Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Exploring Tokyo Breakfast

I had a cold last month. It was from about October 25th to November 3rd. I had a sore throat. My nose was running. I was congested. The good news was that I did not have a fever. I'm not sure how I got the cold. Perhaps from the kids that I teach at my school or the kindergartens where I teach. I have no idea. But, it got much better the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd. Then the following day, Tuesday, November 4th was a holiday. I stayed home and rested and then finally Tuesday morning I left for Tokyo. It was a beautiful day. I got the 8:08 for Shinjuku. There, I wanted to find a place to have breakfast. I decided that my best choice was the Kei Oi Plaza hotel. Why? Because although it is expensive, it is delicious. I found one restaurant with a lot of people lined up to get in. It was a buffet style breakfast. I frowned at that. Besides, I didn't want to wait. Then, I saw the Japanese restaurant with no one waiting in line. I entered and was taken to my seat. The place was 80% full. And, as I thought, the food was delicious! With that,  I was ready to explore Tokyo.


Monday, November 11, 2019

Puzzler Answers

Whelp, it's back to work today. I wonder what the day will bring. Good new, I trust.
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.







































SMOKING                     COASTER/RENDER                    COFFEE                




Sunday, November 10, 2019

Puzzler Hints

It's Sunday. And, yes, I'm still on the wagon. But, my weight has not changed. Heavy sigh. The Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

November 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!

Visited here recently: Harajuku station.



Saturday, November 9, 2019

Puzzler

Well, well. well. The weekend is here and the weather is fine. What to do?
Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

November 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!

Dessert at Denny's YUMMY!!!!!


Friday, November 8, 2019

World Rugby Cup by Yuko

The World Rugby Cup was held in Japan from September 20th to November second. This is the first time outside Tier 1. (Editor's note: Tier 1 includes 8 teams. They are England, Wales, Ireland, France, Scotland and Italy which compete in the Six Nations. New Zealand, South Africa, Australia and Argentina compete in the Rugby Championship league. Japan is in Tier 2 and is the only Asian team.) It is held every four years and this is the 9th tournament. Rugby originated in England. Formally called Rugby Football. Rugby is a very popular sport worldwide. Teams such as Ireland. Italy and New Zealand bowed in a row, Japanese style, after each match. This is to convey gratitude to the audience. Now it's a new trend. 
Actually I was not interested in Rugby. I don't know the rules and it's a painful (vicious) sport. But I was very excited watching the games on TV. The spirit of not giving up trying is very great. After the game the players of both teams shake hands. Then they make a flower path and send each other off the  field. I was very impressed. I'm still not sure of the rugby rules, but I like rugby very much. 

Thursday, November 7, 2019

A trip to Copenhagen by Kazuko Part 3

Meanwhile we almost got into trouble. It was a Sunday morning. We were strolling along the street in town. There were few people. Suddenly two men appeared from somewhere and stood in front of my husband. They said "Police, police." and "Passport, passport." while showing some kind of ID. I knew of the existence of such people. So we ignored them and left quickly. Fortunately they didn't follow us. I was not scared at the time but I felt fear later. This was also unforgettable. Denmark is one the cashless developed countries in the world. I mostly paid by credit card. Now, I'm afraid to see next month's CC bill. Anyway, we went through a lot bit we were able to come back home safe and sound. 
"All's well, that ends well."



Wednesday, November 6, 2019

A trip to Copenhagen by Kazuko Part 2

I expected the Kronberg Castle to have an ominous atmosphere. But actually it was amazing. It was not gorgeous, rather, it was elegant. There were several people in the castle wearing costumes fro the period. They were actors and were playing their roles. We met and greeted a King and two guards. They were very friendly. We had a great time there. The we went back to the middle of the town by train and bus. On our way, we met a nice lady. She was on the bus going downtown. When we boarded the bus it was crowded but we were able to find  seats. A white-haired woman, who looked to be in her 70s, got on the bus and stood beside my husband. He offered his seat to her but she refused, smiling, and asked where we were from. When she found out that we were Japanese she talked about the disaster in Japan. It was the terrible typhoon disaster which happened during our trip. I was a bit surprised and was pleased at the same time. I believed that no one cared about Japan which is so far from Denmark. 

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

A trip to Copenhagen by Kazuko Part 1

I went on a trip to Copenhagen., Denmark with my husband. It was our first private trip as we usually travel on a group tour. So, we had to do everything by ourselves. I prepared for this trip for more than one month before. I referred to  a guide book and made a detailed itinerary. So, I was very nervous on the departure night. In addition, a huge typhoon was approaching. At last we flew to Copenhagen on a Friday with many concerns. In Copenhagen we sometimes got lost as we visited a lot of places such as old castles an churches. Kronburg Castle was especially interesting. It is on the outskirts of he city. Do you know the quotation "To be, or not to be. That is the question." You have probably heard it at least once. This is the famous passage from from Hamlet which is one of SHakespear' four major tragedies. Actually it is said that Hamlet is set in Kronberg Castle. Hamlet is a dark story where the King's ghost appears and many people die or are killed in revenge. 

Monday, November 4, 2019

Puzzler Answers

Today is another holiday! I'm soooooooooo happy. 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.














































PREFERS                    PRAYERS                 WHARF               PIANO/SAILOR

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Puzzler Hints

Well, so far, so good with the NO DRINKING pledge. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

November 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!


Boo! 





Saturday, November 2, 2019

Puzzler

It is November. I WILL NOT DRINK THIS MONTH! I say that every month and I fail to keep that vow. Wish me luck! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

November 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!

Pond at Imperial Palace

Friday, November 1, 2019

My October

October, 2019 has finished. It was just yesterday actually. I had a good, busy month. It was difficult to lose any weight at all, but I didn't gain any either. The following is a list of things I did.
1. Bought a globe. It is 40cm and is on a stand. I reference it every day.
2. Had a three year memorial service for M's mother. Met two uncles, one sister, one brother-in-law, one niece, one cousin, and a great-grandson.
3. Went to Kumagaya to see a rugby match between Argentina and the USA.
4. Tried doing some rugby activities.
5. Experienced a deadly, terrible Typhoon.
6. Went to M's Big Band Jazz group recital in Omiya.
7. Tokyo Adventure: Walk from Shinjuku station to Tokyo station.
8. Visited Shijuku Gyouen.
9. Visited the Imperial Palace.
10. Watched the coronation of the new Emperor and his Empress on TV.
11. Read October's Reader's Digest and National Geographic magazines.
12. Read Shakespeare's Othello and saw the play on YouTube.
13. Read Shakespeare's The Merry Wives's of Windsor and saw the play on YouTube.
14. Read Shakespeare's Hamlet and saw the play on YouTube.
15. Went drinking with buddy one Saturday night.
16. Did Halloween Party dressed as a witch at a kindergarten.
17. Went to the gym 13 times.