Wednesday, July 18, 2018

2018 World Cup Soccer in Russia

The World Cup soccer tournament ended last Monday. I watched about 12 games. I saw Ronaldo and Messi and Neymar. I saw a lot of great soccer and goals and passing and defense. This is the first time I ever watched the World Cup Soccer and I'm glad I did. I recorded the final two games then watched them Sunday morning and then Monday morning. In the Third Place playoff game Belgium defeated England 2 to 0. It was a good. There did not seem to be much enthusiasm by England as they played the game. On the other hand, Belgium played with a lot of heart. Many say that this Third Place game should not be played as it not necessary. Maybe so, but Belgium is the third place team and that is the first time in World Cup history. They were the better team. The final game was great. France are the Champions. They beat Croatia 4 to 2. There were some fantastic goals and one amazing block. Croatia is Number 2 and they played great the entire tournament! France was the best team in the tournament! Congratulations to all the teams. 

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Marine Day

Yesterday was Marine Day here in Japan. It was a holiday. Why? Here's the scoop from Wikipedia.
Marine Day is a public holiday in Japan on the third Monday in July. It is a day for the island nation of Japan to show appreciation for the seas and oceans. Also known as Ocean Day, Sea Day or 'Umi no hi', Marine Day only became a nationally recognized holiday in Japan in 1996. Since 2003, it has been celebrated on the third Monday in July. Before 1996, it was known as Marine Memorial Day, and was not a national holiday.
History of Marine Day Marine Memorial Day was established in 1941 to mark the anniversary of the 1876 return of the Meiji Emperor to the Port of Yokohama, on the two-masted topsail schooner Meiji-Maru, from a tour of the Tohoku and Hokkaido regions.
How is Marine Day celebrated?
As it is a modern holiday, there are no particular traditional ceremonies associated with the day. However, in celebration of Marine Day all the national aquariums organize special events, water sports competitions, water shows, and cultural activities relating to the sea take place. Many people take advantage of this summer holiday to have a rather fitting day out at the beach.



Monday, July 16, 2018

Puzzler Answers

Today is a HOLIDAY! It's MARINE DAY. Hooray! What are you up to this fine day? 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。










































LOOSE                TOXICITY/CLEANS                      PRIVATE                         DRAFT

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Puzzler Hints

You're gonna watch the soccer cup finals, aren't you? Me, too. They are going to be the best. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

July HP
今月は、good-better-bestです。
goodは、形容詞ですが、比較級はbetter、最上級はbestになります。
good(良い)」、「better(より良い)」、「best(最も良い)」
原形のgood が、比較級、最上級それぞれ変化しますが、使い方は他の形容詞と同じです。
例:1. My brother is a good singer. 2. He can sing better than me. But, our sister is the best singer of all.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Puzzler

The World Cup finals are this weekend I can't wait. And Monday is a holiday. That's even better. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

July HP
今月は、good-better-bestです。
goodは、形容詞ですが、比較級はbetter、最上級はbestになります。
good(良い)」、「better(より良い)」、「best(最も良い)」
原形のgood が、比較級、最上級それぞれ変化しますが、使い方は他の形容詞と同じです。
例:1. My brother is a good singer. 2. He can sing better than me. But, our sister is the best singer of all.


Friday, July 13, 2018

2018 World Cup Soccer continues

There were two more games this week. I watched France vs Belgium Wednesday morning at 3AM with Miwako. It was great. In order to do that I mopped and cleaned the school on Tuesday morning instead of Wednesday morning. France defeated Belgium 1 to 0 in regulation time so I went back to sleep form 5AM to 7AM. The next game was Croatia vs England Thursday  morning at 3AM. I was free Thursday afternoon so I decided to record the game and watch it then. After my early AM lesson I went to the gym. Then I came home for lunch and to watch the recording. I must say that I wasn't disappointed. The match between France and Belgium was a defense struggle. That means that after France scored their lone (only) goal, the kept playing defense without really trying to score again. Their strategy succeeded. BUT, in the second game England scored early and Croatia had no choice but to keep pressing (pushing/trying) to score a goal. They finally did and then in overtime they continued this tactic. Of course, England did too. But Croatia prevailed (succeeded). They won the game 2 to 1. Next England plays Belgium for 3rd place and then France and Croatia duel (fight) for the championship. I can't wait.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sunday gardening

I worked in the garden and next door from noon to 2 pm Sunday. As you may know (see yesterday's BLOG) I watched four World Cup soccer matches that I recorded on Friday and Saturday nights. I planned to do the work outside in the evening when it got cooler. But, I heard that it would rain, so when Miwako started her piano practice I went outside with my garden outfit and gardening tools. Then I remembered about our blueberry tree. I checked it out. Sure enough there were plenty of (many) ripe blueberries waiting to be picked. I put a net over the tree in the spring so the birds wouldn't eat the berries. It was a bit of a hassle (trouble) getting the net off but I managed it. Then I tried cutting each berry clump. But I found that I could just pull gently on the berries and they fell off into my bowl. I did that for about 20 minutes. The net was still caught in the branches though. So I just trimmed the branches and ripped off the net. It all went well. More than a few berries fell to the ground. I threw away up some along with many leaves. I brought the berries into the house and finished gardening. Later I washed the berries and separated the good from the bad. Miwako froze them. I had some the next morning. Yummy!

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

2018 World Cup Soccer

Well, I got my dream day. I watched four soccer matches (games) on Sunday. I recorded two on Friday night. Then on Saturday I asked all my adult students to keep silent about those matches. I did night want to know the scores. Saturday night I did not watch the next two games. And, of course, I recorded them. Then I got up at 7:30 am, parked myself on the sofa in front of the tube (TV), and started watching those games. First was France vs. Uruguay. Uruguay was my pick to win the Cup. But France won 2 to 0. It was not a very good game. The next game was Brazil vs. Belgium. Belgium won 2 to 1. That was a good game. Unfortunately for Brazil they made an "own goal". The third game was England vs. Sweden. This was also kind of boring. England won 2 to 0. However the final game of the four was fantastic. It was Russia vs Croatia. Russia scored first and then Croatia tied the game. The game ended in a tie. So, they had to play overtime. Croatia scored. But, Russia tied the game late in the second OT. So, they had to play a Penalty shootout. Eventually Croatia won 4-3 on penalty kicks. Heaven! I also did some gardening. See tomorrow's BLOG.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Health by Ayako

I haven't played sports in a long time. I used to play volleyball. But I got joints pains 32 years ago. After that I played Mama's volleyball and hurt my right ring finger, and got an operation.
I moved to Ageo 28 years ago. My new doctor banned me from sports. Five years later, he operated on my right wrist. Also five years after that the doctor died of cancer. At that time I had a really bad pain and I couldn't think of sports. However I changed to a new hospital and tried new medicine eight years ago. It was biological.
Suddenly with that physical condition improved dramatically. It was very expensive. So I stopped it two years. However I was still fine and I could get off steroids.
I started training at "Curves" last December. Since I got sore occasionally at the beginning, I was worried. My doctor said, "You are okay, exercise is important, please continue it."
I was relieved to hear that. I go to Curves three time a week.
Syogo san and I have the same illness. But he keeps on playing baseball while enduring the pain. I thought that I will try hard by listening to him. I respect him very much.
Training makes me so refreshed.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Puzzler Answers

One more week and then I can relax a little. In July I do not go to teach some kindergartens. So, I can change my gym schedule. So I can change my drinking schedule. Hooray! 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。



















































QUAINT                    AVOIDS                        SHOALS/POINT                  REBUKE

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Puzzler Hints

Shall I go to see a movie today? Shall I go to the pool? Shall I go to Tokyo? We shall see. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE

July HP
今月は、good-better-bestです。
goodは、形容詞ですが、比較級はbetter、最上級はbestになります。
good(良い)」、「better(より良い)」、「best(最も良い)」
原形のgood が、比較級、最上級それぞれ変化しますが、使い方は他の形容詞と同じです。
例:1. My brother is a good singer. 2. He can sing better than me. But, our sister is the best singer of all.

The vacant lot next door. 


Saturday, July 7, 2018

Puzzler

It's pretty hot but the rain last week cooled things off. That's better. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

July HP
今月は、good-better-bestです。
goodは、形容詞ですが、比較級はbetter、最上級はbestになります。
good(良い)」、「better(より良い)」、「best(最も良い)」
原形のgood が、比較級、最上級それぞれ変化しますが、使い方は他の形容詞と同じです。
例:1. My brother is a good singer. 2. He can sing better than me. But, our sister is the best singer of all.
The rice field across from our home.


Friday, July 6, 2018

My Sunday Part 2

"Things went south" means that there was some trouble. Here is what happened. I went to the ticket screen. I looked up at the schedule monitor above me. It was then that I saw that the 2:30 "Hans Solo" movie was in Japanese. OMG! The English version started at 3PM. That did not fit my schedule. It was 2:00. I looked at the other movies that were starting soon. I found "Only the Brave". It is based on a true story. It is about forest fire fighters in Utah. Well, I saw a Japanese movie last time so I chose this one this time. I couldn't use my credit card again at the monitor again, so I purchased my ticket at the counter. I then went straight to the theater. There was no one there! I thought that was a bad omen. And sure enough (exactly as I thought) the movie was not good. But I watched it till the end. It was typical. It had a sad ending, too. After wards (After the movie) I got my sandals. They were BE-A-U-TI-FUL! Then I went home. After dinner, I had just enough daylight to do some weeding next door. Not a bad day off.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

My Sunday Part 1

It was Sunday. I was up early to watch two World Cup Soccer games. I recorded them. I finished watching them around noon. It was a hot day. I planned to do some weeding next door in the cool evening. I wanted to do something now. So, I decided to go to see a movie. One of the gym instructors told me that "Solo", a Star Wars movie was pretty good. I checked the MOVIX schedule for that day. There was one that started at 2:30. Sometimes US movies are too predictable for me, but I thought this was my best choice. So, I took the train to Cocoon. Now, my story changes here. I was wearing my sandals. I bought them 5 years ago. They looked dirty and tired so I stopped in at the shoe repair place near MOVIX. I asked them if they could clean them while I watched the movie. They said"Sure". So, I paid \880, got a pair of clogs and went to the theater. Then things went south. Continued tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy Birthday USA

As you may or may not know, today is America's Birthday. You know how old America is, don't you? No? Well, America is...let's see. It was born in 1776. This year is 2018. We subtract 1776 from 2018 and we get 242. (2018 - 1776 = 242). America was born in 1776 when it declared independence form Great Britain. King George III was the king of GB. The new country did not want a king to tell them what to do. They decided to make a new kind of government. (If you have a chance check out the US Declaration of Independence). The US of A is an experiment. After the revolutionary war to become free from GB, they formed a government with an elected leader. He is called "president". They also created a government that has two bodies of people to make the laws. They have 9 justices on the supreme court. In 1863 they had a civil war. That was between the North and the South. The United States of America is a great country. There are many challenges there but there are many challenges in all countries.                                                                     Happy Birthday USA. 

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Socializing by Nobumasa

I attended a general meeting and a social for retired members of our company  recently. The general meeting is held every year. I attended this meeting for the first time in 3 years. There were about 130 of us. A lot of people don't join us because we are sometimes we are required to take on the responsibility of an official after your retirement. 
This general meeting and a social were held at our head office in Tokyo. The head office took about 12 years to rebuild and was finally finished this year. It is a building with 27 stories and 5 basement levels. Our general was held on the 26th floor. From here, we can see the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Bay. A lot of electronic equipment is on the 2nd and 3rd floors. So, half the elevators will work even in a huge earthquake. 
I met a lot of friends for the first time in a long time. After the party, I drank alcohol with some friends nearby Tokyo station. I had a very pleasant time.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Puzzler Answers

This is gonna be a good week. I can just feel it. Do you ever get such a feeling? 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。








































QUOTES                     MISTRUS                              ANIMAL

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Puzzler Hints

It's July! It may not be the best month of the year, but I think it's better than June. (Sorry, June). Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

July HP
今月は、good-better-bestです。
goodは、形容詞ですが、比較級はbetter、最上級はbestになります。
good(良い)」、「better(より良い)」、「best(最も良い)」
原形のgood が、比較級、最上級それぞれ変化しますが、使い方は他の形容詞と同じです。
例:1. My brother is a good singer. 2. He can sing better than me. But, our sister is the best singer of all.

会話の中に使ってみましょう! Good Luck!
African cheeta




Saturday, June 30, 2018

Puzzler

It's the last day of June. It's getting hotter and summer is here. You are looking forward to it, too, aren't you? Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

July HP
今月は、good-better-bestです。
goodは、形容詞ですが、比較級はbetter、最上級はbestになります。
good(良い)」、「better(より良い)」、「best(最も良い)」
原形のgood が、比較級、最上級それぞれ変化しますが、使い方は他の形容詞と同じです。
例:1. My brother is a good singer. 2. He can sing better than me. But, our sister is the best singer of all.

会話の中に使ってみましょう! Good Luck!

Flamingos in flight in Africa



Friday, June 29, 2018

My June

Today is June 29th, tomorrow is June 30th so that means that July starts the day after tomorrow, Sunday. As you may, or may not know, June is my least favorite month. Why? Because there are no national holidays. Every other month has at least one holiday. And some months have two holidays. And some months have three or more holidays. Those are my favorite months. The other bad news is that after GW in May there are no holidays the rest of that month. And then in July the first holiday is Marine Day. It is July 16th this year. So there are no holidays from May 7th to July 14th. Mama mia! That is 70 straight (consecutive) days without a holiday. As I have a full working schedule on Saturday I have to appreciate my Sundays. They are my only free days. I usually drink and relax at home and do gardening. I did go to see a movie once. I visited the gym 12 times. And we met some relatives just last Sunday. The best news is that the 2018 Russian World Soccer event started June 14th. The first stage is finished. There were 48 games. I recorded and saw 10 games. I saw three games live. Relax.
Two African elephant cubs







Wednesday, June 27, 2018

African Tour by Akiko

My friend, Keiko, and I went on an African tour for 16 days. It was my first time to visit Africa and I experienced a lot of amazing things. There were eleven members on the tour.

It seemed to me that there were a powerful sunny person and a super lucky person in our group, because the weather was nice every day and we saw wonderful landscapes that even the tour operator had never seen before.



I would like to tell you about Safari experience.
We went on four Safaris. They were in Tanzania, Kenya and Botswana and by car, by boat and on foot. We were able to see lots of animals. 

In Ngorongoro National Park in Tanzania, I saw mothers and cubs of the lion nearby. The cub’s behavior to mothers were just like cats.


In Amboseli National Park in Kenya, we saw a herd of elephants and many birds. We saw two cheetahs who were sleeping too. It is rare to see them, so we were so lucky.



In Chobe National Park in Botswana, we saw another herd of elephants from the cruise boat. Their cubs were playing with each other in the river. 



Before starting the Safari, the tour guide said to us that even if we find animals, don’t make loud sounds so as not to frighten them.
But everyone totally forgot that when we met animals and we were shouting loudly.
Don’t worry, nothing dangerous happened, because the animals were very tame and were used to shouting people.


2018 World Cup Soccer

You know about the 2018 World Soccer Cup going on (happening) in Russia now, don't you? I am from the USA. When I was growing up soccer was not a popular sport at all. None of us played soccer. We played baseball, American football and ice hockey. And I watched those sports on TV for many, many years. I still watch some these days, too. Soccer is very popular these days. And I have watched some games on TV. I went to an Urawa Reds game once as well as an Omiya Arudija game long ago. However these days, I am very into the World Cup soccer. It started June 15th. I saw Spain and Portugal tie 3 to 3. In that game Ronaldo scored three goals. I saw Germany beat Sweden on a last second goal. I saw both Japan games. They beat Columbia 2 to 1. During the game Columbia lost one player to a red card. So, they finished with 10 players to the Japanese 11 players. Then Japan tied Senegal coming back twice from one goal down. They looked very good, indeed. I saw Mexico beat South Korea. I saw England crush Panama 6 to 1 and Belgium crush Tunisia 5 to 2. I'm looking forward to the rest of the tournament.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Life in Overtime

                   “Retirement is like holding your own funeral while you’re still alive...”


"Life in Overtime" is a Japanese movie. One of my students told us in the class that he saw this movie. He said it was a serious and humorous movie. I went to see it last Sunday. Why? Because I was free and everyone in my family was out. I checked the movie schedule. The next showing was 2:10pm. It was then just noon. So, I got my stuff together and went to Movix. I arrived just 2pm. I bought my ticket. Of course, I get a senior discount. It was a pretty good movie with a simple story, so it was easy for me to follow. The guy was pretty cool and he tried different things after his retirement. He then made a big mistake and became the president of a company. The company went bankrupt. So, he lost a lot of his money. His wife was angry. He had to leave home. Also, he almost had a young girlfriend. But that also went awry (in the wrong direction). In the end he and his wife were friends but not married. He left Tokyo to go and live with his mother and sister in his home town of Aomori.  In the end, I think he was happy.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Puzzler Answers

It's the end of June...FINALLY! There are no holidays in June. Somebody should change that, wouldn't you agree? 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。







































YOKE                      TRADES/QUARTET                MESSAGE               JESTER

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Puzzler HInts

Let's see. I saw a movie last week. We will make a visit to the family grave. I wonder what the weather will be today. Puzzle Hints: CLICK HERE.

HP for June.今月は、「〜でしょ?」「だよね?」という英語についてみてみましょう。確認したり、同意を求める時に使う表現です。付加疑問文といいます。
You’re hungry, aren’t you? OR You’re hungry, right?
お腹空いてるよね?
You aren’t hungry, are you? OR You’re not hungry, right?お腹空いてないよね?
 It’s snowing, isn’t it?雪降ってますね?
 They’ll be late, right?彼らは遅れますよね?
 She can’t come, can she? OR She can’t come, right?彼女は、来られないよね?
答えは知っているつもりでも100%確かではない時自分の言った事に相手が同意してくれると思っているとき時などには、rightを使ったりします。
皆さんも会話の中で、これらの単語を使ってみましょう。Good luck!
GO JAPAN!!!!





Saturday, June 23, 2018

Puzzler

I made a Puzzler, right? This time it is a Theme Puzzle. The theme is "Soccer terms". Remember: you can use the internet to find the answers. So, good luck. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

HP for June.今月は、「〜でしょ?」「だよね?」という英語についてみてみましょう。確認したり、同意を求める時に使う表現です。付加疑問文といいます。
You’re hungry, aren’t you? OR You’re hungry, right?
お腹空いてるよね?
You aren’t hungry, are you? OR You’re not hungry, right?お腹空いてないよね?
 It’s snowing, isn’t it?雪降ってますね?
 They’ll be late, right?彼らは遅れますよね?
 She can’t come, can she? OR She can’t come, right?彼女は、来られないよね?
答えは知っているつもりでも100%確かではない時自分の言った事に相手が同意してくれると思っているとき時などには、rightを使ったりします。
皆さんも会話の中で、これらの単語を使ってみましょう。Good luck!
Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!






Friday, June 22, 2018

US Open Golf Part 2 buy Atsuko

Anyway, our trip was wonderful. When we drove to the golf course from our hotel, we had our own driver. He was a special agent in the US army. We had conversations with him about Japan and America and we got along well. Lexus had a hospitality tent for us along the course. It was complete with various kinds of food and drinks and our own clean washroom. I was very happy to find that. But, to my surprise we had to use the same toilet as  the men on the course. These facilities were not good and there was no space to wash your hands. Anyway we walked and walked for three days. We had a chance to talk to many famous pro golfers and took pictures with them. After the match finished, we had a dinner with Hideki. Of course, we got his autograph. He was rather shy and he apologized for his poor performance. He has since become a good player as we expected. I want him to win the championship this year. I give him full support in front of my TV. This is my story but it seems like a dream now. We will never take such a gorgeous trip ever again. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

US Open Golf Part 1 by Atsuko

The US Open has started. It's the second of the four Major championships. So many golfers have been waiting for it. Actually, my husband and I went to the US to watch this tournament four years ago. We remember it as if it happened just yesterday. We are both crazy about golfing. We are very interested in the American PGA tours because they show us excellent play that is powerful and skillful. So, we wanted to watch it live given the chance (if we had the chance.) My husband found a "Let's Support Hideki Matsuyama in the US" tour. In the blink  of an eye (immediately) we decided to join it. The tour was arranged by LEXUS. There were 4 couples and 2 men in our party. (BTW We do not own a LEXUS). After arriving in America I had two culture shocks. They were 1. There was a flight delay when we changed planes. The members in our group seemed to be agitated OR irritated OR unhappy and grumbled. But the Americans took it in stride. Actually they applauded (clapped) when the airline captain finally came. They also approved smiling. 2. The amount of food was too much for us Japanese. And the Americans showed very good behavior at the restaurant and were always friendly with us and each other.