusalem) which I saw at Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. However, the song was composed more than 50 years earlier than Rembrandt.
The feature of this concert was the second part, Thomas Luis de Victoria's "Requiem." They say this is the masterpiece of this most important composer of the 16th Spain. The songs were so beautiful that they sounded like music from heaven. My heart became silent while listening "Kyrie, eleison." In some other songs, tenors and basses made me feel thrilling, say, errotic. It is strange that the purest music of celibacy sometimes sounds sexual, whereas Tibetan mantras which reject any kinds of violence often sound aggressive. Perhaps they are two sides of expressing humanities, sex and violence.
They gave us an encore, "Versa est in luctum" by Alonso Lobo, the contemporary Spanish composer, too. Again I experienced a deep emotion. It was as if I caught a glimpse of a light through thick clouds. Even though I am not familiar to the chorus music, I am glad that my heart recognized the real ones.

The Third Lesson

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This evening I had the third kyudo lesson and it was raining again. Somehow, it rains every Friday evening since I started kyudo. The kyudo hall is located at the east part of the vast Osaka Castle Park, and I love to smell the scent of the grass in the park. The scent grows rich and strong under the April rain.
drawing_img.gifHowever, the rainy weather is not good for the kyudo lesson. We feel cold when it rains because the kyudo hall is open to a wide yard where the targets are set at the far end.
Today we learned how to carry the arrows, set an arrow across the bow, look at the target, raise our arms high, and draw the bow. We have not yet learned of releasing the arrow. Of course, we cannot hit the target at the opposite end of the yard. We will start aiming the straw bags settled near. But as you know, I should develop my muscle in order to draw the bow rightly. Now I have a pain in the back and the left arm....

The Second Lesson

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I went to the second kyudo lesson on Friday evening. We learned how to walk in the dojo (the lesson hall), make a bow to the national flag of Japan, turn a corner twice, bow again and walk out from the room, etc.... The kyudo masters taught us with perfect models together with the detailed explanation by words, but to behave ourselves like them was very difficult. Yes, developing the semantic memories to the procedural memories takes time, always.
subiki_01.gifDo you know how long a Japanese bow is ? It is about 210 cm long. We should always bear it along by the left hand. We grasp the 1/3 from the bottom end of the bow and must keep the top end of the bow 10 cm above the floor. I am not accustomed to carrying such a long thing beside me, so I often hit the bow against the floor when I made bows. To my shame, after two hours' lesson my left hand became nearly numb.
And we shortly learned how to stand ready and settle the bow to the aim. They said it was very important to memorize all the eight phases in charging, though I could not follow them because I was exhausted before then. I came home at nine, ate supper, and went to bed early !

The First Kyudo Lesson

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kyudo.jpgI started learning kyudo (Japanese archery) last evening. When I was small I used to see girls wearing black hakamas (Japanese trousers) and black breastplates, leveling their arrows at the targets. Don't you think it beautiful? Nearly 40 years have passed since my young days of longing.

In the Osaka Castle Park there is the biggest kyudo hall in Osaka. They present a training program for beginners every spring. Luckily, I could enter the class by lottery. Last evening, we, 40 classmates, had the opening ceremony before the Japanese flag. Four teachers, two women and two men, each showed us the perfect model of releasing arrows. I am afraid I cannot reach such perfection however hard I shall try....
We can use the bows, arrows and gloves of kyudo hall during the training course. The teachers use bows and arrows made of bamboo, but we students use fiberglass bows and aluminum arrows. The buckskin glove is for right hand with small wood cover protecting the thumb. Those implements and the vocabularies were all so unfamiliar to me, and it made me confused. However, I will try my best to be a cool female archer !


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I decide to write something again in this blog. I had replaced my PC with the new one in winter, and at that time I lost the very good translation software I had used. What a pity ! I could not have found it yet, but anyhow, I will try.


It is very warm today in Osaka. Although people in the disaster areas are still under hardship, it is getting warm day by day. I had a night walk nearby and found a beautiful temple with a full bloom of sakura trees. They say it is going to rain tomorrow. The cherry blossoms are perhaps at their best tonight. I hope spring will come to the Tohoku area as soon as it can.


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chocolat.jpgLast night I saw a movie called CHOCOLAT on the cable TV. It is an American film in 2000 but the story is set in a small French town. The story started like an excellent fantasy, but to my disappointment, it turned into a sweet love romance ... as American films always are. I guess Johnny Depp was too sexual.... Anyway, I enjoyed the film because of the casting.
A woman who was abused by her husband and fled to the heroine's chocolate shop, and became one of her sincere friends, was acted by Lena Olin. As this actress was so-oo impressive, I searched her name on the Internet, and found she acted the part of Sabina in THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING in 1988. Oh, this is my favorite movie: It is also American, the story is set in Prague. It is about the love and death of people under the political revolution of Czechoslovakia.

sonzai.jpgFurthermore, I found out the actress of heroine in CHOCOLAT, Juliette Binoche, also acted the heroine, Tereza, in THE UNBEARABLE LIGHTNESS OF BEING. A-ha! How forgetful I am! Then I understand why I was so fascinated by this sweetest movie. It is good to see my familiar actresses again after 12 years have passed.

Winter Sunshine

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It is the coldest season of winter. As I am rather an introvert, I spend the whole weekend inside my cozy warm house. I read the proof sheet of my translation for the ADLERIAN, read some books which I cannot carry outside, and have naps and rest. I do not go out even for daily foods, because some vagetable dishes I had frozen before are enough. Though cold it is, it is sunny today; I enjoy the good view of the town from the east part of Osaka up to the Ikoma Mountains. The evening sun shines upon the foot of the mountains -- perhaps on Ishikiri town. Down the park nearby, I see small children playing with their parents. I hear that in the northern part of Japan there is much snow than usual this winter. The winter sunshine and the blue sky are the gift limited to people of certain areas. Since my daughter and my grandson left for Tottori last November, I have been always wondering about the weather in Tottori. How are they now ? I am going to talk and see them through Skype again.

Lucie Rie

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lucierie6.jpg.jpegI went to a retrospective of Lucie Rie at the Museum of Oriental Ceramics. The museum is located in Nakanoshima, very near to my workplace in Kitahama.
Lucie Rie was born in Vienna in 1902. You know it was the ripest time of Vienna; a center for culture and the arts. Mahler and Richard Strauss in music, Hofmannsthal and Zweig in literature, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele in art.
lucierie2.jpgMany other artists together with famous physicists, scientists, and philosophers, were creatively working in Vienna. Lucie's father was a rich doctor and was a friend of Freud. Of course, Alfred Adler was living in the same town! Lucie studied ceramics in the art school and won prizes at many international exhibitions. In March 1938, Nazi invaded Austria and she moved to London with her husband. After that, she kept on working there as a potter for the next half century.

lucierie4.jpg.jpegI was fascinated by her beautiful delicate forms of bowls and vases: So perfectly refined. And the colors: Vivid and colorful, yet very soft and warm.

lufierie5.jpg.jpegHer way of using glazes and inlaying colors was miraculous! I love her elegant bowls, especially the white one with blue inlay. Bases are also attractive and I prefer the white one with spiral.
I was absorbed in watching the ceramics and nearly missed my lunch. I hastily ate scorns at the tea-room beside the museum and rushed back to the clinic. It was a busy day, but I did not feel tired as I was satisfied with beautiful handworks.



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GAIA SYMPHONY is a series of the documentary films directed by Jin Tatsumura, a famous film maker. He interviewed the outstanding people like Daphne Sheldrick (who protected wild orphan elephants in Kenya), Shigeo Nozawa (a scientist who developed the hydroponics of tomatoes), Dalai Lama ⅩⅣ, Jacques Mayol the diver, Michio Hoshino the photographer, Jane Goodall the anthropologist, James Lovelock (a scientist who formulated the Gaia hypothesis) etc. I first saw NumberⅠ when my children were very small, perhaps in 1995. As it was so impressive and beautiful, I kept on seeing from Ⅱ to Ⅳ with my family until 2001. However, my life had changed a lot and I did not have chance to see the series after Ⅴ.

gaia.jpg.pngToday I found one of my friends wrote about GAIA SYMPHONY Ⅶ in his blog. He wrote that this Ⅶ featured on Japanese Shinto rituals, which represent the profound wisdom of our ancestors. The GAIA films are screened in small theatres usually by volunteers. So I jumped to its homepage and found there was a showing yesterday in Osaka, very near to my house. What a shame ! But I found they will have another show in Fukuyama on the last Sunday of January. Well, on that day, Dr. Noda will have a lecture in Okayama. If I start early, I can see the film in Fukuyama in the morning, and can attend the lecture in the afternoon. The problem is that I should use Shinkansen in order to attend both. I should think it over.

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