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Mother Ｆarm 2014.3.23Beautiful flowers and animals entertainment are seen in the farm. Rape flowers are full-bloomed during spring. This scenery is like a beautiful yellow carpet. Some of the entertainments done by the animals are Sheep Shows, Sheep Dog and Friends Shows as well as Duck Parades will surely entertain you.
Tokyo bay aqua-lineThe Tokyo Bay Aqua-Line reduced the drive between Chiba and Kanagawa, two important industrial regions, from 90 to 15 minutes, and also contributed to cutting the travel time to the sea leisure area in the southern part of the Bōsō Peninsula from Tokyo and Kanagawa. Before the tunnel opened, one had to drive around about 100 km along the shores of Tokyo Bay and pass through downtown Tokyo. pictures of "Tokyo bay aqua-line"
Popular Culture and Mass Media 2014.3.22Japanese culture is steeped in history, but it’s not that hasn’t slowed Japanese fashion, trends, and popular culture. Some of the cultures these trends have become popular overseas. Pop-culture, is an abbreviation of popular culture, mainly tend to be embraced by young generations. Nevertheless, pop-culture reflects Japanese society as a whole and also connects with traditional culture. If we look the early times literature such as “The Tail of Genji” and exaggerated depictions of the Edo times Ukiyo-e, it’s easy to see that the old cultures have
haiku and waka : Japanese poetic style 2014.3.21haiku: a 5-7-5 Japanese syllable pattern sample 古池や蛙飛び込む水の音 The ancient pond. A frog leaps in. The sound of the water. 夏草や兵どもが夢の跡 Summer grasses, All that remains, Of warriors' dreams tanka : a 5-7-5-7-7 Japanese syllable pattern sample 銀も Shirogane mo What are they to me, 金も玉も Kogane mo tama mo Silver, or gold, or jewels? 何せんに Nanisen ni How could they ever まされる宝 Masareru takara Equal the greater treasure 子にしかめやも Koni shikame yamo That is a child? They can't. 百人一首 http://www.pureoffice.net/kyomi/database/h1/h1-j.htm
STAP cells: does it exist or not 2014.3.18A groundbreaking method to create stem cells was published one month ago. Riken researcher Ms. obukata found the method. Many Japanese were pleased to hear the news and admired her. The method is to create stem cells from role-decided cells such as skins by just soaking weak acid liquid. Soon after the news, many doubts and problems were pointed out in her reports. For example, the images used in the studies, as well as the use of a passage are from another paper without citation. The person in charge of the Riken research center told the press that the article was considered to be withdrawn. The important point whether the STAP cell exist or not was not clearly answered. ref. es cell : embryonic stem cell ips cell : induced pluripotent stem cell found by MR.YAMANAKA stap cell : stimulus triggered acquisition of pluripotency published by MS.OBOKATA
Malaysia airline still missing 2014.3.16One week has passed after the plane disappeared. Many nations' planes and vessels are searching for it. These searches have found no clue on the whereabouts the plane. At the beginning of the disappearance, engine trouble, hijack, pilot’s miss operation or suicide were raised as the cause of the mishap. Until now, no debris of the plane are found. Yesterday , Malaysia President announced that the plain might be in flight at least 6 hours after disappearance. He also added that the plain’s location signal was intentionally switched off. The pilot's house has been searched and the identification of passengers on board are now under investigation.
Memorial service on the 49th day after death 2014.3.15I attended the ceremony of 49th day after my uncle’s death today. The day is said that the dead person arrives at heaven 49 days after stating travel from the day of one’s dead. The ceremony was held at the temple in Yanaka town located 6km north of the Imperial Palace. At first, Buddhist monks chanted sutra and the relatives including me burned incense to pray for the repose of the departed soul. After that .we have a party to reminisce his life. We toasted by beverages ( not sake) to pray for him to be a Buddha in peace. In Buddhism, it is believed all people would be a god after the death . PS Christianity also has same memorial service after the 40 days of one’s death. I feel that religions are influenced by each other.
Shed in Izu villa 2014.3.1
|I built a shed in the backyard of the Izu villa. The place was a slope, so the place needed to be raised the ground level by timbering.||The level of the shed is a same level of the lawn garden. so it's easy to move the lownmower.|
igo 2014.2.21The two players alternately place black and white playing pieces, called "stones", on the vacant intersections (called "points") of a grid of 19×19 lines The object of the game is to use one's stones to surround a larger total area of the board than the opponent. Once placed on the board, stones may not be moved, but stones are removed from the board if captured; this is done by surrounding an opposing stone or group of stones by occupying all orthogonally-adjacent points. Players continue in this fashion until neither player wishes to make another move; the game has no set ending conditions. When a game concludes, the controlled points (territory) are counted along with captured stones to determine who has more points. Games may also be won by resignation. Go originated in ancient China. Archaeological evidence shows that the early game was played on a board with a 17×17 grid, but by the time the game had spread to Korea and Japan, in about the 5th and 7th centuries AD respectively, boards with a 19×19 grid had become standard. As of mid-2008 there were well over 40 million Go players worldwide, the overwhelming majority living in East Asia. As of May 2012, the International Go Federation has a total of 74 member countries and four Association Members covering multiple countries. Go is an adversarial game with the objective of surrounding more territory than one's opponent. As the game progresses, the board gets divided up into areas of territory, as outlined by groups of stones. These areas are then contested in local battles, which are often complicated, and may result in the expansion, reduction, or wholesale capture and loss of the contested area. It is often the case that a certain kind of "trade" goes on, where a player's loss in one part of the board can be compensated for or mitigated by a gain in another part of the board.
snowboard cross 2014.2.19Boardercross (also Boarder X or BX) is a snowboard competition in which a group of snowboarders (typically four or six) start simultaneously atop a winding, inclined course and race to reach the finish line first. Following the initial timed seeding runs, races are run as untimed elimination heats, quarter-finals and semi-finals - where the fastest half of the field progress to the next round - until placings are decided in the final. The name of the sport is derived from motocross, as the course designs are similar in features to motocross courses. Boardercross courses are typically quite narrow and include cambered turns, various types of jumps, berms, rollers, drops, steep and flat sections designed to challenge the riders' ability to stay in control while maintaining maximum speed. Due to the tightness of some boardercross courses, it is not uncommon for racers to collide with each other mid-race. The first ever Boardercross event was held in the spring of 1991 at Blackcomb Mt. in the Whistler-Blackcomb resort of British Columbia. Steve Rechtschaffner and Greg Stump staged the event, to film as the final episode of their "Greg Stump's World of Extremes" TV show they were producing for FOX TV. The idea, format and rules for the event came from Rechtschaffner, along with the designing and building of the course. Stump's business manager John Graham coined the term "Boardercross", which everyone adopted. Rechtschaffner then went on to help build courses for people across North America for the next few years, helping to spread the reach and popularity of the event. Later, Erik Kalacis staged the first professional Boardercross series, called The Kokanee Cross, in Canada. Some years after, Rechtschaffner took inspiration from Boardercross to create the multi-million selling hit series of SSX video games for Electronic Arts. Boardercross was part of the Winter X Games from 1997-2012. At the X Games, the sport was originally referred to as Boarder X. Following negative public reaction to the event's cancellation for 2013, it returned in 2014.
curling 2014.2.19Curling is a sport in which players slide stones on a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four concentric rings. It is related to bowls, boules and shuffleboard. Two teams, each of four players, take turns sliding heavy, polished granite stones, also called rocks, across the ice curling sheet towards the house, a circular target marked on the ice. Each team has eight stones. The purpose is to accumulate the highest score for a game; points are scored for the stones resting closest to the centre of the house at the conclusion of each end, which is completed when both teams have thrown all of their stones. A game may consist of ten or eight ends. The curler can induce a curved path by causing the stone to slowly turn as it slides, and the path of the rock may be further influenced by two sweepers with brooms who accompany it as it slides down the sheet, using the brooms to alter the state of the ice in front of the stone. A great deal of strategy and teamwork go into choosing the ideal path and placement of a stone for each situation, and the skills of the curlers determine how close to the desired result the stone will achieve. This gives curling its nickname of "chess on ice".
The twelve signs of the zodiac 2014.2.13The twelve signs of the zodiac seemed to be used to count a month in China in old times. Domestic animals kept well in china and animal used well in life is used for the name in a month.Now this is used as the name in a year. About 1600bc , China found that Jupiter around Earth in 12 years, and the each year of 12 years was named zodiac name. Each year has a symbolic animal. The order is : rat, bull, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse,sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, boar. This is the year of the horse (in Chinese astorology) .My Chinese zodiac sign is the rabbit.
Yurukyara or cartoon charactersYurucyara is generally a character , which acts as a mascot for a city or prefecture, and takes on a form of a famous produce or feature for that region. Almost every prefecture in japan has its own unique character. Those characters also have been created for companies, stores and even schools. If you visit japan ,you would be surprised at how many cartoon characters you see everywhere. this picture is from internet
I passed the licensed Interpreter guide 2014.2.9
how to use the tire chain 2014.2.2http://www.fecchain.co.jp/tcyukirakuq2.html ①put a cable through the backside of the tire. ②raise the both ends of the cable just before a tire and wear a hook. ③lock on the hook of the side chain and drop a cable in the backside of the tire. ④tighten a stopper and wear a rubber hook and completed!
Every trail( my record)http://www.everytrail.com/profile.php?user_id=492820
Every Trail（iphone application) 2014.1.12I used this application while I was walking near my neighborhood. This soft can trace my walking root and also plot photos that I took along the way directly on the map .
WALKING DURING NEW YEAR'S HOLIDAYYAMATE walking course 2014.1.4
2014.1.1 NEW YEAR'S DAYKadomatu ↑ In the bottom of front, there is a lottery number. typical writing message: a Happy New Year.Thank you very much for your kindness last year. I ask for your continued good will in the new year. Hatsumode Hatsumode is a one's first visit of the year to a shrine or temple. A large shrine like Meiji Jingu in Tokyo will have over 3 million visitors in the first few days of the year. Tenmangu shrine near my house 2014.1.2 Kouzennji temple near my house 2014.1.2 Osechi & Zouni Osechi is a Japanese traditional new year’s dishes to be eaten during the first three days of January. There are various dishes prepared in layered, lacquered, colored boxes. Each of the dishes has auspicious meaning. Some of the dishes are kazunoko or roe herring, which means fertility, kuromame or black beans, which means health, lobster which means longevity, and kamaboko or steamed fish cake which is colored red and white - celebration color. Zouni is a Japanese traditional new year’s soup. there are various type of soup depend on the region. this is a Kanto type soup seasoned with kelp stock and soy sauce. The ingredients are Brasica compestris (komatuna) , carrot, chicken meat, steamed fish cake(naruto) , and rice cake. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of my family's dishes. These pictures are from the internet.