unexpected kimono obi

A friend of mine introduced me a buckwheat-noodle restaurant the other day.
We went there by car. It took about half an hour. The restaurant was in the deserted area. It is open only from 11:30 to 14:00 on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Moreover, it is limited to about 15 dishes per day. So, we had booked beforehand.

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There were buckwheat fields. I was not sure which they were, but there were other fields for vegetables.

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The entrance of the restaurant was back of the private house, and its door was small. The restaurant had three tables. It was clean and cozy. The table in the very back was low, and there was a hole under it, which is called Horigotatsu in Japanese. It has no chair, but it is easy to sit. We sat there.
It is no unusual to have Horigotatsu in restaurants, but I was very surprised to see kimono obi was put in the hole. I saw it for the first time. The restaurant was very Japanese, and the hostess wore kimono.

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After having noodles, I had sweet buckwheat jelly for the first time. I should have taken the photos of them.
Needless to say, they were delicious.





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Ikebana 6/13/2018

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I had composed this arrangement of Peony (シャクヤク), Iris (アヤメ), and Honeysuckle (忍冬、ニンドウ).

All of these flowers were picked from my teacher's garden as well as before. I arranged them in a free style.

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Honeysuckle (忍冬、ニンドウ)


My husband visited us after a month or so.
I was shocked to hear from him that I have a double chin. I check my weight before taking a bath every night, and mine has been the same recently. Why did only my chin become fat? I didn't understand. I searched how to shape up the chin by the Internet. I soon exercised as per the instructions on youtube.
However, I ended up with just once. It was bothersome.




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Ikebana 5/30/2018

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I had composed this arrangement of Helleborus (or Christmas Rose, クリスマスローズ), Fringed Iris (シャガ), Gymnaster (ミヤコワスレ), Columbine (オダマキ), Azalea (ツツジ), and Myosotis (ワスレナグサ).

All of these flowers were picked up from my teacher's garden. She let me arrange with free style. There were more kinds of flowers and vases.

I had thought that Christmas roses were blooming in Christmas season, but according to my teacher, they started blooming just after snow melted. I was surprised to hear this.



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I like LUMONDE (ルマンド) very much. This is a kind of cookies produced by BOURBON. I have had it since I was a child. I was attracted by not only taste, but also its name. It looked Western and fancy for me when I was a child, but actually, it was inexpensive.

The other day, I found a bar of icecream including LUMONDE at a convenience store. So, I bought one on impulse.
To tell the truth, it was better for me to eat individually, a cookie / an icecream.




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book / snow

If you were an English learner and when you read a book in English, it is said that don't look up words you don't know, and stop reading the book when it is not interesting for you.

When I read books in English, I hardly use a dictionary. Of course there are many words I don't know in many books, but looking up each word is bothering for me. Consequently, it becomes harder to understand the content well. However, I don't want to give up reading books on the way because I think many books are not interesting in the beginning. Also, I impose myself on reading to the end even though it is not interesting for me. I sometimes feel agony to keep on reading.

Some people recommend a book, 'snow', so, I chose it. However, it was difficult and boring for the first three fourths. Because Muslim names were confusing for me to distinguish men or women. Moreover, I am not interested in politics. Only last one fourth was interesting for me.

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I had read another book, 'Reading Lolita in Tehran' before. It was also difficult for me. It was not so exciting.

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Choosing interesting books is difficult. Best seller books are not always interesting for me. So many men, so many taste.
I don't know how many difficult words there are in a book. I don't like a short story because I want to be in the story longer as long as it is interesting.



I made plum syrup for my son, and plum sour for me in the afternoon as usual. Unfortunately, plums were not so fresh.
( The left is sour, and the right is syrup.)
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recipe: plum syrup and sour





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実践ビジネス英語06/2018問題文

One of my English classmates and I started brushing up our English together using a monthly radio textbook, 実践ビジネス英語.
In the textbook, there is a translation task, "The Writers' Workshop". We had tried one for the May issue the other day. I admired that her translation was more simple and sophisticated than mine.

I decided to post my translation on my blog every month to motivate myself.

I tried another one, 06/2018 issue below.



The Writers’ Workshop 6月号問題文 「仕事と心理」の解説

Assuming that you were a lover of whiskey, and enjoyed sipping it every night. One night, you found there was just half bottle of your favorite brand when you were taking out. Which would you think when it happened?
“There’s only half left.”
“There’s still half left.”
Feeling sad or happy depends on your reaction.
For instance, there was a conversation like this. Picture that two colleagues, H and I were having a discussion about an error which had occurred in the arrangement of materials.

H : It can’t be in time even though we would revise the order from now on. We will have to cope with materials in stock, but what should we do?
I: No, we won’t know unless we try it. Anyway, let’s contact them.

The thoughts between H and I are completely opposite.
It was like this when they were talking about going on a trip to hot springs next consecutive holidays.

H: Unfortunately, it is too late to book any hotels because of consecutive holidays. Why don’t we go to see a movie instead of that, and then go for a drink?
I: We won’t know unless we try it. Maybe, we will find a hotel available.




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Sakae

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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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