I want to raise my body temperature.

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↑Raising your body temperature makes you healthy.


When this book was published about a decade ago, I bought one. My body temperature was often around 37℃ when I was younger. I've believed it since then, so, I thought that I didn’t have to keep the book and I gave it away after I read it. I’ve given short shrift to my temperature.

Under the COVID-19 pandemic, I have often taken my temperature. I realized that my temperature has been really low, sometimes 35.5. I was shocked by it. I had learned from the book that the low body temperature could trigger various diseases, such as cancer. So, I have been worried about my body, and I bought this book again at a used bookstore recently.

I read the book and also looked up things relating to it on the Internet to raise my temperature.
According to them, drinking hot (once boiled) water, taking a bath, walking, developing lower muscles are recommended.

I hate walking in the snow, and I take a bath before going to bed everyday even in summer. So, I tried to drink hot water, and do fifty squats. They were effective, but my body temperature got down soon just after doing them. It seems that keeping on doing them every day is important. Especially, I have to develop my lower muscles.




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I've taken online English lessons for 40,425 minutes so far. I usually take it for 25 minutes per day. Therefore, I've taken them for more than four years. I've just talked with a Bangladeshi tutor now.
I've traveled some countries before, but I've never lived to study abroad, which is my regret in my life. Someone might say that it's never too late to study abroad. However, it is too late for me. I should've gone to study abroad in my teens for at least three years.

40,425 minutes is about only 28 days. I know learning a language for only 28 days is too short. I regard online lessons as studying abroad. Of course, it's not the same value at all, also, if I lived there, I didn't study for 24 hours a day. However, it is reasonable to regard for me now. If I take online lessons for 525,600 minutes (=1 year), can I speak English fluently? If I'm alive then though.

Anyway, I've enjoyed talking with tutors in the world. I usually learn about daily news on the online lessons. Repeating English after a tutor is waste of time, so, I prepare for the materials beforehand for ten minutes or so. One day, a Zimbabwean tutor showed me his premises. It was very interesting. Thus, I sometimes enjoy free conversations.



The Writers' Workshop 1月号問題文「アメリカの黒人問題」について

Unflattering attitude of Angela Davis in her mid-twenties, holding up her fist with her Afro hairstyle, speaking with a handheld microphone in her hand in front of an audience, and sending a defiant look while enjoying her cigarette, was perfectly cool. Her presence in every culture scene from the cover of Time magazine, movies, comic books, TV dramas, exhibition, to songs by Yoko Ono & John Lennon and the Rolling Stones, is equivalent to Che Guevarra.
Her voice is impressive. She has a muffled voice and her speech sounds like flowing of lullaby or poetry. Her words and the way of asking are sharp like a knife. There must be quite a few people who were fascinated by her speeches at various social movements on site, such as the anti-war, the abolition of capital punishment, release of political prisoners, Occupy, Palestine Liberation, Women’s March, and BLM.
And now, the cyberspace is filled with Angela, which can be said that her boom comes back.




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Happy New Year 2021 !

Happy New Year!

My family stayed with my mother-in-law for two nights. And we visited a shrine on January 3.

My husband and son usually don't help us cook New Year's dishes, but they do us make only Kusa mochi, or mugwort-flavor rice cakes, every year.
After my mother-in-law made sweet bean paste and mugwort-flavor mochi, she tore off and flattened the mochi on her hand. My son then dropped a table spoon of sweet bean paste on the flattened mochi. I wrapped and closed it. My husband finally wrapped it with plastic wrap.
It was delicious. I kept some in freezer when I came home.

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When my mother-in-law turned eighty, she bought a smart phone for the first time.
She has enjoyed playing games as well as emails since then. Now I informed some daily blogs written by bloggers in their seventy's. She was very pleased to read them every day.



By the way, I got a wonderful Furoshiki, or wrapping cloth recently.
It is a water-repellent fabric, so, I can carry even some water with it. I want to utilize it as an eco-bag as well.

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New Year's Ikebana 12/2020

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I had composed this arrangement of Pine (松), Camellia (ツバキ), and Sarcandra Glabra (千両).


I went to help my mother-in-law to cook dishes for New Year's day, Osechi in Japanese.
It takes about thirty minutes on foot from my place. When I was walking in the snow, there was a water supply covered with straw sheet in a park.

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I like homemade Kobumaki, or kelp rolls, made by my mother-in-law.

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↑From the left, Kanpyo or gourd shavings, kelp, and herring.

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She put kelp rolls in kelp water, and put the pot on a heater. She will season them little by little, and put the pot on and off the heater for a few days.

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Shredded Daikon radish and carrot.

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Freshly made mochi was stretched. When it becomes hard, it will be cut on the red line.

My mother-in-law will make more dishes until the New Year's day. She is a good cook.




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My mother-in-law turned eighty recently, so, my family visited her to celebrate.
I made (clockwise) rice with red beans (5Go, or 750g of rice), a caramel apple cheese cake (She loves it and had asked me to make it again before.), whole wheat bread (I usually give it to her for her daily breakfast every weekend.), salad, and fried chicken.

Before eating them, we took a photo. However, when she saw it, she said it couldn't be her. She thought it looked much older than that she had imagined. So, we took many photos, changing her face angles or sitting positions among us. However, her face on the photos was not changed after all. She gave it up and seemed to admit the reality. I felt sorry for her.



The Writers' Workshop 12月号問題文「アメリカの黒人問題」について

Freedom Summer Movement in summer 1964 mobilized many white students of northern prestigious college to support blacks in Mississippi for the voter registration. It aimed at citizens to pay attention to the situation in Mississippi. Local white rioters and the police with feeling of fierce hostility attacked “the northern antagonists who were trying to conquer Mississippi” with challenging racial practices. A movie, “Mississippi Burning” (1988) starring Gene Hackman, was featured that a black church was burned by a thrown bomb, and three activists, one black and two whites, who started investigating were arrested, and then they went missing just after released. According to the result of the investigation by FBI, three bodies were found deep in the bank on the 45th day, and the criminals were identified. Nevertheless, the state authority didn’t file them for murder. However, after the Civil Rights Act passed, these seven criminals were convicted from three to ten years in jail.
The days which no matter how southern whites used violence they were not punished were coming to an end. Even so, southern white rioters didn’t give up imposing physical and economic punishment to the black who was trying to get involved in politics.




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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).
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