Monday, November 30, 2015

Puzzler Answers

The final month of the year starts tomorrow. How was your 2015? I will tell you about mine tomorrow. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

In the meantime, here is a Super Scrabble Puzzle for your perusal. Cool Words:

 
CURB     CREST     BRAIN     WAGE      EDGE      NAMED      UNNAMED      LAIR     JEER
 
1. There is a mistake. It s IROAMED. Of course the 'I' is NG. Can you move the "I" to another place to make a word? There are several. The answers are way down below.
2. Can you guess the BLANKS? The answers are way down below.
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New "I" words;   IT    IS   IN   JIF.
 
OVEN/BRAIN        NOSING/GROSS     ROUT/QUIET     STREAMS


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Puzzler Hints

We are back at he bridge table today in TakadaNoBaba. I feel we will be successful. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.
 
HOME PROJECT for December 2015 :   “... of us”

 人数を表す時(自分を含む場合)
 
I belong to a volleyball team.  私はバレーボールチームに所属しています。
Six of us went to Disneyland yesterday. (そのうちの)6人で昨日ディズニーランドに行きました。
Each of us has her own favorite attraction. 私たちにはそれぞれお気に入りのアトラクションがあります。
None of us like the roller coaster. 私たちの中にジェットコースターを好きな人はいません。
Of course, all of us enjoyed the trip. もちろん、私たちみんなその旅行を楽しみました。

バレーボールチームの人数が、もともと6人しかいない場合、”the six of us” と “the” をつけます。

I took a walk in Yamashita Park Monday, 7AM

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Puzzler

As Monday was a holiday, this week was one day shorter than usual. Yeah! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.
 
HOME PROJECT for December 2015 :   “... of us”

 人数を表す時(自分を含む場合)
 
I belong to a volleyball team.  私はバレーボールチームに所属しています。
Six of us went to Disneyland yesterday. (そのうちの)6人で昨日ディズニーランドに行きました。
Each of us has her own favorite attraction. 私たちにはそれぞれお気に入りのアトラクションがあります。
None of us like the roller coaster. 私たちの中にジェットコースターを好きな人はいません。
Of course, all of us enjoyed the trip. もちろん、私たちみんなその旅行を楽しみました。

バレーボールチームの人数が、もともと6人しかいない場合、”the six of us” と “the” をつけます。

As promised here are the bad results. Oh, well.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Bridge

Have you ever read the book "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens? It tells a story about the turmoil and rebellion and chaos in Paris as compared to the quiet life in England in the mid-1800s. My bridge story is similar. We played two days. The first was in Yotsuya. It was an Under150/Under50 competition. We were so smooth in the AM. We finished very far ahead of all the other players in both groups. However, we lost our momentum in the afternoon. We played a little carelessly. We did manage to get 2/14 and 1/6 at the end of the day. We were happy with these results. Then we drove to Yokohama to spend one night and go to the Bridge Center the next day. Of course we celebrated our victory. WELL! We were terrible the next day! I made a big blunder (mistake) the very first hand. It was all down hill from there. We talked at lunchtime and decided to enjoy the PM session. We did have a couple of good games then. I was quite pleased with the very last game. The opponents were some regular players we are friendly with but I consider rivals. I made a difficult choice to "double" them. That is a strong/rare challenge. And we were successful. As Shakespeare said, "All's well that ends well".
These are the excellent results Sunday. You can see the terrible results tomorrow.
 

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving, USA

Thanksgiving Day is a national Holiday in America. It is always the fourth Thursday in November. The next day, Friday is also a day off. That makes a four-day weekend. People travel around the country, mostly by car, to meet with family and friends. This is very similar to the Japanese O-Bon holiday. Back in Michigan when I was young we would celebrate. This holiday is not religious so we don't go to church. My mother was the first one to get up. She would start cooking. There was always a turkey. It would bake for 4 or 5 hours in our kitchen oven. She would also make an apple pie and a pumpkin pie. (I preferred apple. My brother chose pumpkin.) She also made a salad, mashed potatoes and gravy form the turkey juices. When we got older it was the same meal but my brother and sister were married so when we all gathered my mom cooked with the other ladies and the guys would watch football on TV. After the big meal we would have ice cream. (I chose vanilla. My brother preferred chocolate.) Then 6 or 7 or 8 of us would sit around the kitchen table and play cards. We didn't play bridge, but it was a lot of fun.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Crow: by Misao

Everybody, what image of a crow do you have? Is he spiteful, foolish, scatterbrain or clever? Let me tell you my two stories about the crow.
    First. One fine day my two grandsons and I were playing with toy blocks in a room. A crow began crying slowly outside. I heard: Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah. My elder grandson heard: Ka-Ka-Ka-Ka. My younger grandson heard: Ha-Ha-Ha-Ha. I found that interesting. What do you hear when the crow cries?
I have heard that crows are ominous birds because of  their color and cry. However as I listened to the crow, I felt a peaceful atmosphere rather than an ominous mood. Suddenly the alarm of the railroad crossing began to ring: Kan-Kan-Kan-Kan. To my surprise, two crows also began to cry: Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah. Also, it was exactly in the same beat of 4/4:Kan-Kan-Kan-Kan-Ah-Ah-Ah-Ah. They also cried at 2/4 time: Kan-Kan-Kan-Kan-Ah----Ah----. Their unusual behaviour intrigued (interested) me. Were they enjoying their chorus with the alarm? Were they challenging the alarm?
    Second.My husband and I went to Vancouver in Canada five years ago. When we were walking in Stanley Park near the bay, we saw a crow flying above the esplanade by the sea. He held something in his beak. He dropped it on the esplanade. He tried to jump with the "something" many times but he dropped it each time. I thought as I watched his actions that he couldn't fly because of the big something. I thought how foolish he was! But, the next moment to my surprise, he got some food out of the something. I realized the something was a shell, and that he was trying to crack it open. The crow ate the shellfish and flew away. "Who was foolish?" "It was me!"

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Labor Thanksgiving Day

Yesterday was a holiday in Japan. It was Labor Thanksgiving Day. Here is info from Wikipedia:
  1. On this day, people are encouraged to give thanks for their employment and the prosperity that their working brings to their families. It is also a day to pay respects to civil servants, It is common for Elementary Schools to make “Thank You” cards for local hospitals, fire stations or Police boxes. HOWEVER, some people believe the true origins of the holiday go back much further to the 8th century.
  2. It was a day of thanksgiving. But it was originally intended to give thanks to the seasonal cereals that were harvested before the onset of the bitter cold winter. Through the cold seasons, people were reliant on rice, grain, millet and dried beans, so their showing thanks to the foods that kept them alive seems like a sensible idea.
  3. The holiday was formally known as Niiname Sai and the Emperor himself would dedicate the foods to the gods, and he would be the first in the country to taste the new rice harvest. Following the war and the removal of the Emperor’s family acting as head of state, this tradition was banned and the focus of the holiday was shifted.
How about you? Were you thankful?
 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Puzzler Answers

We woke up in Yokohama and are playing in an Under50 competition today. We are expecting good results but you never know. Puzzle Answers: CLICK HERE.

And here is a Super Scrabble Puzzle for your perusal. Cool Words:

POUT    HERB    MILKY      RALLY    LOONIE     ARC      GAPE      STRICT
 
Now, can you figure out the BLANKS? The answers are way down below.






























LEMUR      FASTED    HOUSE/ EVADES      ANGER/ANGEL

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Puzzler Hints

We are playing bridge in Yotsuya today. It is an Under 50/Under150 competition. We are looking forward to the challenge. Speaking of Challenges, did yo figure out the Puzzler? For your Hints:CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2015:   “Superlatives” (感嘆の言葉;すばらしい!)

1.  “I won a trip to Europe in a lottery!”  “Great!”
「くじでヨーロッパ旅行が当たったよ!」「やったね!」

2.  “The view from this building is fantastic!” “It sure is!” 
「このビルからの眺めはすばらしいね!」「本当に!」

3.  “Did you see the rugby game last night?  “I certainly did. It was awesome!”  
「夕べのラグビーの試合見た?」「もちろん。すごかった!」

4.  “That was a stunning dress she wore, wasn’t it?” “Yeah! It was out of this world!”   
「彼女のドレス素晴らしかったね!」「そうね!信じられないほど素敵だった!」

まだまだ他にもたくさんあります。ex) amazing, brilliant,  etc.

Try using them in your story!
I couldn't find any new weeds yesterday. I looks like the weed-killer is working.
 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Puzzler

Ah, the weekend. And, it's three days long! Hooray! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2015:   “Superlatives” (感嘆の言葉;すばらしい!)

1.  “I won a trip to Europe in a lottery!”  “Great!”
「くじでヨーロッパ旅行が当たったよ!」「やったね!」

2.  “The view from this building is fantastic!” “It sure is!” 
「このビルからの眺めはすばらしいね!」「本当に!」

3.  “Did you see the rugby game last night?  “I certainly did. It was awesome!”  
「夕べのラグビーの試合見た?」「もちろん。すごかった!」

4.  “That was a stunning dress she wore, wasn’t it?” “Yeah! It was out of this world!”   
「彼女のドレス素晴らしかったね!」「そうね!信じられないほど素敵だった!」

まだまだ他にもたくさんあります。ex) amazing, brilliant,  etc.

Try using them in your story!

This critter was part of the Kenkatsu Center Festival celebrating Saitama Prefecture Day
 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Book Report

I visited the Okegawa City library in Mine Department store last week. It is really nice! I looked around and found some interesting things. I found the English language books, got a new library card and then took out one book. It is titled 'A PROUD TASTE FOR SCARLET AND MINIVER'. It tells the story of how modern England and the Western world started. In the jacket it says the book is for 10 to 14 year-olds. Perfect for me! The story is Eleanor, a queen, who had two husbands. The first was, Louis, king of France. The second was Henry, king of England. So, she was queen of two different countries. It tells how she changed England to give the people freedom. She and Henry introduced and established a fair legal system for all people. They created a common currency (money). Of course there were wars, especially in her two families. The fun part of the book is that the story-tellers are dead and are in heaven. They are all waiting for King Henry to enter. You see, all people (except Saints) have to wait before they can enter heaven. Some wait for weeks, some wait for centuries. I wonder how long I will have to wait.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Wash GOLF

We have a Volkswagen GOLF. Basically, it is a sport's car. It has cruise control and automatic braking. The brakes works with sensors. Almost everything is automatic. I feel the car is one big computer. But, it gets dirty just like any car. I had the chance to wash it on Sunday but I was too lazy. So, I did it on Monday. After my AM lesson I came back home to some very fine weather. I got the hose and sponge and brush and towels, chamois and tire wax and got to it. Then, out of the blue, the rice farmer came in his little truck. We talk sometimes. We exchanged greetings: "Nice weather." "Yes, it's hot." I told him that I worked two hours the day before weeding the lot. He knows the owner. He said that the owner had moved far away. I told him that we would like to use weed killer on the lot but we can't get the owner's permission. He said "I'll do it. I am just making the rounds poisoning all the weeds on my properties. I'll do this one, too." And, so he did. I told him that we don't have permission but he ignored me. He did the whole (entire/complete) lot in 15 minutes. Thank you and Nice Timing! (I took this pic this morning. Of course it rained twice after I washed my car. Nice timing?)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Weeding

I was out weeding Sunday. I had the whole day off as we decided not to play bridge. One reason is because we will play bridge next Sunday and Monday, which is a holiday. I was in front of the TV until 2PM. I watched two football games that I had recorded. I considered (thought about) washing my car. I hadn't washed it in a very long time. I decided to do it the next day, Monday. So, at 2:00 I changed into my weeding clothes. I went outside and got my gear: long boots, gloves, hoe, rake and sickle. I dug 50 or 60 weeds with the hand sickle. They were rather long and outstanding (easy to spot). Then I cut  the tops off a couple hundred weeds with my hoe. Then I raked those weeds and dirt and a lot of stones to the back of the lot. I raked them all onto the remaining weeds on the far end. As I raked I found some of those cluster roots which are very near the surface. I pulled them out. I also pulled some weeds and raked up the bamboo island. It looks nice. As I said, I washed my car the next day. And, I got really lucky! See tomorrow's BLOG. (They started building a new house on the other side of the vacant lot. SEE PIC)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Bridge

We didn't play bridge two days ago. That was Sunday. But, we did play two Sundays ago. That was November 8th. We finished 1/13 and 3/21. We are definitely on a roll. That means that we have been successful for a period of time. The last time we played was in an Under 50 Under 100 competition. That has been the case a lot lately. We play with some higher level teams. But the last three times we played we have had first place finishes, either during one session (AM or PM) and/or for the day. Great! Some people have even complained, jokingly, that we are always 1st. Last year during Golden Week we made a "bridge vacation". Because of the holidays there was a competition almost every day. We played for six days. We came in last place almost every time. We were very disappointed. But it was a valuable experience. At that time no one complained that we were always last. Since then we have studied and practiced and played regularly. So naturally, we have improved. Next Monday is holiday. We will play bridge Sunday and Monday and stay one night in Yokohama. Wish us luck.
 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Puzzler Answers

And once again it's Monday. How was your weekend? Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

And here is a Super Scrabble Puzzle for your perusal. I think I will have a Super Scrabble Festival soon. I just LUV this game! COOL WORDS:

TOIL    DIFFER     MELODY     SAUNA    SWARM    HANDY     CHORE       PEONY
 
 
Now, can you figure out the BLANKS? The answers are way down below.




























QUITE           EXPERT           HER/EXAM           BLONDE

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Puzzler Hints

Today is my lovey wife, Miwako's, birthday! Happy Birthday to you! How old are you? Never mind. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2015:   “Superlatives” (感嘆の言葉;すばらしい!)

1.  “I won a trip to Europe in a lottery!”  “Great!”
「くじでヨーロッパ旅行が当たったよ!」「やったね!」

2.  “The view from this building is fantastic!” “It sure is!” 
「このビルからの眺めはすばらしいね!」「本当に!」

3.  “Did you see the rugby game last night?  “I certainly did. It was awesome!”  
「夕べのラグビーの試合見た?」「もちろん。すごかった!」

4.  “That was a stunning dress she wore, wasn’t it?” “Yeah! It was out of this world!”   
「彼女のドレス素晴らしかったね!」「そうね!信じられないほど素敵だった!」

まだまだ他にもたくさんあります。ex) amazing, brilliant,  etc.

Try using them in your story!

This is last Saturday's night's dinner in Oniya.
 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Puzzler

I had a great week and I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend. No Bridge! Wow! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2015:   “Superlatives” (感嘆の言葉;すばらしい!)

1.  “I won a trip to Europe in a lottery!”  “Great!”
「くじでヨーロッパ旅行が当たったよ!」「やったね!」

2.  “The view from this building is fantastic!” “It sure is!” 
「このビルからの眺めはすばらしいね!」「本当に!」

3.  “Did you see the rugby game last night?  “I certainly did. It was awesome!”  
「夕べのラグビーの試合見た?」「もちろん。すごかった!」

4.  “That was a stunning dress she wore, wasn’t it?” “Yeah! It was out of this world!”   
「彼女のドレス素晴らしかったね!」「そうね!信じられないほど素敵だった!」

まだまだ他にもたくさんあります。ex) amazing, brilliant,  etc.

Try using them in your story!

These are some more of my health check up results I have no idea what they mean.


 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday the 13th

I remember several superstitions that we have in America. One is that it is lucky to find a four-leaf clover. Another is that it is lucky to keep a rabbit's foot (Some people use them as key holders). Number 7 is also lucky. The unlucky superstitions are: walking under a ladder; having a black cat cross your path (walk in front of you); breaking a mirror; spilling salt; and Friday the 13th. All these superstitions have their roots in Europe. I have heard that Friday is unlucky because it was the day which Jesus Christ was crucified (killed/murdered). 13 is unlucky because...I don't know. I checked the net and found some answers (explanations). So, when these two unlucky superstitions get together, by chance, it is really unlucky. Did you know that there were three Friday the 13ths this year? There was one in February and one in March and now this month. There was only one last year and there will be only one next year. I don't think it is unlucky. Why because today is our wedding anniversary. Happy Anniversary, Miwako!
Lucky! I found my check up results. Check them out below.
 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Health Check up

I get an annual (yearly) physical. That means that I go for a health check up every year. I always get "A"s on my health report card. Well, not all As. I get "C" every time for my expanded waistline. But that is another story. Last year when I got my results I was very surprised because I got a "D". SHOCK! Have you ever gotten a D? My doc told me that my kidney function was weak. I asked him what I could do to rectify (correct) the problem. He said "You need to drink more." I was delighted! I asked "Beer?". He said "No. Water." So, I started drinking two or three glasses of water every morning since then. I got my check up this time at Ishibashi clinic at the beginning of October. Last week, by chance M, had to make a stop there, and we did so on our way home from my Wednesday lesson. I went in and asked if my results had come in. I was happy when they told me YES. I could hardly wait to see the results. I rushed back to the car and opened the envelope. All "A"s. My kidneys were working just fine! Hooray! However I still got a "C" in waistline control. Sigh.
*Unfortunately I couldn't find my health check up results. As you can, see the photo is from Sunday's AM bridge session. We were HOT! We were ON FIRE! We bid and played well and came in 1 of 13 and 2 of 21.
 

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Library

After my Mida K lesson last Friday, I had some free time. The lesson that AM was with the 3-year-olds. So, it lasts only 45 minutes. I got back to Okegawa around 11:45. I went to MINE department to buy my BENTO lunch as usual. And as I had extra time. I went to the 3rd floor to check out the new library. Several students told me that it is impressive. I went to the old library in MINE a couple of times. I even had a library card. This new library is very nice. It is clean, of course, and very bright and very easy to use. The books are all in sections. And all the sections are in straight lines. It is easy to find books. I looked for English books. I found that section near the front desk. There is not a big selection. There are two types of books: one is for preschoolers (kindergartners) and the other is for young teens. I decided to check out one of those. I had to get a new library card because I lost, or perhaps, discarded (threw away) my old one. There are several reading areas. There is a nice one with an awning on it. I also found a Japan Times English newspaper. I will definitely go back.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Halloween in the USA

Group of children Trick or Treating during Halloween.Many Americans celebrate Halloween on October 31. Celebrations include costume parties and trick-or-treating. Trick-or-treating is part of the Halloween fun.
Halloween is usually celebrated amongst family, friends and, sometimes, co-workers. However, some areas hold large community events. Parties and other events may be planned on October 31 or in the weekends before and after this date. Adults may celebrate by watching horror films, holding costume parties or creating haunted houses or graveyards.
Many children dress up in fancy costumes and visit other homes in the neighborhood. At each house, they demand sweets, snacks or a small gift. If they do not get this, they threaten to do some harm to the inhabitants of the house. This is known as playing 'trick-or-treat' and is supposed to happen in a friendly spirit, with no nasty or mean tricks being carried out. However, if your children take part, it is important to accompany them and to check their 'treats' to make sure they are safe to eat or play with. If you are at home on Halloween, it is a good idea to have a bowl of small presents or sweets to offer to anyone who knocks on your door. This will help you to please the little spirits in your neighborhood!
 

Monday, November 9, 2015

Puzzler Answers

I have a full schedule this week starting with a violin lesson today. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

In the meantime, here is a Scrabble Puzzle for your perusal. COOL WORDS:

BASE        RIFLE          STEAL      CON        DREAM        ENJOY   
 
And now can you figure out the BLANKS? The answers are way down below.
 




























HEART                                                  HIKING/GREAT

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Puzzler Hints

We are finally back at the bridge table. We are in a high level comepetition today. I am really looking forwad to it. Let's GO! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2015:   “Superlatives” (感嘆の言葉;すばらしい!)

1.  “I won a trip to Europe in a lottery!”  “Great!”
「くじでヨーロッパ旅行が当たったよ!」「やったね!」

2.  “The view from this building is fantastic!” “It sure is!” 
「このビルからの眺めはすばらしいね!」「本当に!」

3.  “Did you see the rugby game last night?  “I certainly did. It was awesome!”  
「夕べのラグビーの試合見た?」「もちろん。すごかった!」

4.  “That was a stunning dress she wore, wasn’t it?” “Yeah! It was out of this world!”   
「彼女のドレス素晴らしかったね!」「そうね!信じられないほど素敵だった!」

まだまだ他にもたくさんあります。ex) amazing, brilliant,  etc.

Try using them in your story!
I was thinking about dressing like this for today's bridge....Wow!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Puzzler

It's Saturday but no time to rest. M and I have an important meeting tonight after my lessons. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2015:   “Superlatives” (感嘆の言葉;すばらしい!)

1.  “I won a trip to Europe in a lottery!”  “Great!”
「くじでヨーロッパ旅行が当たったよ!」「やったね!」

2.  “The view from this building is fantastic!” “It sure is!” 
「このビルからの眺めはすばらしいね!」「本当に!」

3.  “Did you see the rugby game last night?  “I certainly did. It was awesome!”  
「夕べのラグビーの試合見た?」「もちろん。すごかった!」

4.  “That was a stunning dress she wore, wasn’t it?” “Yeah! It was out of this world!”   
「彼女のドレス素晴らしかったね!」「そうね!信じられないほど素敵だった!」

まだまだ他にもたくさんあります。ex) amazing, brilliant,  etc.

Try using them in your story!
The final results from last Sunday. We just missed 2nd place but just came in 3rd.
 

Friday, November 6, 2015

My Halloween

I teach the kids English at the Mida Kindergarten in KitaKounosu on Fridays. They have a special lesson every year at this time. It is "Halloween". One thing I always practice with the kids is the conversation "Here you are." "Thank you."  "Sure.". That is useful in many situations (cases/circumstances). You can use that when you are shopping or at a restaurant or at a hotel or even at home. So, at the Halloween event the kids come to me one by one and say "Trick or Treat". Then I give them a small treat. It is a bag full of goodies, such as, candy, chocolate and rice crackers. And we use the conversation described above. There are about 200 kids. I kneel down on a cushion so I am at eye level with the kids. It is always a lot of fun. This year I dressed up as a ... I don't know. Please look at the pic. What am I? I wore a black hat with a wig attached and a black cape. I borrowed them from another Kindergarten. I wore a suit coat and a jogging shirt. I also wore a skirt and tights. After the Trick or Treating there are group photos. It took about 2 hours. I enjoy it immensely. I think the kids do, too.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Interesting Bridge

Last Sunday our bridge results were good. In the AM we came in tied for first but in the PM we dropped off to 6th place. For the day we were 3rd overall. You can see the results on Saturday's BLOG. Now, I want to show you one fine play that we had on Sunday. Actually it was a mistake. But the results were fantastic. Please look at the pic. Look at Board (21). It is in the bottom left corner. We are team 12 on the bottom. This time we were N-S (North-South; sometimes we are E-W). I was N and M was S. All the teams made 3NT bids as you can see. If you play according to the text your team should reach 3NT. (Look at Board (17) above. The results are a bit different.) However, our team made a 4H bid. Why? Because we made a small mistake in our bidding. And when the play began it looked bad for our team. But we knew that there was only one way to succeed. We had to play an unorthodox (unusual) way. We used a "cross-ruff" technique. At one point we got a little lucky and were able to "make our bid". That means we were successful. And, since we had this mistake bid and unusual play, we got the top score! Compare 600 for all the teams except us at 620. Beautiful!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

A quality day off

I work Monday through Saturday and then play bridge almost every Sunday. So, as yesterday was a holiday here in Japan, I decided to take the whole day off. Hooray! I could do whatever I wanted to do. So, what did I do? I woke up at 5:30AM. Stretched and then went for my jog. Showered. (No shaving this day!) Watch a recording of a football game. Then breakfast. Then watch a replay of another football game. Then go outside to work on the vacant lot. I was free so I took my time. I worked there for 90 minutes. I weeded, hoed and removed stones. (See pics) Another shower. Then watch more football recordings. Then a simple lunch. The weather was beautiful (M and Y took a drive to see the autumn colors.), so I sat outside sunning for one hour while enjoying the view of the rice field and the clean lot. Then by bicycle to my school to practice the violin for an hour. Then buy lunch and dessert (soft cream) at BeniBanaWalk and bike home to enjoy it. Watch one more football recording. Talk to the ladies as they returned home from their trip. Watch a little more TV. Sleep at 10:30PM. Perfect!
 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Culture Day

It's Tuesday, November 3rd. I have the whole day off. Why? Because it is a holiday here in Japan. It is Culture Day. Fantastic!
Here's the story.
Culture Day, otherwise known as Bunka no hi, is a day to honor traditional Japanese culture. It also promotes the love of freedom and peace that was enshrined in the Japanese constitution.
The current Japanese constitution was officially adopted on 3 November 1946 after the end of the Second World War. Culture Day has been a holiday since 1948.
Also, 3 November is a notable date in Japan. It is the date of birth of Emperor Meiji, who ruled Japan from 1867 until 1912.
So, How is Culture Day celebrated?
As part of the celebration of Culture Day, the Order of Culture Awards Ceremony takes place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
The awards are given to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to Japanese culture or to society as a whole.
Past recipients include the three American astronauts who were aboard Apollo 11, Japanese artist Ikuo Hirayama, and poet Makoto Ooka.
Throughout the rest of the country, festivals and parades are held celebrating traditional Japanese customs.
What will you do this day?
 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Puzzler Answers

It's a "Monday sandwich": a day off yesteday and a day off tomorrow. Lucky! Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

Now, here is a Super Scrabble Puzzle for your perusal. Cool Words:

POUT   HERB    CHAOS   BRIM    DULL    SIEVES     BRITTLE    LOONIE   GAPE
 
Now, can you figure out the BLANKS? The answers are way down below.


 


 
 































LEMUR                   EVADES/HOUSE             FASTED              ANGER/ANGEL

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Puzzler Hints

I am looking forward to today's bridge competition. Can we repeat? Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for November 2015:   “Superlatives” (感嘆の言葉;すばらしい!)

1.  “I won a trip to Europe in a lottery!”  “Great!”
「くじでヨーロッパ旅行が当たったよ!」「やったね!」

2.  “The view from this building is fantastic!” “It sure is!” 
「このビルからの眺めはすばらしいね!」「本当に!」

3.  “Did you see the rugby game last night?"  “I certainly did. It was awesome!”  
「夕べのラグビーの試合見た?」「もちろん。すごかった!」

4.  “That was a stunning dress she wore, wasn’t it?” “Yeah! It was out of this world!”   
「彼女のドレス素晴らしかったね!」「そうね!信じられないほど素敵だった!」

まだまだ他にもたくさんあります。ex) amazing, brilliant,  etc.

Try using them in your story!
These are the cows I see on my new joging course.