Thursday, May 31, 2018

My May

May started out (began) with a BANG. That was Golden Week. I had eight days off in a row. I waxed the floors in our house during GW. That took about 10 hours. I did that over 4 days. I worked during ht times when everyone was sleeping or when no one was home except me. The floors are now shiny and look like new. Another benefit from that was that we re-arranged some furniture. ThatGW big event was our trip to Kyushu. We flew there so we cold spend a lot of time there. This was our second time there. The first time we drove there. We stayed at a very interesting hotel and saw some sights. The food and drinks were delicious! After GW we are back to the regular schedule. All our kindergarten lessons have resumed. I teach Monday through Saturday. I have enough free time during the day to visit the gym three times a week. This is my hobby now, going to the gym. I did gardening and tree trimming around our house and I also worked in the vacant lot next door. There aren't many weeds now and the bamboo island has doubled in size!  I hope it spreads through the entire lot! (The pic are piranhas that we saw in Beppu)
included throwing some things away. The other

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Senjogahara Part 2

I walked along the river taking photos and birding. There were not so many people even though it was a Sunday. I finally got out into the open spaces of Senjogahara. I walked along the river. It is a little wider here and it flows very quietly. I love this scenery. There were a few fisherman. One guy showed me his catch. Nice! I walked this rout to the Akanuma turn off. Here I decided to continue on down to the Ryuuzuu Falls. My knee was starting to hurt a Little. Uh-oh. I had to be careful. I also decided that it was time to go home. It was 1:20. The Falls were beautiful as always. I got to the nearby bus stop at 1:55. The bus came at 2:00. Lucky! I took the bus down to ChuZenJi On-sen. And then on to Tobu-Nikko station. The bus did not make many stops so we moved quickly. As soon as I got there I hurried to the station. I asked about the trains. The station gal was not very helpful so I entered the platforms looking for my Platform. Then I saw two people hurrying to the left. I ran after them. Lo and behold, there was an express just about to leave. The conductor held the train up for me! I bought an express ticket once I was on board the train. It cost 840 yen. At Kasukabe there was an express train to Omiya. Lucky again! I was home drinking a beer at 5PM. Heaven!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Senjogahara.Part 1

I told you last week that I went to Senjogahara. I went on Sunday, May 26th. That was the day after the Royal Wedding. I had to get up early this day so I did not drink the night before. I got up about 4:30am. I got ready and was at the station about 5:45. I took the train to Omiya. There, I went to the Tobu line station and bought my ticket. It is a an all day FREE pass. I also bought a reserved seat on the 7:03 Spacia form Kasukabe. That was an extra 1,230 yen but it was worth it. It was very comfortable and fast. From Tobu-Nikko station I took the bus to Yuu Falls just below the Yuu Lake in Oku-Nikko. I ate a charcoal baked trout and a cake and then set out. At first I got a shock as the path down the Yuu River was closed. I soon found the detour and started walking. This was the first time I was here since, maybe, 2015. It was a little chilly. I had enough clothes and I warmed up as I walked. Of course, I had my binoculars. I was bird watching the whole time I was here. The biggest rush (thrill) was watching a bush warbler sing for a couple of minutes.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Puzzler Answers

I love Mondays. Why? This is my massage day. I can't wait. 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。











































ZOO/FOLLOW                     TALLER                      DIGITAL/LONE                 SOUND



Sunday, May 27, 2018

Puzzler Hints

We hope to go out and enjoy such a beautiful day. Should we go by car? Should we travel by train? Bicycle? We shall see. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for MAY
Such, such a ... そんなに。。。な
[意味を強めて]それほどの、こんなに[あんなに](よい、悪い、ひどい)、大変な
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。

RyuuZuu Falls

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Puzzler

There are no Royal Weddings this weekend so I can watch anything on TV that I want. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for MAY
Such, such a ... そんなに。。。な
[意味を強めて]それほどの、こんなに[あんなに](よい、悪い、ひどい)、大変な
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。

Yuu River SenJoGaHara

Friday, May 25, 2018

Health

I am 66 years old. I am happy. I am healthy, I think. I am not so interested in living so long. How long do you want to live? I figure 85, 86, 87 will be enough. I am self-employed. That means that I work for myself. Miwako and I run our company. So, it may be difficult for us if I become unable to teach for a long time. As we say In America "life happens". That means that unforeseen things can happen to affect your life in an adverse (bad) way. I think that is bad luck. However! everyone can take care of themselves. You can be happy. You can eat right. You can exercise. You can work and play moderately. Of course, you should be careful with your health as you grow older. So, I exercise regularly and don't eat unhealthy foods. I don't drink too much....just enough. This year I have gotten an endoscopy. Last December I got my annual health check up. And, I donated blood last month. You can see the results in the pic. They look good to me. "If you've got your health, you've got everything."

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Royal Wedding

That was such a beautiful wedding, wasn't it? I was interested in it because the bride is American. 
1. Rachel Meghan Markle (born August 4,1981) is an American humanitarian, activist and former actress.
2. Prince Henry, Duke of Sussex, KCVO (Henry Charles Albert David) born September 15, 1984. He is a member of the British Royal family. He is the younger son of Charles and Dianna, the Prince and Princess of Wales. His older brother is William.
I watched the news coverage for the wedding from about 6PM to 9PM. Right after my Kenkatsu lesson I went home, got comfortable and plopped down on the sofa. I was right in front of the TV. And it was great. The wedding started at 8PM. Before that I watched all the celebrities arrive. They also showed a lot of Windsor castle and the St. George's Chapel (see pic). I really enjoyed the gospel singers. I think the Reverend Curry spoke too much. Of course, the bride and groom were such a beautiful couple. It reminded me of my wedding. The bad news is that I missed the couple's kiss. I like British culture and language. I am glad that I took the time to watch this happy event.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

New computer

I bought a new computer. It was rather expensive. It is a FUJITSU. I like it for three reasons. #1. It is new. #2. It is fast. It has intel CORE i7 8th Gen. That means that it is fast. #3. It is red. I now have four computers. The oldest one is and xp model. I use it only to update our L.E.D. sign on the school. The next one is also a FUJITSU. It is Vista, intel Core 2 Duo. That means it used to be fast. The next one is a Gateway model. It was very cheap. It was Windows 7 which I updated to Windows 10.  It is 4 years old. It has become very slow. It also has many viruses in it. How do we know that? We become a member of a company that installed a virus blocker on our new computer. They checked our old one (the Gateway) and found many, many viruses. They said a couple were from Russia. The new computer is fast. That is nice. I can watch CNN news on it. Actually I don't do much on the computer. I write e-mails, check the weather, print documents. My hope is to be able to use only one computer for all my work. UNFORTUNATELY, I still cannot use my Weekend Puzzler software on my new one. Sigh. But, it is such a pretty color.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Last weekend

I had such a good weekend May 19th and 20th. Allow me to tell you about it. I had three plans. One was to go to the gym. Another one was to watch the Royal Wedding. The third one was to go to Senjogahara. I got lucky and did all three. Why do I say lucky? Because there was a Sports Day Event Asahi Elementary school on the 19th. That means that I only had one lesson at my school instead of the usual three because the kids were absent. The lesson was at 9AM. So, I was free from 10 to noon. So, I went to the gym. Then I went to the Kenkatsu Center to teach my adult classes. Then I went straight home to watch the Wedding. I usually go to the gym at that time. And, I did not drink Saturday night. I got up fresh as a daisy Sunday at 4:30AM and was at Omiya station by 6:30. It was earlier that I had planned. I bought the Tobu ALL DAY FREE train/bus ticket to Nikko. (It cost ¥4,300. "FREE" means that you can ride the train and buses as much as you want that day.) I was at Yuu falls by 10:10. I got lucky coming home and was back in my dining room by 5PM. Then I drank like a fish. Heaven!

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.

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。












































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 clean...in my house. Puzzler hints: CLICK HERE.

Home Project for MAY
Such, such a ... そんなに。。。な
[意味を強めて]それほどの、こんなに[あんなに](よい、悪い、ひどい)、大変な
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

Puzzler

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
[意味を強めて]それほどの、こんなに[あんなに](よい、悪い、ひどい)、大変な
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.

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/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
[意味を強めて]それほどの、こんなに[あんなに](よい、悪い、ひどい)、大変な
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。

Yikes!


Saturday, May 12, 2018

Puzzler

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
[意味を強めて]それほどの、こんなに[あんなに](よい、悪い、ひどい)、大変な
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

Gardening

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

MAY

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.