- Kumano Kodo Trip
- Japanese Festivals
- Japanese Castles
- Stitching Finishes 2020
- Finish It in 2019
- Stitching Finishes 2018
- Stitching Finishes 2017
- Stitching Finishes 2016
- Stitching Finishes 2015
- Stitching Finishes 2014
- Stitching Finishes 2013
- Stitching Finishes 2012
- Smalls Stitch A Long 2018 - 2019
- Smalls Stitch A Long 2014 - 2017
- 6 & 6 in 2018
- 17 in 2017
- Take A Stitch Tuesday
- English Paper Piecing Projects
Saturday, July 11, 2020
Central Japan's Mie University is offering a master's degree in Ninja Studies. To enroll in the program, prospective students have to take an exam on Japanese history and a reading test on historical ninja documents. Only about three students a year enroll in the program, although there are many inquiries from overseas.
The program's first graduate is 45 year old Genichi Mitsuhashi. He read that ninjas worked as farmers in the morning and trained in marial arts in the afternoon, so he grew vegetables, honed his martial arts techniques, and spent many hours in the classroom with ninja studies. Mitsuhashi teaches ninja skills at his own dojo and runs a local inn while pursuing his PhD.
Would you be interested in this ninja program? I imagine you have to be in great physical shape as well as be able to read and write Japanese. It does sound interesting though.
Friday, July 10, 2020
This bracelet was one of the projects from last fall's Mediterranean Cruise with needlework teacher and designer Sandy Arthur.
These are the components of the bracelet, according to the instruction booklet:
The Maltese Cross represents our visit to Malta. Bordering each side of the Maltese cross is a triskelion motif consiting of a triple spiral, which is a traditional symbol of Sicily. Blue lines represent the water and the white background stitched in a small bargello pattern represents the water of the Mediterranean Sea.
I'm happy to finish this.
Thursday, July 9, 2020
Are you a cat lover? You might find this information interesting.
It is estimated that 99.5% of Japanese cats are exclusively indoor pets. (Source Anicom Pet Insurance). I sometimes see cats without owners, but not as often here as in the US or other countries. Kittens are very expensive at the pet store.
The most popular cat breeds in Japan in 2020 are - - -
1. Scottish fold 18.1%
2. Munchkin 11.2%
3. American shorthair 9.9%
4. Mixed breed 9.4%
5. Norwegian forest cat 7.3%
6. British shorthair 6.5%
7. Ragdoll 5.0%
8. Bengal 4.5%
9. Maine coon 3.4%
10. Russian blue 3.3%
The Scottish fold was the most popular breed in Japan for the twelfth year in a row. The top three: the Scottish fold, Munchkin, and American shorthair are so popular that they account for almost 40% of all cats owned in Japan.
The overall top five cat names in Japan are Mugi (wheat), Leo, Sora (sky), Maru, and Coco. For female cats the top five names are Momo (peach), Mugi, Coco, Rin, and Kinako. For male cats, the top five names are Leo, Sora, Maru, Kotetsu, and Mugi.
What are popular names for cats in your country?
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
I made a counting mistake on the sampler, so it is currently in time out.
Here are some little things I've been stitching.
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Like some other major sports around the world, Japanese professional baseball started up this year with empty stands due to the coronavirus. After a three month delay, the first games were played June 19th. Players are being tested frequently and so far there have only been a small number of postive results.
This year the season has been reduced to 120 games per team, with a shortened playoff season, too.
According to a survey conducted by Waseda University, the majority of fans in Japan are fine with the measures to conduct games without spectators at the stadiums. Limited number of spectators may be able to attend after mid-July.
What are professional sports like in your country this summer? Games being held? Spectators?
Monday, July 6, 2020
Year Four of the temperature quilt
June 21 -27
75, 70, 79, 75, 73, 84, 84
I am reporting the high temperature each day. My Year Four temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme remains the same:
100 + Brown
20-29 White10-19 Black
You can see my finished Year One Quilt here.
Sunday, July 5, 2020
Recently, I've been reading about countries that are now opening up to travelers from other countries (as well as keeping others out). Japan is keeping people out for the time being. Just this past week Japan added 18 more nations to its no-entry list, bringing the total number to 129. Anyone who is not a Japanese citizen and has been to any of these countries in the past 14 days, will not be allowed to enter Japan.
Here are all the countries countries affected by Japan's travel ban.
Asia Pacific: Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Brunei, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), India, Indonesia, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Maldives, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.
North America: Canada, United States of America.
Latin America and the Caribbean: Argentina, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, the Grenadines, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Uruguay.
Europe: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Vatican City.
Middle East: Afghanistan, Bahrain, Israel, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates.
Africa: Algeria, Cabo Verde, Cameroon, Central Africa, Cote d’lvoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, South Africa.