Thursday, June 30, 2016

Oliver Twist

Do you know this classic novel? The author is Charles Dickens. I read it once when I was in my thirties. I read it again about 10 years ago. And then I read it again last month. I read it this time because one of my students started to read it in English. I happened to have the book in my bookshelf. ( I don't throw away everything!) I have some free time these days so I go to the gym three times a week. And, I read more. So, I decided to read this book again. Mr. Dickens uses such beautiful English. Of course, it is British English. The story is about life in London 150 years ago. There were so many poor people and the government did not take care of them. According to Dickens "the poor people were bad because they were poor." The real story is about the bad men who did very bad things in the dark and dirty places of London. Finally the worst man, Bill Sikes murders a young girl. He then tries to run away from the memories of killing here. He hangs himself by accident. Horrible. Another bad man, Fagin, is caught by the police and hanged. Terrible. However, little Oliver Twist is saved and lives happily ever after. You should read it.

Charles John Huffam Dickens

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer Solstice

There are two solstices every year. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year. It is June 20th or 21st or 22nd. This year it was June 20th. It marks the beginning of summer. However in the southern hemisphere, in countries like Australia or New Zealand or Chile and Argentine it is the winter solstice. It mark the beginning of winter. Because the results are different in the  two hemispheres it is now called the June Solstice. On the other hand, the winter solstice is in December. It is on December 20th, 21st, 22nd or 23rd every year. Now it is called he December solstice. It has the shortest daylight of the year in the northern hemisphere.
In 2016, for the first time in nearly 70 years, the Full Moon and Summer Solstice coincided on the same day. This full Moon rose just as the Sun set. The moment of full Moon was early Monday morning, 20 June.  So it will look equally full on Sunday night and Monday night. You get two chances to enjoy the Solstice honeymoon!


The full moon June 20th.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Father's Day in Germany

In Germany, Father's Day (Vatertag) is celebrated differently from other parts of the world.  It is always celebrated on Ascension Day (the Thursday forty days after Easter), which is a federal holiday. Regionally, it is also called men's day, Männertag, or gentlemen's day, Herrentag. It is tradition for groups of males (young and old but usually excluding pre-teenage boys) to do a hiking tour with one or more smaller wagons, Bollerwagen, pulled by manpower. In the wagons are wine or beer and traditional regional food, Hausmannskost. Many men use this holiday as an opportunity to get drunk. According to the Federal Statistical Office of Germany, alcohol-related traffic accidents multiply by three on this day. The tradition of getting drunk is especially prevalent in Eastern Germany. By the 20th century, alcohol consumption had become a major part of the tradition. Many people will take the following Friday off at work, and some schools are closed on that Friday as well. Many people then use the resulting four-day-long weekend for a short vacation.
Bollerwagon

Monday, June 27, 2016

Puzzler Answers

I have a very, very, very full schedule for four weeks from 6/20 to 7/16. And it will be getting hot! The good news is that one week has already passed. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

And now a Super Scrabble Puzzler for your perusal. Ready? GO!

Cool words:

JOCKS    ESCAPE     YEARN      REFUND    BEASTS      REUND      LUNGED    VIM

Now, how about them BLANKS? Can you figure them out? The answers are way down below.


































SENTRY                   MOSTLY                 STEAM              CELERY

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Puzzler Hints

Do you know what I'm going to do this day? I'm going to wax another bedroom floor! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for June 2016: "should" 「~したほうがいい、~するべき」
アドバイス、助言、提案の場合に使います。(must, have to のように強いニュアンスはありません。)
また、「"should have"+過去分詞」で「~すればよかった。~するべきだったのにしなかった。」を表します。
You should floss every day. 毎日デンタルフロスを使ったほうがいいですね。
Should I wear the red dress or the blue one? 赤いドレス、青いドレス、どっちがいいと思う?
I should have brought my umbrella. 傘を持ってくればよかった。
He shouldn't have told you that. 彼はあなたにそれをはなすべきではなかった。

You really should try these.

Kids at RAM English enjoying Game Day.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Puzzler

The rainy season is here. So, things ae still cool. Don't catch cold! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for June 2016: "should" 「~したほうがいい、~するべき」
アドバイス、助言、提案の場合に使います。(must, have to のように強いニュアンスはありません。)
また、「"should have"+過去分詞」で「~すればよかった。~するべきだったのにしなかった。」を表します。
You should floss every day. 毎日デンタルフロスを使ったほうがいいですね。
Should I wear the red dress or the blue one? 赤いドレス、青いドレス、どっちがいいと思う?
I should have brought my umbrella. 傘を持ってくればよかった。
He shouldn't have told you that. 彼はあなたにそれをはなすべきではなかった。

You really should try these.

Moms are helping their kids with numbers at the Open House lesson.



Friday, June 24, 2016

Violin with a friend

Some of my students are 2 years old. Some of my students are 80. And then there are the students in between. I have had many students over the years in my teaching career. I can call some students friend. I can also call one of my students my wife! One student is my violin friend. Her name is Yuko. I first got an inspiration to play the violin from her 4 years ago. I was very lucky indeed. She had just purchased (bought) a new bow. I forget how much it was but it was pretty expensive. She also had a new violin. We talked about it and I bought her old violin, bow, case, cloth and bow rosin. Of course, I still use them all today. She plays the violin very well. I respect her very much for her eagerness, diligence and fortitude to study, practice, and learn the violin as well as music. She agreed to come to my school last Saturday and practice the violin with me. Luckily, it turned into a lesson for me. I was able to see how she played her fiddle. I also saw how much she knew about music. Then she gave me several tips. We will meet once a month to practice together. I will improve enough to play well with her...someday.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

More Cleaning

In the last ten days I: 1. Picked more weeds in the vacant lot next door. Half are now dying because of the weed killer I sprayed on them a couple of weeks ago. 2. Picked the weeds around the house. I bought special knee pads to wash the floors before I waxed them. The pads are for weeding on the stones which I put in the garden. They are most useful. 3. Cleaned the big first floor veranda windows and screens. I watched the weather report and found a good morning. It took only an hour. It was already hot that morning at 7AM. But it was my best opportunity (chance). First I cleaned the screens and then the windows. Beautiful! 4. Last Sunday more floor waxing. I decided to do the master bedroom and the kitchen. Timing was a factor (a part) in the operation as people are sleeping and then using the kitchen, etc. And of course moving all the furniture and then putting it back takes the most time. Miwako and I did that together. So, I am finished waxing. I expect to do it all again in one year. I want to make this an annual (yearly) project. The floors look beautiful!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dominoes

Have you ever played Dominoes? Most people think it is a kind of show. You line up the dominoes very close to each other then you push the first one and they all go down, one by one, in a fantastic display, or performance. Actually, Dominoes is a game. It is a card game or dice game. The Internet says that it originated in China.  There are many ways to play. If you are interested you should check it out on the Net. At my school the fourth week of each month is a Game Day. The kids play different games according to their age. We play ABC Bingo, Chutes and Ladders, Go Fish, Hangman,  Scrabble and dictionary games. Of course, the students have to use English in every game. My favorites are Scrabble and Dominoes. We used to play Dominoes a lot. The kids have to say the number in English. They also have to think a lot. It is very popular with Junior high school boys. We played too much so I stopped using this game one year ago. I brought it back last week. It was fun.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A pain in the...

... shoulder. One reason I go to the gym is to strengthen my arms. I have no muscles in my arms. I don't really need any to teach English. However at the beginning of this year I picked up a couple of heavy boxes. Ouch! There was a pain in my upper arm. It hurt because there was no muscle there. So, this is GOAL #2 at the gym. I do three running exercises. They are 20, 15 and then 15 minutes. I do the muscle building exercises between those. So, first 20 minutes running. Then 5 kinds of arm exercises. Then 15 minutes on the Cross trainer. Then 4 arm exercises. Then 15 minutes on the leg pump machine. Then sit-ups. I also relax on a body vibrator and in a massage chair. Unfortunately, I tried too hard on the arm exercises two Saturdays ago. I used to much weights and overdid it. So, I got a pain in my left shoulder. I was lucky to get my massage last Friday. It got better but my massage guy told me "No muscle training until the pain goes away". Now I do leg exercises instead.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Puzzler Answers

Well, another dry weekend and the start of a new week. I have a busy schedule. How about you? Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

And, as always, here is a Super Scrabble puzzle for your perusal. I think we should have a Super Scrabble tournament soon. COOL WORDS:

JEER     BLAST    AMAZE      RETORT     POKER    FAULT     SUCTION     ICED      CRUX

Now, can you figure out the BLANKS? The answers are way down below.

































MAGIC           PROMPT                  SQUINT                   ABOVE/RISE



Sunday, June 19, 2016

Puzzle Hints

I decided to stay home this day and work around the house. But, I may go to get some Gelato! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for June 2016: "should" 「~したほうがいい、~するべき」
アドバイス、助言、提案の場合に使います。(must, have to のように強いニュアンスはありません。)
また、「"should have"+過去分詞」で「~すればよかった。~するべきだったのにしなかった。」を表します。
You should floss every day. 毎日デンタルフロスを使ったほうがいいですね。
Should I wear the red dress or the blue one? 赤いドレス、青いドレス、どっちがいいと思う?
I should have brought my umbrella. 傘を持ってくればよかった。
He shouldn't have told you that. 彼はあなたにそれをはなすべきではなかった。

You really should try these.

My fingertips after a hard violin practice.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Puzzler

I have lots of free time as I am not drinking. I should have done this long ago. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for June 2016: "should" 「~したほうがいい、~するべき」
アドバイス、助言、提案の場合に使います。(must, have to のように強いニュアンスはありません。)
また、「"should have"+過去分詞」で「~すればよかった。~するべきだったのにしなかった。」を表します。
You should floss every day. 毎日デンタルフロスを使ったほうがいいですね。
Should I wear the red dress or the blue one? 赤いドレス、青いドレス、どっちがいいと思う?
I should have brought my umbrella. 傘を持ってくればよかった。
He shouldn't have told you that. 彼はあなたにそれをはなすべきではなかった。

You really should try these.

And now here I am in...what country?



Friday, June 17, 2016

The gym


I started going to the gym in Okegawa at the end of March. I need to build some muscles and lose some weight. I go at least three times a week. Each time is two hours. It is hard but rewarding. i.e. the results are good. Let me tell you about the people who are there. First there are the instructors. There are both men and women. They give advice to help with your goals/needs. I have asked more than once how to use a machine or if I was using it properly. I think often times they are bored. They also have the job to talk to the patrons (customers). They are kind of like (similar to) bartenders or waiters. The patrons are really interesting. Many of them dress cool. They look like they came from a Body Building magazine. Some of them dress well. Maybe 10% dress very casually and not fashionable at all. I am in this group. And everyone's body is different. The majority have lots of muscles and are in good shape. Only a very few are overweight. The rest are in between. I am in that group. The pic are flowers outside the gym.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The violin

Learning to play the violin properly is a big challenge for me. I want to play the violin well some day. I want my playing to sound like music. It is difficult. I have been trying for 4 years now. I plan to keep (continue) trying for at least 6 more years.  It is very interesting. I hear professional violin players. I know I will never be that good. Those people probably started when they were very young. When I see them play on TV or the net, they make it look so easy! I am sure that they have devoted almost all of their time, and perhaps their entire (whole) lives, to practicing the violin and learning music. For me it is only a hobby. Recently I have discovered (found) that I must correct several (some = 3,4 or 5) mistakes that I have been making. It's going to take some time. On top of that, I have started a new endeavor (challenge) this year. That is exercising. It takes about 7 hours a week. I sleep about 6 hours a day. I work about 10 hours a day. Sunday is my day off. I need more time. Doesn't everybody? (The pic is my instructor tuning my violin before our lesson.)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sunday drive to Atsugi

After the drive to Kawaguchi a drive to Atsugi was on our schedule. Why? Because I had 6 "How to" bridge books and one for chess. I will never use them again and they are all in English. There is a US Air Force base in Atsugi. We went there 4 years ago to meet my nephew. He was a US marine. Then last year I mailed a bunch of (a lot of) English books to that base. I hoped they can use them in their library. The lady I talked to then was very happy with my donation. But, it was rather expensive to send them by mail. So, after our drive to  Kawaguchi, we drove to Atsugi again on the low roads. However, when we arrived at the base nobody would accept the books! First of all, we couldn't enter the base as we are not military people or relatives. Then the guards said they cannot accept the books. Finally I parked outside and went into the office where they check IDs and assist people. The Japanese lady said three times "I don't know" when I made my request. I left the books on a shelf inside the office and we drove home on the highway. I hope they can use them.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sunday drive to Kawaguchi

We have a new lesson in Kawaguchi. It is at a Kindergarten. We set up the lessons in April and things are going smoothly. We were very lucky to find an excellent teacher. I sent teaching materials to him last month. However, I didn't send two large wall posters. They are the DAYS and the MONTHS. They were too big to send so I thought it would be a nice drive. We took them there on Sunday. I washed the car in the  morning. Miwako and I set out at 10:30. We used Miwako's phone Navi. We did not use the highway. There was not much traffic at all, so it was a nice drive all day. It took an hour to get to our destination. Of course the Kindergarten was closed, so I couldn't hand the posters over to anyone. They were too big to fit in the mailbox. What to do? There is a very big old style Japanese house right next door. I put them under an awning in the wall that runs around the house. I thought all would be fine as long as it didn't rain. It rained. I should have put them in the plastic cover that I had.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Puzzler Answers

The weekends are just too short. But I had a good day off yesterday. I'll explain tomorrow. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

And now, here is a Super Scrabble Puzzle for your perusal. COOL WORDS:

VOW           SCOUT             MOATS             JAIL          TOFU       RATION          DEPEND   

So, can you figure out the BLANKS or what? The answers are way down below. 

































ZOO       FAVOR         BREASTS      TREE/TRUE

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Puzzler Hints

Another dry weekend. I can see my weight ever so slowly going down. I should do this more often. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for June 2016: "should" 「~したほうがいい、~するべき」
アドバイス、助言、提案の場合に使います。(must, have to のように強いニュアンスはありません。)
また、「"should have"+過去分詞」で「~すればよかった。~するべきだったのにしなかった。」を表します。
You should floss every day. 毎日デンタルフロスを使ったほうがいいですね。
Should I wear the red dress or the blue one? 赤いドレス、青いドレス、どっちがいいと思う?
I should have brought my umbrella. 傘を持ってくればよかった。
He shouldn't have told you that. 彼はあなたにそれをはなすべきではなかった。

You really should try these.

Yes! That's me in Sweden!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Puzzler

Many people will be taking the Eiken test today. Good Luck everybody! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for June 2016: "should" 「~したほうがいい、~するべき」
アドバイス、助言、提案の場合に使います。(must, have to のように強いニュアンスはありません。)
また、「"should have"+過去分詞」で「~すればよかった。~するべきだったのにしなかった。」を表します。
You should floss every day. 毎日デンタルフロスを使ったほうがいいですね。
Should I wear the red dress or the blue one? 赤いドレス、青いドレス、どっちがいいと思う?
I should have brought my umbrella. 傘を持ってくればよかった。
He shouldn't have told you that. 彼はあなたにそれをはなすべきではなかった。

You really should try these.

Do you know what this is? Answers tomorrow.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Blood Donation

Have you ever donated blood? If you can, you certainly should. It is a very simple way to help people. And it only costs your time. On top of that they give you free soft drinks and rice crackers and cookies and little cakes all for free! The have this system. They send you a reminder post card when you are able to donate again. You usually have to wait about 4 months. If you bring that post card with you, you get a special present. My post card arrived last week. I had an extra hour free on Tuesday. After my afternoon adult lesson I travelled to Omiya by train. I went to the Center. The guy said as it was cloudy there were less people than usual. I got in and out quickly. They have some procedures that you have to follow. I filled out a form and then a questionnaire and then met the doctor and was finally called to donate. I always donate 400ml of blood. I was done in only about 5 minutes. It was so quick that when I left the chair I was a bit woozy (light-headed). I should have waited a bit more. Anyway, I got my drinks and snacks and was back at my school in no time (very soon). I'll go again in October. You really should give it a shot (try it).

Thursday, June 9, 2016

US citizens alert

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico.  Hurricane and Typhoon Season lasts through November 2016, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in hurricane- and typhoon-prone regions begin preparations for the upcoming seasons now.  This Travel Alert expires on December 1, 2016.
If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone regions, prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms. Organize a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, any medications taken regularly, and vital documents (especially your passport and other identification).  Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies. 
It looks like typhoon season is just around the corner. Please take care. (from Rick)


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

House Work Part 2

I got up the next morning at 4 a.m. I got ready, and immediately waxed the hallway downstairs. It was Sunday morning so everyone was sleeping in late. This was my best chance. I then cleared the living room. I returned all the dining room furniture back to its original place. Next I washed, then waxed the living room floor. It was 9Am by this time so I made breakfast (sausage, egg, toast and coffee. Yummy!). Everything was dry by now so I put  all the furniture back in its original places. Then I took a break. After everyone woke up I was able to wash and wax the upstairs hall and the stairway. However I couldn't wax under the cat. Finally everything dried. I found some "Holidays". These are places I missed. So, I touched those up and then cleaned all my new tools and put them away. Miwako cleaned and put away all the things I didn't know. Then we decided to wash the drapes and lace curtains. We washed one in the washing machine and it came out BE-A-U-TI-FUL! So, we washed them all. We then hung them back up. It was 9PM. I rested with a little TV. Nice day off.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

House work Part 1

House chores are "tasks that you do regularly". For example, take out the garbage, do the laundry, go to the cleaners, wash the dishes, vacuum, grocery shopping, wash the bathtub, weed the garden, water the plants, dusting, prepare meals, wash the car. These are things (tasks) that we have to do regularly. Then there are things we should do. For example clean the walls, wash the windows, clean the veranda, repairs, paint, garden trimming, planting flowers. Some people call professionals to do these. Other people take a "Do it yourself" approach. Last week I decided to wax the wooden floors in our house. First was the preparations. I went to Viva Home. I bought floor wax, a special cleaner applicator (like a flat mop), floor cleaner, plastic gloves, cleaning towels, and finally knee pads. I began this project Saturday night. After teaching I went to the gym. I got home to have supper then at 9PM I started. I moved all the furniture from the dining area to the living room. I then washed the floor twice. First with the cleaner and then with water to remove the cleaner. Then I waxed. Then I went to bed.


Monday, June 6, 2016

Puzzler Answers

A dry weekend for me. Great! This should be a good week. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

So, how about a Super Scrabble Puzzle for your perusal? Cool Words:

VOW         JAIL        TOFU       COMMA       MOATS         RATION        DEPEND

And, how about them there BLANKS? Can you figure those out? The answers are way down below.



























ZOO       FAVOR       BREASTS       TREE/TRUE

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Puzzler Hints

We are free this Sunday. I will do some more waxing this morning. Then I think we should go out to lunch. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for June 2016: "should" 「~したほうがいい、~するべき」
アドバイス、助言、提案の場合に使います。(must, have to のように強いニュアンスはありません。)
また、「"should have"+過去分詞」で「~すればよかった。~するべきだったのにしなかった。」を表します。
You should floss every day. 毎日デンタルフロスを使ったほうがいいですね。
Should I wear the red dress or the blue one? 赤いドレス、青いドレス、どっちがいいと思う?
I should have brought my umbrella. 傘を持ってくればよかった。
He shouldn't have told you that. 彼はあなたにそれをはなすべきではなかった。

You really should try these.

Uh oh! Lots of weeds springing up in the field next door. Not to worry. I have a plan.





Saturday, June 4, 2016

Puzzler

June, June, June. Here come the rains! And here is your Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for June 2016: "should" 「~したほうがいい、~するべき」
アドバイス、助言、提案の場合に使います。(must, have to のように強いニュアンスはありません。)
また、「"should have"+過去分詞」で「~すればよかった。~するべきだったのにしなかった。」を表します。
You should floss every day. 毎日デンタルフロスを使ったほうがいいですね。
Should I wear the red dress or the blue one? 赤いドレス、青いドレス、どっちがいいと思う?
I should have brought my umbrella. 傘を持ってくればよかった。
He shouldn't have told you that. 彼はあなたにそれをはなすべきではなかった。

You really should try these!

Beautiful!











Friday, June 3, 2016

Meiji JINGU by Junko

Viva Meiji JINGU!!  Viva John!!
LSE members; Osamu, Yayoi, Kiyomi, Ryoko, Asuka and I took John to Meiji Jingu on May 3rd. The spring grand festival was held there. We could see a lot of special ceremonies, such as folk entertainments, Japanese archery competition, koto and shakuhati performance, bride and groom parades, so on. We enjoyed them so much.
By the way I sometimes visit this shrine with my friend. I love this place because this is an oasis of shade and silence within the buzz and bustle of young Tokyo. I’ll report you some information about Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu is a Shinto Shrine. Shinto is called Japan’s ancient original religion, and it is deeply rooted in the way of Japanese life. Shinto has no founder, no holy book. There is an unlimited number of kami(divine spirit). You can see Kami everywhere. For example fuku-no-kami(fortune), binbougami (poverty),toilet-no-kami(bathroom)!!
From ancient times, Japanese people have felt awe and gratitude towards such Kami and dedicated shrines to many of them.
This shrine is dedicated to the divine souls of Emperor Meiji (the 122nd emperor of Japan) and his consort Empress Shoken . The vest forest surrounding the shrine is the largest planted forest in Japan. It has some 170,000 trees of 365 species that were planted by about 100,000 volunteers who considered the Emperor to be the father of Japanese modernization. Thus, thanks to the sincere heart of the people, this shrine was established on November 1, 1920.

Anyway the most popular spot in Meiji Jingu is Temizusya (the font for ablutions). Many tourist are always shooting the place. And you can read waka (traditional Japanese poems of 31 syllables)  written by Emperor Meji and Empress shoken on the pillars. They excelled in writing waka and composed more than 100,000.
I selected out one good waka for John.
へだてなく いつつのくにに 交るも  こころのまこと ひとつなりけり
Without reserve/ we join with other counties/ In mutual friendship;
Indeed, true sincerity/ Of heart exists as one!

The most important thing to realize, in being able to maintain friendly relations with all the various countries of the world, is that we are all touched by the same sincerity of the heart.
Thanks to Rick we had a wonderful time with John. Thank you very much!
Junko

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Ikaho hot spring

That was a lovely day off. I got up early and washed the car then cleaned the inside. I had breakfast, watched some baseball on TV from the USA, and read my book. At 10:30 M and I left home for a trip to Ikaho, in Gunma prefecture. Miwako drove. We hadn't been there for a while. We went to a hotel called TENPO. We went there 2 or 3 years ago. That was also a one day trip. There are many baths. The men's bath has two inside and all have large windows for viewing the outdoors. Then there are three types of outdoor baths. There are also plenty of places to wash. There were not very many people. We were only in the baths for an hour. I also used the massage chair for ten minutes. We left and then had lunch at a CURRY UDON restaurant nearby; very delicious! We then bought soft cream and IKA YAKI. I got that and a small bottle of sake for later at home. I was driving home but I felt very sleepy. So I asked M to drive. She is a very good driver. I went to sleep. It was a very nice trip indeed.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

My May

It's June. There are no holidays in June. Last month gave us GW and plenty of holidays. July brings us summer vacation and Marine Day. So, for me, June is the longest month of the year. But, I must say that I had a very interesting May. First, my buddy from the USA came to visit. I proposed (suggested) to all of my students to take him around Tokyo for tours which they did. Later he and I went to Bonsai Village, a baseball game in Yokohama, and an outdoor hot spring bath in Atami. We also went out for dinner and drinks more (much more) than once. Also in May, Miwako and I decided to quit playing bridge. So instead, we went to Sano outlet mall to buy summer clothes for me and then Ikaho last Sunday to relax. And in May, my computer updated itself to Windows 10. There are several challenges there. I am trying to downgrade my Puzzler software. It is in the US so communications are difficult. I started reading Oliver Twist because one of my students is studying it. I ordered TIME magazine. But, the first copy never arrived. I planted EDAMAME in our tiny garden. I went to the gym 12 times. How was your May, 2016?
My friend and I went to SHUN in Okegawa last Saturday night. Yummy!