Boys, be ambitious !

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My family visited Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill (羊ヶ丘展望台) in Sapporo.
There is the famous statue of Clark who was the president of the Sapporo Agricultural College (now Hokkaido University) in 1876.
Almost all people made the same pose as the statue to be taken for a picture by turns. We didn't take a picture of us though.

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There were some sheep. They were always busy eating grass. You can see the huge Sapporo Dome.

On that day, some free Crab Teppo Soup were served there, but we missed them. It was too late unfortunately. Instead of that, we had delicious lunch.

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It was only 1,000 yen! There were some crab meat, salmon roe, sea urchin, and so on, on the sushi rice. It was so nice.

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online English lesson 8/11/2017

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The other day, I bought some fresh coriander (パクチー) , and made some green salad including them. My son hates the fresh coriander, so I made the leftover into some soup. Even though, he didn't like it.
The fresh coriander had their little roots, so, I planted them in my small planter.


As you may know, I have taken an online lesson every day for a few years. Today, I've just achieved 20,000 minutes! Congratulations (clap)! I've learned it for 800 days (25min./per day).
However, if I went abroad to learn English for 20,000 minutes, it equals only nearly two weeks. I didn't count the sleeping time there, instead of that, I took my age into account.
My dream was to go abroad to study English. I was disappointed to know that it was only two weeks if I spent there. I'll go for it.

I've been enjoying talking with many teachers who are from various countries such as Philippine, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Albania, and so on.
Recently I have often chosen African teachers. However, many of them don't live in their home country. I often hear that some of them live in Ukraine. I asked one of them why she chose Ukraine to live. She said that it's affordable.
I want to get used to various English.

I've taken TOEIC tests yearly, but I gave up taking it this year because I haven't had enough time to study recently.






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Kanimeshi

(I had posted this article on August 5th originally.)

A few days later when I had posted last article on my blog, the friend who had traveled Kamakura with me called me after a long time. She hadn't known about my blog, so, I was surprised at the coincidence. I was very happy to talk with her. She talked fast as used to be. We have exchanged New Year's cards yearly, but we haven't talked for ages. She said that she told her daughter about me and she wanted to talk with me.


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I got Kanimeshi, which was a boxed rice covered with crab meat. In addition, there were some sliced shiitake mushroom, green peas, and so on, on the rice. Speaking of Kanimeshi, Kanaya store is famous for it. I have eaten ones before, and they were delicious. However, Yokote Store's one was also delicious. Both stores are in Osyamanbe Cho (長万部町), Hokkaido. Osyamanbe Cho is famous for Kanimeshi. It takes about two hours or more from Hakodate by car.



My father's leg still hurts him. My brother bought a cheap cane for him, but my father doesn't want to use it. I know what he feels. My mother said that he uses it only in the house, but he doesn't walk outside. The doctor said that its bone was Okay, so, I hope he will resume walking before long.
When my brother went back to my parents last time, he complained that they had bought a new TV. They had thought that the previous TV was broken, but my brother knew that only the remote controller had a problem.
These days, I call my mother every morning to ask how father is, what is wrong, and plan for the day. I then text about them to my brother.

We live far away from each other, so, we should contact more often. This is only what I can do for my parents at present.




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Ikebana 7/26/2017

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I had composed this arrangement of Oldham Blueberry (ナツハゼ), Gentian (リンドウ), and Physalis Angulata (センナリホオズキ).

A flower shop clerk said that the Physalis Angulata was rare, so, my teacher and I took some photos of them.

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Hydrangeas are in full bloom here now. I want to see ones in Kamakura again someday. It is called Ajisai Dera (hydrangea temple). I been there with a friend of mine when I was a high school student. We went there by train. It was the first long trip alone without an adult for me. It was a good memory.


I've been full of anxiety these days when I come to think of my old parents and other things. They are fine, but my father's memory has been getting worse. He used to be very positive, but I don't know what he is thinking. More than half of his brothers and sisters, and many friends had passed away. I can't ask him how he feels everyday. Maybe, his feeling is much worse than me. I don't know about it. Is he still positive?
My brother goes back there once a month to take care of them. My father fell down on the road the other day and he got injured his leg. So, my brother will take him to a hot spring this weekend. He is also busy with his job. We are worried about my parents in the future.

A few hours ago, my son came to my room. After he looked my book shelf, he asked me what do I want him to put in my coffin, English books? I was surprised to hear this. I've never thought about mine, my coffin. I said to him, "I'll think what would be the best for me, and I'll tell you later". However, actually I have no idea, and I don't want to think of it yet.





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Fireworks

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A professor arranged these works at the last Ikebana Sunday Workshop.


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I went to see some fireworks last night.
I saw them from a little far away. I was standing at the seashore to see them. I couldn't hear the sound of wireworks. Instead of that, only what I heard was sploosh, the sound of the sea whose water beat the beach. In the air was full of sea aroma. It reminded me of my hometown. I felt nostalgic.

When I see fireworks, I prefer seeing them from a little far away, to seeing them from nearby. When my son was a little child, my parents bought us expensive seats along the river to see fireworks in my hometown. However, what I had to look up to see the fireworks for a while made me painful in my neck. Besides, the fireworks ashes often fell down. Many people put towels on their heads. It was very dangerous.

Anyway, I had a good time last night.





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Sakae

Author:Sakae
Welcome to my blog.
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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