ボルシチ

山に戻る前義母からビーツとともにレシピを教えてもらったので作ってみた。なんの野菜を入れても大丈夫それなりにできるから大丈夫よ!と義母が教えてくれたので白菜、玉ねぎ、大根、セロリ、レンコンも投入。

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サワークリームがなかったらヨーグルトでもいいと言うので自家製ヨーグルトも投入。レシピ増えた! が、母には「色が怖い。もう出さないで。」と嫌がられた。^^

 

おまけ。

最近写真がないのでついでに自家製ローストビーフ丼。グリルで焼いた後ヨーグルトメーカーにてしばし寝かせておくとしっとりいい感じに。このローストビーフは家人も母もお気に入り。

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海外に住む友人か送ってくれたアドベントカレンダーもだいぶ穴開きに。年末カウントダウン。

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もどかしい

先日帰省していた友人が「まさごの携帯の電話番号をうちの母親に教えちゃってもいい?」というのでいいよーと伝えたがとはいえそんなに電話がかかってくることはないかと思っていたが、すぐに届け物があるからと我が家に歩いて来てくれる途中で道に(もう我が家が見えている地点にて)迷っていると電話がきたので慌ててお迎えに行った。こうしたことが頻繁にあるのではないかとは推測し、お一人暮らしなので、なんかあったら遠慮せず電話して下さいね!と伝えてあるが、日々気にかけて注力できるかといえばきっと無理なのでもどかしい。義母もそうだが1人でまだ暮らせるほどに元気でしっかりしている2人だけどどちらもちょっとしたことが心細い感じだ。Around80歳。義母は10月に下山していたのだが今回は義兄のもう一軒の家で一人暮らししていた。月に1度くらいのペースで母がディサービスにいる時間に会いに行ってたのだが(家人は行かないと言うので1人で)、昨夜「実は山に戻ってる。また年末に降りてくるから」と連絡があった。やっぱり知らない場所でずっと家に1人は寂しかったのかもしれないな。。と申し訳なく思う。

仲良しのご近所のOさんは昨日来て「インターネット調べてもらいたいことがある」と言うので何だろうと思ったら、ある病気についてであった。。。「家庭の医学」と同じで本人が見ると非常に不安になるだろうから「後で見ておくね」と伝えて、後で調べたら本人ではないが私も非常に不安になってきた。。。病気のことは調べてもいつもどうにもならない。母のことも、義母のことも、Oさんのことも、何も「即解決!」なことが見つからずもどかしい。。。

不整脈

母のペースメーカーの測定後のドクターとの会話で、半年前は時々出ていた心房細動が今日の測定ではかなり頻繁というか常時出るようになってますと伝えられた。これだけ多いとペースメーカーの2本入れた管のうち1本は「もう無意味だから止めました。」そう。そうなのか!「動いていたものを止めた」と聞くとちょっと怖い。年齢的なものもあり特にこれから有効な治療というものもない。脳外科で処方されている血液サラサラの薬と、心不全からくる浮腫み解消のための利尿剤をきちんと飲んで(そのため夜間トイレ回数がかなり多くなるのだ)下さいということだった。母は同じ話を聞いているのだがどこか人ごとのようだった。老いの諦めの境地にもう到達しているのだろうか。

コンプリート

母がデイサービスに行ってくれている間に帰省中の友人と会う。この3日間の帰省中個別で会いたい友人に会い、同窓会2つに顔を出し、親孝行、家族孝行をして、最後のミッションが私で「これでコンプリートした!」そうな。。今回は子供の頃とてもお世話になった母君様(美女!)にもお会いできて嬉しかったな。

日曜日は町内の防災訓練(小学校へ避難して、消化器活動して、炊き出し)もあった。頑張った。(と思う)今日はこれから今年最後の母のペースメーカー検診と心臓外科受診。仕事も年末商戦用のプログラムがあったりしてて忙しく、毎日本当にあっという間に過ぎていく。。。大掃除はぼちぼち。あぁ早く「コンプリートした!」い。^^

脳検査

今週母はCT検査をし、家人はMRI検査。母の脳には小さな梗塞が何個か増えていた。。ドクタはこの程度なら問題ないよというけれどやっぱりそれが夏の入院に繋がったのかもしれないなぁと思うが発見が早かったから大事にならずにすんで本当にありがたい。頑張っているタンパク質制限で腎臓のクレアチンの値は少し下がっていた。これから良くなることはないみたいなのでこのまま美味しいものを食べた後は控えめになどメリハリをつけて維持してあげたい。歌人のMRI検査も問題なかった。彼の貧血は一体なんだろう。んーもやもやするな。

和三盆の干菓子

先月ここ10年香川に住んでいる最初に務めた会社の先輩がお子さんを連れて遊びに来るというので同僚や後輩たちと皆でご飯を食べようということになった。当初は夜会食だというので参加を諦めていたのだけど、また私の都合に合わせてもらって会えることになった。(後輩たちよ、いつもありがとう!)先輩に会うのはなんと20年ぶり。全然変わってなくて嬉しかった。お子さんが先輩に似てなくて可愛かった(おい!)その時お土産でもらった和三盆の干菓子が本当に美味しくて綺麗で毎日少しずつお茶のお供に楽しみに食べていたのが無くなりさみしい。

貧血

家人の健康診断で[貧血]で再検査がかかっていて、検査に行ったのだが理由がわからないらしい。貧血なのだけどヘモグロビン量は多すぎるのだそうだ。[サラメニア]かもと言われたので聞きなれない病名だと調べてみるとhttp://www.nanbyou.or.jp/entry/847なのだそう。。。なんだか良く分からないので違う病院で検査してもらうもそこでも「うーん」なのだそうで、再度違う病院へ。そして結局理由はわからずじまいのまま血液検査の結果の紙が増える。私が結果を見ても全然わからないHとかLが付いているのは分かるが。。。最後の病院でまた3ヶ月後に検査しましょうということになった。飲酒も食べ物も特に注意しなくて良いそうだが本当か?!

Nov 17th, 2018

あれこれあってあっという間に一月経ってしまった。また頑張ろう。

1)   Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has dismissed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s remarks on the possible return of 2 of the 4 Russian-held islands at the center of a long-running territorial dispute.

2)   A group from the main governing Liberal Democratic Party has suggested that Japan should start developing its next fighter jet within 2 years. It calls on the government to consider taking the initiative in the expected multilateral development of such an aircraft.

3)   Foreign media have reported Japan’s cybersecurity minister’s admission that he doesn’t use computers.

Yoshitaka Sakurada made the admission during questioning by an opposition lawmaker at a Lower House committee meeting on Wednesday. Sakurada is also the minister in charge of preparing for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

4)   A memorial for Momoko Sakura, a famous Japanese manga artist, has been held in Tokyo.

Sakura’s most popular animated cartoon, Chibi Maruko-chan, has been aired on Japanese TV since 1990. The show also has been broadcast in 60 countries and territories around the world. She died of breast cancer at the age of 53 in August.

5)   A Japanese national research institute will import strains of Ebola and four other deadly viruses to improve detection processes amid a rise in the number of foreign visitors to the country.

The National Institute of Infectious Diseases plans to bring the pathogens to a facility in the western suburbs to Tokyo ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but will not push forward without local support, a health ministry official said.

6)   Women in Tokyo are most in favor of having single-sex carriages on public transport, according to a poll in five of the world’s biggest commuter cities released on Thursday, despite such policies facing growing criticism.

A Thomson Reuters Foundation survey of 1,000 female travelers in Tokyo, London, New York City, Cairo and Mexico City found less than half supported women-only sections on trains and buses to boost safety.

7)   esting by AAA shows that electronic driver assist systems on the road today may not keep vehicles in their lanes or spot stationary objects in time to avoid a crash.

The tests brought a warning from the auto club that drivers shouldn’t think that the systems make their vehicles self-driving, and that they should always be ready to take control.

AAA also said that use of the word “pilot” by automakers in naming their systems can make some owners believe the vehicles can drive themselves.

8)   A US judge has ordered President Donald Trump’s administration to reinstate the White House press pass of a CNN reporter.

A federal district court in Washington handed down the ruling on Friday.

9)   Seven more bodies have been recovered in wildfires in the US state of California, raising the total number of fatalities to 66.

Firefighters continue to battle the blazes a week after they broke out in the northern town of Paradise and in southern Ventura County, near Los Angeles.

10)   Japan Coast Guard officials have confirmed that this year there have been 105 incidents in which wooden boats, presumably from the Korean Peninsula, have washed ashore, or have been found drifting in Japanese waters.

The officials say the number of such cases exceeded last year’s figure of 104 as of Thursday, making 105 the highest since the recordkeeping began in 2013.

11)   Authorities say a pro football fan charged with drunken driving after a crash told police he drank too much because his favorite team isn’t any good.

Wayne police say 57-year-old Christopher Greyshock, of West Milford, was charged after he rear-ended another vehicle about 5:15 p.m. Sunday. The crash came about an hour after his team, the New York Jets, lost 41-10 to the Buffalo Bills.

12)   A British fisherman had to be rescued from a cliff face after fleeing an aggressive colony of more than 50 gray seals and their young pups, the coast guard said Monday.

The fisherman was walking on a beach Friday near Green Stane cliff in southeastern Scotland when he came across the seals, who became agitated and aggressive. He climbed up a cliff face to escape but became trapped before reaching the top and had to call for emergency aid Friday night.

13)   A Goodwill worker collecting clothes and other items at a Texas sorting center was surprised to find an albino python. 

The python was  in a pile of clothes when the worker discovered it Thursday at the center in Fort Worth.

 

Oct 27th, 2018

定着してたと思ってた語彙がスッと出てこなくて我ながらびっくりする。。。それでも週に一度拙い言葉でものを考えてアウトプットするの楽しい。使える語彙が少ないので物言いがダイレクトになるのが逆に気持ちいいのかな?

1)   Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chinese President Xi Jinping have met in Beijing. Both say they’re determined to turn a new page in the relationship between the two countries.

Xi said, “As the international situation changes, China and Japan are becoming increasingly dependent on one another.

2)   Japanese journalist Jumpei Yasuda has now returned to Japan. He had been held hostage by rebel forces in Syria for more than 3 years.

3)   A government survey has found that more than 410,000 cases of bullying were reported at schools in Japan during the 2017 academic year that ended in March. The figure was the highest ever.

4)   The Okinawa assembly has decided to hold a referendum on a plan to relocate a US base within the prefecture. The assembly approved the ordinance on Friday by a majority vote. 

Voters will be asked if they approve the plan to relocate the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station within the island prefecture.

5)   A UN envoy has urged Japan to halt the return of children and young women to nuclear accident-hit Fukushima, calling the government’s radiation exposure limit too lax. But the Japanese side is refuting the advice.

6)   Farmers in the city of Tome in Miyagi Prefecture have started exporting their own brand of rice to make up for declining sales in Japan.

A ceremony was held on Thursday to mark the first overseas shipment of Hitomebore rice. Trucks left the warehouse with 13 tons of rice that will be shipped to other parts of Asia and the United States from the major rice-producing region.

7)   An extraordinary session of the Diet started on Wednesday. The session is the first since the latest change of the Cabinet of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe earlier this month.

During the 48-day session that will run until December 10th, the government and the ruling coalition parties hope to pass a  budget bill for this fiscal year that ends in March next year. The bill is focused on funding restoration efforts from severe natural disasters that hit many areas of Japan this year. Constitutional amendments could also be a focus of debate in the upcoming session.

8)   The US economy expanded at an annualized rate of 3.5 percent in the July to September period, higher than the 3 percent targeted by the administration of President Donald Trump.

9)   India’s Supreme Court decided on Tuesday to allow so-called “green” firecrackers to be used during the Hindu festival of Diwali next month. But the ruling is getting a mixed reaction.

The court banned traditional firecrackers in and around the capital of New Delhi amid growing concerns about air pollution.

But people will be able to set off ones that emit less noise and smoke for 2 hours a day during Diwali, and for shorter periods on Christmas and New Year’s eves.

10)   A caravan of migrant Central Americans is continuing its trek north in Mexico toward the United States. US President Donald Trump has hinted at sending troops to block their entry into the country.

The caravan began with about 160 people in Honduras who left a northern town there on October 13th to escape poverty and poor security.

A number of the migrants entered Mexico by swimming across a river along the border. Local authorities say the caravan now comprises about 6,000 people.

11)   Japanese retail giant Rakuten is teaming up with Walmart of the US to start an online grocery delivery service. The move is aimed at taking on rival Amazon as well as other retailers in Japan.

Rakuten will jointly operate the service with Japanese supermarket chain Seiyu, which is a Walmart subsidiary.

12)   Researchers in Austria say they have detected tiny pieces of plastic in human stool samples for the first time.

Plastic garbage that flows out to sea breaks into pieces called microplastics that are smaller than 5 millimeters.

There’s growing concern that these bits of plastic are being consumed by marine life and are affecting the ecosystem.

13)   The Dow Jones Industrial Average in New York has erased all its gains for the year, after another tumble on Wall Street on Wednesday. Uncertainties over the global and US economies sent jitters through the markets.

Market players blame the continuing US-China trade frictions and Saudi Arabia, which is under fire over the death of a journalist.

14)   Authorities say a man apparently set a California home on fire while using a blowtorch to kill spiders.

KFSN-TV reports 29 firefighters were called to a Fresno housing development Tuesday night to put out a two-alarm blaze.

Authorities say a man was house-sitting for his parents when he tried to kill black widow spiders with a blowtorch. He got out safely, but the home’s attic and second story were damaged.

15)   An Arizona man who fell to the bottom of an old abandoned gold mine shaft, broke both his legs, fought off a trio of rattlesnakes and went two days without food or water before a friend heard his cries for help is lucky to be alive, said the head of a rescue team.

“He is a very fortunate individual,” Operations Commander Roger Yensen of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Mountain Rescue Posse said Thursday of 62-year-old John Waddell.

 

秋晴れ

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ミーティングデーアゲイン。新人さんにご挨拶。人手が足りないもんね。

健康診断の結果も返って来た。今年もコレステロールがまた微妙に高いくらいで特に問題ないようだ。ほ。

ズガニ

家人の眼科デー、と言うことで、病院帰りに季節のズガニを食べに行く。

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釜飯は食べきれず、お持ち帰りに。

仕事のこともぼちぼち

新規の案件についてのミーティングの日はお休みを頂いている日だったので「抜きで進めててください」と伝えたところ「ではミーティングの日を変更します」とのことで私の都合で伸ばしてもらっていた。その間、他の人たちが前もって事前調査を進めていてくれたようで、諸々説明の後「とにかく仕様の勝手が違っていて全然分からなくて。。。」と言うことだったが、、、私がかなり知っている案件であった。5-6年ブランクあるから大丈夫かな?と心配だったが、基本はあまり変わってないようだったので、とりあえず必要な申請手続きだけお願いし、それをやってもらっている間に必要なデータの紐付けファイル類を作成してアップロードし、諸々プログラムを書き、メインのデータ送信してすっと完了(昔と比べデータ処理がすごく速くなっているのを発見!!)会社の人たちにはびっくりされたけれど、申請や項目カテゴライズなど、近道を知ってただけだから驚かせて申し訳ない。その経歴言うと仕事がちょっと増えそうで怖いので言ってない(酷い!)ことも申し訳ない。。。それにしても昔の私Good Job!

ショッピング

母が秋の洋服を買いたいわーと言うので、よしよし、そうして女心を忘れないのって大切だわー。と出かけた。。。。って私も見習わなければ。女子力母よりなし。

隣町にあるお気に入りの店をぐるぐるするも今回は気にいったものがなく「欲しいものが一個もなかった」と残念がっていたが、同じお店の別の店舗である2件目のお店でシンプルなボーター柄の薄手のニットを見つけることができた。ディスプレイの間が広いので車椅子も楽に動けたのでありがたかった。お店の方も我儘を言う母にニコニコ親切で色々広げて見せてくれて素材の説明も丁寧であった。無事購入。そのあと今度はお昼ご飯にまたラーメンを食べたいと言うので調べたら母の行きたいお店2件は残念ながら休業日だったので、通りすがりの中華ファミレスに入ったところ、昔ながらの味のラーメンがあり、そこはそこで気に入ってくれた様子。シメには杏仁豆腐もペロリと食べていた。それにしても本当にこの頃彼女はラーメンが好きだ。私の作るご飯が淡白なのかな。。。むむ。

Oct 13th, 2018

ゴミと豊洲とキノコ狩りの話。フロリダを襲ったハリケーンは彼の住んでいたエリアはそれほどの被害はなかったそうでお友達の家なども無事だったそうで安堵したそうな。

1)   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday the government is considering designating May 1 next year, when Crown Prince Naruhito will ascend the throne, as a one-off holiday, in a move that would create a 10-day Golden Week holiday period.

2)   U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday criticized Japan, China and other countries for dumping into oceans a massive amount of garbage that has drifted ashore on the U.S. West Coast.

Trump said a “vast,” “tremendous” and “unthinkable” amount of garbage is floating to the West Coast, causing a “very unfair situation” as the United States is charged with cleaning it up.

Trump cited a trilateral trade deal revised recently with Mexico and Canada as the first U.S. trade agreement ever to include commitments by the parties to cooperate in addressing land- and sea-based pollution and improve waste management.

3)   A man died after he fell, seriously injuring himself, while picking mushrooms in Shiojiri, Nagano Prefecture, on Wednesday afternoon, police said. The man suffered head injuries and was taken to hospital by helicopter where he died about five hours later. 

Since August, 11 people have died and six others have been injured while picking mushrooms on mountain slopes in Nagano Prefecture, Fuji TV reported.  

In the latest case, Shigeya Komatsu, 62, a local farmer, fell about 100 meters down a mountain forest slope. According to the police, he had gone mushroom picking with a male relative, and lost his footing.

4)   Japan plans to expand the scope of foreign nationals who can stay permanently, the government said Friday, as the aging nation seeks to loosen its traditionally strict immigration rules to cope with acute labor shortages.

Under a scheme slated for launch in April, foreign nationals who have Japanese-language proficiency will be given a new resident status to work in sectors deemed short of labor, such as nursing, construction and farming. Depending on their skills and experience, their stays can be extended repeatedly with no preset limits.

Japan, known for its cautious stance on immigration, has mainly accepted highly skilled professionals in such fields as medicine, law, education and research to date.

5)   The possibility of esports joining the Olympics program has gained traction in recent years but not everybody involved in the sport favors it.

Rahul Sood, the CEO of esports betting company Unikrn, believes the benefits for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) far outweigh those for stakeholders already invested in electronic sports gaming.

Last November, the IOC recognized esports as a sporting activity and it is set to be a full medal event at the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou.

6)   Auctioneers take part in a wasabi auction at the greengrocery area on the opening day of the new Toyosu market, which has been relocated from Tsukiji market, in Tokyo, on Thursday.

7)   The US government has announced restrictions on exports of civil nuclear technology to China to prevent its diversion for military or other unauthorized uses.

The Department of Energy issued a statement on the new policy on nuclear technology controls on Thursday.

The policy will in principle ban exports of US civil nuclear technology to China’s state-owned companies.

8)   Hurricane Michael left 6 people dead and many buildings destroyed by strong wind in its path across Florida and other southern US states.

Michael made landfall in Florida on Wednesday.

9)   A US Congressional panel has asked the International Olympic Committee to change the venue of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, citing human rights abuses by the Chinese government.

The bipartisan panel released a letter addressed to IOC President Thomas Bach. The same panel issued an annual report on China, accusing the country of detaining more than one million Uighur Muslims.

10)   The new governor of Okinawa in southern Japan has asked the prime minister to launch new talks on a plan to relocate a US military base in the prefecture.

Denny Tamaki met Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga in Tokyo on Friday. The meeting was their first since Tamaki was elected last month.

11)   Former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has expressed a negative view on a move to revise the Constitution next year. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is aiming to submit amendment proposals at the Diet this fall.

Later, Koizumi told reporters that it is impossible to revise the Constitution next year.

He said approval from more than 2 thirds of the Diet is needed to initiate constitutional amendments.

11)   Australians are up in arms over the use of the iconic Sydney Opera House for advertising.

The New South Wales government decided to allow a horse racing ad to be displayed on the World Heritage building.

Upset citizens gathered in front of the building on Tuesday to protest the move, using flashlights to disrupt the projected ad.

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川掃除

今年2回目の川掃除の日。雨にならないかなーと思っていたら早朝は雨+雷。よしよしと布団の中で喜んでいたのに、7時半ぐらいには雨も上がり虹が綺麗に西の空にできていた。雨天中止の放送をするのは8時だったが町内会長から連絡なしのので、ああ決行かとトボトボ川へ向かう。するとすでに三役さんと何人かの役員たちが川を上から見てなにやら相談している模様で私も上から覗くと、あれ?雑草もゴミもない。川清掃されている!?どうやら先週市の方で護岸工事なるものをやったらしく、その際ついでに清掃もしてってくれたのでは?ということらしい。

と、いうことは?

川清掃。中止!(やったー)=>通常の公園清掃へシフトチェンジ

小雨が降り出したけれど前回の川清掃のハードさを思い出すと、雨の中枯葉を履いたり、雑草を抜いたりもあまり苦にならないのが不思議だ。

清掃後家に戻ってお風呂を沸かして朝風呂タイム。川清掃をしてきたと思った母が「お疲れ様でした!」と労ってくれた。

ハリケーン

フロリダを襲ったハリケーンのニュース動画を見たら。。。凄まじかった。これからああいうのが年々増えるのかな。。。怖い。

ピリッ

もう自分とはあまりにも考え方が違うなぁと思う人は周りにいないお年頃になったが(だんだんそういう人たちとは会わなくなってくるから)、今週は某人との衝撃の会話があって、

「そ、そうか。そんな風に思う(考える)のだなぁ・・・」

とショックを受けた。家人に今日こういうことがあってね。

と説明すると、「へー、そりゃブラックだねぇ」の後に、でも

「アンタはこの頃ピリッピリッとしているからね!」

と笑われた。昔はスルーできたんじゃないの?ということらしい。確かにそうだ。昔ならそうだったかも。昔は誰がなにをしても何を言ってもスルーできたよ。本当に。でもただ「あれ?」思っていたのを「聞かなかった」ことにしよとか、我慢とかしてたのかも?

と言うと「だから、もうそういうのはいいんじゃないのー?」とまた笑われた。(無理して合わせなくてピリッと文句など言っても!と言うことらしい)

 

[俺]なんか昔っからピリッとしてるからね!確かに。^^

塩害

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先週も町内の仕事諸々(放送、広報、会合などなど)を淡々と。台風の風で大切に扱っていたコキアの葉っぱが半分枯れてしまった。。。塩害実感。来年は頑張ろう。

Oct 6th, 2018

先週のあげてなかった。もう木曜日か!

1)    The cost of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has already soared to 2.81 trillion yen ($24.7 billion), more than double the last official estimate, according to calculations by the Board of Audit.

2)   Japanese police referred to child welfare authorities a record-high 37,113 suspected victims of child abuse in the first half of this year, a report released Thursday showed.

The preliminary figure marks an increase of 6,851 children aged 17 or younger being affected, as compared to the same period last year, according to the National Police Agency.

3)   The mayor of Osaka says he’s ending a six-decade sister city relationship with San Francisco to protest a statue honoring women forced to have sex with Japanese soldiers during World War II.

Osaka Mayor Hirofumi Yoshimura this week sent a letter to San Francisco announcing he’s withdrawing from the largely ceremonial relationship, the San Francisco Examiner reported Wednesday.

4)   Japan has decided not to take part in an international fleet review in South Korea next week after Seoul effectively asked Tokyo not to fly its “Rising Sun” flag on a warship, Japan’s defense minister said on Friday, the latest spat between the two sides.

5)   New Okinawa GovDenny Tamaki said Thursday he will dedicate all his strength to trying to block the Japan-U.S. plan to relocate a key American military facility within the southern island prefecture.

The radio personality-turned-politician won Sunday’s gubernatorial election with a pledge to stop the controversial plan to move U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Futenma from a crowded residential area of Ginowan to the less populated coastal district of Henoko in Nago, both in Okinawa.

6)   U.S. President Donald Trump and Abe agreed in a meeting last week in New York to start negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement on goods, or TAG. The move is a concession by Tokyo, which dropped its earlier insistence on a multilateral approach to trade issues.

7)   Kumamoto councilwoman who took baby to work kicked out of conference for using cough drop.

8)   A survey has found that radio was the most useful means of getting information after a powerful earthquake hit the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido a month ago.

9)   Typhoon Kong-rey is battering Japan’s south. At least 10 people have been injured. It’s the second storm to hit the region in less than a week. The typhoon is moving north over the sea. It has caused blackouts in some areas.

10)   An escapee from a police station in Osaka Prefecture carried out a daring deception, purporting to be a cyclist while he was at large. He evaded the police for 48 days.

Junya Hida, indicted for robbery and other charges, escaped from a police station in Tondabayashi City on August 12th. He was apprehended after he was caught stealing food last Saturday in the city of Shunan, Yamaguchi Prefecture.

The police discovered Hida pretended to be a tourist travelling by bicycle, along with another man whom he met.

11)   Japan’s space agency, JAXA, says it has successfully released another landing probe from its Hayabusa2 spacecraft toward the asteroid Ryugu. JAXA made the announcement on Wednesday morning, Japan time.

JAXA says it won’t be able to confirm whether the robot has landed on Ryugu until late Wednesday afternoon at the earliest.

12)   US Vice President Mike Pence has sharply criticized China over a naval incident in the South China Sea last month. He says the US “will not be intimidated” as it counters China’s increasing maritime presence. Pence claims China’s aggression was on display when its warship came within about 40 meters of the USS Decatur that was conducting freedom-of-navigation operations.

13)   A man who made a dramatic escape from a French prison by helicopter has been captured after 3 months on the run. Redoine Faid escaped from a prison in July by jumping aboard a helicopter.

Prosecutor Francois Molins told a news conference on Wednesday that investigators acted on witness reports last month of a man walking around in a burqa, the traditional Muslim women’s wear.

14)   The Japanese government has lodged a protest with China after learning it placed a buoy inside Japan’s exclusive economic zone near the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga spoke to reporters on Wednesday. He said the government protested via a diplomatic channel after it confirmed the buoy was on the Japanese side of a median line that separates the 2 countries’ exclusive economic zones.

15)   The US jobless rate in September declined to its lowest level in nearly 49 years, suggesting a further tightening of the labor market. But employment growth has missed market expectations.

The Labor Department said on Friday that the unemployment rate fell to 3.7 percent. That’s the lowest level since December 1969.

 

秋のご飯

ご近所の仲良しのOさんから電話があったので伺うと「これ!」とマツタケ3本ほどを渡された。おおおおおー^o^と言うと 、

「全部あげるからまた何かにして半分戻してちょうだいな(笑)」

もちろん!了解ですとも!

何がいいかな?と母と相談すると即答!

「マツタケご飯と茶碗蒸し!」

ってことで「と言ってますがどうでしょう?」とOさんに打診すると

「いいいい!それでお願い!」

と言うので昨日はマツタケご飯とマツタケ茶碗蒸し!なんと豪華な!

Oさんの旦那さんが器を返しに来てくれた時

「マツタケご飯がすごく美味しかったけどどうやった?」

「全部マツタケの力です!」ほんとこれ間違いない!

そして瓢箪かぼちゃを手渡された。

「バターナッツというんだってよ!」

とOさん旦那様。知らなかった。名前だけでも美味しそう。

「これも半分よろしく!」

バターナッツ、どうしましょ。

 

嬉しい!

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友人が作ってくれたバッグ ^o^ 可愛い!

中にポケット2つ!

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そしてバッグインバッグがさらに可愛い!イニシャル入り!

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友よーっありがとう! 母が超絶絶賛だったよ!!

Sept 29th, 2018

台風24号、通り過ぎてよかった。次は25号か。。。。

1)   Japan’s Meteorological Agency forecasts strong winds, high waves, storm surges and heavy rain in wide areas across the country until Monday.

2)   Japanese travel agency H.I.S. has canceled wedding package tours to Hawaii for 260 couples due to delays in venue construction.

The company says the couples had made reservations for the tours up to September of next year. The tours went on sale last December.

The facility on the island of Oahu was to open on September 1st.

H.I.S. says the operator of the facility gave notice of the delay on August 15th, citing bad weather and other reasons.

3)   U.S. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on Wednesday to start trade talks in an arrangement that, for now, protects Japanese automakers from further tariffs, seen as a major threat to the export-dependent economy.

4)   Tokyo Medical University has appointed its first woman president following a series of scandals, including the revelation that female applicants were prevented from gaining places at the school by systemically docking their entrance exam scores.

The appointment of Yukiko Hayashi, 56, chief professor of pathophysiology, was approved by the university’s board members Sept. 25. She will assume the post Oct. 1.

5)   The EU and other countries have boosted their contributions to the United Nations agency that supports Palestinian refugees after the US cut off funding.

The UN Relief and Works Agency, or UNRWA, is struggling to support more than 5 million Palestinian refugees.

6)   An Indonesian teenager has made it home safely after spending almost 50 days adrift at sea alone.

18-year-old Aldi Novel Adilang from the island of Sulawesi was fishing on a wooden raft in July when a storm hit.

His raft was swept away after its moorings snapped.

Adilang had only several days’ worth of food and water.

He burned part of his raft to cook fish.

Adilang said; “After the raft that I used snapped from the floating fish traps, I still had water to drink for about a week. Then I drank water by squeezing it from my clothes which were dipped in the sea, because it was impossible to drink sea water directly.”

On August 31st, a large ship rescued him off the western Pacific island of Guam, about 2,000 kilometers away from Sulawesi.

7)   The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will begin using paper straws on a trial basis from October to help reduce the amount of plastic waste.

The paper straws will be provided at 3 cafeterias at the Tokyo government building in the capital’s Shinjuku district.

 

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike visited one of the cafeterias on Friday. She says she hopes the use of paper straws will encourage people to think about environmental issues.

The Tokyo government will purchase 20,000 paper straws, which are several times more expensive than plastic ones.

 

車椅子

車椅子はずっと後ろのシートを畳んでできたスペースに縦に入れていたのだが、そこだと入口が後ろのドアなので腕だけで車椅子の取っ手を持ってあげる必要があり、乗せたり降ろしたりが大変になった。私の腕力が不足しているからだろう。試しにトランクに乗せてみたら、車椅子の下のところを持って腰を使えるのでなんとなくそのほうが楽に乗せられている気がするのでしばしトランクにして見ることにした。そうすると母を乗せる以外に、バックシートに誰かを乗せることができるのだ。昨日も病院デーの帰りにお友達を乗せて2人をお昼ご飯に連れて行くことができた。次はあの店で食べてみたい!と話がはずむ2人。はい。お嬢様がた。^^

Sept 19th, 2018

先生は結婚式のアルバイトを開始したそうだ。なんだかハワイに引っ越してから疲れているように見えるのが心配だ。フロリダにいたときのほうが楽しそうに見えたが、本当のことはわからない。

1)   The start of a second round of trade talks between Japan and the United States will be delayed until after fresh tariffs imposed on China by the United States come into force on Sept 24, a Japanese government source told Reuters.

2)   The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has decided to pay volunteers 1,000 yen a day to cover their transport expenses regardless of the venue they are sent to.

The committee will start accepting applications on Sept 26 for 80,000 volunteers who will assist in the management of the Games and 30,000 volunteers who will guide visitors to and around the event venues.

3)   Shinzo Abe is poised to win a third term as head of his political party on Thursday, putting him on track to become Japan’s longest-serving prime minister and realize his dream of reforming the constitution.

Polls show Abe, 63, is expected to romp to victory in a two-horse race for the leadership of his conservative Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) that will effectively hand him three more years as PM.

4)   Japan’s export growth accelerated in August from the previous month as shipments to the United States grew as Tokyo looks to avert a trade war through talks with Washington expected later this month.

However, the trade data also showed imports from the United States surged 21.5 percent in August, led by aircraft and liquefied natural gas, cutting Japan’s trade surplus with the United States by 14.5 percent year-on-year to 455.8 billion yen ($4.06 billion).

5)   The leaders of North Korea and South Korea have signed a joint declaration after concluding their 3rd summit talks.

The declaration states that North Korea is ready to permanently dismantle its nuclear facility in Nyongbyon, on the condition that the United States takes reciprocal actions.

6)   US spaceflight venture SpaceX says Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa will become the first private passenger to fly around the Moon on its next-generation rocket.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk made the announcement alongside Maezawa at a rocket factory in Los Angeles on Monday. Maezawa is the CEO of Start Today Company, which operates the major online fashion website ZOZOTOWN.

7)   China’s leading online travel agency says Japan will be the top destination for Chinese travelers during the upcoming holiday week.

Ctrip.com said on Tuesday that a record of nearly 7 million Chinese are expected to travel overseas during the week, which begins October 1st, the day China commemorates its foundation.

Sept 19th, 2018

お祭り

当番町は来年だけど、今年の当番町のお手伝いのため近所の神社に行く。裃の着付けの手伝いなのだけど、会合で「もちろん着付けをやれってことじゃなくて、着付けをする人のお手伝いをすればいいだけですよ!」と言われてそれならばということで引き受けたのだが、行ってみたらじゃあ皆さんそれぞれの方の着付けよろしくお願いします!という話になっていて、ヒーッであった。6人くらいの手伝いのうち1人だけ経験があるということでその方が先生となり、まずは着付けを習うことから始まり、見よう見まねで30人くらいの当番町の男性の方に着付けをする。慣れるまでは大変だったが、3人目くらいにはなんとかなって来て、汗だくになりながらも皆で男性への着付け作業完了。もう一生裃を着付けることはなさそうだけど、面白い経験をしたかな。

Sept. 15th, 2018

大坂なおみさんの話から。インタビューとプレーを見てファンになったよ!とのこと。

1)   Naomi Osaka’s victory in the U.S. Open has added her to a growing list of athletes, Nobel Prize winners, and beauty pageant contestants who have raised the issue of what it means to be Japanese.

The daughter of a Japanese mother and a Haitian father, Osaka was born in Japan but raised in the United States. But she is being lauded in Japan as the first from the country to win a Grand Slam singles tennis title.

2)   Japan is gearing up to accept more foreign workers as its own population is on the brink of a steep decline, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Thursday.

Kono told a World Economic Forum meeting in Hanoi that Japan gains “value added” by accepting foreigners, especially since its aging population and low birth rate mean the country is shrinking by a half-million people a year.

3)   A week after a powerful quake rocked Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido, people mourned the deaths of 41 people as around 1,600 others remained in shelters as of Thursday.

4)   Japan and Vietnam on Thursday urged the United States to rejoin a sprawling Pacific trade deal, almost two years after President Donald Trump’s withdrawal dealt a major blow to what would have been the world’s largest free trade pact.

Trump pulled out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal in one of his first post-election moves as part of his “America First” clarion call, declaring the 12-nation trade pact a “job killer”.

5)   Facebook says it’s expanding its fact-checking program to include photos and videos as it fights fake news and misinformation on its service.

The company has been testing the image fact-checks since the spring, beginning with France and the news agency AFP. Now, it will send all of its 27 third-party fact-checkers disputed photos and videos to verify — or the fact-checkers can find them on their own.

6)   Apple Inc introduced its largest-ever iPhone and a watch that detects heart problems on Wednesday in an attempt to get customers to upgrade to more expensive devices in the face of stagnant global demand for smartphones.

7)   Automation will soon make millions of low-skilled jobs — from cashiers and machine operators to waiters and drivers — redundant across Southeast Asia, experts said Wednesday, warning the region to upskill fast or face huge employment problems.

The topic was center stage at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Hanoi, where warnings abounded that countries including Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand where manufacturing has driven GDP and employed millions would be among the worst affected.

8)   Russia and China have begun joint military drills in the Russian Far East.

The Vostok military exercises are held every 4 years. Russia’s Defense Ministry says the 2018 drill, which kicked off in Siberia on Tuesday, is the largest since the fall of the Soviet Union. It involves 300,000 soldiers, 36,000 tanks and other vehicles, some 1,000 aircraft and 80 vessels.

9)   British author Kazuo Ishiguro has been bestowed Japan’s Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, in an award ceremony.

The Japanese government issued the award to the Nobel Prize-winning author, who was born in Japan, in recognition of his contribution to promoting cultural exchange with the UK.

10)   The UN Food and Agriculture Organization says more than 820 million people around the world are going hungry.

The FAO released a report on the state of food security and nutrition on Tuesday.

The agency estimates that the number of undernourished in the world reached 821 million in 2017, or around one out of every 9 people.

11)   The Alipay payment method is simple. Customers use their smartphone to scan a QR code displayed by a business, or the business can scan the QR code in the customer’s phone. Each user’s app is linked to a bank account in China. The transaction goes through Alipay. More than 700 million Chinese people use the service to pay for groceries, public transport, street food, and more. 

12)   Japanese machinery maker Kubota revealed on Wednesday it had tampered with inspection data to sell substandard products.

Officials say the data fixing affected rolls used by steel makers and other companies to produce thin metal plates.

Kubota officials said some of the products had not met the hardness levels or compounding ratio of metals that had been agreed upon with customers.

The officials said an employee first reported the data tampering, and they’ve confirmed nearly 4,400 cases of misconduct out of the more than 20,000 products sold for about 5 years until July.

 

Mちゃん来る

S先生の訪問リハデー、玄関で先生が「あのぉ、実は、今日あとでMが来たいと言ってるんですがいいですか?」と言う。「え?Mちゃんが!大歓迎です!お母さん、今日Mちゃん来てるれるって!」と伝えると母も大喜び。以前母の訪問リハビリをS先生と交代で担当してくれていたMちゃんはご家族の都合により九州に引っ越して会えなくてなってしまったのだけど、母のお気に入りのお嬢さんで「どうしてるかな?元気かな?」といつも気にしていた。S先生と、時折S先生の代わりに来てくれるYちゃんとは九州に越した後も連絡を取り合っているそうで、今MちゃんがYちゃんのところに遊びに来ていて母が会いたがっていたよと言う話が伝わって「じゃあ顔を出そうかな?」ってことで来てくれたそうだ。母本当に嬉しそうで涙ぐんでいた。^^相変わらず笑顔が可愛いよく笑うお嬢さんで、S先生、Mちゃん、Yちゃんに囲まれてイジられて母楽しそうだった。おやすみを使って遊びに来ているのだろうに、わざわざ母に会いに来てくれるなんて本当にありがたい。あちらに「良い人」ができたと言う報告があったので次はもっと吉報があったらお知らせしますからねーとのことだから、それを聞く日も楽しみだ。「Mちゃんの顔を見せてもらって、母の寿命、5年くらい伸びました!ありがとう!」「また来ますね!」「是非是非!」待ってます!^o^