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A rose named “hope” sounds cheesy but is actually a super-rose

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説明どおり、レスポワールというバラは東京のベランダで育てやすかったです。家に、すごく元気になりました。香りもいいです。

In May, I went to the “home center” (Nakano Shimachu) and bought the most expensive rose (about US$ 30). It’s name is L’Espoir, or Hope. It scores a perfect 5 in every attribute: grows well in pots, size of flower, scent, bloom frequency, and ease of growing. It’s also dedicated to the Tohoku March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami disaster.

I am generally skeptical of industrial gardening, but I gave Hope a try. It turned out great on the 10th floor balcony. It may not have grown that tall, but it required no pesticide and bloomed often. I love the scent. To me, scent is essential in roses.

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View from the UV tent of the mouth of Tokyo bay and across to Chiba

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太陽に敏感な人のためには、UVテントがいいと思います。三浦海岸から、東京湾の入り口の向こうに千葉が見えます。

For those sensitive to the sun, a UV tent is essential. An early beach day at Miura Kaigan, towards the southern tip of Kanagawa.

Gifts are essential ingredient for Making Friends

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マルセル·モースという昔のフランス人類学者によると、プレゼントを提供するのが社会の基盤になります。「友達を作ろう」の企画に使えるアイデアです。

According to the early French anthropologist Marcel Mauss, gifts are the foundation of society. They are certainly convenient for Making Friends.

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