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Hidemi Woods 

Singer, Songwriter and Author from Kyoto, Japan.

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A Long Journey hr600

November 18, 2017

I have been estranged from my friends for a long time. There are only three people with whom I keep in touch by a Christmas card once a year. They are my kindergarten teacher and two high school teachers. I feel a lifelong obligation to those three for each reason. I came across one of the two high …

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Challenge and Disappointment hr599

October 21, 2017

A lottery promotion is occasionally held at 7-Eleven stores in Japan. A customer draws a card from a box by every six dollars purchase. If a winning card is drawn, the customer can get merchandise that the card shows for free. The prize merchandise varies in what is sold at about one dollar, such as…

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The New Song Completed, Again hr598

September 16, 2017

After a one-year-long struggle with mastering, I completed my new song and got to open Moet Chandon. I took a long summer vacation for the first time since I became a musician. Then I got down to post production, starting with mastering the instrumental track of the new song. The instrumental track …

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The New Song Completed hr597

August 12, 2017

At long last, my new song is finally complete. It took about five years to finish it, which seemed too long, but my previous song took more. That previous song of mine was my everything. I had always craved just one song that I could think I was born to write, that represented myself, my life. The s…

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An Earthly Paradise hr596

July 14, 2017

When I lived in California, the apartment I rented had an outside Jacuzzi. I liked taking it at night, seeing the sky above. Under the palm trees, I watched an airplane’s small dot of light blinking and moving through the stars. It was the moment that I felt like a winner who obtained a life in para…

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A Sentence Finisher hr595

June 24, 2017

I don’t like someone to tell me what I’ve already said or known. There’s no such thing as copyright to what we utter, but I always feel like claiming it. Actually, I often urge people close to me to admit I’ve already said what they just said. It doesn’t matter how ridiculously trivial the issue is.…

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A 1000-Year Life Expectancy hr594

June 10, 2017

I’ve heard some scientists and science-fiction writers say the average life expectancy of humans will get even longer fast and we could soon live up to 1000 years old. If it’s true, it’s a huge game changer. Supposing I live until 1000 years old, the shape of my life will be entirely different as of…

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A Routine Thief hr593

May 20, 2017

I’m particular about almost anything. That’s why my daily routine is inevitably quite precise, especially for details in it. My routine includes taking a bath at the communal spa and exercising at the communal gym both located inside my apartment complex for the residents. One night, I found an unfa…

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Illusions of Completion hr592

May 6, 2017

My work for the new song is drawing to a close and it’s in the mastering process now. I usually make the master track and leave it for a few days before the final check. The interval is essential for me because it gets me out of the zone, calms me down and gives me ears to listen objectively. Since …

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Checkout hr591

April 22, 2017

I got up early in the morning on the last day of my latest trip. The reason was simple; I was going to the hotel’s exclusive fitness club one last time before the checkout invalidated my free ticket. I passed through the heavy double doors of the club again and the clerk ushered me as a personal gui…

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Another World hr590

April 8, 2017

At the end of a glass corridor in the hotel, there were heavy double doors painted to imitate marble. It was an entrance to the hotel’s outrageously expensive exclusive fitness club although its appearance was rather like some shady bar. I mentioned the membership fee is expensive, but the degree of…

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The Main Attraction hr589

March 25, 2017

On the first day of my latest trip, I checked in the hotel after I left the shopping mall. The room had a big window looking out on Tokyo Bay. A night view of the jet-black sea and glittering skyscrapers of stylish condominiums was spread on it. Onto the gorgeous glass table, I laid out packs of del…

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Free Foods and Drinks hr588

March 11, 2017

The bullet train ran through several long tunnels in the mountains and carried me out of snow. In less than twenty minutes, I was in a different, snow-free world where the sun was shining and the blue sky spread. I put on my makeup and had rice balls that I’d gotten back at the station. By then, my …

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The Beginning of A Winter Trip hr587

February 25, 2017

The mountainous region where I live is in the depth of winter and it snows day after day. Now that the snow covering the ground has accumulated over my own height, I was having a sense of claustrophobia. That’s a cue for my annual three-day trip to the Tokyo metropolitan area that doesn’t have much …

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A Picture-Card Show hr586

February 11, 2017

I was absorbed in one kind of play when I was about seven years old. It was paper play called ‘kamishibai’ in Japan. It’s a picture-card show in which a performer tells a story while showing a picture that corresponds to it. A performer impersonates the characters to say their lines and flips a pict…

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A Train Ride in Japan hr585

January 20, 2017

My main means of transportation is the train. As manners and common sense vary in countries, I introduce here what a train ride in Japan is like. In the Tokyo metropolitan area, it’s just atrocious especially during the rush hours. I had had a lot of trouble when I lived in the area. It’s almost imp…

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Gold Dust hr584

January 6, 2017

“Would you believe it if I said gold dust could fall on you?” I was asked out of nowhere by Kuri-chan who sat behind me in the classroom when I was a senior in high school. I had known her since junior high and we had chatted casually all the time. Although we had never belonged to the same group to…

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Stressful Relaxation hr583

December 10, 2016

After I completed recording the main vocals for my new song in August, I came down with a cold. I got over most of it within a week, but a throat condition remained bad. It has been persistent ever since and I still can’t shake off this nagging condition. My throat hasn’t reverted to normal yet, whi…

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Some Remain, Others Disappear hr582

November 25, 2016

Once a year in autumn, a road race of classic cars is held in Japan. The race starts in Tokyo, runs through five prefectures in four days and finishes back in Tokyo. It stops for the night at a certain checkpoint during the long journey and one of the checkpoints is a hotel in a small town where I l…

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Huge Absence hr581

November 11, 2016

I went to the Tulip concert the other day. Tulip is my lifelong favorite band and the reason why I became a musician. They are making a national tour commemorating their 45th anniversary. Since I was a teenager, I’ve been to several concerts every time they were on tour. They used to tour every six …

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Got fried #oysters, pasta #salad and #cod #roe at a grocery store. #lunch Got fried #oysters, pasta #salad and #cod #roe at a grocery store. #lunch
#Cafe time at a family #restaurant. #Pear #jelly and iced #coffee. #Cafe time at a family #restaurant. #Pear #jelly and iced #coffee.
Got some #Chinese takeout at half price. Sweet and sour #pork, mabo eggplant, sauted #beef and peppers. #chinesefood Got some #Chinese takeout at half price. Sweet and sour #pork, mabo eggplant, sauted #beef and peppers. #chinesefood
Out of my apartment window, there is a beautiful #December. #trees #sky Out of my apartment window, there is a beautiful #December. #trees #sky
A #pork ginger bowl at a #Japanese #restaurant in the train station. $8 including #miso soup and Japanese pickles. #lunch A #pork ginger bowl at a #Japanese #restaurant in the train station. $8 including #miso soup and Japanese pickles. #lunch
The #snow season kicks off in earnest in my town. It's snowing now! #trees The #snow season kicks off in earnest in my town. It's snowing now! #trees