When you gotta finish the parking spot but you forgot to bring the last pole

“Takeshi, what happened to the pole?”
“Boss, it’s gonna be great! You can ride your bike home, park it here and crack open a cold one as soon as you get off the bike!”
“Like a vending machine?”
“Yeah, but it’s gonna be better. It’s gonna be free!”

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Free as in Beer.
Beer Fridge
Musashino, Mid-May 2017

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Musashino Picnic

I think there’s a lot of common between Japan and Estonia. Here’s something to riddle about:

You are planning a city-wide picnic and it’s going to be the best thing ever. You gonna have a walking tour around the town, you are gonna have bands, speeches and fair and it’s gonna be the best day ever. You have posters out a month before the event and everybody’s invited. What is the weather going to be like?

A) Sunny and warm.
B) A bit cloudy, but enjoyable.
C) Raining cats and dogs.

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Yup. The answer is C.

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At least this girl on the ad is pretty cute!!!

Surprising things #1 – the small door was a restaurant all along!!!

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There was a racoon thing in front of a small (now obvious) doorway. There were men standing at the gate thing, talking to eachother as me and my wife both stared and gawked at the racoon papier-mache. We took our pictures and we began to walk home until we heard the hearty “Irasshaimase~!”

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It was an udon-ya all along.

The Musashino Place and Ohno-san

Since I have so much free time on my hand right now, I simply go out for a change and see what’s up. One of my favorite places to go is the library. You got books to read and places to sit there, what else would you really need?

But this library, the Musashino Place, is much more than just a library. It’s a Place true to its core. Kids can practice music in the soundproof basement studios, there are exhibitions in the halls, there are meeting rooms to rent etc. etc. etc. It’s just a wonderful place to be.

On that day when I went out I saw that there was an exhibition about porcelain dolls. I just can’t wrap my head around it. What drives these people to make these things? How does it work from A to Z, the sculpting and the coloring? How does it all come together?

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Luckily I had Ohno-san, the author herself to answer these questions for me.

Wow these dolls are so beautiful!

Ohno-san (giggling): Thank you so much

So why did you start making these dolls?

Ohno-san: To tell you the truth, I just like making things. It doesn’t really matter what it is, if I can make something happen with my hands, then I will enjoy doing it.

How long have you been doing this kind of thing?

Ohno-san: For about 40 years already.

Wow! 40 years!! So where do you get the inspiration

Ohno-san: Just pretty things in life. Especially I like stories and scenes from fairy tales.

Thank you so much for your time and keep up the good work!!

Ohno-san: Thank you!

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I still don’t understand how it’s actually made, but meeting this lady making these dolls and make porcelain come to life. She had the sort of vitality in her manner and aura. So, dear readers, go to your local library and check out what they got!