Sunday, January 18, 2015
Sunday, July 13, 2014
The one person you know the best is YOU! Begin listing the TOPICS
Create YOU the way you want others to see you. Begin with your
name and show the topics linked to your name.
My name is Nancy
dance music art school
family books friends malls
My School Life
Nancy; Junior High School
music, art, books
My After School Life
Nancy; friends, malls, family, dance
My Name is Joseph
sports music outdoors malls
family friends school art
My School Life
Joseph: Junior High School
sports, music, art
My After School Life
outdoors, malls, friends
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Super Typhoon Neoguri is on its way to our area (Kanto Plain).
A good website to keep track of this storm and others is
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Do not stand at my grave and weep, by Mary Frye
Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.
I am in a thousand winds that blow,
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.
I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.
I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am in the birds that sing,
I am in each lovely thing.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there. I do not die.
Concert in Shibuya
Mariko Senju Classical Concert
Mariko Senju started to play violin at the age of 2 years and 3 months olds with Saburou Sumi, 奥裕子, and 鷲見康郎. At age 11 she continued to study with Toshiya Eto.
I would like to turn myself inside out to have contact with the instrument which came to me. Even if I spent the rest of my life on music, I don't think it would be enough. I have been trying to devote all my time to the violin."
vol.1 Don't understand Japanese?
Don't worry! You can get the English Earphone Guide (at selected theatres.) This service is easy to use and will provide information in English during the performance. In addition to the dialogue and lyrics, there is explanation about the stories, music, dance, properties and other aspects of Kabuki that may be difficult for non-Japanese visitors to understand. Comments are carefully timed to coincide with the action on stage.
Multilingualism is the act of using polyglotism, or using multiple languages, either by an individual speaker or by a community of speakers. Multilingual speakers outnumbermonolingual speakers in the world's population. Multilingualism is becoming a social phenomenon governed by the needs of globalization and cultural openness. Owing to the ease of access to information facilitated by the Internet, individuals' exposure to multiple languages is becoming increasingly frequent thereby promoting a need to acquire additional languages.
Japan World Cup Schedule
6/13: Opening Ceremony @ 3am & First Game @ 5am
6/15: Japan vs Ivory Coast @ 10am Japan Standard Time (JST)
6/20: Japan vs. Greece @ 7am
6/25: Japan vs. Columbia @ 5am
Japanese housewife creates clever inflatable umbrella for tots
One of the reasons that I really like writing about Japan is that there is a steady flow of awesome design concepts from here that few other countries can match. Some of them are incredibly simple and elegant, and My 1st Umbrella is a perfect example of this.
Umbrellas can be terribly and pokey dangerous items, especially for kids, and parents might be concerns about children getting sharp parts in their eye, or jamming their fingers in the moving components. So one clever Japanese entrepreneur has come up with an absolutely brilliant solution. Her inflatable umbrellas are great for young children, as they are light, easy to carry, and most of all, entirely safe. It looks almost like a bath toy, in fact.
Another clear advantage is portability. One umbrella can be deflated in about ten seconds, quickly folded up and put into a bag or purse.
Interestingly the creator of the product, Hiroko Yoshida, used to be a housewife, and is now the CEO of My1st. So far her umbrella has been featured on Japanese TV and on the popular publication Nikkei Trendy.
If you would like to pick one up for your own little one, My 1st Umbrella is available at various retailers around Japan.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Hakone Travel: Lake AshinokoFrom Odawara and Hakone-Yumoto
Frequent buses connect Odawara via Hakone-Yumoto with Moto-Hakone and Hakone-machi at the southern end of Lake Ashinoko. The one way journey from Odawara takes about 50 minutes and costs 1180 yen. From Hakone-Yumoto it takes about 35 minutes and costs 960 yen. The Hakone Free Pass is valid on Hakone Tozan buses (bus line H) but not on Izuhakone buses (bus line Z).
There is also a frequently served Hakone Tozan Bus line from Odawara via Hakone-Yumoto to Togendai at the northern end of Lake Ashinoko (bus line T). The one way journey from Odawara takes about 50 minutes, costs 1230 yen and is covered by the Hakone Free Pass. From Hakone-Yumoto it takes about 35 minutes and costs 1050 yen.
A slow and scenic way of approaching Lake Ashinoko from Odawara or Hakone-Yumoto is taking the Hakone Tozan Railway to Gora, followed by a cablecar and ropeway ride to Togendai at the northern end of of the lake. From Togendai one can continue by sightseeing boat to Moto-Hakone or Hakone-machi. The whole journey is covered by the Hakone Free Pass.
There are infrequent buses from Yugawara Station to Hakone-machi and Moto-Hakone (operated by Hakone Tozan and Izuhakone). The one way journey from Yugawara to Moto-Hakone takes 45-60 minutes and costs 1290 yen. The Hakone Free Pass is valid on Hakone Tozan buses but not on Izuhakone buses.
There are buses (operated by Izuhakone Bus) from Atami Station to Hakone-machi every hour. The one way journey takes about 60 minutes and costs 1180 yen. The Hakone Free Pass is not valid on Izuhakone buses.
There are buses from Mishima Station to Hakone-machi and Moto-Hakone (bus line N, operated by Numazu Tozan Tokai Bus) every hour. The one way journey from Mishima to Moto-Hakone takes about 50 minutes and costs 1030 yen. The Hakone Free Pass is valid on these buses.
There are two buses per hour between Gotemba Station and the northern and eastern shores of Lake Ashinoko (bus lines V and W, operated by Odakyu Hakone Highway Bus). The one way journey from Gotemba to Togendai takes about 30 minutes and costs 1020 yen. TheHakone Free Pass is valid on these buses.
This is a sort of "secret" garden located an hour outside of Tokyo about 15 minutes from Atami shinkansen station. They have an incredible amount of roses and other flowers there. They also have the biggest bonsai tree you'll ever see....
They drive you up to the top of the mountain in a little bus and then you walk down the mountain thru many different types of gardens.
If you time it in late April/early May you will see all the spring flowers blooming like crazy. Late May/June is full-blow rose garden blossoms.
If you time it right once a year they have a cos-play day where Japanese people who are into dressing up as nurses or Goldilocks or other unusual people are dressed up and wandering around the garden. It is really strange but fun to see it.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Vertigo (from Wikipedia)
Vertigo /ˈvɜrtɨɡoʊ/ (from the Latin vertō "a whirling or spinning movement") is a subtype ofdizziness in which a patient inappropriately experiences the perception of motion (usually a spinning motion) due to dysfunction of the vestibular system. It is often associated withnausea and vomiting as well as a balance disorder, causing difficulties with standing or walking. There are three types of vertigo. The first is known as objective and describes when the patient has the sensation that objects in the environment are moving. The second type of vertigo is known as subjective and refers to when the patient feels as if he or she is moving. The third type is known as pseudovertigo, an intensive sensation of rotation inside the patient's head. While this classification appears in textbooks, it has little to do with the pathophysiology or treatment of vertigo.
Dizziness and vertigo are common medical issues and affect approximately 20%-30% of the general population. Vertigo can occur in people of all ages. The prevalence of vertigo rises with age and is about two to three times higher in women than in men. It accounts for about 2-3% of emergency department visits. The main causes of vertigo are benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, Ménière's disease, vestibular neuritis, andlabyrinthitis, but may also be caused by a concussion, a vestibular migraine orvertiginous epilepsy. Excessive consumption of ethanol (alcoholic beverages) can also cause symptoms of vertigo. Repetitive spinning, as in familiar childhood games, can induce short-lived vertigo by disrupting the inertia of the fluid in the vestibular system; this is known as physiologic vertigo.
Went to see Sumo and picked up some chocolate snacks.