What do you call your partner? (From Japan)

“What can I call my husband?”  It was my first question for international marriage.
 My husband’s name is Jeff. I live in America, so I should call to my husband with some cute name like the American way?  After a lot of hair pulling, I decided to keep calling just his name.
 My husband calls me Shizu chan or chanshizu… sometimes Hime sama (It is Japanese, Hime means Princess)

Today I read news from a Japanese site. Recently many Japanese couples call each other with their first name or nickname and they are having good relationships.

Here are the most popular partner: names from a survey:
1. Nickname or first name
2. Mother, Father, Mama, Papa, or Grandmother, Grandfather

                                                                            (By couples aged 20-60 )

I remember my mother, when she called her husband “Otousama - Father” after they had grandchild “ojiichan - Grandpa” I think she called his name when she was young. My father also called my mother by her first name.

That news said this.
Young couples are calling each other nickname or first name.
Middle couples are calling each other father, mother.
Elder couples are calling each other nothing. They are just calling  "Hey!"

Today's wisdom word
Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
- Benjamin Franklin


You are not late for getting education. He was 84 years old!!

I got an email from my friend, Mr.Futai. He is a professional movie writer in Japan. He wrote about movie “The First Grader”. That picture is on now in Japan. I did not know about this movie. This is the true story about an 84 years old guy who got education from a elementary school. He went through with his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford. When I saw that trailer I think about education. If you was child, you didn’t have to think about education, because you have natural right that get education. Same time maybe you didn’t want to study. You just wanted to play...me too!!
I couldn’t realize about education is very important for whole my life. Now I wanted to study a lot when I was teenager. My parents didn’t have enough money so I couldn't go to University. I went to vocational school after high school and then I had to work soon for my parents.
And right now I think, I am not too late for studying. I will try to study again and again.   I hope my daughter realizes about her chance. She can study hard because she has time and good environment.  Life is like studying!! 

Today's pick up word 
- To me, liberaty means going to school and learning. I want to learn more and more. 
                                                        Kimani Ng'ang'a Maruge  


A dinner with my friends

Yesterday I had a great time with my friends. First, one of my friends emailed me. She had said the day before yesterday, "Let's have a dinner because our friend is visiting San Diego now. If you want to join us please let me know."   I wanted to join them so I asked my family; of course they accepted that I go to meet my friends. 

In fact my friend and I were classmates from a Qigong class. She moved to Yokohama, Japan, 2 years ago. She came back here in her traveling.

In Japan we learned a lot of sayings (of Confucius) from China; we had that skill in our life naturally.

I was thinking about one of these sayings:

Confucius said,
To learn and then practice what you have learned time and again is a good pleasure, is it not?
To have friends come from afar to share each others’ learning is a pleasure, is it not?
To be unperturbed when not appreciated by others is gentlemanly, is it not?" 

I could meet my friend who was coming from a distant place. I was so happy to have had the time with great friends!!


Life is Funny !!

I would like to start this blog with English. Nice to meet you reader, I am Japanese and an English learner. If I make a mistake in my blog, please correct it. :-) I love to try to new things but I don't know yet how I will keep this blog.  This is my English blog! ha ha ha...

Yesterday when I went to ESL class (English cafe), my English Teacher Cathy gave me some advice. Then I decided to start this blog in English. I am so happy about this idea. My blog's title is about my experience because I make a lot of mistakes in my American life.  

Today's pick up word of wisdom.
Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.  -Helen Keller