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Won’t you make your marriage proposal?


In the bathroom, 5-years-old Taka suddenly asked me “Won’t you make your marriage proposal?” walking around the edge of the bathtub.

I know he is copying the phrase in a TV commercial of a Japanese news paper publisher, Asahi-shimbun. The commercial suggests to make a marriage proposal filling the page of the news paper, printing like “Please marry me, Juliet.” with very large letters. I don’t think this is a good idea…

As for myself, I didn’t proposed by my husband. I was the one who wanted to get married, but he was not as it is a common matter for a man of age 30, so I rushed him to marry me and prepared for marriage by myself and finally, you know, we’ve got married.

I felt a little bit sad about this missing a marriage proposal from my boyfriend-now my husband, but recently, in 8 years of marriage life, I found one good thing about this.

When I have a fight with my husband, I can think like this;

“Well, I’m the one who decided to marry him. I’m the one who chose him. This life is my decision, not his. So, I should fine the good way to live with him.”

Sound like sour grapes? Maybe…YES!

Preparing for nursery school

nurseryschoolMy two boys, Age 5 and Age 2, goes to nursery school every weekday. As of this, I have to prepare nursery school goods for them every single day, and finally I found my beautiful solution!

Preparing every goods at once on the weekend!

First, gather the stuff like T-shirts, pants, towels from closets. Second, make them into five 5 bundles for each kid. At last, wrap them with rubber bands, put cups and toothbrushes into small bags. This will help you a lot on weekday mornings and I’m sure you will appreciate to yourself!!!

After I decided to do this, I bought extra clothes so that I can prepare at once.

In the Photograph above, you see 5 bundles for 2 years old Haru and another 5 bundles for 5 years old Taka and 5 small bags for Taka.

Each bundle for Haru contains…

*1 T-shirt

*1 Pant

*1 Under wear

*1 towel to dry hands

*2 towels to wipe his mouth on lunch and snack time

*1 cup

*1 toothbrush

Each bundles for Taka contains…

*1 T-shirt

*1 pant

*1 under wear

*1 towels to dry hand

*1 cup

*1 toothbrushe

*1 set of chopstick

I hope this will make your busy morning happier!

2-year-old Haru’s Self-promotion Method

150102_calling_enHappy New Year!

I haven’t updated this blog for about two months but I’m going to update more often this year. Maybe once a week or more…

On this new year’s holidays, I saw Haru, my 2-year-old son,  was promoting himself using a very simple method — calling someone’s name.







I saw this made his grandma smile. As you see, he doesn’t have anything to say. Just calls and calls someone’s name.

Now I’ve learned this super simple method works, maybe I’ll try this when I want to attract someone but don’t have anything to say.

What had you been doing…


On our way home from nursery school, Taka asked me, “What had you been doing until we came into being?”.

I tried to remember what I was doing then, and knew I was working at any rate. What else did I do? Honestly, maybe I was looking for someone to get married…!

How much longer…

141013_lifetime_enWhen I was having dinner, my 5-years-old son, Taka, suddenly asked me, “Mummy, how much longer am I going to live?”

Facing unexpected question, I thought…,

(Well, Japanese average life expectancy is over 80 years old. As you are 5-years-old now, you have about 80 years or less left…but wait, is this the answer that I should tell him now? It might be better to tell him that first of all, it’s very happy and lucky thing to live to a ripe old age…)

I couldn’t decide what to say. Anyway, he didn’t seem to care my answer that much.

Recently, he often asks me questions about lifetime, death, getting old. Children’s questions are often so simple and very powerful.

Boy, ask me anything and organize knowledge about life. And If you get to the truth about life, please let me know!


Book Layout Format for Editors

This September, I moved back to “book editorial” department from “web editorial” department. For my first job, I have to rough out “book page layout” after a long interval. As I wanted some book layout formats, I searched for internet but couldn’t find ones. In the end, I made them with Illustrator. I uploaded PDF files, so you can print them out if you need! Enjoy your editing!

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