Wednesday, December 29, 2004


I’m truly shocked by the news of the earthquake and the tsunami that hit those Southeast Asian countries. I experienced the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in Hyogo pref. in 1995. Watching the news of the recent quake in Niigata, and now this news, I feel my unresolved issues coming back. I still can’t write much about earthquake-related issues, but I do want to send a prayer to those affected by the disaster… Though I know we cannot control the mother nature, I can’t help hoping that this kind of thing doesn’t happen again.

Finally, it’s getting very cold around here.

Kotatsu and Mikan (tangerine oranges)

Just a couple of days are left before the end of year 2004 and I’m keeping myself busy. At the office, I’m finishing up what need to be finished within this year. Cleaning the apartment is another thing I’m working on, little by little. Also packing…I’m going to spend my New Year’s day and eve at my parents’. My sister and her kids will be there, too so I need to pack belated Xmas presents for them. Meanwhile, I’m spending some time on my PC looking for a nice graphic for my new year’s email…

Looking back, year 2004 was a year of a great change. Blogging really changed my life, honestly. In this rural area, people are nice but kind of backward. Though I like them very much, there are things that I simply cannot share with them. Blogging provided perfect opportunity to share them with people all over the world to fulfill my unmet desires. I truly enjoyed responses from many different readers. Even though Blogshares analyst labeled this blog as a “declining blog (SELL),” I do believe that the interactions I enjoy here do not deserve such labeling.

When I started blogging, I was so embarrassed to show the whole world my poor English. (I often find mistakes when re-reading my posts after several days and blush.) I couldn’t imagine anyone “enjoying” my blog or adding my blog to fav. List. Now I have many blog-friends and feel being part of the blogging community. It makes me feel good --- much more than I expected.

Thank you for visiting my site this year. Hope you come back next year, too.

posted by obachan, 12/29/2004 11:14:00 AM


Obachan, I will definitely be back in the New Year and will absolutely be back to visit because I do enjoy your blogs. They are fun to read. I hope you have an enjoyable time with your family and return home safely. God bless you.
commented by Blogger Annie, 12/31/2004 12:34 AM  
Prayers to all affected by the catastrophe.

We write what please us and blogshare means nothing really. I enjoy reading your blog.
commented by Blogger missie, 1/02/2005 6:15 PM  
Hi! Sorry that I didn’t respond earlier…

> Annie --- It was great to have known you in the year 2004. Hope you keep coming back and enjoy my scribbles ;)

> Faze --- I appreciate your encouragement. Thanks a million :D
commented by Blogger obachan, 1/06/2005 2:12 AM  

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