Monday, November 19, 2018

Puzzler Answers

Another week starts today. And...Friday is a holiday! A special trip to Tokyo is planned. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

以下はスーパースクラブルパズルです。よく見ると、4つの空白のタイルが見つかります。 空白のタイルとは、何も書かれていないタイルのことです。それら空白のタイルは、ある単語の一部です。空白のタイルに、どの文字があてはまるかを考えてください。おわかりですか?答えは、ページを下にスクロールして下さい。GOOD LUCK

Below is a Super Scrabble Puzzle. If you search carefully you will find four blank tiles on it. BLANK means that nothing is written on it. But, they are part of the word. Try to determine what letter the BLANK tiles are. After you have your guess you can scroll down the page to find the answers. As always, GOOD LUCK.







































MEANT/MEANING              LOVE                 FESTERED

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Puzzler HInts

Sunday! It's back to Tokyo this day. I hope the weather cooperates. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

November Home Project
今月のHPは、"be”を含む単語です。下記のように、”be”で始まる単語です。 
because ーだから
before 前に 
behave ふるまう
behind のうしろに
believe 信じている
below の下方に
beside の近くに
between の間に
beware 気を付ける
beyond の向こうに
もちろん他にもありますが、私のブログの中の文章もよく見てみてください。
みなさんも使ってみましょう。

I-chou Namiki

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Puzzler

Saturday! Well, I've been on the wagon for 17 days now. I will be dry unitl December. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

November Home Project
今月のHPは、"be”を含む単語です。下記のように、”be”で始まる単語です。 
because ーだから
before 前に 
behave ふるまう
behind のうしろに
believe 信じている
below の下方に
beside の近くに
between の間に
beware 気を付ける
beyond の向こうに
もちろん他にもありますが、私のブログの中の文章もよく見てみてください。
みなさんも使ってみましょう。
Aoyama Cemetery, Meiji Jingo, Shinjuku statioin area from Mori Building.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Veteran's Day at Arlington Cemetery


WASHINGTON - The 65th annual National Veterans Day Observance, to honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve in the U.S. armed forces during war and peacetime, is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery.
There will be a Presidential Armed Forces Full Honor wreath-laying ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. It will be immediately followed by an observance program hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs in Arlington’s Memorial Amphitheater. A prelude by “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band will begin in the amphitheater at 10:30 a.m.
Both the wreath-laying ceremony and the observance program are free and open to the general public. Tickets are not required to attend these events; however, space is limited to standing room only for the wreath-laying ceremony and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis in the amphitheater. Attendees are encouraged to arrive to designated locations no later than 9:30 a.m.
Free parking is available for vehicles at the Arlington National Cemetery Welcome Center’s parking lot from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. A free shuttle service will provide transportation to the Memorial Amphitheater beginning at 8 a.m. Walking to the amphitheater is prohibited. After the observance, shuttles will provide transportation back to the welcome center until 2 p.m.
Attendees will be required to pass through a security checkpoint to gain access to the cemetery and ceremony. Prohibited items include: large bags or backpacks, firearms and weapons of any type, laser pointers, aerosol containers, soda cans, umbrellas, coolers, picnic baskets, tripods, lighters, screwdrivers (or similar tools), air horns, personal protection sprays, and insulated beverage containers.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Baseball by Shogo

We had a game in Maebashi city last Saturday. It was the first round of the Kantou Kanreki baseball tournament. I left home with my wife around 8:30 in the morning and headed to the ballpark in Maebashi City. The game began at noon. Our opponent came from Yokohama City and they were a very good team. I thought that it would be very hard to defeat them when I saw them practicing before the game. The game went on 0 to 0 until the 4th inning. It changed in the top of the 4th when we got 2 runs, but then we gave up two runs in the bottom of that inning. Before you knew it, we were down by five when we gave up 5 more runs next inning. However, we came back with 3 runs in our half of the 6th. But our opponent got one more run in the bottom of that same inning. In the end, we lost 8 to 6. I was one for four in the game. I had four ABs (at bats). I had a ground out, a single, a strike out and a walk. I played short and made one fine play. Anyway, I thought I have to practice some more to improve my skills. But, my batting is improving. Our next game is tomorrow. I am looking forward to it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Chichibu by Ima

There are 34 sacred places in Chichibu. I wanted to visit all of them so I began in October of last year, 2017. It's a kind of pilgrimage. I am not interested in temples or religion but, I like walking. I visited the 34th and final temple October 22nd. I completed this journey. The 3 temples are scattered here and there. Some are very near a station and some are far away from a station. Some were in towns while others were in the mountainside. I used the train and the bus, and then walking. I went to Chichibu 14 times. I had my "visited" card signed at all 34 temples. I went there 3 times this October. I also saw signs that said "Beware of Bears." (I always walk alone and I didn't  wear a bell that scares away bears. If I met (encountered) a bear, I wouldn't run away. I would move slowly back gazing at the bear.) At each temple the Buddhist priest wrote his message in my pilgrimage booklet. Fortunately I didn't see any bears. So, I came back home safely. I achieved my goal.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

USA Midterm elections

Last Tuesday, November 6th, the midterm elections were held in my home country, the US of A. In this election people vote for the representatives for their state. There is no voting for the POTUS (President Of The United States). That vote took place (happened) two years ago in 2016 and will happen again two years from now in 2020. So, what does it mean? It is very difficult to explain in this small BLOG space. The citizens for each state vote for their state representatives. As I live in Japan I cannot vote now. Why? Because I do not live in any state. However I can vote for president because I am a US citizen. In this election there were no surprises. The results were as most people predicted. The Republican Party won their share and the Democratic party won their share. There were two things that I noticed. One was that many women were elected to seats in the House and Senate. Also, the voter turnout (how many people voted) was only 49%. That was very disappointing. I look forward to voting in 2020.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Puzzler Answers

Back to Monday. I think this is gonna be a good week. Do you believe so, too? Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

以下はスーパースクラブルパズルです。よく見ると、4つの空白のタイルが見つかります。 空白のタイルとは、何も書かれていないタイルのことです。それら空白のタイルは、ある単語の一部です。空白のタイルに、どの文字があてはまるかを考えてください。おわかりですか?答えは、ページを下にスクロールして下さい。GOOD LUCK

Below is a Super Scrabble Puzzle. If you search carefully you will find four blank tiles on it. BLANK means that nothing is written on it. But, they are part of the word. Try to determine what letter the BLANK tiles are. After you have your guess you can scroll down the page to find the answers. As always, GOOD LUCK.




































JAIL                HEAP/PLENTY                POUNCED           FLAP/FLIP/FLOP

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Puzzler Hints

So, it's Sunday. We are planning a trip to the Tokyo....or was it to the mountains? I just hope it's beautiful weather. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

November Home Project
今月のHPは、"be”を含む単語です。下記のように、”be”で始まる単語です。 
because ーだから
before 前に 
behave ふるまう
behind のうしろに
believe 信じている
below の下方に
beside の近くに
between の間に
beware 気を付ける
beyond の向こうに
もちろん他にもありますが、私のブログの中の文章もよく見てみてください。
みなさんも使ってみましょう。


Outside Tokyo station



Saturday, November 10, 2018

Puzzler

Let's see...it's Saturday and we have a special guest coming to our KenK lesson. He's from Germany. I'm looking forward to it. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

November Home Project
今月のHPは、"be”を含む単語です。下記のように、”be”で始まる単語です。 
because ーだから
before 前に 
behave ふるまう
behind のうしろに
believe 信じている
below の下方に
beside の近くに
between の間に
beware 気を付ける
beyond の向こうに
もちろん他にもありますが、私のブログの中の文章もよく見てみてください。
みなさんも使ってみましょう。


Ginza

Friday, November 9, 2018

Star gazing by Atsuko

The Orion meteor shower would peak on hte night between the 21st and the 22nd thin month. I woke up before daybreak on the 22nd because I was anxious to see this meteor shower. It was 3AM. It was dark and cold outside. I put on my coat and socks before I went out on the veranda. To my surprise the Orion constellation caught my eye. I hadn't seen it for a long time. The stars were twinkling in the clear night sky. How Beautiful! My eyes sparkled at the moment. I enjoyed watching the stars for quite a while. You need lots of patience for this experience. Finally, I saw a thin line in the Southeast after 30 minutes or so. Wow! How dramatic! It was streaking too fast to make a wish. I was very, very happy. I stayed there for one and a half hours. But, I saw only this one meteor. I don't know whether that's a lot or not. What do you think?

Thursday, November 8, 2018

One day trip to Tokyo

I was free on Sunday. My plan was to take an early train and go to Lake Haruna and see the autumn colors. But, before I went, I thought that it would be too much trouble. So, I did get up early, make breakfast, and watch some TV. I then did a Super Scrabble puzzle. I was bored, so I decided to take a trip to Tokyo. The goal was to visit the Imperial Palace near Tokyo station. Then I wanted to go check out the Ginza. I went to the station. I took the train to Tokyo. The bad news was that I had to stand until Ikebukuro. After that all went smoothly. I had lunch near Toyko station. I walked to the Palace. It was raining slightly all day. But, I had my umbrella! I walked around the Imperial Palace garden. It was opened. I talked to some foreigners. I met several Germans, two Swedes and a New Zealander. Then I went to the Ginza. That was nice as I walked the wide, wide street with many people. I bought some chocolates at Mitsukoshi and greetings cards at Ito-ya. I walked back to Tokyo station and was home by 4PM. It was a relaxing day outside.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Christopher Robbin Part 2 by Naomi

All the while, Pooh was waiting for Christopher. The forest was gloomy every day and Pooh couldn't see any of his friends. He was very lonely. Then he decided to visit Christopher. Of course the story ended happily because it's a Disney movie. But it made me think about many things. My son and I didn't talk on the train on the way home. It was not because the train was crowded. Rather, It was because we were thinking about Pooh and Christopher. And I was thinking that it might be the last time that I go to a movie together with my son. Next spring he will enter the university and he may go to the movies with his girlfriend instead. I enjoyed "Christopher Robbin", the time with my son and my day off. (This will probably be Naomi's final BLOG for RAM English. She is an English teacher at a cram school. She has gotten very busy with her work so she has decided to stop her lessons with us. It has been a pleasure to teach English to her. Good luck, Naomi.)

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Christopher Robbin Part 1 by Naomi

October 19, 2018 Friday
The other day, on my day off, I wanted to see a movie. So, I sent a mail to my son and said "If you want to see a movie with your mom, get off the train at Omiya Shintoshin station on your way back home." His reply was "I'm tired. I want to go home as soon as possible." I thought he wouldn't show up (come). But, when I was on the train I received a mail from him. He was at the station! He mailed "Where are you?" So, we watched the movie Christopher Robbin. The opening scene was the farewell party for Christopher. Pooh said to him "I'm waiting for you forever." Christopher left the forest of 100 acres and entered a dormitory. 
He grew up, got married, and went to war. After the war he got a job at a traveling bag company. He got into financial (money) trouble, was super busy and got stressed out. He completely forgot about Pooh. 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Puzzler Answers

I have a very full schedule this week. At the final lesson of the week a guest from Germany will visit our class. I look forward to it and it should be interesting. Puzzler Answers: CLICK HERE.

以下はスーパースクラブルパズルです。よく見ると、4つの空白のタイルが見つかります。 空白のタイルとは、何も書かれていないタイルのことです。それら空白のタイルは、ある単語の一部です。空白のタイルに、どの文字があてはまるかを考えてください。おわかりですか?答えは、ページを下にスクロールして下さい。GOOD LUCK

Below is a Super Scrabble Puzzle. If you search carefully you will find four blank tiles on it. BLANK means that nothing is written on it. But, they are part of the word. Try to determine what letter the BLANK tiles are. After you have your guess you can scroll down the page to find the answers. As always, GOOD LUCK.





































JUNKED/JUNKE          QUOTE        SCHOOL         REMET/REMIT

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Puzzler Hints

I may pull some weeds this morning. But then I'm free. I hope it's a nice day. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

November Home Project
今月のHPは、"be”を含む単語です。下記のように、”be”で始まる単語です。 
because ーだから
before 前に 
behave ふるまう
behind のうしろに
believe 信じている
below の下方に
beside の近くに
between の間に
beware 気を付ける
beyond の向こうに
もちろん他にもありますが、私のブログの中の文章もよく見てみてください。
みなさんも使ってみましょう。

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Puzzler

Welp, it's November. What is happening this month? I do see a couple of holidays on the calendar. How about checking out the autumn colors? Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

November Home Project
interesting (面白い)VS. interested (興味を持っています)
「interesting」は「(物が)(人にとって)興味深い、面白い」、「interested」は「(人が)(物に)興味がある」という意味の形容詞です。
主語に注意して以下の例文で違いを確認しましょう。
例:My brother is not interested in golf. But I think that golf is very interesting.
私の兄(弟)は、ゴルフに興味がない。しかし、私は、ゴルフは大変面白いと思う。
I am interested in ~ 私は~に興味がある。
He is interested in ~ 彼は~に興味がある。
They are interested in~ 彼らは~に興味がある。
しかし;
Rap music is very interesting. ラップ音楽は非常におもししろい。
Speedskating ins not interesting. スピードスケートは、おもしろくない。
That movie is pretty interesting. あの映画は、なかなかおもしろい。

ALSO boring / bored, tired / tiring, surprised / surprising, amazed / amazing confused / confusing.
これらの例を、ブログの中から探してみてください。皆さんも、それらの単語を使って会話をしたり文を作てみましょう。Good Luck!

ALSO boring vs. bored.
これらの例を、ブログの中から探しみてください。皆さんも、それらの単語を使って会話をしたり文を作ってみましょう。Good Luck!

これらの例を、私のブログの中から探しみてください。皆さんも、それらの単語を使って会話をしたり文を作ってみましょう。Good luck!

Friday, November 2, 2018

Culture Day in Japan

Tomorrow is Saturday. It also just happens to be the Japanese Cultural Day. I found the following interesting news on the Internet.
This day was formerly observed as the birthday of the Emperor Meiji (1852-1912), who ruled Japan from 1868 until his death. Meiji Tenno abolished feudalism, raised the people's standard of living, and secured Japan's reputation as a great world power. It was during his reign that Japan made rapid progress toward becoming a modern nation by using Western institutions, technology, and learning as its model. It was during this period that a constitution was adopted, a parliament was convened, civil and criminal laws were codified, and an educational system was established. Railways were built,  and electric lights and telephones were put into use. 
ALSO, Bunka-no-hi is a day to honor traditional Japanese culture a promote the love of freedom and peace that was established in hte Japanese Constitution. 
As part of the celebration of Culture Day the order of Culture Awards ceremony takes place at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
So, how will you celebrate Culture Day?




Thursday, November 1, 2018

At the gym

I workout at the SUN ARENA gym in Okegawa. I have been going regularly for about three years now. There are all kinds of people who come. Sometimes kids come with their  mother or their father. Junior HS and High school kids come, too. There are also a lot of seniors. And I must say, 95% are all in very good shape. There are also a lot of body builders. These are younger guys who have these very muscular bodies. Sometimes younger ladies will come. Everyone has their own reasons for coming. One exercise that I do is using the barbell. I sit at the rack and raise the barbell up and down. Then I rest and adjust the weights every time. It takes about 10 minutes or so. While I am do this there is a large mirror right in front of me. During the lifting I take a break between lifting. I have to let my muscles rest unitl the next lifting. At that time I can see all the people doing various exercises in that mirror. Some are running. Some are stretching. Some are "pumping iron". Some are chatting. It is a sea of motion. It's pretty cool.