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A Cleaning Day

f0194450_7303786.jpgYesterday was a gorgeous day, over 70 degrees in January, yes it was my day off...I drove my boy to school and did grocery and when I came back, one of the outlets was finally repaired. So it was time to clean up...I tried to move the furniture around since everything was pushed to the other side of the wall. I tried everything I could, but at the end I ended up with the same layout...just moved the tv to the corner so it reaches the repaired outlet without an extension cord. The chair is now sitting in front of the bay window. I prefer the chair in the old position, but it will stay this way until we find a tv stand. I sat there with my tea and enjoyed a little break in the afternoon light. Loved it...
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by peapodfabricssf | 2009-01-14 08:43 | life  

2009

f0194450_1133203.jpg皆様、新年明けましておめでとうございます。新年早々、デジカメが壊れて新しい画像も撮れません。よってトップの画像もあるものから何とか新年らしいものを作りました。何とかなって一つことが片付きました。日本語では久しぶりの更新でしたね。アメリカのお店なのに日本語ばかりでいろいろと勘違いされたりややこしいことがあるわけです。ご理解くださいませ。

それから新年からは日曜日も営業することに決定いたしました。何とかなるでしょう。昨年末はどこもかしこも世の中不景気な話ばかりで2009年は益々しんどいなどといいますが、イヤ、ウチはやるぞとばかり気を高めております。年頭にありがち、いつもながらやる気に満ち溢れておりますが今年は益々やる気になっております。何よりも持続させることが一番難しいのでありますけどね。我ながら熱いですね。そう念頭いつもワタクシは熱いのです。年末日本のテレビで見たテニスの松岡の熱さに感動しているのもありますが。彼、いいですね。あの熱さがうっとうしくないもん。笑 日本の電車の中でいつも感じるゾンビのような日本人達、あの熱さを見習いましょう。元気になると思います。それから良い年を過ごすには何よりも健康ですよ。2009年、皆でよい一年にいたしましょう。

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by peapodfabricssf | 2009-01-06 12:06 | life  

Japan Trip

Happy New Year! Hope everyone is having a good start of 2009. Mine is wonderful so far besides the heavy jet lag, a $50 parking ticket, and broken PC and digital camera...oh yeah, our Japan trip was good too...I say good, not great because it was too short. I'm still on the jet lag. It seems longer and longer to get over it. I woke up around 4am every morning during the first week and it was time to leave when I was just getting used to the Japan time. Then I couldn't sleep until 6am in the morning, just like now, for the coulple of days after I returned.

Japan becomes more and more interesting everytime I visit. I think it is because she becomes stranger and stranger everytime I visit. Modern, but traditional. Friendly, but cold. Kind, but uncaring. Polite, but not so well-mannered. Religious, but unfaithful. Free, but so many rules. I don't do much when I'm there. I'm not intersted to go to a fancy restaurant or trendy shopping strips anymore. It is more interesting to me to go to someplace I didn't pay much attention when I was living there or younger.

One day my boy and I took a bike ride and just browsed around the back streets of central Kyoto, my home town. The scenery is not so exciting. No colors, just gray roofs and dingy white walls of old Japanese houses. But in the good old town where the streets are small, there is still a sense of community in the air. There are temples, not the famous ones on the travel guide books, where the local folks visit every morning. There are shopping strips where a few small business owners are still running in the same old way as before a gigantic chain supermarket forced many of their fellows to close their doors. It was sad to see the empty stores every other door in the shopping strip, but it was also nice to see those business owners talking to their loyals, probablly their neighbors, in a personal level. The town seems forgotten, and the houses are run-down, yet much more attractive to me...I really wished I could open my store there to reactivate the whole community, a sort of what I'm trying to do to the Inner Sunset. So here are some photos I took. I know I didn't take enough to make a better report, and again they are not something you might see in a travel guide, neither a modern side nor beautified traditional face of Japan...I hope you enjoy...
f0194450_19322040.jpgthe center of downtown Kyoto...I find an old store replaced with a new one every time I visit...
f0194450_19331589.jpgKamo River running through the center of Kyoto...
f0194450_19335587.jpgA monk pilgrim on the Shijo Bridge...
f0194450_19344271.jpgOne of the Geisha houses (ochaya) in the Gion District...
f0194450_2065426.jpgLove those old Japanese houses...prefer living in a house like this to a modern condo if I still live in this town...

f0194450_2083893.jpgWe came across Mibu Temple on a back street...
f0194450_2010094.jpgMy mom grew up in this area, and I visited a lot as a kid, but never knew this tower of stone god...
f0194450_20104685.jpgIt was amazing to see...
f0194450_20113432.jpgA group of the stone God called Jizo-san...
f0194450_201252.jpgThe temple was getting ready for the new year's visitors...the busiest time of the year for the temples across Japan...
f0194450_20294926.jpgA simple and classy decoration to welcome a new year...
f0194450_20124572.jpgA traditional new year decoration (Matsukazari)at a small temple...each plant represents good luck...
f0194450_20175919.jpgTypical old houses on a small street...imagine how close the community is...
f0194450_20135246.jpgAn old style fish store on the old shopping strip...it doesn't look so "fishy" anymore...
selling a bit of everything...
f0194450_2026302.jpgA bike repair shop...an elder store owner was working on a broken bike when I took the photo...
f0194450_20205316.jpgA chicken meat specialty shop...it is common that chicken meat is sold at a different shop that sells pork& beef...
f0194450_20212538.jpgI'm sure it used be more vibrant in the community...a few women buying some flowers for the new year...
f0194450_20215330.jpgA little gift shop that sells everyday use pottery too...
f0194450_20222268.jpgVending machines are everywhere on the street...even beer and sake are sold without ID check...and you can buy a can of soda with your cell phone...
f0194450_20224859.jpgThese bikes and motorcycles are not here for people to steal...people park them on the sidewalk by the train station, and this is one of the problems that every town has...
f0194450_20312979.jpgMizukake Jizo at Mibu Temple...pour water over the Jizo and make a wish...your wish may come true...
f0194450_2147485.jpgMy boy making a wish...he told me that he wished for Peapod's success...good boy :-)

f0194450_21532156.jpgA small shrine that worships the God of Study...here my boy wishing for his academic success... :-)
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by peapodfabricssf | 2009-01-06 00:22 | life  

Christmas Red

f0194450_649169.jpgchristmas items at the store window...
f0194450_651311.jpgthe photo taken before i moved the red items to the shop...
f0194450_6512825.jpgred and pink pillows on the couch...i love pink more than ever!
f0194450_6515551.jpgi always plan to make a chrismas quilt to enhance the holiday spirit around the house, but to this day the plan has never been put in practice...
f0194450_6522427.jpgso instead, i made a pillow case this year for my boy, and more for my nieces. red is such a great color to have in kid's room...
f0194450_6524685.jpgthe bathroom gets the christmas treat too. my only holiday towel that I made a few years ago, a snow village embroidered on the white linen...i am planning to make more holiday towels this year...
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by peapodfabricssf | 2008-12-12 09:08 | life  

Deck the Halls

It's hard to believe it's already December...it feels especially short this year. Maybe because Thanksgiving was pretty late this year...i saw some cars with a tree on the roof on the way back to the city on Black Friday. What? I thought...oh December was just three days away...I took out my tiny tree when I got home. The photos are from last year (lazy me), but it looks pretty much the same, except that Rudy is on the store window at Peapod. f0194450_9383136.jpg
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by peapodfabricssf | 2008-12-04 09:40 | life  

At Grandpa's

f0194450_8151478.jpgLet the festivity begin...
f0194450_8162731.jpgHello Pilgrims...
f0194450_8243221.jpgGrandma says, excuse me bird...
f0194450_8253243.jpgGrandma & grandpa cooking together...
f0194450_8264944.jpgThis bird is safe from us...
f0194450_82726100.jpgWaiting for the yolks to come back...
f0194450_828166.jpgGrandma's pumpkin curry soup, my favorite...
f0194450_8291799.jpgMy plate...what am I thankful for? friends, family, health, and of course peapod customers...:-)
f0194450_8321971.jpgAn excellent cook, grandma giving me a cooking lesson...
f0194450_8333976.jpgGood food takes time...
f0194450_8351819.jpgI love this little guy named Bill...he lets us know when the pie is ready by steaming from his nose...isn't he cute?
f0194450_8364377.jpga little playing time...
f0194450_91345.jpgHappy Holidays from the bottom of my heart!!!
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by peapodfabricssf | 2008-12-03 09:20 | life  

Change

f0194450_9293994.jpgchange happened...something wonderful will happen...
f0194450_9332828.jpgand from summer to fall...
f0194450_9371743.jpgchange happened in my bed room too...

選挙が終わりましたね。選挙の前に書くとブチブチと不満ばかりがでてきそうでしたので避けておりましたが、毎日毎日、結構政治ジャンキーなワタクシはテレビに釘付けで見ておりました。CNNをこの日の為に入れておけばよかったとも思いましたが、まだケーブルはありません。昨日は朝からやっとこの日が来たとワクワク興奮し帰宅後はこれまたテレビに釘付けでありました。民主党大会でのスピーチでもそうでしたが、新大統領のスピーチは多くの人の心を打つようにワタクシの心も打ち砕き予想通りワタクシも涙なくしては聞いていられませんでした。彼がきっとシステムを変えてくれるはずと信じています。それにこれで毎日毎日聞こえてきたあの恐ろしいアラスカ知事の名前も聞かなくてすみますわ。よかった、よかった。そうそう、布屋のブログなので布の話もしますとベッド周りも夏色から秋色へと変わりましたとつけたしときます。あったかそうでしょ。
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by peapodfabricssf | 2008-11-06 10:13 | life  

Bloomed

f0194450_681082.jpg随分前に株分けしてもらったユリ科(正式な名前は知らんが)のプラント、全く伸びもせず活動ストップしたものと思い外に出しておいたら知らない間にぐんぐん伸びていて気づけばお勝手のリサイクルビール瓶の隣でつぼみを3つもつけていました。こんなに綺麗なのにここじゃあんまり。この美を楽しんであげないとと家の中に入れてあげました。勝手な持ち主でごめんと誤りリビングの片隅に。白い花びらが朝日を受けて透き通るように綺麗なのです。
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クッションのピンクの布、この無国籍さが気に入ってるのです。
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by peapodfabricssf | 2008-10-11 06:11 | life