“Please take special care of those enjoyable times. . . “
You know, we Westerners often get a kick out of “strange Japanese”, but sometimes, as with the case of what the Steady Bears tell us — what they admonish us to do — in the photo above, it’s bang-on.
Please take special care of those STEADY BEARS enjoyable times and happy moments.
The photo above was taken at Ikuno Hanten, a restaurant like thousands of other restaurants scattered about rural Japan, but this one was, and remains, a favorite of mine, deep in the heart of Hyogo Prefecture, serving up the best “Bahn Bahn Men” (an incredibly spicy ramen) I’ve ever had, and I’ve had many from around Japan. The woman just opposite was from a local city hall, and holding up the Steady Bears pillow (or “zabuton”) is someone else, whom I assure you is smiling mightily out of frame. Notice that we’re all seated on the ground. It’s actually a slightly raised and tatami mat-covered platform, which makes up half the restaurant seating. It’s not a fancy place. It’s where many hours were enjoyably whiled away back in 1990-91 by me and a couple of dear friends. This photo, however, was taken on a return trip there in late September 2001. Ah, Ikuno Hanten — you’ll forever hold a special place in my heart and memories.
Such sentiment, though, puts me square in the middle of the things I detest about most blogs: the “me, me, me” aspect of them; the assumption that what the blogger experienced, or is experiencing, is of any interest to any person “out there”. Heh, how often is that not the case, eh? Nevertheless, on occasion a personal moment/episode/memory can remind us all of a universal truth, can illustrate a transcendent lesson worth teaching about something that does apply and relate to us all, right? If that’s the case, then, I’ll repeat:
Please take special care of those enjoyable times and happy moments.