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A MOVIE & AFTERNOON TEA (映画とアフタヌーンティー)

Today was really hot day, too.  We woke up early in the morning, and harvested blueberries.  In summer, we harvest them every weekend. After that, we went to a riding club 10 minutes drive from our house and got two dozen bags of manure (We mainly use it for mulching roses).



In the afternoon, we went to the center of Fukuoka City, and watched the movie released today.  The movie is 'The Emperor in August' (The Japanese title is 'The longest day in Japan').  Most of the audience were elderly people.  Seventy years have passed since the World War II was over, and many people in the world is reconsidering it.  I do really acknowledged that it is much easy to  enter upon a war, but that it is quite difficult to terminate the war.  Marple said that a quarrel is the same as it.

The following explanation is a quotation from the home page of the movie company SHOCHIKU.

"The War ended on August 15th, 1945. What took place in Japan on the previous night? The unknown destiny of the day is unveiled.

On August 14th, 1945, at an Imperial conference, the Showa Emperor, Hirohito, finally decided to accept the Potsdam Declaration. However, some young firebrand Army officers insisted on continuing the war and conspired to launch a coup. Anami, the Minister of War, was pressed to make an extremely difficult decision.."



「あの戦争は1945年8月15日に終わった。その前夜、日本ではいったい何が起こっていたのか?その知られざる運命が明かされます。 1945年8月14日、御前会議で昭和天皇はポツダム宣言の受諾を最終的に決断した。しかしながら、若く血気にはやる陸軍将校たちは戦争の継続を主張し、クーデターを画策した。阿南陸軍大臣は極めて困難な決断を下すことを迫られた。・・」

A poster in the movie theatre.

(From the HP of Shochiku)


After the movie, we went to Hotel Okura Fukuoka.  We had reserved its lounge and bar Hakatagawa for afternoon tea.  We enjoyed it, especially French toast.  The Hotel Okura is said to be “the home of the most delicious French toast in the world.” We also enjoyed delicious cakes and nice tea.

The recipe can be seen on the website of Hotel Okura Tokyo (in Japanese).

  6 Eggs, 370cc milk, 62g sugar, Vanilla essence, Bread (4cm thick)
  Mix eggs, milk, sugar and vanilla essence
  Sop the bread into the mixture for 24 hours (12 hours one side)
  Cook it on a pan with butter (on moderate heat with lid closed) for 15 min.


The French toast of Hotel Okura

It was a long day today for us:-)


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