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Art - The Rijksmuseum (National Museum)

The Rijksmuseum (National Museum)
My favorite writer, Shinichi Fukuoka, loves Johannes Vermeer, so I am interested in Vermeer's art. Fukuoka's book, ”生物と無生物のあいだ” is a brilliant poetic science book. This book is unfortunately not translated into English yet. But his thoughts and research deeply influenced my poetry writing.
Opening Hours:
9:00 to 17:00 daily, all days of the year The Rijksmuseum’s ticket desk closes at 16:30
Prices:
€ 15: adults aged 19 and over
€ 7.50: CJP
Free: children aged 18 and under, Museumkaart holders, members of ICOM, ICOMOS, UNESCO, the Rembrandt Association (Vereniging Rembrandt), KOG, Vrienden van de Aziatische Kunst and Vrienden van het Rijksmuseum

Address:
Rijksmuseum Museumstraat 1 1071 XX Amsterdam Telephone: +31 (0) 20 6747 000
 Het melkmeisje by Johannes Vermeer
 Brieflezende vrouw in het blauw by Johannes Vermeer
De Nachtwacht by Rembrandt Harmensz

Life - Kaiware Pizza

Dining Table Gardening 

I added Kaiware - daikon on a leftover pizza-like-sandwich.  Kaiware does not have a strong taste...

Brillian Beauty - Gout!

My poor husband got gout. Last weekend, his foot suddenly swelled. He could not move for two days. At first, I thought that he was acting – like when I asked him to cut a pumpkin and he cut his finger. Over the phone, I thought that he needed to surgery attaching his joint or something very serious. However, it was a little cut— just like other men, he is over dramatic. But this time, he was really serious.

He is well built, but not over weight; however, his father’s side may carry gout in their DNA. In addition, I loved to cook tomato, asparagus, broccoli, beans, and seafood, which trigger problems. Moreover, we occasionally drink local beer. Beer and alcohol cause gout as well. Along with my brilliant beauty project, we are going to prevent the next attack.

For neutralizing uric acid, having food such as daikon-radish, gobou-burdock, carrot, kabocha-pumpkin, spinach, potato, sweet potato, okura, and seaweed is helpful. Thankfully, those vegetables are main ingredients for Japanese coo…

Happy Birthday - Thank You!

Bonsai - tree from my hubby
Thank you very much for birthday wishes, cards, gifts, & giant chocolate cake! I had a wonderful birthday, yesterday. 
Have a fantastic weekend!

Art - The Anne Frank House

I read Anne Frank's diary many times through out my young age. If I visit her hidden home behind the bookshelf, I may cry thinking why her amazing writing talent and herself had to be killed. Humans really have to learn from history. -- Peace.  

Anne Frankhuis

Opening Hours:
November 1 through March 31
Daily from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm (Saturdays from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm).
Daily from 9:00 am - 9:00 pm, (Saturdays from 9:00 am - 10:00 pm).In July and August the museum is daily open till 10:00 pm.

Admission: 
Age 10-17: euro 4,50
Age 0-9: free
European Youth Card: euro 4,50
Adults: euro 9,-
No free entry with the I amsterdam City Card.

Address:
The Anne Frank House is situated in the centre of Amsterdam at Prinsengracht 263-267. It takes around 20 minutes to walk from the Central Station to the museum. Trams 13, 14 and 17 and buses 170, 172 and 174 stop nearby, at the ‘Westermarkt’ stop.

Life - Dining Table Gardening

Kaiware Daikon is growing well. It will jump into my salad after one more week. I am going to plant the green onions into a pot.

Brilliant Beauty - Sugar * Sugar * Sugar

A sugary Valentine’s week has passed. I had Chicago style popcorn (cheese and caramel), Japanese chocolate snacks, a brownie, chocolate chip cookies, a pink frosting cup cake, and a cinnamon roll. Sugar was unfortunately unavoidable. My birthday is in seven days.

When I reviewed the last ten days of my food diary, I refused to regret this week. If I am upset about how much sugar I had, stress will build up and that is definitely not good for my body and metal health. However, I tried many things to avoid sugar.

Solution 1:
I ate a small honey crisp apple before lunch and dinner.

Result: 
My digestion system worked so well. My stomach became beautifully flat just like my upper body.

Solution 2:
I ate raisins after lunch and dinner when I wanted to have sweets. I bought a small box with just 100 calories.

Result:
One box per meal was not enough. I ended up having raisins with glasses of champagne. They were surprisingly good together. My death metal hubby said, “Do you know what champagne…

Art - The Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden

The Orchid Show at Chicago Botanic Garden
Open Hour: Open Daily,
February 15 – March 16
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Admission:  Adults: members/nonmembers: $8/$10
Seniors 62+: members/nonmembers: $6/$8
Children 3 to 12: members/nonmembers: $6/$8
Children 2 and under: Free
Address:  Chicago Botanic Garden  •  1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022

Poem - Isamu Yoshii's Poem & Rose

A rose from my death metal hubby & a hand written poem from my grandmother
Did you have a happy Valentine's day? ”墨を磨り 麻紙展 べて 何を書かむ
試筆に戀の歌は、
ふさわず”
-- 吉井勇
My ink is ready, paper on the desk, what shall I write,
for the first stroke,  a love poem is nonsense.
--Isamu Yoshii   
(Translated by Naoko Fujimoto)

Art - Katten Kabinet - Cat Museum

Katten Kabinet
Katten Kabinet in Amsterdam is all about cats. Their homepage has an amazing visual tour. The museum also sells goods about cats. When I visit there, I would love to buy a bowl for our dear O-Yuki. 
Address: Herengracht 497 | 1017 BT Amsterdam Phone 020 626 9040 
Opening Hours: Monday - Friday: 10.00 - 17.00 pm Saturday - Sunday: 12.00 - 17.00 pm Holidays: 10:00 - 17:00 Closed on December 25th;  January 1st; April 27th
Admition:  Adult:  € 6  Children (4 t/m 12 jaar) € 3 




Life - Dining Table Gardening

I am growing Kaiware Daikon and Green Onions on my dining table. The plants grow without sunshine all day. After 10 - 14 days, they will be an additional flavor to my salad. The hyathins smell beautiful in the room.

Brilliant Beauty - Sugar Rush & 18 Hours Fast

I love sugar. All I want to eat is three miles of shortening cookies, caramel chocolates, and life-size gummy bears. The most ideal world for me to live in is Sugar Rush in the movie "Wreck-It Ralph".
Unfortunately, my skin condition (アトピー性皮膚炎) does not take sugar well. When it is processed in my body, additional vitamins and minerals are required. My body lacks those substances and causes problems for my skin.
I decided to do two experiments for my body. The first: take vitamins, and the second: do eighteen hour fasts.
I chose the following vitamins with my doctor's suggestion. I also read articles and decided to take additional vitamins that my body might need. They were water-soluble vitamins, so it would be out if I accidentally overdosed.  
B1 50mg (supports the processing of sugar)  B2 20mg (supports metabolic energy) B6 20mg (enables reactions of amino acids in the metabolism) Mg 375mg (supports more than 300 enzyme systems) C 500mg  (enables at least eight enzymatic reac…

CHICAGO - The Musical

"CHICAGO"- The Musical is on tour and hits the Bank of America Theater in Chicago, IL, showing from 25 Feb 2014 to 2 Mar 2014.

Empty Suitcase

Art - The Kröller-Müller Museum

For one of my new year's resolutions, I would like to try oil painting and hang it at my apartment's entrance. My goal is to use colors like Van Gogh did. I really love the way he used yellow. TheKröller-Müller Museum features one of the largest Van Gogh collections and the largest sculpture garden in Hoge Veluwe National Park in The Netherlands. I definitely would like to visit.

Opening hours Museum:  Tuesday until Sunday (and public holidays)  10.00 to 17.00 hrs. The sculpture garden closes at 16.30.
The museum is closed on: Mondays (except public holidays) 1 January
Special Exhibition: A One Day Walk - Two generations of British artists: Caro, King, Long, Fulton, Flanagan, Pope, Cragg and Woodrow
Admission prices: Day tickets 2014 (Combined ticket for Park and museum) Children up to 6 years: free  Children 6-12 years: € 8.70  Adults: € 17,40  Car/motor in the Park (incl. parking): € 6.20  Parking outside the Park € 3.00  Parking fee coach: € 28.25
White Bicycles - Free Rental: The bicycles can …

Brilliant Beauty! - Bath with Plastic Bags

I needed to detoxify. Some doctors believe that atopic skin conditions (アトピー性皮膚炎) are caused when patients cannot digest and detoxify unnecessary substances in their bodies; therefore, they itch to force scratching, which helps release the substances from their scars. I realized that I do not sweat -- when my death metal husband was sweating a gallon of perspiration in the hottest summer in Japan, I sweat just ant’s tear worth -- I needed to find a way to sweat.
When I thought of sweating, the first thing that came to mind was a sauna; so I looked up sauna places around my apartment. They were usually available in fancy gyms and beauty spas. However, their monthly fees were super expensive. If I have to spend $30 - $80 every month, I would rather buy new handbags, shoes, and skirts instead.   
I was thinking of how I could have a sauna in my apartment without spending a lot of money while avoiding any mold buildup -- when I was a student in Indiana, my school house had a mold problem be…

PMS "poemmemoirstory" 2014

"Poemmemorstory" by the University of Alabama at Birmingham was out. Please check my poem, "Electric Bills."