Friday, April 24, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
This Saturday our volunteer group for interpreting has an annual workshop.
Since I am one of the staff members, I've been busy organizing the program, making arrangements with the staff members, making email correspondence with the members.
It is indeed time consuming to get all the things done before Saturday.
The thing is I'm too busy setting this workshop to make time studying for my own.
The theme for the workshop is on The 10th Conference of the Parties, which will be held in Nagoya on October22, 2010. There 'll be about 7,000 participants throughout Japan and from abroad. So we are sure that there should be volunteer opportunities for us.
Of course we are amateur interpreters, so we won't be in charge of official interpreting. Yet we're supposed to get prepared for its main theme " the biological diversity".
There are lots of words and phrases for biological topics which are quite unfamiliar to us.
We set a quasi-situation which likely happens between two persons along with an interpreter and we actually make an exercise to interpret. We also make a practice on interpreting one's lecture.
Sounds tough, but it will l surely be very useful and worth taking part in.
Well all I have to do now is to finish this post and get started with a little bit of study.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
We have two Chinese citron trees and every year they grow fruits.
I wrote the post on this topic last year and the year before the last as well.
It's been repeated and here is my post on Chinese citrons fruits for the year of 2009!
As I usually do (see my previous post), I picked up as many as 150 fruits!
I gave about a half of them to our neighbors.
And for the rest, I enjoy making marmalade, juice and jelly.
Making them to marmalade takes many steps peeling, slicing and cooking.
So I've decided to start from jelly this year.
Maybe I prefer jelly to marmalade since it has less sugar in it,
Friday, April 17, 2009
It won't take long until her doctor finishes seeing her since she rarely has any problems except just minor troubles.
So after the doctor, she makes it a rule to drop by to the department store right in the station building to enjoy window shopping or sometimes enjoy picking up some of her favorite sweets.
When she feels her feet are all right, she loves to go down to the outdoor garden in the station building which is taken so much good care of by the gardeners. She walks with her stick very slowly but can't walk too long. Yet she prefer to walk rather than to sit in a wheelchair.
Today there we found the new appearance of the arrangements of lovely spring flowers. Too bad I left my digital camera in the car. I took some with my mobile phone camera which were not so good results but still good enough for her to enjoy afterwards at home to look at. There were little dolls sitting in the flowers here and there. They were so cute. We'd love to have some in our garden.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
My swap partner is Kimberly and we emailed each other several times and got to know a little bit of us. She wrote me a very generous and kind mail and made me feel so happy and relaxed about sending out a package to her.
I picked up some little things Japanese and sent out on April 1 as Dionne instructed so that every participant can get the swapping gift around the same time.
My package was delivered to Kimberly. It took about a week to get to her. She wrote about it in her blog at once.
So finally across the ocean, the big package from Kimberly arrived this morning.
The bell rang and I knew it must be one. I ran to the door and saw the postman standing with such a big box in his arms. Wow!
I opened it and look at this! So being springly wrapped. Now what's inside???
I couldn't believe my eyes. There are so many goodies in the box.
different kinds of Chocolates, candles, a little poem book, handmade greeting card and bookmark from Kimberly, a wooden bird and eggs, a wrap of glass pieces, a post card of her town and especially her art in frame is really great. It's my joy that I got her art.
How could ever she been so nice to some one abroad. Thank you so much. I've been so exciting the whole day today.
Thank you Kimberly for taking so much time and so much postage to send many goodies for me. Yes, we are qualifed to be awarded the "international posting award" or something.
We stay in touch. And my thanks go to Dionne, as well. You've made every participants and readers linked together.
Monday, April 13, 2009
How could you think of sending me such a big box by air mail!
Thank you so much, Kimberly!
I am happy it arrived before I leave for a job.
I'll write more in detail tonight.
Here are lots and lots of my thanks.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
I went out with my friends of china painting to the Chubu International Airport. It's a unique airport because it's not only the place for passengers leaving or arriving on planes but the fun place for visitors like a group of families, friends or study tours to spend a whole day eating, shopping, visiting small galleries in the building, and what's more enjoying the spa with the airport view.
Since there is one fancy restaurant at the head of the observation deck, we've decided to have a farewell luncheon for a friend who is going to move to another city located in northern part of Japan. We enjoyed a lunch and strolled around the shopping area and most of all, we enjoyed the endless talks. It was such a good day.
Friday, April 10, 2009
Saturday, April 04, 2009
For these days we had unexpectedly cold days about a week. The chilly morning air has delayed the cherry blossoms buds for blooming. It is about a week delay, according to the weather forecast. We've often started our conversations about the arrival of the cherry blossoms with families, friends, neighbors and even store clerks. And finally yesterday the weather turned to be perfect for viewing cherry blossoms. I drove to the Nagoya castle park where more than a thousand cherry trees have been planted. Some of them are really old like 100 years-old. I went out with my daughter and my husband's mother. We are very happy that we can enjoy the cherry blossoms right in the center of the city. It won't take more than 15minutes by car.
We used a rental wheelchair for my husband's mother who feels much safer on it for a long walk. We strolled around the park about an hour. The cherry blossoms were just in full bloom and it was really a breathtaking view.
Our national flower is said to be chrysanthemums but in fact for many Japanese, cherry blossoms have been so much special and so much loved since the ancient era. People see their own lives in delicate features of the cherry blossoms. We are so much touched by the fragile blossoms and short range of full bloom. They surely give us a courage to live up our own lives with all hopes.
Thursday, April 02, 2009
The name of this pattisserie is Sadaharu Aoki.