- Kumano Kodo Trip
- Japanese Festivals
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- Stitching Finishes 2021
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- 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
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- English Paper Piecing Projects
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Monday, November 29, 2021
Year five of the temperature quilt
November 14 - 20
63, 68, 61, 61, 57, 64, 63
I am reporting the high temperature each day. My Year Five temperature/color scheme remains the same as previous years:
You can see my finished Year One Quilt here.
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Things are good where I live. All across Japan the vaccination rate is high and there have been zero new cases in my area. Things could change any time, so I need to get out of the house while I can before the next wave hits us. Yesterday I decided to take the train into Shizuoka City. Of course everyone on the train and everywhere else was masked. I walked around Sumpu Castle Park and it was a gorgeous day. I couldn't help thinking about how fortunate I am.
Saturday, November 27, 2021
I sometimes use English tongue twisters in my English class, and when I do, my students tell me Japanese tongue twisters (which are more difficult than the English ones).
Earlier this month at a Tokyo race course, a three year old filly with an unusual name won the race. The horse's name is Sumomomomomomomomo. I know - - - What???
The horse's name comes from a Japanese tongue twister: Sumomo mo momo mo momo no uchi (スモモも、モモも、モモのうち), which means "plums, peaches, peaches". A sumomo is a kind of plum (not to be confused with the ume plum), but a close relative of the peach.
Try saying these Japanese tongue twisters (about 2 minute video)
Friday, November 26, 2021
I added a red belt to Wednesday's post and call it finished. I used #15 seed beads and Miyuki beading thread for the little dress. The top front is peyote stitch, the rest of the dress is a net stitch.
This is what the mini torso looks like before the beads. I purchased them from a Japanese company called tutu.
Thursday, November 25, 2021
I was happy to find these red radishes at the grocery this week, and at a discount too! In the US, I bought these and sliced them into salads, and grew them in my garden in the summer. I don't usually see them here. Maybe they are too spicy or hot for most people here. What do you think about red radishes? Like them or not?
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
New Project - the Mini Torso
A local bead artist, who is the wife of one of my students, encourged me to stitch one of these little beaded dresses. These mini torso dresses are her specialty. I ordered several of the little dress forms from a Japanese company called tutu. The company also sells bead dress kits, but I only bought the dress forms because I have many beads and many ideas for how to make the dress. The company promptly sent my order and I had it in only two or three days. I should be able to finish this one soon.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
|Emperor Naruhito, harvesting rice, November 2020|