Friday, January 18, 2019

Emperor's Speech

I went to hear the Birthday speech by Japanese Emperor Akihito on December 2rd. I couldn't get in. Even though I waited two hours I arrived too late. So, I made a plan to go see His New Year's address on January 2nd. I left Okegawa at 6:54. I arrived Tokyo station about 7:45. Me and hundreds (maybe thousands) of others rushed towards the Palace grounds. But, we were all halted at the traffic signal at Hibiya Douri. Why? Because the Eki Den race started at 8AM and the runners passed right in front of us! Cool! Then we all crossed the street and made our way (walked to) the Palace. I waited a total of 2 hours. I went through the bag check and the body check. I was in row 7. It seemed far away.  But, we were allowed to enter and so was row 8. I was really happy. We all waited about 10 more minutes for the Emperor and Empress to make their appearance. Then they did! There were two hug monitors so all could see. Everyone was taking pics and videos. It lasted about 20 minutes. Then many of us walked through the Palace grounds to the most northern Gate. That was cool as it is rare to enter the grounds. You should definitely do this once. (Pic. Inside the grounds during the greeting. Can you see the Emperor?)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

UmiHotaru

Umi-hotaru is a nickname of a rest area on the Tokyo Bay Aqua-line, an expressway connecting between Kawasaki City in Kanagawa Prefecture and Kisarazu City in Chiba Prefecture. It is built across Tokyo Bay. The length is 14 kilometers. The west side ( Kawasaki side) is 9.6 km undersea tunnel. The east side (Kisarazu side) is 4.4 km bridge. And there is the Umi-hotaru rest area at the bridge-tunnel crossover point. It has restaurants, shops and amusement facilities. 
I heard about this from a couple of students. I have wanted to go there for a while. When we stayed in Tokyo December 31st and January 1st, we had our chance. After breakfast at the hotel, three of us headed to the tunnel. That is when I fell asleep in the back seat. When I woke up we were at the rest area. It was pretty cool. There were lots of cars coming from Chiba...many more than coming from Tokyo. We had lunch a the food court. We didn't shop though. The toilets were C-L-E-A-N! And the views were magnificent. If you ever get hte chance I recommend that you take the time to visit Umi-hotaru.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Movies by Ayako

I had two free movie tickets so I decided to see "A star is Born" on December 26th. It's leading role is played by singer Lady Gaga. I went to her concert once. I am a little interested in her, and her movie was nominated for 5 Golden Globe Awards. I was expecting a lot. But, it was not that good. The other movie I saw was "Bohemian Rhapsody". This is my third time, so I found a small point that really impressed me. Freddie was wearing the underwear of Japanese Kimono in his room. He was wearing womans' "NagaJuban". There was also a "Uchikake" kimono that you wear at weddings hanging on the wall of his room. There was also a "Ofuda" on the entrance of his house and "Ginkaku..." was written on it. I was very happy that this movie incorporated Japanese culture in it. I have never been to their concert. However, the last 21 minutes is the best part of he movie. It was the largest Music event of the 20th century. It was a satisfying concert no matter how many times I see it. Did you know that Gaga's name comes from Queen's song "Radio Gaga"? Yesterday the Golden Globe winners were announced. Bohemian Rhapsody got the best movie award. The man who played Freddie got the leading actor award. Lady Gaga got the theme song award. It was very cool to see these awards and movies.   

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Coming of Age Day

There was the celebration of Coming of Age here in Japan yesterday, January 14th. Here is the info from Wikipedia:
Every year on the second Monday of January, The Japanese celebrate Coming of Age Day. or Seijin no Hi. Sometimes called 'Aduolts Day', this holiday is all about welcoming the country's youth into adulthood. It's an important rite of passage for all young Japanese and can trace its roots back hundreds of years. Coming of Age Day welcomes new adults into society. In Japan, youth are officially considered adults at the age or 20. As an adult, they are now allowed to drink, drive, smoke and gamble legally. The legal voting age, however, was lowered to 18 in 2015.
I was off all day yesterday. In the past I went to Super Arena in Omiya to see the new young adults and take pics and enjoy the atmosphere. I considered doing that again this year, but I did not do it. I took a trip to Tokyo on Sunday and then to the gym. So, I was a bit pooped (tired). Instead, I did gardening, watched football on TV, cleaned around the house and just relaxed. How about you? Did you see any Seijins?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Puzzler Answers

It's a holiday today. We are in Atami. I hope the weather is nice for us and all those SeiJins. 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.


               


































FLASH                 ZOO/ON               SHINED/ICY            UNDER

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Puzzler Hints

That's Hibiya Park. But, you knew that, did you not? Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

今月のHPは、contractions 
英語では、contractionsつまり、短縮形が使われます。( do notを、dontにするなど)
二つの単語を、apostropheという省略符号である「 ‘ 」を使い省略することができます。
今月のHPでは、それらの短縮形を使わない形で、英語を使ってみましょう。
1. I cannot (can't) hear you.
2. We did not (didn't) go there last summer.
3. It is not (isn't) hot today.
Gottit? Good.
これらの練習は、少し難しいかも知られませんが、頑張ってください。

This is also Hibiya Park. It's a nice and cozy park.


Saturday, January 12, 2019

Puzzler

You tried to make some sentences sans (without) contractions, did you not? Well, do not give up. the Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

今月のHPは、contractions 
英語では、contractionsつまり、短縮形が使われます。( do notを、dontにするなど)
二つの単語を、apostropheという省略符号である「 ‘ 」を使い省略することができます。
今月のHPでは、それらの短縮形を使わない形で、英語を使ってみましょう。
1. I cannot (can't) hear you.
2. We did not (didn't) go there last summer.
3. It is not (isn't) hot today.
Gottit? Good.
これらの練習は、少し難しいかも知られませんが、頑張ってください。


Do you know this park? Answer tomorrow.