Hi to you all out there wherever you may be and I hope this small offering finds you fit, healthy and with enough money in your pocket to go out and really enjoy yourself – not that you need a great deal of money to enjoy yourself, but let’s face it, it does help, doesn’t it?
For those of you that live outside of Japan we are heading into a short vacation period which is commonly known here as Golden Week – I think that China has a Golden Week, but that takes place in December sometime.  Apparently, the Japanese Golden Week was born out of the depression and then rebuilding that Japan was going through after World War 2.  In Japan at that time there wasn’t very much in the way of things for ordinary folk to do that were particularly pleasurable, and that offered at least a short break from a life that for most was very very hard, that was apart from going to watch a movie.  At that time there were plenty of movies to go and see because there were a lot of movie production companies that were kicking them out. The term Golden Week was coined by a movie production company called Daiei, someone in the sales department that was keen to promote the “Get out and watch a movie culture” came up with it and that’s how it all started. I also believe that the same sales guy came up with an idea to introduce a Silver Week which in actual fact did become an official holiday, but it didn’t last very long.  The reason for the short life was basically down to the fact that it was a holiday that took place in November which is a winter month and it is a bit nippy here in November.  The quick demise was also down to the fact that Japanese people associate the word silver with old people, so Silver Week was eventually scrapped.
To my knowledge I don’t think anybody has come up with an idea to try to get a Bronze Week instated into the calendar of Japanese national holidays – maybe that’s going to come from a sun tan lotion company, telling the general public to go out and lie under the sun for 2/3 days in summer in order to get that bronzed sun tan look.  Japanese people are not really lacking in the melanin department, so I doubt if that’ll be the reason to call it Bronze week, get your thinking hats on and see what you can come up with in terms of a new name for a national holiday in Japan – the more ridiculous the better – send your suggestions to me, please.
I have penned or keyed a short offering of poetry for you all which is probably as crappy as the usual stuff I kick out that looks like it’s been thrown together in about 10 minutes, actually 8 minutes for the last effort, anyway here goes read and reap.
Gold, Silver or Bronze?
I don’t have any special plans for Golden Week..
I‘ll probably not do much at all.
Apart from doing jobs around the house.
And playing with my kids until they fall.
Falling in the tired sense as I’m waiting for the call.
From my wife to take my kids into the bath.
Bathing my kids is something I enjoy.
I can reconnect with them through sitting in water.
Well I can with my son, but not with my daughter.
My daughter is becoming a bit self conscious.
Jumping into the bath with me is not as easy it is used to be.
So the fun in the water time is spent only by the boys.
It allows my son to introduce me to his bathroom based toys.
We throw a ball from one side of the bath to the other.
Which reminds me of playing catch with my mother.
I never played in the bath with my father.
I’ll read a fair few bedtime stories to them.
Some of which my father read to me.
Soon they’ll fall asleep.
And drift into a land of make believe where they’ll see.
Images of the day gone by that allow their dreams to be.
With eye lids flickering and a noise coming from my son’s nose.
I know it’s time to close the book before I start to dose.
And then it’s on with their nappies.
Because my kids still pee the bed.
But that’s the reality and it’s costly.
How many books will need to be read.
Before I can knock the nappies on the head.
A poem by Stephen Austwick.

Hi to you all out there wherever you may be and I hope this small offering finds you fit, healthy and with enough money in your pocket to go out and really enjoy yourself – not that you need a great deal of money to enjoy yourself, but let’s face it, it does help, doesn’t it?

For those of you that live outside of Japan we are heading into a short vacation period which is commonly known here as Golden Week – I think that China has a Golden Week, but that takes place in December sometime.  Apparently, the Japanese Golden Week was born out of the depression and then rebuilding that Japan was going through after World War 2.  In Japan at that time there wasn’t very much in the way of things for ordinary folk to do that were particularly pleasurable, and that offered at least a short break from a life that for most was very very hard, that was apart from going to watch a movie.  At that time there were plenty of movies to go and see because there were a lot of movie production companies that were kicking them out. The term Golden Week was coined by a movie production company called Daiei, someone in the sales department that was keen to promote the “Get out and watch a movie culture” came up with it and that’s how it all started. I also believe that the same sales guy came up with an idea to introduce a Silver Week which in actual fact did become an official holiday, but it didn’t last very long.  The reason for the short life was basically down to the fact that it was a holiday that took place in November which is a winter month and it is a bit nippy here in November.  The quick demise was also down to the fact that Japanese people associate the word silver with old people, so Silver Week was eventually scrapped.

To my knowledge I don’t think anybody has come up with an idea to try to get a Bronze Week instated into the calendar of Japanese national holidays – maybe that’s going to come from a sun tan lotion company, telling the general public to go out and lie under the sun for 2/3 days in summer in order to get that bronzed sun tan look.  Japanese people are not really lacking in the melanin department, so I doubt if that’ll be the reason to call it Bronze week, get your thinking hats on and see what you can come up with in terms of a new name for a national holiday in Japan – the more ridiculous the better – send your suggestions to me, please.

I have penned or keyed a short offering of poetry for you all which is probably as crappy as the usual stuff I kick out that looks like it’s been thrown together in about 10 minutes, actually 8 minutes for the last effort, anyway here goes read and reap.

Gold, Silver or Bronze?

I don’t have any special plans for Golden Week..

I‘ll probably not do much at all.

Apart from doing jobs around the house.

And playing with my kids until they fall.

Falling in the tired sense as I’m waiting for the call.

From my wife to take my kids into the bath.

Bathing my kids is something I enjoy.

I can reconnect with them through sitting in water.

Well I can with my son, but not with my daughter.

My daughter is becoming a bit self conscious.

Jumping into the bath with me is not as easy it is used to be.

So the fun in the water time is spent only by the boys.

It allows my son to introduce me to his bathroom based toys.

We throw a ball from one side of the bath to the other.

Which reminds me of playing catch with my mother.

I never played in the bath with my father.

I’ll read a fair few bedtime stories to them.

Some of which my father read to me.

Soon they’ll fall asleep.

And drift into a land of make believe where they’ll see.

Images of the day gone by that allow their dreams to be.

With eye lids flickering and a noise coming from my son’s nose.

I know it’s time to close the book before I start to dose.

And then it’s on with their nappies.

Because my kids still pee the bed.

But that’s the reality and it’s costly.

How many books will need to be read.

Before I can knock the nappies on the head.

A poem by Stephen Austwick.