In Japan, fireworks are supposed to be appreciated mainly in summertime. The cherry blossom season here in Kyoto is over but it is not summer yet, and the air temperature had dropped down to 4 degree Celsius even before sunset. So, when I happened to bump into the unexpected and untimely fireworks over Takaragaike pond this evening, I thought I was seeing things.

Getting ready for the Nocanan mini concert

A music-story-telling unit called “Nocanan” (my friend Haruhiko Saga and his wife Takako) will perform at the former Tea House in the Nishijin district, Kyoto, on April 21.

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The music CD for a souvenir.

To compensate the audience for the expensive ticket, I am going to give away everyone of the audience a music CD containing Saga’s Morin Khuur tunes.

He played the “Oshirasama Morin Khuur” I made while traveling in the Tohoku and Hokkaido regions one and a half years ago. I was so happy that he liked my work and its sound. I almost cried out when he played the rough and rustic instrument just for me in a dark midnight park where no one else is around.
“Making of Oshirasama Morin Khuur”

In the morning of my departure to complete the last leg of my Tohoku-Hokkaido jurney, Saga kindly recorded five pieces of music, which are in the CD above-mentioned. The CDs have been burned with the labels and jackets printed, and packaged already.

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The view from the stage
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The side view of the make-shift theater
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The stage for twosome

Aside from the CD, I have set up the stage in the former Tea House. It is so small and can accommodate only 15 people as the audience. That was the reason for the high entrance fee. Although small, the stage has the wooden floor made of hinoki planks that are considered to be the best material for the stage board. thus the term “hinoki butai (hinoki stage)” = on the first-class stage, or more metaphorically, be in the limelight.

Now that the show biz stuff is ready, only thing yet to be done is to tidy my place. The house is now full of mess! (and of course no photo of it here). I have been busy fixing my another house in Hanase and neglected the house in Haradani, which the Sagas are going to stay in. However, I am not necessarily good at putting things away… and the time is running out…





まあ、ショー売の話はさておき、まだやることがある。花背の家の修理にかまけて、原谷の家が放ったらかしになり、物やゴミの散らかり具合のエゲツナイこと!(当然、写真はナシ)。嵯峨さん一家が泊まりにくる前に何とかしないと。。。(でも僕は掃除、嫌いなんだよねえ、、、と言ってるうちに時間が迫る! ふう〜)

Forgotten cherry tree

2016-04-15 16.46.05ModThe mountain village where I used to live had a small ski slope. It was closed down long time ago and no one visits any more– I doubt even local villagers ever remember this place.

There is a big cherry tree right in the middle of the skiing course. That is rather an unusual  thing for a ski slope, but I like it very much, though.

When I was living in the village, I would go on a picnic under the cherry tree in spring and fall. Today, having had the day’s work done, I walked up the slope to the old cherry tree, which had already started to bloom.

Taking her back home

Once there was a cherry tree

In the WP blog post, I mentioned a small stuffed doll that I found the other day.

I am not a *Hello Kitty* fan at all, rather a Miffy fan, but I couldn’t leave the poor Kitty doll behind, couldn’t stand seeing it becoming weather-beaten when I come back here some time… So I decided to take her back home, but I don’t know what to do with this tiny stuffed doll.
僕はぜんぜんキティちゃんファンなんかじゃない、ていうか、どっちかいうとうさこちゃん(ミッフィー)のファンなんだけど、かわいそうなお人形を放ったら かしてはおけず、いつかここに戻ってきて雨ざらしで傷んでいくのを見るのも嫌だったし、、、 そんで、うちに連れて帰ることにしたんだ。でも、このちっこ いぬいぐるみ人形を一体どうしたらええのん?

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