I'm enjoying autumn 2017.

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I was going to fly to see my parents this weekend, but I cancelled because a typhoon is coming.
It was sunny yesterday, but it was cloudy and windy today.

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I like apples, but to peel and cut them sometimes bother me. Yes, I'm lazy. I've been hesitating for a while, but I decided to buy an apple cutter at a 100 yen shop. It's useful.

I made a short, and moss green colored skirt for autumn today. The reason why I made a short skirt is because I want to wear long pants under the skirt. It was easy to make.

I also made pumpkin soup and a chestnut cake. I gained 3 kg recently, so, I had a little.

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My son waits for the last minute.

I joined an Ikebana Sunday Workshop and took a monthly arranging test last Sunday.
These works were arranged by a professor, who came from Tokyo.

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↑I took this photo from directly above.

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↑This is the traditional way of arrangement using only chrysanthemums as I mentioned before.

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↑You have to use them to fix the chrysanthemums.
It is very difficult for me to use them.

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↑A Queen Of The Night (月下美人)

There was a pot of A Queen Of The Night at the venue. They have already finished blooming.


My son always waits for the last minute to do everything.
He is one of the worst three students who is about to be late for school in his class. He doesn't care about what his friends wait for him when he goes out with them. He always stays up nearly dawn to do his school homework on the last day of a vacation. He always does his homework of a cram school at the last minute. So, when he can't finish the homework on time, he often complaints that he doesn't want to go there. He always starts studying only his homework just before bed time. He studies hard only the last day before the tests. So, his marks have been getting worse.

He doesn't listen to me.
I'm fed up with him.




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Ikebana 9/6/2017

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I had arranged Chrysanthemum (菊).
Chrysanthemum is one of the flowers which represent fall.
Our school has a traditional way of arrangement using only chrysanthemums.
This arrangement on the photo wasn't the one, but I had to follow some of the rules.

My teacher taught me that leaves around the flower head should not be removed to make the flower look more beautiful.
I used some bamboo skewers attached stem's ends to fix the chrysanthemums. Using bamboo skewers is one of the techniques to fix flowers in the tall vase.





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remote care

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A graveyard, a school, and the sea.


My father's leg still hurts a little, but it's getting better little by little. Now he can walk normally although he can't walk for a long distance as before.

As you may know, I call my parents everyday.
After I finish talking, I then text my brother with this information.

Yesterday, when I was talking with my mother, I knew that my parents had contracted one thing. According to her, a female clerk who my parents knew visited their house, and she asked them to contract one thing. Especially, my father likes helping people very much, and he doesn't like refusing. It was on August 31. I bet the clerk had a monthly quota. It would be easier for her to make a contract with them. After I listened to my mother what it was in detail, I knew it was not a good deal. I got angry with my parents. I said to my mother that I would call the clerk and cancell the contract.

I then informed it to my brother on the phone. He said that he would call to cancell it. If it would be difficult, he would take a day off from his work and go there. He seemed to be more angry than me. However, I asked him to not scold them because I had already done.
My brother calmed down this morning. He then called to cancell it. The clerk wasn't in the office then, but her boss accepted it.

We were relieved to hear from my mother that the clerk visited theirs again to cancell the contract.

Whenever I call my parents, I decided to ask some questions as below.

1. Is anything wrong?
2. Don't contract anything by themselves.
3. Was anything broken?
4. What is your plan for today?
5. Who will visit? ( or Who visited yesterday?)
6. Did you take a bath last night?

Recently, my parents said that even taking a bath everyday is tiring.

Anyway, I don't know 'remote care' is the right words, but I realized that just calling can help parents even though their children live far away from them.







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Aster Savatieri 都忘れ

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Aster Savatieri ミヤコワスレ

I planted Aster Savatieri which I had used for Ikebana a few months ago, in my small planter because its new leaves have growed in the vase.
Now, they are blooming. They are small, but pretty.
Its Japanese name is Miyakowasure (都忘れ). 'Miyako' means the capital, while 'wasure' means forget.

I wondered why it was named originally, and I checked it on the Internet.
It is said that, in 1221, after the Jokyu Rebellion occurred, the Emperor Jyuntoku was exiled to Sado. When he saw the Miyakowasure there, he thought that it was so beautiful that he could forget the capital where he had used to be.

Japanese is a beautiful language. I'm glad that it is my mother tongue.
I've heard that a half of languages has been losing in the world. Ainu is one of endangered languages in Japan.
That's a great pity.





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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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