Friday, March 31, 2017

Deutschland visitors Part 2

So, after the impromptu meeting at my school, I drove the two wives, one daughter and boyfriend to Ishizuka restaurant in Okegawa. It is on the NakaSenDo near the station and then Berthold and I drove to Futaba restaurant which is nearby. Yuko and Kyoko walked there. Two other students were waiting for us there. They are Kenny and Yoshikazu. They are students from the same lesson group as Yuko and Kyoko. They are the very wise and knowledgeable elder statesmen of that English class. So, they prefer to have some alcohol while making conversation. Six of us had dinner and it was DE-LI-CIOUS as always. Of course I wasn't drinking. But the two guys make great conversation with Berthold. They are both seasoned travellers and could even speak some German! I think that made Berthold feel very comfortable. At 9PM we said good-bye and I took Berthold to Ishizuka to meet up with the others. We stayed there talking for another hour. I think everyone enjoyed the evening. Thank you all very much!

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Visitors from Deutschland Part 1

We have some nice friends from Germany. They are Keiko and Berthold Bayer. We met long ago (20 years?) at the Kenkatsu center. We have met maybe a half dozen over the years here in Japan and they are here again. They are here to visit Keiko's ailing father. I invited all my students to come and meet Berthold at my school on Saturday, March 18th for some free discussion and Q & A (question and answer). Two students took up my offer and 8 of us met. There was me and Miwako, Berthold and his wife, their daughter Riina, and her boyfriend Jacob, and two students Kyoko and Yuko. The conversation centered on music as Berthold played clarinet in the Hamburg philharmonic Symphony. But, we also talked about Europe and Japan and looked at maps. Somebody even mentioned Donald Trump! Finally Berthold gave me a CD recording of Beethoven's 3rd symphony, Eroica. It was conducted by Gunter Wand and of course Berthold plays on it. I promised to make copies for Kyoko and Berthold. It was interesting and fun.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Kindergarten Graduation 2

As I said yesterday I am on stage at two graduation ceremonies. This one is at a another kindergarten. It is a 5 minute bicycle ride from my school. I have been teaching here for  over ten years! This was my first kindergarten job. I love it! The kids are all so small and fresh and cute! The teachers are all so young and pretty! But, the best part is that when the kids graduate, some come to my school to continue their English adventure. So, I am invited to sit on stage. There are always four of us. There is the kindergarten owner, his son the manager, the gym teacher and me. It is actually the only occasion (chance) that I have to wear my suit. They ask me to give a speech here. It is quite famous as I deliver (say) my speech first in Japanese to the moms and dads and then in English to the kids. During the speech I ask the kids 5 or six times "OK?" and they respond (reply/answer) "OK!". They answer loudly and in unison. "In unison" means together as one. It is always a rousing success.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Kindergarten graduation

It's graduation season here in Japan. I teach English at 3 different kindergartens. Two of them invite me to attend their graduation ceremony. It is an honor indeed. This BLOG is about the ceremony at the Mida Kindergarten in KitaKounosu. This is my 3rd time to attend it. It is a rather big Kindergarten. There were 103 kids graduating. Many VIPs are on stage. The include the PTA chairperson, the previous PTA chairperson, elementary school principals, two kindergarten elites, several mothers dressed o kimonos, the gym teacher and me. After all the diplomas have been handed out to each and every (all) the kids, there are a couple of speeches. Then they introduce, one by one, the guests on stage. I am always in the middle o the group next to the gym teacher. When it is my turn, I say "Everybody, Congratulations on your graduation." Then in Japanese I tell them that I will take their picture. This brings some laughter and cheer to the audience and the elites on stage. The kindergarten principal welcomes the mood changer that I bring to the solemn ceremony. It does stake some guts, though. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Puzzler Answers and Super Scrabble

It's the end of the March and still no drinking. But my weight has not gone down as I'm inactive. i.e. I am not going to the gym. Heavy sigh. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

スーパースクラブルパズルは200ピースのタイルを使って単語を作るゲームです。
それぞれのタイルにはアルファベットが書かれています。参加者が(リック先生のアドバイスを受けながら)順番に、ボードにある単語に手持ちのタイルで作った単語をつなげていきます。

完成したパズルがこちらです。ご覧のようにたくさんの単語ができました。
この中に何も書かれていないタイルが4つあります。クイズです!この空白のタイルに入るアルファベットはなんでしょう?わかりますか?

答えは一番下にあります。スクロールダウンして(ずっ~と下まで見て)チェックしてみてください。



GIANT                             TIPPED                    DOLLAR                       GREAT/ATOM

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Puzzler Hints

Miwkao has a piano recital today. Of course I will go to cheer her on. Good luck, Miwako! Puzzler Hints: CLIK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for March 2017:   「最上級」について考えましょう。
意味は、 「・・・の中で1番(最も)~」です。
最上級とは、ほとんどの形容詞、副詞の最後に、estをつけたものです。
最上級の前に、the を付けることも忘れずに!
例):tall →  the tallest
☆語尾がeで終わるものは、st のみ付けます。
   例):wise 「賢い」 → wisest
☆語尾が、子音+yのものは、yをiに変えて、estを付けます。
   例):easy 「簡単な」 → easiest
☆語尾が、単母音(母音1つ)+子音の場合は、子音を重ねてestを付けます。
 例):hot 「熱い」 → hottest

これらは、例外として覚えましょう。
★good や wellを最上級にした場合 → best になります。
  例)She is the best pianist in her class.
★beautifulや、interesting  などのように、長い単語の場合は、est を付けずに、違った表し方になります。
   又、manyや much を最上級にした場合 → most になります。
  例)This is the most beautiful flower in the garden.
◆「最上級」を使って、何か話を作ってみましょう!
This is the Sun Arena Gym that I can't go to anymore. Sigh.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Puzzler

I am able to sleep better these days. I take hot bathes twice a day. I think that is helping. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for March 2017:   「最上級」について考えましょう。
意味は、 「・・・の中で1番(最も)~」です。
最上級とは、ほとんどの形容詞、副詞の最後に、estをつけたものです。
最上級の前に、the を付けることも忘れずに!
例):tall →  the tallest
☆語尾がeで終わるものは、st のみ付けます。
   例):wise 「賢い」 → wisest
☆語尾が、子音+yのものは、yをiに変えて、estを付けます。
   例):easy 「簡単な」 → easiest
☆語尾が、単母音(母音1つ)+子音の場合は、子音を重ねてestを付けます。
 例):hot 「熱い」 → hottest

これらは、例外として覚えましょう。
★good や wellを最上級にした場合 → best になります。
  例)She is the best pianist in her class.
★beautifulや、interesting  などのように、長い単語の場合は、est を付けずに、違った表し方になります。
   又、manyや much を最上級にした場合 → most になります。
  例)This is the most beautiful flower in the garden.
◆「最上級」を使って、何か話を作ってみましょう!
Moms and dads with the kids at Kindergarten Open House

Friday, March 24, 2017

Some time off

The school year has ended. That means that I have some time off for about one month. Why? I teach at three kindergartens. These kinderagrtens are off for at least one month. So, I am free Monday, Tuesday and Friday mornings until mid-April. Of course my salary will decline (go down) but I am grateful (happy) for the free time. As usual I have a lot of work to do. Such as making textbooks, homework for the kids, cleaning the school and house, gardening, weeding (my favorite), blogging, making puzzles, preparing for the Big RAM Event, and violin practice. Since my hernia I cannot go to the gym. So I have more free time. Of course I'd prefer to go to the gym, but that's life. Now, check out the picture. That was one of my final lessons for the year at a nearby kindergarten. It was an Open House for moms and dads. "Open House" means that the parents come to see the lesson. We did a lesson with numbers. The kids all get cards and have to say the number on their card, in order, and then flip the card to the center of the tables. We practice the numbers regularly but it was still a challenge for most. Now, back to work.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

persimmons by Yoko

We say “When a persimmon turns red, a doctor is blue.”
Kaki, which is persimmon in English, is a nutritious fruit and it is one of my favorites. Kaki is used as the scientific name.
The original home of the persimmon tree is China, and they have been cultivated in Japan from long ago. The persimmon was introduced into Europe and America from Japan about 200 years ago. Now they are also cultivated in Italy and Brazil.
I have a persimmon tree called Zenjimarugaki in my garden. The fruit is very small and has a lot of seeds. But it’s so sweet. Zenjimarugaki is the oldest sweet persimmon which was found at the Ozenji in Kawasaki city in 1214. It is said that Ieyasu Tokugawa named the persimmon Ozenjimaru, and it was grown in Edo.
Even now there is lumber from the persimmon tree in Ozenji temple.
My family and I lived near Ozenji and we often ate those persimmons. When we moved to Omiya about 20 years ago, we planted a nursery tree of Zenjimarugaki in our garden in memory. Now, the tree bears a lot sweet fruit every year. I want my friends to try one this autumn.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

My hernia The end

A lot has happened since March 1st when I first got the hernia. I must say the pain was terrible! My whole (entire) left leg was in pain. I rode my bicycle to school. It was almost impossible. I haven't ridden my bicycle since. I went to the clinic on March 1st for an examination and again, the pain was awful, waiting to see the doc. Finally I did see him and got some strong medicine for three days. I was able to teach my lessons but it was not easy. Then Saturday night and Sunday, again there were terrible pains. I guess that is enough about the pain, eh? Little by little things have gotten better. I still haven't ridden my bike. And I still sleep on a futon on the floor. I still use crutches but only for long distances. I have been on weaker medicine since March 4th. I got an MRI on the 8th (see photo). It showed a herniated disc. I have also been taking hot baths twice a day since then. I believe that has helped a lot. My family's support and love has really helped. Even my cat Leo promised not to puke so I don't have to clean it up. Thank you all very much.  

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

My hernia The beginning

I have had pains in my lower back for a long time. I remember once in Hawaii I couldn't get into my car. The pains were terrible. I also hurt my back while playing softball here in Japan. I started getting massages 6 years ago to help with the pain. (Massage has really helped my shoulder muscles.) I believe that my lower back pains are due to the fact that I have no stomach muscles. That is because I have drunk so much beer over the years. So, I have been trying to build stomach muscles for a long, long time. And I believed that now at age 65, I had a good opportunity to achieve this goal. I started going to the gym one year ago. Running on the machine has helped me slim down a little. I also am on the wagon so that should help, too. Unfortunately I did too much weight lifting and hurt my left shoulder last year. That was painful for six months. That pain finally went away. At the gym I also did sit-ups to make stomach muscles and strengthen them. Well, I am sure that in late February I hurt my back. But I continued to exercise; Big, mistake! Then on March 1st, I did some stretching to "heal" that pain in my back just before my Wednesday AM Kawagoe kids Day Care Lesson. I was in terrible pain. To be continued tomorrow. The pic is Doctor K from KN Clinic Okegawa.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Puzzler Answers and Super Scrabble

I've got lots of free time for a month as my Kindergarten lessons are off until mid-March and longer. I'm gonna do a lot of paper work. Puzzler Answwrs: CLICK HERE.

スーパースクラブルパズルは200ピースのタイルを使って単語を作るゲームです。
それぞれのタイルにはアルファベットが書かれています。参加者が(リック先生のアドバイスを受けながら)順番に、ボードにある単語に手持ちのタイルで作った単語をつなげていきます。

完成したパズルがこちらです。ご覧のようにたくさんの単語ができました。
この中に何も書かれていないタイルが4つあります。クイズです!この空白のタイルに入るアルファベットはなんでしょう?わかりますか?

答えは一番下にあります。スクロールダウンして(ずっ~と下まで見て)チェックしてみてください。










































QUEER                     ZERO/STRAIN                         DEUCE                        REACH/HUGE

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Puzzle Hints

And today, we are on a vacation in Hakone. I will tell you about that soon, too. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.
HOME PROJECT for March 2017:   「最上級」について考えましょう。
意味は、 「・・・の中で1番(最も)~」です。
最上級とは、ほとんどの形容詞、副詞の最後に、estをつけたものです。
最上級の前に、the を付けることも忘れずに!
例):tall →  the tallest
☆語尾がeで終わるものは、st のみ付けます。
   例):wise 「賢い」 → wisest
☆語尾が、子音+yのものは、yをiに変えて、estを付けます。
   例):easy 「簡単な」 → easiest
☆語尾が、単母音(母音1つ)+子音の場合は、子音を重ねてestを付けます。
 例):hot 「熱い」 → hottest

これらは、例外として覚えましょう。
★good や wellを最上級にした場合 → best になります。
  例)She is the best pianist in her class.
★beautifulや、interesting  などのように、長い単語の場合は、est を付けずに、違った表し方になります。
   又、manyや much を最上級にした場合 → most になります。
  例)This is the most beautiful flower in the garden.
◆「最上級」を使って、何か話を作ってみましょう!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Puzzler

It is the middle of March. My hernia is healing little by little. Did I mention that I had a hernia? I will have the story next week. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for March 2017:   「最上級」について考えましょう。
意味は、 「・・・の中で1番(最も)~」です。
最上級とは、ほとんどの形容詞、副詞の最後に、estをつけたものです。
最上級の前に、the を付けることも忘れずに!
例):tall →  the tallest
☆語尾がeで終わるものは、st のみ付けます。
   例):wise 「賢い」 → wisest
☆語尾が、子音+yのものは、yをiに変えて、estを付けます。
   例):easy 「簡単な」 → easiest
☆語尾が、単母音(母音1つ)+子音の場合は、子音を重ねてestを付けます。
 例):hot 「熱い」 → hottest

これらは、例外として覚えましょう。
★good や wellを最上級にした場合 → best になります。
  例)She is the best pianist in her class.
★beautifulや、interesting  などのように、長い単語の場合は、est を付けずに、違った表し方になります。
   又、manyや much を最上級にした場合 → most になります。
  例)This is the most beautiful flower in the garden.
◆「最上級」を使って、何か話を作ってみましょう!

An Irish Clover

Friday, March 17, 2017

St. Patricks Day

I know that March 17th is St Patrick's Day. Why? Because when I was much younger, we wore something green to show that we knew it was St. Patties Day. And then we could go out and get drunk. This happened a lot when I was in University and then working as a businessman for three years in Michigan. But I really celebrated (got drunk) when I moved to Colorado and then in Hawaii for five years. We drank a lot of green beer on St. Patrick's Day! People wear green make up and green hair and green teeth. Some cities make their rivers green. I checked Wikipedia and found that:
1.Saint Patrick's Day, or the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious celebration held on 17 March, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the foremost patron saint of Ireland.
2. Celebrations are held in many places around the world. They include Ireland, GB, Canada, Russia, USA, Switzerland, Argentina, Korea, Malaysia and even Japan.
3. There was a celebration in the International Space Station.
4. St. Patrick used a three leaf clover to explain Christianity to Pagans. He died on March 17th.





Thursday, March 16, 2017

A short trip by Naho

I visited Boracay Island to attend my friend's wedding last month. This is small island in Philippines, and  it isn't a famous sightseeing spot (such as Sebu Island) yet, for  Japanese tourists. You have to change planes in Manila and board a small ship to go to Boracay. Also we used a "motor tricycle" every day. It's like a motor bike taxi.
It was my first time to visit the Philippines, and I really enjoyed. There are very big, beautiful beach and many nice restaurants in front of the beach. You can get beer and food everywhere. The Boracay's people are friendly and peaceful. 
Of course the wedding party was great and touching. The wedding got started at sunset on the beach. The dress code was "white", so we wore all a white dresses. I thought it was kinda weird at first, but actually it makes sense of unity and very cool. We had a great experience! I will definitely go to this island again in the near future!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Ides of March

The Ides of March is a day on the Roman calendar that corresponds to 15 March. It was marked by several religious observances and became notorious as the date of the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BC. The death of Caesar made the Ides of March a turning point in Roman history. It helped mark the transition from the historical period known as the Roman Republic to the Roman Empire.
Although March was the third month of the Julian calendar, in the oldest Roman calendar it was the first month of the year.
(I then checked on January and February. I found the following:)
The original Roman year had 10 named months Martius "March", Aprilis "April", Maius "May", Junius "June", Quintilis "July", Sextilis "August", September "September", October "October", November "November", December "December". The year began with Martius "March". Numa Pompilius, the second king of Rome circa 700 BC, added the two months Januarius "January" and Februarius "February". He also moved the beginning of the year from Marius to Januarius.
SO, I BELIEVE that February is the last day of the year. That is when we add one day every Leap Year. Don't you agree?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Jam by Hiromi

Let me tell you about last weekend. I cleaned our refrigerator last Sunday. I didn't clean it the end of the last year because we were going abroad. By the way, it took about 1 hour to clean. There were a lot of expired goods in the fridge.  For example, dried ginger, butter and many kinds of jam. I threw away more than 10 bottles of jam. For example, strawberry jam, blueberry jam, marmalade, peanut butter and see-weed tskudani. How about you? Can you finish eating jam until the end?
Then I had a good idea. We always forgot things which we can' t see. So now we put jam bottles at the good location in our refrigerator. We will never do "Mottainai" again.
But, but, but, we had toast for breakfast this morning. An accident happened, when I tried to take a bottle of strawberry jam out from the refrigerator.   I dropped it. Oh my god!  Which is better, spilling jam or forgetting jam? I'm not sure.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Puzzler Answers and Super Scrabble

I had to cancel my violin lesson for today because of my hernia. Sigh. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

スーパースクラブルパズルは200ピースのタイルを使って単語を作るゲームです。
それぞれのタイルにはアルファベットが書かれています。参加者が(リック先生のアドバイスを受けながら)順番に、ボードにある単語に手持ちのタイルで作った単語をつなげていきます。

完成したパズルがこちらです。ご覧のようにたくさんの単語ができました。
この中に何も書かれていないタイルが4つあります。クイズです!この空白のタイルに入るアルファベットはなんでしょう?わかりますか?

答えは一番下にあります。スクロールダウンして(ずっ~と下まで見て)チェックしてみてください。
























































ROBOT               CLEAN/DAWN                        PENCIL                    CHOICE/CURLY

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Puzzler Hints

I got a hernia on March 1st. It is getting better (improving). But I am still not near my best condition. So, I gotta rest.  Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.


HOME PROJECT for March 2017:   「最上級」について考えましょう。
意味は、 「・・・の中で1番(最も)~」です。
最上級とは、ほとんどの形容詞、副詞の最後に、estをつけたものです。
最上級の前に、the を付けることも忘れずに!
例):tall →  the tallest
☆語尾がeで終わるものは、st のみ付けます。
   例):wise 「賢い」 → wisest
☆語尾が、子音+yのものは、yをiに変えて、est を付けます。
   例):easy 「簡単な」 → easiest
☆語尾が、単母音(母音1つ)+子音の場合は、子音を重ねてestを付けます。
 例):hot 「熱い」 → hottest

これらは、例外として覚えましょう。
★good や wellを最上級にした場合 → best になります。
  例)She is the best pianist in her class.
★beautifulや、interesting  などのように、長い単語の場合は、est を付けずに、違った表し方になります。
   又、manyや much を最上級にした場合 → most になります。
  例)This is the most beautiful flower in the garden.
◆「最上級」を使って、何か話を作ってみましょう!

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Puzzler

This will be a restful weekend for me. I want to lie down and watch TV as much as possible.
Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for March 2017:   「最上級」について考えましょう。
意味は、 「・・・の中で1番(最も)~」です。
最上級とは、ほとんどの形容詞、副詞の最後に、estをつけたものです。
最上級の前に、the を付けることも忘れずに!
例):tall →  the tallest
☆語尾がeで終わるものは、st のみ付けます。
   例):wise 「賢い」 → wisest
☆語尾が、子音+yのものは、yをiに変えて、estを付けます。
   例):easy 「簡単な」 → easiest
☆語尾が、単母音(母音1つ)+子音の場合は、子音を重ねてestを付けます。
 例):hot 「熱い」 → hottest

これらは、例外として覚えましょう。
★good や wellを最上級にした場合 → best になります。
  例)She is the best pianist in her class.
★beautifulや、interesting  などのように、長い単語の場合は、est を付けずに、違った表し方になります。
   又、manyや much を最上級にした場合 → most になります。
  例)This is the most beautiful flower in the garden.
◆「最上級」を使って、何か話を作ってみましょう!

Which would you choose?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Girls Day in Japan

We have two beautiful daughters, if I do say so myself. They are pretty cool kids, too. One lives at home, the other lives in Tokyo in an apartment. They both work at companies in Tokyo. We are very grateful for that. They are also healthy. We are even more grateful for that. So, last week Miwako set up the Hina Doll Display in our living/dining room. I remember when we  went to buy it. Of course, Grandfather Maeyama bought it for us. We got it in Iwatsuki. That was some 25 years ago or so. That brings back some fond memories.
According to Wikipedia,
Hinamatsuri, also called Doll's Day or Girls' Day, is a special day in Japan. Hinamatsuri is celebrated each year on March 3. Platforms covered with a red carpet are used to display a set of ornamental dolls representing the Emperor, Empress, attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period.
Hinamatsuri traces its origins to a Heian period custom called hina-nagashi ("doll floating"), in which straw hina dolls are set afloat on a boat and sent down a river to the sea, supposedly taking troubles or bad spirits with them. The Shimogamo Shrine (part of the Kamo Shrine complex in Kyoto) celebrates the Nagashi-bina by floating these dolls between the Takano and Kamo Rivers to pray for the safety of children. People have stopped doing this now because of fishermen catching the dolls in their nets. They now send them out to sea, and when the spectators are gone they take the dolls out of the water and bring them back to the temple and burn them.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

House Renewal

Our house is 11 years old. Our house is exposed to (open to/vulnerable to) the elements. The elements means the weather. By that I mean the wind, the sun, the rain, the snow, the heat. They all do damage to the outside of the house. So, Miwako and I decided to take some action. That action was to call five different outdoor reform companies. They all came to look at our house. They then calculated (decided) how much it would cost us to have the repairs done to make our house beautiful again. At first we heard from two companies about the price. Then I made a very important decision: I decided to leave the whole (entire) job to Miwako. That means that I would not participate (take part in) the decision. She would control everything. And it worked! She gave me updates. She told me information about the different prices from the different companies. She did research. She finally chose one company and then she made them accept her price! I couldn't believe it! She is great! My advice: Gentlemen, let your wife do the negotiating!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Blood donation

A lot has happened this past week. So first, let tell you about last Monday, February 27th. I had a kindergarten lesson from 9:30 to 1030 then I was free until 5PM. What to do? I returned to my school to do some work and then I went to Omiya. Why? Why else?...to donate blood. It was time again. Donating blood is one of my favorite things to do. You can only donate three times a year at most. So, I make a note on my calendar to be sure that I don't forget. Anyway, when I arrived at the Omiya Blood Donation Center that Monday it was not so crowded. I first checked my BP. It was 113/65. Very good. Then I filled out the questionnaire. No worries. Then I talked to the to the doc. Clear. They took a blood sample from my left arm. All was fine. Then they escorted (took) me to the chair where I would donate. A nice nurse stuck the needle in my arm and the blood flowed freely. It think it only took less than 10 minutes. Then in the lobby I ate rice crackers and drank onion soup (all free) for 15 minutes. There was no problems with me so I went home. My next time is June 7th.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Warning from the US of A

U.S. Embassy Tokyo
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Protest on Anniversary of 1945 Tokyo Bombing

The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place around the Embassy and surrounding areas between 8:00 AM and 6:00 PM on March 10. Protestors will be demonstrating to call attention to the 1945 bombing of Tokyo.  Police anticipate protesters to drive around the Embassy and surrounding areas making pronouncements via speaker trucks.  Police will not allow these vehicles to approach the front of the Embassy, but they will likely disrupt traffic flow in the adjacent streets.
Protests in Japan are generally non-violent in nature, but at times can disrupt traffic.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Puzler Answers and Super Scrabble

Is it really my birthday today? Happy Birthday to me! Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

スーパースクラブルパズルは200ピースのタイルを使って単語を作るゲームです。
それぞれのタイルにはアルファベットが書かれています。参加者が(リック先生のアドバイスを受けながら)順番に、ボードにある単語に手持ちのタイルで作った単語をつなげていきます。

完成したパズルがこちらです。ご覧のようにたくさんの単語ができました。
この中に何も書かれていないタイルが4つあります。クイズです!この空白のタイルに入るアルファベットはなんでしょう?わかりますか?

答えは一番下にあります。スクロールダウンして(ずっ~と下まで見て)チェックしてみてください。









































GLOVES/GROVES                 NEARED/ARISE                GLOVE                   HEALED

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Puzzler Hints

What did you say? Rick's birthday is tomorrow? Yikes! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for March 2017:   「最上級」について考えましょう。
意味は、 「・・・の中で1番(最も)~」です。
最上級とは、ほとんどの形容詞、副詞の最後に、estをつけたものです。
最上級の前に、the を付けることも忘れずに!
例):tall →  the tallest
☆語尾がeで終わるものは、st のみ付けます。
   例):wise 「賢い」 → wisest
☆語尾が、子音+yのものは、yをiに変えて、estを付けます。
   例):easy 「簡単な」 → easiest
☆語尾が、単母音(母音1つ)+子音の場合は、子音を重ねてestを付けます。
 例):hot 「熱い」 → hottest

これらは、例外として覚えましょう。
★good や wellを最上級にした場合 → best になります。
  例)She is the best pianist in her class.
★beautifulや、interesting  などのように、長い単語の場合は、est を付けずに、違った表し方になります。
又、manyや much を最上級にした場合 → most になります。
  例)This is the most beautiful flower in the garden.
◆「最上級」を使って、何か話を作ってみましょう!
A traffic cop in Omya. Be careful everybody!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Puzzler

What did you say? Rick's birthday is in 3 days? Oh boy! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HOME PROJECT for March 2017:   「最上級」について考えましょう。
意味は、 「・・・の中で1番(最も)~」です。
最上級とは、ほとんどの形容詞、副詞の最後に、estをつけたものです。
最上級の前に、the を付けることも忘れずに!
例):tall →  the tallest
☆語尾がeで終わるものは、st のみ付けます。
   例):wise 「賢い」 → wisest
☆語尾が、子音+yのものは、yをiに変えて、estを付けます。
   例):easy 「簡単な」 → easiest
☆語尾が、単母音(母音1つ)+子音の場合は、子音を重ねてestを付けます。
 例):hot 「熱い」 → hottest

これらは、例外として覚えましょう。
★good や wellを最上級にした場合 → best になります。
  例)She is the best pianist in her class.
★beautifulや、interesting  などのように、長い単語の場合は、est を付けずに、違った表し方になります。
   又、manyや much を最上級にした場合 → most になります。
  例)This is the most beautiful flower in the garden.
◆「最上級」を使って、何か話を作ってみましょう!
Another oyster dish. Yummy!


Friday, March 3, 2017

Best day off

Last Sunday went like this for me.
1. Woke up at 6AM. Made breakfast, watched the news on TV.
2. Did gardening. I cleaned up a lot of sand that was blown in, picked up a lot of leaves, and did weeding at home and next door.
3. Went to the gym at Sun Arena from 9 to 11AM.
4. Home to nap.
5. Go with Miwako and wash the car at the Eneos gas station.
6. Drive to the Oyster Bar restaurant in Ueno for a late lunch.
7. Drive back to Okegawa.
8. Go to one Karaoke place but it was full.
9. Go to the Karaoke place near Okegawa station. Enjoy Karaoke from 6 to 7PM. (Sang three new songs.)
10. Home to watch the end of one movie and then one movie that I recorded. Eat yakisoba.
11. Sleep at 10:30.
An excellent day off.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Badminton by Makiko

Badminton S/J LEAGUE

1   Last Sunday, I went to see Badminton S/J league at Yoyogi gym. . 
2   My old teammates asked me to go there with them.  
3     I have been wanting to see live badminton but I didn’t have the opportunities until now.  
4     That’s a lie!  
5     I could get a ticket anytime but I just haven’t done it. 
6     S/J league is the top league in Japan. 
7     “S” means smash, speed, shuttle and so on. “J” means… Do you know what? 
8     There are 8 man’s and woman’s teams that compete in this league every year.
9     That day was the final day of this year’s league.
10  I watched the matches as if I were standing and playing in the court.
11  Because I really want to improve my skill.  
12  I was inspired by those players. That was great!



Wednesday, March 1, 2017

March

February has come and gone...again. As you all know, it is the shortest month of the year. It is 2 days shorter than 5 other months and 3 days shorter than 6 other months. But, it does  have the privilege (special honor) of receiving an extra day every four years. We call that Leap Year. Anyway, it's finished and I didn't drink at all. And now I'm glad that March is here. Why? Because my birthday is in March; March 6th, to be exact. I will turn (become) 65 years old next week. I consider myself (believe that I am) very lucky. I found a way of life that I enjoy. I found that I can teach English to Japanese students. I never had any formal teaching training. So, I think my main job is entertaining. That is my best skill. Of course, I had to learn the Japanese language first. That was the hardest thing I have ever done. Living in Japan was a big challenge at first, too. But now as all the dust clears, I find myself a very lucky person. And who can I thank for all this? My mother and father of course! Thank you, Mom and Dad.