Now here in Vienna it is quite beautiful. The weather is nice and warm and it is reported that lilac blossoms at least one week earlier than usual. Even though it is so beautiful, on the news there are so many sad reports and in the streets there are begggars. When I was a child I always prayed for the world to be peaceful and for all humans to be happy. But the world is still the same as it was back then. I remember the lyrics of a song by Japanese singer/songwriter Myuki Nakajima “There is always something sad”. Continuously performing steps in this world for a better tomorrow. Accepting our true being and living unincumbered. This is of course very difficult but I want to heed this.
Previously I mentioned that I am scared of monkeys caused by childhood memories. But my mother really loved monkeys. Just like me she loved animals very much. She used to watch animal documentaries on TV and always said “How cute” with a sigh. But when there was a scene when a predator, for example a lion, was chasing the prey, she suddenly took the side of the prey and yelled “Run away. Fast!”. My father and I told her that lions as well have to eat, that is nature. She got angry and said “You two are cold blooded!”. And now on to the subject monkey. My mother spent her adolescence in Taiwan. Back then my grandfather (on my mother’s side) was one of the postal officers in Taichun. Until the end of the second World War 1945 my mother and her parents lived in Taiwan. She loved Taiwan very much. She had many friends there and always said that it was a second home to her. She used to always tell me stories and mempries about it and to me it was like being told fairytales. Back in those days there were people selling baby monkeys as pets. My mother really wanted to have one as a pet but her parents said no. At that time my mother practiced Kendo (Japanese martial arts trainig with wooden swords). During a break she rested in the courtyard and there was a monkey tied to a tree. My mother drank some tea from the Dojo (training venue) and the monkey looked at her as if he wanted to drink some tea as well. Therefore she handed the teacup to the monkey and he drank it. My mother thought she had to take back the cup since it was the property of this training venue. She made a fast move to take back the cup from the monkey and then the monkey got angry and bit my mother’s arm. Fortunately she was wearing heavily padded trainig wear, but nevertheless there were bitemarks on her forearm. Even though she had experienced that she continued to love monkeys and when there were monkeys on TV she always yelled “Dear Monkey!” and stared at the TV with glowing eyes. If I had such an experience, I would never again like monkeys. She always said that her dream job would be to work with animals. My dream as a potential Billionaire is to open an animal shelter for cats and dogs. In that respect I am maybe similiar to my mother.
Here in Austria, Sunday on TV there is always the documentary series “Dog whisperer” featuring Cesar Millan. Mr. Millan, who is the dog whisperer, helps problematic dogs and their owners. Often it is beleieved that the dogs themselves are problematic but in fact that is caused by humans. Although I do not have a dog right now, I find this to be quite valuable and that it teaches me a lot. Humans and dogs have a long common history but nevertheless they are different species and therefore we must not forget it and as dog owners we have to behave appropriately. Mr. Millan tells his clients that when you enter the territory of a dog, there should be no eye contact. Such a scene always reminds me of my childhood experience. During the last year of primary school we went on a trip by bus. That was my first trip ever without my parents and we visited some island, where olives are harvested, which is rare in Japan, with a mild climate and a beautiful scenery. But a huge problem for me were monkeys, and on this island there were many monkeys roaming around freely. That was my first experience of seeing monkeys in the wild. All around, there were signs saying “Do not look into the monkeys’ eyes!”. But… there were so many monkeys all around, even in the trees, and so there were eyes everywhere. I did not know where to look and so I panicked. Now I can laugh about it but if I were in the same situation, I would surely panic again. By the way, generally speaking I really like animals. Of course I have great sympathy for pets living with humans like dogs and cats and so I want to approach animals and look into their eyes. But watching the documentary with Mr. Millan, I learned that I must remember that not in all situations it is appropriate to approach animals and look into their eyes.
Yuka Simeno – Soprano Leopold Grossmann – Piano Music composed by Leopold Grossmann Lyrics by Lea Warden Wienerlied From the CD “Vienna Melodies” (1999) The different seasons are quite beautiful in Vienna. Video recorded March 31st and April 1st 2019 in Vienna 示野由佳 歌 レオポルト グロースマン ピアノ レオポルト グロースマン 作曲 レア ヴァルデン 作詞 ヴィーナーリート CD「ウィーンのメロディー」より（１９９９年発表） 四季を通じてのウィーンの美しさを讃える歌 ヴィデオ撮影 ２０１９年３月31日、4月1日ウィーンにて
March 30th at “Die Liebenden” in Vienna, there was an exhibition event featuring my hndmade dolls. I was so happy that many people came to visit and it was a wonderful experience. Starting today for some time,this selection of dolls is on display representing my entire collection. If you are interested and would like to buy, then you can go inside and look at the catalog, which shows all available dolls.