Andy Warhol

They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.(人はいつも、時が物事を変えてくれると言うけれども、本当は、それはあなた自身が変えなければならない。) ----- Andy Warhol


Count Down & New Year Events カウントダウン&ニューイヤーイベント

On New Year's Eve - New Year's Day, lots of countdown events are being held here in Tokyo as well. For farther information about the events in Tokyo, please visit the website. Whether you are having a blast during the year change period or not, hope all of you will have another happy new year.


Stormhouse ジ・エクスペリメント

Being generally well-written and interesting, it is a pretty solid claustrophobic story as an indie horror flick. Good dialogue, nice pace, and the effective ending. Considering the budget and likely time constraints they were under, we should understand some of the mediocre choices they made. Yet the acting was good, and it was obvious the talent was there.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Christmas illuminations in Tokyo クリスマス・イルミネーション東京

Wishing you and yours a very merry Christmas and a happy new year! For farther information about the illuminations or events in Tokyo, please visit the website. Let's find out if they have Christmas trees, events, or fireworks or not, and enjoy visiting our favorite spots.
皆さま、どうぞステキなクリスマス、そして良いお年をお迎えくださいますよう。 東京都のイルミネーション・ライトアップイベント情報の詳細はサイトをご覧くださいませ。クリスマスツリー、イベント、花火の有無などをチェックして、気になるスポットを楽しみましょう。


Grabbers グラバーズ

This film is a nice example to show that we do not need a huge budget to deliver a first rate comedy-horror film with a witty script. The combination of CGI and practical are very effective and well done. Its overall concept and whimsical tale of alien creatures attacking the inhabitants of a small Irish village would provide laughs and scare in generous quantities reminding you of a certain movie with dinosaurs.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Christmas Jazz Concert クリスマス・ジャズコンサート

Setagaya Chuo Church is holding Christmas Jazz Concert tonight (December 8th). For farther information, please click the image or the website. We went there a couple of years ago and enjoyed their wonderful jazz music for free, and also got a cool Christmas present, which was the Bible written in both English and Japanese. Thank you so much. I wish all of you a very merry Christmas this year as well.


Midnight in Paris ミッドナイト・イン・パリ

Woody Allen(ウディ・アレン) led his misanthropy, fear of death, and anti-American bitterness into comfortable comic whimsy, which makes us remind that all of us are fairly supposed to make the best of life in our own time while longing for a past that probably never existed. Allen seems to be even blaming himself mildly for his compulsive romanticism, his obsession with the past and his disconnection from contemporary American life.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Steven Spielberg

I don't dream at night, I dream all day; I dream for a living.(私にとって夢は夜みるものではない。 寝ても覚めても夢をみる。夢をみるのが仕事なのだ。) ---- Steven Spielberg


Brave メリダとおそろしの森

Another visual feast and a solid Pixar film. With its beautiful and moving new fairy tale, "Brave" fits seamlessly into this genre. It has everything fine Pixar films should have: a wonderful setting, fantastic CGI, beautiful and interesting characters, (Merida alone is such an interesting and adorable character) and a lot of heart. For some, this might not be Pixar's best, but it holds up to extremely high standards.

For farther information, please visit the website.


The Amazing Spiderman アメイジング・スパイダーマン

A reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise. Tobey Maguire(トビー・マグワイア) is replaced by Andrew Garfield(アンドリュー・ガーフィールド) in the protagonist role of Peter Parker. His main love interest switches from Mary-Jane Watson to Gwen Stacy, and the villain in this installment is Dr Curt Connors aka Lizard. As expected, this reboot goes back to the beginning when Peter Parker becomes Spider-Man only it is told in a rather different way to the other volumes.

For farther information, please visit the website.


November 15th-19th: Free on Kindle "The Gnomes of Knot-Hole Manor" 11月15日~19日: キンドルにて無料「木のあなにすむノーム」

Kindle キンドル
Paperback ペーパー
"The Gnomes of Knot-Hole Manor" will be free on Kindle with my translation from November 15th- 19th. I hope you, including Japanese and English learners, will also enjoy it till the end as it is such an adorable, heart-warming bilingual book. (with Romaji pronunciation for Japanese learners) Here is the author, Adele Marie Crouch's message for her prospective readers in the future.
"The children of the world are our future. This book was designed as a teaching tool. Within the pages you will find words that sound the same with different meanings such as 'cot' and 'caught'. You will also find words with silent letters such as 'knot' and 'know'. I have used as many such words as would fit nicely into the story. I would like to express my gratitude to every parent who enhances their child's life with the world of stories."
Here is the author's blog.
You can also enjoy her other bilingual book series. Thank you so much for such an adorable gem, Adele!



Family Reading Day 家庭読書の日

Setagaya Central Library is holding a lecture presentation on November 24th in commemoration of Setagaya Family Reading Days, which are the 23rd of each month. Ms. Fumiko Araki (Bun chan), an author for picture-card shows, and Ms. izue Wake (Wake chan), an illustrator, are giving us lots of stories with their puppet plays, picture-card shows, paper theaters, etc themed on "Let's enjoy stories with your parents and children". For farther information, please visit the website.
Date: November 24th (Saturday) 10:30am ~12:30am
Place: Sakuragaoka Kumin center
Fee: free   Deadline: November 15th
費用:無料   募集人員:先着100名   申し込み期間:~11月15日(木)〆


We Bought a Zoo 幸せへのキセキ

This is a beautiful movie, full of life, truthfully acted, beautifully shot, and lovingly directed by Cameron Crowe(キャメロン・クロウ). You can expect to cry but it is also funny with levity coming just when you need it. Matt Damon(マット・デイモン) was brilliant as the heartbroken but hopeful father, and all the kids were brilliant. Anyone willing to open his or her heart will fall in love with this movie and will be glad to find there are still artists who are courageous enough to embrace it in this cynical world.

For farther information, please visit the website.


George Bernard Shaw

Do not waste your time on Social Questions. What is the matter with the poor is Poverty; what is the matter with the rich is Uselessness.(社会的な問いに時間を空費してはいけない。貧乏な人で問題になることは貧困であるように、富裕な人で問題になるのは"必要とされないこと"なのだから。) --- George Bernard Shaw


Halloween Contest (Stamp Rally) ハロウィーンコンテスト(スタンプラリー)

Halloween Contest (Stamp Rally) is taking place in Sakura-Shinmachi (4 stations from Shibuya) this weekend (October 27th). The prizes include Nintendo 3DS LL, Disneyland tickets, Sazae-san celluloid pictures & goods and so on. For farther information, please visit their website.
今週末、10月27日、桜新町(渋谷から4駅)にてハロウィーンコンテスト(スタンプラリー)が開催されます。賞品にはニンテンドー3DS LLやディズニーランドチケット、サザエさんセル画・グッズなどがございます。詳細はサイトをご覧くださいませ。


A surprise farewell gift from AEON Shibuya Hachiko School

Today's my last day teaching at AEON Shibuya Hachiko School yet I'm still teaching at AEON Shibuya Honko School, both of which co-exist in peace just a few min walk from each other... Got a sweet farewell card and gift from my wonderful co-workers tonight. Thank you so much for such beautiful time. Hope each one of your autumn will be fruitful as well... Looking forward to getting together again if there are chances in the future.


Frankenstein: Day of the Beast 新・フランケンシュタイン

A priest, who was brought to an isolated island on a foggy winter morning, is paid to perform a wedding under strange conditions. The groom is Frankenstein and the bride is his cousin, and dangerous soldiers are hired to protect the bride against something huge in the woods awaiting for the wedding. Frankenstein is the only one who knows the truth yet his secret will be paid with his army's men who die one by one as the creature gets closer to the bride. Here is its tag line, "An Island... A Bride... A Monster..."

For For farther information, please visit the website.


Bakumatsu Ishin Festival 幕末維新祭り

Bakumatsu (End of Edo period) Festival is taking place at Shoin shrine(Setagaya-ward), where Shoin Yoshida sleeps, this weekend (October 27th- 28th). For farther information, please visit their website. We can enjoy lots of interesting programs.


Snow White and the Huntsman スノーホワイト

An epic fantasy film starring teen favourites Kristen Stewart(クリステン・スチュワート)and Chris Hemsworth(クリス・ヘムズワース)based on the popular fairytale "Snow White". The plot is, as we all know, the story from childhood. Evil Queen played by Charlize Theron(シャーリーズ・セロン), who is constantly talking to her mirror, is trying to kill her pure step-daughter(Kristen Stewart), and hires a Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to do the job for her. The Huntsman takes pity on the girl when he finds her, and together they become fugitives, then go on a journey that involves meeting seven dwarfs. What follows is a major battle between good and evil to determine who will reign over the Kingdom, the evil Queen or our heroine Snow White.

For For farther information, please visit the website


Sangen-jaya Street Performance 三軒茶屋 大道芸

Daidogei (Street Performance) Festival is taking place in Sangen-jaya (two stations from Shibuya) this weekend (October 20th- 21st). For farther information, please visit their website. Let's have a wonderful time with lots of exciting street performers.


The Killing Strain ゾンビ・バスターズ

A zombie film from Texas. A man-made virus, 'The Killing Strain' turns infected humans into raging monsters. It rapidly spreads forcing uninfected survivors to make life-or-death decisions before the U.S. military firebombs the area in a desperate attempt. And the rest is history... As an independent film for this genre, the effects and plot were good, and everyone in it gave all 100%.

For For farther information, please visit the website.


Inari Shrine Reitaisai Festival 稲荷神社例大祭

Reitaisai Festival is taking place at Hisatomi Inari Shrine (Setagaya-ku) this weekend. Let's get our souls and bodies refreshed by lots of enjoyable events such as Karaoke contest, hula dance show, cheer leading squad, Japanese drum performance as well as their mikoshi. For farther information, please click the images.


Primitive ビースト・プレデター

Martin Blaine has been less than successful as a special effects makeup artist, and is getting into therapy on his girlfriend's recommendation. During his session, he saw his mother pass away under mysterious circumstances, which was a prophetic dream. On the next day, he got disturbing news, and returns to his hometown. Before long, people begin to drop dead, brutally torn apart by what appears to be a predatory monster. Not only the local sheriff but also Martin himself start to believe that Martin is somehow responsible since all of the victims are connected to him and that his inner demon made all of those monsters.

For For farther information, please visit the website.


Mahatma Gandhi

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.(明日死んでしまうかのように生きろ。永遠に生きるかのように学べ。) ---- Mahatma Gandhi


Zombie 108 Z108地区 ゾンビ包囲網

"Z108" is being screened with my translation at Human Trust Cinema Shibuya Theatre in Tokyo on September 29th (Saturday). The director himself managed cash flow using the Internet while creating such an eye-catching trailer to make it newsy, then succeeded in getting enough money to shoot this feature film. "Z" comes from zombie, and "108" is the postal code of  Nishimonchi, Taipei, where the movie was set. Let's beat the late-summer heat with this frightening horror, ero-guro (erotic and grotesque), zombie film from Taiwan. Speaking of Taiwan, they donated more money to earthquake-stricken Japan (2011.03.11) than any other country in the world. Thank you so much.
字幕翻訳いたしました「Z108地区 ゾンビ包囲網」が9月29日(土)ヒューマントラストシネマ渋谷で上映されます。監督自らインターネットを通じて、映画への出資者を募り、同時にインパクトのある予告編で話題も提供し、映画を撮るのに十分な資金を集めて完成した作品。タイトル「Z108」のZはZombieのイニシャル。108は、舞台となった台北・西門町を指す郵便番号。台湾からのゾッとするホラーエログゾンビ映画で、残暑を乗り切りましょう。台湾と言えば、東日本大震災の際、日本への義捐金が世界第一位だったお国です。ありがとうございます。

Here is the screening info. 上映情報はこちら。

For For farther information, please visit the websites.


Carnage おとなのけんか

The basic premise of the movie is the interactions of two sets of parents who get together for the purpose of an altercation between their children. Jodie Foster(ジョディ・フォスター) and John C. Reilly(ジョン・C・ライリー) are the parents of the injured child, and Kate Winslet(ケイト・ウィンスレット) and Christopher Waltz(クリストフ・ヴァルツ) are the parents of the boy that hit the other boy. Then, gradually the breakdown of civility between the two parties ensues. The casting was great, dialogue was sharp, I would say it is an excellent dark comedy which requires multiple viewing to understand the characteristics and greatness in the performances of the actors.

For For farther information, please visit the website.


Blood Pigs ブラッド 血肉のいけにえ

An apocalyptic zombie with the best gore. Extremely bloody, graphic and inventive. It takes a little while for the blood to start flowing but the last half is almost non-stop gore. The acting and plot were fine for this genre. The zombies were cool looking and the blood pig creatures themselves are very ambitious and gruesome. The bleak grotesque finale gives you a feeling that the blood pigs are everywhere and that humanity is doomed. If you like pure gruesome inventive gore, this is for you.

For farther information, please visit the website.


The Gnomes of Knot-Hole Manor 木のあなにすむノーム

"The Gnomes of Knot-Hole Manor" was released with my translation in Japan. I hope you, including Japanese and English learners, will also enjoy it till the end as it is such an adorable, heart-warming bilingual book. (with Romaji pronunciation for Japanese learners) Here is the author, Adele Marie Crouch's message for her prospective readers in the future.
"The children of the world are our future. This book was designed as a teaching tool. Within the pages you will find words that sound the same with different meanings such as 'cot' and 'caught'. You will also find words with silent letters such as 'knot' and 'know'. I have used as many such words as would fit nicely into the story. I would like to express my gratitude to every parent who enhances their child's life with the world of stories."
Here is the author's blog.
You can also enjoy her other bilingual book series. Thank you so much for such an adorable gem, Adele!



Konnoh Hachimangu Shrine Festival (Shibuya) 金王八幡宮例大祭(渋谷)

Konnoh Hachimanguu Shrine Festival is taking place along Dogenzaka Street in Shibuya this weekend (September 15~16th). Let's forget the late-summer heat enjoying their energetic events and Mikoshi parade. For farther information, please visit the website.


(Open House) Komazawa Water Tower (見学会) 駒沢給水塔

Komazawa water tower, one of Setagaya landmarks, is being opened to public on October 1st starting to accept applications this weekend (September 15th). For farther information, please click the websites. Let's be thankful for water and hope the dams in Kanto will get enough blessed rain water soon.



Hellraiser: Revelations ヘルレイザー: レベレーション

If you are a fan of the Hellraiser, a popular horror franchise, this chapter might not be satisfying. It is said to have been made on a very strict budget, filmed in a very short time, rushed into and out of production in order to save the studio. Because of the hastiness of the production, long time star Doug Bradley(ダグ・ブラッドレイ) decided not to return as "Pinhead", which might have caused the film to be a little weak and disappointing of the series. Yet it's still interesting to a certain extent offering at least something to satisfy fans' bizarre fascination. Stephan Smith Collins(スティーヴン・スミス・コリンズ) steps into the notorious role of "Pinhead".

For farther information, please visit the website.


Welcome & Farewell Party @AEON Shibuya School ウェルカム&フェアウェルパーティ@イーオン渋谷校

AEON Shibuya school had Welcome & Farewell party at Shibuya TGI Fridays today, and we had a great time. Thank you so much for a wonderful night. Kathryn sensei, the life of the party, gave each one of us, her co-workers, a sweet gift, which I will put here. Thank you so much for your consideration.


Nebuta Festival ねぶた祭り

They are holding Nebuta Festival on Sazae-san Street in Sakura-Shinmachi (4 stations from Shibuya) this weekend (September 8th). For farther information, please click the URL. Let's beat the late-summer heat with the exhilarating Sazae-san Nebuta. If you see us there on the very day of the festival, please say hello to us.


My Week with Marilyn マリリン 7日間の恋

A well acted film boosted by the great performances especially from the lead actors, Michele Williams(ミシェル・ウィリアムズ), who does an excellent job in portraying Marilyn Monroe(マリリン・モンロー)and Kenneth Branagh(ケネス・ブラナー), who portrays Laurence Olivier. We can also enjoy a good story based on a memoir written by Colin Clark, who works for Laurence's production company and becomes fascinated by the beauty of Marilyn while getting to know her life behind the movie sets, and a decent job by the director, Simon Curtis(サイモン・カーティス) to show the real Marilyn Monroe's life very well.

For For farther information, please visit the website.


Maya Angelou

If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.(何か気に入らなければそれを変えなさい。もし変えられないのなら、あなたの態度を変えなさい。文句は言わないこと。) ---- Maya Angelou


Cassadaga 操り人間

Anthony DiBlasi(アンソニー・ディブラシ), whose first movie was "Dread(クライヴ・バーカー ドレッド恐怖)", dealt with a deaf girl who loses her beloved little sister in a car crash in this film. The girl seeks solace at the spiritualist community of Cassadaga, but she is haunted by visions of a ghost-zombie-girl who won't leave her alone before she clears the story of her death instead. The movie manages to serve you some disturbing imagery staying close to the basic ghost story yet keep you guessing all the time throwing you curve balls.

For For farther information, please visit the website.


Conviction ディア・ブラザー

Such a deeply moving film showing us what a devoted and inseparable loving sister can do for her brother when he needs her most. Their family bond for each other is stronger than any prison can break. Very well acted by Hilary Swank(ヒラリー・スワンク), Minnie Driver(ミニー・ドライヴァー), Juliette Lewis(ジュリエット・ルイス), etc... yet Sam Rockwell(サム・ロックウェル)is the one who really shines in the film. He plays his role really raw and powerful expressing lots of different emotional feelings as the man who got wrongfully convicted of murder.

For For farther information, please visit the website.


Setagaya-ku Tamagawa Fireworks Festival 世田谷区たまがわ花火大会

The 34th Setagaya-ku Tamagawa Fireworks Festival is taking place at Setagaya-kuritsu Futago-Tamagawa Ryokuchi Undohjoh this weekend (August 18th). May small happiness today lead us to "hope" for tomorrow like small seeds become large flowers eventually. For farther information, please visit the website.


Castle キャッスル

Rick Castle is an engaging hero with a surprising amount of support from the characters around him, especially with his daughter and his mother. The relationship formed between the two leads, Nathan Fillion(ネイサン・フィリオン) and Stana Katic(スタナ・カティック), is unquestionably one of the best and most endearing. Plus, not only the two leads but also the rest of the cast fits together like a strange, yet very close family. This show has it all mystery, intrigue, comedy and relationships, beyond romance. If crime dramas with an element of romantic comedy sound for you, you might want to watch and support Castle.

For For farther information, please visit the website.


Italian Clothes 70-90%OFF イタリア製 洋服 70-90%OFF

Most bang for your buck in my neighborhood! Italian Clothes:70-90%OFF! For farther information, please click the image (flier). Get together, fashionable people!


Setagaya Summer Festival せたがやふるさと区民まつり

The 35th Setagaya Summer Festival is taking place at JRA Baji park this weekend (August 4th 5th). Let's get our souls and bodies refreshed by lots of enjoyable events and local products, and beat the summer heat. For farther information, please visit the website.


Mae West

You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.(人生は1度しかないけれども、正しく生きれば1度で十分である。 ) ---- Mae West


(Open House) National Institute of Health Sciences (一般公開)国立医薬品食品衛生研究所

National Institute of Health Sciences in Setagaya-ku, Yoga, is being opened to public this weekend, July 28th (Sat) 10:00am-4:00pm. For farther information, please click the websites or the image. You could join us and get a bit smarter together.



State of Emergency ラスト4

Chaos consumes a small town when a chemical facility, located near the edge of Montgomery county, explodes releasing a toxin into the air. The chemicals quickly disperse and begin turning the town's residents into monsters, which cause the military to close the borders leaving any survivors helpless and trapped inside. We follow a young man, Jim, who desperately tries to stay hidden from the rabid townspeople eating zombies in an attempt to manage to stay alive and win back his freedom.

For For farther information, please visit the website.


Underworld Awakening アンダーワールド 覚醒

This 4th entry into the Underworld franchise creates a continuing story for future installments. The action was tight and truly Underworld style, the objectives of the film were clear, we can enjoy the confrontation between vampires, lycans and humans including the car chase scene with the lycans riding on the cars. There are tons of vampire movies out there, but I guess some would rate Underworld higher than even Twilight(トワイライト).

For For farther information, please visit the website.


Tanabata Festival 七夕祭り

We can enjoy lots of Tanabata events here in Tokyo as well this month - next month. You might want to pray your wishes come true writing them on narrow strips of paper and hanging them on bamboo trees. For farther information, please visit the website.


Emmanuelle in Wonderland エマニュエル・イン・ワンダーランド

Emmanuelle(エマニュエル)falls into a wormhole participating in a scientific experiment, and winds up in Wonderland, which isn't just the place where Alice(アリス) visited long time ago but is a brand new world where all fairy tales exist for grown-ups. We could be pleased with not only its electrifying title, but also its all-singing, all-dancing, all naked musical here and there in the tradition of the wacky cinema of the 70's as well as their other chic titles, "Emmanuelle and the Chocolate Factory" or "Emmanuele sexy Twilight".

For For farther information, please visit the websites.


Lewis Carroll

If you don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.(もしも行き先が分からなければ、どの道を行ってもそこへたどりつく。) ---- Lewis Carroll


Tanabata Decorations (Kinuta Park) 七夕飾り(砧公園)

"Let's make Tanabata Decorations" is taking place at Kinuta Park this weekend (June 30th, July 1st 10:00am-3:00pm). The program introduces various forms of hands-on activities for the participants such as making paper ornaments, writing wishes on narrow strips of paper and hanging them on bamboo trees. It might be clever to pray your wishes will come true while enjoying their wonderful Hydrangea flowers gracefully . For farther information, please visit their website.
今週末、「七夕飾りを作ってみよう」が砧公園で開催されます。(6月30日、7月1日 10:00-15:00)参加者の皆さまには、ご一緒に短冊に願い事を書いて笹に結んだり、おりがみなどで飾り付けをしていただきます。美しいアジサイを拝みつつ、願い事が叶うよう優雅にお祈りされてみるのも乙かもしれませんね。詳細はサイトをご覧くださいませ。


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo ドラゴン・タトゥーの女

The 2009 Swedish film was solid yet the two sequels had their own battles such as lower budget, switching directors, and failed to capture the tenacity the original film offered. David Fincher(デヴィッド・フィンチャー)has put his trademark darkness to fantastic use with this film. The performances are perfect all round, and its clear that Fincher and the casting production succeeded in picking not only great actors but those who embody the very essence of their characters. Though it's not vastly different in comparison to its Swedish counterpart, Fincher has improved upon what was already a fantastic piece of cinema superbly.

For farther information, please visit the website.



"1911" is an epic Chinese historical drama that Jackie Chan(ジャッキー・チェン)'s labor of love and wallet as he spent 30 million American dollars of his own money to fund this movie pays off. It convinces us with great special effects in the battle scenes, authentic locations, sounding costumes, lots of intellectual words and impressive images and internationally recognized actors such as the very unusual and surprisingly convincing Jackie Chan(ジャッキー・チェン), the diversified Joan Chan(ジョアン・チェン), or the charming Bingbing Li(リー・ビンビン). This movies teaches us a lot about Chinese culture and history and captures the essential of a complex story in a short and intense running time.

For farther information, please visit the website.


The Dead ゾンビ大陸 アフリカン

I would recommend this film to anyone with a taste for horror as well as sentiment and a nice story on its own as one of these rare occasions when a B-Grade budgeted film pulls of something amazing. Set in Africa with old school and slow walking zombies, it is not a regular zombie film, but well filmed, awesomely cast, contains enough horror to satisfy and captivating. It stays true to the classic zombie flick but gives you a bit of a new perspective. Hope to see more and more of Howard & Jon Ford brothers' (ハワード&ジョンのフォード兄弟)films on higher budget as they deserve them after this one.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Henry Ford

Failure is the opportunity to begin again, more intelligently.(失敗は、より賢くやり直す機会に過ぎない。) ---- Henry Ford


Revive Japan Youth Festival 2012 ユースフェスティバル2012

"Revive Japan Youth Festival 2012" is taking place at Setagaya community center this weekend (May 26th). A volunteer group launched this participatory event for anyone to support the disaster area hoping to bring rays of hope to Japan, whose future seems hard to imagine. For farther information, please visit the website. If your schedules meet, please join the event.


New Year's Eve ニューイヤーズ・イブ

Garry Marshall(ゲイリー・マーシャル)has been known for directing films filled with a big selection of stars, and done it again with "New Year's Eve" like his "Valentine's Day". It has an all star cast such as Michelle Pfeiffer(ミシェル・ファイファー), Robert De Niro(ロバート・デ・ニーロ), Sarah Jessica Parker(サラ・ジェシカ・パーカー), Hilary Swank(ヒラリー・スワンク), Jon Bon Jovi(ジョン・ボン・ジョヴィ), Ashton Kutcher(アシュトン・カッチャー), Halle Berry(ハル・ベリー), and Alyssa Milano(アリッサ・ミラノ). These people are dealing with lives and their problems of relationships, love, sickness, journey, break ups, births at midnight, and so on. It might not for everyone, but a nice commercial film studded with stars trying to put lots of smiles on our faces wishing for world peace and friendship.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Gotokuji Temple Tama-Nyan Festival 豪徳寺たまにゃん祭り

Gotokuji Temple Tama-Nyan Festival is taking place around Gotokuji Temple shopping mall this weekend (May 13th). Let's get our souls and bodies refreshed by lots of enjoyable events and local products with tons of beckoning cats at Gotokuji Temple. For farther information, please click the image or visit the website.


The Runaway Princess にげだした王女さま

"The Runaway Princess" was released with our translation in Japan at the end of last month. It shows us how important it is to choose our own ways to go ourselves. Princess Meg, who is always positive and energetic, charms you with her courage and power to make her plans come true. I hope you will also enjoy this heart-warming young-adult book. For farther information, please visit the website.


The 41st JRA Horse Show 第41回JRAホースショー

The 41st JRA Horse Show is taking place at JRA Baji Park on May 3rd-5th. It's a steeplechase horse race where we can enjoy top-ranked horses' shows, a variety of attractions, trial ride, test-driving of horse carts as well as lots of beautiful flowers in the park. For farther information, please visit the website. If you see us there on the very day of the event, please say hello to us.


Walt Disney

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.(不可能なことに取り組むのは、結構楽しいものである。) ---- Walt Disney


Rabbit Hole ラビットホール

It depicts how each parent copes differently with their tragedy, their son's death. The wife, played by Nicole Kidman(ニコール・キッドマン), wants to get rid of everything that reminds her of her son. While the husband, played by Aaron Eckhart(アーロン・エッカート)wants to hold on to everything that brings him beautiful memories of his son. The couple's marriage nearly falls apart as each looks for comfort in different ways. The wife finds peace in an odd relationship with the teenage driver who struck their son, yet the husband finds happiness with others outside the home. The acting, especially the two leads, is superb, and there is no happy ending but it has some nice commentary on life and coping with tragedy.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Cherry Blossom Festival @Sakura-Shinmachi さくら祭り@桜新町

Cherry Blossom Festival is taking place in Sakura-Shinmachi(Setagaya-ward), where the author of "Sazae-san" used to live, this weekend (April 22nd). We can enjoy Sazae-san lottery as celebration for the bronze statue of her main characters erected this year. The stage of Kiyoko Suizenji, who lives in this town, is also scheduled as usual. For farther information, please visit the website. If you see us there on the very day of the event, please say hello to us.


Chloe クロエ

I would say "Chloe" is a modern erotic thriller. It depicts human nature and instincts engagingly and entertainingly. A woman, played by Julianne Moore(ジュリアン・ムーア), is convinced that her husband, played by Liam Neeson(リーアム・ニーソン), is cheating on her, and in her pursuit of the truth, she looks for alternative ways to find out if her husband can betray her. She seeks out a prostitute, played by Amanda Seyfried(アマンダ・セイフライド), hiring her to test her husband. Julianne Moore shines as usual and it's also great to see Amanda playing a hotter, more mature role than before.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Moneyball マネーボール

It's a witty and elegant story of the Oakland A's, a baseball team that had been almost bankrupt but managed to overcome adversity through intelligence and perseverance. Brad Pitt(ブラッド・ピット)plays Billy Beane, the team's general manager who didn't know at first what to do to lead the low-budget team to be successful. Then he met Pete Brand, played by Jonah Hill(ジョナ・ヒル), an economic major from Yale University. Pete devises a formula that analyzes players and reveal statistics about players in a way nobody else does, which lead Billy and Pete stand up for what they believe is right. Such an inspiring and moving film using baseball as a backdrop for its deeper and more universal themes.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Letters to Juliet ジュリエットからの手紙

"Letters to Juliet" is entertaining throughout the entire film with it's interesting story plot and likable characters. Amanda Seyfried(アマンダ・セイフライド)plays as a sweet, young, engaged woman named Sophie, who finds a note written over 50 years ago by Claire, played by Vanessa Redgrave(ヴァネッサ・レッドグレーヴ), who talks of her one true love Lorenzo, and Sophie replies. It's worth enjoying the performance of Vanessa, who is still a very elegant and beautiful lady and gives credibility to Claire. The witty and bright Amanda seems to have fun performing Sophie, and Christopher Egan(クリストファー・イーガン)completes the charming young lead couple.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Ralph Waldo Emerson

In every man there is something wherein I may learn of him, and in that I am his pupil.(どんな人にも、彼らの中に、私が学ぶべき何かがある。そういう点では、私は生徒である。) ---- Ralph Waldo Emerson


The Tree of Life ツリー・オブ・ライフ

This film represents an extraordinarily haunting vision of childhood and shows us how the things we love the most are as fragile as morning dew yet very powerful, and the things which connect us separate us and bewilder us again and again throughout our lives via one of the saddest, most poignant portrayal of a family. Much of the film is focused on a typical family living in small town rural Texas in the early 1950's. Brad Pitt(ブラッド・ピット) plays Mr. O'Brien, the stern disciplinarian father and husband to Jessica Chastain(ジェシカ・チャステイン)'s, Mrs. O'Brien. Near the beginning of the film, we get Mrs. O'Brien as narrator explaining that when she was a child, the nuns informed that in life one must choose between Nature and Grace. Nature being the real time of real life, whereas Grace is the more spiritual approach. Clearly, Mr. O'Brien has chosen Nature, while his wife embodies Grace. Watching their three boys evolve in this household is quite a treat.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Tasukeai Japan 助けあいジャパン

Delivering information that is as reliable as possible. Offering advice and opportunities for people who want to help. We won't let 3.11 be forgotten, and together we will build a new future. For farther information, please visit the website.


Horrible Bosses モンスター上司

There are car chase, scandal, rape, conspiracy, blackmail, revenge, all of which are usually supposed to the key words to suspense films. "Horrible Bosses" is about three average men played by Jason Bateman(ジェイソン・ベイトマン), Charlie Day(チャーリー・デイ), Jason Sudeikis(ジェイソン・サダイキス) who are stuck on their jobs with horrible bosses played by Kevin Spacey(ケヴィン・スペイシー), Jennifer Aniston(ジェニファー・アニストン), Colin Ferrell(コリン・ファレル) all for different reasons. After reaching their breaking points, all of the three can only conclude that their lives would be nicer if their bosses ceased to exist. What follows is their hilarious efforts in finding a way to get it done without getting caught.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Hina Matsuri Festival ひな祭り

We can enjoy lots of Hina Matsuri events here in Tokyo as well in March. Let's get our souls and bodies healed by the adorable hina dolls. For farther information, please visit the website.



Mother Teresa

We can do no great things. Only small things with great love.(この世では大きいことはできません。小さなことを大きな愛でするだけです。)---- Mother Teresa


Rise of the Planet of the Apes 猿の惑星:創世記(ジェネシス)

Plot wise, it's very well told. Though it's not as intelligent as the original, but not dumb either. There is some science fiction in the film as well. As for the human cast, James Franco(ジェームズ・フランコ)seem more natural than Toby Maguire(トビー・マグワイア), who was originally lined up for the role. Brian Cox(ブライアン・コックス)and Tom Felton(トム・フェルトン)are bad enough as the film requires them to be, and Felton's performance is over-the-top. And the apes. The CGI might not be fully realistic especially when it's mixed with live actors, yet the apes in place of humans are awesome. Director Rupert Wyatt(ルパート・ワイアット)follows blockbuster blueprints from beginning to end.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Plum blossom festivals 梅まつり

Lots of plum blossom festivals take place here in Tokyo as well in February and March. These festivals organize some intriguing events such as Haiku contest, Gardening contest, Photography contest, Karaoke contest, Tea ceremony, Drum performance... Let's be healed with the pretty blossoms and their fine smell. For farther information, please visit the website.



Fame フェーム

I wouldn't say this remake of "Fame" is better or worse than the original, but believe that comparing them is not fair as there is nearly a 30-year difference between them, which must cause a big difference. Of course, the students were fresh and new with a fine modern take, ant the teachers had the same real-life lessons. We can enjoy the lives of several students being hopeful applicants in a prestigious arts school as well as becoming prospering and proud graduates. This sequel, rather than a remake, shows us what happens in an art school.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Charity Live [INJM] チャリティーライブ[イッツ ノット ジャスト マド]

An amazing excuse for a party that also helps INJM, a volunteer organization in Tohoku area Japan. http://itsnotjustmud.com/
Place: Crawfish Akasaka, Tokyo http://www.crawfish.jp/
Date: February 11th (Sat) 7:00pm-11:30pm
For farther information, please visit the website.

ライブを楽しみながら東北支援ボランティア団体INJMを支援 http://itsnotjustmud.com/
場所: Crawfish 東京都赤坂 http://www.crawfish.jp/
日程: 2月11日(土)19:00-23:30


James M. Barrie

The secret of happiness is not in doing what one likes, but in liking what one does.(幸せの秘訣は、やりたいことをするのではなく、やらなければならないことを好きになることだ。) ---- James M. Barrie


Happy Birthday to me!

My wonderful co-workers at AEON Shibuya school gave me a sweet birthday card & present today. Thank you so much. Hope all of us will count our lives by smiles, not tears, & count our ages by friends, not years.


Ugly Betty アグリーベティ

A refreshing show based on a soap opera yet its place and the characters are similar to "The Devil Wears Prada プラダを着た悪魔" taking place in the offices of a fancy fashion magazine. The story begins when the former chief editor dies, and the owner puts his son in its place instead of the ambitious lady played by Vanessa Williams(ヴァネッサ・ウィリアムズ), and much of the plot is taken up with her trying to discredit the new chief. The other part of the series concerns Betty's home life with her father, her sister, and her fashion-conscious nephew. All of the roles are perfectly cast, and Betty's open, outgoing and friendly attitude breaks down barriers between people. She'll let you who you are and be proud of it.

For farther information, please visit the website.


The Famous and the Dead 名前のない少年、脚のない少女

A great Brazilian film with an extremely enjoyable and beautiful photography and a story about existentialism in life and strange yet sincere love. The director, Esmir Filho(エズミール・フィーリョ)had been known for his fine short films, and now he has taken the plunge into features. The young actors provide impressive and natural performance with the conversation and also with the scenes where there's no conversation.

Here are some of Esmir Filho's shorts with my translation. Please visit the websites to start the movies for free. I hope you'll enjoy them.

"Something Like That そんな感じ"
"Paired Off 靴屋の恋"

For farther information, please visit the website.


Desperate Housewives デスパレートな妻たち

Teri Hatcher(テリー・ハッチャー), Marcia Cross(マーシア・クロス), Felicity Huffman(フェリシティ・ハフマン), and Eva Longoria(エヴァ・ロンゴリア・パーカー)create the bizarre and satirical world, where each one of them lives the perfect life on the outside. Susan Mayer(Teri Hatcher) is a chirpy woman with an adorable daughter and a great romance with Mike Delfino(James Denton), but her clumsiness always gets her in trouble. Bree Van De Camp(Marcia Cross) loves being perfect yet her husband can't stand her perfection, which means her life consists of struggling to retain her marriage. Lynette Scavo(Felicity Huffman) gets the most sympathy as a career woman on her way to be successful in business while her pregnancy takes it all away and now she has to struggle with the out-of-control children and a husband who just doesn't get it. Gabrielle Solis(Eva Longoria) could be the closest to the most dreaming life of the block mainly due to her rich marriage. All the women shine in their glory of the show and Marc Cherry(マーク・チェリー)has created a masterpiece with this series.

For farther information, please visit the website.


The Switch アラフォー女子のベイビー・プラン

Unmarried Kassie (Jennifer Aniston ジェニファー・アニストン) wants to have a baby and has a sperm party with the donor, Roland(Patrick Wilson パトリック・ウィルソン). Though the deed gets done, the specified cup gets switched by Wally (Jason Bateman ジェイソン・ベイトマン), who are so drunk that he doesn't remember doing it. Seven years later when Wally meets Kassie's son, Sebastian(Thomas Robinson トーマス・ロビンソン), all of their lives start getting more complicated, and, it is Sebastian who will get to you. The chemistry between Kassie and Wally is good for the characters they portrayed, and the banter between them is great. Also comedies come between Wally and Sebastian and they're quite enjoyable. Nice to see Juliette Lewis(ジュリエット・ルイス) being a friend of Jennifer.

For farther information, please visit the website.


Happy New Year!!

May the year 2012 bring all of us happiness, success, and lots of opportunities, and turn all our dreams into reality and all our efforts into great achievements, and filled with peace, hope, and togetherness of our families and friends... Wishing all of you a very happy new year!!!