Sunday, September 30, 2012

Puzzler Answers?

No, not yet. Check out tomorrow's BLOG. C U.

Saturday, September 29, 2012


Nope! Today is the 5th Saturday of the week and tomorrow is the Fifth Sunday so no Puzzler this time. Check back next week. Cheers.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Vocabulary

"p" words this time. If you know any cool ones put them in the comment.
1. puddle = a little water on the ground. ex: There were a couple of puddles at the park after all that rain.
2. pant = take in and let out air quickly through your mouth. ex: Jack and Jill were panting after running up the hill.
3. plunge = jump or fall suddenly into something. ex1: My sister plunged (dived) gracefully into the pool. ex2: He took the plunge and got married.
4. puzzle = something that is difficult to understand or explain (mystery) ex: His reason for quitting the team has all of us puzzled.

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Well, thank you Hiromi and Koichi from the CLUB HELLO group. They put together a nice Karaoke party on Sunday, September 23rd. The Club Hello Group had  a Karaoke party in August one Saturday night. It seems Hiromi prefers to sing during the daytime instead. So, she organized this with Koichi. This time there were 5 new members who came from the current Kenkatsu Saturday beginner's group. Two of them are in the pic with Hiromi: she is the one without head ware. The party started at 1PM. I arrived at 3PM and stayed till 6:00. M and I planned to visit the grave this day, as it was the Buddhist holiday of O-Higan, but it was raining so we postponed it. Of course the party was  a lot of fun. I sang 10 or so songs. I also tried two new ones (one by the Rolling Stones was terrible! and the other pretty good). All had a good time. I realized I should practice some more.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

USA News

I made the Friday Vocabulary BLOG yesterday. One word I used was "plunge". I checked the net and found the following cool news.

Cold enough for ya?

The Coney Island Polar Bear Club is the oldest winter bathing organization in the United States. We swim in the Atlantic Ocean at Coney Island every Sunday from November through April.
Assemble on the Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue, Coney Island.

SWIM TIME 1:00 PM SHARP, arrive early.

BRING WARM CLOTHES, SURF BOOTS OR OLD SNEAKERS,TOWELS AND DEFINITELY BRING YOUR CAMERA. The NYC Parks Department provides changing facilities on the Boardwalk at Stillwell Avenue.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012


It's September 25th, still no alcohol for me and I'm still alive! Let me tell you what I have done during this abstention (no drinking period).
  1. We took our trip to Nagasaki. Because I don't drink at all I was able to drive without getting tired or be in a rush to do some drinking. So our journey was safe and pleasant.
  2. I understood that I must stop jogging until the pain in my foot disappeared. It has, so I have begun jogging a little.
  3. I read books.
  4. I practice the violin in earnest.
  5. I study Spanish in earnest.
  6. I make HW for all my students, but especially the kids.
  7. I lost more than 10 kg.
  8. I wake up almost every day before 5AM and sleep fitfully every night.
There's more but simply put, it has been a wonderful experience. I hope to adopt a new drinking style from Jan 1. Wish me luck.

Monday, September 24, 2012

autumnal equinox

It happened again last Saturday as it always does at this time of year: The AUTUMNAL EQUINOX. What is it?
There are two equinoxes every year – in September and March – when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. Seasons are opposite on either side of the equator, so the equinox in September is also known as the "autumnal (fall) equinox" in the northern hemisphere. However, in the southern hemisphere, it's known as the "spring (vernal) equinox".
On the equinox, night and day are nearly exactly the same length – 12 hours – all over the world. This is the reason it's called an "equinox", derived from Latin, meaning "equal night". The September equinox occurs either on September 22, 23, or 24 every year.
In the northern hemisphere the September equinox marks the start of fall (autumn). Many cultures and religions celebrate or observe holidays and festivals around the September equinox

Puzzler Answers

And now it's back to Monday. Isn't it amazing how that always happens on this day? Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Puzzler Hints

Alas, the farmer has harvested his rice field. It was beautiful and I told him so just before he cut it. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

Saturday, September 22, 2012


There will be no Puzzler next week, so enjoy this one doubly, please. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Friday Vocabulary

"o" words today. "Oh"? Yes, Go!
1. obey = do what you are told or expected to do. ex: He always obeyed his parents without question.
2. okey-dokey = used to express agreement (also means OK). ex: A. Shall we go now? B. Okey-dokey.
3. omit = to not include something either deliberately or because you have forgotten it. ex1: If you are a female you can omit question 22. ex2: People were surprised that Smith was omitted from the team.
4. owe = to have to pay for something that you have already received OR return money that you have borrowed. ex: She still owes her father 300,000en. ex2: I owe him a favor (because he did a favor for me).

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Kevin Part 3

SO, Kevin stayed one night at our house. The next morning he and I watched American Football on TV. It was a live broadcast. However, not just any was the Detroit Lions Game! That is our hometown. It is a small miracle that all this was happening. Unfortunately "we" lost the game but we had lots of high fives and cheering when our team did something good. He also explained to me about "Fantasy Football." It is the rage (very popular) among most football fans in the US. Then we had lunch and took a bike ride for two hours around the neighborhood. (I invited him to go to the nearby "On-sen" but he declined.) We biked to Arakawa, saw a couple of softball games, a basketball game at hte Kawataya elementary school gym and lots of houses and rice fields. Back home and I took him by car to the station. Finally we said good-bye there at 5PM. The pic is of Kevin eating his first Japanese style breakfast of NATTO, rice and soup. He said it was delicious.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Kevin Part 2

My nephew, Kevin, the marine, was scheduled to fly back to Okinawa Saturday. However his flight was cancelled due to the typhoon down there. So, we invited him to go to Yamanashi prefecture to visit the "ShadowGraph Museum" with us. We told him to go by train to Hachioji where we would pick him up. He did, but we were caught in a huge traffic jam on the KenOu highway. So, we asked him to go to Koufu by train. He did and we finally met there for lunch and then a drive to the SHADOWGRAPH museum. The museum was fantastic! We all enjoyed it. Then we drove home. It took 5 hours in a huge traffic jam. But Kevin and I talked and talked all the time. Then to Shoya for a late dinner and drinks. Then back to our house to play Dai Hin Min till 2AM. Finally to sleep.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Respect for the Aged Day (keiro no hi)

Yesterday was Respect for the Aged Day. It is a Japanese holiday celebrated annually to honor elderly citizens. A national holiday since 1966, this was previously held on September 15. Beginning in 2003, Respect for the Aged Day is held on the third Monday of September due to the Happy Monday System.
This national holiday traces its origins to 1947, when Nomadani-mura (later Yachiyo-cho, currently Taka-cho), Hyōgo Prefecture proclaimed September 15 Old Folks' Day (Toshiyori no Hi). Its popularity spread nationwide, and in 1966 it took its present name and status. Annually, Japanese media take the opportunity to feature the elderly, reporting on the population and highlighting the oldest people in the country. The pic, Japan's oldest person, a man, is 114-year-old Jirouemon Kimura, who was born April 19, 1897.
ALSO Puzzler translation answer from yesterday: We had a lot of rain in the summer this year.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Puzzler Answers

It's still a holiday for me so, SORRY, no blog today. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Puzzler Hints

The pic is the rice field. I do declare, it is almost PERFECT! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


The weekend. Yeah! Plus Monday is a day off. Double Yeah! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.