Lunar Year Festival; you never know what life has in store for you (人生一寸先は謎)


I had come down with flu, a vicious kind that saw some French people hospitalized, or bedridden for a week at least, but I glanced at this amulet provided by the Shrine of White Serpent, the guardian of finance and health.  It may have nothing to do with the fact I recovered fast from my flu, but its mental boost was helpful.  Another factor that contributed to my fast recovery was Chinese energy transmittable to even non-Chinese like me.  The blasting thunder of Lunar New Year Festival was upon us!



Like a kid, I followed the lions around for one hour.  Half of me is ashamed for not having grown out of childishness, but the other half is giddy with delight soaking up all the energy of Chinese crowd.  I was remembering my last Lunar New Year Festival.  I was celebrating it with my mother at Nagasaki, Japan.  Little did I know that a year later I would be in Paris.  I am not getting younger, but life still surprises me.  One must never be complacent, but may not need to give into despair either.  We are only human who know very little.  I don’t quite support the excessive positive thinking that believing you could obtain whatever you want would realize it.  Most of the time we crave what are not good for us. 


それでも英語で何か言い返す必要あるだろうか?するとフランス語の先生は「あなたは日本政府が捏造したというけど、どこの国も政府は都合の良いように変えるわよ」とウンザリした顔で発言。実はこの直前の授業で「こういう場合あなたならどうする?」ゲームをしていて某国人と日本人の私は全く異なる返事をしていたのです。その内容は別の機会に。それにしても去年は母と一緒に旅行先の長崎で見た獅子舞を今年はパリで見るとは、人生一寸先は闇というか謎です。そんなに悩んでも仕方ないかも。OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

In Paris, what did you say comes first before the relationship?(楽しい気分に水を差すあの人達)

Valantin coeur

I was incredulous when I read the following article about Parisians being up for it on the first date.

Surely, it is Media sent-up, I thought…until I was approached since I have arrived in Paris by a few men asking for my phone number straight away before giving me any details about themselves.  Do they see Asian women as easy candidates for women on the side?  Remembering this group of Asian girls in mini-skirts when it was minus 3 degrees outside, giggling at whatever the French men said to them, the European men may have some good reasons to form such a low opinion about us.  However, I am a woman of the conservative section of Japan.  My smile would freeze when told to give away my phone number as if that was granted.  

Back to the article about the Parisians being up for it on the first date.  French women are well respected and would not lose that respect even after she enjoyed her one night stand.  It would be quite a different story with Asian women if we were not careful.

la bouche


Congrats, Australia (時ならぬ心のさざ波)


Finally, finally, Cahil of Australia got to lift the big trophy!  He had always deserved better but somehow the glory kept eluding him because of bad luck.  He was not getting younger so I had been sadly resigned for some time.  Sure he was the man who sank Japanese team a few times, but I respected his caring side in his private life.  Well, not exactly private since it had made it into press, but he seemed to have carried himself with warmth and integrity.  That does not happen very often so I became his fan.

The final of Asian Cup 2015 took place in Sydney.  How that sounds so far away.  The place where I spent a good chunk of my life evoked no sentiment inside me, and yet I was crying.  I cried for Cahil’s long due glory.  I had to replay the video of Socceroos leaping with joy holding the trophy over and over in my apartment in Paris.  Each time tears will quietly flow down because after countless heartaches and hard works one good man was finally rewarded. 

As I have always said, it comes down to individuals in the end, not national flags.