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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Encounter Inspiring Book at Sydney Uni Bookfest

I enjoyed "The 2011 Bookfest" at Sydney university = Big Secondhand Book Sale for uni fundraising.
Saturday 17 to Wednesday 21 September, in the Great Hall, Camperdown Campus.

  • Saturday to Tuesday 10am to 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am to 2pm
This year, I got the very inspiring book, "No One's Perfect." The upbeat autobiography of Hirotada Ototake. Born without arms and legs, but he is very cheerful and fond of sports. After uni, "Oto" becomes a sports journalist and a primary school teacher. He has got married and now has 2 sons.

Amazing story...and Oto's smile is so nice and fresh. His positive attitude up lifts me so much. Not only Oto, his friends, family, teachers and others wonderful support is very touchy. I know very well that Japanese society is more difficult than Australia, for people with disabilities, to live on what they are. It is a great challenging.

Oto proudly asserts, "(disability) is my feature and strength. My identity."
For me, it takes years to say so. What a matured youngish guy! His sense of humour is brilliant. Often his sentences make me giggle. At the same time, his book makes me think of myself. If I were without arms and legs, could I smile or laugh or live in a positive manner? Truly amazing. Oto's will power has opened doors and believes in hope, but he knows well what he can do and not. Wonderful realistic dreamer.

Soon, I'll have a close medical examination. Even though I hope no spread or no progressive in and from the left leg, I'm ready to accept any result. Timely, his book cheers me up and shows a role model.
I should say, "Mine is a mosquito bite!" Thanks, Oto!!

This annual book fair is very popular, because uni offers interesting academic books at a cheap price. As far as I know, most(all?) books are less than $10. Donated books come from local libraries and individuals. Book conditions are quite good and categorized into varied sections such as...
art, children literature, language, dictionaries, psychology, sociology, feminism, history, religion, occult, erotic, travel, craft, rare books, fictions, gardening etc, etc.

I got at the Hall at 10:30 on Saturday, the first day of a bargain. Already so many people were there. Volunteer workers told me that some people made a queue before 10! Wow, everyone wants to find a lucky treasure.

(*Great Hall is just in there)
Now, treasure hunting, start!
I dashed to the section, "Children Picture Books" and bought favorite illustrators' work such as
"The Midnight Feast" beautifully illustrated by Ann James. Nowadays, soon picture books become "out of printing." Besides the short availability, picture books are expensive. This Bookfest is Sadami's Heaven!

I observed others and learned, The Tips How to Get Target Books.
1) dash & pick up favorite books "first"

before other people touch it.
2) check each collected book 3) then, buy them!
OK, Friends, sounds nothing different from a bargain of clothes?! Or if you have any suggestion, I'd really appreciate it.
Then, I moved on to a Japanese books section.
Wow!!
I can't believe it! The biiiig and thick Japanese dictionary was at only $5, published 1997, new. I bought some Japanese and English teaching materials. Then, I found, "No One's Perfect" as above. I could get the wonderful books this year.BTW, I've been working on the project and very busy. Sometimes, it's not easy. I took a rest at the weekend. So, after this week post, I may update the blog irregularly(=not every Monday.) If you find the same post, please pardon me.
But this project gives me the meaning of life. I really hope I can make it come true. I just do my best. Wish me good luck.
Go, Sadami, go!

Thank you for cheers. Friends, your cheers make me go forward. And if there's anyone with a weary heart, come over. I'm with you. Let us move on!
Enjoy your week! Happy painting!!








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56 comments:

  1. Bonne chance pour ton examen médical et merci de partager avec nous tes rencontres merveilleuses. Bises.

    Good luck with your medical examination and thank you for sharing with us your wonderful meetings. Kisses.

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  2. What an inspirational story of Oto! Thanks for your wonderful sketches this week! Good luck with your project and good luck with your medical examination!

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  3. You certainly do keep busy! As ever your sketches are inspiring, you seem to capture the person the place the mood so easily...clever you. All the best with your medical, your positive attitude will see you through it...your blog friend, ann.

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  4. Hi, Sadami. I hope your medical examination will go OK. Amazing, the story you tell about Hirotada Ototake. I had never heard about him, but I'll try to find his book here. Your drawings as good as usual. Good luck, Sadami. Cheers.

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  5. Hope everything will be OK for you Sadami. I always follow you and I am with you for your work :) Bises.

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  6. very good paintings and drawings : )

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  7. Dear Sadami -

    Wishing you well on your medical testing. You have such a strong outlook on whatever comes your way. Your health and projects are important and I wish you well in all you do. Good Luck!

    I've been busy too, and missing my blogging friends. I'm still painting and getting better at watercolors thanks to your encouragement. I think of your guidance in balancing lights and darks in painting and in life too!

    If ever you get a spare moment, please visit me at my new blog location. I moved them all over to waysideartist.wordpress.com

    Yours,

    Nanina

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  8. Maravillosas acuarelas, Sadami. Tus colores son magistrales.
    Pero lo más importante: suerte con el examen médico.
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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  9. Hola Sadami, primero perdona si no comenté tus últimos post pero sí los he visto siempre con gran interés, estoy muy ocupado estos días, el ejemplo de Oto es magnífico y tendría que hacernos reflexionar a todos, cuando nos quejamos por no poder hacer algo, o no conseguir nuestros deseos, espero que tu examen médico sea positivo, y que sigas trabajando tanto como siempre, enhorabuena.
    saludos.

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  10. Good luck Sadami. I like working on projects, too. Flexes other thinking muscles in the brain. Blessings!

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  11. Sadami, I hope you pass through your medical exam with flying colors!
    And the book fair must have been absolute Heaven for you. You sound so very excited writing about it.

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  12. Suerte con ese exámen médico. Me encantan estas acuarelas, llenas de color, con buena perpectiva y magistral dibujo.
    Un abrazo.

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  13. Dear Lydie,
    Thank you so much! You, too, enjoy painting. One day, I hope I can see you in person.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  14. Dear Judy,
    Yes, Oto seems to have become a national hero for the Japanese. I'm working hard on the project and the rehabilitation. Thanks for encouragements.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  15. Dear Friend Ann,
    Thank you very much! I'm working on the project and the rehabilitation.
    Regarding sketches, it has taken several years to learn "sketch on spot." First, be brave. Ann, I'll tell you, "I'm not a centre of attention," was my mantra. Indeed, I was not,ahaha! "Make TONs of messes" was my goal & up to now. There's no magic, but efforts. Continuity is the key for me. Let us enjoy drawing!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  16. Hi, Albert,
    Thank you so much! If you can find the book, hope you will enjoy it. Oto's life inspires me. I can never complain about my left leg any more! I'll live this life fully!!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  17. Dear Olivia,
    Thank you very much! You're so kind and encouraging. Yes, I'm working hard on the project and the rehabilitation.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  18. Hi,Sadeu,
    I like your artwork that has human eyes for subjects. Very nice. Please keep up your drawing and painting!
    Cheers,Sadami

    Hola, Sadeu,
    Me gusta tu obra de arte que tiene los ojos humanos para los sujetos. Muy bonito. Por favor, mantenga el dibujo y la pintura!
    Cheers, Sadami

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  19. Dear Nanina,
    Thank you very much.
    Wow, congratulations on your new start!! What beautiful blogs you’re running. I’ve certainly visited your old blogs and wondered if you have stopped posting.
    My guessing was a “happy mistake.” That silence was your preparation!!

    Second, your watercolour painting skills show a HUGE progress. Amazing. How could you learn these stuff in such a short time? Hey, you have to tell me and teach me! Your style gets loose, but spot on the value. Colour use is very eye pleasant. Wow!!! again, congrats!!

    I’ll put your blog in my following list. Let us encourage each other and enjoy painting together.
    Thank you for your kindness. With nice people’s cheers like you, I can get over difficulties. You seem to enjoy haiku. Keep up. One day, I hope I can see you in person and we’ll chat over many thingsʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ.

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  20. Estimado Onera,
    Muchas gracias! Usted es tan amable. Sí, estoy trabajando duro en el proyecto de arte y la rehabilitación. Voy a hacerlo lo mejor posible!
    Cheers, Sadami

    Dear Onera,
    Thank you very much! You're so kind. Yes, I'm working hard on the art project and the rehabilitation. I'll do my best!!!
    Cheers,Sadami

    >>>Onera said...
    Wonderful watercolors, Sadami. Your colors are masterly.
    But most importantly, luck with the medical examination.
    A big hug.

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  21. Hi, Francis!!
    Thank you for comments in busy days. Like your say, I should not complain about my left leg at all. This is the little tiny thing! I'll live my life fully.
    Cheers,Sadami

    Hola, Francis!
    Gracias por los comentarios en días de gran afluencia. Al igual que su decir, no me quejo de mi pierna izquierda en absoluto. Esto es lo diminuto! Voy a vivir mi vida plenamente.
    Cheers, Sadami

    >>>>Francis said...
    Sadami Hello, first sorry if I did not mention your last post but I have always viewed with great interest, I am very busy these days, the example of Oto is great and should make us all think, when we complained about not being able to do something, achieve our desires or not, I hope your medical examination is positive, and to keep working as much as ever, congratulations.
    greetings.

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  22. Dear Carol,
    Thank you for warm cheers always. You,too, enjoy your art work and life fully.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  23. Dear Kath,
    Thank you! Yes, I got excited to write this post,hahaha. You know me. I've loved reading literature since childhood. But Little Sadami often chose books by illustrations! And today, my job. Happy girl!!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  24. Hola, Kubi,
    Muchas gracias! Usted, también, disfrutar de la acuarela. Un día, cuando vuelva a España, vamos a hacer acuarelas con otros acuarelistas españoles!
    Cheers, Sadami

    Hi, Kubi,
    Thank you very much! You, too, enjoy watercolour. One day, when I visit Spain, let's make watercolours with other Spanish watercolourists!
    Cheers,Sadami

    >>>Kubi said...
    Good luck with the medical examination. I love these watercolor, colorful, with good perspectives and masterful drawing.
    A hug.

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  25. Sadami, la suerte te acompañará porque eres una gran mujer, buena y que siempre piensa más en los demás que en sí misma. Igual que el amigo OTO, cuya historia es increíble y admirable. Tanto a él como a tí, esa fuerza de voluntad que te proporciona, te llevará a un buen resultado. Ya lo verás!
    Ánimos! Un fuerte aplauso para nuestra querida amiga Sadami!
    Tus dibujos que ilustran este spot son siempre muy buenos.
    Un fuerte abrazo.

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  26. My best wishes to you for a positive check up Sadami. We all could learn a lot from Oto. Your painting of the church interior is outstanding.

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  27. You are such an inspiration, Sadami! Love all your sketches... Good luck with your medical examination!!

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  28. Will be there in spirit with you Friday, cheering you on!
    The bookfest sounds wonderful - and Oto, what a man!
    My only tip for bookhunting - take a trolley on wheels to carry all your finds! :)

    Good luck with the ongoing project, one day I will smile at your name in lights:) Go, Sadami, go! xx

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  29. Dear Linda,
    Thank you very much! Wow, your, "expert's" comment on the interior makes me so proud. Yes, the Hall has a pipe organ like a church. We had a graduation ceremony there.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  30. Dear Hilda,
    Thank you for caring and cheers. I'll have the specific test in the middle of Oct. Your pastel work is so lovely. Keep up!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  31. I hope you are well Sadami ! you have a wonderful project and yes good luck ! it's so exciting !
    I'm impressed with Oto's story and life ! a great lesson of life for everybody ! Iwish you the best
    dear Sadami, you're truly great !
    bisous

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  32. Yahoo, Tim!
    Thank you for encouragements. You,too, enjoy art activities.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  33. Dear Pat,
    Thank you very much!! Yes, I'm working hard on the project and the rehabilitation for the test. I hope I will make my dream come true.
    Hugs&smile,Sadami

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  34. Dear Marty,
    Thank you sooo much!! I'm working hard on the project and the rehabilitation so that I can get a good medical exam result. Yes, Oto's story is wonderful. When I feel life is tough, I'll remember him and all blog friends like you, who cheer me up!!
    Cheers&smile,Sadami

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  35. Estimado Joshemari,
    Muchas gracias! Siempre me animan. Qué amable eres! Con sus gritos, quiero seguir adelante. Voy a hacer un montón de paitnings acuarela como tú y hacer felices a otros.
    Abrazos grandes y sonrisa, Sadami

    Dear Joshemari,
    Thank you very much! You always cheer me up. How kind you are!! With your cheers, I want to move on. I'll make lots of watercolour paitnings like you and make others happy.
    Big Hugs & smile, Sadami

    >>>Joshemari said...
    Sadami, you're lucky because you're a great woman, good and always think more about others than herself. Just like the OTO friend, whose story is amazing and admirable. Both him and you, that will power that gives you, bring you a good result. You'll see!
    Courage! A round of applause for our dear friend Sadami!
    Your drawings that illustrate this are always very good spot.
    A big hug.

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  36. Love love love your pieces, as usual! Good luck with your project, stay positive and all the best with the medical examination.

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  37. Hi,Evelyn,
    Thank you very much! I'm doing my best for the project and the medical exam in Oct. Enjoy photography and drawing!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  38. "go Sadami go!"......yes! I love your posts, the paintings are always so much fun to look at..but how sweet you are to write such nice things to others, like: "if you have a weary heart...come over." I have to spend some time sometimes with some artists who never give one thought to anyone but themselves! It is hard to deal with them, I tell you....and you are the opposite of those people! You are so talented and also full of love and appreciation!

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  39. Dear Celeste,
    ...thank you so much. Sometimes, I wonder I'm too silly... But once a con man finally said, "I can't cheat you! You're, you're...too innocent..."
    Sometimes, not easy. Some people try to take advantage of me. But some people happily help me, back up me and protect me with all their strength like you. I believe a world is not so badʚ(ˆ◡ˆ)ɞ.
    Best wishes,Sadami

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  40. I am standing here cheering you on in your project.mmi know it will be brilliant. Please don't worry about posting, only when you need a break.

    Hugs

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  41. Dear Teri,
    Thank you so much for cheers and kindness. I'll work on the project.
    Cheers,Sadami

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  42. Imi place mult aceasta serie de acuarele!

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  43. Buna Marius,
    Vă mulţumesc foarte mult! Sunteţi, de asemenea, se bucură de fotografie!
    Cheers, Sadami

    Dear Marius,
    Thank you very much!! You, too, enjoy photography!
    Cheers,Sadami

    >>>Marius said...
    I love this series of watercolors!

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  44. I adore your work Sadami! SO happy and full of life. Just beautiful. Cheer to you too!

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  45. Dear Crystal,
    Thank you very much! Me, too, admire you! Keep up your wonderful work!!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  46. MUCHISIMA SUERTE, SADAMI. TE MERECES TODO LO MEJOR.
    UN ABRAZO.

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  47. Estimado José,
    Muchas gracias! Sí, he estado trabajando muy duro, pero divertido!
    Cheers, Sadami

    Dear Jose,
    Thank you very much! Yes, I've been working very hard but fun!
    Cheers,Sadami

    >>>Jose said...
    Good luck, SADAMI. YOU DESERVE ALL THE BEST.
    A HUG.

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  48. can't wait to see what you do next, Sadami!

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  49. Cleste, Thanks millions!!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  50. Indeed, Oto's life is such an inspiration for everybody. I wish you luck with the medical examination, Sadami. Wonderful sketches as usual.

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  51. Hi,Anna,
    Thank you for cheers. Oto's life encoruages me so much. I have to have a good and healthy laugh at my left leg!
    Cheers,Sadami

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  52. inspiring post and wonderful sketches as usual :) --wish you well on your medical tests and all the best!

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  53. Hi, caring Meera,
    Thank you so much! In the middle of Oct, I'll have 2 nerve conduction tests. I'm confident. Whatever the result will be I have a wonderful life and brillant friends like you! So what's more?
    Cheers,Sadami

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  54. Hi Sadami,

    I really love the painting of the interior of the hall for the Book Fair. You typically don't paint quite so dark, but this painting has such rich, deep darks - very wondeful.

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  55. Dear Wren,
    The interior of architecture is my unfamiliar subject. I'm still wondering how to handle value and colours in a simple way. I've got to look at your work and learn them all.
    Cheers,Sadami

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