Thursday, October 28, 2021

Love Letters from the Vending Machine



 

It seems like you can get anything from a vending machine in Japan - covid tests, umbrellas, alcoholic beverages, batteries, cigarettes, fruit.  Now I read in the news that you can even get love letters. Outside a convenience store in Nagano Prefecture are some vending machines.  In one of the machines you can buy a handwritten love letter, rolled up with the sticker seal, for 300 yen. The Lake Kizaki Y convenience store owner started selling the letters three years ago, because he thought getting a love letter would make people happy.  A workshop of writers compose the letters. If you are interested, here is the shop information:

Y Shop / Yショップニシ

Address: Nagano-ken, Omachi-shi, Uminokuchi 12076

長野県大町市平海ノ口12076

(I found this story on the Japan Today website, but originally it came from SoraNews24).  

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Work In Progress Wednesday

I did more on the canvas piece. 



Puppy Love gained more stitches, mostly white stitches.



My other project this week was the Year two temperature quilt that I posted about on Monday.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

No, You Can't Come In


This was on the wall outside my apartment door.  It was interesting to look at but I didn't want it to come inside.

Monday, October 25, 2021

Monday Morning Star Count - Year two and Week 24

I continue to work on the hand quilting of year two.I have quilted the hexagon flowers and will start on the seams of the squares next.



Year five of the temperature quilt 

Week 24 

October 10 - 16

79, 82, 72, 64, 73, 77, 72


I am reporting the high temperature each day.  My Year Five temperature/color scheme remains the same as previous years: 

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 


You can see my finished Year One Quilt here.


Sunday, October 24, 2021

Searching for Kambara Ruins

I am fascinated by Japanese castles.  As I was poking around on google maps, I was surprised to find out that just a few train stations and a hike away from where I live was the Kambara Ruins. I made a plan and thought I could walk from the Shin Kambara train station.  I was quite pleased with my google map find. I thought I could find my way with the map on my gadget! I walked along and passed under the expressway.  The roads I saw on the map didn't match up with the roads in front of me, so I checked the map again.  This is what I saw!





The map didn't know where was! I didn't know where I was either.  I started along this road, but it was going sharply downhill and into a tunnel, when I knew I should be going uphill.





I turned around and went in the uphill direction, even though the path didn't look like the map.  I saw some interesting things along the way.




This strange road came to a stop.



As I got higher, I had some very nice views.



Aha!  The map found me.




I finally saw this sign.  I was sure this was where I wanted to go, but still wasn't sure how to get there.



An uphill path through the woods was next.





I walked and walked and followed this path to the shrine. It looked like it had recently been mowed, but otherwise was pretty lonely looking.





I felt sure I was very close to the ruins, but I couldn't find a way to go beyond the shrine.  It was like a jungle and I couldn't see a way to continue.  There was no opening or path.





After walking around and failing to find a way to continue to the castle ruins, I had to turn away and go back down.  I plan to come back in the winter when the jungle has died back. There are so many adventures in Japan, but sometimes I get totally lost.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Go Big Orange

 



Recently, I started noticing these big orange vending machines around town. Orange is the team color for the local professional soccer team. I don't know if it is to show team spirit, or if the machines belong to the team and they get the profit, or something else. I think it is strange that the words on the machine are in English and not Japanese.  I have not met another person living in this little town who speaks English as their first language. This is another mystery.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Stitch Group Sunday - Hair Day

The Stitch Group met on Sunday, the first time in about three months. (The number of new covid-19 cases in Japan has really gone down and we feel much safer. I think this is due to the rapidly rising number of people who are fully vaccinated, but that is a topic for another day.) 


First, Show and Tell 


Mola Turtle pillows, both backed with the same fabric.





The kimono fabric that lines both of these comes from the sleeves of the maker's Coming of Age Kimono.




One of our members was very busy with cross stitch.




Mola 



Eyelet and rhodes stitch button on stretchy band to hold the calendar page.



This is a mirror covered with the band sampler.




This is such a creative group!


The project for the day was the hair on the stumpwork portraits that we started last time.




What do you think? The hair makes such a difference.



                                              Tea Time



Here is my "Shirley", with her double chin.



I am already looking forward to next time!