Friday, August 17, 2018

Movie with Kenny

Kenny is a friend of mine. He is also one of my adult students. He's a cool guy. We had a lesson two Saturdays ago. I asked the students what they would be doing for O-Bon or summer vacation. Kenny said that he was going to see the new Mission Impossible movie at Movix. I heard that this MI movie is the best one yet so I wanted to see it. I made a date with Kenny. Later, I checked the net to see the show times. There was some confusion there. I mailed Kenny and he assured me that the first English movie was at 9:30AM. We met and went to see the movie in Theater 12. WHAT? There were no people there! Oops: Wrong theater. We settled down and saw the movie in Theater 11. Kenny offered me a Coca Cola but, I graciously refused. After the movie we went to have lunch at the Hawaiian restaurant nearby. That was good. So, how was MI? In my opinion...bad. The action was pretty good though. The acting was bad. Maybe not the worst, but still bad. I enjoyed the time with Kenny.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Mystery of the Vacant Lot

Look at this beautiful picture. I used it last Friday on my BLOG. It is actually a miracle. I have BLOGGED before that I pull the weeds next door and I decided to not pull the weeds at the south side of the lot. Those weeds are next to the neighbors house. I was hoping that he might pull the weeds. BUT! Two Sundays ago, while I was watching TV I heard the sound of a weed cutter. It was buzzing and buzzing. I peeked outside and saw a man cutting down the weeds on the south side of the lot. I went back to (returned to) watching the TV. Then the cutting sound got closer. OMG! He was cutting down my kumazasa! There was nothing I could do. I wasn't sure if cutting them was good or bad. So, I waited. Then he left in a truck. But, he didn't clean up the cuttings. I don't know if that is good or bad either. So, the next morning I went our early and put the kumazasa cuttings into 11 bags. It is a mystery as to who cut the weeds. But I am glad that he did.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Japanese O-Bon

Obon (お盆) or just Bon () is a Japanese Buddhist custom to honor the spirits of one's ancestors. This Buddhist-Confucian custom has evolved into a family reunion holiday during which people return to ancestral family places and visit and clean their ancestors' graves, and when the spirits of ancestors are supposed to revisit the household altars. It has been celebrated in Japan for more than 500 years and traditionally includes a dance, known as Bon-Odori.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Bon Odori

Bon Odori (Japanese盆踊り), meaning simply Bon dance, is a style of dancing performed during Obon. Originally a Nenbutsu folk dance to welcome the spirits of the dead, the style of celebration varies in many aspects from region to region. Each region has a local dance, as well as different music. The music can be songs specifically pertinent to the spiritual message of Obon, or local min'yō folk songs. Consequently, the Bon dance will look and sound different from region to region. Hokkaidō is known for a folk-song known as "Sōran Bushi". The song "Tokyo Ondo" takes its namesake from the capital of Japan. "Gujo Odori" in Gujō in Gifu Prefecture is famous for all night dancing. "Gōshū Ondo" is a folk song from Shiga Prefecture. Residents of the Kansai area will recognize the famous "Kawachiondo". Tokushima in Shikoku is very famous for its "Awa Odori", and in the far south, one can hear the "Ohara Bushi" of Kagoshima.

Monday, August 13, 2018

No Puzzler Answers and No Super Scrabble

So, what's the date today? I have no idea. I am on a wonderful vacation. There may be some Blogs tomorrow.

August HP
今月は、bad-worse-worstです。
badは、形容詞ですが、比較級はworse、最上級はworstになります。
bad(悪い)」、「worse(より悪い)」、「worst(最も悪い)」
原形のbad 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 bad singer. 2. He sing worse than me. But, our sister is the worst singer of all.


Sunday, August 12, 2018

No Puzzler Hints

And then, on this Sunday, there will be no Puzzler Hints. What do you think about that?

August HP
今月は、bad-worse-worstです。
badは、形容詞ですが、比較級はworse、最上級はworstになります。
bad(悪い)」、「worse(より悪い)」、「worst(最も悪い)」
原形のbad 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 bad singer. 2. He sing worse than me. But, our sister is the worst singer of all.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

No Puzzler

Good Saturday morning! The Puzzler is on vacation. But, you can use the HP below anytime.

August HP
今月は、bad-worse-worstです。
badは、形容詞ですが、比較級はworse、最上級はworstになります。
bad(悪い)」、「worse(より悪い)」、「worst(最も悪い)」
原形のbad 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 bad singer. 2. He sings worse than me. But, our sister is the worst singer of all.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Nice vacation

I am on vacation so I don't want to BLOG today. Thank you Nobumasa for your GOLF in Hokkaido story. Have a nice O-Bon.
And then, somebody cut down the weeds! I have no idea whom it was?

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Playing GOLF in Hokkaido by Nobumasa Part 3

Day 3
We went to Jyogai Ichiba which is lie Tsukiji in Tokyo. We had various kinds of fresh fish there in the morning. Then we went to Hokkaido Kaitaku Mura. Kaitaku means reclaiming the wasteland. Mura means village. The temperature was about 22 degrees in Hokkaido. We had a very pleasant time in Hokkaido for three days.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Playing GOLF in Hokkaido by Nobumasa Part 2

2nd Day
The second day's course was different from the first day's one. (There are 5 courses of nine holes each). A Senior Professional Open Championship was held here the week before. So, the rough was deep and very difficult. Sometimes we saw some deer and squirrels. Seeing them was consolation for us. We went to a sushi restaurant next to Odori Park after playing golf. Then we went to Karaoke at Susukino.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Playing GOLF in Hokkaido by Nobumasa Part 1

We went to Hokkaido to play golf from July 18th to the 20th.
1 First day
We left Omiya at 5:15 and Haneda airport at 7:30. We played golf at Nidomu Classic Course. It takes about 20 minutes from Shin-chitose airport to Nidomu by shuttle-bus. Nidomu of Ainu language means "abundant wood." 
This golf course is majestic, beautiful and very popular in Hokkaido. We had trouble with the western grass on the course many times. We went to Sapporo beer garden after playing golf. We ate delicious mutton barbecue  and drank Sapporo Classic Beer. This beer is sold only in Hokkaido. Both mutton barbecue and Sapporo Classic beer were very delicious.
Continued tomorrow.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Puzzler Answers

My vacation is just around the corner. Do you have any plans for the summer? 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, August 5, 2018

Puzzler HInts

Ah, Sunday. I'm free all day. I will NOT pick weeds. I might go to the gym. I will definitely do some computering. And I will watch TV. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

August HP
今月は、bad-worse-worstです。
badは、形容詞ですが、比較級はworse、最上級はworstになります。
bad(悪い)」、「worse(より悪い)」、「worst(最も悪い)」
原形のbad 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 bad singer. 2. He sing worse than me. But, our sister is the worst singer of all.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Puzzler

I have a special meeting tonight. It will  be my first time. I hope to tell you about it some day. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

August HP
今月は、bad-worse-worstです。
badは、形容詞ですが、比較級はworse、最上級はworstになります。
bad(悪い)」、「worse(より悪い)」、「worst(最も悪い)」
原形のbad 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 bad singer. 2. He sing worse than me. But, our sister is the worst singer of all.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Slumber Party

Do you know a what a slumber party is? "slumber" means sleep. It is for kids who stay one night away from their own house and spend the night at a friend's house. They are very popular with kids who are 7, 8 or 9 years old. I don't think Japanese kids do that but I do know that they have a slumber party at the Kindergarten where I teach.  I have visited it at night before. I saw the Haunter House. A lot of kids were crying. But, I teach late on Friday nights now so I can't visit at night. But I am invited to attend the breakfast the following (next) morning at 8AM. I always go. The b-fast is usually a rice ball, a piece of bread and a yogurt. (This time I had a yakisoba sandwich.) After eating, I went around to every group of 5 or 6 kids at the table and asked them "What day is today?" in English. We practice this at the lesson. That lesson is always Tuesday. So, it is easy to remember. Did they know that this day was Saturday? There were about 50 kids and only 2 kids knew. That was cool.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Gardening/weeding

The rains came and went this past weekend. And it was hot before that. I have to manage my time to do the work around the house. I pull weeds in our small garden around the house. I water the shrubs, rose bushes and trees that we have. I also keep the vacant lot next door clean as possible. I pull the weeds and trim the kumazasa. I attacked everything three times over the past two weeks. I always started early in the morning. It was usually before 6 AM. I usually worked for 70 or 80 minutes. When I was finished my work clothes were soaking wet. That means completely (100%) wet. However after I do the work I feel very satisfied with my effort. I pulled weeds and put them all in a total of 9 bags. I also decided not to pull the weeds at the far end of the vacant lot. (see pic below) I am hoping that the family in the house next to the weeds will clean that area up. But, whether they do or not I will not clean it. So, with the rains over the weekend those weeds will be rising again. I may attack this weekend.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

August

Here is the news about August. In 8 B.C. the Roman Senate honored Augustus Caesar, the first Roman Emperor, by changing the name of their month "Sextilis" to "Augustus". Sextilis means SIX. In Roman times, March was the first month of the year. So, about my August. We have a plan for a summer vacation. We will take a drive to Toyama prefecture, Noto peninsula and then Gifu prefecture. It will be three nights and four days. I can't wait! This will be our first drive this year so I'm excited about it.  I will BLOG about that trip later this month. In the meantime, it is hot! Of course it is hot. It is August. As always, I have to take care of the garden. But that is easier now because the weeds do not grow so much as it is hot. Gottit? And I will not visit my kindergarten classes as I mentioned (said/told you) in yesterday's BLOG. With my free time I will go to the gym and do a lot of typing on my computer. I have a grand plan to write about my teaching and business. It will be a challenge, but I just gotta do it.