Halloween in Shibuya
Halloween in Shibuya
Kato, who is the above lady in East Indian costume?
She is Madame Taliesin.
Is she your wife?
Oh, no... She is the queen of Halloween.
I'm dead serious! She is MY queen of Halloween.
Are you telling the world that she is a queen of Halloween ONLY for you?
Yes, that's right. You're telling the world, Diane.
But why is she wearing an East Indian costume instead of kimono?
Good question! ... It is a long story.
Then make it short and tell me the story.
Well ... When I arrived in my hometown, Gyoda, on Octover 19, it was so hot that Madame Taliesin welcomed me while bathing in bikini.
Kato, were you dreaming or what? It was terribly cold in Vancouver on October 19. No Vancouverites could take a dip in the water.
I know, I know, ... I'm sure you were almost frozen to death, but I felt as if I were in Hawaii when I arrived in Japan on October 19. As a matter of fact, on October 20, it was 28 degree in Gyoda---my hometown.
How come it's so hot in your homwtown at this time of year?
Good question, Diane! It is because Gyoda is famous for its fire festival.
Kato, are you saying that the fire in the festival makes it hot in Gyoda at this time of year?
Yes, you're absolutely right.
I think you're definitely kidding me. Who could believe you? By the way, who are the couple in the above video. They seem to wear old Japanese costumes.
Yes, they do... The festival is about Konohanasakuya-hime and her husband.
Who is Konohanasakuya-hime?
She is a famous character in Japanese mythology.
I see... Quite interesting... But, Kato, how come Madame Taliesin wore an East Indian costume, instead of the traditional Japanese costume?
Diane, have you ever heard of an old saying---"Fight fire with fire"?
Yes, I have. But I can hardly understand why the above saying has to do with Madame Taliesin's East Indian costume.
Well..., Madame Taliesin is crazy about East Indian currey.
You see, Diane, Madame Taliesin is crazy about curry. That is, she fights hot weather with hot East Indian curry.
Are you saying, Kato, that's the reason Madame Taliesen wore an East Indian costume in the Halloween party?
Yes, that's right! You're telling the world.
If you've got some time,
Please read one of the following artciles:
■"Happy New Year"
■"Merange & Sabina"
■"Beauty in Spa"
■"Love @ e-reading"
■"Love & Loyalty"
■"Amazing Two-legged Pooch"
■"Life with Music"
■"Biker Babe & Granny"
■"Heaven with Mochi"
■"Travel Expense Scandal"
■Happy Gal in Canada
■Roof of Vancouver
■Better Off Without Senate
■Trump @ Vancouver
■Otter & Trump
■Fiddler on the Roof
■Flesh and Bone
■Romeo & Juliet
■Trump @ Joke
Hi, I'm June Adams.
Kato is a real movie lover, who tries to watch 1001 movies.
As a matter of fact, he has already accomplished his goal.
Kato watched "The Arabian Nights" or "One Thousand and One Nights" as his 1001th movie.
You might just as well want to view it.
The stories in "the Arabian Nights" were collected over many centuries by various authors, translators, and scholars across West, Central, and South Asia and North Africa.
The tales themselves trace their roots back to ancient and medieval Arabic, Persian, Indian, Egyptian and Mesopotamian folklore and literature.
In particular, many tales were originally folk stories from the Caliphate era, while others, especially the frame story, are most probably drawn from the Pahlavi Persian work Hazār Afsān which in turn relied partly on Indian elements.
What is common throughout all the editions of the Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryār and his wife Scheherazade and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves.
The stories proceed from this original tale.
Some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord.
Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1,001 or more.
■『軽井沢タリアセン夫人 - 小百合物語』