Do you pay NHK? I do. But many people don’t pay NHK. I don’t want to, but I was tired that I refused to pay because NHK visited very often. NHK considers that how to collect money. NHK’s proposal is very strict. NHK is thinking to give a penalty. Since I heard it, I really don’t want to pay NHK. NHK don’t know public feelings. Mr. Koizumi said that NHK had to reduce their channels before NHK change their collecting system. I always don’t like Mr. Koizumi but I agreed his opinion. Now NHK has 8 channels. 5 channels for TV and 3 channels for radio. Everybody can watch only one channel. The government demanded to reduce the number of the channels to NHK. NHK has to reduce 8 channels to 5 channels. And NHK has to reduce the price. It seems good news for us.
I ordered an iron kettle. I always have thought that I wanted to buy an iron kettle. A few years ago, my sister and I visited our aunt. She poured tea and that tea was something different from the tea that I usually drank. She said she boiled water by an iron kettle. Since then, I wanted to buy an iron kettle. A few days ago, my father showed me a new kettle. It was made of stainless steel. Of course, it was brand new. It was shining. Then, I looked at my kettle. It was old and rusted. I thought I used it enough. Last night, I used the Internet. The iron kettle is a little expensive, so I thought if I found it on auction sight, I could get it cheaper. The kettle I ordered was 4850yen. Its design was modern. I want to use it soon. But I have to take care of it because it rusts soon.
I sometimes tell you that I have practiced penmanship on my blog pages. I enjoy it but I sometimes feel tired. I use the same writing book that my friend lent me to. I asked my friend if I would get it back, but she didn’t give me any answer. So, I still use the same book. And I have written the same words for a long time. The characters that I write are still terrible, but I continue.
I found a good book for me. It is a kind of writing book, but it is also an essay. Matsuo Bashou is one of the most famous poets in Japan. Every Japanese learns ‘Okuno Hosomichi’ at schools. Matsuo Bashou walked around Japan with his pupil, Sora, and he wrote down his trip and many poetry. You can read his trip in Okuno Hosomichi.
The book that I bought is Okuno Hosomichi. But it is like a workbook. I can write Okuno Hosomichi on that book. I think I can study both Okuno Hosomichi and penmanship. I don’t think it is boring for me.
I have finished half of French lessons. I have 12 lessons and I took the sixth lesson last night.
Before I started, I believed that a teacher was a beautiful and fashionable lady. Yoshiko said the same thing. My French image is a beautiful and fashionable lady. That’s why. A teacher is a man. He seems about 55years old. I still don’t remember his name. He introduced himself when the first lesson. But I couldn’t hear what he said. Students are variety. The youngest lady is about 20 years old and the oldest woman is over 60 years old. That woman comes with her daughter, so I feel jealous.
He doesn’t usually speak Japanese. He speaks only French. And sometimes he explains in English. Yoshiko and I think it is good for our English.
Studying French is fun. But it is a little tough for me. I hope it finishes soon.
I usually go to French lesson on foot. It takes about 50 minutes. I think it is a little far, but it is a good exercise and I like walking. I always try to use the different ways. I always discover something new. I didn’t know but the school is close to my mother’s grave. When I go there, I always think I should go to the grave. Of course, I don’t go to. I have no time to visit there. Since my back was sore, I haven’t walked enough. Walking is tough for me. When my back was worst, I couldn’t walk without a stick. But recently, my back is better. Today is a fine day. I want to go to the lesson on foot today.
A few days ago, Mr. I gave me mutton barbecue taste caramel, Genghis Khan Caramel. It didn’t seem delicious. I asked him if it was good, he said he chewed it once and spitted out soon. I couldn’t eat but some of my co-workers ate it. Everybody said it was terrible.
Asahi-shinbun introduces it. It says Genghis Khan Caramel is famous for bad taste. But it sells well. It is sold 100 thousands per month. Recently, that maker started to sell good taste Genghis Khan Caramel. I haven’t eaten yet, but the newspaper said it is mild and tasty. But it sells bad. The consumer wants to buy something strange.
I woke up around 1:00A.M. I sweated a lot because it was really hot last night. And I still wore a disposable body warmer. The doctor suggested waring it. I was very hot. I got up, washed my face and drank a glass of water. I inserted a towel between the body warmer and me. I turned on an air conditioner and went back to sleep.
I want to know when I can take off a disposable body warmer. I don’t want to you both the body warmer and the air conditioner.
I saw The Chronicles of Narnia. I read that book long time ago, but I don’t remember the story.
The story is simple. Four children who wander into Narnia save the country from the White Witch. Some of scenes were more violent than I thought. The battle scene was bloody. I doubted if it was a fantasy. There were many kinds of animals in the movie. Wolf is baddy and cheetah is goody. Leopard is goody but white tiger is baddy. I want to know how the author selected those animals. The King of Narnia is a lion. It is CG but it seems a real lion. I thought it was something different from the real lion. And I found out. I can see a lot of fry around a lion’s face. I always think lions don’t think flies are annoying them. But in the movie, there aren’t any flies. That’s why I felt something strange.
My favorite scene is when the lion goes to the place that the White Witch is waiting. The lion goes there to be killed because of saving one of the children. Its back is brave and lonely. That scene comes alive in my memory.
By the way, I want to see ‘da Vinci code’. I hope a press agent give me a movie ticket again.
A man and his friend always have the party. They always invite stupid guys and will choose the most stupid guy. A man’s wife feels angry at it. She tries to stop the party but he doesn’t listen to her. She leaves their home. Then, one of the stupid guys comes his home. That guy tries to help him but he messes up his life. ……
It was a kind of slapstick. Everybody can enjoy that story. Yoshiko said she knew the same kind of person. That reminds me.
Yoshiko said, if she knew that the lesson was the movie, she wouldn’t come. I agree her. If I knew the lesson was the movie, I wouldn’t go to the lesson, and I wanted to go to the osteopath.
I bought THE BIG ISSUE. THE BIG ISSUE is a magazine that is sold by the homeless people. The magazine is 200yen, and they get 110yen when they sell one magazine.
I’m interested in their activity. They lost their job, but they try to go back to the social life. I think I want to help them. But I don’t want to buy the magazine from a sense of duty. I always look at a cover, and I decide if I buy it or not.
This week’s THE BIG ISSUE seems interesting. It wrote about a movie that I wanted to see.
I have a HDD&DVD recorder. I bought it about 4 years ago. When I bought it, it was very expensive, but now, you can buy three recorders for the same price. It is a little broken, but it still works. I don’t want to buy a new one, so I use it very carefully.
Toshiba and Sony sell new type DVD recorder. Toshiba’s is cheaper and Sony’s has a big memory. I don’t know which one is better. People are waiting for which one will win. People remember the war of VHS and β.
But I have another opinion. Do you really need those new DVD recorders? HD can record 30GB and BD can record about 50GB. I can’t understand how much 50GB is. It seems like 100,000,000yen.
I will buy it if my recorder is broken and those recorders become a reasonable price.
Nara Dream Land is one of the famous amusement parks in Kinki area. My mother always said Nara Dream Land was expensive when I was a kid.
Nara Dream Land is a copy of Disney Land. You can see a castle and the same kind of attractions. I visited Nara Dream Land just after I went to Disney Land in California. I felt I was in Disney Land but it was poorer than Disney Land. Of course, when Nara Dream Land was opened, there wasn’t Tokyo Disney Land in Japan.
Recently, many amusement parks go bankrupt. Hanshin Park, Takarazuka Family Land, Portpia Land, Ayameike Yuenchi…… I don’t think I will go those places. But where will kids go to? Hirakata Park has been still opened. I hope Hirakata Park is opened forever for kids.
I went to Keihan Department Store today. Keihan Department Store has held antique fair and I wanted to see it. I’m not interested in antique but I’m interested in ceramic works.
There were many shops on the 8th floor. You can see Japanese swords, hanging scrolls and many kinds of ceramics. Some of them weren’t too expensive. But the ones that I wanted to buy were very expensive. Of course, some of them were already sold out. I think there are many rich men in Japan.
I saw really cute cup and saucer. I saw the same one on a book. I asked a clerk how much it was. I don’t remember how much, but it was over 1,000,000yen!!! Someone already bought it, but even if nobody bought it, I wouldn’t be able to buy it.
I wanted to buy something. But I’ve already bought cup and saucer this month, so I didn’t buy anything.
I have a backache again. I have felt something wrong on my back for a while, and I couldn’t walk last Thursday finally. I took day off yesterday and went to an osteopath. The doctor said I should lie down on a bed, so I am on the bed yesterday and today. I slept during afternoon yesterday, so I thought I wouldn’t be able to sleep during night. But I could sleep. And I could sleep this afternoon, too. I was really surprised. I think I will lie down on the bed tomorrow. But I have to do laundry tomorrow. And If I can, I want to visit Keihan Department Store.
Just after I went into, many children came there. I couldn’t stay there, so I had to wait until they went through.
The first area of Sakuya-Konohanakan was ‘tropical aquatic plant’ and ‘humid tropical plant house’. You can see water lilies and orchids. ‘Royal water lily’ has very big leaves. I have seen it on an illustrated book, and a kid was sitting on the leaf on that book. I have visited there several times but I’ve never seen a flower of royal water lily. I couldn’t see it that time either.
The second area was ‘tropical insectivorous plant area’. Many people are interested in it, but it isn’t beautiful. ‘Sarawak's pitcher plant’ in ‘Sakuya-konohanakan’ eats a cockroach. I think I want one of ‘sarawak’s pitcher plant’.
I visited ‘SARASA NISHIJIN’ with Yoshiko. SARASA is a name of café and there are three SARASA in Kyoto. Our acquaintance runs those café and it was our second visit to SARASA; last time, we visited ‘SARASA KAMOGAWA’.
I didn’t know but ‘SARASA NISHIJIN’ is very famous. It used to be a public bath, and it was remodeled into a café. You can see a lot of traces of the public bath. Especially, majolica tiles are really beautiful.
‘SARASA KAMOGAWA’ has only a few kinds of meals but ‘SARASA NISHIJIN’ had many kinds of meals. We couldn’t decide soon, so we looked at a menu for a while. Although we needed lot of time, we chose ‘today’s special’.
I have a cold. Yesterday, I went shopping. It was a little hot yesterday and one of shops I visited used an air conditioner. The cool air blew from above me and I got cold. If left the shop quickly, I wouldn’t have a cold, but I stayed there for about one hour. I had sore throat and runny nose. I didn’t think I had a fever, but even if I have a fever, I will never know, because I don’t have a thermometer.
Last night, I took some medicines and went to sleep very early. The long vacation will finish soon. I have to cure as soon as possible.
When you go to a public toilet, you try to use a toilet sheet, but you can’t use it well. We use a toilet sheet to cover a toilet seat. But it sometimes bends itself, or before you sit on it, it falls in a toilet and you have to use the toilet without the toilet sheet. It is very stressful. The item I found is really convenient. The toilet sheets set into the toilet cover. If you close and open the toilet cover, it put on the toilet seat automatically. It is really useful. I have seen many sanitary items for a public restroom, but it is one of the best items.
It is a little hard to bring your bike from basement. I found a conveyer for bike. When you put on your bike on the conveyer, the conveyer starts moving. You grab the handles and walk steps beside the conveyer. You don’t have to shoulder your bike. The conveyer brings your bike to the first floor.
Umm… I think if I invent one of those, I don’t have to work anymore.
We bought some souvenirs at the station. I bought Senbei and Kitarou manju. I bought Kitarou beer for myself. I had been wanting to get it, so I felt really happy. We got on a bus and went back to Osaka. I slept a little. After I woke up, I showed pictures to Noriko. I took many pictures during that trip.
We went to café in Umeda.
When we planned that trip, we were thinking about staying in Yonago until afternoon. But we knew we didn’t have enough time to visit some sightseeing spots. So we decided to leave there early and go to a café in Umeda.
I don’t remember what I ate at the café because it was about two weeks ago. Anyway, we went to the café and went back to our homes. I did laundry as usual afterwards.
We didn’t have any plan. It was raining a little. We left the hotel, got on the bus and got off the bus in front of Takashimaya department store. In my image, Takashimaya is a sponsor of Romper Room. I bought a small towel and we had coffee there. We walked through a shopping arcade. Almost all of shops along the arcade had closed. That shopping arcade seemed classical, so I felt I got back to my youth. We didn’t know the way to the station, but we arrived at the station.
On the 15th. When I woke up, Noriko had already woken up. She said I had been snoring. I thought she couldn’t sleep enough. After all of us woke up, we took a bath. We could take a different bath that morning. There were two bathtubs. I think almost all of Japanese like taking a bath in the morning. After that, we ate breakfast. The night before, we couldn’t see anything around the hotel because of dark, but that morning, we could see a nice view from the restaurant. Right behind the hotel was a beach. We agreed why we had heard the surf close to us.