January 24, 2003

run in the neighborhood

Glorious day... Mt. Fuji isn't hiding today!

I used to jog regularly but with the cold, it's been too hard to get out of bed in the morning. I have to use an electric blanket at night to stay warm (there's a reason you find so many foreigners commenting on how houses have no insulation here...). By morning, my body feels like lead. I get so lethargic and I really should do a little something to get my blood moving.

Well, I just figured out a perfect way to get myself out of bed. You see, my cats have nothing else to do but sleep all day and I've noticed some extra rolls on their tummies. Part of this is b/c I used to leave food out for them all the time figuring they'd eat only what they need. Now I'm filling their bowls twice a day only. By morning, they are quite hungry and they sure let me know. Even after the alarm went off, I used to snuggle up to half an hour in bed. This morning though, Wakame came up close and stared at me, and believe me, you can feel a cat's stare. Katsuo was a bit more physical; he came up to my face and kept patting me with his paw. Needless to say, I got up, fed the cats, and went for a jog.

And of course, I took my camera phone:
- 2 school girls in the uniforms with their ランドセル (randoseru), backpacks from an old German design (I used to have one in red)
- The shrine I run to and the surrounding area that is swept everyday. Not a leaf in sight.
- Someone's yard with a big tanuki (raccoon known for its magical ability to transform itself...like Ponpoco in my favorite Miyazaki Hayao movie).

Posted by Mie at January 24, 2003 09:47 AM

Hi Mie, I found your site through hunkabutta after hunkamike posted the news about the meeting you guys had. Love your site! I used to live in Nagoya (yaaaawn...) in the early 90's and I miss Japan a lot, so sites like yours help me get my fix when I need it. In my opinion, though, Ponpoco, although fun to watch, isn't Miyazaki's best. I'd have to give that honour to Mononoke Hime or Porco Rosso...

Posted by: Shaun at January 24, 2003 11:40 PM

Hi Shaun,
If you visit Japan again, I'd be very interested in hearing, from your perspective, how things have changed since the early 90's. Tokyo IS different although the decline of the economy and consumer culture is still rather hidden.

Porco Rosso. I am ashamed to say I haven't seen it. I will now! Thanks : )


Posted by: at January 27, 2003 11:40 AM

Well, I plan on visiting Tokyo within the next year or so, and I'll remember to let you know my impressions. As for Miyazaki films, Porco Rosso (Kurenai no Buta) is one of personal favorites, (my friends and I loved it), but now that I think about it, I love all Ghibli studio's films, so saying what's best mostly depends on what mood I'm in. But I do recommend seeing it.

Posted by: Shaun at January 27, 2003 09:09 PM
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