Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Back home by Kyontan


What a practical thing it is! Going back to my parents’ house.

I went back to my parents’ house three times last year to take care of them. And I thought that it was good training for my body. Please let me talk about it.
 
    Upstairs
I usually stay upstairs in my parents’ house.So, I go up and down the stairs many times. It helps to strengthen my legs.

    Shopping
I usually go shopping by bicycle, because I’m not allowed to drive my father’s car. It takes about 8 minutes to go to the supermarkets, et al. 

During the winter vacation, I went shopping at least twice a day. It's good exercise for my legs.  

    Cleaning the house and the garden. 
     I usually clean the house with a vacuum cleaner and the garden with some tools. It assists me in the training of my leg muscles.   

    Cooking
I usually cook lunch and supper and prepare the snacks. And before returning home, I usually cook main dishes for one week to ten days. Some are preserved in the cool room and some are in the refrigeration room. Cooking is beneficial to exercise my arms.

     I imagine that I would be able to shape up if I live my parents’ house.                However,  I didn’t lose so much weight though I worked so hard. Alas!!!!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Puzzler Answers

I had lots and lots of free time last week. That's not so this week. I'll have to roll up my sleeves. 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.

































WRANGLE/EXIT                INSIDE                   DOE/ON            QUEST/RUM





















Sunday, February 16, 2020

Puzzler Hints

Another Sunday. What to do? A trip to Tokyo perhaps. We shall see. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

2020 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!

My Matsui Bubble Head


Saturday, February 15, 2020

Puzzler

That was a fantastic week. Watched the moon and stars. Read a book. Traveled to Tokyo. Had a drinking party. Washed the house curtains. Whew! Busy! Busy! Busy! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

2020 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!

Gotta Love 2020!


Friday, February 14, 2020

Ice skating Part 2

As I wrote yesterday, I couldn't move. I was frozen, just like the ice. I decided to hang on the sideboards and move around the rink slowly. I did that twice. There were a few people who could actually skate! They were good. There were a lot of kids and moms and dads. Some were wearing helmets. Some were falling down onto the ice. But, they got up immediately and kept trying. I thought, "I can do that." So, I let go of the sideboards and slid out to the skating lane. I watched the other skaters. I moved my right foot back to skate. My left skate was straight. I moved a little. Then I tried the opposite. I moved my left skate out to push myself. My right skate was straight. They were "baby steps." That means little by little, very carefully. It was fine. Later I talked to a gentleman skater, too. He told me that he took lessons with his daughter many years ago. He had his own skates. I also saw several teachers. Could they help? I went back to the rink and skated some more. It was cool but I had very little confidence. I fell twice, but there was no harm. After 90 minutes I decided to stop. I didn't want to get overconfident and get hurt. I was satisfied with my effort. I will definitely go again.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Ice skating Part 1


When I was a kid used to ice skate. I even played ice hockey. Even though I was never very good, I enjoyed it. I have been skating here in japan, too. Once was in Kawagoe maybe 20 years ago. And then I went to the SuiJo Koen in Ageo maybe 10 years ago. And I decided to go again last Monday 2/2/2020. (That is a coooool number, don't you think so?) Anyway, it was a challenge. I wanted to see (know) if I could do it. And the answer is...No, I couldn't skate! Here's the story. I arrived around 10AM. I went inside to see what was what. (That means to check it out and get info.) First, it was expensive, I think. It was \1,700 for the day. That is not bad if you skate all day. But I did get a \100 discount as I had JAF card. I entered and got my skates. There were many kids there with moms and dads. The locker costs \100 so there were many clothes and bags everywhere. I put on my skates. Cool! Then walked carefully to the rink. There are two rinks. One is for students, professionals and very good skaters. I went to the smaller rink, next door. It is for kids and beginners. That was certainly for me. I entered the rink. I held on to the side boards. I couldn't move! Shock! Continued tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

My January by Hideo

My January
    We Celebrated new year party at my home with my two daughters and four grandchildren.
Every year, everyone gathers in my home for a New Year party.
    I Started table tennis and oil painting picture with my buddy last month . 
    I went to Maebashi Christ Church at the Maebashi city for the wedding party for my nephew.
    I went to Takasaki city to attend funeral(wake) for my uncle.
    I went to Habsburg Dynasty exhibition at the National Museum of Western Art in Ueno. 
It was Fantastic and very interesting.
Although he is the smallest and lightest person in Sekitori, he uses very intelligent sumo wrestling.
    I watched Mizuki Mazda win the Osaka International Marathon to advance to the third Tokyo Olympic women`s representative on TV.
Miss Maeda and Suzuki had already been determined.
The last one will be the person who set the highest record at the Nagoya Marathon.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Setsubun and Mamemaki

Setsubun

Setsubun (節分) is the day before the beginning of spring in Japan. The name literally means 'seasonal division', but usually the term refers to the spring Setsubun, properly called Risshun (立春) celebrated yearly on February 3 as part of the Spring Festival (春祭haru matsuri). In its association with the Lunar New Year, spring Setsubun can be and was previously thought of as a sort of New Year's Eve, and so was accompanied by a special ritual to cleanse away all the evil of the former year and drive away disease-bringing evil spirits for the year to come. This special ritual is called mamemaki (豆撒き, "bean scattering"). Setsubun has its origins in tsuina (追儺), a Chinese custom introduced to Japan in the eighth century.

Mamemaki

The custom of mamemaki first appeared in the Muromachi period. It is usually performed by the toshiotoko (年男) of the household (the male who was born on the corresponding animal year on the Chinese zodiac), or else the male head of the household. Roasted soybeans (called "fortune beans" (福豆fuku mame)) are thrown either out the door or at a member of the family wearing an Oni (demon or ogre) mask, while the people say "Demons out! Luck in!" (鬼は外! 福は内!Oni wa soto! Fuku wa uchi!) and slam the door. This is still common practice in households but many people will attend a shrine or temple's spring festival where this is done. The beans are thought to symbolically purify the home by driving away the evil spirits that bring misfortune and bad health with them. Then, as part of bringing luck in, it is customary to eat roasted soybeans, one for each year of one's life, and in some areas, one for each year of one's life plus one more for bringing good luck for the year to come.[6]
The gestures of mamemaki look similar to the Western custom of throwing rice at newly married couples after a wedding.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Puzzler Answers

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.
































WRANGLE/EXIT       INSIDE           DIE/IN    DOE/ON     QUEST/RU

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Puzzler Hints

I have a drinking party with the in-laws. Can't wait! Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

2020 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!

First graders at my school. Can you spot the twins?

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Puzzler

Guess what? I went ice skating last Sunday. Well, I really didn't skate. But it was fun. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

2020 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!

Happy skaters

Friday, February 7, 2020

Super Bowl LIV

LIV = 54. It is Latin. L = 50 and IV = 4 (I = 1 and V = 5, thus 5 - 1 = 4)
This was the 54th Super Bowl. There is one Super Bowl every year. It comes at the end of the regular season, first after a round of playoff games. The best 6 teams in both divisions remain at the end of the season. This year the final two teams were the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. I watched most of the playoff games. I always record them to watch later. When that is finished there is a two week wait for the Super Bowl game. There are many back stories for both these teams. "Back story" means news or information about their histories and current affairs. I do not have time to explain here. I hoped KC would win but I thought SF was better. I wagered (bet/gambled) with my usual betting partner. I watched the game on my recorder. It was exciting. Both teams looked strong and SF was winning near the end. However, KC made a strong comeback and pulled out the victory easily. They won 38 to 20. I'm looking forward to next season.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Jack Omiya Planeterium

It's winter. So, the sky is usually clear at night unless it rains of course. The summer night sky is hazy many times and the nights are short. I decided to do some stargazing this year. I am especially interested in the moon. I found several sites on the Internet. One is very interesting. It will be very useful in my quest (search) to understand. I also want to go to the Planetarium in Jack Omiya monthly. That will give me a good idea of how the night sky changes. I went there two Sundays ago. That was my first time in about 15 years. It costs 620en for adults. There is no senior discount (heavy sigh). The explanation and night sky show lasts 45 minutes. Of course, it was very educational and interesting. They show the different stars and constellations and planets that are currently in the night sky. Then they move the sky as the earth rotates. So, we can see it from dusk to dawn; that is from sunset to sunrise. I looked at the sky recently through my binoculars. It is OK but a telescope would be better. Will we purchase (buy) a telescope? Stay tuned.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

My New Year Resolution by Eiko


Do you remember my resolution of last year? It was to practice Kendama for over 5 minutes every day. Did I do it? No.
I practiced Kendama for 3 months. Then I hurt my shoulder. So I stopped practicing Kendama for more than 6 months. My shoulder got better and better.

I am a Challenge School volunteer. Challenge School is an after-school children’s club. The lesson on January 18 was Kendama. The teacher of Kendama came to our class on the day. She taught children Kendama. There was a certification at the end of the lesson. I started Kendama practice again last December. I also took test with the children. I passed grade 6. I am reasonably satisfied.

And my resolution of 2020 is walking more than 5000 steps a day.



Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Got a big Prize! buy Kuma


Got a big Prize !・・・・・Kuma
I went to Kawagoe Kita-in temple for new years visit in the New Year. Because Hikawa Shrine in Omiya is too crowded and there are few parking lots.
On January 2, 2020, my smart phone rang suddenly. 
“Are you Kumasan ?” 
“Yes, Kuma speaking.” 
“I’m Mr. A.””Long time no see. I’m fine. Don’t worry anymore.”
This is the phone call I’ve been waiting for three years. I met Mr. A at a golf course 30 years ago. He was for 20 years my old tough business counterpart. But we liked each  other’s golf and were on the golf course together most Saturdays.
Fortunately, the company’s performance was going well. But good fortune doesn’t last forever. Mr. A suffered from depression three years ago, was withdrawn and couldn’t be contacted.
This is the first phone call from him in three years. We decided to meet in early April.
I’m looking forward to it.                                     

Monday, February 3, 2020

Puzzler Answers

Well, here we go! February starts .................................. Now!
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.








































WRANGLE/EXIT             INSIDE             DOE/ON              QUEST

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Puzzler Hints

Tomorrow morning I will watch Super Bowl 54 from America. It should be exciting this year. Puzzler Hints: CLICK HERE.

2020 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!

Inside the billiard room and Kyu-Iwasaki-Tei

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Puzzler

It's February. My goodness, that was fast! This weekend Puzzler is the last one for January. Don't get confused. Puzzler: CLICK HERE.

2020 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!

Another view at Ueno Park