Saturday, May 28, 2022




    Concert "Flute World by Yukihiro Isso" is approaching in a week, Saturday, June 4th at Taga Asahiya. Mr. Isso is a flutist in Isso school and Important Intangible Cultural Property Comprehensive Designated Holder. He will play traditional flute music such as those from noh music, ritual music to classical, Jazz and original music composed with various kinds of flutes by him. He is saying that he would like you to enjoy the wonderful sound of flute and music.

    You will be fascinated by the flute concert at the Japanese old house in the afternoon of early summer. Few more tickets are left. Please call 0749-48-0186!

Friday, May 27, 2022




    Mr.O who is in his mid twenties, came to my cafe by bicycle on the heavy snow day last Dec. and since then he occasionally stopped by on the way back home and talked about many interesting topics. He likes to collect miniature animal figures or color figures naturally by observing them closely. Yesterday, he came to the cafe and said that he wanted to show something to me and he took out small plastic bags. They were insect figures. They looked real to me and according to him, they were Yanbaru long-armed scarab beetles, drone beetles, and plusiotis. Mr. O explained them to me by showing the real one on the screen of his smart phone. Since the figures were not real, I, who is usually not interested in those insects, enjoyed touching them and looking closely. Actually I hate cockroaches among all insects in the world and told him about it, then he started to explain about various kinds of cockroaches.

    He is working at a pharmaceutical company in Taga as a temporary employee and it seems his shift work is not easy but he is saying that he likes to come to Taga town because he can find many interesting animals and insects in the area. I asked him about a comic book which he put on the table, then he talked about the people who were fighting in the age of provincial wars in Japan. I was amazed at his interest and knowledge which probably some younger generations have.

Wednesday, May 25, 2022



    Clown Live by RONE & Gigi will be held at Taga Asahiya on Nov.12th and 13th 2022. They have been running Clown School for 25 years.
Not only people who want to be a clown participate and learn at the school but also those people who are care workers, teachers, office workers and housewives, are learning about clowning and it applies to various occasions. It changes your life. (I am participating in Clown web lectures and it is very fun!)

Saturday, May 21, 2022



    Ms. K, who is my high school classmate, gave me home-grown vegetables as she often does. This time, I found fava beans which were the first one of the season among other vegetables. I twisted the big pod to break it and took out the fava beans. I felt very good when I saw big fava beans inside the pod. After taking all the beans out, boiled them with salty water and moreover took out the outer skin, then the amount of the fava beans went down, but I love these fava beans whose shapes are associated with Otafuku (an attractive girl despite her narrow eyes and flat nose). I cooked fava beans rice for lunch and made take-out box lunches for the guests to enjoy.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022



    I bought a bouquet of baby's breath for 150 yen at the Friday morning market near my house. I put them in a vase at home. We see baby's breath in a bouquet of other flowers such as roses as a filler for the gaps, but it is very nice to look simply full of baby's breath as the main flowers and I like it. Baby's breath has an image of western flower but it also fits a Japanese room and it shows the presence very well. The other day, I received a bunch of irises from Ms. M and I put them in the alcove, entrance, and other places for the decoration of Boy's Day. They have flowers in deep color on top straight stems and they make us feel vigor which is suitable for Boy's Day. On the other hand, these baby's breath make us feel gentle and tender. We are looking at these with a calm mind.

Saturday, May 14, 2022





    Golden week holidays (long consecutive holidays) are over and normal days came back. During the holidays, many people visited Taga Taisha not only from inside Shiga prefecture but also from western Japan such as Kyoto, Osaka or from eastern Japan such as Nagoya, Tokyo, and some of them stopped by my cafe. I enjoyed small talk with them.

    This morning, I went for a walk after a long time and visited Taga Taisha to see flowers of ”Nanjya-monjya (Chionanthus retusus)". Maybe because of the last heavy snow, the tree lost some branches, so flowers were smaller than last year, but still soft and elegant white flowers were so beautiful and they just amazed me. There is a Japanese maple tree near the tree of Nanjya-monjya which is eye-catching and the branches full of fresh green maple leaves spread widely.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022




    First of May started with a little cold rain. Izanami-market was held yesterday on the first Sunday of the month and a small retro goods shop opened to the left of the cafe but very few people passed by the street because of the rain, so the owner of the shop closed in the afternoon. The weather was completely opposite from the day before, which was very fine, but we can not complain about the natural phenomenon.

    Well, we served Izanami lunch and I thank people who ate in the cafe or took it home. The menu is as follows: Simmered Japanese Butterbur, Udo (Aralia cordata) with Japanese pepper leaves miso, spinach salad with bacon dressing, Celeri remoulade, meatball, fried salmon marinated in a spicy sauce, Steamed rice with bamboo shoots and Tomato & egg soup.