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。










































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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。



















































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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