Monday, July 16, 2018

Monday Morning Star Count - Week 10

Year Two of the temperature quilt  

Week 10,  July 1 - 7

90, 93, 91, 90, 86, 77, 82  



First 10 weeks of Year 2




Sarah at Sarah Did It! is continuing to host us on Wednesdays, so please check out the temperatures around the world.  Feel free to join it! 


I am reporting the high temperature each day.  My Year Two temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme remains the same: 

100 + Brown 

90-99 Red  

80-89 Orange 

70-79 Yellow  

60-69 Green  

50-59 Blue 

40-49 Purple 

30-39 Pink 

20-29 White 

10-19 Black  


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Umi no Hi

Tomorrow is a national holiday in Japan - Umi no Hi, or Sea Day. It is celebrated on the third Monday in July and is roughly around the time that the rainy season ends. The purpose of this holiday to give thanks for the ocean and what comes from it and to think about the importance of the ocean to the island nation.  


I have the day off work tomorrow so maybe I'll talk a walk to the beach. This is what it looks like where I live (winter photo).






Saturday, July 14, 2018

Go to Jail, Go Directly to Jail, Do Not Pass Go

I read in Japan Today that the Tokyo Metro Police Department has arrested 525 people for violating the Road Traffic Act when they failed to pay fines for traffic violations between July 2015 and October 2017.  In June, the Traffic Enforcement Division strengthened its investigation of these criminals and had them arrested.  The committed offenses include ignoring traffic signals and operating a mobile phone while driving.  In the US, there isn't enough jail space for the violent offenders, let alone the traffic offenders.  If you live in Japan, pay your fines!  Better yet, be more careful to follow the traffic laws.





Friday, July 13, 2018

Friday Finish - Bee Needlebook



I received this kit as a gift.  It didn't take long to make and it is the perfect complement to my other Bee toolies.






Thursday, July 12, 2018

Asimo - Retired?

Honda has announced it may scrap future generations of Asimo. Asimo, the humanoid robot that was launched in 2000, danced for German leader Angela Merkel and in 2014, played football with former US President Barack Obama. 



Honda says it may focus on humanoid robots that can help care for elderly and disabled people. There have been no upgrades to Asimo since the seventh generation debuted in 2011.  


I use Asimo in my beginner English class for teaching can and can't.  First we talk about what he can do - open and close doors, operate light switches, walk forward and backwards, climb stairs, carry loads, push carts, bend and straighten his joints, raise his arms 105 degrees, etc.  Then I ask the student what Asimo can't do and we discuss why he can't.  Can he ride a bicycle? Can he talk on the phone?  Can he swim?  And so on. I can also introduce acronyms - Advanced Step in Innovative MObility with Asimo.  In addition, Asimo is so cute!


Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Work In Progress Wednesday - So Little to Show

I started working on a new ornament.  



I also finished the stitching part of these four fobs.  Next step decide on the beads and finish finish them.

 


It's always interesting to see how these turn out.  The first layer of stitches are all done in the same varigated floss - Anchor 1360. The top layers were done in different colors.



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Changes


So, my oncologist/surgeon was transferred to a hospital several hours away.  When he told me, I was feeling sad because he was so kind and such a wonderful doctor.  I didn't want a new doctor who didn't know my situation and hadn't been with me through it all.  I wanted my same doctor.  Nothing I could do about it and as it turned out no need for worry.  My new doctor is kind and caring and I think it will be okay.  I still miss my old doctor though.  


Three weeks ago I found out my apartment building didn't meet Japan's building laws.  It was a stressful couple of weeks, finding a new apartment, packing everything, then getting moved.   The movers were quick and efficient Saturday morning.  The new apartment is smaller and not laid out as conveniently as the old one, but I am on the second floor with a view of the sky. The new apartment is very close to the old one, so I will still walk by the stream on my way to work.  


I am thankful to have such good healthcare here in Japan.  I'm thankful to be in a safe building with a window.


Monday, July 9, 2018

Monday Morning Star Count - Week Nine

Year Two of the temperature quilt  

Week 9,  June 24 - 30 

81, 90, 84, 88, 88, 93, 91



Sarah at Sarah Did It! is continuing to host us on Wednesdays, so please check out the temperatures around the world.  Feel free to join it! 


I am reporting the high temperature each day.  My Year Two temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme remains the same: 

100 + Brown 

90-99 Red  

80-89 Orange 

70-79 Yellow  

60-69 Green  

50-59 Blue 

40-49 Purple 

30-39 Pink 

20-29 White 

10-19 Black  


Sunday, July 8, 2018

Clear Cola?



This new soda recently showed up on store shelves in Japan.  It looks like water, but the label says Coca-cola and 0 calories.  I bought it and gave it a try.  It's fizzy with a slight lemony taste, but not cola flavored.  I probably won't buy it again, but it was worth a try.


Is this available where you live? Do you have any "odd" soda flavors?

Saturday, July 7, 2018

The Noh Mask Exhibit

I was fortunate to be able to join two friends to see a fantastic exhibit of Noh masks. Noh is a form of Japanese theater which orginated in the 14th century. It combines music, dance, and drama.  The dual art of Noh and Kyogen, comical pieces which are performed during breaks in the main Noh performance, are listed as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.  The shite or main character in the performance wears a mask to tell the audience what kind of character is being portrayed.  


This exhibition contained 50 masks and the mask artist was on site to explain it to us.



The masks are made from blocks of Japanese cypress which are grown in the shade of other trees. He told us it takes about two months to carve each mask and explained the entire process, including coloring and hair. The mask insides are created so the sweat will drip out from the chin and not through the nose holes which could damage the face of the mask. The demon masks have brass eyes to reflect the stage lights and make them look scarier.






The masks were arranged by characters.  The first set are the comedy masks.












Men's masks


















Next are the Demons


















Women
















This exhibit was fabulous.  Now, I want to see a Noh performance!