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In Osaka...I met a blog friend through Akira Fuse's blog.

The last month, my husband attended one of a scientific conference
sponsored by Osaka University. So, I accompanied him as usual.

When I was introducing the American children’s picture books
to Japanese teachers of English more than 15 years ago,
I went to Osaka once just to give a seminar.

So, I was looking forward to this trip to Osaka.
There was a special tour for the accompanying person to visit
Osaka castle, Rikyu museum and tea ceremony, and
shopping at Dotonbori, too.

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In addition to a group tour, my friend and I went to see
a Wood Block Print show by Hiroshige,
Utagawa, Sharaku, Hokusai and more at Osaka City Museum.
That was fun. These prints were collected by American Woman, Mary Ainsworth
and donated to Oberlin College in the U.S., her alma mater.

One afternoon, my husband had an afternoon off from the meeting.
I arranged to visit my blog friend’s house with my husband.
A blog friend? I started to read one woman’s blog who
has been practicing piano after her children grew up.
We started to comment on each other’s blog.

She is not a professional pianist. But, serious!
It seems like there is a way to grade her piano ability
by taking a national test in Japan.

First, she practices certain piano music. Then, when she is ready,
she takes a test to find out her level of expression and techniques
of that music.

She gives a piano concert, too. I believe she is in her 60’s.

She and her husband live in a suburb of Kobe.

Her husband graduated from Tokyo University in the
area of Liberal Arts. My friend studied math at
Tokyo Women’s College. Both of them are
very educated. Her husband retired recently from
Educational College in Osaka. He taught at the teacher’s college on
how to teach science at secondary schools.

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Our conversation went ok. Sometimes they had to
connect the word to word together to understand English.
Her husband was asking questions in the area of my
husband's scientific research. I was not a good
interpretor in science!

I had to translate the words like:

a degenerate neutron star
fusion energy
laser fusion

After various questions on science research programs in the U.S. by her husband,
my friend played Chopin’s “Minute Waltz” using a Yamaha Clavinova.
This Clavinova is an electric/digital piano. Nice change after a serious
conversation、whew!

This kind of friendship never existed in the old days especially in
my generation. But, surprisingly it went well.

Believe or not, she and I met through one of singer Akira Fuse's blogs.









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15年ぶりの大阪は、いかがでしたか。日本文化を堪能されたら良かったです。私も科学技術用語はわかりませんが、コミュニケーションは、伝えたい気持ちがあれば厳密なことを除けば、なんとかなるのかなあ。と思いました。
はるまきさんのブログから、素敵なブロ友さんに出会えたこと私も感謝しています。

大阪って、思ったより静かなところ。。。

モモさん、色々ありがとうございました。ピアノの演奏、良かったです!
皮肉っぽい発言をなさるご主人が、ちょっと可愛い?

心から、おもてなしをしてくださって、ありがとうございました!
神戸は大阪より涼しかったです。また、ね。

遠いところまでお運びいただき、色々、お話が出来たこと、また私の拙い演奏を、ご夫妻とも良く耳をすまして聴いてくださったこと、本当に嬉しかったです。
夫の物言いを可愛い❣️と思えるには、まだ修行が足りないようです😓

フフフッ。。。

修行?

”自分は変えられても,人は変えられない。”のに,夫の物言いに,かりかりします。
適当にスルーして気にしないようになるには,心理的成長というか修行が必要かと。

まあ、ぶつからないように

自分の好きなことをやる。いなくなったら、寂しくなりますよ〜。

ぶつからないように。確かに大切なことですね。
ありがとうございます。

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