Saturday, October 19, 2019

Puzzler

This has been a very good month so far. I hope to have some new adventures and work hard. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

October Home Project
今月のHome Projectは、「 UP」 です。

UP UP UP!
Get up, wake up , pick up, look up, mix up, get up, close up, back up, clean up, break up, blow up, dress up, hard up, call up, fix up, give up, hang up, hard up, zip up, lock up, pull up, rise up, turn up, warm up.......level up your skills and use these in conversations and in your stories this month.
今月は、これらの、up,  up,などの単語を使って会話をしたり、話の中に取り入れて文章を作ってみましょう! Good luck!

More rugby fans



Friday, October 18, 2019

Rugby at Kumagaya Stadium Part 2

It took about 15 minutes by bus. The stadium was very nice. We were early. And we got to our seats soon. I did not want to drink beer this day. On the other hand, my son-in-law was very eager to drink beer on his day off. He played rugby for three years in high school. So he explained many of the rules to me. That was very helpful. The fans were filing into the stadium. Then we saw something interesting. Maybe 500 or 1,000 elementary school kids came in and sat in the end zone seats to our left. They were wearing yellow hats and cheering all game for both teams. That was cool. Our seat we neat the end zone. Then the players practiced then the game began. It was so interesting to watch them play. Those players are big and tough! Unfortunately, things did not go well for the Americans. At half time the score was 19 to 5 in favor of Argentine. The second half was the same as the first. The Argentine team was i complete control. The final score was 47 to 19. We left soon and got on a bus to the station. It was quick and easy. We took the train. I got off at Okegawa and said good-bye and Thank you to Masaharu. What a fantastic day off.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Rugby at Kumagaya Stadium Part 1

So the Rugby World Cup 2019 Japan continues. Japan is H-O-T! They are on FIRE! That means that they are doing very, very well. Now I have better news! My son-in-law bought two tickets for the Rugby match in Kumagaya. He invited me to go with him. The match was between Argentina and the USA! That is my home team. How lucky am I! We met in Kumagaya, at the station at 10AM. We then walked the ten minutes to the FAN ZONE. What a surprise! There were so many happy, smiling faces everywhere on the route to the FAN ZONE and then at the stadium. They were volunteers waving and hi-fiving and greeting all who passed by. AT the FAN ZONE we got to experience rugby. We could pass and kick the ball and score a try. I met several fans from around he world. The Americans wore some wild costumes (Elvis was there!). The Argentinians wore blue and white striped T-shirts. From here we took a bus to the stadium. That was very smooth. There were many buses for many fans. Continued tomorrow.

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Gokokuji Part 2

After resting I set out again. I wanted to walk to Tokyo Dome. I thought about it for a while and then changed my mind. I took the bus, instead. That was good because I could see everything around me. And I could follow on my map. Also the bus is very cheap. 170yen to the terminal station. I got off at Tokyo Dome and then had lunch. It was at a Chinese restaurant. It was so-so. Then I took the subway for two stations. That was no fun so I got off and walked the rest of the way to Tokyo station. I walked passed the St. Nickolai Cathedral. The dome is fantastic. I continues my walk to Tokyo station. There were not many people about. My goal was to go to Maruzen book store. I took a short cut. It was a new route but I was sure of my location. It was successful. On the way I took a photo of the two rugby players on a bench. At Maruzen I looked at the globes. I wanted to compare sizes. I made up my mind which one I wanted to buy. Then I bought two Shakespeare books. It was time to go home. A nice day off and exploring of Tokyo.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Gokokuji Part 1

I had a Sunday free September 29th. I was looking for some place in Tokyo to explore. I found it. It is the Gokokuji Temple in the Bunkyo ward of Tokyo. I was in no hurry. I had breakfast at home. I biked to the station and then departed Okegawa station at 10AM. I took the Shinjuku/Ikebukuro line and got off at Ikebukuro. From there I walked. It about 25 minutes to get there. On the way, I crossed the Toden-Ikebukuro line. The train was stopped. I had never been on it before. So I took it two staitons and then returned back to my starting point. That was cool. Then I continued my walk. The road follows the expressway which is up above the road. I asked for directions once as I was near my destination. I finally arrived. The place was still. There were only a few visitors. I climbed up the steps. Awesome! So beautiful. So clean. So serene. So Japanese. I went around to the  back of the temple. There was a cemetery. I strolled through it. Very well kept. I snapped a lot of pictures. I was here manybe 30 minutes. Then I rested at an office which had carp lazily swimming in the clear pond. Beautiful. 

Monday, October 14, 2019

Puzzler Answers

This weather is soooooooooooooooooo good! I'm luvin' it!
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.






































FACES/FADES.FAKES/FARES/FATES/FAXES  

MOUSE/QUEEN PROPER/DIRTY ANSWER

Sunday, October 13, 2019

Puzzler Hints

I was busy last weekend with family stuff. I'm free this day, however, so I'll probably go to Tokyo. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

October Home Project
今月のHome Projectは、「 UP」 です。

UP UP UP!
Get up, wake up , pick up, look up, mix up, get up, close up, back up, clean up, break up, blow up, dress up, hard up, call up, fix up, give up, hang up, hard up, zip up, lock up, pull up, rise up, turn up, warm up.......level up your skills and use these in conversations and in your stories this month.
今月は、これらの、up,  up,などの単語を使って会話をしたり、話の中に取り入れて文章を作ってみましょう! Good luck!

Gokokuji statue



Saturday, October 12, 2019

Puzzler

OK! It's up and at 'em this fine October day. (That means "get ready and GO!") Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

October Home Project
今月のHome Projectは、「 UP」 です。

UP UP UP!
Get up, wake up , pick up, look up, mix up, get up, close up, back up, clean up, break up, blow up, dress up, hard up, call up, fix up, give up, hang up, hard up, zip up, lock up, pull up, rise up, turn up, warm up.......level up your skills and use these in conversations and in your stories this month.
今月は、これらの、up,  up,などの単語を使って会話をしたり、話の中に取り入れて文章を作ってみましょう! Good luck!

Scene from Gokokuji Temple in 



Friday, October 11, 2019

Wolrd Rugby Cup 2019

Have you been following the World Rugby Cup? It is being held here in Japan. So, in this case, we say that the Japan team is the "Home Favorite". That means that most everyone here is rooting (cheering) for them. They are in Pool A along with Ireland Scotland Samoa and Russia. I only saw parts of the the first game that they played. I was at home. It was against Russia. Russia scored first by a mistake from the Japanese team. But then Japan won easily. The final score was 30 to 10. The next game was against Ireland. I saw some at home but then I went to the gym. I didn't expect Japan to win. The gm has a big screen TV. They always show sports events. So many of us watched as we were wrong out (exercising). It was fantastic! The Irish team had built as 12 to 3 lead. But then the Japanese team got tough. The Irish could score no more. Japan made two more tries. The final score was 19 to 12. Many of us watched the final minutes together. There were lots of smiling faces and cheering when the game was over.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Rina's birthday

My brother came to Japan to attend our daughter's wedding and explore Japan. One night we took them to a Okonomiyaki shop in Ueno near near KappaBashi. For Rina's birthday last week we went there again. I was surprised that the owner (master) recognized (remembered) us. We had four kinds of dishes. Of course they were all delicious. Do you like Okonomiyaki? We also had drinks. I was not driving so my son-in-law and I shared some bottled beer. Then we got some sake. Then he ordered a summer watermelon flavored cocktail. It looked fruity...not my style. Then we had some more sake. And then we had another sake. That was more than enough. Our daughter turned 30 years old this day. We all had a busy Sunday Before visiting M's sister's house we went to clean the grave. I was pooped (very tired) by the time we finished dinner. We drove the young couple to their place in Souka. We said good-bye then M drove home. I slept all the way. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Electric bicycle

This time I went to Tokyo with my family. We had two purposes (reasons/goals). First we wanted to visit my better half's sister. 'Better half'? That means your wife (or your husband). But, before that we went to the cemetery to visit the family grave. M drove to Tokyo. Her sister lives in Ueno. I watched from the back seat as buildings and sights passed by. I was trying to recognize them as part of my Tokyo study. We arrived at her home before noon. The home is beautiful. It is in a small neighborhood. And there are many shops and restaurants along the main streets. Then I saw my sister-in-law's bicycle. It was electric! I wanted to try it. So, we decided to go to a restaurant for lunch. They went by car and I went by bicycle. It was fun. There are many up and down roads here, so this type of vehicle is necessary. I left first. Of course I got lost. I used my phone to get my "bearings" = to get oriented = to find my location. It was easy. We finally met and had lunch at a Kohikan. Not bad!





Tuesday, October 8, 2019

The Dancing Culprit

We visited M's sister's house in Tokyo two Sundays ago. Three of us went there by car. We went out for lunch and then returned to the new house. At that time our older daughter and her husband also came. There were six of us. So, our younger daughter said "Let's play cards." All agreed. She introduced a new card game to us. It is called "The dancing culprit". 
Six of us played. Cards are dealt (passed out) to all the players. Each player has the same amount (number) of cards. For six people there are four cards. Later with five people we all got five cards. We pass the cards to our right or to the left. There are rules written on each card. Some rules appear once. Some rules appear twice. Some cards ask questions. Some cards give orders. One card is the CULPRIT. The cards disappear one by one. It is too difficult to explain. Actually it was difficult for me to understand. But, we all had a good time. I think I won once. After paying cards we had cake and refreshments. Then our family went to have a birthday party for Rina. PICTURE An interesting bicycle that I saw in Tokyo.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Puzzler Answers

OK. So, it's back to work this fine Monday, and I'm raring to go, go, go! 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.







































RICH                          PRANCE                  DESCENT                 QUITE



Sunday, October 6, 2019

Puzzler HInts

Today members of Miwkao's family will come to Ageo to celebrate and remember M's Mom. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

October Home Project
今月のHome Projectは、「 UP」 です。

UP UP UP!
Get up, wake up , pick up, look up, mix up, get up, close up, back up, clean up, break up, blow up, dress up, hard up, call up, fix up, give up, hang up, hard up, zip up, lock up, pull up, rise up, turn up, warm up.......level up your skills and use these in conversations and in your stories this month.
今月は、これらの、up,  up,などの単語を使って会話をしたり、話の中に取り入れて文章を作ってみましょう! Good luck!

Carp at Gokokuji


Saturday, October 5, 2019

Puzzler

This is the 10th month of the year, namely, October. Did you know that OCTO means 8 (eight)? Puzzler: CLICK HERE

October Home Project
今月のHome Projectは、「 UP」 です。

UP UP UP!
Get up, wake up , pick up, look up, mix up, get up, close up, back up, clean up, break up, blow up, dress up, hard up, call up, fix up, give up, hang up, hard up, zip up, lock up, pull up, rise up, turn up, warm up.......level up your skills and use these in conversations and in your stories this month.
今月は、これらの、up,  up,などの単語を使って会話をしたり、話の中に取り入れて文章を作ってみましょう! Good luck!

Bench warmers









Friday, October 4, 2019

St Niholai Cathedral Part 3

There were a dozen men dressed in gold garbs or gowns. Some were young. Some were old. Then the holiest, most highest and oldest guy entered. There was a big ceremony for him. The guys in gold took off his gown and jacket, then put a new gold jacket and gown on him. They were always kissing his hands! They held him a bible for him to read from. Two golden guys were waving golden incense holders. There was smoke coming from them. One gold guy was in the front to the right. He read some chants for about 20 minutes. He kept repeating these words "Shamalinshki, shamalinshiki. shamalinshki..." eight times in a row. He did that many times. And as he spoke them he was counting them on his fingers. That was cool. Then some gold guys were chanting. They had very deep, beautiful voices. Their chants resonated through the building. I stood for a long time and was getting tired. I asked a lady when it will end. She said one more hour. I left immediately. I had been standing for 90 minutes! It was a great experience. You should check it out from the back of the room for ten or fifteen  minutes. 
NOTE: PICTURE IS FROM THE INTERNET.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

St Nicholai Cathedral Part 2

NOTE: THIS PHOTO IS NOT IN TOKYO. YOU CANNOT TAKE PICTURES INSIDE THE ST. NICHOLAI CHURCH.
I arrived at the Church just before 10am. I walked inside. People were everywhere but not that many. Most were regulars. There were 20 chairs on the left side and right side. I walked straight to the second row of seats on the left. I wanted a "birds-eye" view of the action. There was a confessional going on (happening) to my left. One line was for Japanese and the other line was for non-Japanese. There were a few tourists standing in the back. There was a choir off to the right. There were 12 members. There are three stands in the front. They have paintings of people. They are on a stand. Behind the stand are many candles burning. People walk to the stands and kiss the painting, make the sign of he cross, then light their candle and add it to the rest. There is an altar but it is behind the wall in front. That wall has five big doors. Between the two rows of chairs is a platform. The service began at 10:00.  (continued tomorrow). 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

St Nicholai Cathedral Part 1

I took another day trip to Tokyo on Sunday, September 15th. I had two goals. One was to visit the St Nickolai Cathedral in Kanda, Tokyo near the Ocha-no-mizu train station. The other was to buy a DVD. I went to the cathedral for the first time early this year. Perhaps it was February or March. Anyway, when I first entered the church I was amazed. It was very old and very holy. (Amen!) There were lots of candles and paintings and gold and doors and stained glass windows. I decided I must come and see a mass here. The mass starts at 10am. So, on this day, I walked from Tokyo station to the Cathedral. It was a beautiful sunny, Sunday morning. There were hardly any people. I could walk to my destination going straight north from Tokyo along Hibiya-Douri. Later it became Hongo-Douri. And that is what I did. But! All of a sudden at Yasukuni-Douri, the road was blocked to all traffic. What was happening? Well, there was a marathon trial for runners for the 2020 Olympics. I waited 20 minutes and they finally came. That was cool. Then I went underground to cross the street and continued on my journey. I arrived at the cathedral at 9:50. There was plenty of time to prepare. 

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

My September

September has 30 days. I took advantage of each one. I studied, I worked, I played, I drank. I also relaxed with some TV. Now, we are ready for October. See my list below Cinnamon.
1. I made a major (big) excursion into Tokyo BY CAR! It was in KOTO-ku to locate (find) the four gods protecting this ward.
2. Did gardening, which included laying and taping the vinyl sheets next door.
3. Read National Geographic, Reader's Digest as well as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.
4. Drank some. Maybe 6 times during the month.
5. Visited the gym 14 times.
6. Washed the car, but only once.
7. Welcomed 6 new students to our school.
8. Said Goodbye to 3 students.
9. Started rehearsals for Christmas Shows at three kindergartens.
10. Had a birthday party for our elder daughter.
11. Had an udon lunch at one students restaurant in KitaMoto. Delicious.
12. Had dinner with friends from Germany.
13. Visited the family grave.
14. Read Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew." Cool.
15. Visited M' sister's new place In Ueno. Fantastic and very interesting.
16. Celebrated Rina's birthday at Okonomiyaki.
17. Met friends from Gwermany.


Monday, September 30, 2019

Puzzler Answers

So, this is the final day of September, 2019. My how time flies! I'm looking forward to October. 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.



































DUCKS/DUCTS             QUIZ                MAIL/STEAL            THEATER 

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Puzzler HInts

I do not have my PM lesson today. So, instead, I will go to the .............DENTIST! Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE

October Home Project
今月のHome Projectは、「 UP」 です。

UP UP UP!
Get up, wake up , pick up, look up, mix up, get up, close up, back up, clean up, break up, blow up, dress up, hard up, call up, fix up, give up, hang up, hard up, zip up, lock up, pull up, rise up, turn up, warm up.......level up your skills and use these in conversations and in your stories this month.
今月は、これらの、up,  up,などの単語を使って会話をしたり、話の中に取り入れて文章を作ってみましょう! Good luck!

Our family grave



Saturday, September 28, 2019

Puzzler

So, September draws to a close. That means that September is ending. Mine was pretty darn good. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

October Home Project
今月のHome Projectは、「 UP」 です。

UP UP UP!
Get up, wake up , pick up, look up, mix up, get up, close up, back up, clean up, break up, blow up, dress up, hard up, call up, fix up, give up, hang up, hard up, zip up, lock up, pull up, rise up, turn up, warm up.......level up your skills and use these in conversations and in your stories this month.
今月は、これらの、up,  up,などの単語を使って会話をしたり、話の中に取り入れて文章を作ってみましょう! Good luck!

Our family grave

Friday, September 27, 2019

Bertold Bayer

We have friends who live in Hamburg, Germany. They are Bertold and Keiko Bayer. Bertold is a retired clarinet player with the Hamburg philharmonic symphony. He is a cool guy. (He climbed Mt. Fuji in one day one of his may visits to Japan.) Of course his wife is Japanese. She teaches music in Germany at a university. She is cool, to. They have one daughter. Her name is Rina, just like our daughter's. We met by chance 15 or 20 years ago at the Kenkatsu Center. I was teaching and they were performing on stage. Anyway, they visit Japan regularly and we meet when our schedules match. This time we went to the restaurant "AzumaKura" (also known as "Bunraku") in Ageo. We have been there before as well as several other places together. This time we talked and ate from the delicious menu provided by this restaurant. There were eight of us. Our daughter and her better half (=husband) as well as their daughter and her S/O (Significant Other) joined us. It was lively. There was English, Japanese and German conversations going on all together. We hope ot meet again on their next visit.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Sumo by Eiko


I went to see Sumo with my husband. We root for Mitakeumi, who is from Nagano prefecture. We waited for 1 hour at the gate as the Sumo wrestlers entered. Finally I was able to take a picture of Mitakeumi. We bought two towels with his name. Kokugikan was full. The atmosphere was lively. Mitakeumi had a match against Ichinojo. Ichinojo is a very big Sumo wrestler. I  supported Mitakeumi by spreading my towel and taking photos. Mitakeumi defeated Ichinojo. The Sumo finished at 6pm and then we went straight home because it looked like to rain. And it was raining when we got off the bus near our house. We got soaked in the rain. Except that, it was a wonderful day.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Alas, poor Rick

I BLOGGED last week that I was into Shakespeare. I wanted to read his plays and then watch performances of the same plays on my TV. I actually read "Twelfth Night" twice so I could understand it better. It is not so long. Then, we ordered a set of his plays on DVD from the BBC in England. They finally arrived after more than a week. I was as excited as a kid at Christmas. I opened the package up on a Friday night. I took out Twelfth Night. I put it in the player. I got instructions from family members on how to set it up to watch it. When it finally was ready I pushed the GO button. Nothing happened. My daughter searched the NET and learned that DVDs from England cannot be viewed on Japanese machines. Woe is me! I called two bookstores in Tokyo. Only Kinokuniya has DVDs of Shakespeare. I went there. They have a very limited amount. And you cannot order them. HOWEVER, I just found on the Internet that you can buy plays from England and watch them on your computer. So, hopefully, some day soon I can say "All's well that ends well." 

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Adventure part 4

After buying my books at Maruzen it was time to head (go) home. My plan was to go take route 254 to Kawagoe then turn right and go straight to my house. I had parked in front of Maruzen. As it was a Sunday it was free for one hour. I started. I headed for the Imperial Palace. It was 11:45am. Bad News! Traffic was not allowed to enter the main street due to some regulation this day only. I made a quick right turn ans headed to Yasukuni Douri. I found it then wanted to go to Route 8. According to the map this would take me to Route 254. It wasn't very crowded. I drove at my pace. No worries. Then I made an error. I changed my plan when I saw a sign to my right that said Route 8 MEJIRO. I took it, but I was gong to Mejiro station. OMG! Big mistake. I stopped at a store to get my bearings (look at the map and find my location). I was off course. I got back on 254 and then headed straight for Kawagoe. BUT...this route was only one lane all the way. I was expecting the two lane (both sides) route that I have travelled In Kawagoe. Plus there was an accident. It took nearly two hours. I finally got home around around 3pm. I was home, safe and sound. Time to go to he gym, then relax with some sake. I was pooped, but what an adventure.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Puzzler Answers

Well, the weather is finally getting cooler. I am loooking former to wearing socks.
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.


































ANGRY                    VIL                GENES/GENTS          NEARLY

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Puzzler Hints

We have a birthday party for one of our daughters today. That should be fun.
Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

September Home Project
今月のHome Projectは、「 UP」 です。

UP UP UP!
Get up, wake up , pick up, look up, mix up, get up, close up, back up, clean up, break up, blow up, dress up, hard up, call up, fix up, give up, hang up, hard up, zip up, lock up, pull up, rise up, turn up, warm up.......level up your skills and use these in conversations and in your stories this month.
今月は、これらの、up,  up,などの単語を使って会話をしたり、話の中に取り入れて文章を作ってみましょう! Good luck!

This is near Tokyo station. Do you know it?


Saturday, September 21, 2019

Puzzler

I had last Monday off and then next Monday off. I am one happy guy.
Puzzle: CLICK HERE.

September Home Project
今月のHome Projectは、「 UP」 です。

UP UP UP!
Get up, wake up , pick up, look up, mix up, get up, close up, back up, clean up, break up, blow up, dress up, hard up, call up, fix up, give up, hang up, hard up, zip up, lock up, pull up, rise up, turn up, warm up.......level up your skills and use these in conversations and in your stories this month.
今月は、これらの、up,  up,などの単語を使って会話をしたり、話の中に取り入れて文章を作ってみましょう! Good luck!

East god in front of Higashi Ojima station

Friday, September 20, 2019

Adventure Part 3

So, I returned North. My second mistake was that I thought the next god statue was at a park. I had circled the place on my map. Unfortunately for me, this god was at the station not at the park. It is the HigashiOjima station on the Teio Shinjuku line. I asked one lady walking her dog where the god was. She told me that it was in front of the staitn. However there are three entrances to the station. I drove to one. There was no god. I asked one mom and she told me how to get to the god. I followed her instructions and found it. Then I headed for the final god. This is the northern god in front of Suido station. Of course I drove to the wrong entrance. I asked directions again and finally found it. Whew! I took my pictures then headed home. Again I checked my maps. I had a good idea, but just in case I checked the compass in the phone. It said I was heading west. That was good. I  was now driving in Tokyo proper. I recognized some names and bridges and areas. I followed some cars and then I saw a sign for KUDANSHITA. OMG! I think I know that. I made two lefts and followed my instincts. Perfect. I was right in front of Tokyo station. This was great as I wanted to buy some books at Maruzen. Success. (Continued next Tuesday).

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Adventure Part 2

It was Sunday, September 31st. My adventure began at 6:50am. That was the time I left my school for Tokyo. I had all my maps and notes in the car. My objective (goal) was to find a photograph the three other gods that protect Koto-ku. They are located in the north, east and south. I already met the one in the west at Toyosu station the week before. My plan was to not use the hi-way. I would go to old Edo by Route 17 and return by Route 254 to Kawagoe and then home. Why? Several times during trips to Tokyo I saw the road signs that said Rout 17 here and there. I also once walked Route 254 to Korakuen. I looked at my maps. It showed that 17 ends at 254 and then picks up again later. Then 17 makes three lefts and then right turns in the heart of Tokyo. This wold take me to Route 14 where the treasures lay. So, I started with route 17. And all went as planned. However it worked so well that I went straight to the southern god in Wakasu campsite first. Oh well. But, I was so happy to see it from the car. I parked, got out and took its picture. Then returned north to the god in the east. Then my second mistake happened. (continued tomorrow)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Adventure Part 1

I left PLANETS TOKYO fun house before noon. My next plan was to have lunch in Tokyo. I decided to walk from ShinToyosu to Toyosu station and get the subway. When I arrived at Toyosu station. I happened upon (found by chance) a statue or, a monument of sorts. It was pretty cool so I took a couple of pics. There was also a placard explaining what it was. I didn't understand the meaning so I photographed it, too. I showed it to one student. She explained that there are four such statues in Koto-ku, Tokyo. They are Chinese gods that protect from the four directions, namely, north, east, south and west. We looked at a map of Tokyo. She searched the Internet for the locations of the statues. We found them and then circled them on my map. With that, my next Tokyo adventure was set. I decided to go and find these three statues on the following Sunday. I also decided to go by car. I also decided not to use the highway. I also decided not to use my car navi or smart phone to assist (aid, help) me. I would use my maps and good sense(?). It was a bold plan. "Boys be ambitious!" 

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Shakespeare

I've decided to study Shakespeare. By that, I mean read some of his plays and see the movies. I don't really know much about his works except that they are difficult to understand and read. And many people really love his works. So, I want to make the effort here in my old age. During one of my visit to Tokyo I was at the station. I wanted to go to Kinokuniya bookstore to make my book purchases. The info lady informed me that that book store is in Shinjuku and she directed me to Maruzen. (oops) Once there I was mesmerized (completely wowed) by all the books. I bought Shakespeare's Twelfth Night and Alice in Wonderland. Twelfth Night is a romantic comedy. I read the introduction and of course learned many things about The Bard and the times in which he lived. They also wrote about the theaters at that time. The book explains the meanings of many words and facts about the story and his English. That is very helpful. It is not a long play (which is why I chose it) so I actually read it twice. Then I ordered a set of five DVDs which includes this play. I want to see how it looks on stage. I can't wait to watch it. 

Monday, September 16, 2019

Puzzler Answers

It's Senior Citizen's Day today. That's me! Congratualtpoins all you oldies, but goodies. 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.





































BORN/OR                      BEGUILE                 SPASM                   IVORY           

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Puzzler Hints

I'm reading a book called '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea' by Jules Verne. It's pretty cool. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

September Home Project
今月のHome Projectは、「 UP」 です。

UP UP UP!
Get up, wake up , pick up, look up, mix up, get up, close up, back up, clean up, break up, blow up, dress up, hard up, call up, fix up, give up, hang up, hard up, zip up, lock up, pull up, rise up, turn up, warm up.......level up your skills and use these in conversations and in your stories this month.
今月は、これらの、up,  up,などの単語を使って会話をしたり、話の中に取り入れて文章を作ってみましょう! Good luck!



Saturday, September 14, 2019

Puzzler

Well, this isi nice.There is a hoiliday this ocming Monday. I have no plabns, but I think a rup to Tokyo is in order. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

September Home Project
今月のHome Projectは、「 UP」 です。

UP UP UP!
Get up, wake up , pick up, look up, mix up, get up, close up, back up, clean up, break up, blow up, dress up, hard up, call up, fix up, give up, hang up, hard up, zip up, lock up, pull up, rise up, turn up, warm up.......level up your skills and use these in conversations and in your stories this month.
今月は、これらの、up,  up,などの単語を使って会話をしたり、話の中に取り入れて文章を作ってみましょう! Good luck!

Where's Rick?


Friday, September 13, 2019

Alice in Wonderland

Have you ever seen the movie or animation "Alice in Wonderland."? I've seen both. The animation was made in 1951, produced by Walt Disney. Yes, he is Mickey Mouse's creator. The movie with Johny Depp came out in 2010. I like both equally. Have you ever read the book? I read it last month. Actually there are two stories in the book. One is Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the other is Through the Looking Glass. I was surprised to learn that the movie and animation were made from both stories in the book. For example:
In the Alice in Wonderland story:
1. Alice follows the White Rabbit down a hole to arrive in wonderland.
2. The rabbit is with here all he time.
3. She drinks potions to make her large and small.
4. She meets the Dodo and Bill and the Caterpillar and the Cheshire cat and.
5. Alice meets the Red King and Queen.
6. She plays croquet with  a flamingo.
7. There is a trial to see who stole the tarts.
8. She meets he Cheshire Cat.
In the Through the Looking Glass story:
1. Alice enters a strange world by going through a mirror.
2. She meets the talking flowers.
3. She meets Humpty-Dumpty.
4. She goes to a tea party with a dormouse and
5. She meets Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
6. She meets the white queen.
7. There is a tale about the walrus and the carpenter.
This story is based on a chess game. She has to cross the board to become a queen herself and return home.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Team Lab PLANETS TOKYO

I visited team labs PLANET TOKYO Sunday August 25th. Why? Because Several students took one home stay student there during his visit to Japan. They told me that it was so much fun. Well, it's in Tokyo and I have never been there so I decided that I must go. I purchased a ticket on line Saturday night for 9AM. I went on Sunday and after my b-fast at Rokurinsha I made my way (went to) Shin -Toyosu station on the Yurikamome. I found the place and got in line. Then I got lucky. I struck up a conversation with hte two young ladies in front of me in line. We decided to visit together. One of them spoke very good English. It is difficult to explain every thing that I experienced in this place. First you must take off your shoes and socks and put them in a locker. You are barefoot the whole time you are inside. There are dark rooms. There are rooms that are all mirrors. There are rooms that have water in them. One room had huge balloons. There are lights and CG displays in the walls and floors. It is like a FUN HOUSE. I laughed a lot and really enjoyed the experience. You should try it.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Women's British Open by Atsuko

The 2019 Women's British Open was held from August hte 1st to the 4th in England at Woburn Golf Club. It's one of 5 major golf championships. Japanese Hinako Shibuno won this event by one stroke over American Lizette Salas. She made a shocking debut outside of Japan. It was her first major in her first LPGA tour. She is a 20-year-old rookie. That news caused a great sensation here in Japan. Why? Because it was the first time in 42 years that a Japanese player has won a major, and only the second ever. Other players have seemed able to reach it, but couldn't. Shibuno was very different from them. She was always smiling and looked very relaxed (confident) while golfing. Her interaction with the fans was amazing, too. She was soon nicknamed "Smiling Cinderella."
Shibuno started Sunday (the final day) in first place with a 2 stroke lead, but lost it with a double bogey on the third hole. However she shined on the back nine. She tied Salas for the lead with consecutive birdies on 12 and 13 and went to the last  hole tied for the lead. Can you imagine how it ended? She sank a long birdie putt to clinch the win. The goddess of victory was smiling on Shibuno. I was so excited. She showed us how to enjoy golfing. I hope she has great success in he future.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Rokurinsha revisited

Rokurinsha is an udon shop in Tokyo station. It is on B1 on "Ramen Street". I went once in July. I had a plan two Sundays ago so I added another visit to Rokurinsha for breakfast. I arrived there 7:10am. As I was getting in line, one tourist was anxiously looking here and there and got in line in with me. I struck up (began) a conversation with my usual "Can you speak English?". From there we chatted until hte shop opened at 7:30. His name is Michael, he's from NYC, he's 28 and this is his first visit to Japan. He told me that he has been to several other Asian countries an that his father's name was also Rich. When the staff guy approached us I said "two" and we got our tickets at the machine. Michael said he was hungry so I suggested the most expensive meal. I got the \730 one. We sat at a table. We talked as we ate so I was able to explain some things about Japan that he didn't know. At the end of the meal, I took a toothpick to clean my teeth and he did likewise (the same). I motioned that he should cover this action with his left hand. Then I told him to say "Itadakimasu" as we were finished eating. He was grateful and a good "student". We went outside for a picture, walked down the hall and then separated as I entered the train station. Cool.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Puzzler Answers

Oh, I goofed up. Next Monday is a holiday not this Monday. But I can wait.
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.





































LAME/BROK        PUTTED/RIOTED        SPONGE/TINGED           YEAST/SONIC        

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Puzzler Hints

I think I will stay home all day and read and watch TV and go to the gym. What a plan.
Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

September Home Project
今月のHome Projectは、「 UP」 です。

UP UP UP!
Get up, wake up , pick up, look up, mix up, get up, close up, back up, clean up, break up, blow up, dress up, hard up, call up, fix up, give up, hang up, hard up, zip up, lock up, pull up, rise up, turn up, warm up.......level up your skills and use these in conversations and in your stories this month.
今月は、これらの、up,  up,などの単語を使って会話をしたり、話の中に取り入れて文章を作ってみましょう! Good luck!
more clouds






Saturday, September 7, 2019

Puzzler

We have many plans for this month. As a matter of fact, we are up to our necks in plans. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

September Home Project
今月のHome Projectは、「 UP」 です。

UP UP UP!
Get up, wake up , pick up, look up, mix up, get up, close up, back up, clean up, break up, blow up, dress up, hard up, call up, fix up, give up, hang up, hard up, zip up, lock up, pull up, rise up, turn up, warm up.......level up your skills and use these in conversations and in your stories this month.
今月は、これらの、up,  up,などの単語を使って会話をしたり、話の中に取り入れて文章を作ってみましょう! Good luck!

Seto Ohashi



Friday, September 6, 2019

At the beach

It was around 7:30 on this clear Wednesday morning. I was laying on my back on the beach with my feet towards the sea. I was alone here. It seems no one else was interested in this place. I considered myself lucky. My arms were straight out from my sides. I was perhaps four meters from the waves. The sky was cloudless and blue. The sea where I had just swum was a greenish blue. The top layer was warm for a meter and then a refreshing cool till the floor. The bottom was sandy then seaweed grew further out. This beach is in a cove, small green mountains on either side. The sun was trying to come up to my left. I’m really white so this is the best time for me to enjoy the sea and beach. The sand is a light brown, not golden. There is a breaker wall 40 meters straight out protecting me and the beach. It wasn’t really necessary this day as there was hardly any wind. The waves were tiny. They gently lapped the beach with a steady “sh… sh… shhh… shh.” Crows were off in the distance crying “ahh, ahh, ahh.” in their guttural style. Cicadas chorused from both sides. They sang “mim, mim, mim, mim” nonstop, to the beat of a slow railroad crossing. An occasional gull flew overhead adding his comments. Great.
Then a sigh. Our breakfast was being served at 8:30. It was time to go. I took one final dip in the sea to clean off the sand then headed to our room to change. We were lucky with the weather this time and I also know that we will never visit Shodoshima Island again. I was lucky, indeed.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Shodoshima

August 13th was the third day of our trip. The weather was still fine. After breakfast we left our hotel and left for the island of Shodoshima. We got to the ferry dock in plenty of time. We got our tickets and drove our car on board. The trip was smooth with calm seas and blue skies. When we disembarked (got off the ferry) and drove straight to the olive center. I am sure you know that the island is famous for olive groves and olive products. We were there for over an hour. We got our souvenirs here. We also had some olive soft cream. Yummy! We then drove to our next hotel. On the way we saw a lot of Shoyu factories. (There was a 'Shoyu soft cream' but we didn't try it. Too Bad!). Before checking into our hotel we drove further along the coast to a special place. It is where the Japanese TV drama "24 eyes" was shot (made). We had lunch there. Then back to the hotel to check in. There are three buildings with two rooms in each building. Our room faced the ocean looking down at hte beach. Excellent. I took a dip in the sea in the evening when the sun was low. Why? Because I didn't want to get a sunburn. Then we had a gorgeous dinner at 6pm. We dined alone. The other guests came at 7:30. That was cool because we watched the sun set. Lucky us!

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Otsuka Museum

The next day we were busy. We got up at 5AM and were checked out at 6:00. We wanted to make (be in time for) the first or second tour boat that leaves to see the whirlpools in Naruto. We drove smoothly and got to the dock just before 9AM. We missed the first tour but we got (bought) tickets for the second one. The ship was full when we departed. The ride lasted 30 minutes and was pretty cool. The eddies were not very dramatic (as in the pictures) but it was nice to be on a ship on the sea. The weather was fine again this day. We returned and then went next door to the Otsuka International Museum. Now, this place was fantastic! It is so unique. They have "over 1,000 replicas of priceless masterpieces of Western Art.  These masterpieces are reproduced to their original size using special ceramic techniques." For example the Sistine Chapel ceiling painted by Michelangelo and the Last Supper painted by DaVinci are two of my favorites. They are awesome. And we saw many, many more, some that I know and many that I didn't know. And, you can touch them! That was cool. We only saw half of the works during our 6 hour visit. We may go again.