- Japanese Festivals
- Kumano Kodo Trip
- Japanese Castles
- English Paper Piecing Projects
- Take A Stitch Tuesday
- 17 in 2017
- Stitching Finishes 2017
- Stitching Finishes 2016
- Stitching Finishes 2015
- Stitching Finishes 2014
- Stitching Finishes 2013
- Stitching Finishes 2012
- 2017 Smalls Stitch A Long
- 2016 Smalls Stitch A Long
- 2015 Smalls Stitch A Long
- 2014 Smalls Stitch-A-Long
Saturday, January 21, 2017
I live in a small-ish town. Most of the foreigners I've met or seen are from other Asian countries, and I've not met another native English speaker here. I know one French woman, married to a Japanese man, who speaks French, Japanese, and English. I know a few Japanese people who speak English fairly well, but still don't understand word plays or idioms. I love both word play and idioms! My upper level students find idioms very difficult, and when I think about it, they are.
One day I was in the mall and saw these wall murals in Baskin Robbins, or as it is known here - 31. I had to take photos!
|Variety is the spice of life|
|Wear your Sunday best|
|Seize the day|
The ice cream clerk asked what I was doing. She didn't speak English and didn't know the Japanese translation for the phrases. I tried to explain the simple translation, but she didn't understand so I didn't try to tell her the play on words. I've concluded these signs were made for me - who else here understands them? I've never bought ice cream here before, but maybe I will. After all, they do have English signs for me.
Friday, January 20, 2017
This week the group continued with their blackwork hearts. They are all doing very well with them. They are using some sparkle thread (Accentuate) for the cross stitches in the box centers to give the piece some pica pica.
My idea is to make them into wall hangings, with or without borders. I added borders to this blackwork alphabet piece and pinned it together with batting and a backing piece to show as an example. Maybe next time they will decide about the borders or no borders.
As always we had delicious treats for our tea time. Aren't those pandas cute? They also sent me home with some food. Thank you!
Thursday, January 19, 2017
The monorail in Okinawa, called the Yui Rail, runs from the Naha Airport to the Shuri-jo castle area. There are 15 stations about a kilometer apart and it takes about 1/2 an hour to go the entire distance. Each train has two cars, with 65 seats and a total capaity of 165 people. The elevated track is between 8 and 20 meters above the ground. The top speed is 65 kph (about 40 mph) and the average speed is about 28 kph (about 17 mph) counting stops.
It's very convenient and reasonably priced. Usually I buy the day pass or the two day pass - unlimited rides for 24 hours or 48 hours at a cost of 700 yen or 1200 yen. I took these photos while riding in the front seat.
Coming into a station.
Passing by a train going in the opposite direction.
|I think this is where I get off.|