Sunday, September 27, 2020

Japanese Census 2020

I received this notice in my mailbox announcing the 2020 census last Saturday, but I did not get the actual survey packet with my identification number.  I went online to respond to the survey, but wasn't able to without the identification number.

Friday evening, the actual packet with ID number was delivered.  The packet material is in Japanese, so it was too difficult to fill out the paper form.  Luckily, the online form is available in many languages. I chose English, of course, and was able to answer the 16 questions in just a few minutes.  I'm glad that is done!

In Japan, the census is taken every five years and covers everyone that has lived or plans to live in Japan for more than three months, regardless of nationality.  Everyone that is covered is legally obliged to respond.  Here is my post about the 2015 census.

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Bravo Diego Mentrida!

 With so much bad news and cheating/lying/dishonesty going on, this is a much needed feel good story. The 2020 Santander Triathlon was held in Spain on September 13th (last weekend). British athlete James Teagle was on course to win the third place when he made a wrong turn just meters from the finish. The person in fourth place, Diego Mentrida, overtook him, but noticed Teagle's error and allowed him to cross the finish ahead of him. Mentrida said, "He deserved it." Teagle shook hands with Mentrida as he crossed the finish line before Mentrida.

Later, Mentrida was awarded honorary third place by the organizers and given the same 300 euro prize money as Teagle. He has been congratulated on social media by many people, and he said this is what he has been taught and he would do it again.  Thank you Diego Mentrida for reminding us how people should act.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Friday Finish - Ainu Coasters


After finishing the Ainu stitching, it didn't take long to finish them into four coasters.  I used the same fabric on the backs of the four and a very thin batting in the middle. I'm happy with how they turned out.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Throwback Thursday

 This is a lookback on what I wrote about on September 24th since coming to Japan. (Click on the year to see the full post.)

In 2019, I wrote about the Relay for Life Event in Nagaizumi.

2018 was a Monday post and Week 20 of the temperature quilt.

In 2017, I wrote about a day spent in Nagasaki, including the Bekko Craft Museum.

My 2016 post featured a famous Shizuoka Snack.

In 2015, I wrote about a visit to the Sapporo Science Center and Planetarium with my student Miyu.

2014 was a simple post about a small finish for the Smalls Stitch A Long.

In 2013 ,  I was busy with buttons.

And finally in 2012, I was working on Queen Elizabeth's sleeves.

It is sometimes good to look back.  What an interesting time I've had here.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Work In Progress Wednesday - Bess, Coasters, Afghan, Ladies

A little more time with Bess of Hardwick

Progress on the Ainu coasters

More on the afghan bouquet

And the Ladies

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Kane Tanaka Sets Guinness World Record

Japanese woman Kane Tanaka set the all-time Japanese age record Saturday at age 117 years and 261 days. She celebrated by drinking coke, her favorite drink and wearing a t-shirt with her face printed on it, which was a gift from her 60-year old grandson Eiji.  

She was born in 1903, the seventh child of nine.  She married Hideo Tanaka in 1922, and they were the parents of five children. At the age of 103, she was diagnosed with colon cancer. She has lived in a nursing home the last two years in Fukuoka and is in good health. She plays Othello occasionally and takes short walks in the facility's hallways.  She credits family, sleep, and hope for her longevity. She has five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She would like to live to the age of 120. Best wishes to her!

Monday, September 21, 2020

Monday Morning Star Count - Week 20

Year Four of the temperature quilt  

Week 20 September 6 - 12 

82, 84, 93, 93, 86, 90, 77

I am reporting the high temperature each day.  My Year Four 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  

You can see my finished Year One Quilt here.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Japan's Newest Mascot

Japan has a new mascot fighting the Coronavirus.

It (he? she?) has a big red "X" marked across Covid-19, it has a purple heart shield with its name and of course, it wears a mask.  Recently it has been seen handing out disposable masks in Tokyo.  It can also be booked to visit schools or companies to share its message on keeping safe. What do you think - cute or creepy?

Saturday, September 19, 2020

The Holiday Weekend

This weekend, Japan will enjoy a four consecutive day holiday weekend. Monday and Tuesday are national holidays.  

Monday is Respect for the Aged Day and is observed the third Monday in September.  This is a day to honor elderly citizens and celebrate longevity. The holiday began in 1996 and was originally held on September 15th.  Since 2003, it became part of the Happy Monday holiday system to give people a long weekend.

Tuesday is Autumnal Equinox Day and is observed September 22nd or 23rd, depending on the year. This day announces the change of season. Traditionally this was a day to visit the graves of one's ancestors, but not as many people follow this ritual now. 

In a normal year, I would probably travel somewhere.  This is a good year to stay home and continue working on my stitching projects. While it is probably okay to take a trip somewhere in Japan, I think it is better to be safe than sorry.

    Friday, September 18, 2020

    Friday Finish - USA Map

    I think it's finished.  There are so many little pictures with backstiching.  

    This is the second USA map I've stitched.  Here is the first one I did a few years ago.

    The new one was very easy - all full cross stitches and easy counting.  The first one I did was larger and much more detailed and difficult, but I think I like it better. 

    Have you ever stitched a map of your country?