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Sunday, April 11, 2021
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Friday, April 9, 2021
I finished the stitching recently, but wasn't sure about the finishing. The kit came with a wooden hoop the size of the stitched circle, but not the directions on how to do it. I saw on the internet how someone finished a piece by cutting the fabric a little bigger than the hoop, then stitching the extra bit of fabric to a circle of felt. It wasn't as difficult as it looked. It's not perfect, but I think it is okay.
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Walking or standing still on the escalator? With so many train stations and shopping areas, there are many escalators in Japan. Frequently this issue is in the news. Finally, one prefecture is doing something about it!
This is the situation -- People are busy and need to get to work or to catch a connecting train so they want to move quickly up or down the escalator. Others want to stand still. Depending on where in Japan you are, the standers stand on the right or the left and the walkers (sometimes runners) move on the other side. SoraNews24 reported that there were 775 escalator accidents in Japan last year, half of which were caused by not standing still and not holding the railing.
On March 26th, Saitama Precture (which borders Tokyo) passed an ordinance forbidding walking on escalators. This goes into effect in October. I don't know if there will be a penalty for walking after the ordinance goes into effect.
I live in a slower area and don't feel the need to walk on the escalator, even when I go to a city. In addition, as a foreigner, I need to be on my best behavior and not do anything that could cause an accident or annoy someone. What is it like where you live? Is walking on the escalator okay? Do you do it?
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
I continue working on my fish. I had no idea this was going to be so much fun.
The bottom of the afghan's design is stitched and I'm working upward.
This heart is a free pattern from http://lacontesselepointdecroix.blogspot.com
This is also a freebie, found at marijke-steekjeskruisjes.blogspot.jp.
The border for this one was from a free pattern, the inside was from the above piece.
This little set will be a gift when finished.
Tuesday, April 6, 2021
In 1965, the Tokaido Line shinkansen (bullet) trains were the first to have coin operated public phones. This was just one year after the shinkansen trains started carrying passengers. Soon the shinkansen trains on all lines had this amenity. Like other pay phones in Japan, this is coming to an end. Beginning June 7th, Japan Railways will be removing pay phones from individual trains and expect to have all pay phones removed by June 30th. Ha! I didn't even know the shinkansen trains had pay phones! Pay phones will still be available at Shinkansen stations. Are there pay phones on trains or in train stations where you live?
Monday, April 5, 2021
I used a handkerchief, a zipper, and a hexagon piece and made this bag. The handkerchief is folded in fourths, so it makes its own lining for the bag.
Year four of the temperature quilt
March 21 - 17
64, 57, 59, 68, 61, 66, 64
I am reporting the high temperature each day. My Year Four temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme remains the same:
100 + Brown
You can see my finished Year One Quilt here.
Sunday, April 4, 2021
I live just a few blocks from Osawagawa, which is lined with cherry trees. I can walk down the road next to the river to get to work.
This heron seems oblivious to the cherry blossoms, intent on fishing for its breakfast.
The people in the houses along the river must love living there in spring.
There are small walking bridges crossing the river that make it easy to see up and down the river and the tree branches full of blossoms.
This is springtime in Japan.
Saturday, April 3, 2021