Tuesday, July 31, 2012

31st Jul. Departure

7月31日 出発だぞ

I seem to catch a cold so unfortunately I couldn’t attend a meeting, I prepared my luggage for my trip instead.

12 YAMANEKOs is going to the US together with me.

40!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Unbelievable!!! Here is Matsumoto-city.

Around 9:30 PM I arrived at Haneda airport and found that my flight to LA would be delayed for up to two hours. Come on!

Yet, the Japanese air company’s service is pretty good. They apologized to me politely and gave me this meal voucher to me. I ate pork cutlet for free. This behavior is the difference between developing country and developed country.  

Monday, July 30, 2012

30th Jul. YAMANEKO Repetition

YAMANEKO Repetition
7月30日 繰り返し山ネコだぞ

When you turn this wooden bar 90 degrees to the right or left, you can find another YAMANEKO face. Hahaha!
[Movie] YAMANEKO Repetition動画:(31 sec)

I did a final checking for the teachers, who will be in charge of a swimming pool duty after I leave Japan. I made a manuals and a lot of signboards so hopefully following my example, the teachers will be able to accomplish the duty.

I’ve finished the temporary schedule for a sports day. It confused me because I had to care about all of classes in my school (when & which class can use school grounds and gymnasium). I managed to finish it before I leave. The other teacher can carry their work forward.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

29th Jul. America is just around the corner

America is just around the corner
7月29日 もうすぐだぞ

In the morning, I made three YAMANEKO dolls for my trip to America. It amounts to 10 YAMANEKOs.

I bought a book which related to America and Japanese folding fans as a souvenir.

When I throw my leftovers away, sparrows or cats come to eat them. My house is making balance. That’s the same situations as Tongan house. I kill a 20 cm-centipede, mouse eat it, cat eats mouse….

I made okonomiyaki, meat and vegetable pancake twice today. It was delicious as usual.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

28th Jul. Honeycomb

7月28日 蜂の巣だぞ

 In the morning, when I was hanging out the wash, I was bitten by a bee. Because I was surprised, I dropped all of my clothes on the ground. I have to wash them again…
 Of course I got my revenge right away! There was a big honeycomb on my house wall.
[Movie] Honeycomb動画:(78 sec)

After the bee extermination, I made cream pasta, and then…


I went to Matsumoto-city to buy the equipments for my trip to the US. I’m drinking beer with driving, but it’s non-alcohol.

I got a transformer, electric condenser for my mobile, souvenir for American friends and so on.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

26th Jul. World's Beers

World's Beers
7月26日 世界のビール達だぞ

After swimming class and work, I went to Matsumoto city and tasted the world’s beers with young teachers. We drank 20 species of beers from 13 countries. It tasted very good.

How many beers have you tasted? Asahi Super Dry (Japan), Kirin Ichiban-shibori (Japan), Sapporo Ebisu (Japan), Tsingtao (China), Bintang (Indonesia), Budweiser (America), Corona (Mexico), Guinness (Ireland), Bass PALEALE (UK), Heineken (Netherlands), Carlsberg (Denmark), Chimay Red (Belgium), BECK’s (Germany), Moretti (Italy), Alhambra (Spain) and 4 secret beers.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

25th Jul. Summer Vacation

Summer Vacation
7月25日 夏休みだぞ

The summer vacation has started today and we’ve started a swimming class for the summer vacation. I’m in charge of the chief of P.E so I did the first class and for the time being I have to come to the class to help the other teachers.

We have two terms in a day, and nearly 300 students came together today.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

24th Jul. Closing Ceremony

Closing Ceremony
7月24日 終業式だぞ

We finished the first term of a school year.

I have to prepare our swimming pool for a summer vacation. I set up signboards, manuals, tent, drinks for PTA and so on.

Monday, July 23, 2012

23rd Jul. The Last Class

The Last Class
7月23日 最後の授業だぞ

As the last class of science, my students measured the height of a sponge gourd. It was nearly 2 m. Wow!

I’m using two cooking stoves.

Friday, July 20, 2012

20th Jul. Childbirth YAMANEKO (2)

Childbirth YAMANEKO (2)
7月20日 出産山ネコその②だぞ

I gave No. 363 and 364 YAMANEKOs ”Childbirth edition" to Toshiko, who is supposed to take a leave for childbirth. The YAMANEKO, I take, is made by Torojiro in 2008. It’s very big so I can say, I’ve improved my ability.
 Now, the world’s smallest YAMANEKO is the same size as the first joint of the little finger.

She recommended her favorite books to my students and every time we visit library, she read the book to the students. Thank you for your trouble over the last 3 years. Have a good childbirth and make a happy family.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

19th Jul. Consultation

7月19日 話し合いだぞ

When something happened, they can consult with each other. My students have an ability to solve the problems. My class room is well-educated, except for the teacher Torojiro. Haha…

Monday, July 16, 2012

16th Jul. Sunrise


Around 2:30 AM, we started climbing to see the sunrise.


The mountain trail was so crowded in spite of very early morning.

We couldn’t get to the top before the sunrise, because there were great many people. We secured our space to see the sunrise around 9 and a half station.

At last, we saw a beautiful sunrise. Amazing!
[Movie] The Beautiful Sunrise 動画:(41 sec)

Following that, we got to the top.

This is the highest point, 3776m.

This is the highest post office.

After that, we started going down. Thanks to a ski pole, we didn’t ache in my knee.

Mt. Fuji is the highest and is the most beautiful mountain in Japan.


Sunday, July 15, 2012

15th Jul. Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji
7月15日 富士山だぞ

I met Dr. Etsu and Yoshihiro, who is my childhood friend, at Fujisan station around noon and started climbing Mt. Fuji from the fifth station.

Because I’m so busy with doing my work as a teacher, let me write a blog roughly. I can show you all of my photos I took.
 A mountain trail was very crowded.

There are a lot of lava stone there, because Mt. Fuji used to be a volcano.

After 5 hours trekking, we get to the eighth station and stayed in the mountain hut where Dr. Etsu booked.

We slept at once, maybe because we were tired from climbing.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

14th Jul. Rest

7月14日 休みだぞ

In the morning, I made the YAMANEKO. After that, stayed in my house almost all day long, because I had a lot of things to do and I had to prepare for my trekking. I am going to Mt. Fuji tomorrow with Dr. Etsu. We were supposed to go there today, yet because of bad weather, we postponed our schedule in the following day. I’m so excited

Friday, July 13, 2012

13th Jul. The Japanese Cockroach

The Japanese Cockroach
7月13日 日本のゴキブリだぞ

Around 10 o'clock PM, when I left school, I saw a cockroach in front of the class room of 1st graders. How small and pretty Japanese cockroaches are!! I can't help taking photos.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

12th Jul. The Day For School Visitation

The Day For School Visitation
7月12日 参観日だぞ

Our sponge gourds are getting bigger every day.

It was the day for school visitation today. My students expressed what they did at the field trip on Tuesday this week. We didn’t have enough time to prepare but they were doing very well.