Monday, September 30, 2013

Puzzler Answers

A quiet weekend with Sports Day Festivals everywhere. I have two more days before I can drink. BUT will I?  Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.
Saturday
1. Early RINRI Morning Seminar. I make a 3 minute speech...no one understands!
2. To school.  Only two lessons as 10 kids are absent for Sports Day.
3. Violin practice.
4. Nap as I woke up at 2:30AM.
5. Visit the grave with M and Yumiko.
6. Discuss business with M at the school.
7. Dinner and drinks (not me) at Shoya.
Sunday
1. Jog early.
2. Blog from home as I watch football video recording from Thursday.
3. Violin practice at school.
4. Power Point work.
5. Bridge at Kenkatsu.
6. Home to review bridge and relax.
Tomorrow is my last day of non-drinking. BUT! I will abstain again for October. I feel I have to do it. Wish me luck.
Discussion

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Puzzler Hints

I have to work tomorrow. Oh well...Let's do it! CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for September: have to+動詞の原形 ( has to, had to) 「~しなければいけない」、という意味になります。 「本当はしたくないけれどしょうがない」、というニュアンスです。
1. I have to get up at 5 every morning. 私は毎朝5時に起きなければいけない。
2. My father has to take 10 different medicines a day. 父は一日に10種類の薬を飲まなければいけない。
3. I had to go home on foot. 私は家まで歩かなければいけなかった。
4. My friend had to pay 10000 yen as a fine. 友人は罰金として一万円払わなければいけなかった。
「しょうがないけど~しなくちゃ」、日常にたくさんありますよね? have to~, 使ってみましょう!
This AM at 6:30

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Puzzler

Huh? No holiday this week? Looks like I have to work. Let's go! CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for September: have to+動詞の原形 ( has to, had to) 「~しなければいけない」、という意味になります。 「本当はしたくないけれどしょうがない」、というニュアンスです。
1. I have to get up at 5 every morning. 私は毎朝5時に起きなければいけない。
2. My father has to take 10 different medicines a day. 父は一日に10種類の薬を飲まなければいけない。
3. I had to go home on foot. 私は家まで歩かなければいけなかった。
4. My friend had to pay 10000 yen as a fine. 友人は罰金として一万円払わなければいけなかった。
「しょうがないけど~しなくちゃ」、日常にたくさんありますよね? have to~, 使ってみましょう!
And now the end is near...

Friday, September 27, 2013

O-Sumo Part 2


I was never bored the  entire time I was there. The action was continuous. The people kept coming and the stands filled up little by little. Miwako, Yumiko and Rina arrived at 2:30. I already finished my lunch. (The food and drinks were all included with the seats,) Of course I am on the wagon and Miwako drove there so no alcohol for us. Also, they had a cool event. Miwako checked the Internet the day before an found it out. If you wear a kimono or yukata or even a jinbe to the site you can get a gift. I brought my jinbe and at 12:30 I put it on and lined up to get my present. It is a small cloth. That was cool. Afterwards we went to the Takadagawa stable for dinner. More on that next week.
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

O-sumo Part 1

My daughter Rina works at a company called LIBERA. They have season tickets to Sumo in Tokyo, They have "box seats". It's an area with four cushions and 4 people can sit . It is a little cramped if you ask me, but our seats were rather close to the action in the Douhyou. I arrived at 8AM when there were hardly any fans; maybe 50 people in all. It was interesting to watch the progression of the wrestlers and the staff. In the beginning all were rookies. The wrestlers were skinny high school kids and some were really fat. Little by little they began to have stronger and more athletic bodies. The referees changed, too. Their "uniforms" were more professional. I was there from beginning to end. That is from 8AM to 6PM. It was great. More tomorrow,

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

O-koto show

Three weeks ago, out of the blue, my good old ex-student friend, Toshiko (the one in my arms) called and invited me to a O-koto concert in Omiya on Sunday. I had the day free so I decided to go. Besides, the ticket was free and I had never seen a Koto concert. We met at Omiya station and then met her two girlfriends. We had lunch at a soba shop and then by taxi to the Omiya Ctitzens Hall. (I went there several times when Rina had her ballet recitals there some 15 years ago). The concert was nice. There were 3 Kotos one Shakuhachi and one Sangen. The performers are the best in Japan. They also had explanations about each instrument with an English translation, It was a pretty good time.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Autumnal equinox

When I arrived the place was empty
It's that time of the year again. Yes, ladies and gentlemen it's the time when the day time and the night time are equal. Let's see. There are 24 hours in one day. So, if the day time and the night time are equal then how long is each? Correct: there are twelve hours of day time and then 12 hours of night time. This had no special effect on anything. But it does mean that from now until December 22 the days will grow shorter and colder. But, that always happens in winter, right? So now. you will have to start wearing warmer clothes. And we all have to be careful not to catch cold or the flu. Please take care. It is a religious holiday here in Japan on this day and I went to see the SUMO (see pic). More on that later this week.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Puzzler Answers

I had a fantastic weekend! We will go and watch SUMO today! I'll tell you about it later this week. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.
Saturday
1. Early RINRI Morning Seminar
2. To school for violin practice and teach 3 kids lessons.
3. To the clinic for a check up for Kindergarten.
4. Back to school where M and I work on POWER POINT.
6. Violin
7
. Home to relax and watch the end of GODFATHER which I recorded last Monday.
Sunday
1. Jog early.
2. To school for violin practice.
3. Power Point Computer work.
4. Go to O-koto concert in Omiya with good, old friend Toshiko.
5. Violin again 30 minutes (metronome)
6. Home to BLOG.
7. Relax with family and TV.
Last night at 5:30PM

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Puzzler Hints

I will go to see a special O-Koto concert with Toshiko-san. I don't have to go ... I want to go!
CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for September: have to+動詞の原形 ( has to, had to) 「~しなければいけない」、という意味になります。 「本当はしたくないけれどしょうがない」、というニュアンスです。
1. I have to get up at 5 every morning. 私は毎朝5時に起きなければいけない。
2. My father has to take 10 different medicines a day. 父は一日に10種類の薬を飲まなければいけない。
3. I had to go home on foot. 私は家まで歩かなければいけなかった。
4. My friend had to pay 10000 yen as a fine. 友人は罰金として一万円払わなければいけなかった。
「しょうがないけど~しなくちゃ」、日常にたくさんありますよね? have to~, 使ってみましょう!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Puzzler

Another long weekend! I am sooooo happy! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for September: have to+動詞の原形 ( has to, had to) 「~しなければいけない」、という意味になります。 「本当はしたくないけれどしょうがない」、というニュアンスです。
1. I have to get up at 5 every morning. 私は毎朝5時に起きなければいけない。
2. My father has to take 10 different medicines a day. 父は一日に10種類の薬を飲まなければいけない。
3. I had to go home on foot. 私は家まで歩かなければいけなかった。
4. My friend had to pay 10000 yen as a fine. 友人は罰金として一万円払わなければいけなかった。
「しょうがないけど~しなくちゃ」、日常にたくさんありますよね? have to~, 使ってみましょう!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Decision

And the winner is....the digital metronome. It was a tough competition. The Analog Metronome (AM) was a gift from one of my students. She didn't use it anymore. The Digital Metronome (DM) was a gift from the O-san's 13 group. It has a metronome and a tuner. I tried using the AM before several times. It was difficult. It was hard to watch it and play at the same time. I always use the tuner to make sure that I am hitting the notes properly. The DM is compact so I can set it on the stand in front of me. I can see the tuner and metronome at the same time. Very convenient. Of course I have to practice more and more and more and more and more and more and more. But I am sure that I will become a better violin player some day. In the meantime Miwako will use the AM for her piano practice. Thank you AM very much.


Rice field 6AM Wednesday

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Karaoke

To follow up on yesterday's BLOG after dinner seven of us (six students and me) went to a Karaoke place. The restaurant and this Karaoke place are both on the east side of Omiya station. I came by car as I wasn't drinking and I was expecting lots of rain as a typhoon was approaching. I parked at Sogo. It was only 600yen for 5 hours. But I had to leave before 10:30. That is when they close the parking for the night. Of course the singing was lots of fun. I have a list of songs that I sing. Before, I used to spend a lot of time searching for songs. Recently I have practiced different songs to see which ones I can sing. One student told me that my singing has improved since I started violin lessons. Happy!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Dinner Party

The Kenkatsuku Adult lessons ended last Saturday. There were two classes. The first was for beginners and the second was for advanced students. The beginners are not confident with their English. The advanced group really wants to study more. Both classes are a challenge for me. I have to prepare differently for both lessons. However all the students are interesting and some are really cool. The advanced group has a number of students who have been together for a while. After the final lesson they took me out to a delicious dinner in Omiya. I am on the wagon this month so I had to pass on all the alcohol. It looked so delicious. But the food and company was great. Thank you all very much!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Higashi Kindergarten

At the Tuesday Kindergarten lessons I began by teaching the ABCs. All the letters are on charts that hang on the wall. At these lessons we put them up with magnets. In this way they can be taken down and put away until the next lesson. Many kids challenged reading the alphabet from Z to A. They line up and one by one try reading them. Most kids succeed. While they were doing that I told the others to practice writing their names in their notebooks and then write the names of their classmates (friends) in their notebooks. Of course in English. (The teachers wrote their names on the first page of the notebooks). They enjoyed that a lot. It took about 20 minutes until the end of the lesson. They don't have to do it, but they really enjoyed it.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Puzzler Answers

Cool and wet and then not wet and muggy weekend. Go figure. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

Saturday
1. RINRI
2. To school to do quick violin practice and then 3 kids lessons.
3. To Kenkatsu to teach the final two adult lessons for his short course.
4. Go to Omiya for dinner and Karaoke with eight members of the second adult group. Some FUN!
Sunday
1. Up 5:30 AM. Cannot jog because of rain.
2. Weekly Spanish review.
3. To school to practice violin.
4. Bring Miwako to school to assist me with violin practice using the metronome.
5. Weather clears-go jogging.
6. Practice bridge at home with Miwako.
7. Watch a movie on TV.
Nice relaxing day off.
Sunday PM

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Puzzler Hints

Still "dry". I feel prett darn good! CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for September: have to+動詞の原形 ( has to, had to) 「~しなければいけない」、という意味になります。 「本当はしたくないけれどしょうがない」、というニュアンスです。
1. I have to get up at 5 every morning. 私は毎朝5時に起きなければいけない。
2. My father has to take 10 different medicines a day. 父は一日に10種類の薬を飲まなければいけない。
3. I had to go home on foot. 私は家まで歩かなければいけなかった。
4. My friend had to pay 10000 yen as a fine. 友人は罰金として一万円払わなければいけなかった。
「しょうがないけど~しなくちゃ」、日常にたくさんありますよね? have to~, 使ってみましょう!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Puzzler

A long weekend. I have a busy Saturday, all day free Sunday and then bridge competition on Monday. Wish us luck! Puzzler:  CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for September: have to+動詞の原形 ( has to, had to) 「~しなければいけない」、という意味になります。 「本当はしたくないけれどしょうがない」、というニュアンスです。
1. I have to get up at 5 every morning. 私は毎朝5時に起きなければいけない。
2. My father has to take 10 different medicines a day. 父は一日に10種類の薬を飲まなければいけない。
3. I had to go home on foot. 私は家まで歩かなければいけなかった。
4. My friend had to pay 10000 yen as a fine. 友人は罰金として一万円払わなければいけなかった。
「しょうがないけど~しなくちゃ」、日常にたくさんありますよね? have to~, 使ってみましょう!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Metronome 2


actually I have two metronomes. One is the kind you saw in yesterday's BLOG. It is analog. It has a wind up key. And it has another key to set the tempo. Of course the arm swings back and forth and rings (chimes) to keep beat. I also have a digital metronome. It works the same way as the old one but but it displays numbers and keeps time electronically. I got this a s a present from the O-san's 13 group when I first started studying the violin. Thank you all again! I use it to practice hitting the correct noes. But I can also use it with earphones. I hope this will help me learn to keep beat. I have to try harder as this is rather challenging. We say in English "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." I hope that is not the case.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Metronome

I have to use the metronome in order to improve my violin playing. I thought that I could learn to play the violin without it, but, alas, it is not so. One of my many problems when I practice the violin is timing. I don't bow (use the bow) long enough. That means my bowing is too short or too quick. One of my students gave me this metronome last year when I first started to learn. I tried it once and immediately put it away. I then tried it a again about six months ago. "No thanks" was my reaction. However I know that I must learn how to use it. It is very difficult for me. I still haven't learn the notes! But I have to keep trying. But look a the picture. Doesn't it look like an enemy instead of a friend? I'm sure we will get along.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

2020 Olympics

The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXXII Olympiad. is scheduled to be held from 24 July – 9 August 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo was announced as the host city at the 125th IOC Session in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 7 September 2013. Tokyo was also the location of the 1964 Summer Olympics.
The IOC voted to select the host city of the 2020 Summer Olympics on 7 September 2013. An exclusive system was used. No city won over 50% of the votes in the first round. Madrid and Istanbul were tied for second place. A run-off vote between these two cities was held to determine which would be eliminated. In the final vote, a head-to-head contest between Tokyo and Istanbul, Tokyo was selected by 60 votes to 36.
2020 Summer Olympics Host City Election
City
NOC Name
Round 1
Runoff
Round 2
Tokyo
 Japan
42
60
Istanbul
 Turkey
26
49
36
Madrid
 Spain
26
45

Congratulations JAPAN!

 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

"New" RINRI

The RINRI year starts from September 1st. Our new President is a previous one. That means that he as been the president before. He is 51 years old. He's a pretty funny, happy guy. Please notice in the picture the family on the right. The girl is ten years old. She has come to every morning seminar with her father for two months. Our group, the Okegawa RINRI Houjinkai, is in a  bind. That is, we have a big challenge in front of us. We have 55 members currently (right now). Before September of next year we have to have 85 members. If we don't, we will have combine with another, existing Houjinaki. We would like to keep our independence. We would like to keep our identity. It will be difficult but I am sure that if we all try together we will succeed. Won't you  join us?

Monday, September 9, 2013

Puzzler Answers

The weekend was relaxing. Our Rinri meeting now starts at 6AM instead 6:30. That was different. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.
Saturday
1. RINRI meet at 6AM.
2. Hurry to school to update BLOGs and Puzzler.
3. Teach kids 9 to noon.
4. Udon lunch at Seigetsu.
5. Teach two adult lesson at Kenkatsu. The first group plays "Who has the...?" All enjoy.
6. Violin practice 30 minutes.
7. Go to Azumakura (Bunraku) in Ageo. I drive as I am on the wagon.
8. Sleep early.
Sunday
1. Up early and fresh as a daisy.
2. Jog.
3. Weekly Spanish review.
4. Violin pracitce.
5. BLOG.
6. Teach special lesson to ex-student Kouki.
7. Bridge with Miwako.
8. Bridge review at Kurumaya.
9. Watch replay of Japanese 2020 Olympic presentation. Impressive!
9. Sleep early. Yawn.

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Puzzler Hints

M and I have a bridge lesson today. We have studied hard. I hope our efforts bear fruit. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for September: have to+動詞の原形 ( has to, had to) 「~しなければいけない」、という意味になります。 「本当はしたくないけれどしょうがない」、というニュアンスです。
1. I have to get up at 5 every morning. 私は毎朝5時に起きなければいけない。
2. My father has to take 10 different medicines a day. 父は一日に10種類の薬を飲まなければいけない。
3. I had to go home on foot. 私は家まで歩かなければいけなかった。
4. My friend had to pay 10000 yen as a fine. 友人は罰金として一万円払わなければいけなかった。
「しょうがないけど~しなくちゃ」、日常にたくさんありますよね? have to~, 使ってみましょう!

This morning at 7:30AM


Saturday, September 7, 2013

Puzzler

Here she comes...Saturday and Sunday. We have a new Home Project for you. Check it out below. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for September: have to+動詞の原形 ( has to, had to) 「~しなければいけない」、という意味になります。 「本当はしたくないけれどしょうがない」、というニュアンスです。
1. I have to get up at 5 every morning. 私は毎朝5時に起きなければいけない。
2. My father has to take 10 different medicines a day. 父は一日に10種類の薬を飲まなければいけない。
3. I had to go home on foot. 私は家まで歩かなければいけなかった。
4. My friend had to pay 10000 yen as a fine. 友人は罰金として一万円払わなければいけなかった。
「しょうがないけど~しなくちゃ」、日常にたくさんありますよね? have to~, 使ってみましょう!

 8 AM this mornin


Friday, September 6, 2013

Lessons from Les M

Victor Hugo
Victor Hugo was French. He was a true patriot. During his lifetime France became the most influential country in the Europe. Starting with the French revolution in 1789, France showed the world (especially in Europe) that monarchies, Kings and Queens and Royal families were bad governments. They created poverty and only wanted things for themselves. After the French revolution came Napoleon's Empire. This brought fame and pride to France but again his rule was not in the interest of the people. He was an Emperor. Victor Hugo wrote about man's rights in this novel. He also told of the glory and charm of Paris. He said "France is the center of the world". I always thought that America and it's revolution against Britain (1776) was the symbol of freedom for the world. After reading this book, I see that France led the way for human rights by overthrowing it's monarchy and forming a republic. This is a government for the people and by the people.
Liberté, égalité, fraternité, French for "Liberty, equality, fraternity (brotherhood)", is the national motto of France.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Le Miserables...Finished!

Cossette
I started reading Victor Hugo's Les Miserables July 15th, Marine Day. My plan was to finish before September and I DID IT! I finished August 30th, one day ahead of schedule. I had to put it in my plans almost every day. You know that it's 1200 pages, don't you?
 The story is about:
1. Freedom = human rights.
2. God and man.
3. Parental love.
4. Love
5. Education = freedom.
6. Revolution/rebellion
The translation was very good as the conversations were simple. The story was easy to follow as there were not too many characters. Very simply I had to read it every chance I had. I will speak more on this book tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Cool Hand Luke

Show time coming soon.
VACANT
I had Sunday free. I planned to relax at home and school. But, Miwako found a movie playing in Shinjuku/Harajuku area. The movie is Cool Hand Luke. It stars Paul Newman. He is one of my favorite actors. (My other favorite actor is Gene Hackman.) The movie was shown at VACANT. It specializes in movies and movie memorabilia. You don't know this place, do you? There were about 70 or 80 guests to watch the movie on a big screen. The chairs were very uncomfortable. No popcorn, no drinks. Afterwards a TV personality from England talked about his favorite movies. That was so boring that we left soon to have coffee and cake at a nearby cafe. The movie was great!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

RINRI finale



Chairperson Mariko is center
 I was the co-chairperson of the RINRI Morning Seminar committee. The chairperson is Mariko. She is a real good person and a hard worker. So is the other co-chairperson. As usual I do a minimum amount of work. The rest of the members work very hard. Most enjoy doing it. For the final meeting last Saturday we met in Kawagoe at ESPOARA near the Isa-numa. M took me by car. There was a dinner and drinks. All members made speeches in turn telling about their experience for this past year as a committee member. 15 people attended this party. There are however 35 members. The food was good and there was plenty of beer and Shochu. At the end there were a couple of games, a quiz and then everyone received gifts such as coupons for rice, fruits and vegetables. It was cool. Next year I will be a member of a different committee. Good luck, MS committee.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Puzzler Answers

A new day, a new week, a new month begins. You're ready, aren't you? Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

My weekend
Saturday
1. Jog early so I am almost late for RINRI.
2. RINRI meeting is good.
3. Game Day at my school so easy teaching.
4. Kenkatsu adult classes go well.
5. Final meeting (dinner party) for RINRI Morning Seminar group.
6. Back home to drink with M as I will go on the wagon in September.
Sunday
1. Up slowly so NO JOG.
2. Violin practice at school.
3. Drive to Shinjuku/Harajuku with M.
4. Have pasta at a small restaurant.
5. See the movie COOL HAND LUKE at VACANT. (See Wednesday blog)
6. Coffe and cake at a small cafe in Harajuku.
7. M drives home.
8. Practice bridge.

Nice weekend.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Puzzler Hints

It's September. This month's challenge? No alcohol. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for August:  付加疑問文tag questions

軽い確認、念を押す時、同意を求める時に使います。
(否定文も付加疑問文にできます)

肯定文には否定の疑問文をつけて、「 ~ですよね?」
否定文には普通の疑問文をつけて、「~ではないですよね?」
主語は代名詞に変えます。

1. You like sushi, don’t you?  寿司はお好きですよね?
2. She will be twenty next month, won’t she?  彼女は来月20歳になるんですよね?
3. George can’t drive, can he? ジョージは運転できないんだよね?
4. These grapes aren’t sweet, are they?  このぶどう甘くないよね?

会話の時にちょっと使ってみませんか?
Good luck 
This AM at 9:30