10月1日土曜日「秋のプランツセール」が開催されます。ランチョPVのサウスコースト植物園にて午前9時から午後4時まで。このプランツセールの入場は無料。同植物園の会員は前の晩のプリビューセール（前売り＄20、当日＄25, 5 - 7 pm）に参加でき、プランツセール商品を10％割引で購入できるそう。 "Fall Plant Sale" will be held from 9 am to 4 pm on October 1, 2011 at South Coast Botanic Garden, Rancho P.V., California. The admission to the plant sale is free. The SC Botanic Garden member can attend the preview night and sale on Friday, September 30, 2011 ($20 advance, $25 at the door, 5 to 7 pm) and get 10% off during the sale.
They also had "Orchid Sale" event there two weeks ago, and I missed it. Many nurseries and vendors participate these events, so there will be many kinds of flowers and plants on sale.
On September 27, 2011, I happened to attend a work related seminar held in the event room at this botanical garden. I browsed around a little bit during the 15 minute break time. I maintain my membership at SC Botanic Garden for 6 years.
When you swing this around, it makes mysterious sounds, like "boom, boom". This instrument is hand-made by Mr. Ara who lives in Fukushima, Japan. Mr.Ara's house, located about 2 miles from the ocean was almost swallowed by 70 feet Tsunami waves. The waves started to circle and pushed back to the offshore, and he survived.
The concert started out with a silent session. He asked us to close our eyes and turned off the lights in the room. He played spirit catcher, singing bowls, and bells while he walked around in the room. Your will experience the sounds and the vibrations. His live concerts are much more valuable than his CDs and DVDs. 20 minutes later, he turned on the lights and continued his live performance.
奈良裕之さんは写真家でもある。東日本被災地への義援金のため、写真とCDが1枚＄10で販売されました。 Yuji Nara is also a photographer. His photos and CD's were sold at $10 each. All proceeds from the sale of these photos and CD's will be used for 3-11 Eastern Japan Relief fund.
CD2枚と写真2枚を購入し、奈良裕之さんにサインしてもらいました。金色のペンなのでわかりにくいですが。。。 同CDはスピリットキャッチャー制作者の荒さんが福島で録画した自然音楽と奈良さんの演奏が交互に8曲。 I purchased 2 CDs and 2 photo prints and asked Yuji Nara to autograph. He signed in gold, so it's hard to see.... The CD has 4 pieces of natural sounds recorded in Fukushima by Mr. Ara who makes Spirit Cather and 4 pieces of Yuji Nara's performances.
The left photo was taken in Australia. The right photo is Mount Fuji, Japan.
Profile: From 1994, he started performing improvised music using ethnic musical instruments from around the world. As his life work, he started to perform concerts at many welfare facilities, schools, and hospitals. He has done collaborated concerts with dance, poetry, paintings, and photography. Also he participated in Ainu, Japanese indigenous people, dance poetry team "Mosiri" and traveled all over Japan in "Japan Spirit Tour". He also performed in Indonesia and Thailand.
From 1998, he and Bob Sam, an Alaska native story teller who appeared in the movie "Gia Symphony III" have been performing live music together at various locations. After the 3-11-2011 Eastern Japan big earthquake, they are traveling and performing healing music concerts all over Japan.
He mentioned he will stay in USA until around October 8, 2011. His website did not show where he will be staying or performing in USA, but I found a blog article. It said he will be performing a silent session on October 7, 2011, at Open Center in New York, another live in NY on October 1 and another one in Fort Lee, NJ on October 8, 2011.
Date and Time：October 7, 2011 Friday 7:30～9:30 pm Place：Open Center at 22 E. 30th St. bet. Madison & 5th Ave.,NY, NY Price：$40
Also Yuji Nara is performing in Westchester, NY on Saturday, October 1, 2011.
今日９月25日（日）映画「ガイアシンフォニー6番」上映会と同映画に出演した奈良裕之さんのライブコンサートがトーレンスのミヤコイン・ハイブリッド・ホテルで開催されます。 ガイアシンフォニー６番公式サイト http://gaiasymphony.com/bu/co_guide6.html Movie "Gia Symphony VI" and Live Concert: Today, 9/25/2011, Movie "Gia Symphony VI" and a live healing music concert of Yuji Nara who appeared the movie will be held at Miyako Hybrid, Torrance, CA from 1 pm.
9月22日から25日まで「ビクトリアズシークレット」で$60購入すると、Tシャツが無料です。昨晩閉店間際に行ってきました。店舗でもオンラインストアでもいいです。 "Free TEE" with a $60 purchase at Victoria's Secret between Sept. 22 to 25th, 2011. It could be store or On-line purchases.
This free Tee is valued at $32. The material is cotton and very thin.
At the same time, they have "PINK Nation" $5 Tee promotion going on.
"877465"あてに「JOIN」と書いたテキストメッセージを送ると、後ほどテキストメールが来ます。 そのリンクから名前、住所、Eメールアドレスなどを登録し、ビクトリアズシークレットの「ピンクネーション」に加入し、iPhoneアプリ登録し、そのアプリから、またはEメール承認後にEメールでクーポンコードかバーコードが来ます。それを店頭で見せ、PINK商品を買うと、「I LOVE PINK NATION」のTシャツが＄５で買えるそう。通常価格は$20相当。
Text "JOIN" to 877465. From the link in the reply text message, enter your name, address, E-mail address, etc. You are also prompted to install "Pink Nation" application on iPhone. You will receive an email with an bar-code or a coupon code on iPhone Pink Nation application to get "I LOVE PINK NATION" Tee for $5. You also need to buy any PINK product to get this offer. The regular price is $19.99.
無料Tシャツ FREE TEE こちらが昨晩もらった無料Tシャツです。モデルさんが着用したTシャツと同じ素材なんでしょうか。かなり薄いです。
This is the free Tee I got last night. Is this the same material as the one VS model is wearing? It's very thin.
I purchased 2 kinds of Bras for TEE without pads, at $49.99 for 2 ea. The right side bras are cotton. The store did not have bra cup size DD, when I visited last time and last month. I wrote comments about that on On-line survey after shopping. This time they carried some bras with cup size DD. You get $10 off Validation code after you do this On-line survey.
今年無料でもらった品々。 Freebies I got this year. VSで$60以上、または$80以上買えば無料というのは、ときどきやってます。ビーチタオルは6月。右上の週末旅行バッグは先月やってました。店頭のものが在庫切れ。電話注文し、３日前にフェデックスで届きました。
They have this kind of freebies with $60 purchase or $80 purchase occasionally. I got Beach Towel last June. The weekend bag on the upper right was last month. They did not have any stocks. I ordered it by phone, and just received it 3 days ago by Fedex.
Tonight, I'm going to watch a baseball game of LA Anaheim Angeles vs. Oakland Atheletics at Anaheim Stadium from 7:05 pm. It's also Fireworks night on Fridays. Angeles are still in the quest to the division championship, and there are 6 more games. We are going to cheer Angeles to win and to Hideki Matsui to hit another homer tonight.
Thanks for reading my blog, comments, and encouragement.
My regular job is a CPA accountant for a US private corporation. To renew my CPA license, I need to take 40 units of Tax and Accounting continuing education classes and exams. Sometimes I work late or go out all weekends. So, writing blogs are being delayed often... Sorry.
I still have not posted several restaurants I tried and places I visited in Japan, yet. For some time, I have enough material to cover on my blog. Going-forward, I look forward to your continued supports and comments.
去る9月18日佐伯チズ「美肌革命」講演会に参加しました。UTBテレビ局主催でトーレンスのマリオットホテルで午後1時半から開催されました。 "The Japanese Skincare Revolution"'s author, Chizu Saeki's seminar was held at Torrance Marriot Hotel, sponsored by UTB Japanese TV station, from 1:30 pm to 4 pm on September 18, 2011.
She talked about "Japanese Skincare Revolution" for about 55 minutes. Then, she did some demonstration of basic make-up cleansing and facial with a model. Now she is 68 years old. She is not wearing foundation. It's her natural skin. She never had operations or laser treatments on her face.
She became a facial beautician when she was 20 year old. She married at 24 and started to work for a foreign cosmetics company in Japan. Her husband was being transferred to Concord, California, a suburb of San Francisco. For Chizu, USA is the roots of the make-up and cosmetology. 5 to 6 years ago, she traveled Sedona, San Francisco, Concord, and Los Angels. She was welcomed by the shining sun.
After retiring from the cosmetics company at 60, she started her own facial salon in Ginza and started to write books to tell people how to make the skin beautiful with the make-ups you have. She wrote 40 books so far. They are published in Japanese, English, and Chinese.
講演会会場前には書店、日本経済新聞、OZEKI化粧品、シンビ漢方化粧品などのブースが出展し、講演会前、休憩中、講演会後に販売されてました。 There were booths of a bookstore, Nikkei News Paper, OZEKI Cosmetics, Shinbi Herb Cosmetics, etc. People could buy their goods before and after the seminar and during the intermission.
How to be beautiful: 1) Change your consciousness that you will be beautiful. 2) Use a free essential oil = Think about the celebrities you like when you apply skin lotion to your face. She loves "Arashi", a Japanese singer group of 5 men. She thinks about each member when she applies skin lotion, etc. She also loves Michael Jackson. She has his posters all over in her room. 3) Use your hands. Put conscious on to your hands, warm skin lotion on your palms, and push 3 times each to apply location on your face. Think about the celebrity you like.
I purchased two pocket-size books. It was $20.50 for two books.
I purchased OZEKI Cosmetics trial set at $7.99. Regular price is $21 or $24. It's made of brown rice and amino acids.
At the end of the seminar, there were raffle drawings of the gifts donated by the sponsors. 30 people got Kikkoman's "Kara-age seasoning, Panko-seasoning, and flower set". 20 people got "Lucky bags" of Mori New Tofu. A few people got gift certificates of $50, $100, and $250 from "Sushi Toshi" in Little Tokyo. 10 people got Jinseng Socks. 1 person got Ozeki's cosmetic set, $250 value. 1 person got skincare set by Shinbi Cosmetics, valued at $200. There were several other prizes, but I forgot. The grand prize was a massage chair, valued at $2,500. About 100 people won these prizes. I did not win any.
9月15日から18日までミツワ・トーレンス店とコスタメサ店で北海道物産展が開催されてます。この後、シカゴやニュージャージーなど他都市をまわる予定だそうです。 "Mitsuwa Hokkaido Fair" is being held at Torrance and Costa Mesa locations from September 15 through 18th, 2011. After that it will be held in Chicago, New Jersey, and other cities in USA.
朝めし前田本舗醤油ラーメン It's being demonstrated and sold at Mitsuwa Torrance store until today, Sept. 18, 2011. It's owned by Santouka Ramen. The broth is from Fish and Fish Oil. It's thick Soy Sauce Ramen. The Noodles are medium thin and have texture like rice cakes. They also have "Meat Ramen" for more meat ($11.90 + Tax).
元祖森名物いか飯 Squid Rice by Mori, the original お手ごろ価格＄6.50＋TAXだったので、購入しました。ご飯をイカの中につめて煮込んであります。美味しい。
I got this, because the price was reasonable at $6.50 + Tax. Rice is stuffed in squids and simmered. It's good.
It's made by Pullman Bakery, famous in Hokkaido, Japan. It was good deal if you get 2 each, so I got 2 each of both kinds.
Crab legs, Scallops, Fish, Potato Croquettes, from famous stores in Hokkaido, Japan. The line was long, so I did not get them this time.
魚の練り物のてんぷら Fish Cakes こちらも北海道の名店が出店。行列が長いので買いませんでした。
Famous Fish Cake shops in Hokkaido are selling these Fish Cakes. The line was long, and I did not get them.
さて、味噌ラーメンとスパイシー味噌ラーメンは、コスタメサ店で実演販売されてるとのことで、17日土曜日友人JOYさんと行ってきました。 Miso Ramen and Spicy Miso Ramen from Hokkaido are only being demonstrated and sold at Mitsuwa Costa Mesa location, so I went there on Saturday, 17th with my friend Joy.
When Joy ordered, she was told the ticket number is 40th from the current customer, so it will be a 40 minute wait to get the Ramen. We arrived at Mitsuwa Costa Mesa around 11:50 am. It took 10 minutes to find a parking spot. It's not easy to find a table at the Food Court, either. It's better to order your food first before looking for a table.
影虎味噌ラーメン Miso Ramen by Kagetora いいダシがでてます。味噌ラーメンであったまり汗だくだくでした。麺は中太。山頭火ラーメンと同じ麺。 美味しかったです。ここまで36マイル（58KM）高速を飛ばして来たかいがありました。
The Broth Soup was delicious. We got warmed up with the Miso Ramen Soup and got sweat. The Noodles were same as Soy Sauce Ramen, medium thick. We were glad to have come here driving 36 miles on the freeway.
影虎辛味噌ラーメン Spicy Miso Ramen by Kagetora
ダシや麺は味噌ラーメンと同じ。唐辛子が加わっています。辛いけれど、めちゃ辛い訳ではなく、私でも大丈夫そうでした。 The Broth was the same as Miso Ramen above. It's spicy,but not too spicy. It seemed I'm OK with that spiciness. (Usually I can't eat if it's too spicy.)
ミツワトーレンス店、コスタメサ店両方で買えるスイーツ。バター宇治抹茶どら、バターレーズンどらを購入。 These special Sweets can be purchased at both Mitsuwa Torrance and Costa Mesa locations. I bought Butter Macha Green Tea Dora Cakes and Butter Raisin Dora Cakes.
They were being demonstrated and sold at Mitsuwa Costa Mesa location. They have three kind of filling, Caramel, Soy Milk Creme Red Bean, and Red Bean. I got two each of Caramel and Soy Milk Red Bean Cakes. $2+ Tax each.
9月10日ロカール登山の会に便乗して、"Eaton Canyon"でハイキング。サウスベイ地区の人は朝7時半にトーレンスのとある公園に集合。1時間ほどで"Eaton Canyon"登山口のある駐車場に到着。 "Eaton Canyon": I joined a local hiking group and hiked up in "Eaton Canyon" on Saturday, September 10, 2011. In South Bay area, we gathered at a park in Torrance at 7:30 am. In 1 hour, we arrived at the parking lot and the start point of the hiking trail at Eaton Canyon.
We started hiking around 8:35 am. It was sunny and rained for 25 minutes from 7:20 am in South Bay area. In Orange County, it rained from 8:40 am or so. It was cloudy by did not rain in Eaton Canyon hiking area that day.
As I crossed small streams several times, I walked in the water, getting my shoes, socks, and sneakers wet. The group leader, P, said he wears "quick dry" trousers, socks, and sneakers, so they get dry in a few minutes after getting wet.
We arrived at the waterfall, the end of the hiking trail. It took 1 hour and 10 minutes.
We asked another hiker to take a picture for us. Here is the group photo of the local hiking group.
9月3日テメキュラでワイナリー巡りの後"Pizza Factory"で夕飯しました。テメキュラにある"Pechanga Casino"か "Pala Casino"の食べ放題バフェも魅力的でしたが、それほどお腹空いてなかったので。。。 （グリーク・ピザ / Greek Pizza, X-Large ) "Pizza Factory": We had a dinner there after visiting 3 wineries in Temecula, CA. We thought of having a dinner buffet at "Pechanga Casino" or "Pala Casino", but we were not that hungry.
They have daily specials. On Saturdays, X-Large Pizzas are priced at Large Pizza. I ordered "Greek Pizza, X-Large" (good for 3 to 4 people) to share among two of us. It was $19.19. Regularly it's $22.29.
メニューの一部。ピンボケしててすみません。 A part of the menu. Sorry the photos are out of focus.
Ice tea and Sodas were from the self-service drink fountain in the restaurant. One of us had a beer, although she enjoyed wine tasting at 3 wineries. "Half & Half" is a mixture of Ice Tea and Lemonade at 50-50.
スパゲティー・ミートソース Spaghetti with Meat Sauce $6.79, 860 cal. ガーリック・トースト付きでした。
It's been very popular in Japan for 30 to 40 years. The stuffed animals are for American tastes. I felt nostalgic to see this game some what...
「ピザ・ファクトリー」は1979年カリフォルニア州オークハースト（ヨセミテ国立公園南入り口付近）創業。1985年からフランチャイズをはじめ、現在アメリカ西部に120店舗展開中。 The first Pizza Factory opened its doors in 1979 in Oakhurst, California (near the southern entrance of Yosemite National Park). Because of Pizza Factory's reputation for quality pizzas, simplicity of concept and median cost of operation, several more Pizza Factories were added. It began franchising the business in 1985. Today there are over 120 restaurants in five western states.
Pizza Factory-Temecula 31725 Temecula Parkway Temecula, CA 92592-5894 tel:(951) 303-8500
9月4日午後7時15分ごろ自宅を出ると、西空に夕焼け、東空に虹がかかり美しく幻想的でした。写真をポストします。 "Rainbow and Sunset Afterglow": I saw beautiful sunset afterglow in the western sky and a rainbow in the eastern sky around 7:15 pm on Sunday, September 4, 2011 when I left my house. It was fantastic illusion. I will post the photos.
レドンドビーチ市住宅街にて。西の空の夕焼け。 Sunset Afterglow in Redondo Beach, California, residential area.
レドンドビーチ市住宅街にて。東の空にかかる虹。その40分前に天気雨が降りました。 A Rainbow over Eastern sky in Redondo Beach, residential area.
I was driving to my friend's house near-by for a birthday party. I drove back to my house to get forgotten items and saw the sunset afterglow and a rainbow. There are many one-way streets in the residential area.
夕焼け雲にかかる虹。少しずつ夕焼けの色が変化します。観ててあきません。 A Rainbow over Sunset Afterglow. The colors keep changing. I don't get bored watching the sky.
Last Saturday, I went to hiking in the morning and had a delicious Taiwanese lunch with a local hiking group, and went to Latin American Festival in Long Beach from 3 to 8 pm. I enjoyed the live salsa music bands and dancing. On Sunday, September 11, it was the 10 year anniversary from the 9-11 incident in New York and six months from 3-11 earthquake, Tsunami, and nuclear power plant accident. I attended a peace prayer meeting.
I applied "Free Wine Tasting" coupon in the morning leaving for Temecula, and it was emailed in a few minutes. One coupon is good for two people. Wine tasting is $10 for 3 glasses of Wine and 1 Sangria. When you do a free Wine tasting, you don't get to keep the log wine glass.
ワイン・テースティング・メニュー Wine Tasting Menu
赤ワインサングリア Red Wine Sangria 他に白ワインサングリアもありました。
They also served White Wine Sangria.
2006年産メリテージ・ボードースタイル、金賞 $39.95 2006 Meritage Bordeaux Style, Gold Medal 濃いルビー色で深い香り。ブルーベリー、サクランボ、黒胡椒の香り。まったりとなめらかな口さわり。このワイナリーはいつも美味しい「メリテージ」ワインを作ってます。メリテージはカルバネ、メローなどのブレンド赤ワインです。
Deep ruby red in color and rich in flavors, this wonderful wine provides flavors such as blueberry, cherry, and black pepper in the long, smooth finish. They make great "Meritage" wine all the time. Meritage is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 20% Merlot.
There are many wine varieties with award medals.
2006年産アマンテ・スーパータスカン 金賞 $39.95 2006 Amante Super Tuscan, Gold medal $39.95
2009年産ヴィゴニア 金賞 $24.95 2009 Viognier, Gold Medal $24.95 フルーティーでドライ。
It's fruity and dry.
白ワインメニューの一部 A part of White Wine Menu
アメリカン・ロックバンド演奏してました。 They had entertainment of American Rock band in the afternoon and evening.
9月3日テメキュラに小旅行。"Maurice Carrie Winery"にて焼きたて「ブリエ・チーズ・パン」を食べました。これは注文してから15分で焼きたてを食べれます。 "Maurice Carrie Winery" is located in Temecula wine country. We had a short trip to Temecula on Saturday, September 3, 2011. At "Maurice Carrie Winery", they have freshly baked "Brie Cheese Bread". It's baked fresh in 15 minutes after you order.
パンが焼けるのを待つ間、シャンパンのテースティング。 While waiting for "Brie Cheese Bread" to be baked, we did Champagne tasting.
シャンパン・テースティングは4杯で$10。まずは、レギュラーシャンパン。 Champagne Tasting is $10 for 4 glasses. First, regular champagne.
2番目にパイナップル・シャンパン（ここで1番売れてるそう。）3番目にピーチシャンパン。 2nd was Pineapple Champagne (the best seller here). 3rd was Peach Champagne.
最後にラスベリー・シャンパン。ここのシャンパンとシェリー酒、デザートワインの数々。 The last was Raspberry Champagne. The line up of their Champagne, Sherry, and Dessert Wine.
入って正面はワイン・テースティング。ワイン5杯で$10とか。 They have Wine Tasting bar, too. It's $10 for 5 glasses.
20 years ago, there were only 8 wineries in Temecula. Now there are 34 wineries. Some built Restaurants, Spas, and Hotels at the wineries, so it's a great place to visit. Temecula wineries were crowded with lots of people.
シアトル発祥の Nordstrom デパート。その割安商品を扱う Nordstrom Rack。 9月1日サウスベイ・ギャラリアモールの新店舗ビルオープン。早速昨日行きました。 "Nordstrom Rack, S.B.Galleria" finally opened on Thursday, September 1, 2011. They handle discounted merchandises transferred from Nordstrom department store. Nordstrom was started in Seattle, WA.
Nordstrom Rack opened in Lakewood Last October, and I shopped there 3 times. Nordstrom started as a shoes shop, so they have vast selection of shoes. Especially, in South Bay there are many Asian immigrants and their descendants, so there were lots of small shoes. They had shoes from size 5 to 11 or 12. Size 5 is around 21 cm.
コーチ・ポッピーの白いバッグ、通常＄398が＄159で売ってました。1点のみ。買おうかかなり迷いました。 A white "Coach Poppy" bag was sold at $159 (original $398). Only 1 displayed. I was wondering to buy it for a while.
There were lots of pretty wallets made in Italy or Spain.
Fashion Clothing was Autumn colors already.
It was very crowded. I waited for a while to let people walk and took photos in seconds.
When I wanted to pay at the cashier, an employee was holding the "This is the end of the line" flag way in the back. There were at least 50 people waiting in front of me. I took this photo with my iPhone.
The wait to pay was only about 7 minutes. There were 10 to 12 cashiers.
7月7日、「マカロニ・グリル」から7月11日まで有効の$20Eクーポンが来たので早速その晩ディナー。ここのEクラブに登録すると$5 Eクーポンくれます。 （シーフード・リングイニ / Seafood Linguini $16.49 ↓ 710 cals) "Romano's Macaroni Grill" gave me $20 E-coupon on July 7, 2011. It was good until July 11, 2011, and we went there for a dinner that night. If you sign up their "Get The Dish On Meal" E-club, they will send you $5 coupon right away.
They have locations throughout USA and some in Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Japan (Okinawa), Taiwan, Qatar, Egypt, and United Arab Emirates. It's owned by the same company as "Maggiano's". In South Bay area, there is another one in El Segundo.
I received another E-coupon 5 hours ago. "Buy-One-Get-One-Free-Entree" with this coupon printed out or shown on your cell phone until 9/5/2011 to celebrate Labor Day Weekend. ２ヶ月ぶりにいいクーポンが来ました。今回は木曜に出さず金曜早朝に出したんですね。。。。 Eクーポンクラブに登録するには、下のリンクから入って名前とEメールなどを入力ください。
They send great E-coupons for the first time in 2 months. This time they send it out early Friday morning instead of Thursday....... To register the E-coupon club, please enter the link below and enter your name, email address, etc.
Dream On@LAへようこそ！ コメント、リンク大歓迎。. 留学からLA永住し28年以上経過。. ダンス、写真、映画、ヨガ、グルメ. 霊気、世界平和が趣味です。. Blog started 8/7/2007 Counter set 8/6/2008. Welcome to "Dream on@LA" blog! I welcome your comments. I live in LA, CA, USA. It's been over 28 years.