Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Cozy Picnic

SMUG hosted a cozy picnic at Sumpu Castle Park and I was happy to join in with this international group. Interesting people, good weather, and delicious snacks.  






I look forward to the next get together.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Monday Morning Star Count - Week Six

Year Two of the temperature quilt  

Week 6,  June 3 - 9  

82, 84, 81, 70, 82, 81, 88



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! 


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, June 17, 2018

Rajio Taiso



Every morning all over Japan, you can see and hear rajio taiso, or radio calisthenics.  When I'm out walking in the morning I can hear the loud speakers from my company and other companies in the area and see workers outside bending and stretching.  If you are at home, you can turn on your television and follow along with NHK. I thought it was an interesting exercise idea and was curious about how it got started.  


I found out it was started in the United States in 1925! An insurance company started the health and fitness broadcast in the US, but it didn't really catch on. Too bad, because if it had maybe Americans would be healthier today.  


It began in Japan about 1928 and has been popular ever since.  Fitness experts claim its longevity is due to the completeness of the routines.  There are two routines, each lasting around three minutes that include over a dozen different whole body exercises that improve balance, build core strength, and stretch muscles.  


School children and company employees do the routine every day and NHK broadcasts the routine several times a day.







Saturday, June 16, 2018

The Creek Park

In Japan, small spaces are put to good use and this little park near where I live is a good example.  From the road and the sidewalk, there is this little wooden path down to the creek area.



I often see children playing, but the day I took these pictures, there was only a bird in the water.




You can walk in the creek without getting your feet wet.



There are many pretty flowers and even a drinking fountain.




This little park is one more reason to love where I live.


Friday, June 15, 2018

Friday Finish - One Button

I've been admiring the Dorset Buttons that Queenie is making and adding to her crazy quilt project. You can see the block she is working on this week here.  Last night I decided to give it a try.  Using a one inch plastic ring and varigated DMC perle #5 in color 4060, I made this.  



It's a beginner's button, but I think I will make more and try to get better.  You can find many interesting images of dorset buttons on the internet.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Official Portrait of Emperor and Empress



For the first time, a portrait of the Emperor and Empress was created with their approval.  The oil painting was produced by 81 year old Hiroshi Noda, a leading artist of realism.  It was completed in January, delivered to the Imperial Palace in March, and unveiled on May 21st.  The canvas is two meters high and two meters wide.  The Emperor stands on the left with the Empress half a step behind him on the right. It is so real that it looks to me like it could be a photograph.  What a wonderful portrait!





Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Work in Progress Wednesday - A Bit More of This and That

This week, I worked a little more on the Assissi piece.



I finished the pink butterfly block.  



Here is the blue one I finished a while back.  



I worked on the fobs a bit more.


And a little more on the afghan.



That's it for this week.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Stitch Group - Cross Stitch

One stitcher modeled her chicken scratch apron.  Very nicely done! 


Finding the middle of the chart and the fabric is an important step with a new cross stitch project.  






I ate the ice cream and the anko filled cake, but had to take the pineapple cake from China and the Disney potato treats home to eat. 



When we meet next we are planning to work on NHK partnership quilt blocks. You can read what that's all about on Queenie's blog.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Monday Morning Star Count, Week Five

Year Two of the temperature quilt  

Week 5,  May 27 - June 2  

81, 77, 79, 75, 70, 79, 79




The first five weeks together (still no decision on the background)



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! 


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, June 10, 2018

Miho Beach Clean Up

Every year in early June the company where I work joins other groups for a clean up at Miho Beach. I was happy to join in last year and posted about it here. The environmental group invited me again this year and I was glad to say yes.  I couldn't see Mt. Fuji, unfortunately. 


As with most Japanese events, there was a little kick off speech and welcome.  




We were all given gloves, a set of pick up tongs, and a bag.  I picked up a lot of plastic and styrofoam what had washed in on the waves.  How sad to think how much plastic is out in the ocean.





At the end of the event, there was picture taking and a bottle of special green tea.  





A nice way to spend a Saturday morning.