4 Months, 4か月

My mom made masks for us in March, and sent it, and 4 months later, it’s finally here. We had no idea that it will take this long. My son’s mask has his favorite bullet train to ride, Shinkansen. 母が私達ようにマスクを3月に作り送ってくれました。4か月たってやっと届きました。こんなにかかるとは思ってもみなかったです。息子は新幹線に乗るのが大好きなので新幹線のマスクを作ってもらいました。

American Flag, アメリカの国旗

I just learned that my mother in law is the 6th generation from the person who invented the first American flag and one of the signers for the Decoration of Independence in 1776. His name is Francis Hopkinson. For his design, we was give a quarter cask of public wine (45-50 Litters of wine). YouContinue reading “American Flag, アメリカの国旗”

July 4th, 7月4日

Happy 4th of July! For many years, American Orchestras perform the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky with fireworks to celebrate the 4th. This year, I don’t think we can see this happen anywhere. What does 1812 Overture have to with America? It is because of the use of the Canon in the piece. When I hearContinue reading “July 4th, 7月4日”

Picture, 写真

Pictures capture memories. I am thankful that during my youth, my mom always took pictures wherever I was doing anything, concerts, recitals, sports day, arts day, etc. She sent me many of the pictures from the past last week which must have taken her a while to do. Here is one of them, since IContinue reading “Picture, 写真”

My Name, 名前

My father named me, Toru, after a famous Japanese composer, Toru Takemitsu (1930-1996) who composed November Steps which features Shakuhachi and Biwa with Orchestra. My father, Kokichi, is really interested in Jazz, and you might think that there is no connection between a classical composer and jazz, but Toru Takemitsu wrote about Jazz theory inContinue reading “My Name, 名前”