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Wednesday, November 30, 2022
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
I don't know which wild animals are scarier - bears or boars. In Japan both are pretty scary.
Last week in Kanagawa Prefecture, a wild boar came down from the mountain forest into the town of Hadano. First, it was seen at the entrance of the Aeon shopping center, where it knocked an 83 year old woman to the ground and she suffered injuries to her head. After that, the creature ran about 200 meters down the street, attacking a young man who was left with wounds to his left leg.
Next, the boar was seen running around the athletic field at Suehiro Elementary School, which is about 400 meters from the shopping center. The city animal control workers arrived at the school and tried to incapacitate the animal using a prod that delivers electric shocks. That did nothing, as the boar, estimated to be 120 centimeters long and 80 kilograms in weight, charged at the animal control employees. At that time, Masahiro Iwata, the deputy chief of the Agricultural Promotion Division of Hadano, stabbed the wild boar with a spear that had a 150 centimeter shaft and 24 centimeter bladed head. That was it for the boar, Mr. Iwata killed it. Luckily no children were in danger or saw the animal being killed, as they were all inside the school at the time.
I'm not in favor of killing animals, but I'm less in favor of animals killing people. Boars or bears or other wildlife are sometimes killed in Japan in order to protect people, but using the old fashioned spear is very unusual.
Monday, November 28, 2022
Sunday, November 27, 2022
Saturday, November 26, 2022
On Wednesday, after Japan unexpectedly defeated Germany in the World Cup soccer match in Qatar, Japanese supporters cleaned up litter in the stadium.
This may sound strange but it is a common thing for Japanese people to do. I've seen reports from other events with Japanese spectators doing the same thing. In Japan it is uncommon to see trash cans on the street or other places because people just expect to take their trash home. Public areas are neat and clean. This is one of the many things I love about Japan and Japanese culture.
Friday, November 25, 2022
Thursday, November 24, 2022
I'm not a soccer fan, but the World Cup is big news in Japan, so I can't help reading about it. The biggest news for me is that female referees are officiating men's games for the first time at the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, and one of them is 36-year old Tokyo native, Yamashita Yoshimi.
Yamashita played soccer when she was younger and changed to officiating the game at the suggestion of referee and fellow Tokyo Gakugei University alum Bozono Makoto. Yamashita has served as head referee at international women's soccer tournaments and all-male competitions in Japan, including the national high school championships. In 2021, she became the first female referee in the J. League. She and other female referees are showing they are physically capable of maintaining the high physical levels required for professional men's games and as well as being able to handle players who question her calls. Yamashita trains under the guidance of a former track and field athlete and is able to deal calmly with players. Her example is giving courage to women in soccer as well as other sports where referees tend to be men exclusively. She is a great role model for women everywhere and she is making Japan proud.
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
In addition to the new hexagon project I showed on Monday, I worked on my pansy petals a little.
I need to recount this white on white section of the Betsy Morgan project I've been working on. I think something is not right on it.
I've also begun the finishing of the ten snowmen ornaments with this green snowmen fabric for the backing.
A new idea - - -
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
One of my students told me he quit smoking because of the high cost, now 600 yen a pack. He asked me how much cigarettes cost in the US. I have never been a smoker, so I didn't even know how much they cost when I lived in the US, but I really don't know now, almost eleven years since I've even been in the United States. We checked Google and looked at this website for information.
The average cost of a pack of cigarettes in the United States is $8.00/pack, with average prices per pack ranging from $6.11 in Missouri to $11.96 in New York. Eleven states and the District of Columbia have an average price above $10 per pack!
The states with the highest cigarette prices are:
- New York ($11.96)
- Rhode Island ($11.71)*
- Connecticut ($11.60)
- Massachusetts ($11.11)
- Minnesota ($10.49)
- Alaska ($10.46)
- Hawaii ($10.41)
- Maryland ($10.26)
- Illinois ($10.60)
- Washington ($10.14)
- Vermont ($10.12)
*Were the District of Columbia included in this metric, it would have the nation’s second-most expensive pack price at $11.75.
The state I moved from is North Carolina, the fourth lowest, where a pack averages $6.58. Only three other states have cheaper cigarettes - North Dakota, Georgia, and Missouri.
My student didn't understand the big differences in the prices between states. In the US, each of the 50 states has its own laws and taxes, among other things. A smoker buying cigarettes in New York pays $4.35 in taxes, in North Carolina, $0.45 and in Missouri, only $0.17!
Really? Who can afford to smoke anywhere?
Monday, November 21, 2022
Sunday, November 20, 2022