Tuesday, December 23, 2014

”OJISAN" ballon appeared

"OJISAN" means a middle-aged or senior man.

 What's this? or who is he? He is OJISAN, and it's a ballon.
It was in the air last Sunday from the afternoon to the night in the downtown of Utsunomiya.
It is an art work, which is in a fine art field, and this show is organized by Utsunomiya city museum.

It is drawn by hands of many artists, the way is dot-drawing. And the face is imitated from one of real man's face who was selected from 270 men walking in the downtown of Utsunomiya this Summer.

You might think what a ridiculous show it was !
However, many people had a good chance to watch up the sky and the ballon, and to laugh.
Actaully Yuki and I were walking around the school where there was the ballon basement  with laughing. All of sides of him brought us laughing.

Japanese people tend to be said  they had little of sensese of humor, but see it! Some people have such of sense of humor.
It is said these days  suburbn cities in Japan are lossing their lively power in their mental and physical situations. However see it! It was fun, and our city of Utsunoniya is lively. I love Utsunomiya.

Why don't you come to Utsunomiya?

Saturday, December 20, 2014


lThis week my students and I enjoyed making Christmas sweets house. These days "Hexenhaus" or Gingerbread house is getting popular in Japan Some families enjoy making one, or actually I can buy one at a cake-shop nearby, which has started to sell one sine two years ago. Last year  I bought one, every one enjoyed seeing it, but it was difficult to find the day to eat it up. All students wanted to "deconstruct" it and of course to eat it.

So this year I decided to make all students to make their own house.

 These are log-house version.

 These are simple version.
  This is  the easiest version.

 you see a gate on the left house? It's a new year version.

Thanks to Jan, her present, sprinkle-set , made the craft more fun.
Our Christmas lessons are finished.

Monday, December 15, 2014

after chirdbirth crisis

Now Akari is fine, she can pre-roll-over.
She came here with cold, and her mother had a cold too. So I took care of them instead of her father. Her father also had a cold, but he had to work,though I also had to have lesson at home.

Since Akari was born, she and her mother often? come here. Probably I should say to M "you made your bed, now sleep in it." Actually since my friends became grand mothers they have  often accepted  their grandchild and "daughter" (not son or daughter-in-law), I used to think that why they have spoiled their daughters. --Now I'm laughed by them and I also laugh by myself. I can't say "no''. because her husband, and even her mother-in-low asked me to take care of them. Of course Yuki asks me to take care of them. and to be surprised he helps me more than he was a father.

These days the word "after childbirth crisis" is becoming popular. In January the new (comedy) dram is going to come on, which theme is after childbirth crisis, and two popular actor and actress played main characters. So it will become trendy.

When we who are in their 's or more, heard the word, we didn't understand it. And  we thought why these young people are so impatient. But it seems to be a serious problem.
Its difficult to explain the word, but let me try to do it.

We call the word "SANGO KURAISHIS" in Japanese. KURAISHISI means crisis. So I thought this word came from the U.S.A. but it seems to be wrong. It seems to have been born in Japan.

These days many "new" mothers seem to have problems, mainly mentally. Shortly after giving birth, they are going to have less affection to their husbands. They think their husband don&t meet their expectation child-rearing. But it doesn't mean that their husband don't do anything. They try to do something, but unfortunately they tend to miss the point. It sometimes makes bigger the gap between the mother and her husband. And it leads to the after childbirth crisis, and finally which might result in a divorce.
I think, what mothers want their husbands to do is different from what their husbands want to do for their baby. So mothers are irritated and their husbands are discouraged and eventually don't do anything.
So I told M's husband, I know you are willing to take care of your baby, but you should help your wife, not to take care of your baby directly. It is called "big turnip method". Do you understand the word or do you know the story of the big turnip. To pull down the big turnip, first grandfather pull the turnip, and grand mother pull the grandfather. They never pull the turnip together.

Monday, December 08, 2014

December has started.

I put Chirstmas ornaments on the shelf in the entrance hall. Most ornamnets were made by my daughters, and me when I was a young mother. 

These days we get such ornaments easily at 100 yen shop. So we can easily enjoy Christmas.
When I was a young mother, though I'm not good with my hands I had to make handicrafts. I didn't like that. Now it's easy to get a smock for kindergarten kids.
Well, well, my mother used to say the same thing.
She is not good with her hands yet, or she can't sew clothes. At that time, most closes were sewn by mothers. So she asked to sew our clothes to mother-in-law, or her friends. She says it's easy to buy clothes at reasonable cost. And another senior lady said that it's easy to cook using microwave, she is not good at cooking.

These days I got something fresh.
I got apples. But my younger daughter M (she comes with AKARI ( my ground child) again. saying "I, Akari and even Youichi-kun (her husband) have caught a cold.  We (Akari and M) won't get worse.) can't eat fresh apples because of she has an allergy to apple-enzyme. So I baked big pancake. in Japan we call it big HOTCAKE.

I got fresh DAIKON; Japanese radish. So I stewed it with KONBU which is a kind of seaweed. And dip sweet MISO.

This is  MAZESOBA, it's not RAMEN or Chinese noodle. It doesn't have soup. so it looks like spaghetti. I got this special noodle . it's Yuki's favorite. So Yuki cooked it.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Homemade delicatessen of this week

Today, in the morning, I did house errands and went to a gym to workout. And I had lunch at home
And I cooked delicatessen.
Salty cabbage with sesame oil, kidney beans tasted with soy sauce,  stewed DAIKON and chicken and sliced Daikon with vinegar and YUZU citrus.

Yesterday it was very cold, today it's warm. It's difficult for me to adjust the difference of these temperatures.

But children are tough.
One of my students was wearing T-shirt, and she can stand up on two golf balls directly. Can you do it?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Have you ever heard the name of  TAKAKURA KEN? He was the greatest movie star.
This report is on digital students' newspaper.

I was very surprised finding out this report on the newspaper.
The reason is --- though he is the greatest movie star but not so popular among young students.
Why? They might had introduced him to young people saying that he used to be a traditional true Japanese macho persona.
Anyway I learnt how to use the word awkward  and rugged in a good meaning.
Yes Kensan used to be an awkward an rugged persona.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My volunteer group "English Picture Book workshop club"

Yesterday I had a meeting of my voluntter group "English Picture Book workshop club". 8 ladies participated. We did "bibliobattle" in English. Each person introduced a book which is their favorite Japanese book making 5 minute speech in English. After that we chose one book which the listeners wants to read, the book is called "today's champ".

It was not a competition of who made the best speech in English, though Toastmaster meeting is a kind of competition who makes the best speech in good English.
Of course the members' English skill is higher.

--- to tell the truth, I have a hang-out about English especailly speaking English. (Well, I know that before saying such thing, I should practice speaking English.) So before I attended this meeting, I had made sprict, and practiced --- (Thanks Jan)

However, this time I realized, the contents and fasination of the speaker are more important than speaking skill, English grammer and so on.
The members had only one thing in common -- they are ladies.
However their genration, their family member, the jobs are all different. It means their interesting things are different. So the field of the books which were introduced had a wide-renging.
The members were in their 30's, 40's and 50's. If someone who is in her 20's , 60's or 70's had joind us, it would have been more fun.

This is my script but it was too long, so I shortend it when I made a speech.
Hello, today I’ll introduce a digital book. I used to dislike reading digital books but now I sometimes read digital books on my IPAD. There are mainly three reasons. The first, letters are large enough to read with aged eyes. The second, we can read books as soon as we want to read them. The third we don’t need space to stock paper books. If you are in senior generation, the first reason is very important. And if you want simple and OSYARE life, the third reason is very important.
OSYARE life--- what is a suitable word in English for OYSARE? OSYARE has wide-ranging implications; fancy, fashionable, smart, trendy stylish, and so on. I think being simple is a kind of OYSARE.

Well, the title of this book is “OSYARE na kurashi”. The way to live with OSYARE. It is written by NISHIKURA REIKO. . Have you ever heard her name?  She was born in 1942 so now she is in her 70’s. She has pursued OSYARE na KURASHI for more than 50 years since she found the way to enjoy OSHARE.. What is OSYARE na Kurhashi?

She says to keep a positive attitude and a cheerful face. Try and challenge many things you want with positive attitude, on the other hand don’t bring yourself into the corner saying “I have to do”. Activities done with impatience make your face angry.

Reiko shows an example in this book;
Some women; probably they are in their 50’s or 60’s, have angry faces, and the reason might be very simple for example, they think “Though I just passed the post office, I forgot to buy a stamp. It’s troublesome to return to the post office.” Such a tiny reason makes their faces with angry. You find a positive attitude and a cheerful face in your daily life.

Reiko also says “When women get old, their faces get complicated naturally, so don’t forget to keep calm feeling.” When I read this paragraph, I grinned to myself, and looked at my face. I’m sick of hearing such things.
She says, to keep a positive attitude, you should find a nice and attractive person and imagine their daily life. If you don’t imagine it, try to get along with them. When you are getting along with them you’ll be more attractive naturally though some efforts might be needed. And enjoying the efforts will bring you OSYARE na Kurashi.
Don’t you think the word OSYARE na KUASHI has a nice ring?

This book was published in 2010, so at that time Reiko was in her 60’s. The OSHARE Reiko thought about at that time, and the OSHARE Reiko thinks about now, and the OSHARE Reiko used to think about when she was young might be different, but since she appeared in this art and book world, she has pursued the word “OSHARE”. So if you are not interested in this book, you should read other books which were written at the same generation as you.

Monday, November 17, 2014


A new week has started.
How was your weekend?

Last week Akari and her mother ( my daughter) was staying with us,  now she can almost hold up her neck, so it' s easy to hold her and hold her on my back.
Have you ever held a baby on your back?
These days young mothers don't do that, though if she has more than two babies she must do it.
I wonder if I could hold her on my back or not. But my body remembered. So I could hold her back on my back naturally.
Here in Utsunomiya, it's getting cold, especially early morning, and evening. Of course it's very cold at night. Can you see the pink cape? It was knitted by "me" for my "daughters". I seldom do such things. So I kept it for my memory. And this time it works again. I'm very happy, and I'm pround of myself.

These days some interesting things happend. Since my younger daughter M got independent, she had been against me, and had seldom contacted with me and Yuki, but since she had a baby, she did a one-eighty. She started to respect me. It's wonderful, though I don't know how long such attidute will last.

Have a nice week.

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Somone always comes.

When I read today's news paper, I grinned naturally. These days the number of people who reads newspaper is decreasing. And main people who subscribe newspaper are more than 40 years old. So the reports about senior people are naturally increasing. I like such reports.
Today a man who is 70 years old put his comment about one of his usual days.

He and her wife were going to go out somewhere because it was a calm day.
When they were going to go out, a (senior) lady came with a small pot of food, so they invited her to their house and had a chat for a while.
Then they were going to go out again, but another (senior) lady came , so they also invited her to their house, and his wife was listening to the lady's "complains". and he also was watching their conversation.

He wrote "All of them including my wife had a good smile after their talking. And I was also satisfied with their smile. So we gave up going out the day. It was a nice day. Fortunately someone always come to my wife, I think why women likes talking so much, but I like this style."

I also like the style. When I get much older, I hope someone always come to visit us.

Today I cooked DAIKON, and share with my two adults students.

Monday, November 03, 2014

November has started.

November has started. It means only two months are left in this year. As soon as Halloween finished, we see Christmas decoration here and there.
This year I organized a Halloween event at home.
I invited an actress and she hold two stage, one was for kids and their parents, and the other was for adults including junior high school students.

My house is not so big, so about 10 people were enough. There is not a parking, so they came by bike, on foot or their family drove them here. But most of them live near my house.
If such a small show can be held here, our "senior" neighbors including us would be much more happy and cheerful.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The renovation has finished

It was long. Anyway the renovation of our kitchen has finished. I discarded lots of things. Fortunatley some dishes are still used at a restauant nearby. Some coffee cups are used at my friends house. So some things were recycled. I'm glad to do it.

 Anway Yuki and I "have to " keep this clean & simple kitchen.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Our kitchen is being renovated.

Since this Monday the renovating of our kitchen has started. It will take about three weeks.
This spring suddenly the kitchen floor rose. A man worked for a home builder took a look, he said "probably dampness for long years". It has been 29 years since this house was built. So we decided to renovate our kitchen.


Fortunately the basement had no damage.
In an old house, sometimes termites attack, or dampness gets a big damage. Our basement is OK.
For one week, all basic renovating was finished. But for a while we don't still use the kitchen. So we are camping at home --- sometimes. It means we often go out for lunch, dinner with just reason.
Of course tonight we'll go out for lunch to the restaurant nearby.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I bougnt it!

Now I'm writiing this diary with this keyboard. It was not so difficult to connet it to my Ipad. I could do it by my self.  I think it might take a little time for me to get used using it. Anyway using this, I will update my blog more. 

PS. It's not genuine, Yuki suggest tto buy genumine goods, but I didn't know whether it's  useful or not. So I tried it. I don't know whether it has the quality to last long 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Finally I've started

For a long time I had been thinking how to use my collection books effectively.
I had often asked some people "will you try to use my books for free?".
But just few people showed the interest to my books.

Recently one of my friends, who is Canadian, and lives in my city started "MOTTAINAI group". I also joined them. And I started rental of boxes of English picture books. Not "lend out", I'll rent them for three months for 1000 yen. (Now I'm thinking whether deposit system is added or not, though my friend suggested this idea.)
Anyway some foreigners living in this city showed the interest of the boxes.
The books will be able to be used effectively, and  I'll be able to meet new people and join a new world.It's interesting.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

usual life has started

Akari has gone back to TOKYO. The life for two of Yuki and me has started again.
Our daughter had stayed with us for three months. If you are a foreigner, you think it's too long.
Before she came, I agreed with you.

But --- M was too nervous to start her life with her daughter in TOKYO. Around her she has no friends who has babies.

Though it is an old story --- in my case my mother came here to help me, and she stayed for only two weeks, after that Yuki went on a long business trip, and two months later, I had to start to go to work.
So I was really busy to prepare for working again, and I was also in a bad condition, so I went to the clinic every day. I had no time to become nervous.
--- BUT, my neighbors helped me -- I remembered.

Now the time seems to be different.
I go to KOSODATE-SARON which is a place for mothers and their babies, is not a nursery school as a volunteer, there are many mothers who seems to be lonely. I wanted to say that "don't be easy on yourself". --- but  my daughter felt loneliness too.
They seem to be happy to have babies, on the hand they look worried to stay home with babies as a house wife.

Working is important to be independent, on the other hand being mother is also a wonderful thing. So  please be proud of yourself who are being a house mother.
Does it make sense?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

tongue stew

This week is the last week for four of us (Yuki, M, Akari and me).
Next weekend, M's mother-in-law is going to come here and we'll celebrate about one month birthday of Akari, which is called OMIYA-MAIRI. So all of us are going to a shrine.
(Usually to celebrate happy things Japanese people go to a shrine, and to comfort our sadness or purify ourselves we tend to go to a temple --- I think.)
And M's family are going to "go back" to TOKYO, and their life with three will have started.

So this weekend was the last "lively" dinner with four of us, including AKARI though AKARI cannot eat yet. (Every weekend, M's husband comes here)

M's husband is from SENDAI, and SENDAI is famous for ox tongue. ( I don't know the reason.)
So M's mother-in-law presented us a block of tongue.
 For us it was an unusual thing. I know the quality, quantity and price must be wonderful. So I have to manage to cook it.
I searched the way of cooking a blog tongue on the net --- these days "net" is very useful, isn't it?
And I cooked.
Fist I boiled it with herbs. Then I cut it into "thick" pieces.(When we eat tongue stew at restaurant, the block is  small.)

 Then I boiled ed-wine to bun off alcohol.
Then I simmered tongue, vegetables, herbs and "the" wine instead of water.
I did it.
---- I'm afraid I forgot to take the photo of the finished tongue stew.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Full moon

Today it is the day of full moon, though we can't see the moon yet at 8 PM.
Do you have a custom to enjoy the full moon?
We have it, we decorate horse grass and have sweet dumplings.
So we get some horse grass at a super market nearby for free, and got two big dumplings.
Today Yuki came back early to have dinner with M and me, it's an unusual thing.
So I prepared Japanese dishes and Italian? dishes which are loved by M and Yuki.

Yuki got mussel's ???? " Mejillones Fritos en Escabeche con Aceite de Oliva" ( we don't understand it), anyway it's canned food. It was his today's special.
M really wants to eat garlic, so we made shrimp "ajillo".
For two things, good French bread was necessarily, so we got one at a good baker which is a little bit far from our house.

I hope we would see the full moon clearly.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

September has come

Our daughter and Akari are staying with us. They are going to go back to TOKYO on September 20. There are only 20 days for us to spend with our daughter and Akari.
Of course I love Akari. But what I feel  is  that it is the time for my daughter M to leave us truly. I have a strange feeling. Our elder daughter seems to have left home naturally, though she still lives next to my mother's house. On the other hand in T's case we seem not to have decided to let her leave from this house. When she went to TOKYO to study, she lived with her sister, and after she decided to marry, she started to live with her husband. So she has no experience to live alone.
For these three months we are talking lots and we each other seem to decide to go each way.

Last weekend, M's husband came to stay with us. So I grilled chicken. Recently when we have guests, we usually go out to eat dinner, but now we can't. So I cooked.
M seems to have own relax time these days. So she sometimes make crafts.
She drew a picture book for Akari.
She made simple mobiles.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Do you know how to measure the amount of breast-milk?

Akari is almost breast-feeding.
But, M  worried whether her breast-milk was enough or not.
So I took her to the hospital to measure the amount of he beat-milk.

Do you know the way?
To tell the result, though 25 years passed since M was born, the way doesn't change.

A midwife of the hospital said "Come here with Akari before one and half hours  you want to give  you breast-milk to he".

And ---
First the midwife measured the weight of Akari.
Then M gave her breast-milk to Akari.
And as she finished doing it, the midwife measured the weight of Akari again.

What a --primitive or simple way it was!!!!

Anyway the amount of her breast-milk is enough. So she can almost breast-feed, though sometimes she bottle-feeds her. (And Yuki, I, or M's husband sometimes can do it.)

Now Akari is almost one-month old.
She can hold up her head little by little.

So when she is in a good mood, we try to read books.

As soon as we start to read, she starts to yawn.
And when we move on to the next book, she falls asleep.

Saturday, August 16, 2014


This week many people have one-week vacation, or 3-day vacation in Japan, it is OBON.
Yuki got one-week vacation. And M's husband got also one-week vacation. And our elder daughter T got 3-day vacation.
So during OBON in my house  there were 5 adults and one baby for three days.
Yuki got a good excuse to drink some kinds of alcohol. He usually drinks SHOUCYU to save household costs. Our elder daughter T drinks red wine a little. Our younger daughter is allowed to drink white wine a little. (I don't know who allowed he to drink alcohol.) Our son-in-law loves whiskey. And Yuki believes beer is necessary to welcome men. So Yuki was allowed to buy various alcohol, and drinks all of them.
When our mothers come to stay with us, we usually have dinner outside, but this time we don't go out.
So I cooked meat on a big pan (we call it HOTPLATE), and another day I was allowed by myself to buy some things at a restaurant and take out to our house. Most of the dishes in the photo are made by a popular French restaurant in Utsunomiya.(I made some of them.)
It's fun to eat with many people. We had a good OBON vacation.

Now Akari is sleeping on my lap. Our daughter and our grand child are staying with us for a while.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

a day of Grandmother

Since Akari was born, two weeks passed. She is getting a "baby", it means she has lots of things to do.
I got up 6 o'clock, and cooked breakfast quickly, took out the garbage and so on, while doing the laundry (though I just tuned on the washing machine.)
Yuki got up about about 7o'clok, and we had breakfast. Unfortunately M had to give breast-milk to AKARI. After we finished breakfast, M started having breakfast. At that time I held AKARI and burped her. She is not so good at burping, so we need to burp her often. Though she burps as soon as she drinks milk, it's not enough. After 30 or 40 minutes she starts crying to be difficulty in her breathing.  So we need to burp her again.
And when she seemed to settle down, suddenly we heard a big sound. She pooped. So M changed her diaper.
While M was taking care of her, I started doing the dishes, cleaning the rooms. Watering the garden  was Yuki's job before he went to work.

When Akari finally settled down and went into sleep, M and I made some dishes.

Well, well, Akari got up, so M was busy again. I? --- I opened this computer and did some paperwork.
Around 12, we had lunch together.
Today M's friend came to see Akarai, so I went to gym for my workout.(This week someone comes to see her in the afternoon.When my friend comes, I talk with her and M took a nap.)
Around 3 o'clock , it is the time for Akari's bating.
And She drank milk, was burped, pooped and went to sleep.
M took a nap, I started to prepare dinner.
Around 6 o'clock, we had dinner.
And it's time for Akari, again. When M was taking care of AKARI, I was doing the dishes. Then I was holding Akari when M was taking a bath.
My grandmother's job was done.
This week I don't have lessons at night, so I seem to have enough time to do something at night, but I'm too tired to do something. I go to bed earlier than usual.
See you tomorrow.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Akari's bathing

In Japan, after babies appears, until they become about 2 or three months, they take a bath in a baby bath. Then they take a bath in a usual bathtub with an adult.
Usually they don't take a shower.

I have a question. When do babies start to take a shower in your country?

Akari is fine and active. She drinks mother's milk and bottle milk very well, sometimes cries, and often poops. (While I'm writing this blog, I heard poot. I have to change her diaper.  I did it.)

She wants milk about each 2 or 2 and half hours. After that it takes 30 or 40 minutes to belch after drinking. And after 30 minutes she poops and she wants some milk again.
After that she sleeps well for a while.

We are not so busy, but we feel rushed.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Akari's case -2-

M, and Akari sleep on the second floor at night, and in the daytime they spend in the living room on  the first floor. In this case Akari sleeps in this cradle. I know it's called bouncer & cradle. In my time we didn't have one.
 "  Is it Japanese tradition for the new mother and baby to stay that long before and after the birth?  And, they want to know why?  Here, unless there are other small children already in the family that require care or there is surgery or other complications (such as compulsory bed rest before the delivery), it would be very rare to stay for that length of time...and usually the mother or mother-in-law would be at their home."
 Here in Japan, mothers stay in the hospital usually for from four days to one week.
And after that they go back  ---- it depends on the situation, to their home or their mother's home or their mother-in-law's home.
Anyway not so many husband take days-off to take care their babies. so mothers need someone to help themselves.
When they go back their home, usually their mother or their-mother-in-law stay for two weeks.
It is said it takes at least two weeks for mother's bodies to recover.
When they go back their mother's house or their mother-in-law house, and they had birth at a different hospital from a hospital they had gone to health check during their babies had been in their bellies, they stay there at least for one month. Because they have to go to the hospital where they had birth in one month after they had birth.
So my daughter will stay with us at least during August.
" Second question was about you paying for the delivery.  Is that also a Japanese tradition?"
It depends on the family. Most of cost (it costs from 5000$ to 7000$) is covered by maternity allowance. So the couple needs to pay at least 1000$ more.
Anyway most parents give celebration money  to them.
There is a tradition which is dieing out. If mothers stay at their mother's house, their husbbands' parents give some money to their-daughter-in-law's parents.
(Well, in my case, it didn't. And M's husband wanted to give some money because we take care "our daughter", but we didn't accept it.)
I've noticed that the decline in the number of children happens in not all developed countries. Why in Japan we have such a serious problem? (though we have the aging population problem in all  developed countries.)
Do all women want to pursue improving their carrier?
I don't think so.  We have a problem in the way to work.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Akari's case -1-

M and Akari are fine.
Well, I got some questions about childbirth in Japan.
Some people use FUTON to sleep. Futon is kind of mat and we put it on the floor (usually TATAMI floor) directly, some people use bed.
When our daughters were babies, they used to sleep in FUTON, but now they are getting used to bed.
So now M sleeps in bed in my house, and Akari sleeps in a small bed next to M.

In my generation, most of mothers used to use cloth diapers when their babies became 6 months.
Nowadays most of mothers use paper diapers. This is a trash box for paper diapers. It completely stops the smell. And we dispose them on the day of burnable garbage day which comes twice a week.

Fortunately M's breasts leaks milk, so she can breast-feed. She doesn't need to start work so early, so for a while she breasts feed. But not she is into breast-feeding, so she uses formulas. And of course we and her husband helps her to give milk by bottles.
Do you know this cushion? In my time, such cushion wasn't so popular. It is very useful  for new mothers to breast-feed, and sit down (because they feel pain under their bottom.)

  Well, M said an interesting thing. Before she became a mother, she said " I don't mind breast-feeding or using formula". In Japan many mothers tend to stick fast to breast-feed. But as soon as she became a mother, she understood why mothers stick fast to breast-feed.It comes from mother's instinct. She is surprised at herself who changed. And I'm also surprised that M suddenly has become a mother.
-- to be continued--