I went to Dodo family to see photographer Mr. Dodo who played a role in my short movie produced by Nikon (http://www.nikonnext.com/).
We had a private screening and it was really fun.
Mr. Dodo's son looked awkward watching it.
He said, "it's a documentary, isn't it?"
"Dad's playing just as he is," he added.
Mr. Dodo's wife was admiring her husband saying, "this Shunji (Mr. Dodo's first name) looks great."
Every time I visit Dodo's family, I find love and warmth of family.
By evening, it turned into baseball watching.
No. The Hanshin Tigers went down to the 4th.
It's no use only Aniki (Kanemoto) plays well.
The short film which has been distributed world-widely through the website, "Nikon Next."
I shot the film in Amami, the southern island.
The title is "Tsunagari yuku mono" which indicates "relationship."
Touta-kun (I mentioned him in my past diary) is the main cast.
I had long been planning his casting; he's handsome, sings well and cooks well.
For his father's role, I selected Mr. Dodo Shunji; I had been thinking of him as well.
He's a professional photographer.
He joined the film with his 40 years old camera.
The story is quite realistic and strong.
And it's world distribution.
The website provides a five-language service, so please tell all your friends in the world about the film.
I really appreciate all the staff in the project, giving me this chance.
Most of the crew members are new-faces but I really enjoyed shooting with them.
I always value "who work with" before "what we make", and it was the best crew I ever worked with.
Please enjoy the film.
Nikon Next: http://www.nikonnext.com/
For you young people, having meals with folks you love make your body cells healthier as well.
I think meal has something to do with creativity.
Because I got good at cooking while starting making films.
I used to worry over whether I should wash rice with or without detergent, though.
And one day I bought lettuce instead of cabbage by mistake...
Due to the delay of the meeting on accounting work at the office, I made an excuse to my son...
Mother: I'm sorry. The accounting work took so long.
Son: What's accounting?
Mother: It's about, for example, counting how much money we have.
Son: How-much! I love How-much!! ("how much" sounds "salmon caviar" in Japanese)
I'll do my best, so that I can buy salmon caviar.
On his birthday eve, my son was reluctant to go to bed.
And rolling over me.
Mother: Time to bed.
Son: 'Cause... I can't wait tomorrow.
He's been growing and growing, looking forward to his birthday tomorrow.
And so, he brings me joy.
Professional basketball league...
I hope Nara prefecture will have a team soon.
I went to watch a game of Osaka's team, Evessa.
The game tied with only three minutes to go.
It was so exciting.
But, after all, Evessa won the game.
I want to play, too.
I'll go practice this April.
The birth center "Wa" where I gave birth five years ago welcomed its 10th anniversary.
This picture shows the ceremony.
It was organized by mothers who gave birth at this center.
500 babies were born here.
You can see so many children (far from all the children though) and their families.
I felt some happy mood breezing among them.
Thank you, the planning members, for all the work.
And I admire, Dr. Shibata of "Wa", all your effort for new-born life.
Dr. Shibata has God hands.
Her hands amazingly ease the pain of delivery.
On the way to nursery school.
Son: Headlight, OK.
"He's saying something," wondered his mother.
Looking back at the backseat while waiting at stoplight, I found he's reading a comic "Otoko Gumi (Guys Clan)" putting a balloon on his cap.
He looked funny, and I took this picture.
Four-year-old boy reading "Guys Clan" with a headlight...
I wonder what he'll be doing in the future.
Husband: If he loves comics, why don't we buy a series of "Adolf ni tsugu?"
Wife: ... Adolf??
Son: Mom. Dump and toilet, which is stronger?
Mother: ... (Who compare such things?)
Son: You know?
Son: Right. Because dumps can be flashed away.
I always admire his imagination.
"Cherry blossom. Cherry blossom. Whichever you look at, every cherry blossom is beautiful."
Some of them are not cherry blossoms... Never mind.
From this year's Cannes, I got an award called Carrosse d'Or.
This award is organized by a French directors' society, and it means "golden coach award" in English.
And so, I'm going to visit Cannes for the ceremony.
And, for its special screening, they will present one of my past films.
The film that I haven't presented at Cannes is..."Hotaru"
All right. I will make it happen...
I went out to see the back street, one of the shooting locations!
Oh, nothing's changed!!
Really glad to see it.
That's the hydrangea we planted.
Four months ago, that is, since the beginning of this year, we have organized a regular event of story telling for kids in neighborhood.
This is not like reading out story books or playing picture story shows.
It's an event in which an elderly person tells stories.
Listening to what people talk does not rely on how many words you understand; it's a matter of curiosity, I think.
You listen to people you like, don't you?
In this event, you can relax and enjoy old tales.
And kids expand their imaginations in the story world.
It's not like pointing at what they see in front of their eyes, but they see "a big tree," for example, in their imaginations, and there's no same "big tree" in their mind.
Unlimitedly widespread potentialities... you cannot do anything but want to hold your kids tight.
My son started going to swimming school.
This was his first lesson but he really enjoyed swimming; he loves to swim.
Boy, I've become an education-minded mother.
I got quite concerned about it
But, looking around at other mothers, everyone just looks "THE mother."
I wish I would go just like a normal mother, but I feel a bit isolated...
The Saho River, which is depicted in the oldest existing Japanese anthology of poetry, runs just beside the backyard of my house.
So nice to hear its sound.
My bedroom faces to the riverside, and so I think my son possibly has a memory of listening to the sound before his birth inside me.
By the way, while there are so many flowers in bloom other than cherry blossoms this season, we went out for "Hanami," cherry blossom viewing party by the Saho River.
Everyone got drunk and buzzy, great laughs...really enjoyed it.
And we found the full moon in the sky!
Though everyone sings, "Sakura," "Sakura" at this time of year...
There came out tulip flowers whose bulbs I planted last winter.
There's muscari, too...
There are so many flowers other than cherry blossoms.
I'm so happy spring has come.
Seems my son has grown up big, too.
"Dandelion came out."
"Came out into bright yellow."
"Petal to petal, with a big smile, came out."
And so we sing a spring song with my son.
My friend's husband works at a pottery in Iga, and when I visited them, I bought this Tou-chin-sai because its shape is so pretty.
This is a magic pot with which you can cook vegetables unbelievably well by just putting it into a microwave.
No. this isn't a pot.
Live-alone persons should get one!
People living in a studio apartment are reluctant to cook, but with this you just chop vegetables and meat or fish, and then put them into a microwave for five minutes! You can have many vegetables, and the juiciness of meat and fish makes the dish tastier.
Mitsuki cooked Tou-chin-sai bowl.
Today's recipe is pork, Chinese leek, shimeji mushroom, cabbage, kidney beans, bean sprout...
We really enjoyed it.
Mother: Cherry blossoms are so beautiful. Let's go to Hanami (flower viewing party).
Son: Hanabi? (fireworks?)
Mother: Not Hanabi. Hanami.
Son: What's Hanami?
Mother: Cherry blossoms are beautiful. So we have a party, having delicious food and drink under the trees.
Son: Party. You mean Wasabi! (green horseradish paste) Mother: Wasabi...?
How come Wasabi???
After doing a monthly DJ last November, I got promoted to a regular DJ from this April...clap, clap.
Please enjoy it, those who live in Kansai area!!
Please be with me for an hour from 10 p.m. on Sunday night.
We pick a topic every month, and this month's topic is "start."
Please send us a lot of faxes and emails.
The first air is on 5th night...
Don't miss it!
We will receive your questions about love, too.
Grandma turned 94 years old.
And we had her birthday party, the annual event.
I'm happy to see her smiling.
My son is 4. 90-year age gap...
Grandma is dozing off.
Son: Don't speak out loud.
Mother: Why's that?
Son: Grandma's sleeping.
His mother became afraid: what if she keeps sleeping forever...
Mother: What if she goes away?
Son: Don't worry. She makes it to 100 years old.
My son's word is echoing in the back of my ears.
It was such a day with spring thunder.