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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Ikebana 8/23/2017

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I had composed this arrangement of Rose (バラ), Dendrobium Phalaenopsis (デンファレ), and Great Burnet (吾亦紅、ワレモコウ).

It's hot again these days. Today, I turned on an electric fan after a while.

I had a general checkup last month and I received the result recently.
As you may know, I hate taking barium for an upper GI X‐ray. Since I was very nervous about it, my pulse rate had been high just before it. So, a nurse didn't give me a shot which I was supposed to get for taking barium. After all, I managed to take it.

My body has been getting worse year by year. I don't want to have the general checkup anymore.
My cholesterol rate was still bad as usual. I had a high blood pressure. Moreover, I will have to go to another doctor to have checked my upper part of my body in detail.
Alas, this is aging.



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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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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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