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Friday, June 30, 2023
Thursday, June 29, 2023
Tokyo Disney prices went up twice in 2021, and once in 2020. Beginning October 1, 2023, the variable ticket pricing for park tickets to Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo Disneysea will be increasing again. Ticket prices vary depending on the day of the week, holidays, and other factors.
Tokyo Disney is not just for children. I'm always surprised when I hear about groups of adult women who go to Disneyland or sea. I've never visited the Tokyo Disney Parks and have no plans to do so. I'm rather frugal and don't especially like to be around crowds of people (less so since the pandemic). Expensive, crowded places just don't mean "the happiest place on earth" to me.
What do you think about the price increases? Would the cost or the crowds deter you from visiting the parks?
Wednesday, June 28, 2023
I continued stitching one or more lengths of thread on each of these projects this week.
Apple Pin Cushion - The cross stitching is finished, so I will put this away until the next time the stitch group meets.
The House - another green thread in the grass.
Snow Days - Progress where the scissors are pointing.
Scarf - the blanket stitch inside the running stitch.
Blackwork Sampler - The stitching on this piece is finished, so I will put it aside until I decide what to make it into.
Cross Stitch and Buttons
Virgin Queen's Pocket - Betsy Morgan
One thread on the needle page where the scissors are pointing.
Dogwood Afghan - I finished the flower where the scissors are pointing.
Mt. Fuji Pouch - more quilting
Nine Patch Quilt
Quiltworks - Ruth Dilts
So far so good. I will continue with the Summer One Thread Challenge next week.
Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Monday, June 26, 2023
After I finished the other pieces, I decided to make a tea pot mat.
Here are the placemats and tea pot mat on the table.
My fridge and microwave mats and pot holders.
The two dish towels hanging below the sink area.
I like my colorful kitchen set!
Sunday, June 25, 2023
Japan is made up of 47 prefectures, and I live in Shizuoka Prefecture. The big island at the top of this map is Hokkaido, where I lived when I first came to Japan.
If you don't live in Japan, you might not be familiar with the geography. Shizuoka is on the Pacific Coast and shares Mt. Fuji with Yamanashi Prefecture.
The prefecture was established in 1876 from Izu, Suruga, and Totomi provinces. The population is 3,633,000 (as of the last census in Oct. 2020), the total area is 7,777 square kilometers, and the capital is Shizuoka City. Fujippi is the official mascot of the prefecture.
The prefecture is the leading producer of green tea, mandarin oranges (mikan), and wasabi, as well as almost the only place to find sakura shrimp.
Famous people from the prefecture include Shimizu no Jirocho (1820-93), an entrepreneur, gangster, and folk figure who had influence with members of the Meiji government; Toyoda Sakichi (1867 - 1930), founder of Toyota Industries; and Inoue Yasushi (1907 - 91), an author known for historical fiction including Ryoju (translated as The Hunting Gun) and Togyu (translated as Bullfight).
The largest cities and their 2020 populations include Hamamatsu (791,155), Shizuoka City (693,759), Fuji (245, 489), Numazu (189,611), Iwata (166,744), Fujieda (141,385), Yaizu (136,891), Fujinomiya (128,147), Kakegawa (114,989), and Mishima (107,851).
It is easy to travel to other areas of the county by Shinkansen or local trains. I'm not so crazy about the rainy season, but most of the year the weather is comfortable. I love living in Japan, and especially Shizuoka.
Saturday, June 24, 2023
A large event was hosted by the Indian Embassy in Japan to celebrate the United Nations designated International Day of Yoga on Thursday at Tokyo's Tsukiji Honganji temple. The International Day of Yoga has been celebrated across the world annually on June 21 since 2015.
This year is the first time I have heard of it. (Maybe because I do not practice yoga.) Do you practice yoga? Did you know about this annual day of yoga?