Natural Life

Two months ago one of my friends gave me Japanese Medaka and Kingyo fish. Some of Medaka had eggs. He told me how to collect eggs and I started to take care of these eggs.  After a week the first two babies were born. They were so tiny and translucent. And later I had more and more (up to about 30 in a day) babies. I made Medaka fishponds (Ikesu) by wine corks and Tofu package and floated them in a huge lily pot. Because grown-up Medaka and Kingyo fish eat these babies, I had to separate them safely. Now the eldest babies are about 2 months old and 2 cm long. Because mother Medaka died a few weeks ago, all I have now are baby and kid Medaka. I am sure I was at the birth of more than 1000 babies, but unfortunately now only a hundred are alive. I wonder if I keep them till they become parents and I get their babies.

A 93-year-old lady whose name is Haru (it means 'spring' in Japanese) visited my clinic. She has dementia, hearing loss, and her legs are very weak. She could answer my questions if I asked loudly at her ear and she could do what I told her to do like sitting on a chair or opening eyes widely.
Maybe the corridor of my small clinic was a kind of too long for her to walk. She was walking very very slowly, and then she stopped. When I saw where she looked, there were flowers I arranged along the corridor. The staff of her nursing home said 'Haru-san, you used to like flowers very much.'
When at last she sat on a sofa at the waiting room, I showed these flowers to her. It was the first time that she spread her hands by herself, held the vase in her arms, and said 'What a gentle color.. what a gentle color..'
Beautiful pink roses and 'dusty miller' leaves from my garden could touch her heart. Haru-san's birthday is of course in spring. I think her parents were very pleased with a birth of a pretty girl 93 years ago.

This unique plant is 'Arisaema Shikokianum' of which origin is Shikoku, Japan. They are one of plants of which extinction is worried.
On March 27th, 2014, I noticed two were budding from the ground in my back yard. I bought two buds at the market last spring, planted there, but after autumn they had disappeared from the ground and I never remembered about them until the day.
How nice it was to find them back there!! Fortunately they seem to like the environment of my garden and maybe I can save them from an extinction!
This picture was taken on 31st March at its full blossom. Its Japanese name is Yuki-Mochi-So (雪餅草) which means Snow-Mochi(Japanese rice cake)-Plant. The white petal in the middle of the flower looks like a piece of real Mochi! 

I got a plenty of (thousands!) wine corks from my friend couple who are steak house owners. These corks made me sooo...HAPPY & BUSY for the whole new year holiday. First I made a photo frame and a wreath for their restaurant (please look at the next 'Photo Album' page)! Then I cannot stop creating more and more 'artworks'.  

The wreath of this picture is made of more than 150 wine corks.

There is an old man who takes a walk everyday around the clinic. It seems he had suffered from some disease which left him a little gait disturbance, but unless it rains, he makes his daily walking. Sometimes he talks to me when I take care of my garden, and we found both of us like plants.

One day I found a plastic bag at my garden gate pole. There was a bunch of moss in it. I was not sure who the sender was, but thought maybe ... him. Last week at last I had a chance to talk to him and confirmed it. He said in his hometown, near Monobe River, there was a place where he found abundant of natural water moss, and he thought I might be pleased to get it. I made a rabbit moss topiary (koke-dama) by his moss. My patients love this rabbit a lot, too.

Daily exercise not only makes a person healthy physically, but also makes himself and others happy.