Friday, September 30, 2016

A trip to the dentist

This pic is my dentist. I got it from his web site. I had my semi-annual check up last Saturday. That means that I go every six months. I did not have a Kenkatsu lesson that day so I was able to go. My schedule is rather full and so is his. It is usually difficult to see him Anyway, this time while the hygienist was cleaning my teeth she found some plaque. PLAQUE is a soft substance that forms on teeth. It is very unwelcome. She tried to remove it. First, she used a sharp instrument (dental tool) to scrape I off. It didn't work. Then she tried a small shaving instrument. She did not succeed. I guess the plaque was not soft anymore. So, she called the dentist and he tried a couple of methods (ways) and finally used the same shaving tool. It did hurt just a tiny bit. It was like a bee sting! He said "Did that hurt? Sorry." But it was over (done) in a minute and everything was OK. However, I did something foolish. I forgot to bring my sprint. That is a mouthpiece that I use when I sleep. It prevents me from grinding my teeth. So, I have to go again to the dentist next month to get it adjusted. That means lost time for me. And we know: Time is money.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Classical music

We were free all day Sunday so we got (bought) tickets or a concert in Tokyo. It was at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theater. The orchestra was the Yomiuri Symphony. The music was from Tchaikovsky ballets Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker Suite. Do you know these? Almost everybody knows these. The music is very well known. They are most peoples' favorites so it was very enjoyable. There was one foreign musician and the conductor was and 85 year old German. He was slow and so cool! Miwako got great seats for us. They were Row F, only 6 rows form the stage, and we sit on the left side with all the violins right in front of us! So fortunate! I scrutinized (watched closely) many of the violinists. I wanted to see how they played. We also had a nice view of the harp players, the conductor and the cellos off to our right. We were too low to see anything else, but that was enough for me. I observed (saw) many things and now I have several questions for my violin teacher. I will tell you about those questions and answers next week.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Weekend weeding

Rain, rain and more rain. It was getting ridiculous. The weatherman said a new typhoon attacked Japan every week for 5 or 6 weeks. So, the weeds in the lot next door were happy to grow and grow and grow. It seems they don't need too much sunshine. In the meantime I couldn't go out and  pick those weeds. Finally the time was right. The rain stopped for a whole day and it was the weekend. So, I was out early Saturday morning and picked about 60% of the weeds. Oh! By the way, I bought a  new tool to use when weeding. It is a small seat (see pic). It has four large wheels. There is also a cushion. It was very useful. I could sit and pick which saved me back pains and leg muscle aches. It has a handle for when I move to a new location (place/spot). I then picked the weeds again Sunday morning. Probably 2 and a half hours total. I then sprayed 2/3rds of the field with weed killer, but I ran out before I could finish. I bought some more Sunday night and finished the spraying job Monday AM. It should be fine for a couple of weeks. I think I will have to attack once or twice more this year. When fall comes the weeds hibernate (sleep). So, can I.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Bertold Bayer

Bertold Bayer is my friend. He is German. He is 72. He is a retired clarinetist with the German Philharmonic Symphony. His wife is Keiko. She is Japanese. She teaches piano at a university in Hamburg. She is originally for Hasuda. I first met them at the Kenkatsu Center in Inamachi some 23 years ago. I was on a break from teaching English that Saturday. Bertold and Keiko just finished performing a duet on stage. We all happened to be going to the cafeteria at the same time. We said "Hello" and had lunch together. We have met 4 times, I believe, since that first time. Once I took Bertold to the swimming pool in Owada. Another time he invited me to see his concert in Tokyo. He also climbed MT Fuji in one day during one of his trips to Japan. That gave me the inspiration to climb Mt Fuji. This time they are visiting to take care of Keiko's ailing father. He is in  a nursing home in Tokyo. They go and visit him every day. But last Thursday (the September equinox) they were kind enough to come to Ageo and meet us for dinner and drinks at Azumakura. He gave me a couple of souvenirs from Duetchland so I gave him the shirt off my back. Actually we exchanged shirts. I think he looks better in that Kabuki shirt than I do. You can see that pic this Saturday.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Puzzle Answers

"Monday, Monday...can't trust that day" The Mamas and the Papas sang that. But, I trust this Monday 100%! Let's go! Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

And how about a Super Scrabble to peruse? Cool words:

ERROR        STOUT       POSH        COY      MELD       ASSIGN      LEANT    SLAY       FIB

And them BLANKS? Can you figure them out? The answers are way down below.

 













































TUBA      TUNA            DATE/TAKE   DAME/MAKE   DARE/RAKE           FUNNY     QUIZ 



Sunday, September 25, 2016

Puzzler Hints

M and I are gong to a classical concert today. It's been along time. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

BOYS, BE AMBITIOUS!

HOME PROJECT for September 2016:  “-ous” 接尾辞/suffix がついた言葉

“-ous” は品詞を形容詞に変えます。

「~の性質がある、~が多い、~に満ちている」という意味が加わります。

courage+ous= courageous  勇気のある、勇敢な

ridicule+ous= ridiculous  馬鹿げた、非常識な、滑稽な

continue +ous= continuous  つながった、連続した

1.  The hotel had a spacious lobby.  そのホテルのロビーは広々としていた。
2.  Usain Bolt is famous all over the world.  ウサイン・ボルトは世界中で有名です。
3.  It’s dangerous to ride a bicycle with an umbrella up.  傘をさして自転車に乗るのは危険です。
4.  I saw a glorious sunrise at the top of Mt. Fuji. 私は富士山の頂上で壮大な日の出を見ました。

Party for "Elders" last Monday at Fujinami Community Hall

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Puzzler

Another weekend. Glorious! My main goal is a weed attack next door. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

BOYS, BE AMBITIOUS!

HOME PROJECT for September 2016:  “-ous” 接尾辞/suffix がついた言葉

“-ous” は品詞を形容詞に変えます。

「~の性質がある、~が多い、~に満ちている」という意味が加わります。

courage+ous= courageous  勇気のある、勇敢な

ridicule+ous= ridiculous  馬鹿げた、非常識な、滑稽な

continue +ous= continuous  つながった、連続した

1.  The hotel had a spacious lobby.  そのホテルのロビーは広々としていた。
2.  Usain Bolt is famous all over the world.  ウサイン・ボルトは世界中で有名です。
3.  It’s dangerous to ride a bicycle with an umbrella up.  傘をさして自転車に乗るのは危険です。
4.  I saw a glorious sunrise at the top of Mt. Fuji. 私は富士山の頂上で壮大な日の出を見ました。

Many competitors and a few audience.

Friday, September 23, 2016

HAKA

HAKA is a Maorian dance. The Maoris are the indigenous (original/first) people of New Zealand. That means they are the people who were there before other, stronger people came. For example, the Indians of North America, the Ainu of Japan or the Hawaiians are indigenous. The Maoris have traditions. One is the HAKA. It is a performance. There are several. They do it at different occasions. The New Zealand Rugby team does it before their matches. It is to intimidate (scare) their opponents. I watched a lot of RIO2016 Olympics on TV this summer. I became interested in the anthems of the countries. I researched the anthems of several countries. They were Britain, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. I must say, the NZ anthem is fabulous. I saw it on You Tube and there were other related movies to watch. Many were the Rugby HAKA. These guys are outrageous! And then I saw them perform the HAKA at a wedding, and at a funeral on you-tube. Of course they are not rugby players, just friends. You can see them online by searching HAKA. Pretty cool.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

September Equinox

When I first came to Japan I didn't really know what the Autumnal and Vernal equinoxes were. That's true because I wasn't interested in them. But in Japan, I found that these days are religious holidays. They are O-Higan. Many people visit the graves of their ancestors on these days to pay their respects. That also means I have a day off! Looking at the calendar I noticed (saw) that these days were also equinoxes. I researched them. I learned some cool stuff. Originally today was called the Autumnal (Autumn or Fall) equinox. EQUINOX means EQUAL NIGHT. That is because the day time is 12 hours and the night time is 12 hours. They are equal. As I said, for a long time the equinox today was called the Autumnal equinox. But that is not fair to the people in the southern hemisphere, such as Australia and South Africa. So now it is called the September equinox. At the same time, the Vernal (Spring) equinox has been changed to the March equinox. That is fair to everyone. Whatever they call it I am happy to have a whole day off.

I heard this gentleman began the tradition of  O-higan


Wednesday, September 21, 2016

I-AI Competition

I went to the KenRitsu BuDouKan in Ageo on Monday. I was free that day. One of my students practices IAI (E-eye-E). It is a martial art. They use a KATANA (Japanese sword) in their study. At the team competition there are five members per team. They compete one on one with their rivals. They perform before three judges. Everyone was doing the same routine. The actions and movements of the advanced members are very graceful and skillful. There were also some beginners (novices/rookies) trying their best. After a while it was easy to see the difference between beginners and advanced members. While I was there I got some information about the clothing they wear and their swords and all the paraphernalia that they use. They range from cheap to very expensive. I learned about the ranking and the competitions. I saw a lot of performances (WAZA). They must have very deep concentration while they are performing. Actually there were not many people there to watch the competition. I took some pics of my student in action. To say the least, I'm sure I could never do that. In the pic, two judges vote white and one judge votes red. So, my student won this game.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Three days off

I had no lessons form Saturday to Monday. That was three full days of freedom.
Saturday
1. Early morning weeding around the house for an hour.
2. M and I drive to Kawaguchi on business. 10AM meeting. We hope to get two kindergarten lessons there.
3. Lunch at home.
4. My violin mentor/friend comes to my school. She gives me some very useful advice.
5. Got to the gym.
6. Watch TV at home while sipping some LaPhroig whiskey.
Sunday
1. Up but can't weed next door as it is raining.
2. Go to gym at 9AM.
3. Go to Deo2 to buy a seat with wheels for weeding. Really cool!
4. Practice violin at my school.
5. Do some school work.
6. Friend comes to my school at 4PM. We research New Zealand HAKA on-line.
7. At 6PM M joins us for delicious food and drinks at Tori Shin, Okegawa.
8. Home safely by taxi.
Monday
1. Up to watch USA Football recording.
2. Take out the garbage.
3. Go to Ageo KenRitsu BuDouKan to watch an IAI competition. My student is competing.
4. Back home to watch more football.
5. Go to the movies in Kuki with M. We see a Japanese anime.
6. Back home to watch the rest of the football.
7. Sleep at 10PM.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Puzzler Answers

It's a holiday. Yes! I will watch American Football on TV early this AM and then I will go to see one student compete at an I-AI competition in Ageo and then practice the violin and hopefully weed and then see a movie with M and possibly relax at night. Whew!. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

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

EXUDE      GENTLE     REJOICE  TACKY       SLAIN     WITCH     LISTING      SLAIN

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




































WORTHY                  PRIZE/AMAZE                DUMBER                    DEVICE

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Puzler Hints


I am free again today! I will meet one friend to practice the "haka". Have you ever seen that? It's outrageous! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

BOYS, BE AMBITIOUS!

HOME PROJECT for September 2016:  “-ous” 接尾辞/suffix がついた言葉

“-ous” は品詞を形容詞に変えます。

「~の性質がある、~が多い、~に満ちている」という意味が加わります。

courage+ous= courageous  勇気のある、勇敢な

ridicule+ous= ridiculous  馬鹿げた、非常識な、滑稽な

continue +ous= continuous  つながった、連続した

1.  The hotel had a spacious lobby.  そのホテルのロビーは広々としていた。
2.  Usain Bolt is famous all over the world.  ウサイン・ボルトは世界中で有名です。
3.  It’s dangerous to ride a bicycle with an umbrella up.  傘をさして自転車に乗るのは危険です。
4.  I saw a glorious sunrise at the top of Mt. Fuji. 私は富士山の頂上で壮大な日の出を見ました。

These folks pulled weeds form their rice field last Monday.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Puzzler

We have a very important business meeting this AM. Wish us luck. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

BOYS, BE AMBITIOUS!

HOME PROJECT for September 2016:  “-ous” 接尾辞/suffix がついた言葉

“-ous” は品詞を形容詞に変えます。

「~の性質がある、~が多い、~に満ちている」という意味が加わります。

courage+ous= courageous  勇気のある、勇敢な

ridicule+ous= ridiculous  馬鹿げた、非常識な、滑稽な

continue +ous= continuous  つながった、連続した

1.  The hotel had a spacious lobby.  そのホテルのロビーは広々としていた。
2.  Usain Bolt is famous all over the world.  ウサイン・ボルトは世界中で有名です。
3.  It’s dangerous to ride a bicycle with an umbrella up.  傘をさして自転車に乗るのは危険です。
4.  I saw a glorious sunrise at the top of Mt. Fuji. 私は富士山の頂上で壮大な日の出を見ました。

They harvested this field last Monday.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Saturday Night Fever

The Kenkatsu Saturday lessons came to an end last weekend. They were 20 weeks. The first lesson starts at 1:15 and lasts for 90 minutes. This is a "basic English" class. Many members are repeaters. The second class is the "advanced" class. We only use English here. Many of these members are also repeaters. These lessons begin at 3:15 and last 90 minutes. I think the course was successful and it finished before you knew it. As always the students in both classes were eager to learn and did their best to improve their English skills. Last Saturday when our final lesson finished, 11 of us met in Omiya to have a dinner party. But three of us first went to a "watering hole" (drinking place) in Omiya. We have gone there before prior to (before ) the dinner party. A little later one more student joined us. We then walked to the party. I must say all seemed to have a marvelous time. After the dinner and drinks several of us ventured (went) to a Karaoke place to enjoy some singing together. I couldn't stay late as I had to get up early to go and climb Mt Takao with some other students the next day. As always Thank You All Soooo Much!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Mount Takao Part 3

When we finally arrived at the bottom around 1:30PM, we were all looking forward to the spa. It seems they built a spa in the station for all the weary and dirty climbers last October. It is very modern and clean. There were a lot of baths and a lot of space. We all relaxed and refreshed here. We decided to stay for one hour. But, the mom and daughter team extended their time in the spa to two hours. So, Yayoi, Osamu and I took the train home. We arrived safely back around 5:30. Finally, I must tell you that we had four "Close Encounters of the Gaijin kind" on the mountain. That is, on our ascent, we met one young man of color from "Sacto". That's short for Sacramento, California. Then we met a young couple from Florida on our way down. A little later we met two guys from Belgium (see pic). And then finally a young lady from Russia. We had a nice chat with the two Belgium guys. Their names were Samuel and Michael. They work for the government and were on vacation for three weeks in Japan. They travelled everywhere here. Samuel told us the best thing to eat in Belgium is the potato fries. They are called fritkot or frits. Have you ever had them?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Mount Takao Part 2

The first part of the ascent was on a paved road up to the rope-way station. More than a few cars passed us on this road. From that point we got on the dirt path. That was definitely more enjoyable. We arrived at the summit about 11:00. It is 599.15 meters high. There were some nice views. We had lunch at the top. And while Yayoi and I went to buy soft cream, the other three members saw a slide show at the information office. They learned many things about Mt Takao and the nature there. They learned about the animals, insects and plant lives. Later they shared that information with us, especially about the animal droppings. They called them "life signs". Anyway, the climb down went smoothly and without incident (no happenings). We left the top around noon. We used Route 6 (NOT 66!) to descend. It was like a jungle. We had to walk along a small stream. The stream was mostly mud and rocks and tree roots. We had to be careful as it was slippery. It was also very narrow in some places and we encountered (met) climbers coming up. The majority (most) of them were elementary school kids.  We finally arrived back at the station around 2:00. Part 3 tomorrow.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Mount Takao Part 1

The last time I climbed a mountain was four years ago. That mountain was Mt Fuji. I wanted to try again. I asked the person that I knew was best suited to climb with. That is Yayoi from the Thursday L.S.E lesson. Yayoi planned our train schedule and the climb. She was also very well prepared not only for herself but in case of any emergencies. Three other members made up our group. They were Osamu and Junko from the same L.S.E. class and Junko's eleven-year-old daughter, Miki. Osamu is very knowledgeable about many things. He told us  a lot of cool stuff. Miki was the youngest so she was always way ahead of us on the trail. Junko has a lovely smile and is always cheerful and cracking jokes. She and Miki are a very nice mom and daughter team. My specialty is English and that came in handy (was advantageous) whenever we met foreigners. Anyway, we met at Omiya station and departed at 7AM. The train ride went smoothly and we arrived Takao mountain about 9AM. We had one big surprise this day. It didn't rain! The weather forecast called for showers but they never happened. That was fabulous for two reasons: 1. We didn't get wet. 2. Not many climbers came. We were in no hurry, so we took our time climbing. Continued tomorrow.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Puzzler Answers

We went up to Mt Takao yesterday and it didn't rain. Hooray! Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

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

ROUST     DIVOT     DOZED     STROKE       REROUTE     ENLIVEN    EXUDE     JUICY

And them BLANKS? Can you figure them out? Answers are way down below.







































GIANT                          TIPPED                    DOLLAR            GREAT/ATOM



Sunday, September 11, 2016

Puzzler Hints

I sang Yuki Guni. Check out the pic below. It is of the Warehouse game center. It is so spacious! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.
BOYS, BE AMBITIOUS!

HOME PROJECT for September 2016:  “-ous” 接尾辞/suffix がついた言葉

“-ous” は品詞を形容詞に変えます。

「~の性質がある、~が多い、~に満ちている」という意味が加わります。

courage+ous= courageous  勇気のある、勇敢な

ridicule+ous= ridiculous  馬鹿げた、非常識な、滑稽な

continue +ous= continuous  つながった、連続した

1.  The hotel had a spacious lobby.  そのホテルのロビーは広々としていた。
2.  Usain Bolt is famous all over the world.  ウサイン・ボルトは世界中で有名です。
3.  It’s dangerous to ride a bicycle with an umbrella up.  傘をさして自転車に乗るのは危険です。
4.  I saw a glorious sunrise at the top of Mt. Fuji. 私は富士山の頂上で壮大な日の出を見ました。

HUMONGOUS!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Puzzler

Party alert! I will go out for dinner and drinks with the nice folks from the Kenkatsu Saturday lesson tonight. But I can only have two (maybe 3) drinks because I will climb Mt. Takao tomorrow. As always, wish me luck! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

BOYS, BE AMBITIOUS!

HOME PROJECT for September 2016:  “-ous” 接尾辞/suffix がついた言葉

“-ous” は品詞を形容詞に変えます。

「~の性質がある、~が多い、~に満ちている」という意味が加わります。

courage+ous= courageous  勇気のある、勇敢な

ridicule+ous= ridiculous  馬鹿げた、非常識な、滑稽な

continue +ous= continuous  つながった、連続した

1.  The hotel had a spacious lobby.  そのホテルのロビーは広々としていた。
2.  Usain Bolt is famous all over the world.  ウサイン・ボルトは世界中で有名です。
3.  It’s dangerous to ride a bicycle with an umbrella up.  傘をさして自転車に乗るのは危険です。
4.  I saw a glorious sunrise at the top of Mt. Fuji. 私は富士山の頂上で壮大な日の出を見ました。

Practicing for Sports Day

Friday, September 9, 2016

New Adults short course

I was very fortunate (lucky) to get this job. It is a three day short course for adults at the Sakuragi Chu Ou Kouminkan in the Shino building in Omiya. That building is directly behind the Sonic City Building. I used to teach there on Monday mornings. At that time, I had one lesson in the morning and then one lesson there in the afternoon. But, before that I had a 6AM private lesson in Urawa. That was with my dentist. These lessons were maybe (perhaps) 7 years ago. That schedule was outrageous, but profitable. Since then I have quit all three lessons and now I do a kindergarten lesson in Kitamoto at 9:30 on Mondays instead. Anyway, the Kouminkan contacted me last year and we arranged everything. The lesson is for beginners. And looking at the students, there is no one younger than I am! That means they are a pretty old group but very eager to speak some English. Our second lesson finished yesterday. At the first lesson we practiced some simple conversation and yesterday we concentrated on numbers. I hope to do some more reading from our text book and wrap up the lesson next Thursday. Thank you all very much.   

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Karaoke with Fun English team

I teach English to a group of students at the Seibu Cultural Center in Omiya on Wednesdays. The group has been together for more than ten years. We started on Thursday nights and over time I had to change the schedule. The students come and go. Currently (right now) five of the members took part in the RAM English 20th Anniversary event last year in Kenkatsu. Anyway, we have two parties a year to celebrate the lesson. We usually go to sing Karaoke together. However last we didn't but this time did. On Sunday we all met at 1PM at WAREHOUSE in Omiya. That is where we usually go. There were seven of us this time. And I must say, all were very good singers. One guy likes to sing Japanese military or marching songs. One guy could sing everything including Western music. One student loves the Urawa Reds so we sang their fight song. At that time I decided to sing the American national anthem. We sang Beatles, Carpenters and lots of Japanese songs. I sang one Japanese song myself. Can you guess what I sang? Answer on Sunday's blog.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Back to work

My kindergarten lessons were off during the summer. This happens every year. So, I had some extra free time and I think I spent the time wisely. Anyway, the lessons resumed (started again). I teach one hour every Monday morning in Kitamoto, two hours every Tuesday morning in Okegawa and then 90 minutes every Friday morning in Kitakounosu.  I also teach 90 minutes on Wednesday AMs in Kawagoe but those lessons continue all summer. It takes a lot of energy to "teach" the kids. It is more like entertaining. Luckily, the home room teacher is there to assist (help) me and solve any problems. The kids are all so cool. It is challenging sometimes but usually it is fun. It has to be fun for the kids get bored easily. Some kids can be rambunctious. So, my job is to be energetic and happy and teach. I have found a good balance between entertaining (playing) and teaching. I have learned that if the lesson is interesting then the kids will listen or pay attention. Most are little people eager to learn. And like most people they are not to keen on (interested in) studying.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Labor Day USA

It was LABOR DAY in my home country yesterday. What is LABOR DAY?
Labor Day 2016, also known as Labour Day, is a federal holiday observed annually on the first Monday of September. Originally it was a day organized to celebrate various labor associations' strengths and their contributions to the United States economy. Presently (Currently/Now) it is a day that gives workers a day of rest. And it celebrates their contribution to the American economy. It is the Monday of the long weekend known as Labor Day 2016 Weekend and it is considered the unofficial end of summer.
The first Labor Day was held in 1882. Its origins stem from the desire of the Central Labor Union to create a holiday for workers. It became a federal holiday in 1894. It was originally intended that the day would be filled with a street parade to allow the public to appreciate the work of the trade and labor organizations. After the parade, a festival was to be held to amuse local workers and their families. In later years, prominent men and women held speeches. This is less common now, but is sometimes seen in election years. One of the reasons for choosing to celebrate this on the first Monday in September, and not on May 1, which is common in the rest of the world, was to add a holiday in the long gap between Independence Day and Thanksgiving.
Relax.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Puzzler Answers

I really need to practice the violin more earnestly. I have no violin lesson this month as both my teacher and I are very busy. Practice, practice, practice. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.
And here is a Super Scrabble Puzzle for your perusal. Cool Words:

PROVE      THRICE    AMUSE  ABLAZE      JADE    DITTO     REGION    IDIOM    ENVY

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











































BRING                        QUIZ                    ZANY                    LOSS/HOUSE



Sunday, September 4, 2016

Puzzler Hints

I have a Karaoke Party with the Fun English members at 1PM today. I haven't Karaoked for a long time. It could get raucous. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for September 2016:  “-ous” 接尾辞/suffix がついた言葉

“-ous” は品詞を形容詞に変えます。

「~の性質がある、~が多い、~に満ちている」という意味が加わります。

courage+ous= courageous  勇気のある、勇敢な

ridicule+ous= ridiculous  馬鹿げた、非常識な、滑稽な

continue +ous= continuous  つながった、連続した

1.  The hotel had a spacious lobby.  そのホテルのロビーは広々としていた。
2.  Usain Bolt is famous all over the world.  ウサイン・ボルトは世界中で有名です。
3.  It’s dangerous to ride a bicycle with an umbrella up.  傘をさして自転車に乗るのは危険です。
4.  I saw a glorious sunrise at the top of Mt. Fuji. 私は富士山の頂上で壮大な日の出を見ました。

This is the always gorgeous rice field in front of our house. (Compare with yesterday's pic)

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Puzzler

It's September. Summer is waning and hopefully the weather will get cooler. Anyway, here is your new Home Project. Good luck. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for September 2016:  “-ous” 接尾辞/suffix がついた言葉

“-ous” は品詞を形容詞に変えます。

「~の性質がある、~が多い、~に満ちている」という意味が加わります。

courage+ous= courageous  勇気のある、勇敢な

ridicule+ous= ridiculous  馬鹿げた、非常識な、滑稽な

continue +ous= continuous  つながった、連続した

1.  The hotel had a spacious lobby.  そのホテルのロビーは広々としていた。
2.  Usain Bolt is famous all over the world.  ウサイン・ボルトは世界中で有名です。
3.  It’s dangerous to ride a bicycle with an umbrella up.  傘をさして自転車に乗るのは危険です。
4.  I saw a glorious sunrise at the top of Mt. Fuji. 私は富士山の頂上で壮大な日の出を見ました。
This rice field has lots of weeds.

Friday, September 2, 2016

The Final Story

I finished reading my Japanese book for kids. There are a lot of phrases that I don't understand but I think I got the story. It's about a green imp. An imp is an ogre's son. One day he is sitting in a tree looking out at the valley and the cliffs behind. He is wondering what is out there. He asks his mom. She tells of a bridge which he mustn't cross. It is made of twigs and is very weak. Later, a red hat comes blowing in the wind to him. He decides he must go and find the owner. He believes that it belongs to a beautiful little girl. He sets out. He crosses the twig bridge and finds the girl. He is disappointed. She is a "plain Jane"; i.e. not attractive at all. None-the-less they become friends. By the way, she is the witches daughter. Enter the witch; she smells the imp and tries to find him. The daughter hides him. The imp is very scared. The witch continues to search for him. She comes close to finding him several times but the little girl hides him again and again. Finally he returns back over the twig bridge just in the nick of time to safety. He is glad to be reunited with his mother. The pic is the cutest imp I could find. Most are little boy monsters.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Breakfast at the kindergarten

Every year the Higashi K has a sleepover. Only the oldest kids go to, and stay one night at, the kindergarten and play games and hear stories and visit a Haunted House. I actually went one night long ago to witness (see) this event. It is pretty cool. But I do get an invitation every summer to join them for breakfast. This year was no exception (i.e. This year was the same). I got a call last Tuesday to remind me and then I went at 7:50AM last Friday. When I arrived everyone looked fine. They didn't look as tired as they usually do. I guess they all slept well. The breakfast was the same as always. Some rice balls and bread cakes and juice from the local 7-11. It lasted about an hour. Afterward I watched as the teachers sprang into action to clean the kindergarten and put everything back in order. Those teachers take care of the kindergarten as if they were the owners. Later they had the annual watermelon splitting event. I watched that last year. It is pretty cool but I had things to do so I returned to my school.