七夕

29 Jun

Next week is 七夕 (Tanabata).
Click here to read my short FAQ post about “Tanabata”.

The shopping street near our house has begun to decorate for it a couple days ago. They put up bamboo trees, paper lanterns, and other decorations. The local school children will write their wishes on a piece of paper to be tied to the trees.

Here’s a picture I took of the decorated street:

We’ll put a bamboo tree on our porch next week, as we do every year…and my kids, my wife and I will attach papers with our wishes written on them.

My wife and I always write the same thing: that our kids will have a happy, healthy life.

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Yesterday at lunchtime, a comedian who is starting to become popular was scheduled to perform at a store not too far from where we live.

We planned to go watch him…but we all woke up too late to get there on time, so we went to our kids’ favorite shopping mall instead.

But it started me thinking of famous people that I’ve met on the streets of Tokyo.

I met and talked to:
乙武 洋匡 (Ototake Hirotada) (an author who became a school teacher, who was born without arms or legs),

Eric Singer (the American drummer who was in many bands including KISS),

Bruce Kulick (the American guitarist who was also in KISS),

Carmine Appice (another American drummer. He’s called “Carmine Sensei” in Japan)…I helped design his website also,

Eddie Van Halen,

Sean Lennon (John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s son),

and 琴欧洲 Kotooshu (the Bulgarian Sumo wrestler).

Have you ever met a celebrity?

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We have a pet turtle.

His name is 亀吉くん (Kamekichi).

It’s fun to watch him eat. I took a video of it (it’s not a real clear video and he’s not eating as ferociously as he usually does 😦 Maybe I’ll take a new video of him another day.)

8 Responses to “七夕”

  1. Elita August 5, 2009 at 12:39 am #

    Yeah, I mean not “American Indians”
    ok…ok…clear…thanks for replying my message. 😀

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    • tokyo5 August 5, 2009 at 12:45 am #

      I knew what you meant. 😉
      Yes, I’m an American.

      Thanks for visiting my site again (and commenting)…feel free to comment anytime!

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  2. Elita Sari Lubis April 10, 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    Hi…. meet U again…
    Ikaga desu ne?

    ow, now I’m 17……
    now your oldest daughter 16 exactly, my regard for her 🙂

    btw, that’s a big surprise for me ’cause I knew just a little bit of Japanese could speak English. And now, yeah…. You’re native American 🙂

    do you have facebook address?

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    • tokyo5 April 10, 2009 at 11:30 pm #

      My oldest daughter is almost sixteen.

      >You’re native American

      I don’t mean to nit-pick, ‘cuz I know what you mean. Yes, I was born in America.
      But the phrase “native American” is usually used as another term for “American Indians“…so, in that sense, I’m not a “native American“.

      >do you have facebook address?

      No. I don’t see the appeal of “networking” sites such as Facebook or MySpace.

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  3. tokyo5 July 20, 2008 at 12:59 am #

    Elita Sari Lubis…

    You’re only 16? Just a year older than my oldest daughter!

    Anyway…thanks for visiting my blog and commenting!

    Sorry…I don’t know Ototake-san’s email address.

    But you’re right…he is very admirable. I was lucky to have met him briefly in Yokohama!

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  4. Elita Sari Lubis July 19, 2008 at 5:01 pm #

    It’s a funny turtle. If you’re the turtle lover, you can come to my house in Indonesia, cause here’s a lot of turtle, and noone wanna protect them.
    By the way, do you know Hirotada Ototake’s email? I like him so much. He’s great man. With “No one’s Perfect”, his bravery, and makes me thanks to God for all that I have. Without legs and arms, he still look handsome, 🙂
    So, please send me his email and say my “admiration” for him if you meet him again. I wanna talk and meet Oto also. He’s great man!

    By:
    Elita Sari Lubis
    16, student

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  5. tokyo5 July 7, 2008 at 11:19 pm #

    We got the turtle about two months ago.

    He didn’t eat at all for three weeks after we brought him home…we were worried. But he eats plenty now!

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  6. Mb July 7, 2008 at 2:49 am #

    Your pet turtle is cute! When did you get him?

    I’ve never run into any famous people. But as you know, I worked for one! I also saw Cher’s house when I went to Malibu (part of the job when I worked for this person).

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