Thursday, March 31, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
There are two kinds of men about a concept of time.
One is men who act according to a clock.
The other is men who act depending on the situation.
The former group is people living in cities or in Europe and the United States.
The latter group is people living in local regions or in Asian countries.
And people who live in Japan is in between of them.
To speak more easily, people in the former group take a train checking the time table, and people in the latter group wait the coming train.
To speak with logically, people in the former group consider time as things, and time is consumed. It means "time is money". So for them "on time" is really important.
On the other hand people in the latter group think that time is circulating. So if they miss this chance, just they wait the next chance to come.
If these two kinds of people do something together, usually they have troubles.
For an example, they can't meet each other on time.
Because a man who is in the latter group doesn't check the time table for train. So a man who is in the former group thinks him or her to be spontaneous or sloppy. Or the man who is in the latter group thinks him or her to be punctual or strict.
We can manufacture artificial things according to the schedule, on the other hand it is difficult to harvest according to the schedule. We sometimes need to wait until they get mature.
Now, many people in Japan must have lots of stress, because most things don't go according to the usual schedule. We need to stop our daily clock, and to act according to our intuition and our nature clock.
I hope these sentences make sense.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
We put a candle, a flashlight, radio, and --- a cup of coffee and SAKE with hot water --- today's black out was being done from 7PM to 8:20 PM.
Rolling blackouts at night is a little bit scary, I'm relieved not to be alone like the day of the earthquake. And it's a little bit difficult to get used to it.
Anyway I'll take a hot bath and go to sleep. See you tomorrow.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
According to the government report, this area was going to be blacked out this early morning. But fortunately it was not done, though in this afternoon it is planned again. Last night I prepared to grill MOCHI on the stove. So this morning I did it. Usually I grill them with electric oven toaster.(open toaster is an English word????) I know we can cook on the stove, but than my expectation they were grilled much better and taste was good.
Yesterday one woman called me about picture books, so I talked with her for a while on the phone. A neighbor dropped by, saying "If you need to help, I'll bake cake". I think some or many people want to make a social network, (or make association??? --- how do you say in English?) , it seems to be difficult,. Anyway I'll do what I can do.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Daniel Kahl, he was born in Amercia, and he is popular in Japan as a foreign TV personality. He is famous for spdaking fluent YAMAGATA-ben (the very rual dialect of Yamagata prefecture)
It was the first time for me to see hime speak English seriously. Thanks.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
On the other hand, thought tomorrow it is a holiday, Yuki has to go to office to make a schedule how to recover the workplace. -- So we lined to get gasoline.
He often called a gas station, and as soon as he got information that gasoline comes in we went there. So we were waiting just 30 minutes. Lucky us. He will pick up a colleague and go to the office. For a while they are going to carpool.
At noon we walk to a big supermarket. It takes 25 minutes on foot. It was the first time for us to walk there tog here, and it was "unusual" thing. Though we don't know usual scene, we saw many people walking or riding. And we thought there were fewer car than usual.
Here it is about 150 far from the nuclear power plant, so we are not afraid of going out. (Though I'm allergic to pollen , so I put on a hat and a mask.)
Friday, March 18, 2011
The bad situation about gasoline and kerosene is not solved. Some kindergartens closed ---their buses to pick up kids don't run because of lack of gasoline. High schools are closing too because of trains that don't run enough because of rolling blackouts.
Well, in the supermarket there were many people. Not only women, some couples like us were there. Some offices are closing because of the damage or rolling blackouts. Yuki's office got damaged. Fortunately yesterday the office network recovered. So he is working at home.
What did we buy? We have enough foods. ---- We bought special cleanser for the bath. It's a good time to share the house chores, so I ask him to do some special thing, that means the things usually I don't, I can't, or I won't. He washed the bath nozzle? or bath heater with it.
This morning I "clicked" the computer -- it means I bought two woolen hats from the net. I don't know when they come. I hope until they come, everything will be more stable than now.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
But fortunately we in this area are all fine.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
BUT--- I'd wanted them. And I found them at auction.
The cost is lower than the cost at that time. And now there are in front of me. I'm really satisfied with it. Internet is really useful.
Monday, March 07, 2011
Sunday, March 06, 2011
Now there is a new gadget in front of me.
Yes, it's iPod.
As you many know, I'm not good at using technical stuff such as a cell phone, digital camera, IC-recorder, though I always tackle with my PC.
So I was not so interested in iPod.
Why did it come?
Yuki, as you guess, likes such gadgets. His interesting things are technical gadgets, and golf gadgets, these days. He often goes far on his business trip, so he seems not to live without iPod. He reads the newspaper on iPod, listened to music on iPod, and these days he has started to learn English on iPod. Suddenly his iPod didn't work. He called to the company, they said it can be repaired for free because of being still under warranty. Lucky him.
So he sent it to the service center, -- we thought it would take two weeks for it to be repaired.
Tow days passed, he couldn't wait for its coming back. He said "I'm sorry, I can't live without my iPod, so I'll buy a new one. When it comes back, you will be able to use it."
So he went to buy a new one.
The next early morning, the previous iPod came back ---- no, a new iPod came instead of the previous iPod. It was not repaired, it was --exchanged into a new one. Only three days passed since we sent it.
Well, I wonder how I use it. I found a interesting tool, it is voice mail. It is easy to record my voice. So probably it helps me to improve my speaking English practice.
Today, it is sunny. In the morning a boy came to study here. To tell the truth I called him to study more .
In the yard, this flower started bloom. This flower has bloomed every spring since we came here 25 years ago.
Saturday, March 05, 2011
I cooked pumpkin with sugar, Sake, and pumpkin spice last night.
And I baked pan cake with the pumpkin. The taste is really good. Last fall, I knew the spice. It was the first time for me to meet the spice, and it is the best hit spice recently. (Is it a correct way to use a word of "hit", Jan?) .
The spice mainly consists of cinnamon and clove. So I don't know why it is called cinnamon spice.
Well, after breakfast, I went to an ear doctor to get some medicine for my allergy, but--- today the clinic was really really crowded. I was the fifth person. And most people there seemed to suffer from pollen allergy.
While it is getting warmer and warmer, pollen is attacking more and more. And it is said this spring we'll have pollen five times as much as usual.
So anyway I got an appointment, and while I was waiting, I went to a gym to work out. After work-out, I went back to the clinic. But I had still to wait for more than one hour. I went back home around 2 o'clock.
After that Yuki and I went shopping to a department store, a book store and a glossary store. At a glossary store we bought two bottles. One is real wine made in Spain and the other is domestic wine-taste grape juice. (I don't drink alcohol much)
Though both of them are not so expensive, but --- none-alcohol wine is about two times as expensive as real wine.
P.S I'm not sure is it a correct way to use a structure of "as--as"?
Friday, March 04, 2011
It suits to everything, so this morning I used it to cook fried chicken and vegetables. I thought she didn't mix much cayenne pepper -- so I pored a lot --- and it was too hot for me.
Thursday, March 03, 2011
Well, the sweets in this photo are all sweet dumplings, the small ones are for elementary school kids who are going to come today, and the big ones are -- not for us, for high school students who are also going to come tonight.
Well, this morning I did adventurous cooking with chi ken. Oh, it's a joke. I used a bag of spice of dry buttermilk ranch dressing my friend blended by herself.
Do you know it is difficult to get fresh buttermilk. I heard producing buttermilk officially in Japan is not allowed because of a dairy product law. And we can get powder of batter milk, but it's not common . So I'm really interested in this spice.
Though she recommended it to use dressing, I used it chicken. pour it on chicken, and sprinkle some flour on the chicken, and coated the chicken with the beaten egg, and fried it. Yes it's chicken piccata. Good taste.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
The climate seemed to twirl around.
Well, well, last Sunday I attended our Toastmaster club meeting after so long, probably a half of year passed since I attended it.
For me, the society of Toastmaster is an only (too exaggerate expression) society to do with business men and women. Actually only I say "I'm a housewife".
On the other hand I wonder why mothers who are interested in this Toastmaster club are difficult to attend it though fathers (who are businessmen) can attend it to improve their speech skills in Japanese and English. I know their feeling very well but somewhere it's strange.
Anyway, I don't blame fathers. In fact I enjoyed the conversation with the businessmen.
And when sometimes my students' fathers pick them up, I enjoyed the conversation with the fathers.
At the meeting, a man talked about how much he dedicates to marathon. He showed his training date scientifically. A lady talked about how important it is to use voice tone as the situation demands. A man talked about how to communicate with foreign businessmen in Utsunomiya.
And a lady talked about how important to ask help to others.
A lady who comes to attend this meeting from Sendai by bullet train, said "To attend this meeting makes me raise awareness of the issue in usual life."
In the house "I" am a "queen", so most of things are determined by myself without any interference.I tend to be smug, and it is the last thing I can.