Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
My son and my daughter had each commencement at their universities. It was so lucky their commencement days didn't fall on the same day but for second straight days. I was quite busy driving one day to my son's school and taking a train on the next day for my daughter's commencement.
These two ceremonies were just great. Seeing many happy graduating students at one place together was really something. Especially girls were nice for everyone at the site to look at. Most of the graduating girls wore the Japanese traditional Kimono not to mention my daughter.
Monday, March 23, 2009
(47pictures in all : point the pictures, click an icon on the left below and you will see short explanations)
For Japanese, getting fresh fish are so important. Housewives often exchange information about where they can get fresh food. Yanagibashi Fish Market is the only one commercial wholesale market in Nagoya and the surrounding areas that local people and tourists can also shop around besides professional chefs from restaurants and hotels in this area. It is surprising to know that it is located right in the center of the city, near the Nagoya station in between tall buildings.
For these years, it becomes a popular spot for tourists from abroad. Since I belong to one of the volunteer interpreter groups in Nagoya, my group has decided to join the guided tour for visitors. Since they don't conduct a tour in any other language but the Japanese, we believed that taking part in this tour would help us a lot in terms of knowledge and information about a market when we guide visitors from abroad some other time.
Well, we joined the tour out of our pure desire to study for the purpose. But the thing is the market guided tour was much more exciting than we expected that we put our purpose aside and really enjoyed ourselves looking around, shopping and even tasting foods.
Boy, we had a good time!
Friday, March 20, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Sunday, March 08, 2009
Thursday, March 05, 2009
It's a very easy design for a beginner to make. Of course, there are more complicated patterns for advanced learners. But right now I'm quite satisfied with these. To tell you the truth I'm going to make two more and make four in all. I haven't told these anybody but a friend who showed me how to make these baskets. I'll tell you that I'm going to give these to four of my friends as a little gift to show my gratitude. As far as here I talk of this surprise in English, they won't have any chances to know of it. It's just exciting to imagine how they will look when I bring the baskets to them. Here is the previous post about this eco craft, as well.