Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Japan Olympic Uniforms

With just six months until the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it is in the news quite a bit.  Just last week, the Japan Oympic and Paralympic team uniforms were unveiled.  They will be custom made for each athlete.

Official duties uniform

Opening ceremonies uniform

What do you think of the uniforms? Some of the commenters have been critical saying they look like high school uniforms.  I like them.

Here are the 1964 Tokyo Olympic uniforms.

What do your country's Olympic uniforms look like?

Monday, January 27, 2020

Monday Morning Star Count - Week 38

Before writing about my hexagons, I want to call your attention to pleasureinstitching.blogspot.com and Radka's Hexagon Quilt Progress - last photo on this post.   Isn't this gorgeous? (Sorry I can't comment on this blog - the embedded comment and third party cookie issue).

Year Three of the temperature quilt  

Week 38 

January 12-18 

50, 54, 52, 48, 50,50,43

I am reporting the high temperature each day.  My Year Three 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, January 26, 2020

I Didn't Know This!

At train stations in Japan, I've seen these red and yellow marks on the stairs, but had no idea there was a reason for them.  I recently found out they are for safety! They are called stair recognition marks.  Some people cannot visually distinguish the individual stairs and this shows where the individual steps are. Another great thing about Japan!  

Do you see these marks where you live?

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Riding the Train

Notice anything different about this photo?  

All of the passengers are looking at phones except one - the third person from the left.  That man is looking at a folded piece of newspaper, no phone for him.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Some Animal Puns

I enjoy word play and puns.  I found some "Funny Animal Puns" at Your Dictionary, and want to share the humor. Hope you like them as much as I do.

Not feline well?  Call a purramedic.

He's not overweight, he's just a little husky.

Why are skunks so emotional? They are filled with scent-iment.

What is special about the eucalyptus tree in Australia?  It has exceptional koala-ties.

I thought my friend knew everything about tropical birds until I realized ... Toucan play at that game.

I can't believe a word you say.  It's all otter nonsense.

Where do monkeys go to drink?  The monkey bars.

What's the difference between a piano and a fish?  You can't tuna fish.

Sometimes I make fish puns, just for the halibut.

Want me to scale back on fish jokes?  Just let minnow.

Wool ewe be my friend? If you say yes, we'll have a relationsheep.

Ha Ha!!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Do It Yourself Funeral Kit

Funerals are probably expensive no matter where you live. In Japan, one company is making it less expensive for those who plan ahead. The Nagoya funerary services company, Tsubasa, is now selling its Do It Yourself Funeral Set.  The set includes a wooden coffin, with window to show the deceased's face, pillow, mattress, blanket, as well as an urn for ashes, a silver-accented box to hold the bones left after cremation, and three furoshiki wrapping cloths.  The kit also comes with a handbook to explain how to perform the ceremony rites. (Probably only in Japanese language). 

The cost is 25,800 yen which is about US$240. (The average price of a funeral in Japan is around 2 million yen.) The price of the kit does not include the services of a licensed crematorium. The DIY funeral kit is actually a someone-else-DIY kit because once you are in the position to need it, you can no longer do it yourself.  

What do you think? Would you buy the kit to save a lot of money?

Tuesday, January 21, 2020


Kennin-ji is the oldest Zen Temple in Kyoto. The temple was founded in 1202 by the priest Yousai.