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My Mother’s 82nd Birthday: “I’m happy to live longer…”



     All of a sudden, someone turned the lights off in the room, and my vision went black. Then the door opened silently and a birthday cake emerged with its candle lights in the darkness.

     Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday, dear okasan
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All the people at the place sang the song together for my mother, who turned 82 years old. The party was held at the end of July but my mother’s birthday was August 1st officially. Actually my mother was told by her mother (=my grandma) before her death was that her real birthday was July 29, though….

      To tell the truth, the party was not for my mother’s birthday. It was a special event entitled “Las 20 tapas y el vino a porron” held by a Spanish friend Mariano. I took my 82-year-old mother to the party. I had asked Mariano to celebrate my mother’s birthday on ahead, but I had not told to my mother anything about it, of course.

     For an 82-year-old Japanese lady like my mother who has never travelled overseas and has lived in a small island like Japan all her life, it is quite rare to have a chance of communication with foreigners even in the 21st century. That is why I thought that it would be nice for such a lady, especially for a recovering person from illness, to have an opportunity to enjoy Spanish food with various people. My mother was hospitalized for a skin cancer in June. I wanted to cheer her up.タパス

     It was very hot night when the party was held. It was probably over 30 degrees even at night. In such a hot condition, Mariano cooked 20 kinds of dishes! All of them were delicious! Muy deliciosso! The party started with sangria, and then Spanish omelets, pinchos of tomatoes, olives and cheese, of shrimps, olive, and sliced smoked salmon, of eggs, jalapenos, mackerels, and ….I can’t introduce the 20 kinds of foods here…anyway everything was wonderful!

     It was the first time for me to meet most of the participants at the party, and of course, my mother had never met all of them. However, all the partiers were nice and kind to my mother and celebrated her birthday, too. They served and were attentive to her. I really appreciated it. I would like to thank them. My mother and I were very touched. 1057830_402338849886964_740950341_n

     Yes, my mother was very impressed by the people’s concern to her. But I was very surprised when she stood up suddenly and walked to the others at the end of the party. It was the first time for her to talk to Spanish and Mexican people, but she gathered courage to say “Gracias” to them. Actually, it was the first time for her both saying a Spanish word and trying Spanish food!

     All of the food was delicious! All of the people at the party were wonderful! My mother and I had a great time in the mixed Spanish and Japanese languages atmosphere. On her way home, my mother muttered “I’m happy to live longer…”


Rosario’s 50th Birthday Party: ¡Feliz cumpleaños! Happy Birthday! Otanjobi Omedeto!


     “Treinta y siete! Thirty-seven! Sanju-nana!” Spanish, English and Japanese were mixed in the room. It was Rosario’s 50th birthday party held on the last Sunday in June and the participants were enjoying a bingo game. Rosario is from Peru and lives with her husband and two sons in my neighborhood. I met her first at an interesting class named “Peru in Three days” held at Aichi Shukutoku University about 10 years ago. She was the lecturer and I was a student there. We have been friends since then. CAM00066-a

     What I was surprised at on her birthday party was Rosario herself was the host and gave a feast to the guests. As far as I know, the person who is celebrated her/his birthday usually does nothing except for blowing out the candles on the cake at the birthday party in Japan. They are just celebrated by the host and the guests. But Rosario’s birthday party was different. She prepared for the food and drink, entertainment, presents for her friends, and everything. CAM00074-a

     Getting back where I began, the birthday party started with the bingo game, and I won the game and got a bottle of wine. Yay! Then two magicians appeared and did magic tricks. They didn’t look like conjurers at all, but their performances were pretty good and added to the fun. ロサリオ 056-a

     After the magic show, everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to Rosario, and then she blew out the candles on her special birthday cake, which had been decollated by herself. She danced with her husband happily and all the participants became happy seeing them. ロサリオ 058-a

     Suddenly a big ball decorated colorful paper flowers and cones appeared in the room. Two men raised it up with string, and Rosario, her two sons and the guests’ children started hitting the ball with a bat. Actually, the decorated ball was made from milk carton paper and newspaper, and had lots of small toys for children inside. It was destroyed piece by piece, and at last it was split up falling off the contents on the floor. The children yelped with delight and gathered the presents. That was exciting. ロサリオ 068

     Finally the guests were served food and drink. The main was “Aji de gallina”. It’s a kind of Peruvian chicken curry. I know Rosario is a great cook, and the food was, of course, excellent. I met many people (one of them was a woman who I often see at concerts of Sisay, the Ecuadorian musical band) and enjoy talking them at the party. I had a really good time there. Thank you for inviting me, Rosario. Happy Birthday!