Friday, September 20, 2019

Adventure Part 3

So, I returned North. My second mistake was that I thought the next god statue was at a park. I had circled the place on my map. Unfortunately for me, this god was at the station not at the park. It is the HigashiOjima station on the Teio Shinjuku line. I asked one lady walking her dog where the god was. She told me that it was in front of the staitn. However there are three entrances to the station. I drove to one. There was no god. I asked one mom and she told me how to get to the god. I followed her instructions and found it. Then I headed for the final god. This is the northern god in front of Suido station. Of course I drove to the wrong entrance. I asked directions again and finally found it. Whew! I took my pictures then headed home. Again I checked my maps. I had a good idea, but just in case I checked the compass in the phone. It said I was heading west. That was good. I  was now driving in Tokyo proper. I recognized some names and bridges and areas. I followed some cars and then I saw a sign for KUDANSHITA. OMG! I think I know that. I made two lefts and followed my instincts. Perfect. I was right in front of Tokyo station. This was great as I wanted to buy some books at Maruzen. Success. (Continued next Tuesday).

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Adventure Part 2

It was Sunday, September 31st. My adventure began at 6:50am. That was the time I left my school for Tokyo. I had all my maps and notes in the car. My objective (goal) was to find a photograph the three other gods that protect Koto-ku. They are located in the north, east and south. I already met the one in the west at Toyosu station the week before. My plan was to not use the hi-way. I would go to old Edo by Route 17 and return by Route 254 to Kawagoe and then home. Why? Several times during trips to Tokyo I saw the road signs that said Rout 17 here and there. I also once walked Route 254 to Korakuen. I looked at my maps. It showed that 17 ends at 254 and then picks up again later. Then 17 makes three lefts and then right turns in the heart of Tokyo. This wold take me to Route 14 where the treasures lay. So, I started with route 17. And all went as planned. However it worked so well that I went straight to the southern god in Wakasu campsite first. Oh well. But, I was so happy to see it from the car. I parked, got out and took its picture. Then returned north to the god in the east. Then my second mistake happened. (continued tomorrow)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Adventure Part 1

I left PLANETS TOKYO fun house before noon. My next plan was to have lunch in Tokyo. I decided to walk from ShinToyosu to Toyosu station and get the subway. When I arrived at Toyosu station. I happened upon (found by chance) a statue or, a monument of sorts. It was pretty cool so I took a couple of pics. There was also a placard explaining what it was. I didn't understand the meaning so I photographed it, too. I showed it to one student. She explained that there are four such statues in Koto-ku, Tokyo. They are Chinese gods that protect from the four directions, namely, north, east, south and west. We looked at a map of Tokyo. She searched the Internet for the locations of the statues. We found them and then circled them on my map. With that, my next Tokyo adventure was set. I decided to go and find these three statues on the following Sunday. I also decided to go by car. I also decided not to use the highway. I also decided not to use my car navi or smart phone to assist (aid, help) me. I would use my maps and good sense(?). It was a bold plan. "Boys be ambitious!" 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Shakespeare

I've decided to study Shakespeare. By that, I mean read some of his plays and see the movies. I don't really know much about his works except that they are difficult to understand and read. And many people really love his works. So, I want to make the effort here in my old age. During one of my visit to Tokyo I was at the station. I wanted to go to Kinokuniya bookstore to make my book purchases. The info lady informed me that that book store is in Shinjuku and she directed me to Maruzen. (oops) Once there I was mesmerized (completely wowed) by all the books. I bought Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Alice in Wonderland. Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy. I read the introduction and of course learned many things about The Bard and the times in which he lived. They also wrote about the theaters at that time. The book explains the meanings of many words and facts about the story and his English. That is very helpful. It is not a long play (which is why I chose it) so I actually read it twice. Then I ordered a set of five DVDs which includes this play. I want to see how it looks on stage. I can't wait to watch it. 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Puzzler Answers

It's Senior Citizen's Day today. That's me! Congratualtpoins all you oldies, but goodies. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

以下はスーパースクラブルパズルです。よく見ると、4つの空白のタイルが見つかります。 空白のタイルとは、何も書かれていないタイルのことです。それら空白のタイルは、ある単語の一部です。空白のタイルに、どの文字があてはまるかを考えてください。おわかりですか?答えは、ページを下にスクロールして下さい。GOOD LUCK

Below is a Super Scrabble Puzzle. If you search carefully you will find four blank tiles on it. BLANK means that nothing is written on it. But, they are part of the word. Try to determine what letter the BLANK tiles are. After you have your guess you can scroll down the page to find the answers. As always, GOOD LUCK.





































BORN/OR                      BEGUILE                 SPASM                   IVORY           

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Puzzler Hints

I'm reading a book called '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' by Jules Verne. It's pretty cool. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

September Home Project
今月のHome Projectは、「 UP」 です。

UP UP UP!
Get up, wake up , pick up, look up, mix up, get up, close up, back up, clean up, break up, blow up, dress up, hard up, call up, fix up, give up, hang up, hard up, zip up, lock up, pull up, rise up, turn up, warm up.......level up your skills and use these in conversations and in your stories this month.
今月は、これらの、up,  up,などの単語を使って会話をしたり、話の中に取り入れて文章を作ってみましょう! Good luck!



Saturday, September 14, 2019

Puzzler

Well, this isi nice.There is a hoiliday this ocming Monday. I have no plabns, but I think a rup to Tokyo is in order. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

September Home Project
今月のHome Projectは、「 UP」 です。

UP UP UP!
Get up, wake up , pick up, look up, mix up, get up, close up, back up, clean up, break up, blow up, dress up, hard up, call up, fix up, give up, hang up, hard up, zip up, lock up, pull up, rise up, turn up, warm up.......level up your skills and use these in conversations and in your stories this month.
今月は、これらの、up,  up,などの単語を使って会話をしたり、話の中に取り入れて文章を作ってみましょう! Good luck!

Where's Rick?