Thursday, February 11, 2016

How Deep Is the Snow?

Where I live it snows a lot.  Roofs have to be shoveled off pretty often because the weight of the snow can cause buildings to collapse.  Yesterday, university workers shoveled off the roof of the bike garage in front of our apartment.  About time, wouldn’t you say?

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Work In Progress Wednesday

This week I've been working on this small beehive fob that I started while on vacation in December. 

I've made several of these over the years.  Here is the first one I made when I belonged to the Indianapolis chaper of EGA about 20 years ago.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Take a Stitch Tuesday - Bonnet Stitch

This is a new one for me – I’ve never seen or heard of it before.  I did a short seam to try it out.  I’ll probably add something to it later.

You can join TAST at anytime. Check out Sharon B’s stitch instructions here.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday Morning Star Count

I was able to stitch the red flower to the background and get a start on the brown flower.  I know, very little progress!

Linking up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Tsurushi Kazari

There are so many wonderful things in Japan.  I love the history and traditions and festivals.  March 3rd is Hina Matsuri, a special day for girls in Japan.  My friend and I went to see this display in the Keio Plaza Hotel in Sapporo.  Is this fantastic or what?


To see some close up pictures of this kind of traditional Japanese stitching and get more information, check out Queenie Patch’s blog here. She adds a few of her own stitched pieces to her collection every year.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Alphabet Club - G

(For the full story on what this is, check out the Alphabet Club.) 

This month's letter is "G". The Japanese word gaku (or gakubuchi) means picture frame.  Here are a few of  the small framed pieces I have here with me in Japan. Sorry about the reflections on the ones with glass.

Friday, February 5, 2016

What Children Want to be When They Grow Up

I read an interesting article on RocketNews recently about what Japanese children want to be when they grow up.  The Addeco Company conducted a survey of children in seven Asian countries to find out what type of work these children wanted to do in the future.  I thought the results were rather interesting. 

For Japanese children, Business Person was number 1 for boys and number 3 for girls.

In Japan, Adecco polled 500 boys and 500 girls between the ages of 6 and 15. The top responses for the boys were:
9 (tie). Architect/contractor (2.8 percent)
9 (tie). Paramedic/firefighter (2.8 percent)
9 (tie). Engineer/programmer (2.8 percent)
7 (tie). Driver (bus, taxi, train, etc.) (4.2 percent)
7 (tie). Police officer/detective (4.2 percent)
6. Scholar/researcher (3.4 percent)
4 (tie). Doctor (6.2 percent)
4 (tie). Professional baseball player (6.2 percent)
3. Civil servant (6.6 percent)
2. Professional soccer player (10 percent)
1. Businessperson (10.2 percent)
The responses from girls were:
10. Singer (2.4 percent)
9. Manga creator (2.6 percent)
8. Music/art instructor (2.8 percent)
7. Fashion designer (3 percent)
6. Nurse (4.6 percent)
5. Civil servant (4.8 percent)
4. Doctor (5.6 percent)
3. Businessperson (5.8 percent)
2. Educator (preschool-university) (6.4 percent)
1. Confectioner (11 percent)

Here are the top three responses for all 7 Asian Countries:

▼ Overall results based on responses from both boys and girls
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When I was a child, I often wanted to be a school teacher, usually for the grade I was currently in.  I wanted to be the Flying Nun for a short time, even though I wasn't Catholic. I thought being a librarian would be a pretty cool job.  I don't remember ever wanting to be a business woman.

What about you?  What did you want to be?  Did it work out for you?

Thursday, February 4, 2016

International Exchange Society New Year Party 2016

We attended the annual new year party, hosted by the local international exchange society last week. This was the fifth one we've attending since moving here, so we knew what to expect.  We saw some old friends and made some new ones.  We ate more than we should have - it was all so delicious!  Our contribution was deviled eggs, and they must have been liked because we didn't take any home.

We sang a couple of songs.  (I didn't really sing, I was just trying to read the lyrics and follow along.) We played some games.  I was the winner of the flags of the world game!  Another game started with each person having a ten yen coin.  Each person finds a partner and does rock-paper-scissors.  The winner takes the loser's coin.  This continues until one person has all the coins.  I lost my coin the first round.

I enjoyed a fun afternoon with interesting people and delicious food. Happy New Year!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WIPW - Merry Yule Finish

This was the project I stitched while on my Kumano Kodo trip.  I added a little piece of ribbon and some beads and it's finished!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

5% Chance of Snow = Blizzard Where I Live

Yesterday's weather forecast was cloudy, with 5% chance of snow.  It snowed all day and I heard it was accumulating at the rate of 10 cm per hour.  These photos were taken early in the day.  By night fall I could barely wade through the snow to get to my apartment door.  Good thing I live on the third floor!