Look! This is a game of checkers. I found it in the waiting room of a small airport in a small town in Tanzania. Look at it more closely! Can you see what it is made of?
I have been on this planet since November 1996. I have found that human life is “beary” interesting, full of unexpected things for bears. Also, I have found that human emotions are “beary” sensitive. So, I would like to share my observations with you in the form of a diary. I am “beary” sorry for my English with a “bear” accent, so please bear with me. Ha, ha, ha! I hope you will enjoy my diary.
Did you know that the world’s oldest piano was invented in the early 18th century? Look at this piano! This was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori in 1722. The invention of the piano must have been an epoch-making event in those days.
Look at my bag! This shiny silver color is generating a cool atmosphere. It looks ‘beary’ nice if I put it on my shoulder especially in summer. Then, what do you think this bag is made of?
Our global mom, Yasuko, has a sister who has been making quilts for many years. Every year she displays her work at an exhibition held at the Osaka City Art Museum. This year, she exhibited a 1.7-meter square quilt entitled “Mother’s Garden.” Look at the quilt closely! Amazing! ‘Beary’ minute stitches on the big square! Red flowers are ‘beary’ beautiful!
Did you read the latest post of Bobby’s Diary? I wrote about a pizza and barbecue party in my neighborhood, which was a ‘beary’ good opportunity to expand my EEN family. At the party, we all got intrigued with the tattoos of the Italian man.
EEN stands for the Economic Empowerment Network. EEN is pronounced “ee (ii)-en.” In Japanese, “ee (ii)” means “good,” and “en” has two meanings: the first is “human relationships” or a bond decided by fate; the second is “circle.” Today, let me introduce an “EEN” that has been established in the community where I (= Bobby) and the EEN founder, our global mom (= Yasuko) live.
Japan’s cherry blossoms are ‘beary’ famous, and the beautiful scenery of cherry blossoms is shown on TV worldwide. Every year, from the end of March to the beginning of April, a large number of tourists visit Japan from all over the world in order to see cherry blossoms. In Japan, however, we have many varieties of spring flowers other than cherry blossoms. Even after cherry blossom petals have fallen from the trees, we can still enjoy lovely spring flowers. Look! Now, azaleas are in full bloom!
Look! Now, cherry blossoms are ‘beary’ beautiful in Tokyo. After a shivering cold winter, spring has come!
Washi is Japanese hand-made paper. It is made from ‘kozo’ (paper mulberry). One of my Japanese friends launched a washi-making event with her friends. They make washi in winter. The other day, I visited the women’s group in a mountainous area of western Tokyo. Let me show how washi is made from kozo.
The other day, I went to a French restaurant in Tokyo. Look at this! Isn’t it so beautiful? It is a terrine made with different vegetables. My friend and I tried to count how many kinds of vegetables were used in the vegetable art: broccoli; cauliflower; cucumber; okra; haricot bean; spinach; white leek; mushroom; baby corn…..