●May 30 (Mon.) It is rainning today. I heard that my sister-in-law's husband passed away two days ago. I felt his death deeply.
●May 31(Tue.) Today, the tsuya(wake) is held in Kanagawa. tsuya is the night before the funeral, where relatives of the departed gather and spend time together. I went there with my elder son from 6pm to 8pm.
●Jun 1(Wed.) My son and I attended a funeral. Most Japanese funerals are conducted nowadays in Buddhist style, consisting of prayers for the souls of the departed, and bidding farewell. The ceremonies are mostly arranged by professional undertakers. Buddhist name.
He liked fishing and he was a Giants(baseball team) fan.
●Jun 2(Thu.)My younger son came back from Chicago yesterday. He will be around for 3 days. He has been living in Torrance, California in America since 2013 with his family.
My daughter-in-law ordered some lunch boxes and water bottles on Amazon. She also asked me to buy some medicine for my grandchildren. My son will bring all of this back with him to America.
●Jun 3(Fri.) I cooked sukiyaki for my son.(*^^*)
sukiyaki : Thinly sliced beef and vegetables are boiled in an iron pot and dipped in beaten raw egg before eating. To enhance the flavor, the stock in which the ingredients are boiled is seasoned with sugar, soy sauce and mirin(or sake).
↑This is sliced beef and vegetables.↓
The stock(割り下 warisita)
This is my home-style sukiyaki. To make the warishita(stock), add 1 part sugar, 1 part mirin and 0.8 soy sauce.
Add warishita. Usually at restaurants,this is ready to be eaten.
Add vegetables, simmer down and add a little dashi or sake. 'little'
If you don't have an iron pot, you can also use a stainless steel pot.
●Jun 4(Sat.) I sent my son to Narita Airport by car；it takes 90 minutes to get there. On my way back home, I looked for a hot spring bath. I took a hot spring bath in Chiba for the first time. There are two big onsen(hot spring bath) and a super sento(big public bath). This is one of the places, Super Sento Hananoyu, the admission fee is ￥860.
Peaple with tattoos can't enter public baths in Japan.
I also had a Balinese treatment(40minutes) for ￥4320, and I feel great. I arrived home at 8:30pm.
●Jun 5(Sun.)This is a rakugo poster. His name is Katura Bunsi - that is a stage name. I only found out about this performance five days ago, so I couldn't buy a ticket. It was rather disappointing.
rakugo: The art of telling comic stories, marked by audience laughter and an ochi ("punch-line"). The storyteller performs sitting down. He plays more than two roles, expressing action as well as atmosphere. Props used are a fan and a Japanese towel.
See you next week.