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Diary Entry 1981-25 : This and That of Toronto

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#This and That of Toronto

There was only one school class in the program of Hansa Language Centre.
I miss my classmate Marseille, who was then a live-in babysitter in North York.
I yearned for marriage, but her words would discourage me. “The kid who always sleeps with me is very cute. But, being a mother is a really terrible job,” she’d say.

In a beautiful building close to Hansa was the Metropolitan Library designed by Raymond Moriyama.
On the 2nd floor of the library I could find and listen to some good old records.

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I could go anywhere by myself in Toronto, to the zoo, the Science Centre, Ontario Place.

Once, I was looking in fascination at a horse in the Horse Palace when I heard a gentle voice, “It’s all right,” coming from above. I raised my head and saw that, of course, there was someone on the horse. I was so completely absorbed by the horse that I never noticed there was a human sitting up there.

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I could drink tap water in Toronto. It was cool and tasty.
I would boil two bundles of somen noodles and when I would rinse them in water they would look like a white kimono being washed in the river.
Vegetables in Toronto had a bit strong alkaline taste, but both vegetables and fruits were available in abundance.

When we live alone we spend time taking care of our own needs. On the other hand, it’s a lot of work to make proper meals three times a day.

The kitchen of the house I lived in was on the north side, facing west. The back garden was wide, and on the other side there was a shed that looked like a tiny house. I often used the stairs by the kitchen that led outside because they were close to my room.
There was a storage pocket under the stairs, but mice appeared and ate away the precious Japanese food I stored there. At another lodging, mice destroyed some of my clothes.
It seems that mouse infestation was a common occurrence in old houses. Although I was living in an urban area, I was able to experience and enjoy in those houses a lifestyle similar to that in the countryside.

In September, in order to deal with my allergies, I reduced the piano practicing time and tried to focus my attention to other things. As a result, I practiced only nine days, with the average practice time of 21 minutes per day. One of my allergy symptoms was what you call “rash” in English. This was one of medical terms I had no chance to learn through my radio language course.

This quite life of mine unfortunately went topsy-turvy when the kitchen remodelling started. I couldn’t make any food there for days, and the house got dirty with all the ancient dust and grime.



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↑A photo of the current Metropolitan Toronto Library.


Translated by Saiko





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by mhara21 | 2017-11-30 00:00 | 後追い日記81年 | Comments(0)
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