January 23, 2019

Today is the anniversary of the founder of our alma mater Jō Niijima(新島 襄). His tombstone was Kaishu Katsu(勝 海舟)'s writing. Yoshikuni Katsu(勝 芳邦), who was a director of my foundation NPO corporation; and the one who made the articles of incorporation, is Kaishu Katsu's...

January 17, 2019

Three years ago today, with the full cooperation of two of my close friends, Dutch Rob van den Broek and Japanese Yoshikuni Katsu, we launched an ongoing art project called One Sky One World. This was the first of which today in 2016, the project launched on the day of...

January 5, 2019

A storm of fireworks always heralds the beginning of the year in the Netherlands. For the past five years, our family has been celebrating the New Year in the Netherlands, but this year was the first time that my sons participated in lighting fireworks with the rest of...

December 30, 2018

Thanks to you, I was able to spend a simple but meaningful Christmas with my whole family. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, too! I am spending my time relaxing at home, although I have not gone out because we need to fulfill so many housekeeping duties. I hope tha...

December 24, 2018

Today at Christmas Eve, my whole family watched "Bohemian Rhapsody". My sons and I already watched this movie a month ago and we became devoted Queen's fans. To tell the truth, I was a school refusing child in junior high school, I was addicted to the music of Queen fl...

December 23, 2018

Being a mother, it's difficult because there may be some troubles with our kids. It's been hard for me. There are instances that I feel lonely especially because my husband is working far from us. Now, I am ecstatic because my husband will go back to Netherlands. We're...

December 6, 2018

Last November 25, my second son and I were invited by Paul, to the Niiname Sai (新嘗祭) which he organized. Together, we gave thanks for the bountiful harvest from the previous year and prayed for fruitfulness in the coming year. We offered sake (神酒) to the gods and ate a...

November 24, 2018

When I am in the Netherlands, sometimes I feel like eating Japanese specialties. My husband brought home here in Netherlands my favorite from Matsuyama city in Ehime prefecture.
Thanks to the band activities with Mr. Norihiko Hashida, I had the opportunity to travel ar...

November 23, 2018

I watched Bohemian Rhapsody with my three sons last weekend. Our local cinema is VUE Hilversum and it is usually quite deserted. But on that weekend it was almost packed. There were parents and children in the theater.
The climax of the movie is the reproduction of the...

November 15, 2018

Books donated to us from the bereaved family of the late Mr. Yoshikuni Katsu (a great-great-grandson of Katsu Kaishū).The books that had been deposited in the warehouse of Ota Ward were temporarily taken to our home in Kyoto. For now, the books are being organized. We...

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