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Cheers 🎋 for Samurai Blue

I learnt Japanese with great enthusiasm from my Japanese friends who lived in Belgrade at the time, a few years before I officially enrolled in Mandarin Chinese at the University back in the early 1990s. For two years I studied the two languages simultaneously until I gave up on Japanese in the third academic year, mostly because of the hectic lecture schedules which made it quite difficult to physically keep up with both. My level of Japanese had already advanced to upper intermediate by then and I thought that was good enough.

 
My Japanese friends, both high school teachers, encouraged me to move to Japan and work there, but I was absolutely reluctant to leave my parents and so I declined their kind invitation.

 
Anyway, a couple of months ago, quite inadvertently, I came across an interesting Japanese drama called バンビーノ! (bambino or bambina, a general term of endearment for kids in Italian). I became curious as to what Italian had to do with Japan, so I watched the first episode. Being so absorbed in other languages I use daily, I almost forgot I’d be hearing modern spoken Japanese again, and after a long, long time… And with the story related in a way to my Italian roots, I watched on, all eleven. Needless to say, I was stunned at how the language surged back like a flood from a long unopened shelf in the back of my mind to the point where I can again speak it quite well, even though I haven’t used it much for almost two decades.

 
For anyone interested in Japan and their culture, and how it fits in the 21st century, Bambino has it all. The educative focus of the story is on the typically Japanese mentality of “giri” (duty) and perseverance, something we all should learn and practice, no matter where we are in this big wide world.

 
And if in addition to all this you enjoy cooking, especially Italian food (who doesn’t? ) and perhaps (like me) cheered for Samurai Blue’s amazing football performance in the World Cup in Russia, please, have a watch of the rebel boy Bambino, I’m sure you’ll love it !

 

Crochet Lace Bell Sleeves

The bell sleeve edging on the picture shows machine-made lace, with dainty leaves and flowers in different sizes, but the challenge of DIY is just too strong to resist…

If you’re like me and love the idea of creating your own unique wearables, why not give it a try? All it takes is lots of love, a little patience, crochet thread as thin as you can manage to work with and a 1.75 to 2mm size hook.

an idea

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Chinese Harp 古筝曲 ♪

A great instrumental ♪ piece 入骨相思  ft Liu Yong Xi (刘泳希) aka 千指大人 [Lightning Fingers] from “Our Shining Days”, a 2017 youth comedy movie about a group of High School Music Academy students and their efforts to revive and promote Chinese classical music.

It’s one of the really lovely modern Chinese movies I have watched so far, with an interesting plot, quite different from anything you may have watched before and definitely worth watching if you’re a fan of the language & culture, and even if (or just because !) you have absolutely no idea about modern China. 🙂

As some of you already know, I love instrumental music and this movie presents Chinese traditional music in a new light, re-arranging ancient classics to suit modern taste. Anyway, below is the musical trailer, and here’s the link to the movie on youtube (complete with English subs). Please enjoy !

Foreverness

It’s been three months now since Mum passed away.

I have learned to accept it, but it hurts too much living my life without her.

A couple of days ago I noticed I haven’t cooked a single meal ever since. Cooking was her “territory” and even stronger than all the memories in my mind and the physical world around me that still shines her Light, it evoked too much of her sweet laughter and the happy days we spent together, to her last days of illness.

This evening, I made for myself one of her favourite specialties. It’s such joy to recollect all those beautiful things she taught me with immense  patience and endless Love. Her language, her wisdom, her strength, her positivity, her sweetness.

I can feel her presence everywhere.

Chove en Santiago – Luar na Lubre con Ismael Serrano (Spanish Celtic Music)

Musical rendition of  “Madrigal for the City of Santiago”, a poem dedicated to the UNESCO World Heritage City of  Santiago de Compostela (St James, patron saint of Spain), one of “Seis poemas galegos” by Federico Garcia Lorca

Music: Alberto Gambino

Performed by: Luar na Lubre con Ismael Serrano

VIDEO 📽️ with lyrics in 4 languages

✏️ Original Poem in Galician:
Chove en Santiago
Meu doce amor
Camelia branca do ar
Brila entebrecida ao sol.

Chove en Santiago
Na noite escura.
Herbas de prata e sono
Cobren a valeira lúa.

Olla a choiva pola rúa
Laio de pedra e cristal.
Olla no vento esvaido
Soma e cinza do teu mar.

Soma e cinza do teu mar
Santiago, lonxe do sol;
Agoa da mañan anterga
Trema no meu corazón.

Madrigal Á Cibdá De Santiago” Federico Garcia Lorca (1898-1936)

Crochet Curio: Parasol Cover

umbrella cover by rakuten.jpg(1819 x 1200)

Graphic chart (1492 x 1200) with a couple of essential notes in English, marked in blue:

rakuten parasol cover.pngby Goshyo, Japan. You can also download the original PDF version  HERE. If you’re unfamiliar with reading graphic charts, please scroll down for graphic chart symbols explained in pictures. Enjoy !

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