The things the picture book "The Missing Piece Meets the Big O" by Shel Silverstein tells

Today I want to write about my favorite picture book "The Missing Piece Meets the Big O" by Shel Silverstein. I'm addicted to his picture books. That's because they describe the human life by such simple and minimal words and drawings. So his books are not just for kids, it's for adults also.

Okay. Let's dive into this book. There's a missing piece which forms a triangle. This missing piece (he) meets a lot of unique parts to fit. Some other piece don't fit him. Some other piece fits him, but they can't roll together. Besides these two pieces, he meets various parts one after another. This process is like a human life. I call to mind a lot of persons I've met in my life.

  After he met some pieces, at last, he finds an excellent one for him. The scene is full of happiness. And I superimpose the view on my real-life event I've never forgot. But soon after this scene, a change occurs. He begins to grow. And he can't fit the piece. And the one said, 

"I didn't know you were going to grow."

"I'm lookin' for my missin' piece, one that won't increase…"

And it leaves him behind. This scene wrings my heart because I remember the same view I've experienced. All human try to grow better. But we sometimes lose something important in the process. I was shocked by this scene that describes this truth of life when I read this book for the first time. How about you? I think you ever have a similar experience in your life. But this is not all. Wait, there's more.

Soon he meets Big O. He can't fit Big O. That's because the form of Big O is a perfect circle and there's no space to fit for him. So he says,

"That is too bad."

"I was hoping that perhaps I could roll with you…"

And Big O replies.

"You cannot roll with me."

Big O goes on.

"But perhaps you can roll by yourself."

Though he hears Big O's these words, he says he can't roll because his shape is not a circle but a triangle. But Big O asks him.

"Have you ever tried?"

After this conversation, Big O leaves him behind and goes away. And he starts trying to roll little by little on his own. And his edges begin to wear off and his shape begins to change. At last his form becomes circle. And after he keeps rolling forward, he finds Big O again. And then both of them roll together side by side.

 I think this story tells us so important these two things.

  1. Importance of challenges and changing.

  2. The shape of true love.

  At first, a challenge changed him. Now he can go everywhere he wants to go. He doesn't need to wait for other pieces. So I often ask myself whenever I face some critical aspect of my life.

"Have I ever tried?"

  Second I think this story tells us the shape of true love. If we love someone, we are likely to depend on him or her. But It's not a true love. We should stand by ourselves each other at first and next live our lives together. Moreover, we are likely to change others. But we can change ourselves for him or her at first instead of trying to do that.

  I'll read this book again and again from now on, too. This book is one of my marvelous textbooks for my life. So I presented this book to my nephew for his two years old birthday gift. I hope that this book is irreplaceable one for his life. And if you've never read this book, I recommend you to read. I believe this book has the power to support your life. Thanks for your reading. Feel free to leave me a comment.


What makes us special

I love the book "The Little Prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. As almost all people know this story, there might be no need to write about this book. But I love this book so much. So I want to talk about this book and rethink about the way to live better.

I want to write about a lot of things concerning this book. But especially I want to write about the scene that the little prince finds the important thing for him. The fox he met told him the important thing. The fox says like this.

"Men have no more time to understand anything. They buy things all ready made at the shops. But there is no shop anywhere where one can buy friendship, and so men have no friends any more. If you want a friend, tame me…"

What do you think about this passage? Indeed this is a matter of course. But sometimes we're likely to forget this vital truth. I need love and friendship from others. But do I give love and friendship to others? This fox words make me think about my way of life. And after these words, the little prince finds the important thing to him. He says like this to thousand of roses he met.

"You are not at all like my rose."

And he goes on.

"You are beautiful, but you are empty, one could not die for you. To be sure, an ordinary passerby would think that my rose looked just like you−− the rose that belongs to me. But in herself alone she is more important than all the hundreds of you other roses: because it is she that I have watered; because it is she that I have put under the glass globe; because it is she that I have sheltered behind the screen; because it is for her that I have killed the caterpillars (except the two or three that we saved to become butterflies); because it is she that I have listened to, when she grumbled, or boasted, or even sometimes when she said nothing. Because she is my rose."

This passage moved me all the time, and I find the love no one can buy here. I find most essential thing in my life. And the fox says.

"What is essential is invisible to the eye."

There is this sentence in my heart all the time.

"What is essential is invisible to the eye."

I love these words. So as not to forget these words, I always use the key case of The Little Prince I bought when I visited the museum of The Little Prince in Hakone, Japan. What makes you special to your essential person? I believe that the time we spend on others makes us irreplaceable. And at last we'll find love.

Thanks for your reading. I hope you'll enjoy this. Feel free to leave me a comment.


What do you want to leave after your death?

  Today I want to write about the book "The Greatest Legacy" by Kanzo Uchimura (March 26, 1861 – March 28, 1930). He is a Japanese Christian religious leader, writer, and thinker during the Meiji era, Taisho era, and early Showa era. This book describes the things humankind can leave behind in this world after their death. So this book helps us think about how to live better. I read this book several years ago. But I often remember the contents which this book wrote about.

 At first, please think about this question before getting to the main point of this book.

"What is the purpose of your life?"

Could you answer this simple question? I think it's not easy to answer this question. But now I have my answer to this question in my way. How about you? If you don't have your answer, don't worry. Today might change the direction of your life to proceed. I believe this book helps you think about the answer to this question. Okay. Let's dive into the main contents of this book.

 In this book, he enumerates these four things as legacies which humankind can leave behind to the next generation.

  1. Money

  2. Business

  3. Thought

  4. Art of Living

This way of thinking is so clear and straightforward. And it's easy to understand. He talks about these four things by quoting some episodes and examples. Here I won't explain each of them. If you interested in the contents, please check out his book.

  When I read this book, I thought about my favorite artists. For example, Michael Jackson left behind his business, thought, and art of living. So the film of moonwalk performed at Motown 25th anniversary concert inspired me a lot still now. His Super Bowl performance in 1993, too. And a lot of passages of his autobiography "Moonwalk" encourages me every moment after his death. I want to write about Michael Jackson and his book "Moonwalk" in the near future, too. And Walt Disney left behind all of them, also. Every time Disney's new film covers Japanese film theaters, I feel as if he is living somewhere else now. And some books written about him and his words saved me many many times. 

  Coco Chanel left behind CHANEL to the world. I don't buy CHANEL's cloth. But her thought and her style, her art of living give me courage and strength to go on. And you can find CHANEL shops around the world, and you can enjoy her world though she had already died. I wrote about her before. If you're interested in her, please check out these articles. "About COCO CHANEL 1/2", "About COCO CHANEL 2/2"

  I respect my favorite Japanese writer, poet, illustrator, and lyricist Takashi Yanase. He is best known as the creator of the picture book and anime series Anpanman. I've never seen Japanese boys and girls who never know Anpanman. His way of living encourages me a lot. So I often read his book again and again. I want to write about him and his book soon, too. Japanese novelist Osamu Dazai left behind essential things to me, also. When I was born, he'd already died. But I read almost all his works, and I felt like as if I talked with him.

  The list is endless. So I stop here today. Now it's your turn.

“What do you want to leave behind after your death?”

Money? Business? Thought? Or the art of living? Or all of them? Well, to think about this subject helps you to think about the answer to the question of the beginning. 

"What is the purpose of your life?"

  Thanks for your reading. I hope you'll enjoy this. Feel free to leave me a comment.



Today I'll write about my favorite artist Coco Chanel. This blog post is next to this article, "About Coco Chanel 1/2". I wrote about chapter 5 of "Inside Chanel" before. Today I'll write about chapter 6 and 7 of "Inside Chanel".

The chapter 6 "Mademoiselle - Inside CHANEL"is this.

This film describes the period of Chanel's life that is full of freshness and youthful vigor. Having watched this film, I'm so excited because I find some names of my favorite music producer Stravinsky, Ravel, the artist I respect Picasso and my favorite producer Diaghilev. I feel that I want to go to Paris in this era whenever I watch this. I believe the wind which enabled them to feel their freedom and supports their passion for realizing their various kind of arts was blowing there. But soon, the impact of the world war made it difficult to continue her business. And finally she closed her atelier.

Next chapter 7 "Gabrielle Chanel - Inside CHANEL" is so inspirational, and this film encourages me the most.

I watch this film over and over. That's because she is back. At first French press tore her apart, ridiculing her designs and sneering at her age. But "Life" the most read magazine in the United States admired her. It wrote

"At 71 years old, Gabrielle Chanel brings more than a style, a revolution."

Her indomitable spirit changed the world. Her strong belief paved the way to proceed and become a legend.

Some famous record labels and companies in Japan tore me apart ridiculing my music when I was young. And I was shocked and full of mortification. But I changed the negative feeling into my energy and power to progress. I always believed in the power of my music. So I superimpose my feeling at that time on her mood. So I love this film.

I want to write about other things concerning Chanel more and more. But today I put the pen here. Thanks for your reading. And I hope you'll enjoy this. Feel free to leave me a comment.



Today I want to write about my favorite artist Coco Chanel. She is the founder of Chanel. I'd never been crazy about Chanel until I knew about her life story. The series of short films "Inside Chanel" that was published on YouTube in 2013 changed my thought about Chanel. After watching the films, my feeling about Chanel became special.

The movies "Inside Chanel" described Coco Chanel and her brand Chanel from several points of view. The length of each of them is about just 2 or 3 minutes long. They are not so long. But they are so beautiful, inspirational and informative. Especially I love these three films very much.

The first one is chapter 5, "Coco - Inside CHANEL".

This video describes the beginning of her life. About the fact that her mother died exhausted by life, his father abandoned her and her sisters, and she spent her young life in an orphanage. And this movie also describes her meeting her important person Boy Capel who supported her to open her first boutique, the revolution brought by her and her lost of Boy Capel cause of car accident. In this video, I felt her helpless sorrow and severe pain in my chest.

But at last the film is finished with her these words.

"Either I die as well, or I finish what we started together."

And she chose to go on. That moved my heart a lot, and I trembled with emotion. I thought she couldn't help choosing to go on for him. I found the love there.

Today I put the pen here. Soon I'll write about the other two films and Chanel again. Thanks for your reading. And I hope you'll enjoy this. Feel free to leave me a comment.