Sweet Bean

If you don’t mind English subtitled foreign films, there is such a sweet Japanese movie on Netflix called “Sweet Bean”. I did live in Tokyo for 3 years many years ago and came to appreciate their culture. They are loving people who value beauty in nature, spiritual topics and the meaning of life and friendship. Their movies often reflect that and also there is some obsession in the movies with death. I recommend this movie for those dealing with any aspect of the aging process at any stage of it. It is especially for those who might sometimes ask “What was the meaning of my life?” or “Did my life mean something to others?”. The ending is especially poignant. It’s close to 2 hours long so I watched it over a period of 2 days. Here is the link:


Sweet Bean (Japanese with subtitles)



Author: Debbie Simon-14

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in practice for 30 years. I combine years of experience in medical and psychiatric settings with a little bit of humor to come up with ideas for this blog. I lived in Brooklyn and NYC most of my adult life and raised my 2 sons there. From 1989-1992 I lived as an expat in Tokyo, Japan. I moved to CT in 2010 and after 6 years here I have decided to move west to a warmer climate. My interest in "this stage of life" stems from an observation that there is a lack of research and information on this developmental stage. Since baby boomers have always set the pace for future generations, the value of our lives between 50 and 70 years of age is just starting to gain some attention. Many clients in this age group who I've worked with in recent years have experienced agism in the work place, lay offs, foreclosures of their homes and financial concerns for the future. The retirement that our parents may have enjoyed is becoming a thing of the past. My hope is that this blog might strike a chord for some who are making their way through this leg of the journey with the same resilience, positivity and grit that they got through all of life's challenges with.

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