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This journal is written by Kuma (Felis catus) and Kuma's owner Y (homo sapiens). We have moved from Japan to Australia in 2011.


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2016-09-18 08:42   Pulling Paper Tissues

Y (Kuma's owner)

Human beings have hobbies. Everybody does. But please don't be convinced that human beings are the only creatures that have hobbies.

I have three cats and one of them is young. His name is Midon. He was named after my husband's favorite novel's main character. He is full of energy and has plenty of time to play. He loves toys and plays a lot. Therefore, he will get tired of toys soon. I think he has been looking for something exciting, and he found one. That was a tissue box.


One day, he pulled a paper tissue from the box. I couldn't understand why but he thought it was lots of fun. Once he found something fun, he would repeat it again and again. Then I noticed that he was playing with paper tissues so excitedly and there were some wrinkled paper tissues on my desk.

Since then, pulling paper tissues is his hobby.

Looking at him playing excitedly is pleasant but I didn't want to waste paper. I had to take measures for it and I turned a tissue box upside down. I hope that he won't find out how to replace a box which is upside down.

I have seen some YouTube videos in which cats are playing with toilet paper. Midon might find toilet paper someday. Maybe it's just a matter of time.

I want him to have fun and a happy life without pulling papers.

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2016-09-15 23:35   It's spring now

Y (Kuma's owner)

Whether I want it or not, spring has come. Usually, people love spring. The cold weather has gone, colourful flowers are starting to bloom, and everything looks beautiful. It's nice to notice that spring is almost here when I find flowers blooming.


However, this year was different from usual. I saw a snake, and then I realised that it's spring now. I'm sorry to the snakes, but images of flowers are more suited to spring than those of snakes. During the week that has passed, I was bitten by a mosquito (in Australia, a mosquito is called a mozzie). A hateful thing is that a mozzie was waiting for me in the bathroom. How clever she was! This made me realise that spring has made one step forward and summer is not far away.

Tree snake

You might think that it must be summer if there are mozzies here. This area is subtropical and mozzies emerge in spring and late summer. In mid summer, there are no mozzies. I'm just guessing that it may be too hot in summer for them.


A snake came out, mozzies are waiting for me in the bathroom, what's next? I now try to be very careful when I wear rain boots because toads love rain boots. Every time I wear rain boots, I check the inside of the boots. Please don't ask me why they love rain boots. I would like to know that as well.


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2016-09-09 10:08   Otaku People

Y (Kuma's owner)

There are lots of Japanese words that became English words. For example, tsunami, sushi, teriyaki, sushi, panko and so on. Looking at these words, most of them are related to food. However, there is one of the common Japanese origin words that is not related to food. That is otaku.

My understanding was that "otaku" had a little negative meaning in Japan a few years ago. Maybe it still does. If I heard "He is an otaku", I would imagine that he has hobbies that he can be completely absorbed in something like animation films, movies, computer hardware and software.

I'm not sure of the suitable English word for otaku. Well, it is supposed to be nerd. I don't know many English words. I guess there should have been some more similar meaning words in English.

While many people imagine otaku people in negative way, I think otaku are important to create new things. They have plenty of knowledge in particular categories. At the time when this word is lionized by the media, most Japanese media introduced otaku people who are sitting at the computer desk or walking in Akihabara Electric Town. The media described otaku people as if they are an odd fellow who has only interests in what he likes in an amusing way. That has made up their impression.

I think scientists are a kind of otaku and so are artists. If we need to research or create something, we have no choice but to be an otaku. Otaku can create culture.

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