31 December, 2012

Happy New Year of 2013!

Happy New Year of 2013! by Yuji_in_Paris
Happy New Year of 2013!, a photo by Yuji_in_Paris on Flickr.

A lot of people were talking about the end of the world on 21 of December, 2012.

I was quite sure it wouldn't end. In fact, I enjoyed it a lot with many friends!

Thank you my friends, it was so much fun. It was the best "end of the world" I ever had! I am already looking forward to the next one!


Yuji xxx

29 December, 2012

Out of Town

Sympathy by Yuji_in_Paris
Sympathy, a photo by Yuji_in_Paris on Flickr.

Express to Lyon
Sleeping baby and father's smile
I just close my eyes (haiku by Yuji)

The haiku and the photo have no relation to each other, sorry about that!

Yuji xxx

24 December, 2012

So, It's Christmas Eve

It's Starting by Yuji_in_Paris
It's Starting, a photo by Yuji_in_Paris on Flickr.
So, it's Christmas Eve -
Not for me to bother.
I just want the shower a little hotter!  (haiku by Yuji)

I was thinking of a Christmas haiku in the shower just this morning.

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate it!

Yuji xxx

22 December, 2012

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays! by Yuji_in_Paris
Happy Holidays!, a photo by Yuji_in_Paris on Flickr.

The power was out for a while in my part of the city this afternoon. It was already getting dark.

I was cropping my hair then, so I took a shower in the dark. Glad that the shower was working.

I look out from the window, the shops' lights were off. Some people came out of their apartments worrying about the situation...

But I was very calm. I just hoped the bars would open tonight so that I could see my friends ;)

Happy Holidays, all my friends!!!

Yuji xxx

17 December, 2012

Two Papas

Deux papas, c'est mieux que sans parents ;-)

Two papas is better than without parents, in my humble opinion!

Yuji xxx

15 December, 2012

6 Word Story

Blessings by Yuji_in_Paris
Blessings, a photo by Yuji_in_Paris on Flickr.

"For Sale: Baby Shoes Never Worn" by Papa Hemingway

This is wonderful. I can call this a haiku. The most important thing is not in words...

I tried to write something similar with 6 words.

"For Free: Japanese Male Hard Working" by Yuji

Once again, most important thing is not in words.

Yuji xxx

PS This is a silly blog. The photo has nothing to do with the article ;-)

14 December, 2012

10 December, 2012

Time Travel

Moulin Rouge by Yuji_in_Paris
Moulin Rouge, a photo by Yuji_in_Paris on Flickr.
My university teacher once said,

"anything that makes me feel young is wonderful."

Now I know what he meant.

When I speak French, I sound like a 4 year old boy, according to my French teacher.

Oh, I feel so young!  Wonderful!!!

Yuji xxx

06 December, 2012

December morning

December morning, a busy day will start.
Poring coffee into a mug, 
Have I been following my heart? (Yuji)

For some reason, once again I am interested in English haiku.

Yuji xxx

04 December, 2012

Napoleon For My Father

It's Starting by Yuji_in_Paris
It's Starting, a photo by Yuji_in_Paris on Flickr.
I just talked about my father on my last post. He used to hate Christmas when I was a little kid. He used to be a difficult parent, indeed.

For many Japanese people, the New Year's Day is more important than Christmas.

But people do enjoy Christmas (in Japanese ways).

It's considered to be a romantic day for lovers, and of course it's the day children receive Christmas gifts.

I don't have any good Christmas memories from my childhood because of my father.

He used to say "we are Buddhists, we don't celebrate Christmas!"

I am not sure how serious he was... anyway, it's true he hated Christmas.

After my mother passed away, he changed little by little. He met some wonderful Christian people, and he became a Christian.

He even got baptized this summer!

Last Christmas, I sent him a Christmas gift for the first time.

He said, "thank you! This is from God!"

I wanted to say, "excuse me, but I think it's from me..."

What I sent him was a bottle of Napoleon. I will probably send him another bottle this year...

It's my way of saying "sorry, I am not coming back to Japan..."

Yuji xxx

03 December, 2012

My Father's Haiku

Very interesting coincidence...

On my last post, I wrote about the haiku "seeing one's father in the mirror".

And yesterday my own father sent me his own haiku in Japanese by e-mail.

If I translate it into English, it becomes like this.

Chrysanthemums -
What a shame
Never called you by your name (by my father, translated by Yuji)

I don't think my father is so good at haiku, and probably I am one of the very few people who understand what he means in this haiku. 

He is talking to his dead wife, giving her some chrysanthemum flowers, feeling sorry about never calling her by the real name.It is not unusual in Japan that husbands and wives never call each other by their names.

If they have children, they often call each other "Mum" and "Dad" (Mama and Papa are commonly used words in Japanese adopted from English),

In my father's case, he used to call his wife, my mother who passed away some 6 years ago, "hey", "well", "come here",  "just a little", "wife!" etc.

It may sound very strange, but it's quite normal in my culture.

I have had a very difficult relationship with my family. But after Mother's death, my relationship with Father is so much better.

I am thinking about sending him "answering haiku" responding to this one.

Yuji xxx

28 November, 2012

Haiku in Foreign Languages

Vintage Bench Monday by Yuji_in_Paris
Vintage Bench Monday, a photo by Yuji_in_Paris on Flickr.
A good friend of mine gave me a haiku book in French.

The first haiku that caught my eyes is this one.

Ce matin l'automne - 
dans le miroir 
Le visage de mon père (Murakami Kijo) 

I love it when I understand French!

More than that, I was deeply moved by the beauty of haiku in French. I didn't know this haiku in Japanese, but I perfectly understood the idea behind this work.

If I translate the same haiku into English, it will be like this.

Autumn morning -
in the mirror
My father's face (translated by Yuji)

Well, this is not beautiful nor poetic at all. I can't believe I'm Japanese and I used to work as a translator!

By the way, what is haiku? My favorite description is " a dew drop of poesy." I read this in an English haiku book, which I don't remember the title of.

Another friend of mine in Germany just released his electronic poem book.

I don't understand German (except "prost") but the last chapter is written in English, which I enjoyed a lot! 

Here, he does a wonderful "Schüttelreim" playing with words so cleverly. 

Maybe one day I will also write books in English as well. Not sure about French... not just yet. 

Yuji xxx

PS Hartmut, Thank you for your advice. I added the one word to the translation!

23 November, 2012

How to be a Writer 2

"Yuji, how can I be a writer? I also want to have my books published."

I don't know how many people asked me this question in Japan.

Then I ask them, "well, have you written a novel or short story or whatever something you can show other people now as your work?"

Their answer is always the same.

"No... because nobody asked me to write. I have never received any offer."

And I tell them, "then, you will never be a writer. I promise!"

They must think I am mean. (oh yes, I can be mean, very mean, time to time! Be careful!)

How can they get job offers as a writer if they haven't complete anything they can show other people?

This is not just about people who have a dream of becoming a writer. In fact, most people keep dreaming without doing anything specific. As a result, they live a life they don't like and keep complaining how unhappy they are. Sad.

If you are serious about becoming a professional writer, how about starting a blog? You can do it today.  Most of the time, it's free.

Please don't try to find excuses like "nobody knows me, so nobody will visit my blog." All the writers were unknown at the beginning. But they made efforts to be known while producing their writing works.

Please don't say, "I have nothing to write about." You do have your own unique experiences and your own point of view that you can share with the rest of the world.

To those who are serious about becoming a professional writer, I would like to advise you one more thing.

"Live your life fully"

In my case...

I am living my life like a big joke. And the joke is real.

Yuji xxx

21 November, 2012

How to be a Writer 1

When The City Wakes Up by Yuji_in_Paris
When The City Wakes Up, a photo by Yuji_in_Paris on Flickr.
I don't remember when I became a night person. Probably it was when I started listening to the radio in bed when I was 11 or 12 years old.

My parents were very strict on me, they didn't allow me to watch more than one TV program a week in those days.

So, I was secretly listening to the radio in bed wearing a headset.

Thanks to this experience, I was able to listen to the kind of music I would never listen to otherwise. And I could hear all kind of stories TV programs wouldn't tell you.

This habit, staying up late, stayed with me. After everybody goes to sleep, I can do my own things, including writing. It eventually became my work.

You never know what will do you good later, no matter how bad it may seem now.  If I was watching TV every single day, I didn't become a night person. And I didn't become a writer.

Of course, it's not the only reason why I was able to become a writer.

And don't forget; all the writers are so good at making up stories!

Yuji xxx

17 November, 2012

Paris Through My Eyes

Recently two of my close French friends told me exactly the same thing.

"Paris doesn't look like your photos, Yuji!"

Oh, well. But to my eyes, Paris looks like this. I am not good at using Photoshop, so I normally don't make major changes on my photos.

In fact, I always enjoy photos of Tokyo taken by photographers from other countries. They always teach me new ways to look at Tokyo.

I often think everyone has his or her own world. And our worlds are building the whole world.

My Paris can be a little different from others people's Paris.

Paris is my amusement park, Metro is my roller coaster!

Yuji xxx

13 November, 2012

Haiku in English

Autumn breeze / Another beer to be romantic / Two more to be poetic. (Yuji)

I wrote it several years ago. For some reason, I was writing beer haikus then!

There aren't any specific rules in English haikus. But it's got to be short!

Yuji xxx

Meeting Vikings

A while ago, on my first trip to Germany, my German friends took me to this farm.

People periodically get together wearing Viking costumes and enjoy Viking lifestyle.

I have never seen anything like that in my life, and I was so confused that I couldn't take any photos for many weeks after I left this event.

One of my German friends said, "Life is short! Why do Japanese people not have such fun?"

Please don't ask me why. I actually think they should!

Maybe I should start a Samurai farm somewhere in Japan?  Anyone, who wants to be a sponsor?

Yuji xxx

30 October, 2012

Good Japanese Restaurants in Paris

My Boots Getting Locked by Yuji_in_Paris
My Boots Getting Locked, a photo by Yuji_in_Paris on Flickr.
I have heard that there are about 600 hundred Japanese restaurants in Paris now. And most of them are run by Chinese people.

I have no complaints, because there are many Chinese restaurants in Japan run by Japanese people...

Several people have asked me about good Japanese restaurants in Paris. So, here are some of them I like.

Isami (sushi)

Address : 4 quai d’Orléans 75004
Tél : 01 40 46 06 97

This is the only good sushi restaurant I can recommend. A little bit expensive. The food is very real.

Reservation is a MUST!

Nodaiwa (eel)

Adress : 272,rue Saint-Honoré 75001
Tél : 01 42 86 03 42

Grilled eel over rice is a special dish for Japanese people. A little expensive. The waiters and waitresses speak perfect Japanese!

Aki (okonomiyaki)

Address : 11 bis rue Sainte Anne,
75001 Paris
Tel :

What is okonomiyaki? My quick answer is Japanese pizza. LOL If you want to know more about it, Wikipedia is always a good idea.

Reasonable, always crowded!

Kunitoraya (udon)

Adress : 39 rue Sainte-Anne 75001
Tél : 01 47 03 33 65

Adress : 5, rue Villedo 75001
Tél : 01 47 03 07 74

There are two branches near Opera area. I like the new one on rue Villedo.

Udon is Japanese noodles in soup made of wheat, different from soba which is made of buckwheat.

Medium expensive. Always crowded.

Naritake (ramen)

Address: 31 rue de Petits-Champs, 75001
Tel: 01 42 86 03 83

New, reasonable, great for the price!

Please call them before going to the restaurants. In Paris, you never know what happens.

Yuji xxx

28 October, 2012

Looking For Home

Sunset Photographer by Yuji_in_Paris
Sunset Photographer, a photo by Yuji_in_Paris on Flickr.
To make it short, I wasn't a happy child. Because of my father's job and other family issues, we had to move one place to another very frequently.

We rarely stayed in one place for more than 3 years.

After changing schools so many times, I felt scared to make new friends. If I get close to them, it will be hard for me to separate from them.

Even now I am not good at saying good bye. But I am getting better making good friends.

Interesting to think how your childhood may affect your life later on. Thanks to my experiences, I am not scared to go to new places now. Travelling is one thing I enjoy most, as well as many other things.

I am a lot happier than a year ago, largely because I feel so much at home now.

Life is a long journey home. We are all looking for our home where we can peacefully end our lives.

And where you were born may not be the place. Some people are struggling because of this belief; "I was born here, so I need to live here forever."

I must say I am glad I wasn't one of them.

One more important thing, home is a state of mind. No matter where you are, you can be at home.

For some people it could be their birth places our countries, and for some others it could be elsewhere.

Yuji xxx

17 October, 2012

Yuji Is Back

Posterization Practice by Yuji_in_Paris
Posterization Practice, a photo by Yuji_in_Paris on Flickr.
Hello, all my friends.

Very sorry for the long silence. I was going through a big change of life, and was trying to balance my activities for Japan and for the rest of the world ;-)

I will try posting new entries more often in the future.

Fortunately everything is going well in my new life.

Now I am trying to find a new goal in life... I have been working so hard to get well settled as a writer for many years, I guess it's time for me to try to enjoy my life more.

Thank you all my friends for your support.

Sending you big hugs,


24 May, 2012

See you soon

Sorry for being quiet. I am going through a major change of life. But over all I am VERY happy!

I will come back with a new photo blog in a while.

Meanwhile, if you are interested in seeing my photos, please visit my Flickr account. 

Yuji xxx

16 February, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day by yujiblog
Happy Valentine's Day, a photo by yujiblog on Flickr.

All my friends,

Please accept my apology for not updating this blog these days.

I have been very busy with work. But I am doing very well, and I am very happy!

Happy belated Valentine's day!

Yuji xxx