Setsuko "Betty" Tsuchiya (Author) and her Dance Partner, Daniel S. Janik (Author)'s shared Blog


April 3, 2018


WOO…it is 2018 April…time and money go so fast! I have decided to restart Futari Blog!

It is very easy to stop something but it is very challenging to continue a blog.

It is 1 April 2018, but this is not an April Fool's joke: I read in the newspaper that coffee can be dangerous to drink. My husband mentioned that perhaps it is the processing that introduces dangerous chemicals. Actually, I wanted to talk about drinking bitter coffee yesterday. So people have at least five taste senses:

Sweet is sugar.

Sour is acids, sometimes including bacteria, like vinegar

Bitter is taste of gagging so we don't swallow poison.

Salt is necessary because we are sea creatures living outside the sea on land. 

Umami is distinctly Japanese and gives us satisfaction.

Is that so? I did not think that tastes had meaning. When I was child, I could taste sweet, sour, bitter, salt and umami, but I, didn't think they had a deep meaning. How sad. We have to learn critical thinking or judging to begin to understand the world in which we live!

I have several nice ballroom gowns (size medium—stretchy) that  I have never worn. NEW! Just time is passing too quickly for me!!

If someone is interested in a new ballroom gown, please contact me. Price is negotiable! The dresses all scream that they want to dance with a lady who enjoys dancing!  


本当? 味に意味があるなんて、考えなかった。子供の時、甘味、酸味、苦味、塩分そして旨味を味わう事は出来た。しかし、旨味の深い意味は考えていなかった。なんて残念な事だったのか?





October 28, 2017
Aloha. Recently, I have been thinking of renewing my life and this blog. When I read my last blog entry, I was so busy finishing my master's degree in somatic therapy and publishing my book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY (Savant 2017), I couldn't find time to continue blogging, and I was afraid I'd have to end Futari Blog. Gladly, I have now finished my master's degree (yay!) and had my book published (double yay!), and now have time and interest. In fact, I've entirely changed my thinking abo...
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November 8, 2016

I was asked yesterday by a friend who I was going to vote for. An innocuous question, to my surprise, asked in a decidedly acrimonious voice. It was as if whomever I voted for, if it wasn't the same as the person he voted for, our relationship, perhaps even our lifelong friendship would suddenly fall into doubt. 

First, like many Americans, I'm sick of the tsunami of pathos, ethos, keiros and personally interpreted numos, and the almost total lack of the only kind of argument that has any tru...

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January 14, 2015
Happy New Year!!

It has been so busy a new year.  I went to work on New Year's Day.  After working, Dan and I attended my editor's wedding in the evening on January second (my editor, David, is editing my upcoming book, IN SEARCH OF SOMATIC THERAPY).  The weather was heavy with rain but the wedding had so many people and was a very relaxed ceremony.

It has been three years since Dan injured his knee and his doctor said to forget about dancing. He recommended surgery and said he had a 75% chance...
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January 14, 2015
Ever since I was a child, I've loved dance, but it wasn't until I was almost 40 years old that I got my break. That's when I met Betty. We met in Berkeley, California, at a YMCA dance, and have been dancing together since. When we moved to Hawaii, we took lessons as keen amateurs from a variety of dance teachers and coaches beginning with Judy Athens, moving on to Albert Franz, who gave us our first taste of competition dancesport, and, while recovering from a knee injury, continuing our expl...
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September 16, 2014
Two days ago, I suddenly decided to enroll in a Master degree by online course.  When I graduated with my bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts (I did it all in English!) I told myself, that's enough studying!  That's it!  I studied hard and struggled to finish my undergraduate degree while working.  I felt very satisfied.  I had learned a lot, especially critical thinking and I began using this method frequently in my life.  

I have lived a relaxed life for several years, almost like an American ...
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September 16, 2014
It's been awhile, and you might be wondering what Betty and I are doing. I'll let Betty "kiss and tell" in her posting. For me, I've been being a good author. 

You probably know about my two children's books, A WHALE'S TALE (Savant 2009) and THE TURTLE DANCES (Savant 2013), at least I hope you do! If you haven't read them, now is the time! They're available world-wide from The first is about ohana (Hawaiian for "family"), and the second is about enjoying moving -- "dance, dance, da...
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July 1, 2014
Ah, Earthlings, Sorry About That!

I've been visiting with Dr. Who and completely forgot the time. Then, instead of traveling back to our previous post, I decided instead to travel forward to my next birthday (can't pass over a birthday -- Never!). So, here I am. It's the last day of June 2014, and three days before my next big one. 

I've already begun celebrating, of course. A birthday is just too big for one day! 

Yesterday, Betty took me on a Pirate Adventure aboard a pirate boat in Waikiki. I...
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The Grand Hotel Budapest

April 8, 2014
As a publisher, editor and "multi-award-winning author," I'm often asked by writers aspiring to become authors, what I recommend to help make the transition easier or more effective. The answer is a bit like a keen amateur dancer asking how to become a professional dancer. The answer is, there is no one answer I know other than, if you're a dancer, dancing your heart out every moment of your life, and, if you're a writer, writing your heart out every moment of your life and showing what you'r...
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Really vacation!

February 4, 2014
Dan and Betty are now in the hotel and having a good four days relaxation time this year. When I paid the fee for staying at the hotel, I thought, "Oh, we could have taken dance lessons ten times more (!) and have money left over for something else, too. In the end, it was not a reasonable fee because the hotel was doing renovations. It was twice as much as last year, and they were busy fixing things.  

But, it's all right: We did not take a vacation last year.  

When we went to the room, I imm...
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