A cloudy and rainy Week


Bom dia Rio!! (“Good Morning, Rio” in Portuguese)

Good Morning in many, many languages.

GOOD MORNING!

The Paralympics is amazing.

I can only watch it if I wake up early, But nonetheless, I’m moved by what I see.

Finding out how such events are so interesting…

I was surprised by how intense wheelchair rugby is

And the tactics and power needed to keep on running for so long.

Above all else, I truly believe everyone’s smile is beautiful.

I wonder how this new week will unfold...

【It’s a week of cloud and rain (゜ω゜●))” 】


[MONDAY]

(256th day of 2016)

Today, on the morning when the Paralympics started,

I saw Narita Mayumi, a swimmer who is also from Kawasaki.

Although she retired once, she’s back in Rio, on top of the paralympics stage…Even though she’s approaching the age of 50, her strokes are strong,

And her smile is beautiful.

And during an interview…

“Why are you able to work hard so much!?”

When asked that…

“Because there is no reason for me to give up.”

Was her answer.

On such a morning, from Narita-san and all the athletes of the world,I’m embraced by their smiles and will to compete.

To see them like this, I’m moved to tears.

May everyone live through this week with warmth.


[TUESDAY]

(257th day of 2016)

Honda Minako

Even now, I remember her. When she performed on Miss Saigon together with Ichimura Masachika, When I was only in elementary school. I was mesmerized as I watched her perform on stage through opera glasses.

It was not a good seat at all, as it was far, far back…Although Honda Minako-san has passed away, I will not forget how I felt when I saw her on stage. Even as the helicopter appeared above the stage…I could hear her voice and see her well, even from this far seat.

On my way home, I had balled in front of my parents, until they bought me this CD. I’ve kept it safe in my closet. No matter how many times I listen to it, I still recall The momentous feeling I'd felt at that time.

I’m reminded of that time again.

That time where I had set foot on the Imperial Theatre stage, Being Aikawa Kinya’s attendant, studying under him.

The art of stage performance… From stage doors to the Imperial Theatre setting…

I would greet each and everyone with my head bowed,

As I distributed gifts from Aikawa-san to the actors’ dressing rooms…

Or I would follow him to a famous person’s dressing room,

Or have his wooden casing ready and prepared beforehand.

I would also go early to clean his dressing room, Running around and getting the plants watered too.

I was only 21 years old then… but Aikawa Kinya-san Has already passed away this past year (Diary April 20th 2015, Friday) Even then, for whatever reason it may be, I am right now on stage, living my life.

It feels rather strange to me…

That moment of appreciation I felt for the Musical “Miss Saigon,” It must still be connected to me right now… Even if it was only for a moment, It has connected to my life nonetheless,

And since I live, I should live it well. I should be moved, whether I cry or smile by doing so.

Tomorrow, there will be another treasure that will enter my heart

I am alive, and I treasure each day that comes and passes.

Now, let’s live on.


[WEDNESDAY]

(258th day of 2016)

Today is a cloudy sky Wednesday…

As usual, I place a folding umbrella into my bag,

and head out…

A bit of rain showers, and then it stops…

And on my way home today...I bought a slice of not-so-baked-anymore pizza.

Together with some fries from McDonalds…

As always… French Fries are the best!!


[THURSDAY]

(259th day of 2016)

Today, I feel…That it’s a Thursday with a sky that doesn’t feel right. And as I visit my family on my way home, I find toys scattered everywhere…

So who is the culprit...

and as I look around slowly, Right on the spot, Ryo-chan comes, with his round head as he wraps himself around my leg like a koala...

Seems like the fad with the kids lately…

And pretending I don’t notice him, I try to…

My… my leg feels heavy…Today’s round-headed Ryo-chan sticks to my leg,

Filled with 100% energy, ready to play pranks.


[FRIDAY]

(260th day of 2016)

Today again starts out as a cloudy day.

It’s Friday, and on my way home, Rain started to fall…putting into good use my folding umbrella.

This morning, I had woken up early to see the Paralympics Wheelchair rugby (゜〇゜●;)” Amazing…The skills in riding a wheelchair, tagged with one’s unending vitality. Seeing these athletes, I too am instilled with energy. And I was also able to see the track events.

As expected, I’m moved to see all the athletes smile before the whole world.


[SATURDAY]

(261st day of 2016)

Today looks like it might be a sunshiny…. Cloudy day

I feel today has been the brightest day of the week. Recently, it has been rather humid. Even when it clears later, it doesn’t feel like a clear sky. Yet, in the evening, I was finally able to see the moon.

This morning, for the wheelchair rugby, it’s Japan vs USA.

Until the very, very end, it was a fight for one point.

With USA, the strongest team....It was really a fantastic match…

Although I thought they could continue winning,

But as expected of the world’s strongest, Japan wasn’t given the chance.

It was amazing to see USA win by one point. But to see all the athletes wanting to play with USA again In the future…

oh… how wonderful their enthusiasm!!

I wonder how everyone will spend their weekend… May it be a warm weekend for everyone…


[SUNDAY]

(262nd day of 2016)

Narita Mayumi and her powerful swimming strokes.

Danielle Dias and his masterful strokes.

After seeing all the athletes doing their best, The smile they make in the end…

What a heartfelt Sunday morning. The sky is cloudy again and rain falls…

But my heart is warm on this Sunday morning.

German long jumper Markus Rehm.

When he jumped, it felt like time had stopped.It was truly amazing

(゜〇゜●)”

With all the beautiful smiles of all the athletes,

Let’s jump into the new week………!!!

What a cloudy and rainy week this past week was.

Thank you everyone for your hard work this week

And to a new week that’s up ahead.

Wait, today’s a public holiday...Even then, we go out for work…

A new week will start this Monday.

May everyone enjoy the new week with warmth and kindness...

May each day and hour of the week Be filled with kindness and gentleness...

May a gentle wind… kindly blow in everyone’s heart...

It’s alright. It’s alright.The wind has blown...

Now, live your life “/(゜∇゜●)/”

【May the world be swept with a wind of smiles… filled with kindness and warmth…】

【Once again this week… one step at a time… may today continue… onto tomorrow…】

To a new week…

Have a safe journey!!

Ate logo!! (“Bye bye” in Portuguese)

高橋 昭博

Akihiro Takahashi

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