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Jul 03, 2005

Kaoru Watanabe 3 Jul 2005

Today I turned thirty.

I woke up early, went jogging, cleaned my house (it's still a little moldy after I left it for a two month tour during the rainy season), practiced for a while and did some errands. For dinner, I went to my favorite restaurant in Sado- for me a place to which I often retreat from my life in Sado. There is always good jazz or house or soul playing on the speakers, and I can get down and speak the good ol' American vernacular with my friend Marcus from New York- the owner of the establishment. Fittingly, the name of the place is Oasis.

20050703kaoru1After dinner, Marcus' small children wanted to celebrate my birthday with fireworks. (Well, they probably just wanted to play with fireworks and used my birthday as an excuse to get permission) Regardless, we went out to the back of the store and they immediately began setting them off one by one. Aita, the second youngest, asked me if I had tried one yet but I replied that I was fine watching and she should keep going. She immediately passed a stick like one to me, and lit the paper tip. A moment later the joyous bright pink and yellow sparks blared against the backdrop of the squid fishing boats with their massive bright lights dotting the evening horizon.

For the next half an hour or so, I lazily watched the kids playing with fire, trying to burn the inflammable remains of the fireworks while chatting with Marcus' wife about being thirty and about the passage of time and other things that people talk about on their birthdays. It was a very relaxing evening, especially compared to the jam session I had last year at Oasis, replete with a bass player and drummer, other various percussionists and me playing saxophone (very badly) late into the night. I look at the pictures that I took this evening and I can still smell the sulphury white smoke.

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Happy Birthday Kaoru-san! It might be weird to hear from someone who you don't know. But I was just happy to hear that you had a happy birthday. Hope this year will be great for you again and all your wishes come true!!

Posted by: ERI | Jul 6, 2005 3:48:10 AM

Happy Birthday Kaoru!
May the year that connects your twenties and thirties be full of inspiration, good conversation, new encounters and wonderful memories.
Best wishes and many happy returns.

Posted by: meltaylor | Jul 6, 2005 6:50:59 AM

Thank you both for the kind words! It's aways nice to hear from friends whether I actually know them or not. If the last couple days has been any indication of how the following year will shape up, than it does indeed seem to be an exciting and challenging year. mata yoroshiku onegaishimasu!

Posted by: | Jul 7, 2005 8:02:23 PM

Hey dude! Happy Belated B-day!! (Sorry I forgot about it.)

Posted by: Your lovely cousin in Chicago | Aug 19, 2005 3:23:36 AM

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