Friday, January 19, 2018

Not Allowed at This Cafe

I didn't eat at this cafe in Okinawa, but I'm all for these rules for all restaurants!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Dance at Shuri-jo

Every time we go to Okinawa, we go to Shuri Castle to see the dance.  Over the new year holiday there are extra performances and live Okinawan music.  

I never get tired of the music, the dance and the gorgeous costumes.  Or the castle and its history.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Work In Progress Wednesday - New Project

I'm starting a new project - Redwork done in Blue!  I don't have much done yet, but it will come along.  

I saw this pattern (Fairies Hiding) years ago on someone's blog and saved it, but now I can't find where it came from.  If you can identify it, please let me know so I can give credit.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Seven-Eleven in Okinawa

I've been back from my trip for over a week, but still haven't gone through my photos.  I will try to have photos and stories from my trip soon.  Until then, here's some other news about Okinawa.

Seven-Eleven Japan has announced that it will start opening stores in Okinawa, the only prefecture in the country currently without Seven-Eleven stores, in fiscal year 2019.  Seven-Eleven's president Kazuki Furuya told Okinawa Governor Takeshi Onaga that the company plans to open 250 stores in the prefecture the first five years.  Competitors Lawson's and Family Mart already have stores in Okinawa.  

My students often tell me Seven-Eleven is their favorite convenience store. My favorite is Seico-Mart, which is only found in northern Japan, mainly in Hokkaido. They have the best ice candy (Japanese name for popcicles).   Here in Shizuoka, I like Lawson's, probably because it is the one closest to where I live. 

Do you have a favorite convenience store?

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monday Morning Star Count - New Year Catch Up

I need to catch up on the temperatures we've had the last three weeks.

Week 35 of the temperature quilt
December 24 - 30 
52, 57, 55, 46, 48, 50, 52

Week 36 of the temperature quilt
December 31 - January 6
41, 55, 52, 46, 48, 41, 50

Week 37 of the temperature quilt
January 7 - 13
52, 46, 61, 54, 50, 43, 45

Sarah at Sarah Did It!  is hosting a link up on Wednesdays for those making a temperature hexagon quilt.  Check it out and think about joining in.  You can start at any time.  

This is my temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme: 

100 + Brown 

90-99 Red  

80-89 Orange 

70-79 Yellow  

60-69 Green  

50-59 Blue 

40-49 Purple 

30-39 Pink 

20-29 White 

10-19 Black

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Buffet Lunch

Yesterday I met my friend in Shizuoka and we went for lunch at The Table restaurant at the Century Hotel.  It is a buffet, with far too many choices! We ate and talked for a couple of hours. Afterward we went to a little stitching shop and then saw a paper art exhibit in a department store.  It was a fun Saturday.  

Mt. Fuji is once again covered in snow. This was my view from the train station.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Glamping Wedding

Is this advertising a glamorous outdoor wedding or getting married while camping? Japanese English is sometimes hard to figure out.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Taxi Driver with the Shiba Inu

I love where I live! 

First, some background before the story.  Outside the main gate where I work is a taxi stand.  Usually there are four or five taxis waiting.  The drivers talk to each other and smoke cigarettes or sit in their cars reading the newspaper or poking at their phones. When I walk by they always smile and wave and we exchange greetings.  

Yesterday morning I was out for a walk and a small elderly man with a big smile on his face and a dog came running across a parking lot toward me.  I was the only person on the sidewalk so I knew he was coming to me.  He pointed to me and said Hitachi. He said he is now retired but was a taxi driver and remembered seeing me go to work. He told me where he lives, which is close to where I live and we talked about his cute little Shiba Inu.  He told me the dog is four years old. In English he told me "Japanese Dog".

This little encounter made my day.  People here are so friendly and so kind.  

This is a photo of a shiba inu I found on the internet, but it looks like the taxi driver's dog.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Takashima Castle

After visiting the Snow Monkey Park, I stayed a second night in Matsumoto. Sunday morning, I left on the train (day 3 of my seishun 18 kippu) for Suwa to visit Takshima Castle.

It was a cold day and the water in the moat was frozen.

After entering the gate, I walked around the castle grounds.  There is a playground and a shrine.

Inside this reconstructed castle, there is a small museum.  No photographs are allowed on the second floor.

From the third floor, there is a view of the area.  On a clear day, Mt. Fuji is able to be seen.

Another interesting bit of Japanese history.  (If you are interested in Japanese Castles, check out my Castle Page to see the castles I've visited.)