Monday, May 21, 2018

Puzzler Answers and Super Scrabble

Hmmmm. Maybe we should have a super scrabble event. I'll have to think about it. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.



CITY/CHAIR                   QUEEN                CHAIRED                  JAY/JOY

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Puzzler Hints

I've finished waxing so now I have to find something else to my house. Puzzler hints: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for MAY
Such, such a ... そんなに。。。な
She is such a beauty. 彼女はとても美人です。
Did you ever see such weather? こんな良い(悪い)天気にあったことがある?
He told such a funny story. かれはとてもおかしい話をした。
レッソスンの時も、文章を書く時も、such, such a を使って頑張りましょう。
Results from my Shinjuku blood donation

Saturday, May 19, 2018


That was such a good, long week. I hope to relax again this weekend. Perhaps we will take a drive if it doesn't rain. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for MAY
Such, such a ... そんなに。。。な
She is such a beauty. 彼女はとても美人です。
Did you ever see such weather? こんな良い(悪い)天気にあったことがある?
He told such a funny story. かれはとてもおかしい話をした。
レッソスンの時も、文章を書く時も、such, such a を使って頑張りましょう。
Drip coffee maker in Kyushu gafe

Friday, May 18, 2018

Waxing the floors Part 3

The final waxing was on the 5th. It also started early in the AM. I had to move only the sofa and the TV. To move the sofa I put towels under the legs and then pulled the towels to drag the sofa. The TV is on casters so it was easier to move. There are many cables and wires and boxes and stuff behind the tube (TV) so I had to move it slowly because it could crash if I weren't careful. After waxing in front of the TV dried I was then able to wax behind the TV. Next I moved the sofa onto an area that I waxed the day before. Then I cleaned and waxed the open area. I used the sliding doors to get in and out of the house. That was pretty convenient to use the water hose outside. When this all dried I put everything back where it belongs. That means I put everything back to its original place. We still had a lot of things to throw away and put away and organize. But what a beautiful shine on all the floors! I was now ready to celebrate with some drinks and food this night. I must say everything was extra delicious this time.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Waxing the floors Part 2

We came back from Kyushu on the 3rd. I cleaned and waxed the downstairs floors the 4th and 5th. Again I prepared all the towels and buckets and cleaners. Very early in the morning I washed and waxed the dining room area. This area has the dining set (table and chairs) and several cabinets. I had to move everything to a different area and then clean and then wax. I put everything back when it all dried. The next part was perhaps the most difficult. That was the kitchen and the connecting living room. I took all the stuff out of the kitchen first. In the adjoining living room area we had a desk. This contains all things RAM English Service. I had the pleasure of taking this desk apart (dismantling it), piece by piece. I then bundled up the pieces of woods and took them out to the garbage place. There were many things in and on the desk. I put all these with the kitchen goods. Then I enjoyed waxing these two areas. When it all dried, Miwako put the kitchen things back. She also found some things that we could throw away. That was enough for May 4th.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Waxing the floors Part 1

My Golden Week was not only play. I did some work too. I waxed the floors in our house. In order to wax the floor I prepare several things. I prepare old towels, two buckets with water, gloves that you use in the kitchen, floor cleaner, floor wax and an applicator. The applicator has a log handle and a flat bottom. I also need thick paper pads. These go on the bottom of the applicator. So, the day before we went to Kyushu I did the upstairs hall, the staircase and then the hall downstairs. These were pretty easy as there is not much furniture to move. The following is the order to wax the floor. 
1. Clear everything off the floor. For example chairs, tables, books, and baskets.
2. Wash the floor with the floor cleaner. It also removes dirt and old wax.
3. When the floor dries, wipe the floor with a damp (wet) towel. 
4. When the floor dries, wipe the floor with a damp towel AGAIN.
5. When the floor dries, apply the wax to the floor.
Of course, applying the wax to the floor is FUN.  This day it took about three hours to do everything. That included moving one cabinet we have in the downstairs hall. To move that, I have to take everything out and then Miwako put it all back afterwords.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

endoscopy OR gastroscopy

April 24th was the last free day from my kindergarten teaching schedule. So, I took the opportunity to get a stomach check-up. This was my second time. I went to the same doctor. He's pretty cool and speaks English. The following is from the NET about an endoscopy. The write up is below.
A gastroscopy is a test where an operator - a doctor or nurse - looks into the upper part of your gut (the upper gastrointestinal tract).
The upper gut consists of the gullet (oesophagus), the stomach and the first part of the gut (small intestine) known as the duodenum. The operator uses an endoscope to look inside your gut. Therefore, the test is sometimes called endoscopy.
An endoscope is a thin, flexible telescope. It is about as thick as a little finger. The endoscope is passed through the mouth, into the oesophagus and down towards the stomach and duodenum.
The tip of the endoscope contains a light and a tiny video camera so the operator can see inside your gut.
The endoscope also has a side channel down which various instruments can pass. These can be manipulated by the operator. For example, the operator may take a small sample (biopsy) from the inside lining of the stomach by using a thin 'grabbing' instrument which is passed down a side channel.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Puzzler Answers

And it's back to work today. I'm already looking forward to next Saturday! Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.



ROBOT                    CLEAN/DAW                 CHOICE/CURLY               PENCI

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Puzzler Hints

Question: What shall I drink tonight? Answer: Everything! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for MAY
Such, such a ... そんなに。。。な
She is such a beauty. 彼女はとても美人です。
Did you ever see such weather? こんな良い(悪い)天気にあったことがある?
He told such a funny story. かれはとてもおかしい話をした。
レッソンの時も、文書を書く時も、such, such a を使って頑張りましょう。


Saturday, May 12, 2018


Golden Week is over and it is back to work. The good news is that I have a new computer and my life may get easier. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for MAY
Such, such a ... そんなに。。。な
She is such a beauty. 彼女はとても美人です。
Did you ever see such weather? こんな良い(悪い)天気にあったことがある?
He told such a funny story. かれはとてもおかしい話をした。
レッソンの時も、文書を書く時も、such, such a を使って頑張りましょう。

Hotel Okura chapel

Friday, May 11, 2018

A trip to Kyuhsu Part 3

The next morning we left our hotel at 11AM and drove back to Fukuoka. Actually I was getting pretty tired. We did a lot of flying and driving and walking and eating and drinking these two days. So Miwako did Most of the driving this day. At first there was a lot of rain and fog on the highway. I drove then. We safely reached our next destination around 2PM. We checked into the Okura Hotel. It is a very nice hotel. It has lots of amenities and beautiful lobby and rooms. However I found the room rather small. Anyway this adventure began with a tour of the hotel We visited the chapel and gym and some banquet halls. Of course they were all empty. We finally made our way down to the Brewery. Yes, they have a brewery in the hotel! We had dinner here and , of course, beer. We had some h'ouderves. a salad and finally a cheese fondue. Then we visited the bar. That was cool. The last time we went to a bar was at a hotel in Yokohama. A bar has such a pleasant and relaxing atmosphere, wouldn't you agree? I had two whiskeys, M had a Mojito. Kanpai!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

A trip to Kyushu Part 2

The next morning we went to a nearby coffee shop for breakfast. It was really a very unique place and the meal was delicious. They had lots of antiques and posters. They had a huge drip coffee maker for ice coffee. (see pic). We bought some coffee beans and jam. Then we set out for our next adventure. We searched for a place to have dinner this night. We looked on our map and found a place called "Beppu Jigoku Meguri". It is a tourist spot so I assumed that they would have a night life area. Wrong! But they did have a lot of cool thermal hot springs. There was steam rising from many places. The set up was seven different places. Each place had a different theme to it. One place was alligators. There were over 50 alligators there. Another place had piranhas. Another place had beautiful blue pool of hot water. Another place had a pool of bubbling, hot mud. We only visited 4 places. It was very hot everywhere. I bought a T-shirt and a magnet for the kitchen door. We never did find a restaurant so we went to the local supermarket and got food and drinks and dined at our hotel. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

A trip to Kyushu Part 1

During Golden Week, we took a trip to Kyushu. We stayed two nights in Beppu and then one night in Fukuoka. We flew for free. Why? Because we had mileage points from our credit cards. I use my CC for almost everything. I buy an ice cream for \105 and I use my CC. I buy bento lunches and I use my CC. In this way we can garner (get) a lot of mileage points. What a deal! Anyway, we were at Haneda airport April 30th at 9AM. Our flight left at noon. It took just under (almost) 2 hours to get to Fukuoka airport. We immediately got our rent-a-car and I drove us to Beppu. There we found our hotel, Shin An. Then one adventure began. After checking in, we asked about dinner. Why? Because our hotel doesn't have any meals. They told us about the main restaurant district and we drove there. BUT...all the restaurants were full. Or, you needed a reservation. Sigh. We drove around and around jumping in and out of restaurants checking for an opening. We finally found one after over an hour. M stayed there and I drove the car back to the hotel. I came back by taxi and we enjoyed a fine meal at the Osakana Joudo.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018


Just prior to (before) GW I did some gardening. It wasn't my usual kind of gardening though. I pulled out and threw away a plant. Let me explain. I took over the gardening duties two years ago. During that time I have made the garden to my liking. That means that it suits me. There are no potted plants. I also threw away a couple of garden plants. I panted a new tree. I pulled out two trees. l planted two rose bushes. The last job I had was to get rid of a hydrangea plant. It was in the corner of the garden. It was right next to the fence. So, many branches grew through the fence. Little by little I cut the branches off. Then I attacked. First I put a lot of water on the ground to make it soft. Then, with my shovel,  I dug around the plant as best I could. It was impossible to get the plant out. What to do? Then I got an idea! I screwed it out! I shook it from side to side and then finally turned it to the left and then to the right. I did that many times until it finally unscrewed. What a great idea!

Monday, May 7, 2018

Back to work

Well, it's back to work this day. I had a wonderful Golden Week vacation. We flew to Kyushu for a few days. We rented a car and drove the coastline. We ate some very delicious food. We drank some delicious sake. Then back in Ageo, I waxed some of the floors in our house. I did some gardening at home. I did more weeding next door. I drank my fair share. I didn't shave for 6 six days. And we relaxed. I will be BLOGGING these stories in the coming week or two. The next Puzzler will be this coming weekend. So, how about you? How was your GW?

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Kodomo no Hi Part 2

On this day, families raise the carp-shaped koinobori flags (carp because of the Chinese legend that a carp that swims upstream becomes a dragon, and the way the flags blow in the wind looks like they are swimming), with one carp for the father, one for the mother, and one carp for each child (traditionally each son). Families also display a Kintarō doll usually riding on a large carp, and the traditional Japanese military helmet, kabuto, due to their tradition as symbols of strength and vitality.
Kintarō (金太郎) is the childhood name of Sakata no Kintoki who was a hero in the Heian period, a subordinate samurai of Minamoto no Raikou, having been famous for his strength when he was a child. It is said that Kintarō rode a bear, instead of a horse, and played with animals in the mountains when he was a young boy.
Mochi rice cakes wrapped in kashiwa (oak) leaves—kashiwa-mochi (mochi filled with red bean jam) and chimaki (a kind of "sweet rice paste", wrapped in an iris or bamboo leaf)—are traditionally served on this day.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Kodomo no Hi

Children's Day (こどもの日 Kodomo no Hi) is a Japanese national holiday which takes place annually on May 5, the fifth day of the fifth month, and is the final celebration in Golden Week. It is a day set aside to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It was designated a national holiday by the Japanese government in 1948. It has been a day of celebration in Japan since ancient times.
The day was originally called Tango no Sekku (端午の節句), and was celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth moon in the lunar calendar or Chinese calendar. After Japan switched to the Gregorian calendar, the date was moved to May 5.[1] It was originally exclusively male celebrating boys and recognizing fathers, but has since been changed to include both male and female children, as well as recognizing mothers along with fathers and family qualities of unity.
Until recently, Tango no sekku was known as Boys' Day (also known as Feast of Banners) while Girls' Day (Hinamatsuri) was celebrated on March 3. In 1948, the government decreed this day to be a national holiday to celebrate the happiness of all children and to express gratitude toward mothers. It was renamed Kodomo no Hi.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Greenery Day

And there is another holiday today! I'm really, really luvin it! Now, here is some info about this day.
GREENERY DAY is celebrated as a day to commune with nature and be grateful for its blessings. Originally established in 1989 and held annually on April 29 until 2007 when it was renamed 昭和の日 in remembrance of the Show Emperor Hirohito’s love of plants.

Greenery Day in Japan falls in the middle of ゴールデンウィーク, one of the longest holiday periods in Japan running from the 29th of April to the 5th of May. Warm weather solidifies its hold on the land from this time, temperatures tend to be very pleasant and 晴れ prevails.
Golden Week is also  planting season and when the first crop of 緑茶is harvested. Known as ichibancha this first picking of green tea is widely regarded as the tastiest of the three yearly pickings (the other two pickings, nibancha and sanbancha occur in July and September).
Going to a 庭園 or a tea room for a 茶道 will grant you the chance to try the best green tea on this day celebrating all things green.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Constitution Memorial Day

Golden Week continues. I'm Luvin' it! I haven't shaved in 5 days! Here is what wikipedia says about this holiday in Japan.:
Constitution Memorial Day (憲法記念日 Kenpō Kinenbi) is a national holiday in Japan. It takes place on May third in celebration of the promulgation of the 1947 Constitution of Japan. It is a part of the collection of holidays known as Golden Week.
A holiday since the current Japanese constitution came into effect on May 3, 1947, Constitution Memorial Day is often chosen as a day to reflect on the meaning of democracy and Japanese government. For instance, in 2003, a number of newspapers featured editorials regarding the constitution's embattled Article 9.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

My April

So, very quickly let me tell you about my April.
1. Increased my gym time from 90 minutes to 2 hours. I thought I needed the extra time. But it turns out that 90 minutes is enough.
2. Went to the gym 12 times. Increased weights.
3. Took a trip to Atami by car.
4. Flew to Toyama to meet relatives.
5. Had a lot of students come to the school for sample lessons. Some signed up and some didn't.
6. Lost a lot of students who became freshmen in Junior High School.
7. The Kenkatsu lessons started up again.
8. The Kindergarten lesson in Kitamoto started up again.
9. Pulled weeds next door. I believe there were 15 bags.
10. Finished several projects at RAM, including Kids ABC homework, RAM school HW and PR.
11. Bought a new computer. Had it set up.
12. Got 4 massages next door.
13. Kounosu Kindergarten lessons started up again.
14. Did lots of gardening including pulling out the hydrangea plant.
15. Drank.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


It's May. So it is also Golden Week here in Japan. It is time to relax. We can take several days off. We can play. We can study. We can travel. We can go out for lunch or dinner or an ice cream or even a drink. We have plans for GW. I will BLOG those next week. In the meantime, here is the news from wikipedia:
Shōwa Day (Shōwa no Hi) is a Japanese annual holiday held on April 29. It honors the birthday of EmperorShōwa (Hirohito), the reigning emperor from 1926 to 1989. According to the now defunct Democratic Party of Japan the purpose of the holiday is to encourage public reflection on the turbulent 63 years of Hirohito's reign.
Coincidentally, Shōwa Day happens on the same date that in 1946 the AlliesInternational Military Tribunal for the Far East condemned key officials of the Imperial Hirohito government during World War II to death, including former Prime Minister Hideki Tojo.