Sunday, November 17, 2019

11月17日(日曜日)2019
渋柿をいただいたので3日前に干し柿作りに初めて挑戦しました。地元の言葉かどうか分かりませんが柿を吊るして干すからか、子供の時からうちでは「つるんぼし」と呼んでいました。さて作り方が分からなくてもネットを見れば動画で説明してくれる時代です。私でもできそうだと思えるのはありがたいです。でも柿を吊るす紐が短すぎて吊るした後の眺めがカッコ良くないなと笑っちゃいました。美しく見せるのは何でもバランスが大事だと干し柿作りで納得。台から降りて目に飛び込んできたのは綺麗な虹で、よく見ると二重に掛かっていました。しばし、穏やかに見とれました。Since I received astringent persimmons from my friend, I took on the challenge of making dried persimmons for the first time. I'm not sure if local people call it the same way but probably because it is hung for drying, my family members were calling it  "TSURUNBOSHI (hung-dried persimmon). It is convenient now because even if you don't know how to make it, you are able to learn from youtube and I feel encouraged to make it. Actually the procedure was simple and not difficult, but as a result, it made me laugh because the strings were a bit short and when I hung them, they were ok but didn't look aesthetically nice to me. Well, I learned that things should be well balanced to look nice.  When I stepped down, a beautiful rainbow came into my sight!!  Looking at it carefully, it was a double rainbow which fascinated me. 









Saturday, November 16, 2019

IZANAMIマーケット 

2019年11月17日(日) 9:00〜15:00

絵馬通りはまてつさん駐車場


地元とれたて野菜、お茶、信楽焼、占い、

アート、フードなど 

「多賀あさひや」はイザナミランチ(1373円)を

10食限定で ご用意します。

お天気も良い本日、皆さんぜひいらしてくださーい!!



Friday, November 15, 2019

11月15日(金曜日)2019 
少し前に彦根の農家の友人が落花生を根っこごと持ってきてくれました。落花生は地中に実をつけることは知っていましたが、実際に見るのは初めてです。掘り起こして1日経っているらしく葉は少し乾いていましたが畑の土はそのままついていて、どこまで土に埋まっていたかすぐ分かりました。枝から落花生を取って、きれいに洗って、それから少し多めの塩を入れて殻のまま茹でて、殻を外して中のピーナツを取り出すと塩加減もちょうどよく半なまの美味しいピーナツ完成。後を引くような美味しさで、ビールのお供にぴったり。仲間とのおしゃべりも弾みました。A few days ago, a friend of mine who is in Hikone and whose husband grows rice and vegetables, brought peanuts with their roots and leaves still attached. I knew that peanuts grow in the ground but it was the first time for me to see them in this condition in front of me. Although it had already been one day since the plants were dug up, I could recognize the level of soil. I took off the peanut's shell, washed them well, and boiled them putting extra salt, then took out the nuts from the shell. They were very good half raw peanuts. I couldn't stop eating them. My friends and I enjoyed talking while drinking beer which went well with these peanuts.







Tuesday, November 12, 2019

11月12日(火曜日)2019
9日(土曜日)は多賀あさひや始まって以来の沸きに沸いた賑やかで楽しいRone & Gigi (https://www.op-sesame.com/のクラウンショーで、10日(日曜日)はRoneこと高野呂音さんによる「怒りのコントロールと笑顔のコミュニケーション」の講座でした。 前々日に多賀入りしたロネとジージはまずは絵馬通りを歩いて多賀の人たちへご挨拶。先日、朝日新聞でクラウンショーの案内が写真付きで掲載されたので、町のおじさん、おばさん達が新聞で見たよ!と言って喜んでくださったそうです。二人は多賀大社にも。七五三詣りの家族連れは突然のクラウンたちの出現に胸が弾んだことでしょう。9日のクラウンショーは子供達の元気な声と飛び入りで舞台に上がったお客様達のおかげで盛り上がりました。プロとしてクラウン歴30年のロネとジージ、二人のステージは流石です。クラウンがよく分からないまま観に来て下さったお客様も彼らのこと少し分かって下さったのではと思います。翌日の講座は怒りについてとコミュニケーション術をロネさんの落ち着いた温かい語り口で勉強しました。腹を立てて怒っていると体によくないそうです。笑って過ごせる時間が毎日あるといいですね。Last Saturday, on Nov. 9th, we held Rone & Gigi 's Clown Show (https://www.op-sesame.com/) which was the most lively, funny time since Taga Asahiya opened. The next day, on Nov. 10th, there was a lecture of "Anger Management and communication with a smile" by Ms. Rone Takano ("Rone" in the clown duo). Two days before their performance, Rone & Gigi came to Taga and the following day they walked along the main street to greet people in Taga. Since they were on the Asahi Newspaper with their photo, upon greeting senior people, they were met with exclamations of " I know about you!". Rone & Gigi went to Taga Taisha, too. There were many families who visited the shrine with their seven, five or three-year-old children to celebrate their growth and well-being. They must have been excited by the appearance of the two clowns at the shrine. The Clown Show was really lively and we thank the kids and audience who joined in the show. Rone & Gigi have 30 years of experience as a professional clown duo and their performance was really great. I think many people who didn't know what a clown was got to know about it. Rone gave a lecture which was about anger management and the technique of good communication. Since Rone's talk was calm and warm, the lecture was really convincing. According to the talk, losing temper is the cause of losing one's health. I wish people have the time to laugh or smile at least once a day.












Tuesday, November 5, 2019

11月5日(火曜日)2019 
連休最後の昨日、カフェを開けようかどうしようか迷いましたが定休日なので思い切って閉めて 宮島幸雄さんのステンドグラス展に出かけました。会場は守山の「うの家」で滋賀県から唯一人わが国の宰相になった宇野宗佑氏の生家です。江戸時代は宿場に馬や人足(労働力)を提供していたようですが、明治以後、造り酒屋になったそうです。明治初期に建てられたという建物は重厚で風情ある佇まい。数年前に守山市に譲渡されてからは中にレストランが入ったり様々なイベント会場としても使われています。さて、今回の展示会はランプが主でした。以前、宮島さんからステンドグラスの鑑賞の仕方や製作にあたって非常に綿密な過程を踏んでいらっしゃることなど伺いましたが、光がステンドグラスの微妙な色彩や濃淡、屈折を通して優しく目に入ってくるのを作品から間近に鑑賞できました。グラスを囲むハンダ付けも繊細な技術で見事でした。ところで、南彦根に帰って買い物をして自転車のところに戻ると、何とかわいいピンクのアンパンマンの自転車が隣に並んでいました!こんな嬉しいことってあるでしょうか?ご褒美をもらった気分でした!Since yesterday was the last day of consecutive holidays, I hesitated to close my cafe, but finally decided to do so as it is a regular closing day on Monday. I went to an exhibition of stained glass by Yukio Miyajima. It was held at "Uno House" in Moriyama where Mr. Sosuke Uno was born and raised. Sosuke Uno was the 57th prime minister of Japan and he was the only prime minister from Shiga prefecture. In Edo period, Uno House provided horses and laborers to a posting station but after the Meiji era, it became a sake brewery. The house was built in early Meiji (around 1870), and it is profound and tasteful. After the ownership of the house was transferred to the city of Moriyama from the Uno family, the house has been used as a restaurant and place for many events. Well, this time, Mr. Miyajima exhibited lamps mainly. I heard from Mr. Miyajima about the way of appreciating stained glass and the delicate processes of creating his works. I am grateful to appreciate his works, where light comes out gently through sensitively colored and shaded stained glass. The soldering around stained glasses are also superb. By the way, when I came back to bicycle parking after stopping by the grocery store, I found a cute pinkish children's bicycle with Anpanman's character next to mine. What a pleasant scene it was! I thought I was very lucky to stop my bicycle in that spot.




宮島夫妻







Thursday, October 31, 2019

10月31日(木曜日)2019 
10月半ばで日にちが経ちましたが、岩手の友人、Yさんから贈り物が届きました。 「いわて三陸 海と森のなたね油」と、やえはた自然農園のクッキー二種「みそっこ」「HOPI COOKIES(ホピクッキー)」。なたね油は山田周生さんが代表をつとめるユナイテッドグリーンが復興支援の活動で作られているものです。https://www.magariya.net/makers/united-green/ 今年は鹿が入り込んで菜種の収穫も減ったことでしょう。 貴重な油を送っていただきました。やえはた自然農園は花巻市の藤根さんご夫妻が農薬も肥料も使わずに農作物を作っていらっしゃるようで、そこで、このお菓子も生まれたようです。http://yaehata.com/wp/「みそっこ」はその名の通り味噌クッキーでパッケージが3つあって「レモン」「三陸なたね」「マヤナッツ」の味に分かれていました。クッキーがふうせん形で可愛らしくラベルもやさしいです。美味しくいただきました。ホピクッキーは、アメリカインディアン、ホピ族のカチーナと呼ばれる精霊を形作ったクッキーで、一人一人の精霊について丁寧な説明書がついていました。山田さん伝授のクッキーでしょう。山田さんはホピ族と一緒に過ごされた経験があるようですから、今度滋賀にいらしたらその時のお話をお聞きしましょう。先の台風で岩手も大きな被害があったようで皆さんご苦労なさっていることでしょう。滋賀から遠く離れた岩手ですが、ふとしたキッカケが点と点を繋ぎ、思いを馳せることができるのは幸福なことだと思います。Yさん、ありがとうございます。A while ago in the middle of October, I received gifts from my friend, Ms. Y who is living in Iwate prefecture. They are rapeseed oil from Sanriku Coast and two kinds of cookies "Misokko" and "Hopi Cookies" from Yaehata Organic Farm. The rapeseed oil is produced by United-green of which Mr. Shusei Yamada is a representative, for the purpose of reconstruction support following the Great East Japan eathquake. https://www.magariya.net/makers/united-green/ I guess that the harvest of  rapeseed oil must have decreased because recently wild deer entered their farm and ate the rapeseed. I appreciated my friend to send this precious oil to me. Mr. and Mrs. Fujine in Hanamaki run Yaehata Organic Farm. http://yaehata.com/wp/ They are growing rice and vegetables without using any pesticides. They are also making cookies. One of the cookies which I received are Miso Cookies which are balloon shaped and the labels of the packages are cute. They are very good! The other cookies are named HOPI COOKIES. The Hopi are a Native American tribe and the cookies are shaped like kachinas (invisible spirits of life). I learned about six different kachinas by an explanation sheet coming with cookies. I guess Mr. Shusei Yamada gave the idea of making these cookies because he had an experience to be with the Hopi for a couple of weeks. I look forward to hearing more about the Hopi from him when he comes to Shiga next year. Due to the previous big typhoon, Iwate region was also damaged a lot and people there must be having a hard time now. Iwate is very far from Shiga, but I am grateful that we got to know each other by chance. Thank you, Ms.Y.Y!!




Tuesday, October 29, 2019

10月28日(月曜日)2019 
今年1月28日に仕込んだ味噌が出来ました。正真正銘「手作り味噌」です。去年教えてもらって初めて挑戦した味噌があまりに美味しかったので今年はその倍仕込みました。ちゃんとできているか心配でしたが、納屋から出して壺を開けると、鮮やかな明るい茶色の味噌に仕上がっていました。半分ぐらいを深めの保存容器に入れて冷蔵庫へ。残りは丁寧にならして、その上に冷蔵庫に残っていた板粕を敷き詰めラップで覆って空気に触れないようにして、もう一度納屋に置きました。来年のお正月は自家製味噌を使った粕汁をメニューに加えようかと思っています。I prepared homemade miso at the end of January this year and it is ready now! It is really "Home-made miso". I learned how to make miso from Ms. N.N, a farmer in Taga and I took on the challenge with some other people. I was very satisfied with "my miso" which was preserved in a jar in a storage house and became a very mild and tasty miso, so this year I prepared double the amount of last year. While waiting for ten months until it was done, I was worried whether the process was OK or not. Today, when I took out the jar from the storage house and opened the cover, beautiful bright brown miso appeared underneath. I am relieved and feel so happy now. I took half of the miso out from the jar and put it into another container to keep in the refrigerator. Smoothing the surface of the remaining miso in the jar, I spread sake lees which had been in the refrigerator on top. I then covered the jar with wrap to not let the miso contact the air in order to prevent mold, and put it back in the storage house. I am now planning to serve home-made miso soup in the cafe on New Years Day.


Monday, October 28, 2019

10月27日(日曜日)2019 
ご存知の方からは「なあーんだ、知らなかったの?」と言われそうですが、本日、お客様から教えていただくまで私は本当に何にも知りませんでした。それは座敷の床の間の掛け軸の鳥の名前です。平井東庵が描いた 芙蓉と鳥で、芙蓉が秋の花なので今の季節に合うと思って掛けたのですが、さて、鳥の名前は「シジュウカラ」だそうです。守山から来てくださった親子連れの息子さんが、スマホにある写真を見せてくださり間違いないということでした。ところで、読み聞かせで五年生の教室に行きます。時間の関係で少しカットしますが、宮沢賢治の「よだかの星」を選びました。その話に出てくる「よだか」「鷹」「かわせみ」「はちすずめ」もネットで写真を探してコピーして生徒たちに見せる準備もしました。鳥について勉強した1日でした。Those of you who already know must be astounded by my ignorance but honestly I didn't know about the name of the bird on the hanging scroll in the guest room until today. I learned about it from one of the guests. Toan Hirai (1860-unknown) drew "Confederate rose & bird" and I chose it as a seasonal scroll, because Confederate rose is an autumn flower. Well, according to the customer, the name of the bird is titmouse (Sijyuukara in Japanese). A mother and her son from Moriyama city came to the cafe and let me know the name showing a picture of the bird on the screen of their smartphone. By the way, I am going to Taga Elementary School to read to fifth graders. I chose "Yodaka no hoshi (The Nighthawk Star)" by Kenji Miyazawa, so I will prepare some pictures of the birds in the story such as nighthawk, hawk, kingfisher, hummingbird which I searched on the Internet and I will show copies to the kids. It was an educational day for me to learn about the various birds. 



シジュウカラ

よだか

鷹(たか)

カワセミ

ハチスズメ(ハチドリ)






Wednesday, October 23, 2019

10月22日(火曜日)2019 
道を歩いていると、金木犀の甘い香りがそこはかとなく漂ってきます。立ち止まって「どこに木があるんだろう...?」と辺りをキョロキョロ見回してしまいます。月曜日の朝、多賀小学校へ読み聞かせに行った帰りも、そんなことがありました。秋口から結構長い間、あちこちでこの素敵な香りに出会います。 先週の日曜日(10/20)は年に一度のふるさと楽市で多賀町に住む業者や集落の有志が自慢の商品や特産物を 絵馬通り沿いに仮設にできたテントや特性ブースで販売するイベントがあり、お天気もよく大勢の人で賑わいました。 我が多賀あさひやも、第三日曜のイザナミ市と重なって、餅粉ケーキの店頭販売に加えてイザナミランチ(1373円)も10食限定で提供し大忙しでした。When I am walking outside this season, I can smell fragrant olives in the air. I always stop and look around wondering where the tree is. It happened on the way back home after story reading at Taga Elementary School Monday morning this week, too. For a while since the beginning of autumn, I encounter this sweet and nice fragrance everywhere. Last Sunday (10/20), "Furusato Raku-ichi" was held in Taga. It is organized once a year during this season by the town and people who run shops or people who come from small villages in Taga sell their specialty products at a temporary tent or booth. It was a clear Sunday and the main street was crowded with many people. It was also the same day of IZANAMI-ichi which is held every third Sunday of the month, so we were very busy preparing both Mochiko cake for selling in front of the cafe and ten portions of Izanami lunch. Thank God. It went so well.






Friday, October 18, 2019

10月17日(木曜日)2019 
9月下旬から10月上旬にかけて見てきたニューイングランドの初秋を紹介します。 市街地から少し離れたところにあるマーケットで、いつもトマトや新鮮な野菜、果物、花、チーズ、パンなどが豊富にあります。奥様が日本人だと聞いたことがあって、日本食で使う野菜なども結構そろっていて、きのこ類も豊富です。そこにマツタケがありました。日本では貴重なマツタケがこんな風に無造作に置かれることはないのでびっくりしました。そっと手に取ってみると確かにマツタケ。でも香りはそれほどではありませんでした。ワシントン州やニューハンプシャー州で採れるそうですが、アメリカの人はマツタケを食べる習慣はないので店頭に並ぶことは珍しいです。1ポンド(約450g)$19.98(約2000円)で他のきのこより割高ですが日本ほどではありません。マーケットの外に小菊の鉢植えや大小のかぼちゃ(パンプキン)がたくさん置かれてアメリカらしい秋の光景でした。お客は好みの大きさのかぼちゃを買って帰って玄関に置いて、ハロウィンが近づくと中をくり抜いてジャック・オー・ランタンを作って当日の夜は仮装した子供達を迎えます。Let me introduce early autumn in New England, where I was there for about two weeks. I went to a grocery store which is located a little bit away from downtown Boston. The store usually has many kinds of tomatoes, fresh vegetables, various kinds of fruits, flowers, cheese, bread and so on. I heard that the owner's wife is Japanese, so we can find many vegetables used in Japanese cooking. They also have many kinds of mushrooms. When I visited this grocery market, I found Matsutake mushrooms and I was surprised because they were placed in a display box carelessly. I gently picked one of them and examined the exterior. It was certainly Matsutake, but the smell was mild. I heard that Matsutake mushrooms are picked in such places like Washington state and New Hampshire state in the US. Since people in the US do not have a custom to eat Matsutake, it is rare to find them in a common grocery store. The price is 1Lb=$19.98, it is expensive but not as high as Japan. Outside of the market, there are small chrysanthemum pots and pumpkins of various sizes, all representing fall colors. Customers purchase the pumpkin of their favorite size and bring it back to their home. When Halloween is approaching, they make a Jack-o'-lantern to welcome kids who will wear costumes and visit their house to get candies.









10月16日(水曜日)2019 
実りの秋をいろいろな方が届けてくださいます。今日は栗、柿、ゆず、サツマイモ、レタス、菊菜、かわいいカブを彦根の友人ご夫妻からいただきました。視覚的にも茶、オレンジ、黄緑、赤、緑、白と豊かな収穫の秋を楽しむことができます。全部、自宅の農地で採れたものだそうで、ずいぶん力のある農家さんだなと感心します。Many people brought me crops from their fruitful fall harvest. Today, I received chestnuts, persimmons, Yuzu (citron), sweet potatoes, lettuce, kikuna (crown daisy), baby turnips from my friends who are a couple living in Hikone. Visually we can enjoy the colors of these fruits as well, which is a mix of brown, orange, yellowish green, red, green and white. My friend said that they are all from their farmland. I admire my friends who are really capable farmers.



10月15日(火曜日)2019 
台風一過、今日は秋晴れの美しい1日でした。 ご近所から今年も柿をいただきました。 嬉しいことに枝付きの柿の実です。床の間の飾りとしても秋らしくて素敵です。 台風で大変な被害を受けた地域は家を失った方、家へ帰れなかったり後片付けなど で途方に暮れているいる方が大勢いらっしゃることを思うとこんなに穏やかに過ごしていることにいささかの後ろ めたさを感じます。日毎、寒くなっていきます。心細いことでしょう。We had nice autumn weather with clear skies after a heavy typhoon had passed. One of my neighbors kindly gave me persimmons this year, too. I am glad to receive them with branches because they are nice ornament for the alcove in the guest room. While I am appreciating such beautiful autumn days, I feel a little bit uneasy because there are people who lost their houses, can not return to their homes or who are in a quandary about the endless work of cleaning their houses from mud as a result of the previous typhoon. It is getting colder day by day. I am simply praying for them.



10月14日(月曜日)2019 
台風19号は大雨と河川の氾濫で東日本広域に大きな被害を及ぼしました。平穏な日常が一瞬にして様変わりしてしまうこうした災害の恐ろしさに唖然とするばかりです。かたやラグビーW杯戦では日本がスコットランドに強靭な力で勝ってベスト8に残ったことが明るいニュースとして沸いています。ところでYourubeを見ていたら、ジェシー・ノーマンの画像が目に入ってきました。アメリカ人のオペラ歌手ですが、久しく彼女の歌を聴いていなかったので何かと思ったら 先日ニューヨークで亡くなってその追悼のための画像だったのです。私は20年以上も前にボストンで一度だけステージで彼女の歌を聴いたことがあり、CDも少し持っていますが驚くほど豊かな声量がどこまでもどこまでも続き説得力のある彼女のソプラノに魅了されました。インタビュー番組を見ましたが、語学が好きで、ドイツ語、フランス語、イタリア語など多くの言語が話者の話し方で微妙な地域がわかるほど堪能だったようです。医学や社会事業にも貢献して音楽以外の多くの人々からも尊敬されていました。車椅子でステージにあがっている姿を見ましたが近年はもう歌っていなかったのでしょうか。74歳でした。しばらく遠ざかっていた彼女の歌をまた聴きたいと思います。Typhoon No.19 caused a lot of damage in wide area of eastern Japan by the heavy rain and river flooding. We were stunned when we looked at the change from peaceful daily life into a fearful disaster. On the other hand, in the Rugby World Cup, the Japanese team beat Scotland and progressed to the final tournament, so people are excited by this happy news. By the way, when I was watching Youtube, Jessye Norman, an American opera singer appeared on the screen. Since I haven't listened to her singing for a long time, I wondered what happened with her. It was her memorial video. She passed away on Oct.1 in NY. She was a great soprano opera singer and I had a chance to see her at Boston Symphony Gala concert more than 20 years ago. I was fascinated by her extremely rich voice and presence. I watched her interview on a TV program and discovered that she was very fluent in foreign languages, such as German, French, Italian at such a high level that she could even distinguish the local dialects. She also contributed to medicine and social matters greatly and was respected by many people outside of music as well. Apparently she had been using a wheel chair until recently and I wonder if she had not been singing during those final days. She was 74. I would have liked to listen to her singing again.



Friday, October 11, 2019

10月10日(木曜日)2019 
小学校の読み聞かせのボランティアを時々していることから、校長先生からお昼の給食を 一緒にどうぞとのお誘いをいただき、本日2年ろ組の教室で子供達と給食をいただきました。 多賀小は母校で私の時も給食はありましたが、昔とはずいぶん様子が違っていました。 それでも給食当番の子供達がエプロンと帽子、マスクをつけて、みんなの器に食べ物を入れて あげる光景は同じで微笑ましく、昔もこんなだったかなあと懐かしく思いました。 多賀小学校の給食はまわりの学校からうらやましがられるほど美味しいと聞いていたので、試食でき たことは幸運でした。今日のメニューは炊き込み御飯、具だくさんのスープ、もやしや鶏肉が入った酢の物、それに牛乳で、評判通りどれも本当に美味しかったです。器がちょっと残念でしたが、私達の時はアルミの器だったので、それよりはよかったです。食事中は子供達の好奇の視線と質問攻めで照れるのと元気な声に圧倒され、久しぶりに賑やかで愉快な経験をしました。Because I have been a reading (story telling) volunteer at Taga Elementary School, the principal invited volunteers to a school-lunch with kids. Today, I went to the school to have lunch with children in the second graders' classroom. It is the same school which I went to, and when I was a kid, the school lunch was already provided, but I found many differences between now and then. Even so, I recall my school days looking at the kids putting on aprons, white hats and masks and serving food into everyone's bowls. I heard the reputation that the school lunch at Taga Elementary School is pretty good, and I was lucky to be invited to the school. The menu of today was rice seasoned with vegetables and meat, clear soup with seafood, tofu and vegetables, vinegar dish with chicken and vegetables, and milk. As predicted from the reputation, all of the food was good although the bowls were made of plastic and they made me feel a little disappointed. But I thought plastic containers are better than aluminum ones which were used at my time. During the lunch, I was a little shy and overwhelmed by the curious gazes of the children and their random questions but it was a lively and pleasant experience which I hadn't had for a long time.









10月9日(水曜日)2019 
陽射しも吹く風もすっかり秋の気配になりました。大型台風が近づいているのが気になります が、取りあえずは穏やかな一日が過ぎていきます。 いつもお世話になっているH.Nさんが切れてしまったカフェの注文票を大量にコピーして 持ってきてくれたのですが、お土産にこれも大量の菊を運んでくれました。ずいぶん土壌の良い 場所に植わっていたと思われます。台風が来たら倒れてしまうからと大人の胸あたりまである生育の いい枝をきれいに束ねて下さっていました。優しい友の気遣いに感謝するばかりです。たくさん いただいたのであちこちに惜しみなく飾らせていただきました。秋の香りでいっぱいです。I fully feel the autumn season in the sun light and wind. Although I am worried about the big typhoon approaching Japan, anyhow the recent days have been calm and beautiful. Yesterday, Ms. H.N. who is my friend and always helpful, brought a bunch of copies of order sheets I keep in my cafe. She also brought a big bunch of small chrysanthemums. The branches were very tall which reach my chest region when I hold the flowers. I guess they were planted in rich soil. She tied up the long branches neatly and gave them to me saying they will probably fall down when the typhoon hits. I appreciated her thoughtfulness. Since they were so many branches which I couldn't hold at once, I put them in various places in my house. Now my house is filled with the smell of autumn!




Monday, September 30, 2019

9月30日(月曜日)2019 
カレンダーが明日から新しい月に変わります。 消費税が10月から10%になるのは心穏やかではなく、多賀あさひやのメニューも一つだけ値段が 変わることをお伝えしなければなりません。

 コーヒーが400円から450円になります。 
もち粉ケーキセット(ケーキ+コーヒー)550円 
いなりセット(特製いなり+コーヒー)550円 
もち粉ケーキ、いなりセット(もち粉ケーキ+いなり+コーヒー)700円  
スムージー、甘酒などのメニューは はこれまでどおりです。

皆様のご理解をいただきたくお願い申し上げます。

We enter into a new month of the calendar from tomorrow. It is not easy for us to accept that the consumption tax will rise 10% from October 1. Affected by this, we have to announce that there is just one menu item that will increase in price. That is coffee. It will be ¥450 from ¥400. Other items will keep the same price as before. Thank you very much for your understanding.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

9月24日(火曜日) 2019
新しいイベントのお知らせです。 11月9日(土)にクラウンショーを多賀あさひやで行ないます。クラウンとは道化師のことです。 11月10日(日)はクラウンの一人、高野呂音(ろね)さんによる「怒りのコントロールと笑いのコミュニケーション」の講座があります。クラウンは日本人にはあまり馴染みがないかもしれませんが、西欧では歴史が古く人々の暮らしにはなくてはならない存在でした。今回のクラウンはRone & Gigi (ロネとジージ)という二人組で過去に世界のクラウンコンクールで優勝したり上位受賞をしている実力派です。大人も子供も大笑いできるクラウンショーを是非お楽しみください。 また、翌日は「怒りのコントロールと笑いのコミュニケーション」についての講座です。アメリカのクラウン大学で勉強し、日本アンガーマネジメント協会の役員としても様々な場所で活躍する高野呂音さんの講座は定評があります。教育、介護、家庭でストレスを抱えている人には役に立つと思います。簡単な実技を取り入れた講義とアンガーマネジメントの入門講座ですが、参加者の状況をみて若干調整もあるようです。イベントについて質問等ある方はどうぞご遠慮なく電話(0749-48-0186)またはEメール(taga.asahiya@gmail.com)へお寄せ下さい。I would like to announce a new event at Taga Asahiya. Clown show " The Big Ears Show" will be held on Nov. 9th (Saturday) and a lecture about "Anger management and communication with smile " by Rone Takano who is one of the clowns of "Rone & Gigi" will be held on the following day, Nov. 10th. Clown was not introduced when Opera, Ballet and other aspects of Western culture came into Japan during the Meiji period, so it might still not be familiar to Japanese people now. This Japanese clown duo "Rone & Gigi" won in the international clown contest in 2002 and got brilliant awards the following two years. I will guarantee that both adults and kids will enjoy their show. There is a lecture about "Anger management and communication with smile" by Rone on the following day. She learned about it at Clown College in the US and gave lectures as a facilitator of Anger Management Association in Japan. It will be helpful for people who experience stress in the education field, care for the aged, or in their family. It will be a lecture including practical skills and information about anger management but it might be adjusted depending on the participants. If you have any questions, please call 0749-48-0186 or email to taga.asahiya@gmail.com.
9月23日(月曜日)2019 
スイスは欧州統一通貨ユーロの加盟国ではないので、独自の通貨を使っています。 空港で日本円をスイスフランに両替して、紙幣が色とりどりであるのとそのデザインに驚きました。 黄色は10フラン、赤は20フラン、緑は50フラン、青は100フラン、茶は200フラン。日本の紙幣と違って、縦長であること、デザインに手が多く使われていることなど興味深いです。10フランはスイスの組織、能力、時間、20フランは創造、性、光、50フランは豊かな体験、100フランはスイスの人道、伝統、水、200フランはスイスの科学、力、物理がテーマになっているとのことです。チューリッヒはドイツ語圏で表記もドイツ語ですが、人々はスイス独自のドイツ語を話しています。坂だらけの街に暮らしているだけあって足腰が鍛えられていること、40年ぶりに会ったスイス人の友人の話しからも周りの国に屈しない強さと誇りをもっていることに国民性を感じました。Since Switzerland is not a member of the European Union, they use their own currency. When I exchanged Japanese yen to Swiss Francs at the airport, I was bit surprised at the colorful paper money and the design. Yellow is 10 Francs, red is 20 Francs, green is 50 Francs, blue is 100 Francs and brown is 200 Francs. I was interested in that they use these paper money vertically which is different from Japanese, and I could see several designs of shapes of hands there. According to the web info., they symbolize Swiss organization, ability and time in 10 Francs, creativity, nature (or gender) and light in 20 Fran, rich experience in 50 Fran, humanity, tradition and water in 100 Fran, science, power and physics in 200 Fran. Zurich is the German-speaking part of Switzerland and signs are all written in German but people are speaking in Swiss-German which is different from German-German. I was impressed that people in Zurich have a lot of lower body strength probably because they are living in place which has lots of hills. I also learned about their national pride from my Swiss friend whom I met again after 40 years who is very independent, strong and proud of her country against other surrounding countries.





Sunday, September 22, 2019

9月21日(土曜日)2019 
チューリッヒに来ています。チューリッヒはスイス最大の都市。週末でお天気も良いと あって街中はかなりの人で賑わっていました。チューリッヒは南東にチューリッヒ湖という湖があり そこから市街にリマト川が流れています。滋賀県人としてはどうしてもチューリッヒ湖と琵琶湖を 比べてみたくなります。チューリッヒ湖は琵琶湖の7分の1ほどの細長い湖で水深も琵琶湖が最大103mに比べて半分の49mで小さい湖ということになりますが、水面標高を見ると琵琶湖が85mなのに比べてチューリッヒ湖は406mとやはりアルプスのある国ならではの高い位置の湖ということが分かりました。人通りの多い市街を歩いて、高台のリンデンホフの丘に上がってみると、リマト川と市街がきれいに見えました。それからトリムという市電にのって少し離れた湖のそばに行ってゆっくりしました。10月間近ですが、最後の夏を楽しもうと家族連れやカップルが水着で泳いだり日光浴をして、何とものどかな様子でした。夕方はチーズフォンデュが食べたくてレストランへ。実はチューズフォンデュは冬の食べ物で今は殆どのレストランのメニューにはありませんが、今でも食べられる所を探してもらって予約を入れ願いが叶いました。3種のチーズと白ワインが入ったお鍋に小さく切ったフランスパンを長いフォークに挿して熱々のチーズを絡めていただくスイスの鍋料 理。お腹いっぱい美味しかったです。I am now in Zurich. Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland. Since it was the weekend and a fine day, many people came out to the commercial area in Zurich. There is lake Zurich ( Zurichsee) and Limmat is the river from lake Zurich into Zurich city. As a person living near the lake Biwa, I would like to know the difference between the lake Zurich and lake Biwa. Here is what I learned. Lake Zurich is one seventh of lake Biwa and the water depth is greater for Biwako (103meter/ 338 feet) than Zurichsee (49 meters/160 ft.). So Zurichsee is much smaller than Biwako but the water surface elevation is higher (85 meters /279 ft for Biwako and 406 meters/1332 ft for Zurichsee). We walked through Bahnhofstrasse and went up to Lindenhof hill and enjoyed the beautiful view of Limmat river and Zurich city. Then we boarded a local tram and had a relaxing time by the lake. Despite being almost October, there were families and couples in their bathing suits swimming and sun-bathing, hoping to enjoy the last days of summer. It was a calming atmosphere. In the evening, we headed to a restaurant to enjoy cheese fondue. Actually cheese fondue is a winter food and currently most restaurants do not serve it, but we found a place that offered it at this time and my wish came true. A pot containing a mixture of three types of cheese and white wine is served with bread cut in cubes, and a long fork is used to pierce and dip the bread into the cheese. It was delicious and my stomach was full by the end.  


バーンホフ通り(Bahnhofstrasse)

公園に行く道( to Lidenhof hill)

リマト川(Limmat)

チューリッヒ湖畔(Zurich lakeside)

チーズフォンヂュ