Monday, December 18, 2017

Monday Morning Star Count - Week 33

I had a busy weekend and I didn't have time to finish stitching this block and I'm afraid next weekend will be more of the same.  As soon as I get my pictures sorted, I'll tell you where I went and what I did.


Week 33 of the temperature quilt
December 10-16 
54, 59, 50, 48, 50, 55



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, December 17, 2017

2017 Kanji of the Year



Every year the Japan Kanji Aptitude Testing Foundation conducts a nationwide survey to choose the Kanji of the year.  This year 北 (north) received the most votes because of the numerous missile launches from North Korea and the heavy rain that took the lives in the northern part of Kyushu, as well as the potato shortage in Hokkaido and the baseball star Shohei Ohtani who played for the Hokkaido team Nippon Ham Fighters. 




Seihan Mori, the head priest at Kiyomizu Buddhist temple in Kyoto drew the character on a huge piece of washi (Japanese paper).  


Last year's kanji of the year (2016) was   which means "gold". 


In 2015, the kanji of the year was , which means safety or peace.


In 2014, the kanji of the year was , which means “tax”.


In 2013, the kanji of the year wa, which means “ring” or “circle.”




Saturday, December 16, 2017

Too Much Lost Stuff

In the US, if I lost something outside my home, I didn't expect I would get it back. There's a saying every child learns - "Finders keepers, losers weepers".  Not so in Japan.  If you drop something or leave something behind, it will often be right where you left it, or it will be turned in to the koban (police station).  People are very honest about things that do not belong to them.


Recently, the police have become overwhelmed with all of the things turned in.  According to the National Police Agency, the number of things turned in to the police jumped from 12.72 million in 2007, to 27.96 million in 2016.  In 2007, the previous Lost Property Act was replaced by a new law with the same name, allowing police to dispose of lost items after three months rather than the previous six months.   This is based on the fact that most people claim items within three months. In addition, cheap items like umbrellas could be sold off if no one claimed them in two weeks.  


Ted left his iPhone on the bus in Sapporo and it was turned in.  He was able to retrieve it the same day.  I forgot my panda hat on the bus in Sapporo and was very worried about getting it back, but it too was turned in to the bus station office and I got it back the same day.  


What is the situation where you live?  Is it the finders keepers rule or do you get it back, like in Japan?

Friday, December 15, 2017

Maneki-neko Pouch

The Maneki-neko (beckoning cat) is a common Japanese lucky charm.  The figurine depicts a cat beckoning with an upright paw, although to westerners it appears to be waving.  In Japan, you gesture come here with palm (or paw) down.  




I made this little phone pouch as a gift.  It has tombo (dragonfly) lining fabric. I hope it is lucky for the recipient.






Thursday, December 14, 2017

Stitch Group Christmas Party

First, another Kogin finish!  Isn't this a gorgeous bag? 




I was having such a good time stitching, I forgot to take many pictures during the stitching time. 




After stitching, we had delicious home made pizza and Christmas cake.  








These are the only snowmen we'll see in our town.



Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Work In Progress Wednesday - Fob Finish and More

I finished five fobs that were given as gifts to the stitch group ladies.



I stitched a little more on my kogin project, one of the 17 in 2017.





Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Shimizuko Line

While out for a walk, I came across this.  





The sign is new and in English so I crossed from the walking path, over the biking path to read and take photos. 



I didn't know about this railway line.  I read a little more about it on Wikipedia.  I want to ask someone who might remember about it, but it has been a long time ago.  Every place in Japan holds on to so much history.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Monday Morning Star Count - Week 32

Week 32 of the temperature quilt
December 3 - 9
54, 54, 59, 50, 52, 48, 50








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.  


Also, linking with Anthea's Piece Yourself Together at Hibiscus Stitches.


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, December 10, 2017

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Seishun Ju Hachi Kippu

One of my students told me about a special deal the JR train company offers three times a year. For 11,850 yen, you can purchase five one day train passes that can be used all over Japan on local and rapid trains (not on Shikansen or express trains). 


The current time period is December 10th - January 10th. Yes, I bought the five ticket package!


Where do you think I will go?

Friday, December 8, 2017

Stitch Group This and That

Last week I got together with three stitch group members.  One had her finished crazy quilt bag to show.  




One finished the pull tags on her kogin lingerie bag, so now it is finished finished.  



We all worked on felt snowman ornaments, which will be continued next time.  





Next time we meet will be a Christmas Party!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Not the Ethnic Restaurant and Akihabara

I met two of my friends for lunch out.  They wanted to eat at the "ethnic restaurant", but we changed our plans because everything served at this place had bits of meat.  Instead we ate at S. Colina, and it was delicious.



After lunch, we visited Akihabara Shrine.  Later in December there is a festival here that I want to attend.  (It involves fire).















I had a good day and look forward to getting together again soon.