Every year it happens...the Japan Meteorological Agency announces the official start of the rainy season. Then, the next day, it starts to rain....sunshine.
Gloriously hot and partly to mostly sunny weather have been the norm for the past week.
A shortage of rain will lead to a summer with a low water supply. Although this is not such a good thing, I couldn't help but be happy since I finally got to hang out the futon!
I know you may not be interested in my blankets, I just thought I'd show you how Japanese people 'hang out their laundry'. ;^)
As you might be able to tell from the above picture, we live "pretty high up" so it can be freaky to hang things over your veranda, but this is the way it is done, complete with huge futon pins to keep the covers from blowing away. THAT would be dreadful...
The great weather also meant I could do a little more digging around in our "still unopened boxes room", ie: the den. What should come out of boxes? More boxes! This is a small portion of the boxes I have accumulated over the past couple of years...
I got to air them out...and then put them back in boxes....lol. I think I need "help"...
Then I found an old suitcase, and lo and behold, Tulsa circa 1975!
My passport photo.
I didn't take this picture for posting purposes, it was just a random thing I did since I am practically glued to my camera these days. But when I looked at it later, I realized that I had my picture squeezed in between East and West....My first Japanese fan that I used when I was learning traditional Japanese dancing and my infant dress.
With this first passport I came to Japan with my mother to meet her side of the family for the very first time.
My grandmother's house is in a place that resembles the scenery in the Japanese animated film Totoro, so on that first trip I felt like an Asian version of Alice In Wonderland.
Instead of following a white rabbit, I would follow white butterflies. Instead of meeting a caterpillar I met koi. The Cheshire Cat... well, let's just say...my Aunt was there.
I look at that picture and think, who IS that girl?
That little girl wanted to be a veterinarian. She ended up being a... vegetarian...
She also wanted to be a movie director ended up being a radio show director.
She also wanted to be an author...and well, still does.
I had a great elementary school teacher who taught me the pleasures of reading and story telling.
My mother also played a big part in my love for books. With her "unique" English accent she would read me bedtime stories and I would memorize them. The next day, I would be the story teller.
We come up with so many reasons to let go of our dreams...not enough money, not enough time, too many worries... I've used them all too. But I've also been able to do many things that I dreamed of...
I've met some pretty famous people too... so I wonder why I shy away from the things that I want to do the most. Fear.
Fear of failure.
What a lame excuse...I think I'll air that out too.
Airing out my fear of failure as we write.
Upcoming "i-ro-ha series" will be on the Japanese character "ho".
Coincidentally, a word that starts with "ho" is:
"hosu" = to air, to dry
Hope you have a great weekend, wherever you are!