I've been a subscriber to a Youtube channel run by a user named brunello1997. Like many of the channels in my subscription list, the user hails from Japan and exclusively posts videos of her(?) cat, Yukke. The cat reminds me dearly of a cat I once owned back in the late 1990's...the videos usually consist of her sitting atop high perches, staring out the window and chattering at any birds that she might see at street level.
The last video Brunello posted to the channel was on February of last year. Activity on her account ceased during about the same time the Fukushima earthquakes hit. I, and a number of other fans, were understandably worried.
Near the end of April, Brunello left an update on the channel.
■ 皆さんへ ■ (2011年4月21日(木)更新)
To dear all of you.
Hello. I am brunello1997. ^-^ Thank you very much for your very tender words as always. And, I'm sorry, I was not here, long time.
We do not suffer damage caused by the earthquake. Please don't worry. We are in the safe place.
However, unfortunately I have other problem. It is the reason why I was not able to upload a video of Yukke. I was not well-conditioned recently. And I underwent every check at a hospital. I was going to undergo a more detailed check(CT, MRI, PET, etc..) in March. However, on March 20, I was hospitalized.(I am in hospital now.) Unfortunately I have cancer. However, I am not pessimistic about it. Please don't worry.
I want to upload a video of Yukke again soon. (^-^) I wants to say, again. Thank you so much for your very brilliant tenderness. We (I and Yukke) are very happy, because all of you are very kind and tender.
I will come back here. =^-^=
Thank you very much.brunello 1997 in hospital.
That's the last activity she's had on the account in almost a year. I learned of this several months ago.
Last night, I had a dream, wherein I found myself in the middle of Japan, visiting this person's house - never going inside, because why would I be invited inside by someone that I've never spoken to, especially when I can't speak their language? In the dream, I left a gift package - I don't remember what was inside - on the doorstep, and left afterwards. I could only tell it was the right house because of Yukke appearing in the window as I approached.
It's beyond me why I'm having dreams about people I've never met, and in fact, don't even have a clue what they look or sound like. Although Brunello does speak to Yukke in her videos, it is often whispered, so I don't even have a clear picture of her voice. Perhaps it's my overactive imagination, or maybe some bizarre sort of mental link (perhaps morphogenetic fields?), but I have no idea why I've dreamed of this, of all things...and so clearly, at that.
Bleh...whatever. This post isn't supposed to be about me, anyway.
I suppose I should close here by offering a "get well" to Brunello, best wishes to her and her feline companion, and I hope things go well. I hope the fact that we haven't heard from her in almost a year isn't setting us up for bad news.