summer vacation

It's 18℃ in Hakodate now. I used an electric fan for several days this summer. It was much cooler than last summer.
We didn't travel far away during summer vacation. Instead of that, I had general check-ups. I was about to vomit barium when I took it. I really hate it. I had refrain from sweets before the check-ups, so, I enjoy eating anything I want now.

My son is not good at math. He said that he didn't understand some problems although he saw the answers. I thought it was serious. He goes to cram school and learns five subjects including math. I told him to ask his cram school's teacher about the problems. He turned it down because there is no time to ask his teacher. He said that he doesn't want to bother his teacher in short break. It is meaningless for him to learn math there. I want a math tutor for my son. However, he can't quit only math at the cram school. All students in his grade must learn five subjects there. I'll consult with the manager of cram school about when my son should ask. However, if the manager says my son can ask during the class, he woudn't ask. He is shy.

Anyway, when my husband visited us, we studied math together. We managed to solve the problems. I studied math after a long time. I had forgotten some mathematical symbols. I think I have to study math more in case.

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This sweets, Anpotato, is made as what sweet beans paste is covered with sweet potato paste.
Well, you may know what I mean.




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Donan Isaribi Railway

I sometimes go to Goryokaku Park to take for a walk. There is a library next to it, so, I read some books there, too.
Last week, some flowers in the park were beautiful.
A foreigner was taking pictures in my way, so, I was waiting for a while. I had thought he might say thank you to me. I was preparing to say "You're welcome!" Communicating with foreigners only even one word in English is happy for me.
However, he said "Arigato!" in Japanese. I couldn't answer "Doitasimasite !" in Japanese right away because I was about to say "You're welcome!". Only what I could do was just nodding with a smile.

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↓This picture was taken near my apartment recently.

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Today, I went to the Kikonai Station with my husband by car. It takes about one hour from my place.

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↓These signs for on trains aren't used any more because of route abolition.

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↓It says that the Kikonai Station is placed on the southest station in Hokkaido.

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実践ビジネス英語08/2018問題文

The Writers’ Workshop 8月号問題文 「アニメ」の解説

I saw a movie, 'In this Corner of the World', at the theater, Theatre Shinjuku, in 2016. After the movie was finished, every audience around me was motionless.
"How did I understand this movie?"
They looked confused like this.
If I was asked "Was it interesting?", I would say "Yes, but not just it."
Then, if I was asked "Did it make you cry?", I would say "I couldn't cry." although I would tell the reason later.
This movie is set in around Hiroshima from December Showa 8th (1933) to Showa 21th (1946). A girl, 'Suzu', is a main character who likes drawing, sometimes day dreaming. In Showa 19th (1944), eighteen year-old Suzu married into Hojo family in Kure from Hiroshima, her birthplace. During the World WarⅡ, ordinary people like Suzu made efforts and managed to live positively although daily commodities were running out.
However, the war situation never got better. Kure having a naval port started getting aerial attacks. Suzu as well as people around her got injured seriously. After all, on August 6th, Showa 20th (1945), the atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima.




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Ikebana 7/25/2018

I found these pretty flowers nearby. I think it is a kind of vine weed, but I don't know its name.

(I checked it on the Internet later on, and I learned it was Rough Potato or Metaplexis Japonica, ガガイモ).

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Now hydrangeas are blooming here in Hokkaido. They are very beautiful.
My Ikebana teacher had picked some flowers including hydrangeas from her garden for me. I arranged two works in a free style using them. I was very happy because I had wanted to arrange hydrangeas.

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↑I had composed this arrangement of two kinds of Hydrangea (アジサイ).

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↑I had also composed this arrangement of Hydrangea (アジサイ) and Threadleaf Coreopsis (イトバハルシャギク、糸葉春車菊) .



By the way, I attended an open school the other day. Parents could watch their children's class in the afternoon.
The same graders as my son got together at the gym and they listened to a lecture about a sex education. We also listened to it behind students. I refrain from mentioning the content here, but I was surprised at it.

When I was a student a long time ago, boys and girls were separated to get the sex education. I remember that all curtains were closed in a room and we watched a video and listened a lecture like secretly, but actually it was not so embarrassing. I didn't know what boys learned then though.

The times have changed.
I wanted to talk about the lecture like a joke with my son that night, but I couldn't. Maybe he didn't want to talk about it with anyone either.




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Rolled Omelette 卵焼き

When I was in junior high school, one of my friends ate the rolled omelette from my boxed lunch made by my mother, and she said "it's delicious!". I was surprised to hear this, because I had thought that any home made rolled omelette was almost the same taste except that the only difference was salty or sweet. Mine made by my mother always tasted sweet. I remember she used some Japanese sake and some butter as well as some sugar at least.

I don't eat egg so often because my cholesterol level is high, but I think that my son should eat it almost every day. Actually, I prefer cooking sunny-side up to rolled omelette because it's the easiest to cook. However, he likes sweet rolled omelette the best. He always request it. I have a rectangular pan for rolled omelette, but it's too big to cook using only one egg. Besides, the pan got old and it became to stick with the egg. So, I had wanted to buy a new one. I don't like teflon coating pans or so because they don't last long. I wanted to buy a pan like which is used in restaurants, that means the more it is used, the more it doesn't stick with egg. Also, I will have to make my son's boxed lunch every day when he enters a high school. I want to put some rolled omelette in his lunch box.

When I went shopping for something, I found a nice rectangular pan made of copper by chance. It was the best size for using one egg, which was only 10.5cm long. I decided to buy one soon. When I got home and checked it carefully. I found a scratch on the pan. Since it was expensive, I went to the store again to exchange it.

I'm very happy to get a nice pan. I have tried to cook one egg a few times. Of course, it's also good for two eggs or so. I'm really satisfied with it. I hope it lasts forever.

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Sakae

Author:Sakae
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I'm married and we have a son. I live in Hokkaido, Japan.
I like handmade things and Ikebana(arranging flowers).
I hope that you enjoy my articles and photos.

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