Friday, December 28, 2007
They are high school girls. They have taken my lessons since they were elmentary school students. So they seem for me to be my kids.
They will go to college in this area, and probably their major won't be English. But anyway they continue taking my lessons. Why? One reason is of course to keep good score at school. and another reason is to enjoy English.
We seldom have chance to communicate foreigners using Enlish here.
And they don't like reading not only English books but also Japanese books.
For them using English here itself seems to be fun.
For more than 10 years I have taught English to kids, for most of them the goal is to keep good score at school and to go to good leveled high school or college.
So lower grade students say "English is fun".
but when they grow up they tend to stick to good score. (Or they are sticked to good score.)
But the students I'm waiting for now, say "English is fun".
I'm really happy to hear that.
And their words recall me "English is fun".
As I told you, I organize a meeint "reading English books to kids" once every two months.
The next meeting is in January.
They are going to act a small English skit there.
I'm really happy.
the skit acted by young high school students must get the meeting more fun!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
And she also said "I know "yes or no" is really important".
Japanese people are said to tend to get everything vague, Probably it is right. So she said "sometimes it is hard to decide my will"
anyway she had a good experience. this week another student is in OKINAWA. I'm looking forward to hearing her comments.
Well, her suvenior is the famous "CHINSUKOU" kind of cookies. Chinsukou is one of my favorite cookies. But in this season we have some kinds of cookies (Wallkers Christams shortbread, chocochip cookies etc.) I hope next suvenior will be BENIIMO(kind of sweet potatoes) chips instead of Chinsukou.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
(Though I oftne told you, most of Japanese houses, we don't have central heating system.)
I turned on the heater, and started usual morning chores.
I usually wake up my husband at 8. At the time, the temperature of his room was 10 degrees.
In thisis April my daughter is going to leave home.
Though this winter I have got up earler, next winter I'm not sure if I get up at the time I should wake up my husband.
Now it's about ten o'clock. And the temperture without turing on the heater is 13 dgrees.
Anyway we are in the hard winter.
I'm going to the library, today.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
I'm nearsighted, so I need wearing glasses, MEGANE in Japanese.
And usualy most Japanese people need wearing "ROGANKYO", when they are gettin old and it is difficult to read small letters. Though they are kind of glasses, we call then "ROGANKYO", and my dictinoary says "prbyopia glasses".
These days bifocal glasses mainly used. So on the day I went to buy bifocal glasses. But the clerk suggested "there are five kinds of lenses, you should think when you use the new one most?
if you often drive you should chose bifocal glasses, but you often read books and use PC you should chose the glasses that are for PC and reading books.
So I decided using to glasses according to the situation.
Do you know the word of prebyopia glasses?
Monday, December 03, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
A few days ago, my daughter got her hair cut.
But I said "did you really get your hair cut? where does it change?"
She got angry a little, and said "Though you don't notice its change, but all my (young) friends must notice it". Actually when she went to school next day, all classmates according to her) said "You had hair cut, cute".
Yesterday , my husband said to me "Today I'll get hair cut." (So, our daughter didn't know that.)
Yesterday we(my husband , our daugter, and me) had dinner together. And my husband said "How about?"
My daughter said "what?"
My husband said " I got hair cut, didn't you notice its change?"
My dauhgter said "Really ? I'm sorry I didn't notice it, but not so bad, on the other hand did you notice that I got hair cut a few days ago?"
My husband said "Really ? I didn't notice it either. I think the length seems to be the same".
And I add to their convesation.
"everyboday notices own change among family. Actually today I also got hair cut"
Both of them looked at me instantly and said nothing.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I went to a gasses shop and bought two new pairs of glasses. The top one and the bottom one.
This time I learnd about lenses.
There are five kinds of lenses, the first one is for looking at far places and driving, the second one is for looking at far, a little bit far and near places. You can drive wearing the first one or the second one.
The third one is for looking at a little bit far places and near places. It is useful to watch TV, to read books or to use desktop PC.
The fourth one is for looking at near places as far as your hand. It is useful to read books or to use raptop PC.
And the last one is only for looking at things very close. It is useful for sawing.
I bought the third one. They are big glasses on the bottom of the picture.
And I am nearsighted and the symptome became worse. So I bought new glasses for driving. They are smallest blasses on the top of the picture. And the glasses in the middle are my usual glasses.
Now I use the big one inside, and the middle one outside.
Monday, November 19, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Monday, November 05, 2007
So she decided to work part time job. It' OK. But I say to her as usual "study English".
In her case, she passed the college without taking exam of English.
But at college, English is really important.
So I say to her "study English".
She said "Even I passed the college , you order me to study more?"
So I said "not more , to study constantly".
And I add, "I have been saying to you "study, study" since you were little, but now there are only 4 months you can hear such a phrase from me"
She said nothing. And she seems to study English as usual when she were a canditate for a college.
I thought actually "how many times did I say to her "study more"! ?"
I can't count it.
A friend of mine sent rhubarb stalks and roots. (the leaves with rhubarb stalks are called KUSHINSAI). The friend enjoys growing unfamiliar vegetables at her big garden. Her homemade rhubarb jam is really wonderful, so I've wanted to try to make it by myself.
I'm satisfied with my homemade jam, but my daughter said "it is grassy".
Anyway on the day she sent them , I planted the roots, and one week later-- yes some fresh leaves came out. I'm really surprised. How fast!
The leaves look like sunny lettuce. Can we eat it???
Anyway I got another enjoyment of new spring after hard winter.
Sunday, October 21, 2007
I'm happy, I feel lost, and I'm sad beacause she is going to leave home.
In my elder daghter's case, I often wrote her situation how, what she was studying and drawing. But I didn't dare to wirte about my younger daughter's situation.
If you know my daughters, they have completely different character.
My elder daugter is a type to grind away for her purpose. So in her case she decided her concreat aim as soon as she became a high school student. So my husand and I was just watchng her, though unfortunally she failed in entering the college she wished for the best. But now she enjoy her another college live. Next week art festival is going to be held at her college.
My younger daugher-- it is difficult to discribe her character. optimistic, free, easygoing. Anyway she was living the world without "making efforts", it means she didn't study very much. Probably one of the reason was she didn't find a purpose after her graduation.
When she was in the second at high school, she was always in a bad temper. Her fasion was getting wild (from my eyes), she startedpart time job, and her grade got the lowest. My husband and I were really worried about her. But from last winter, she started changing, she started thinking about her feature, and she started show interests in interia.
And she suddenly started to study hard, and from the winter she has got good score.
So she got letter of recommnedation from school, and she got a test of "drawing".
It was not a usual examination. She had to draw her favorite buldings until the examination day.
On the examination day, she had to make a speech about her drawin, and wrote a short peper about a theme that was given on the day. And the theme was "design".
And yesterday we got a notice of "passing".
I tried to show you one of her picturers. But I couldn't attached it on this blog. I don't know why.
Anyway if you are intereseted in it, please drop by my photo site.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
I got lots of sweet potaotes. There are various way to cook them; Tenpura, grilled potatoe, potato pie.
And one of my favorite cooking is this "candy sweet potaotes". It might be called "DAIGAKUIMO". But I don't know how to cook "DAIGAKUIMO". This season I often cook these candy sweet potatoes.
cut sweet potatoes , deep fried.
On the other hand prepare another pan.
put some oil and sugar(I use unrefineded sugar ) and heat them up.
And put some vinegar to make liquid candy.
put hot fried sweet potatoes into them.
Well, if you know about DAIGAKUINO,
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
This spring I planted GOYA, and I got some GOYA. GOYA is usually grown in OKINAWA, and it is famous for the really bitter taste. Actaully I don't like it very much, but I heard it was good for our health and easy to grow, so I planted.
This summer my husband and I have had GOYA & yoghurt juice almost every morning. Though the taste was really bitter, but the vivid green juice looked really healthy.
A friend said ripe GOYA is not so bitter.So I waited some GOYA to be ripe.
The usual green GOYA is hard, but the ripe GOYA is really soft.
I made GOYA tempura with gree peppers.
Unexpectedly or as my friend said, it was not so bitter , proper bitter taste. Even my daughter was willing to eat it.
This summer we really enjoyed "GOYA". Thanks "GOYA".
I don't like gardening very much, and I'm not good at gardening.BUT this time we could get ripe goya because I did gardening. Growing vegetables in the garden might be add to the list of my hobbies.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
She loves Asain taste. And this artist is influenced a lot from Mexico. Asain taste and Mexican taste seeims to be differnet but I thing something is common.
The art itself is wonderful. But AKIRA, the artist is really strange carrer, if I dare to say he used to be a hippie. My daughter tend to yearn such a unprecedented or fantastic or strange world. So I don't want her to be influenced by him. On the other hand I want know her there is one life.
Anyway she enjoyed this exhibition. And I also enjoyed. After that we have a good lunch. Compared with my elder daughter, she is a still obedient child even though she is a adolescence.
Additionaly, I also went out with my husband --- to golf shop. For me it was a little bit boring. it can't be helped.
My daughter said "if you want to say some negative comments, at least after negative comments you should say positive comments".
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Instead of them, there were lots of chair we can sit directly.
Our cuntry "Japan", it is a culture of TATAMI, on the other hand Europe it is a culture of chairs, isn't it?
Monday, September 03, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Which makes me got fat, Japanese fried pork( Tonkatsu) or Japanese stew of pork and potatoes (NIKUJYAGA)?
I had thought; Tonkatsu did. Because we need lots of oil to cook Tonkatsu. But for elder people carbohydrate like potatoes, rice and so on is easy to become fat that oily foods. Carbohydrate is easier to be digested than oily foods. This fact made me surprised. Because not to get fat, I tend to avoid fatty food like Tonkatsu which is my favorite food and to keep energy I try to take carbohydrate like potatoes and rice. Especially during this hot and humid summer, to ride out this tough weather, I try to eat carbohydrate more, and to drink liquid (sugar free) more. --- AND I got fat!!! Oh, no!!
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The title is "we can eat plants".
We've been talking about many edible plants, though mainly about vegetables.
And yesterday I tried them to draw pictures.
They know carrots as root plants, but they didn't know the shape of them. -- They are like needls, aren't they.
As stem plants, they mentioned brocoll, cauliflower, and parsley because they saw my garden.
As leave plants, they mentioned lots of vegetables like cabage, lettuce, spinach, and NIRA (leek) which is also glowing in my garden.
And they know lots of fruits. So they drew their favorite fruits.
But a girls didn't know how grapes grew.
And surprisingly a boy didn't know (or forget) the outside of watermelons. In Japan most family are not big. They can't usually eat a whole watermelon by only their family. So in the market they sell quaters or halves of cutting watermelons. His image of watermelons was red with lots of black dots(seeds).
And I had another surprising thing.
As seed plants, they mentioned green soybeans, corn, kidny beans and "rice".
We are really "Japanese".
Monday, August 27, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Monday, August 06, 2007
I suggested her to play golf with her son (it means my husband). But she said "my grand kids has grown up, and she can do it, so let's enjoy together!"
My husband reserved time (how do I say in English?) at a golf course. We(my daugher and I) can rebtal golf clubs for free. And the junior high school student price is only 1000yen.
We are going to enjoy playing golf, hot spring and Karaoke with her this OBON vacation.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
They are good for cold soup. So I made cold NIMOMO with TOGAN(winder melon) and kudney beans and add sliced Myoga as garnish.
Monday, July 30, 2007
Yesterday, it was really really humid and hot. In the eveningwe had the shower and there was a sharp drop in the temperature.