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Hidemi’s Rambling No.91

The New Year’s celebration was officially over. I took down the decorations today. Then I finished watching all episodes of ‘The O.C. Season 2′, thus, I reached the goal of my OC marathon today. And I heard the news that my most favorite supermarket would be withdrawn from Japan. It’s called Carrefour and from France. I really loved shopping there with their French taste goods and foods in a spacious place. After writing this, I’m going to another store which is closing for good tomorrow for my last shopping there. This is one of those days that everything strangely clicks at the same time. As for New Year’s, people had already stopped celebrating long before and I was probably the last one still in a New Year’s mood…

Hidemi’s Rambling No.92

As I wrote yesterday, I went shopping for a closing sale of a store, which was going out of business after over 30 years. The store usually has sparse customers but its closing sale changed it completely. The floor was filled with people who waited in a long line at the checkout with a basketful of clothing. I had never seen so many shoppers in that store. I bought knitted caps at $3 each marked down from $20 and scarfs at $2 from $20. And I noticed there were only few younger people in the store. They were all elderly people around me. A large number of aged people were shopping around so vigorously. I don’t see such lively old people so often. Was the store aimed for elderly people? If so, my taste for clothing is similar to them…

Hidemi’s Rambling No.93

I visited a local temple for what was called ‘hatsumode’. It means to visit a temple or a shrine to pray for good luck after the new year comes, and is a major event of New Year’s in Japan. People do it during the first three days of New Year’s. Famous shrines and temples are packed with thousands of visitors. I hate a crowded place and being bound with a fixed schedule, so I go to a nearby temple at anytime in January. Before praying, you should put money in a wooden box set in front of a building. While they put a 10-yen coin, a 100-yen coin or a bill in some cases, I always put a one-yen coin and take some time to pray. Maybe I take a longer time than anyone else, praying and bowing repeatedly. Too many wishes for one yen…

Hidemi’s Rambling No.94

‘The O.C. Season 3′ started streaming online for free. The season finale of its last season was shocking and I really wanted to know how the story would develop. Ryan goes to jail? Or Melissa does? I made a lot of possible stories as my prediction. I even had a dream about it, in which I joined in a story as myself and talked to Seth. In any case of my predictions, I thought the last episode had changed the series completely and the season 3 would never be the same. I spent three days fretting about the new season and felt sorry for those who watched it when it was first aired, because for them, it was three months. It seemed impossible for me to wait any longer and I jumped on my PC to watch the season opener. On the contrary, the matter was easily settled within a first episode. I want my three days back…

Hidemi’s Rambling No.95

Eight years ago today, I moved into this apartment. There are things that I like about it such as the utilities-included rent, the unique design, and the view. It has the flip side though. Every time the wind blows, TV is down. The roof is so thin that raindrops sound like the percussion. The walls are also thin and even subtle sounds I make trigger the neighbor’s banging. Those things keep me looking for a better place constantly. Each and every place has a flaw. Too dense, too rural. At least one side of the place borders the next-door neighbor. It seems that an ideal place for me to live in doesn’t exist. Well, to begin with, is there such thing as an ideal place to live in on this planet…?

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