2016.08.02

Air Condition

It has been hot all week. During the day, I would always stay in a room with moderate temperature. But at night when I go to bed, I turn off the air conditioner. I love to feel the breeze from the window. As I grow older, my feelings toward the temperature has changed.

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2016.07.26

Pokemon Go

How many people are playing Pokemon Go in the Syukugawa area? Usually, there are a few passers who would pass by the neighborhood of my house. But recently ,because Takatuka park is a Poke Stop, l see various people walking around there more often now. I saw two old ladies who were wondering where they should go with their iPad in hand. Another time I saw a sports car stopped as the driver dashed out immediately to collect poke balls. I might have to tell them to be careful not to get into any accidents.

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2016.07.19

Summer Sweets

I like walking around strange places. Last Monday, I went to the Iwasimizu Hatimann shurine. It was on the top of the hill. I walked about an hour and a half. It was a hot day. I needed to take a rest from the long walk so I stopped by a Japanese traditional style cafe that sold some sweets and tea. The kuzumoti sweets were nice. It had no flavor but I enjoyed the texture of it when it touches the top of my mouse.

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2016.07.13

Backpack

I went to Sannomiya to shop with my family. They had a summer sale. I wanted to buy a new lightweight backpack, as my old one is a bit heavy. My daughter recommended an orange backpack of the same kind that she had. I was afraid that the color was too bright at first, but its usuabilty is very good. So, I think I’m going to be fond of it.

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2016.07.05

Elizabeth

Book-off is one of my favorite shops. You can buy a book for a low price there. I found an interesting while I was there. It’s a history novel called “Elizabeth”. Elizabeth was the Queen of England and Ireland during the 16th century. I don’t know who she was or the accurate affairs in which she was part of, but I was able to easily find information on William Shakespeare, the defeats of the Spanish Armada, and pirates of Caribbean during her age.

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2016.06.28

Swallows Take Insects

Do you know how many insects a bird eats per year? It’s surprisingly over 180,000 insects. I always see swallows flying above my head. I guess they are catching insects. They fly back to their nest with insects every minute. Interestingly, they stop feeding their babies when they can’t find enough insects.

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2016.06.21

Rokko Island

I haven’t been to Rokko Island for 10years. I forgot the directions and how to get there by car. But I managed to find it. My daughter has been recently interested in American comics. So our family searched for comic books in the Foreign Buyers’ Club, a store on Rokko Island. After shopping, we had supper at a cafe. It had nice terrace seats as a lot of foreign people enjoyed their Saturday evening there.

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2016.06.06

Missing Child

I was very relived to hear the news that the missing child was found. This news was the object of all Japanese people’s attention. Even in the U.S. and in other countries, people’s eyes were focused on it. I saw the Yahoo U.S. news. It showed this affair with the title that read, “Parents abondoned their child in the forest.” I feel that this title is a misreading one. I wonder if I was the parent of the child, if I would have done the right thing. Disciplining is always difficult for me.

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2016.06.01

Illustrated Books

What are the names of the birds singing in the sky? What’s the name of the type of grass growing on the ground? Illustrated books will tell you the correct answer. I love them. I enjoy the beatiful illustrations that show me all kinds of fascinating creatures. I prefer  botanical pictures than photos. My favorite is the one of plankton.

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2016.05.23

A La Brooklyn

I found that Brooklyn is a hot spot in New York. When we watch movies that are set in Brooklyn, we can see that there are a lot of good restaurants and shops there. It seems like Brooklyn has become a popular place in Japan too. Many magazines have articles about it. I’ve been to the cafe named Brooklyn Parlor. In Asiya, ther is even a dental office that is in a la Brooklyn.

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