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June No.2

A Sunday member, S san’s son is making wine in Bordeaux, France. I watched a DVD in which her son was interviewed by Gussan on TV.


Her son liked wine so much that he moved to France. He bought a vineyard and a house in Bordeaux, and started winemaking. He has been making a great effort to make the highest quality wine.


When her son was three years old, he drank wine with curiosity. He suffered from acute alcoholic intoxication and he almost died.


S san had been keeping wine away from him ever since, but his son came to love wine so much that he finally began to make his own wine. Life is strange, isn't it?




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June No 1

Now, the banks of the Sakase River are full of yellow flowers named Usagi-so. The green grass is also overgrown. The river flows between the grass. 


There are many steps in the Sakase River, and the places with the steps look like small waterfalls. This year, the rainy season started early, so the amount of water is large. So even small waterfalls are worth seeing.


It is said that these steps in Sakase River were designated as a Japanese Civil Engineering Heritage. The Rokko mountains extend in the background. When I see the Sakase River which is full of nature, my heart is healed. I think this is my hometown.



今、逆瀬川のほとりは、うさぎそうという黄色い花でいっぱいです。緑の草も生い茂っています, 川は草の間を流れます.逆瀬川には段が多く、段差のある場所は小さな滝のように見えます。今年は早くから梅雨が始まったので、水の量が多いです。だから、小さな滝でさえ見る価値があります。逆瀬川にあるこれらの段差は、日本土木建築遺産に指定されたと言われています。六甲山が背景に広がっています。自然に満ちた逆瀬川を見ると、心が癒されます。ここが私の故郷だと思います。

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The diary of Tuesday member nicknamed Alyssa


I like coffee. I can relax with coffee smell.

However recently I got some teabags. My daughter and my coworker gave teabags of black tea to me as presents.

They are flavor teabags. For example, peach, muscat, cherry, fruit, caramel and so on.

I haven’t drunk all kinds of teabags yet.

I was surprised. I enjoyed each flavor. They are delicious.

I can relax and feel happy.


I will have fun with either tea or coffee. I would like to try a drink which suits my feeling every day.

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    Alice (日曜日, 06 6月 2021 20:44)

    I love the smell of coffee too! I love fruit tea! My cousin gave me strawberry and raspberry tea. It tastes so good. It is nice to know that drinking tea makes you happy! Reading your story made me happy too. :)

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    James (日曜日, 06 6月 2021 10:20)

    Thanks for the interesting story. Please continue to enjoy coffee and tea whenever
    you get the opportunity.

The diary of Tuesday member nicknamed Madonna.

One day I didn’t have food to eat for breakfast in the refrigerator. I wanted to eat sandwiches

I have lettuce, pieces of pork in it.

I didn't have eggs and tuna. I also had plain bread.

I fried pieces of pork with Yakiniku Source.

I made a Sandwich with lettuce, fried pieces of pork.

I had never eaten such sandwiches. It was very delicious.

My son also ate it. He said, “ How delicious! They are much better than I thought.


I was happy to hear that.


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    Alice (日曜日, 06 6月 2021 20:52)

    Making breakfast with whatever is in your fridge is indeed a great solution. I think you should make this sandwich again for breakfast! Reading your story made me hungry. Maybe I should try your sandwich recipe? :)

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    James (日曜日, 06 6月 2021 10:23)

    I agree with your son. He's very lucky to get a sandwich like that.
    I would be very glad to try one myself.

May 4

Because I lost weight due to carbohydrate restrictions, the skirt of the suit I had bought in the past did not fit properly.


Th jacket was still OK. I went to a shop to alter the size of the skirt. "How much is it to alter the size of the skirt?" The staff said, "It is 2,500 yen". The suit was 10,000 yen for a jacket and a skirt. I had worn the suit for more than four years. I wondered if I should buy a new one.


I said to the staff, "I was going to fix it if it was 2,000 yen." She said, "Then, 2,000 yen is OK." "Thank you! “

I'm glad she was a kind person.



炭水化物の制限で体重が減ったので、過去に購入したスーツのスカートが合わなかった。 ジャケットはまだ大丈夫でした。 スカートのウエストを小さくするために、お店にスカートを修理しに行きました。 「スカートのサイズを修繕するのはいくらですか?スタッフは「2,500円です」と言った。 スーツはジャケットとスカートに1万円だった。 私は4年以上そのスーツを着ていた。 私は新しいものを買うべきかどうか疑問に思っていました。 私はスタッフに「2,000円だったら直すつもりだった」と言った。 「じゃあ、2,000円でいいよ」と彼女は言った。 「ありがとう!」 私は彼女が親切な人だったことをうれしく思います.

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    Alice (日曜日, 06 6月 2021 20:59)

    Wow! You were able to save some money. Great job because you were able to lower the price. You do not even have to buy a new one!

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    James (日曜日, 06 6月 2021 10:25)

    A good bargain is always a pleasure. Sometimes a kindly staff member can be an
    advantage to any business.

May 3

I haven't had a chance to take a walk for months. I thought I should exercise more, so yesterday I took a walk in the neighborhood. I


n this season, various flowers are blooming in the garden of every house, and it was a lot of fun to walk and see them.


However, after an hour's walk, I began to feel dull pain in my lower back. I thought I would continue to walk every day in order to train my legs.


That night, after I went to sleep, I felt a leg cramp and I woke up. I had to be patient until I recovered. I felt that daily exercise is important.




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    Alice (日曜日, 06 6月 2021 21:41)

    I have never had a long walk since the pandemic started. Walking is truly fun. I agree with you. Maybe you walked too much on that day? I hope that you are now feeling so much better. If you cannot manage 30 minutes a day, do not feel bad. Just remember that even a little is good. :D

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    James (日曜日, 06 6月 2021 10:28)

    You're right about that. Good health is another form of wealth. Please maintain
    good health habits as long as you are able. The benefits of doing so will be enormous.

May 2

Amazon sent me a package yesterday. The sender’s name was not written. Only Kizuna Co., Ltd. was written. When I opened it, I found a stainless mag cup. On its surface, "Thank you all the time " was printed. I thought that the company had sent it to promote something. Later at night I had a phone call from my younger son who lives in Tokyo.


He said," I sent you a present because it’s Mother’s Day. Haven't you received it?" Actually, the cup was a present from him. He sent it from Amazon. When we send something to the other person from Amazon, the name of the sender is not automatically written. If he hadn’t called me, I wouldn’t have known that the present was sent by him.


The stainless mag cup has good heat insulation and does not cool down the coffee. I felt happy that my son had grown up.




May No 1

A TV program, Dragon Zakura started yesterday. In Dragon Zakura,  the lawyers try to enable students whose grades are bad to pass the entrance exam of Tokyo University is the most difficult university in Japan. I knew its summary, but I didn't know the details because I had never read the comics.


I was surprised to see it on TV yesterday because the hero is a wild lawyer. I'm looking forward to seeing how he can make inferior students pass this most difficult test.




April No 4

The other day, I went to the Junkudo Bookstore near Nishinomiya Kitaguchi Station after a long time without going there. Junior high school textbooks have changed this year, so I bought a lot of workbooks and reference books related to them.


I bought a lot of items, so I was given a free ticket to a coffee shop in the bookstore. When I went to the coffee shop, I found that it had the atmosphere of the Showa era. Antique chests, bookshelves and old paperbacks were lined up.


Drinking a cup of hot coffee, I recalled my younger days, when I used to read paperbacks.



先日久しぶりに西宮北口駅近くのジュンク堂書店に行きました。 中学生の教科書が今年変わったので、それに関連するワークブックと参考書をたくさん買いました。 たくさん買ったので、特典で本屋さんの中にある喫茶店の無料券を与えられました。 その喫茶店に行くと、昭和時代の雰囲気でした。 アンティークなタンスや本棚、古びた文庫本が並んでいました。 熱いコーヒーを飲みながら、文庫本を読んでいた青春時代を思い出しました。

April No.3

The election of the Takarazuka Mayor is being held today. When I was younger, I never went to the polls. However, I have voted in every election for about the last 10 years. I went to the polling station early in the morning, so there were only staff.


After the vote, I walked home slowly. Because it was spring, I could see various flowers blooming in the garden of every house. Violets and dandelions were also blooming by the roadside. Seeing them made me happy.



今日は宝塚市長選挙の日でした。 若い頃は投票に行ったことがありませんでした。 しかし、10年位前から、どの選挙にもかかさず投票しています。 朝早く投票所に行ったので、スタッフしかいませんでした。 投票のあと、ゆっくり家まで歩いて帰りました。 春たけなわで、どの家の庭もいろんな花が咲いているのが見えました。 野生のすみれやたんぽぽも道端にいっぱい咲いていました。 それらをみながら幸せを感じました。

April No.2

Yesterday, while teaching a junior high school student, I came across  very good English sentences in a textbook.


They are as follows

"Good luck can only come when you go through hardship. That's when I realized that all these difficulties were gifts."


In winter, cherry trees had only bare branches. The branches finally budded, and they blossomed all at once. After a time of full bloom, they are beginning to scatter now. But after that, the young leaves come out and become a beautiful green color.


Everything changes every day. I want to concentrate on what I can do now and have fun.






April  No 1

Today I loaded lots of bulky garbage, a rusty umbrella stand, old cushions, and broken appliances like an oil fan heater, a printer, and a coffee maker, into my car and drove to the Clean Center to throw them away. 


When I got to the Clean center, the weight of the car was measured at the entrance. After getting the bulky garbage out of the car and throwing it away, the car was measured at the exit again. By doing so, the weight of garbage was known and I was told to pay 360 yen. 


The clean center was located along the Muko River, and I saw the cherry blossoms in full bloom. They were so beautiful. Looking at the flowers for a while, I was thankful for all those old things that I had thrown away.



今日コーヒーメーカー、プリンター、石油ファンヒーターのような壊れた家電、さびついた傘立て、古いクッションなどたくさんの粗大ごみを自家用車に積みました。 そして、クリーンセンターに行きました。 クリーンセンターに着いたとき、車の重さが測られました。 粗大ごみを車から降ろして捨てた後また出口で車の重さが測られました。 そうすることによって、ごみの重さが知られ、私は360円払うように言われました。クリーンセンターは、武庫川沿いにあり、わたしは満開の桜を見ました。それらはとても美しかったです。しばらく花を見て、私は捨てたものに感謝しました。

March No.1

I eat breakfast at 7:30 am every day. At that time I watch NHK's morning drama series on BS. After that, I also watch a program called Great Traverse. A person named Yoki Tanaka is trying to climb 300 famous mountains in Japan one after another on foot only.


The mountain he climbed today was Mt. Togakushi. He carefully walked on a high ridge where snow remained. It was so dangerous. I was relieved when he reached the top safely and I could enjoy seeing very beautiful scenery mountains.




February No.4

I'm making a tourist information app for Kyoto, so I went to Kyoto again. This time, I went to Adashino Nenbutsuji Temple in the Sagano district.


There was still a state of emergency in effect, so there was no one in the precincts except me.


While looking at a huge number of stone Buddhist statuettes, I had the feeling that many people had lived and died. I felt that I was also going to die someday.


After that, I went to Otagi Nenbutsuji Temple too. I didn't know that there was such a surprising place in Kyoto. It was a small adventure.



京都の観光案内アプリをつくっているので、また京都に行ってきました。 今回は嵯峨野地区の化野念仏寺に行きました。 まだ緊急事態宣言が出ていたので、境内には私以外誰もいませんでした。 たくさんの石仏をみながら、たくさんの人が生きて死んでいったんだなあと感じました。 自分もいつか死ぬんだなあと感じました。 そのあと、愛宕念仏寺にも行きました。 京都にこんなところがあるとは知りませんでした。 小さな冒険でした。

February No. 3

It is February, but the warm days have continued. So I went to Kyoto by car. It is a 1-hour drive there from my house.


I could drive only in the neighborhood before, but recently because of corona-virus, I was able to drive longer.


Arashiyama had only a few tourists. I crossed the Togetsu Bridge and took a walk along the famous Bamboo Forest Road.


After that, I entered the garden of Tenryu-ji Temple, a World Heritage Site.


Plum blossoms and camellia flowers were in bloom, and birds were chirping.

It was the first time in Kyoto when I saw so few tourists. I had a luxurious feeling.




February No.2

From February 3rd, it became spring on the calendar. The state of Emergencies in the Tokyo metropolitan area and Kansai area has continued, but the number of corona-infected people has decreased.


Coronavirus vaccination has begun. The daylight has become longer. We can enjoy viewing plum blossoms now.


The year of 2020 was a tough year, but I think 2021 is a year of recovery and transformation. I can't go anywhere now, but when the state of emergency is lifted in March, I want to go somewhere.




February No.1

Every day, I look forward to buying and drinking coffee at a Nescafe coffee stand at Sekasegawa Station in the afternoon. The clerk is shift-based, so the person is different depending upon the day.


One of clerks is very friendly, so I got to talk with her. It’s a happy time to have a short conversation and later have a hot cup of coffee on the station bench.

As I drink, I see some people ordering coffee at the shop and talking to the clerk as I do.


Sometimes some older guys keep talking to her over coffee. I think the friendly woman is a relaxing person for them.




January  No.3

Two years ago, in January 2018, I started visiting 33 temples  which are famous for their Kannon statues. I joined the Hankyu bus tours 12 times. I visited all the temples.


After that, in January of last year, I visited Zenkoji Temple in Shinsyu to give thanks. This year, I sent an application form to become a Sendachi, who can guide beginners around a tour of visiting these 33 temples.


I want to go around the 33 temples again.






January No.1

The number of infections of the covid-19 virus has been increasing more and more. My eldest son's family living in Tokyo decided not to return home for the New Year's holiday. So I made only one-third of the usual Osechi dishes.


On January 1st, I went to a place in our neighborhood to watch the sunrise. It is located at top of a slope, so we can enjoy a good view.


At 7:10, the sun began to rise above mountains. Not only on New Year's Day, but the sun shines upon the earth every day. I gave thank for the sun, for the earth and, for simply being alive.




December No.3

The bag I had been using every day for three years became worn out, so I wanted to get a new bag.


The first condition in choosing a new bag is that it be light. Next, it can be used both as a shoulder bag and a backpack.


I couldn't find it easily, but finally I found it. It suits the conditions perfectly, and the price is 3,100 yen. It is a very reasonable price.


I bought it right away and started using it today. I feel happy using my new bag. I am also thankful for my old bag!



3年間毎日使ってきたかばんがだいぶ擦り切れてきたので 新しいカバンが欲しくなりました。新しいカバンを選ぶ条件は、まず軽いこと。次にショルダーバックにもなり、リュックサックにもなることです。なかなか見つかりませんでしたが、ついに見つけました。条件にぴったりで、しかも値段が3100円。大変リーゾナブルです。すぐに購入して、今日から使い始めました。新しいカバンを使って幸せな気持ちになりました。古いカバンも今までありがとう!

December No. 1

It's December now.


This year 2020 was supposed to be a glamorous year for the Tokyo Olympics, but an incident occurred that we never could have imagined. It was covid-19.


Last March almost all schools were closed all at once, a state of emergency was declared and we had to stay home.


This fall the infection has subsided, and many people enjoyed the Go to Travel or Go to Eat campaigns, but recently we are worried that the number of infected people is increasing once again now.


I’m sure 2020 will be a year that will be in the textbooks of future history.




November No.1

I heard that roses in Aramaki Park in Itami city are in full bloom, so I went there by car.


It is a 15 minute drive from my house. I knew the roses bloom in May, but I found out they bloom twice a year.


It was a sunny day in autumn, it was neither cold nor hot. It was a comfortable day. Under the blue sky, roses of various colors such as red, pink, white, and yellow were blooming. I was freely looking around the park.


The leaves around the park were beginning to turn colors. We enjoyed the wonderful autumn day.



October No.4

I saw how to organize the vegetable compartment in the refrigerator on Youtube.


I arranged paper bags which I bought at the 100-yen shop in the vegetable compartment and put vegetables such as cabbage, daikon radish, cucumbers and carrots in each bag.


When I open the vegetable compartment, I can see what kind of vegetables are immediately.


Two packages of the paper bags cost 200 yen. One contains 5 large bags and the other one contains 8 small bags.


By putting vegetables in bags, it is easy to organize, it looks beautiful, and it is easy to clean. I’m very happy.