The Star Festival in 2014

My family went to see my mother-in-law last weekend.
My husband has always had a haircut at a barber in his hometown since we moved to Hokkaido. And when he goes there, he doesn't go there alone. We have to go there with him and stay at in-law's, too. I think that it's a good reason to go back to his hometown from time to time, I don't complain anything about it to him THOUGH.

As you may know, my mother-in-law lives alone. When I arrived at her house and looked around, it seemed that she cleaned up and discarded her late husband's things little by little. I thought it must have been a heart-breaking work for her, and still now as well when she does it.
After my husband had a haircut, we went to a restaurant together that night. We had a good time.
Next day, we had a nice breakfast and relaxed for a while.
Then, when we left her, she said to only me that she hoped to go to paradise by 80 years old.
I didn't say about it to my husband. She is in her mid-seventies. Her words couldn't get off my mind since then. She is very fine now, so I think it is unlikely.
However, I'm sad because she thinks so. I know she feels lonely.


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↑our decorated bamboo

Yesterday was the Star Festival day.

I prepared sixty bags of snack and waited at the doorway with reading a couple of newspaper from 18:00 through 20:00. I was looking forward to listening to children saying something after they got the gift and closed the door.
About forty children came to my place in the end. It was not so many because my place is a little far from school.

Anyway, I enjoyed the Star Festival this year as well.






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Original Article:

My family went to see my mother-in-law last weekend.
My husband has always had a haircut at a barber in his hometown since we moved to Hokkaido. And when he goes there, he doesn't go there alone. We have to go there with him and stay at in-law's, too. I think that it's a good reason to go back to his hometown from time to time, I don't complain anything about it to him THOUGH.

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My family went to see my mother-in-law last weekend.
My husband has had his hair cut at a *barbershop in his hometown ever since we moved to Hokkaido. Also, when he goes there, he doesn't go alone. We have to go there with him and stay at our in-law's too.


I am not sure what to do with this statement:

'I think that it's a good reason to go back to his hometown from time to time, I don't complain anything about it to him THOUGH'.

This statement seems to contradict itself through implication. In guessing what it could mean, it just further brings up more ways it could be taken.

* From a barber...or...at a barbershop. A barber is the person who cuts the hair. The barbershop is the location.


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Original Article:

As you may know, my mother-in-law lives alone. When I arrived at her house and looked around, it seemed that she cleaned up and discarded her late husband's things little by little. I thought it must have been a heart-breaking work for her, and still now as well when she does it.
After my husband had a haircut, we went to a restaurant together that night. We had a good time.
Next day, we had a nice breakfast and relaxed for a while.
Then, when we left her, she said to only me that she hoped to go to paradise by 80 years old.
I didn't say about it to my husband. She is in her mid-seventies. Her words couldn't get off my mind since then. She is very fine now, so I think it is unlikely.
However, I'm sad because she thinks so. I know she feels lonely.

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Recommended Corrections:

As you may know, my mother-in-law lives alone. When I arrived at her house and looked around, it seemed that she has been discarding her late husband's things, little by little. I thought of how it must have been heart-breaking work for her in the beginning, and even now as well.

On the day my husband had his haircut, we later went to a restaurant together for dinner. We had a good time.
On the next day, we had a nice breakfast and relaxed for a while.
Just before we departed for home, my mother-in-law confided to me that she hoped to go to paradise before she turned 80 years old.
At the time, I thought it best not to share her thoughts with my husband. She is in her mid-seventies. I haven't been able to get her words out of my mind since I first heard them. Although I think she is fine now, knowing the depth of her loneliness makes me feel very sad.

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Original Article:

Yesterday was the Star Festival day.

I prepared sixty bags of snack and waited at the doorway with reading a couple of newspaper from 18:00 through 20:00. I was looking forward to listening to children saying something after they got the gift and closed the door.
About forty children came to my place in the end. It was not so many because my place is a little far from school.

Anyway, I enjoyed the Star Festival this year as well.


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Yesterday was *Star Festival day.

I prepared sixty bags of snacks and waited near our front door from 18:00 through 20:00. I kept myself busy by reading a couple of newspapers between the intermittent knocks of the neighborhood children seeking their treats. I was looking forward to listening to the children's comments from behind the closed door after they got their gift.
In total, about forty children came to my door. Although there were not so many visits from the children as I had hoped, I understand that some hadn't come because we live so far from their school.

Anyway, I enjoyed Star Festival this year as well.

* If the name of the festival is 'Star Festival', then you do not add 'the'...just as you would not add 'the' to Christmas or to Boy's Day. However, if the festival is called 'Star' and it is a festival, then you would...just like in 'Obon' and in 'the Obon festival'.

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I didn't know you made bags for tanabata. What did you put in the tanabata bags?

You are right, your mother in law must be lonely.

Re: English Corrections

Hi, shiroi tora.

Thank you very much for the corrections.

'I think that it's a good reason to go back to his hometown from time to time, I don't complain anything about it to him THOUGH'.

I wanted to say...

I think that it's a good excuse for him to go back to his hometown from time to time. I think that he should go to a barbershop nearby. However I can't complain about it to him because I know it's not only reason why he goes to his hometown. He wants to please his parent as well. That means he wants his parent to see our son.

Probably, you understand my husband's feeling.

I wanted to express my feeling by the word 'THOUGH' not to say a lot of things.

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Hi, Always visiting.

No, I didn't make any bags! I just bought 60 small packs of potatochips. It was troublesome for me to put things in the tanabata bags.
Thank you for your comment.
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