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Hidemi Woods 

Singer, Songwriter and Author from Kyoto, Japan.

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It Is Laval hr560

On the sixth day of my trip to Montreal, I moved to a different hotel in a Montreal suburb Laval from downtown. The hotel rates there were a little cheaper, and I also wanted to visit Laval that I had never been to even when I lived in Montreal a long time ago. I looked out the window at the lounge …

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Casino de Montreal hr559

I visited the casino in Montreal for the first time in seven years. It had been remodeled into an even more gorgeous, glorious place than before. I arrived there before noon and had an all-you-can-eat buffet lunch at a fancy restaurant. I enjoyed the splendid buffet at an incredibly low price. Compa…

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Back to Montreal hr558

A trip to California I took in May changed my mindset. When I found bargain fares online, I quickly decided to go to Montreal for the first time in seven years by using my emergency savings. I felt it was ridiculous to keep money in a bank although we are mortal and we don’t know when our time is up…

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Hidemi's Rambling No.557

At the end of my last homecoming day, I got into the cab heading for the train station, saying goodbye to my mother who was merrily talking about which condominium she would move in, to my father who was weirdly cheery, and to the house and its land one last time. When I dropped out college and left…

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Hidemi's Rambling No.556

As the house where I grew up was being sold, I came home in Kyoto for the last time fearfully. My parents had been constantly sullen from anxiety about money and their future since I left home. Now that they gave up their house and our ancestor’s last land, I had wondered how gloomy they were. On th…

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Hidemi's Rambling No.555

On the answering machine, there was a message from my father that said he needed to be called back immediately. I was chilled to the bone. I have never received a single phone call from him that’s not disturbing. When he calls me, he does it to vent his spleen about his daily life and about my caree…

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Hidemi's Rambling No.554

I hadn’t been to a movie theater for fifteen years. The film I saw at the theater fifteen years ago was Brad Pitt’s ‘Meet Joe Black’. It was surely a disappointing film but that wasn’t a reason why I stopped going to a theater. Back then, I lived in the States and movie theaters there were clean, mo…

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Hidemi's Rambling No.553

The frightening experience that I almost lost my precious wristwatch at LAX exhausted me but I had to wait for five hours for my flight because of the cancellations. I was allowed to use the executive lounge for the compensation and stepped in there for the first time. It was located on the second f…

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Hidemi's Rambling No.552

After I got my boarding ticket at the check-in counter in LAX, I was headed for the security gate. As a typical, old-fashioned Japanese, I strictly separate the floor on which I step with my shoes off from the one with my shoes on. Without my shoes, I wouldn’t let my feet touch the outside or public…

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Hidemi's Rambling No.551

When I left Anaheim on my latest trip, I got up 6 a.m., took ‘Uber’ again and then caught a bus to LAX. I know so well that the bus to the airport seldom comes on schedule here, which made me too nervous to have room in my mind that should feel sad to leave California. I took the bus because I had p…

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Hidemi's Rambling No.550

I tried some novelty that people call ‘Uber’ for the first time during my stay in California. I heard Japan also has it in the Tokyo metropolitan area, but it’s unavailable in the remote mountainous town where I live. Although I had some trouble signing up and using its app at first, I was thrilled …

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Hidemi's Rambling No.549

During my latest trip to U.S., I visited Disneyland Resort on Friday of the Memorial Day weekend. The reason that I chose this date was because it was the first day of Disneyland’s 60th anniversary celebration event and the parks opened for 24 hours. It was a special day that new shows and parades s…

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Hidemi's Rambling No.548

After I landed on Los Angeles, I took a bus to Anaheim from LAX. It was playing outdated rock music on the stereo and running on a patchy freeway that had eternal traffic. Out the window were rows of shabby houses along the freeway. Everything was so familiar that I felt as if I had been here last m…

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Hidemi's Rambling No.547

When I lived in California and flew from Japan to LAX regularly a long time ago, its immigration was like procedure for getting in a prison. Going through it had been tense confrontations with an arrogant authority at a dark place. The immigration at Vancouver Airport is distinctively different from…

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Hidemi's Rambling No.546

The flight to Vancouver where I stopped over on the way to Los Angeles was unexpectedly comfortable. The plane wasn’t crowded and the flight attendants were all nice and attentive. In my old days that I had traveled between Japan and U.S. back and forth every three months, I used to fly an awful air…

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Hidemi's Rambling No.545

I woke up at 5:30 a.m. on the day that I set out for my first travel to U.S. in about ten years. Some last-minute preparations before going to bed and tension granted me only a three-hour sleep. Considering the coming ten-hour flight and the time difference, my next sleep in bed would be 30 hours la…

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Hidemi's Rambling No.544

Every major holiday, my apartment building in the rural mountains is packed with families and groups from the city who want to spend some time in nature. They use this apartment as a vacation home and the regular residents, one of whom is me, call them ‘Visitors’. Most apartments in the building are…

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Hidemi's Rambling No.543

I purchased air tickets to California six months before departure when they were on a limited-time discount sale. Two months before the flight, I received an e-mail from the airline company. It said that the schedules of my flight had been changed. The changes were whopping six hours for both depart…

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Hidemi's Rambling No.542

These days, I’m busy preparing for a trip to the U.S. that I will visit for the first time in ten years. Although the destination is the same area as I used to live in, ten years is long enough to change everything dramatically and make my knowledge obsolete. Numerous new hotels have opened and thei…

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There's a bar/cafe inside the supermarket at the city that serves a glass of #sparklingwine at $2 as a lunch time special offer. #wine #bar #cafe #Japan There's a bar/cafe inside the supermarket at the city that serves a glass of #sparklingwine at $2 as a lunch time special offer. #wine #bar #cafe #Japan
My new #ebook is published. hidemiwoods.com #book #Japan #millennials #Japanese My new #ebook is published. hidemiwoods.com #book #Japan #millennials #Japanese
The #lunch at a family #restaurant during my latest trip. Unlike my rural town, there are many nice places in the city. #hamburger #crabcake #chicken #Japan The #lunch at a family #restaurant during my latest trip. Unlike my rural town, there are many nice places in the city. #hamburger #crabcake #chicken #Japan
The #sunset from a parking lot of the restaurant near my town. #sky #mountains #Japan The #sunset from a parking lot of the restaurant near my town. #sky #mountains #Japan
Had raw #ham #salad at the family #restaurant. #Japan Had raw #ham #salad at the family #restaurant. #Japan
#Bonito sushi at $1 for 2 pieces at the conveyor belt #sushi #restaurant. #Japan #Bonito sushi at $1 for 2 pieces at the conveyor belt #sushi #restaurant. #Japan
Luckily found and got a #bento box at half price at the convenience store. #bentobox #Japan #convenience Luckily found and got a #bento box at half price at the convenience store. #bentobox #Japan #convenience
An extra large size of #vongole #pasta is available at the same price as the regular size at the #Italian #restaurant in the city. #clam #Japan #spaghetti An extra large size of #vongole #pasta is available at the same price as the regular size at the #Italian #restaurant in the city. #clam #Japan #spaghetti

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