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