On the night of the 23rd I came back home from Boston, and went to ”Festival of radiant women” which was organized by JA(Japan Agricultural Cooperatives) Kotoh because the recitation circle which I am belonging to was requested to recite two stories which were “The story of Mimi-Nashi-Hohichi” by Lafcadio Hearn and “Yuzuru (The twilight heron)” by Junji Kinoshita. The audience was about 80 women. JA Kotoh has an excellent facility and we were very happy to be there. After our performance was over, we received muffins and cookies as well as two packs of strawberries.

As soon as I returned home, I went to Hikone to get groceries by bicycle. There was a very heavy head wind and I thought it took twice as long as I was used to. I saw many bicycles in front of the shop had been pushed down by the wind.

After I came back home, I displayed old Hina dolls in the alcove for the Dolls Day in March. Then I felt that spring suddenly came to my house.