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- Finish It in 2019
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- English Paper Piecing Projects
Saturday, February 27, 2021
Friday, February 26, 2021
Thursday, February 25, 2021
Since 2009, the federal minimum wage in the United States has been $7.25, which works out to about $15,000 a year for a 40 hour work week. The Democrats are currently working to raise the federal minimum wage to $15.00 an hour and are meeting opposition. ( Some states have a higher than $7.25 minimum wage.)
This had me wondering about the minimum wage standards in Japan. According to wageindicator.org, which says it is valid as of February 2021, the prefectures with the highest minimum wage (and the only two over 1000 JPY an hour) are Tokyo and Kanagawa at 1013 JPY and 1011 JPY per hour, less than $9.60 in USD at today's exchange rate. Quite a few prefectures list 790 JPY (about $7.46) as their minimum, so that might be the federal minimum also. In my prefecture, Shizuoka, the minimum is 885 JPY, or about $8.36.
What is the minimum wage where you live? Is it enough, or do you think it should be higher?
Wednesday, February 24, 2021
I've continued working on the projects from last week.
If you are curious about this design, here is some information from Wikkipedia:
Strawberry Thief (William Morris)
Strawberry Thief is one of William Morris's most popular repeating designs for textiles. It takes as its subject the thrushes that Morris found stealing fruit in his kitchen garden of his countryside home, Kelmscott Manor, in Oxfordshire. To print the pattern Morris used the painstaking indigo-discharge method he admired above all forms of printing. He first attempted to print by this method in 1875 but it was not until 1881, when he moved into his factory at Merton Abbey, near Wimbledon, that he succeeded. In May 1883 Morris wrote to his daughter, "I was a great deal at Merton last week ... anxiously superintending the first printing of the Strawberry thief, which I think we shall manage this time." Pleased with this success, he registered the design with the Patents Office. This pattern was the first design using the technique in which red (in this case alizarin dye) and yellow (weld) were added to the basic blue and white ground.
The entire process would have taken days to complete and consequently, this was one of Morris & Co.'s most expensive cottons. Customers were not put off by the high price, however, and Strawberry Thief proved to be one of Morris' most commercially successful patterns. This printed cotton furnishing textile was intended to be used for curtains or draped around walls (a form of interior decoration advocated by William Morris), or for loose covers on furniture.
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
My friends invited me to join them on a Sunday hike and I was happy to do so. We started at Kiyomizuyama Park in Shizuoka City.
Our starting point is the left side of this map, where the red star is.
There were a lot of ups and downs
At this place, you could go down the hill to a cemetary, but we did not because after the cemetary, you have to walk uphill again to get back on the trail.
There were shrines or temples and look out areas and lunch spots all along the trail.
We are here.