Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Shibuya Scramble Square

The Shibuya Scramble Square opened November 1st, 2019. It is 230 meters high with 47 stories. I went there last Sunday. It was a beautiful day. There were blue skies and not much wind. I took the train to Omiya, transferred to the Saikyou line and arrived Shibuya 11:30AM. It took a few minutes ot locate (find) the building. I went to the top. It cost \2,000 for adults with no senior discount (Boo!). I got the next elevator up. It was quick. The roof (47th floor) was not crowded at all. But, the views were magnificent! I borrowed a device that shows the locations around Tokyo and outlying areas. Unfortunately, the words on the screen were very small. I returned it then walked around. I was up there for over an hour. It was excellent! There are places to relax and every location is a good photo shoot. Of course you can see all the famous Tokyo landmarks as well as places in Kanagawa, Saitama,  Chiba and the Pacific ocean. The biggest thrill or me was a map! It is 3D with Tokyo, Japan in the center. The other countries are spread out around it. It is on the floor. There is a thick plastic plate on the top so you can stand on it. I highly recommend going up fop r a visit!

Monday, January 27, 2020

Puzzler Answers

Well, this is the final weekend of January. Time sure flies when you are having fun.
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.









































FORGET             JOSTLED/STRAW             JOUST         ASSIST

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Puzzler Hints

Last week I made a trip to Tokyo. I was up high on the Shibuya Scramble Square. What shall I do this day? Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

2020 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 and conversations.
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!

Shibuya Scramble Square


Saturday, January 25, 2020

Puzzler

How is your 2020 coming along? Mine is going swimmingly! That means all is smooooooooooooooooooth! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

2020 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!

View from the top of SSS

Friday, January 24, 2020

Coming of Age Day

Coming of Age Day Japan. According to wikipedia:
Coming of Age Day (成人の日Seijin no Hi) is a Japanese holiday held annually on the second Monday of January. It is held in order to congratulate and encourage all those who have reached or will reach the age of maturity between April 2 of the previous year and April 1 of the current year, and to help them realize that they have become adults. Festivities include coming of age ceremonies (成人式seijin-shiki) held at local and prefectural offices, as well as after-parties among family and friends.
Well, I went to Saitama Super Arena on January 13th at 11am. Why? Because I wanted to take pictures of all these young, cool people. I have done this several times before. Of course, we have gone through this with our two daughters. Anyway, when I arrived at the station, at first I didn't see many people. But when I got to the station, WOW! Those young adults were everywhere. I looked for groups. Then I would approach them and ask "Are you Seijins?" They looked surprised then answered "Yes". Next I asked "May I take your picture?" They were more than happy (very happy) to let me take a picture. I was there less than an hour. It was a lot of fun.


Thursday, January 23, 2020

A visit to the spa

After our trip to Atami at the end of least year The three of us went to a spa. It was on our way home. It is located in Saitama. We used the Sayama Hidaka exit to get there.  It was very enjoyable. There are many things to do and everything costs money, of course. There were many kinds of baths. I tried them all. At the outdoor bath, I also relaxed on a lounge chair. There I found the moon. It was beautiful. It was just dusk and Jupiter was right next to it. I enjoyed that scene for a good 15 minutes. After some more baths (I didn't use the sauna this time) I changed to my Gamban Yoku uniform. Do you know Gamban Yoku? I don't really like it. But, I tried it. This was my second time. It was pretty good this time. You lie on a floor in a hot room and sweat. They told me it was medicinal (good for your health). Then I signed up for a massage. This was the highlight of my time there. I had two muscle aches at that time. One was in my left shoulder and the other was in my left side. I was able to get the message without waiting so that was good. The instructor was a woman. She was good but I thought a man would have used more power. But the results were good. Actually the shoulder pain was gone! I wanna try it again. 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

American football

In the USA we have a Football League. There is an American Football Conference and a National Football Conference. There are 16 teams in each Conference. So, there are a total of 32 teams. After the regular season ends, the top six teams in each conference remain to play. These are called the playoffs. On Sunday, January 5th I watched two playoff games. And Monday January 6th I watched two more playoff games. They start early in the morning. Of course, I make a recording of the games. That way I can watch them at my leisure. I watched two games the following weekend on Sunday January 12th and then on Monday January 13th. After that only four teams were left (remaining). My favorite tam was one of them. Then on Monday, January 20th I watched the final two games. Unfortunately, my team lost. But, I must say, the two best teams are left (remaining). All of the games were exciting and fun to watch. I did not watch any regular season games all year this season. But the playoffs offer the best teams, so they are usually the best games. The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers  will play in Super Bowl 53 on February 2nd in Miami, Florida. Super Bowl 1 in 1967 was held in Los Angeles, California. A ticket cost $7.50. And it was not a sellout.