Pokemon Go

金曜日は話題のPokemon GoをDLしたもののゲームに慣れていないしモンスターの種類も分からないので若い人たちの話をなるほどなるほどと聞いて勉強した^^ ポケモンドストライク世代の同僚はモンスターを見ただけで「あ、それXXXXですね」と分かるようだ。会社の隣に観光スポットがあるのでそこで誰かが課金アイテムのルアーというものを使ったようで会社の中で桜舞うところをタップして何匹かのモンスターがゲットできそれでもう満足した私である。そして家に帰ってそのことはすっかり忘れ夕飯の支度をしていたら家人が「モンスターがいない!」と帰ってきた。昨日まで一言もお互いPokemon Goの話をしていなかったのにまさかの夫婦でDLしたのか・・・・恐るべしPokemon Go効果….。

今日は朝姉と産直に行った以外1日家に引きこもり、FLASHを見たり昼寝をしたりしていたのでモンスターは増えず。このまま私のPokemon Goが終わりそうな予感がする。ちなみにレベルは4でジムとかなんとかでは何もできないのでせめて5まではやったほうがいいのだろうか。

お昼寝から目が覚めたら夕暮れが綺麗なので窓からパチリ。

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July 22nd, 2016.

やっぱりポケモンGOの話^^ がメインに。

1)   The wait is over for Pokemon Go fans in Japan.

Players began tweeting about it as soon as it was available Friday morning, and the Pokemon Co and the developer of the augmented reality game, U.S.-based Niantic Inc, confirmed its launch.

Pokemon Go is expected to be a huge hit in Japan, the country of the character’s birth.

2)   When Saori Ito went on maternity leave last year and stopped getting a regular paycheck from her cosmetics company, she became worried about her future – and wondered if this kind of anxiety is what awaits her after retirement.

The 34-year-old married mother of a one-year-old girl had doubts about the government’s ability to fund retirement for Japan’s growing ranks of elderly in the world’s oldest population.

So she set up a private, self-managed pension account.

Japan’s government loosened laws on pensions in May, allowing almost all working-age Japanese to join private defined-contribution retirement plans – similar to individual retirement accounts (IRAs) in the United States that allow workers to make regular contributions to an investment fund with tax breaks.

3)   Declaring America in crisis, Donald Trump pledged to cheering Republicans and still-skeptical voters Thursday night that as president he will restore the safety they fear they’re losing, strictly curb immigration and save the nation from Hillary Clinton’s record of “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”

4)   Is Honda’s walking robot Asimo marrying Pepper, the chattering robot from SoftBank?

Automaker Honda Motor Co. and internet company SoftBank said Thursday they will work together on artificial intelligence to develop products with sensors and cameras that can converse with drivers.

Asimo, first shown in 1996, walks, runs, dances and grips things.

Pepper, which went on sale last year, doesn’t have legs but is programmed to recognize mood swings in people it interacts with.

Major automakers and technology companies are interested in robotics to improve driving safety and comfort.

5)   The number of criminal cases detected by police in Japan in the January-June period fell 9.3% from a year earlier to 488,900, the lowest since 1989 when data for the half-year period became available, a preliminary report from the National Police Agency said Thursday.

The figure is well below that of the first half of 2015 when the police detected 538,778 crimes. The number of crimes for the whole of 2015 hit a postwar low of 1,098,969.

NPA chief Masahito Kanetaka told a press conference, “I believe a wide range of measures taken by the public and private sectors together for crime prevention are achieving effects.” An agency official attributed the decline also to measures taken against street crimes including installations of security cameras.

6)   The European Central Bank has decided not to alter its monetary policy while it waits to observe the longer-term impact of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

The bank’s policy board members met on Thursday in Frankfurt.

They opted to leave the main interest rate at 0 percent, and the bank deposit rate at minus 0.4 percent.

7)   Executives at Japanese telecom operator Softbank and Honda Motor say they are going to start joint research on artificial intelligence for vehicles.

Softbank Group officials say the companies will develop voice interaction technology that enables AI-equipped cars to understand the driver’s emotions.
8)   Japan’s central government has filed a fresh lawsuit against the Okinawa prefectural government over the planned relocation of a US base within the southwestern prefecture. The move is likely to intensify the clash over the relocation.

The central government plans to move the US Marine Corps Futenma Air Station from a densely populated area in the city of Ginowan to the less-populated Henoko district in Nago City. The Okinawa prefectural government opposes the plan.
9)   North Korea says it has carried out a firing drill of ballistic rockets, simulating preemptive strikes on South Korea.

The North’s state-run media reported on Wednesday that the nation’s leader Kim Jong Un ordered the drill by the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army.
10)   IEC Corp has officially announced that the Samurai Studio will open again in Asakusa, Tokyo, for a limited time this summer, following a successful project in the spring.

IEC, which has been providing educational services to the business community in Japan for the last 60 years, says the idea of the Samurai Studio is to provide an authentic cultural experience for foreign tourists. This time, the price has been reduced to 30,000 yen from 36,000 yen (not including tax) for two persons.

Guests will be able to dress up in samurai armor and pose for photos. The armor the studio will offer is authentic and used in TV period dramas on NHK.

海外ドラマ

楽しみに少しずつ見ていたhuluのBONESのシーズン9が終わってしまった。いろんな海外ドラマを見ているけどBONESは本当見応えある。そのうちまた1から見ようかな。^^

BONESが終わってシーズン10を待たなければ、その間何かないかなと思っていたらFLASHのシーズン2の配信が始まっていた(嬉)全然期待しないで見たFLASHは面白くて休日に引きこもってひたすら見たのでシーズン2も楽しみ。同じ世界のARROWも続きを配信してくれればいいのにといつの間にかシーズン1すらなくなっているではないか。(なぜ?)

それ以外にはGRIMのシーズン3もあった。BONESもFLASHもGRIMも続きものだけど一話で事件が終わる作りなので家事の隙間時間を使って見るのにちょうど見やすくていいのだ。

母デー

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母の介護認定のための主治医受診のため病院へ行った。あまり待たされることもなく良かった。銀行や郵便局へ行って所用を済ませた後、蒸し暑いので今年初のスイカを買いに行った。スイカは母の好物なのだがこのところお腹の調子が悪いので食べたくないというので買わなかったのだが出してみたらぺろっと大きめの一片を食べていた。私よりもずっと視力が良かった母だが、ここ数ヶ月で足元も見えなくなってきたそうだ。それでさらに歩くのがおぼつかなくなっている。目は1mほど先の時計の文字盤も読めないという。ここ1月蓋つきの食欲減退と関係あるだろうか?白く濁っている?と聞くとそれはないそうだから白内障ではなだろう。メガネを作ろうか?と聞いても自分では麻痺で左手が使えないから自分で好きな時にかけたり外したりできないからいらないという。以前なら使わなくてもメガネを作りに行くところだけれど、母がいらないというならそれでいいかとなった。母の居室のテレビを少し前にしてテレビを快適に見られるように、それから新しく小さなキャスターつきの小物置き台を買ってそこに時計と温度計を移して時間がすぐわかるようにした。母の部屋には私が外出した時に見えるカメラを置いているのだけれど(大きく動きがあると通知してくれる。声も拾える)それが壊れたので新しいのを買ったらそれには温度もお知らせしてくれる機能が付いていた。時々エアコンを止めて締め切った暑い部屋に長時間いることがあるので大歓迎の新機能だと思った。

母のあれこれをするので仕事はおやすみだったので頂いた野菜で作り置き。

枝豆ガーリック、胡瓜の酢漬け、プチトマトの出汁付け

 

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岐阜

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従兄弟の結婚式のため岐阜へ。せっかくだから鵜飼を見たいという家人の希望があったので前日に岐阜に行って鵜飼を見て泊まろうということになった。その間可哀想だけど母はショートステイにお願いすることにした。本当はその間母を姉に頼みたいところだけれど去年義理父の葬儀で家を離れなければならない時相談したケアマネさんが言うには介護に慣れないご兄弟ご姉妹などに預けると慣れない家、慣れない家族で転倒事故などが起きやすいと言われたので今回もやはりプロにお願いすることにした。13年の介護で二度目の外泊だ。しかも今度は前回とは違い遊びに行く目的もあるので母には申し訳ない罪悪感でいっぱいだった。ごめん。母よ。でもここ1月母との周波が合わず私はずっとイライラしていた。正直母を恨むことも多々あったので少し離れたいと正直思っていた。従兄弟の結婚式で久しぶりに会う義母は母と同じ年でまだまだ元気で美しくなんでもシャキシャキとこなし最初は羨ましく思ったけれど、そのうち小さくしぼんで白髪だらけの母を思い切なくなった。今日からまた心を入れ替えて母に優しくしよう。(と思ってはいるけれどどうだろうか・・・)

鵜飼は家人の希望だったけれど、夏の川の舟は涼しいいい風とともゆるゆると進み気持ち良く、鵜飼も松明が川面に映り火の粉が飛び、鵜の羽音や声水音などが響き迫力満点で楽しい思いがけず2時間だった。実は全然期待していなかった。宿泊したのは十八楼という長良川沿いにある旅館でネットの口コミで高評価だったので予約したのだけれどこちらも料理もお風呂もサービスも良く楽しむことができた。ご褒美と言うと気恥ずかしいがご褒美をもらった楽しい2日間だった。

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止まったお部屋。長良川がいい感じでした。

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結婚式が午後からだったので、午前中は近くの岐阜城へ。

July 15th, 2016

通常のテキスト以外にポケモンGOと福岡の不審者などなど。7時からのクラスなのに目が覚めたら6:50で慌てて起きたのでボケボケになってしまった。

Police in Dazaifu, Fukuoka, said Friday they have arrested a 34-year-old man on suspicion of theft after he was seen rummaging through the mailbox of an empty house on July 1.
The man, who was wearing wearing a Playboy bunny girl costume when he was seen at the house, is also believed to be the same man seen wearing a Spider-Man costume and loitering outside empty houses earlier this year, Sankei Shimbun reported.
According to police, a woman witnessed the man looking through the mailbox of an unoccupied house at around 12:30 p.m. on July 1. She called a nearby police koban and said a strange man wearing black fishnet tights and high heels was loitering outside the house. When the “bunny girl” spotted the woman, he fled in a car.
Police identified the suspect, Tetsuya Fujisawa, from his car license plate; however, he has denied the charge and said he has no idea what they are talking about.

“Pokemon Go” has established a new US record as the most popular smartphone game.

The augmented reality game was developed by Japan’s Nintendo and other companies. A US research firm says “Pokemon Go” has about 21 million active daily users, surpassing the previous record of 20 million set by Candy Crush.

Players can visit real-life locations to capture virtual pocket monsters, or Pokemon.

Since its US release on July 6th, the number of free downloads has increased at a substantial speed and the game has topped the app charts.

A government survey on living conditions of households in Japan shows that 60 percent of the respondents are having difficulty making ends meet.

The welfare ministry conducted the survey in June and July of last year. More than 46,000 households responded.

 

Police on Saturday said a Chinese man, who was arrested earlier this month for overstaying his visa, has admitted to putting the body of a Chinese woman in a suitcase and dumping in a canal in Tokyo.

The body of Yang Mei, 34, was found in the suitcase floating in the canal near Tennozu Isle Station in Shinagawa Ward on June 27. Yang had been missing for more than two years.

Police quoted the suspect, in his 30s, was quoted as saying he used to live with Yang. Police said he will be charged with abandoning a corpse.

The corpse, clad in a camisole and short pants, was not badly decomposed when discovered. Reports said the woman had not been dead for long.

 

Yang came to Japan in September 2013 as a trainee to participate in the government’s Industrial Trainee and Technical Internship Program (TTIP). She was working at an auto-parts plant in Kyoto but disappeared from her dormitory after being seen in its cafeteria in March 2014. She was placed on a missing persons watch list by police in Kyoto.

 

1)   Reports that Japanese Emperor Akihito intends to abdicate within a few years could re-open debate about female succession, but any such move is likely to provoke strong opposition within the current conservative ruling party.

The 82-year-old monarch, who has had heart surgery and been treated for prostate cancer in recent years, expressed his intention to abdicate in a few years to the Imperial Household Agency, public broadcaster NHK said on Wednesday.

No reason was cited and agency officials later denied the earlier reports.

2)   A gunman at the wheel of a heavy truck plowed into a crowd celebrating Bastille Day in the French city of Nice on Thursday night, killing at least 84 people and injuring scores more in what President Francois Hollande called a terrorist act.

The attacker, identified by a police source as a 31-year-old Tunisian-born Frenchman, also opened fire before police shot him dead. He had been known to the police for common crimes but not to the intelligence services, the source said.

3)   Police in Tokyo said Thursday have arrested an Air Self-Defense Force officer for using his smartphone to film up the skirt of a woman on a train.

According to police, Yukifumi Fujita, 50, a major at an ASDF academy in Meguro Ward, used a smartphone camera inside a bag to film up the skirt of a woman in her 20s on a train on the JR Yamanote line between Shibuya and Ebisu stations at around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sankei Shimbun reported.

A male passenger saw what Fujita was doing and detained him, police said.

4)   Twenty-one candidates have started official 17-day campaigning for the Tokyo gubernatorial election to be held at the end of this month.

Voters will go to the polls on July 31st to choose a successor to Yoichi Masuzoe. He resigned last month following a scandal over alleged misuse of political funds.

Masuzoe’s predecessor, Naoki Inose, also stepped down because of a political funds scandal.

5)   The Kansai Electric Power Company has appealed against a court injunction that blocks the restart of 2 reactors at its Takahama nuclear plant in central Japan.

On Tuesday the Otsu District Court in Shiga Prefecture issued a fresh injunction to suspend the operations of the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at the plant in neighboring Fukui Prefecture.

In March, the Otsu District Court issued an injunction to suspend the operations of the 2 reactors. It was the first injunction for reactors in operation. Residents in Shiga Prefecture sought the injunction.
5A)   Japan’s state minister for industry has ruled out the option of sealing off disabled reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant with a Chernobyl-style sarcophagus.

Yosuke Takagi met Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori in Tokyo on Friday.

Uchibori said he was shocked to hear the word “sarcophagus” and called the option unacceptable.

6)   Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to use an upcoming summit to urge China to accept a recent ruling by an arbitration tribunal in The Hague regarding its claims in the South China Sea.

Abe will attend the 2-day Asia-Europe Meeting, or ASEM, that opens in the Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, on Friday.

Abe plans to join other leaders in calling on China to accept the tribunal’s decision for a peaceful settlement of territorial disputes in the South China Sea. The tribunal ruled on Tuesday that there is no legal basis for China’s claims.
7)   People in southwestern Japan are still trying to find places to stay and rebuild their lives 3 months after the first in a series of earthquakes hit the region.

The jolts killed 49 people in Kumamoto Prefecture. An additional 6 were confirmed to have died due to the effects of the quakes, such as physical fatigue from the evacuation. One person remains unaccounted for.

Authorities say that as of Wednesday, 4,692 people remain in shelters. Many others are said to be spending the night in their garages or tents.

Officials say the quakes have affected more than 157,000 houses in the prefecture. More than 34,000 homes were fully or partially damaged.

8)   Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has suggested that he will seek approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal at an extra session of the Diet this year.

Abe was speaking to business leaders including Sadayuki Sakakibara, the chair of Japan’s largest business federation, Keidanren.

Japan and 11 other countries signed the TPP last year but none has completed domestic procedures needed for the deal to take effect.

9)   US government officials have launched a challenge against China at the World Trade Organization.

They say China’s export duties on key raw materials impose higher costs and substantial disadvantages on US manufacturers.

US Trade Representative Michael Froman has criticized China for imposing export duties of 5 to 20 percent on 9 raw materials including cobalt, copper and lead.

The USTR says these duties give Chinese manufacturers a competitive advantage by making the materials more expensive for US automakers and aircraft makers.

US trade officials hope to eliminate the duties by first aiming for a negotiated settlement with China.

10)   Japanese automaker Nissan Motor has introduced driver-assist features that enable its new minivan model to handle congested highway traffic on its own.

Nissan showed the minivan equipped with limited autonomous driving technology to media on Wednesday.

The firm said the model has an advanced camera that can recognize other vehicles and white lines between lanes.

The car can accelerate, brake and navigate highway traffic in one lane.

July 8th, 2016

テキスト以外の内容、浜名湖のバラバラ遺体とベッキーについてのニュースについて話した。あとダラスの白人警官殺害の話とバングラディシュのテロ。世界がどんどん怖いことになっていく気がする。

1)   A major Japanese IT firm says it will launch a driverless bus service at a park near Tokyo next month.

DeNA got help on the project from a French venture company that develops self-driving technology.
2)   A Russian Soyuz spacecraft with three astronauts including Japanese Takuya Onishi on board has been successfully launched from Kazakhstan for a mission to the International Space Station.

The Soyuz was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 1:36 Thursday UTC.

9 minutes later, the spacecraft detached from the rocket and entered Earth’s orbit as scheduled at an altitude of around 200 kilometers.
3)   Much of Japan sweltered on Thursday. Temperatures above those of the human body were recorded in some places in central Japan.

A high-pressure system covering the country brought clear skies and a blazing sun to a wide area from east to west.

Koshu City in Yamanashi Prefecture recorded a high of 38.8 degrees Celsius. Kawane-hon-cho in Shizuoka Prefecture had 38.6 degrees, and Tokyo’s Nerima Ward was at 37.7 degrees. Normal human body temperatures are below 37 degrees Celsius.

4)   Tens of thousands of people in a western Japanese city enjoyed a night view of a river lit up by LEDs to mark the traditional star festival called Tanabata on July 7th.

Legend has it that 2 deities who are in love with each other are separated by the Milky Way and allowed to meet only once a year on that date. People in Japan celebrate the day by making wishes.
5)   A Japanese district court has given a former prefectural lawmaker a suspended prison term for fraud involving misuse of taxpayers’ money.

The Kobe District Court on Wednesday sentenced former Hyogo Prefectural assembly member Ryutaro Nonomura to 3 years in prison, suspended for 4 years.

Nonomura was accused of misusing more than 9 million yen, or about 89,000 dollars, over 3 years until his resignation in July 2014. Prosecutors said he claimed expenses for 344 fictitious day trips.
6)   A Japanese man on a 10 meter yacht has completed the first half of a round-trip solo voyage across the Pacific Ocean.

66-year-old Shinkichi Shoji who runs a billboard business, left Japan almost 2 months ago, from the port of Sakai in Tottori Prefecture. He was bound for San Francisco in the United States.

His local yacht club said on its website that he completed the journey of about 12,000 kilometers on Tuesday.

7)   The number of scrambles by Japanese Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets against Chinese aircraft surged between April and June.

The Defense Ministry says Japanese fighters made 281 emergency takeoffs to intercept unidentified jets in the 3-month period.

Of those, 199 scrambles were against Chinese aircraft. That’s up 70 percent from a year ago.

Ministry officials say Chinese military planes are increasing activities near the Japanese side of areas between the 2 countries.

8)   Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Yuriko Koike has announced she will run for Tokyo governor without her party’s recommendation.

Koike is a former defense minister. She met on Tuesday with Economic Revitalization Minister Nobuteru Ishihara, who heads the ruling party’s Tokyo chapter.

She sought the party’s recommendation and asked the chapter to quickly decide its position.

Ishihara said the chapter will make its decision after the Upper House election on Sunday.

9)   Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda has once again said he will pump more money into the financial markets if it is necessary to support the economy.

Kuroda told the chiefs of the central bank’s 32 regional bureaus on Thursday that exports and production are sluggish due to slowdowns in emerging economies.
10)   Britain’s central bank has taken steps to support the economy, whose outlook has worsened since the vote to leave the European Union.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said on Tuesday that the UK has entered a period of uncertainty and significant economic adjustment.

He announced that the bank had lowered the amount of capital that lenders must hold in reserve.

dollars.

低空

3時に目が覚めたらまた眠れなくなってしまった。床の拭き掃除をして疲れてみたけど眠くならないので起きていよう。明日はお休みだし。あ、もう今日か。

今週もまた低空飛行だった。夕方コンビニに買い物に行ったら家に帰りたくなくて泣けてきて、滅多に人の通らない歩道橋の上で1時間ほど車の往来を見ながら気持ちを落ち着かせた。誰かのせいでもなくどうすることもできないのだから自分が何とかこなすしかないのだから。

食べなければ、食べていれば大丈夫と友達にもらったお洒落な調味料でウキウキするようなご飯を作った。

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まだまだ大丈夫だ。うんうん。

July 1st, 2016

実は先週は寝坊して目が覚めたらレッスン時間が終わっている時刻であった。(ダメじゃん)。なので今週は反省してちゃんと起きた!(大人として当たり前の事ですよ)

1)   As the death toll from the Istanbul airport attack rose Thursday to 44, a senior Turkish official said the three suicide bombers who carried it out were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and Turkish police raided Istanbul neighborhoods for suspects linked to the Islamic State group.

2)   An all-female reboot of Ghostbusters” hits theaters this summer amid a savage backlash by Internet trolls that has thrown the spotlight back onto Hollywood’s gender discrimination problem.

The film’s first trailer has become the most reviled in YouTube history, having amassed almost 900,000 dislikes, while director Paul Feig and his cast have been bombarded with death threats and misogyny on social media.

3)   A top Singapore bank said Thursday it has suspended loans to anyone wanting to buy property in London, citing uncertainty from Britain’s vote to quit the EU but dealing a blow to investors looking to make the most of the weak pound.

United Overseas Bank (UOB), one of the city-state’s three homegrown lenders, said it was monitoring the market closely to determine when the loans would resume.

4)   Porfirio Guerrero has grown increasingly frustrated as a decade-long recession has sapped business from his tailor shop in the Puerto Rican capital. He now feels the only way for the island to recover is to become a full-fledged part of the United States, a sentiment that is gaining force in the territory.

Puerto Ricans have been divided for decades on whether to remain a semi-autonomous commonwealth, push for statehood or break away entirely from the United States. The island’s economic crisis — including a $70 billion debt and looming default — have pushed many like Guerrero toward statehood.

6)   The number of scrambles by Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force fighter jets in reaction to the flight paths of Chinese aircraft was up sharply for the 3 months through June of this year.

Admiral Katsutoshi Kawano, the chief of staff, Joint Staff of the Self-Defense Forces, made the announcement at a news conference on Thursday.

Kawano said the number of scrambles against Chinese aircraft for the April-June period increased by more than 80 sorties from the 114 the ASDF made during the same period of last year.
7)   Japanese government officials say tax revenues for the last fiscal year were lower than earlier estimates.

This is the first time since the 2008 global financial crisis that Japan’s tax revenue has fallen below the government’s forecast.

The officials say national tax revenues in fiscal 2015 that ended in March came in at 56.3 trillion yen, or about 550 billion dollars. That’s up around 22 billion dollars from the previous fiscal year. But it’s nearly 1.3 billion dollars lower than the estimate the government made last December.
8)   A government survey shows that over a quarter of Japan’s population is now aged 65 or older.

The Internal Affairs Ministry says the estimate is based on preliminary figures from last year’s national census.

The survey says about 33.4 million people are 65 or older, or 26.7 percent of Japan’s population.
9)   Japanese lawmakers are discussing ways to minimize the impact of Britain’s decision to leave the EU.

Members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party met on Tuesday to consider extending financial support to small and medium-sized businesses.

A senior LDP official asked for a second supplementary budget of about 98 billion dollars for the current fiscal year.

Some members called for doubling that, to about 195 billion dollars including fiscal investment and loans. They said the negative aftereffects of Brexit may become prolonged.July 1st, 2016

7月

気がついたら7月になっていた。ってことは今年ももう半年間過ぎたのだなぁ。早いなぁ。残り半年もあっという間に違いない。

友人のご主人がドイツのお土産を買ってきてくれた。

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左から

レモン胡椒塩

ローズマリーの海塩

ラズベリー薔薇胡椒塩

ペルシャの青い塩

おしゃれだ。^^

レモン胡椒塩で冷製パスタ

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ローズマリー塩でエビをソテー

ワインが欲しかったけれど、晴茶があったから◉

 

イギリス

イギリスはてっきりEU残留だと思っていたので、今日のニュースには驚いた。イギリスには遠い昔新婚旅行でロンドンに行ったのみである。でもhuluでBBCのドラマをたくさん見ていることもあり、なんとなく経済がうまくいかなくなりそのせいでいいドラマが製作中止になったりしたら嫌だなーという自分の欲のみでぼんやりそう思ったりしている。特にシャーロックは本当に面白いのでドクターフーのように長寿でやって欲しいと思っているし、BBC製作のドラマといえばダウントンアビーも面白いし、トンネルも良かったなぁ。ユートピアはすごかったし。…っと。。

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あ、でもこの離脱を種にまた新たなドラマも作られそうな気もするか。^^

*写真は同じくBBCシャーロックファンの友達が貸してくれたピンク色の研究の漫画本。

 

昨日職場で「しいたけのたこ焼」というのが話題になった。たこの代わりにしいたけを入れるというものだ。食感がタコと同じだというので干ししいたけを戻して甘く煮てそれをタコの代わりに投入。すると本当に言われなければタコだと思ってしまう。なかなか面白い

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昨日の病院

あまり雨がひどい時には行きたくないなぁと思いダメ元で病院に相談の電話したら、どうぞどうぞ雨がひどくない時にいらしてくださいね。と優しく言ってもらえたので予約の時間よりも1時間半も早く出発した。雨避けできる駐車場がない病院なので車椅子も母も多少濡れてしまったけれど大粒の雨の時間は避けられて良かった。

帰ってきてからたっぷり時間があったので母のベッドサイドに置く小さいワゴンを組み立てた。通販で注文して届いていたのだけれどなんとなく放置してあったのだ。ここ1,2週間家の中で杖を使っても何度か歩けなくなって、同じところに何分も立って一歩が踏み出せないでいることがあって、いよいよ家の中の短い数歩の歩行も危ない感じなので私が不在の時はベッドの周りで全てが出来るように準備しているのだがどうなのだろう。「あなたが仕事でいない時はお母さんを一人で置いているの?」と脳外科のドクタに尋ねられて「週3日は私が仕事に出ている間一人で家にいます。」と答えたら「そう。。。」という返答だった。きっとダメ出しの「そう」なのだろうけれど、その後の「。。。」はでもそれも仕方ないかなの領域かな? きっと後々後悔することがたくさんある母との生活だけど、それでも続けてやれると思っているところまではやるけれど、このバランスは無理だということまではもうできない。ごめん。母よ。

大雨注意報

母の脳外科検診日。大雨注意報が出てるけど、仕事もお休みを取ったので行くしかないか。

ここ数日母との関係が悪くて、優しくなれない。特に何かがあったわけではなくてただただ私自身の問題なんだけど、自分でもどうにもならなくて嫌になる。何か思っても一旦それを口にしてしまうと呪いのようにそれが固定されてしまうから言わないようにしているけれどそうするとそれが塵のように降り積もってどこかに詰まって苦しくなってしまうような感じなのだろうか?というようないつもの分析をして「なんてことなさ」と逃げようと思っているのがこれがうまくいかない時がある。解決策はないので時が経って私の何かが変わる(落ち着く)のを待つしかない。でも心の中は大雨注意報だ。時々疲れて母の汚れ物などを片付けている時に「はぁ」という態度になると母はそれを敏感に察知してものすごく不機嫌になる。きっと「もう世話をしてもらえないかも」という不安が母を襲っているに違いない。天下の宝刀「今日まで一度も言わなかったが、私は女で一つで苦労してあんた達を育ててきたのに(その態度は)なんなんだ。」と言い出す。母の中では一度も放ったことはないようだが、こちらは今日まで10回以上は聞いているのだがと思うがそれを言ったらまたさらに不機嫌になるので口には出さない。そう言った類の事だ。体が疲れてない時は心も凹まないことも分かっているから、こうして凹んでいるということは今私の体力は不足なんだろうな。ともかくせっかく半世紀も生きてるんだから知恵を振り絞って今回もやり過ごそう。(乗り越えようとは思わないしできない。)

次半世紀

半世紀おめでとう!というメッセージをもらい、あ、そうか。と。

大人になったらもっとキチンとしているはずだったのに、今の自分は予想とは全く違う大人になっているなぁ。^^

別の友人は折り返し地点だね!とメッセージをくれたのだけど、えーそんなにまだあるの?と返したら、うち長寿の家系でみんな90過ぎまだから。だそう。我が家の母も79歳になった。ってことは私もそのぐらいまでの遺伝子はあるのか。うむぅ。

ともかく新しい半世紀が始まるので頑張りましょうか。

という朝。

June 17th, 2016

マスゾエさんの話とオーランドの銃撃事件とディズニーリゾートのワニとイチローがメイントピック。プラス大阪のお箸での殺傷事件ってとこでした。

1)   An election to pick the successor to Tokyo Gov Yoichi Masuzoe, who is resigning over a political funds scandal, will be held July 31, the local election commission said Friday.

The official campaigning period is set to begin on July 14, just days after the July 10 House of Councillors election.

Among the high-profile names floated as possible candidates are two women: Yuriko Koike, a well-known lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party; and Renho, a lawmaker and acting president of the main opposition Democratic Party. Both have previously served in Cabinet posts.

Kenji Utsunomiya, a lawyer and former head of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations, is also said to be considering running in the election.

2)   A Japanese man who stabbed his father to death with a chopstick was arrested on Thursday, police said.

Michikazu Ikeuchi, 51, admitted that he stabbed his 80-year-old father in the throat with a 30-centimeter-long wooden, cooking chopstick on Wednesday night after a quarrel at their home in Osaka, according to police.

3)   Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso on Friday fired off a warning shot against a recent rise in the yen, saying he was deeply concerned about “one-sided, rapid and speculative” currency moves and would respond urgently if necessary – a hint at possible yen-selling market intervention.

The latest jawboning – official comment intended to influence markets – comes as the yen surged across the board after the Bank of Japan (BOJ) left monetary policy unchanged on Thursday, despite market fears of global turmoil if Britain votes to exit the European Union in the June 23 referendum.

4)   Nearly four decades later, another Japanese star has surpassed a lofty mark set by one of baseball’s most famous players — with the help of stats accumulated overseas. On Wednesday night , Ichiro Suzuki reached 4,257 hits in the Japanese and North American major leagues, passing Pete Rose’s total from Major League Baseball. Although the accomplishment was met with admiration around the sport, it’s not easy to put Suzuki’s feat in context.

Rose remains the MLB hit leader with 4,256. Suzuki had 1,278 hits for Orix in Japan’s Pacific League (1992-00), and on Wednesday he increased his total to 2,979 with the Seattle Mariners, New York Yankees and Miami Marlins. Rose was quoted recently by USA Today as saying: “I’m not trying to take anything away from Ichiro, he’s had a Hall of Fame career, but the next thing you know, they’ll be counting his high-school hits.”

5)   A pro-EU British lawmaker was killed in a shock daylight street attack, halting campaigning for the referendum on Britain’s membership in the bloc just a week before the crucial vote.

Jo Cox, a 41-year-old mother-of-two from the opposition Labour Party, was shot in the face while lying on the ground by a lone attacker in the village of Birstall in northern England, according to witnesses quoted by local media.

6)   The death sentence given to a man convicted of murdering two women and seriously injuring another man in 2010 when he was 18 is set to be finalized after the Supreme Court on Thursday upheld lower court rulings.

The case of Yutaro Chiba, now 24, marks the first time capital punishment has been given to a minor under Japan’s lay judge trial system that began in 2009.

In handing down the ruling, the top court’s first petty bench said the defendant committed the crime based on a “very selfish motive” as he was determined to kill anyone who sabotaged his plan to run away with his former girlfriend.

7)   The Japanese government on Wednesday launched a special patrol unit in Okinawa to enhance security in response to the rape and murder in April of a young woman allegedly by a former U.S. Marine.

Around 20 vehicles began patrolling downtown areas and school roads in Okinawa which hosts the bulk of U.S. military facilities in Japan, with officials from the Okinawa bureaus of the Defense Ministry and the Cabinet Office participating in the patrols for the time being.

8)   Nissan says it is developing fuel-cell technology that can power cars using plant-based ethanol, a first for the auto industry, and hopes to launch the system in time for Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics.

Japan’s number-two automaker said its experimental technology would let vehicles drive more than 600 kilometers on a single fill, similar to gasoline-powered cars.

Fuel cells work by combining hydrogen and oxygen in an electrochemical reaction, which produces electricity.

9)   Social media has emerged as a leading source of news among online users who increasingly access it on their smartphones, a think tank said on Wednesday, warning that the embrace of free news was becoming a challenge for publishers of quality news.

More than half of online users get their news from Facebook and other social media platforms, refusing to pay for news and using ad-blocking, which hurts publishers’ revenue, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism (RISJ) said.

10)   Embracing grieving Orlando families and appealing anew for national action, President Barack Obama claimed a threat to all Americans’ security Thursday as a strong reason to tighten U.S. gun laws. Counterterror campaigns overseas, he declared, can never prevent all “lone wolf” attacks like the one that killed 49 people in Orlando.

11)  It’s an unwritten rule for Florida residents: Keep your kids away from ponds and lakes because alligators are everywhere.

But after a gator killed a 2-year-old Nebraska boy at a Walt Disney World resort, attention soon turned to tourists. In a state with an estimated 1 million alligators, how should theme parks and other attractions warn visitors, and did Disney do enough?

12)   Further investigations will be conducted to learn why the operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant did not use the term “meltdown” soon after the March 2011 accident.

It took more than 2 months for Tokyo Electric Power Company to admit that the cores of 3 of the reactors had melted down.

A panel set up by TEPCO reported on Thursday that the utility’s former president, Masataka Shimizu, had instructed employees not to use the term “meltdown.”
The panel said this came after what the president said were instructions from the prime minister’s office.

But the panel did not carry the investigation to the prime minister’s office. It is not known who in the office issued the instructions.

13)   Officials in Tottori Prefecture, western Japan, say a large metal object found washed ashore there could be from a North Korean missile.

The officials told the central government on Friday that a prefectural employee patrolling a coast in Yurihama Town found the object on the previous day.

They say the piece is shaped like a cylinder sliced vertically. They say it’s 1.8 meters long and 1.2 meters wide, with something like cables inside.

The officials say the object resembles what South Korean media reported in February as suspected debris from a North Korean missile.

14)   The Japanese government has decided to extend the Maritime Self-Defense Force’s anti-piracy mission off the coast of Somalia by another year.

The current mission will expire on July 23rd.

Japan has deployed escort ships and patrol aircraft to guard commercial ships in the area since 2009.

The cabinet approved the extension on Friday because piracy remains a threat, although there have been no incidents during the past year.

Japanese government officials say poverty in Somalia is the root cause of the problem and pirates will return to the area if the international community lowers its guard.

15)   Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and a close aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed that they will prepare for a still-unscheduled visit by Putin to Japan.

Abe and Russian Lower House Speaker Sergei Naryshkin met in Tokyo on Thursday, reaffirming the importance of bilateral cooperative ties in a wide range of areas.
16)   The number of confirmed or suspected dementia sufferers who went missing in Japan has surpassed 10,000 for the third straight year.

The National Police Agency says 12,208 elderly people were reported missing in 2015 — up more than 1,400 from the previous year. 98 percent of them were found before the year-end, but 150 remain unaccounted for.
17)   Mitsubishi Motors says fuel economy data on14 models marketed over the past 10 years was manipulated.

Mitsubishi held a news conference at the Transport Ministry on Friday to announce the results of an in-house probe into the series of fuel-data scandals.

The auto firm said the fuel data on the 14 models came from calculations rather than from actual measurements. In all, the company marketed 20 models during that time.

Mitsubishi officials say they manipulated data on 5 of the 14 models to make their fuel economy look better even though they failed tests.

They add that tests on 17 models did not follow standards, and the company falsified data on such factors as weather, date, and time at test runs of all 20 models.
18)   NHK has learned that the sender of the email that caused the leak of personal data of travel agency customers pretended to be an airline company employee.

JTB officials have admitted that data for nearly 8 million customers may have been leaked due to a computer virus.

A JTB group company received an email in March that appeared to have been sent by All Nippon Airways. The sender’s email address included the letters “ana” and the title of the message suggested that air ticket data was attached to the email.

19)   Tokyo stocks fell across the board on Thursday, with the benchmark index dropping more than 400 points after the Bank of Japan decided to maintain its current monetary policy.

Shares on the Tokyo Stock Exchange were sold almost across the board, as the yen surged against the dollar following the central bank’s decision.

The Nikkei index closed 485 points down from Wednesday’s finish, at 15,434, marking its lowest point in about 4 months. The broader TOPIX index ended at 1241, down 35 points.

Market analysts say the fall of the dollar was triggered by the US Federal Reserve’s decision on Wednesday not to raise interest rates, and was accelerated by the Bank of Japan’s decision.

 

20)   France has ratified the Paris Agreement on curbing global warming.

President Francois Hollande signed a document to ratify the agreement on Wednesday. Both houses of parliament had previously approved the result of UN climate talks in December.

Hollande said the ratification process realizes the hope to stop global warming, which emerged at the COP 21 conference.

The agreement is a new international framework to fight global warming beyond 2020, replacing the Kyoto Protocol.

The Paris deal takes effect when it is ratified by at least 55 countries accounting for 55 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions.

Only 17 nations, mainly island countries like the Maldives and Tuvalu, have ratified it. They represent 0.04 percent of the emissions.

21)   One of 5 Hong Kong booksellers who disappeared last year has lambasted mainland Chinese authorities for his detention. The 5 are linked to a bookstore that sells titles critical of the Communist Party.

Lam Wing-kee held a news conference in Hong Kong on Thursday, 2 days after returning from mainland China.

Lam explained he was held by Chinese authorities after he arrived in Guangdong Province for a visit last October. He said he was confined for 5 months in a room about 30 square meters.
22)   Shanghai Disneyland, the first one in mainland China, has celebrated its official opening.

The gates opened before noon on Thursday, slightly earlier than scheduled. Long lines of visitors had formed in front of the gates since early in the morning. Pre-order tickets for the opening day were sold out.

Visitors were seen taking pictures of themselves with Disney characters, and enjoying rides and other attractions.

Construction of the 390-hectare Shanghai Disney Resort with hotels and shopping areas cost about 5.5 billion US dollars.

23)   A robot escaped from a science lab and caused a traffic jam in one Russian city, it’s reported.

Scientists at the Promobot laboratories in Perm had been teaching the machine how to move around independently, but it broke free after an engineer forgot to shut a gate, says the local edition of the Argumenty i Fakty newspaper. The robot found its way to a nearby street, covering a distance of about 50m (164ft), before its battery ran out, the daily says.

An eyewitness video posted online shows a vaguely humanoid machine standing in the middle of a busy road, guarded by a traffic policeman. It is then wheeled off by a human, presumably an engineer from the company that developed the robot.

24)   Germany’s military is facing criticism after photos emerged of young children handling firearms during an open day.

Images shared by the German Peace Society show youngsters holding a range of weapons, including an assault rifle and a sub-machine gun, Spiegel Online reports. While the guns weren’t loaded and the children appear to have been supervised, the military’s own rules say under-18s must not be allowed to handle weapons, after a similar scandal occurred in 2011, the website notes.

25)   A horde of giant spider crabs has amassed in waters near the Australian city of Melbourne.

Hundreds of thousands of the crabs migrate to Australia’s southern shores each year as ocean waters cool.

Australian aquatic scientist Sheree Marris filmed an enormous gathering of the crustaceans in Port Phillip Bay.

Ms Marris said she hoped to raise awareness of the diversity of sea life in Australia’s southern waters.

“Who would have thought something like this, that is so spectacular, could be happening in Australia on the southern shore,” she said.

ワード・プレスとクロッシング・ライン

仕事で二箇所のwordpressを触ることになっている。簡単にサイトができるのは便利なんだけど、ちょっと複雑なことをやろうとすると不便だったりするのはそういうもんだと思いやっている。まぁそれもなんとかなりそうな気配になってきたのでよかった。この経験も今後色々役に立つだろう。ここ三年はひっそり仕事をしていたので色々錆び付いていて、またなんでもやるようになったことはそういう時期だと思える。楽しんでやることにしよう。

海外ドラマはクロッシング・ラインというのを見始めたら地味なんだけど設定とと会話が面白くて、でもシーズン2の終わり方が「ええ?」という感じだったので、この先どう展開させるのかとてもシーズン3を楽しみにしていたら、どうやらあまり望む方向にはならないみたいで(ルィやエヴァは死んじゃうの?)、しかも3でメンバーほぼ入れ替わり、打ち切りになったらしい?いいドラマだったのに。ドラマは勝ち残っていくのは難しいんだろうなぁ。

June 11th, 2016

結局3回のリジェクトでアプリは審査が通って公開された。バグとかでなくて、ユーザへの不正な投稿のブロックメカニズムを入れて欲しいということと、広告の場所がわからないということでのリジェクトだった。リジェクトされるとリゾリューションセンターにリジェクト理由が来たり、説明を求めたりするので、それに対してこちらからも回答する。それらは全て英語で行うのだけれどこの英語のレッスンが役立った。

今日はマスゾエさんとニホニウムの会話が面白かったよ。と最後にマイケル先生が言っていた。日本好きのマイケル先生にはニホニウムの響きがツボだったらしくて、何度もニホニウムを口にしては笑っていた。(馬鹿にされてたのか?)

1)   The body of a woman who had been missing since Wednesday in a forest in Kazuno, Akita Prefecture, was found on Friday morning. 

Police said the woman, who is believed to be 74-year-old Tsuwa Suzuki, was badly mauled most likely by a bear. However, a positive identification has yet to be made.

Fuji TV reported that Suzuki had come from Towada in neighboring Aomori Prefecture.

There have been several bear sightings recently. Three men have been killed by bears in the same area since May 21.

3)   A Lenovo smartphone unveiled Thursday will be clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings — such as the room’s size and the presence of other people — and potentially transform how we interact with e-commerce, education and gaming.

Today’s smartphones track location through GPS and cell towers, but that does little more than tell apps where you are. Tapping Google’s 3-year-old Project Tango , the new Phab2 Pro phone will use software and sensors to track motions and map building interiors, including the location of doors and windows

11)   We’re putting emphasis on individuals’ lives as the way to lead to the entire economy’s growth.

Democratic Party President Katsuya Okada, after four opposition parties signed a policy accord with an alliance of civil groups, aiming to frame the upcoming House of Councillors election as a battle between Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration and civil society. (Jiji Press)

13)   Tennis star Kei Nishikori is set to represent Japan at his third straight Olympics after being picked to play at the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.

The Japan Tennis Association said on Friday it had received notification of the selection by the International Tennis Federation earlier in the day.

15)   Japan’s government task force for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo will start to collect data on temperature and humidity in and around venues next month.

Officials of the task force plan to use the data to work out measures to prevent athletes and visitors from experiencing severe summer heat and humidity.
16)   A Japanese researcher says he’s thrilled that “nihonium” has been endorsed as the name for a new atomic element discovered by his group.

Kyushu University Professor Kosuke Morita led a team at Japan’s RIKEN institute that found the element.

19)   Animal rights activists calling for an end to the slaughter and eating of dogs at a Chinese festival delivered a petition with 11 million signatures to authorities in Beijing on Friday.

The two dozen activists were accompanied by dogs and unveiled banners with pictures of the animals above the message “I’m not your dinner” as they presented the petition at the representative office of Yulin city, where the festival is held.

The annual festival, which is set to begin on June 21, sees residents of the southern city consume dog meat with thousands of dogs expected to be slaughtered.

Skywalker

昨日は家人を眼科へ連れて行った。いい大人なのに連れて行くというのも変だけど、網膜剥離の定期検査の時は瞳孔を開く薬を刺すので処置後しばらくの間眩しくてうっすらとしか視界がないらしいので運転手となる人が必要なのである。眼科検診の日は双方会社をお休みするので、ここ数年は検診後、私の運転でドライブしてぶらぶらとランチや日帰り温泉を楽しんでいる。母のディサービスのお迎えの時間まで帰って来ればいいのでそれまでは母の心配もしなくていいので私にとってかなり心の負担がない自由時間なっている。

昨日は家人が隣町に出来た大吊橋、スカイウォークに行ってみたいというので行ってみた。橋を往復するのに1000円/人もかかるというので実は「なんだよ!」と思っていたけど行ってみたら景色も綺麗だし(曇りだったので海や山々は見えたけれど富士山は見えなかっけど十分綺麗だった。)施設は新しいし、お土産もの屋さんもなかなか面白かったので予想よりずっと楽しめた。

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その後はなぜかいつもの伊豆ルートへ行き、家人が気になっているというコンテナの究極のそばを食べた。建物を見たとき最初少しびっくりしたけれど中は落ち着いたいい感じ。お蕎麦も美味しかった。

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その後、日帰り温泉テルメで温泉に入ってきた。川のそばにあるこの日帰り風呂は緑が綺麗で川の音が聞こえ、平日で空いていたのですごくリフレッシュできた。

 

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次はまた4ヶ月後くらいかなと思ったら、「そうそう。先生が次は2ヶ月後に見せに来てほしいって」と。…なんか気になるところでもあったのだろうか。少し心配。

凹凸

一度着たら柔らかい素材と襟ぐりの開き具合が気に入ったらしく、今日もこれ!と連続して母の日のプレゼントを着てくれている。久々の大ヒットだ(ここ数年は惨敗だった)。友人Bちゃんが教えてくれたお店で買ったのだが来年も同じお店で買うとしよう。ありがとう! ^^ デイサービスでもスタッフやお友達に「素敵ね!」「似合ってるわ!」とか褒められたらしくそれが気に入った一番の理由かもしれない。

しかし、ここのところまた排尿コントロールがうまくいっていない。朝母のシーツやら寝間着やらを大量洗濯しているので梅雨入りは悲しい。今日は晴れ間が出ているけど夕方から崩れるらしいがともかく干して外出しよう。寝ている間の尿量の事など本人の意思ではどうにもならないのだからと言っても酷く落ちこんでいる朝もある。今朝などは「もうこれから水分取らない!」とか言い出し、まぁこれまで何度も同じことを言っていて、都度水分の必要性をしているがもう一回してあとはまた様子を見ていくしかないなぁと思う。一気にガーと説明しても本人にとっては納得いかないことがあることを私が理解した(ようやく)。なんで理解してくれないの?とイライラすることもあるけれど、仕方ないなぁとスルっとできる時もある。凹凸凹凸の繰り返し。凹凹がずっと続けばいいけれど凸凸続きになるよりは凹凸でいいか。

ピンク色の研究

日曜日の朝はHちゃんと珈琲を飲みに行った。珈琲好きの彼女はやはり珈琲情報に詳しく私が教えようとした地元の新しい珈琲屋さん(テイクアウト店やスタンド店を含めて)は大体知っていた。^^ コナンに付き合ってくれた彼女はやはり推理物ドラマや映画、本が好きでBBCのシャーロックの漫画本(英語)も買ったよと持ってきてくれた。「ピンク色の研究」(緋色の研究をアレンジしたもの)これを読むとドラマでは見逃したあれこれが「あ。そうだったのか」と分かるというので楽しみである。これは職場で昼休みに読むことにした。じわりじわりと読もうと思う。早速今日お昼休みに読み始めていたら職場の私の半分ほどの年齢の女の子が「BBCのシャーロック、私もシーズン2まで見ていますよ!」というので「あ、じゃあ。シャーロック死んじゃったとこまで?」「そうなんですよ!」と盛り上がって嬉しかった。

今朝は嬉しいことがもう一個あって、母がデイサービスに行くのに「あれを着る」というので「あれ」とは?と思ったら私が母の日に贈った洋服だった。あれから1月経つので今年も来てもらえずか。と半ば諦めていたので嬉しかった。正直に言うとめっちゃ嬉しかった!ので思わずパチリした。今日で最後かもしれないし。そしてとてもよく似合っていると褒めたたえるのも忘れずにしておいた。^^来年も懲りずに母が似合うピンク色の洋服をプレゼントしよ。

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食べる!

金曜日にアプリは予想通り一回目リジェクトされた。通報システムが不足していと審査が以前よりまた厳しくなった。その部分の機能を追加して月曜日に再申請しようということなった。

今日は土曜日なので姉と産直へ行き、コメダ珈琲でボリューミーな朝ごはんを食べてお互いの家庭の報告(母の不整脈とか、甥っ子たちの学校生活とか)をしている時に姉が「そういえばブルーベリーのパン屋さんがオープンしたんだって!」というので早速帰りに寄ってみた。

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種類が豊富でお菓子もポニョも扱っていたので嬉しいな。これからは時々利用しそうな気がする。カレーパンや塩パンが美味しいらしいけれど残念ながら売り切れていた。^^

家に帰って産直で買った今朝採ったというトウモロコシを蒸して昼食にしたら、母が「美味しい。美味しいね。」と喜んでいた。母が喜んで完食すると「よし!(勝)」という気分になる。逆に嫌な顔をして食べてくれないと凹む。こういうのに左右されないようになりたいのだけれど。朝Bちゃんにもらったフルーツグラノーラを入れて焼いたパウンドケーキも喜んで食べてくれたから今日は良い日だ。

夜はこれまた産直で買った野菜をたっぷり入れたカレーを作った。姉からスパイスカレーの素をもらって作ったかなり本格的な香りと味のするカレーになって美味しいのだけれどとにかく辛い!

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食べきれるだろうかと思ったら、家人がうまいうまいと汗を拭きながらたくさん食べてくれた。とはいえ家人はいつもお腹が空いてる人なので比較的どんなものを出しても「うまいうまいなー」と食べてくれるのだ。煮込んでいる間のグツグツした時味見をしたらすごく辛く感じたカレーも少し温度が下がったら辛いけれど旨味が後を引く美味しさになって私もお代わりするくらい食べられた!

 

お弁当生活も続行中である。美味しく食べることは楽しく生きることである。ん?

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June 4th, 2016

やっぱり今日は北海道で見つかった少年の話からスタート。見つかってよかった。

1)   A boy who had been missing since Saturday was found Friday morning in a town in Hokkaido, northern Japan.

Yamato Tanooka was found at a Self-Defense Force exercise range in Shikabe Town, about 4 kilometers from the spot where he went missing 6 days ago.

When an SDF member found the boy inside a rest facility on the range, the 7-year-old said his name was Yamato. Police say his parents later confirmed his identity.

2)   Japan’s government has decided on a new growth strategy aimed at boosting the country’s gross domestic product to 600 trillion yen, or about 5.5 trillion dollars.

The strategy aims to stimulate a 4th industrial revolution by creating a new growth market making full use of artificial intelligence.

It aims for the use of self-driving vehicles on highways by 2020, and goods delivery by drones within 3 years.

The government plans to promote technology development to make better use of robots and drones for search and rescue operations in disasters.

3)   Mitsubishi Materials Corp, one of dozens of Japanese companies that used Chinese forced laborers during World War II, reached a settlement covering thousands of victims Wednesday that includes compensation and an apology.

The deal was signed in Beijing with three former workers representing the company’s more than 3,000 Chinese victims of forced labor, Mitsubishi Materials said in a statement.

4)   Groups of residents from remote mountainous areas in Japan and Taiwan plan to work together on projects to lure tourists by promoting local ghost stories, those involved on the Japanese side said.

A group in Miyoshi, Tokushima Prefecture, western Japan, and the other in Nantou County in central Taiwan signed a cross-promotion agreement in February, allowing each to sell the other’s souvenirs and attend events with their sister organization.

5)   Cafes are nice relaxing places. Cats are cute cuddly animals. Sooner or later – with hindsight it seems almost inevitable – an entrepreneur would come along, put the two together and launch a “cat cafe” boom. It happened about eight years ago, and now there are some 200 cat cafes nationwide, most of them doing a brisk business premised on the joys – innocent joys, you’d think – of interacting with cats over coffee.

Actually not so innocent, Spa! (May 31) finds. There is a dark side to the business which is not, in fact, limited to cats or cafes. The disposal each year of roughly 100,000 cats and dogs suggests too many pets being bred and sold to too many people with too little knowledge of what’s involved in raising a pet. Nor are cats the only cafe mascots – there are rabbit cafes, reptile cafes, monkey cafes, owl cafes and so on.

6)   Leaving the European Union would be an act of “economic self-harm,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said Thursday during a televised grilling that saw him challenged on the emotive topic of immigration and accused of scaremongering about the impact of quitting the 28-nation bloc.

7)  A Japanese comedian will run the marathon for Cambodia at the Olympics in Brazil this summer, an official said Thursday, a second attempt by the funnyman to go to the Games for the Southeast Asian sporting minnows.

不整脈

母のペースメーカーのチェックの待ち時間は短かったがペースメーカーのチェックにはいつもよりだいぶ時間がかかり、係の人が言うには時々不整脈が出ているそうだ。訪問リハビリの先生にもリハビリの前や後に脈をとると時々脈が不整なので、その時はちょっと気をつけてリハビリをやってくれている。でもペースメーカーをチェックした後のドクターの受診では「まぁいいでしょう。次は12月にまた確認してみましょうね。」ということになった。

申請とペースメーカー

アップルストアに3月くらいから作り始めたアプリを申請した。初回は多分Rejectされるような気がするけれど自分で申請作業は初なのでちょっとドキドキする。

今日は午後から医療センターへ母の半年に1度のペースメーカーのチェックへ行く。「魔女」シリーズを読み終えてしまったので手持ちの本で未読なものがなくてしまったという感じだ。ペースメーカー後のドクタの診察待ちが長くないと良いけれど。今までで一番かかった時間は3時間くらいだったろうか。その時は心臓外科の先生が緊急オペの入ってしまったから仕方がなかったと思う。途中で怒り出し看護師さんに怒りをぶつける患者さんも出て騒然となったっけ。

May 28th, 2016

いろいろ興味深い話をしたので細かく説明したいのに英語力が足りなくてうまく言えなくて悔しいなぁ。広島、沖縄、消費税、スリランカの話をしていたら50分過ぎてしまったので、残りは来週ということになった。^^

1)   US President Barack Obama on Friday afternoon laid a wreath at the Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima. He’s the first sitting US president to visit the atomic-bombed city.

2)   Presumptive US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has won more than half the delegates — enough to secure the party nomination.

3)   Japan’s health ministry has decided to conditionally approve pig cell transplants for people with diabetes.

4)    Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga says the government is aware of the seriousness of a resolution that condemns an alleged crime by a US military base worker.
5)   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has hinted that he may postpone an increase in the consumption tax, from 8 to 10 percent, which is scheduled for next April.
6)   Taiwan’s new government says it takes no specific legal position on the status of Japan’s southernmost island, Okinotorishima. The position marks a reversal of the previous administration’s policy.
7)   World Bank President Jim Yong Kim says he intends to work together with other global organizations to step up measures against international tax evasion.

旧友デー

昨日は母を医療センターに連れて行くため家の階段を降りていたら、ご近所のOさんが私たちを見かけたようで通りの向こうからかけよってきた。Oさんは我が家で母が店をやっていた時に長年手伝いに来てくれていた人で母が病気になった時もすごく助けてくれて今も野菜や魚を分けてもらったり、御節を渡したりする間柄である。私は今も何かにつけちょこちょこ話をしているが、母は直接会うのは2年ぶりくらいらしい。二人で「久しぶりじゃないの。変わらないねー」「あんたもいつまでも若いねー」と言い合いながらキャッキャしていた。

その後、医療センターについて、入り口で車椅子に母が移る手伝いをしていたら私の車の前に一台のタクシーが止まった。中から女性が降りてきて、続いて男性が降りてきたのだが、女性の方に見覚えがあるなと思ったら、母が長年勤めた職場で仲良しにしていて辞めた後もずっと仲良く年に何度も旅行に行ったり食事に行ったりしていたTさんであった。Tさんは母よりも5つ上で足が悪くなったためこの数年は直接会うこともなくなったが母はいつもTさん元気かなぁと心配していた。「Tさん!」と声をかけるとTさんも母もものすごく驚いて、また「元気そうじゃない」「Uさんはちょっと太ったね。元気そうでよかった」と再会を喜んでいた。

病院から帰る時母が

「今日は不思議な日だ。二人も会いたい人に会えた。」

と言うので「良かったね」というと珍しく素直に「うん。嬉しかった。」と言っていた。ああ、本当に嬉しかったのだろうな。

ポイ

母の食卓にはティッシュや小さなお菓子のピニールやらをすぐポイと捨てられるように小さなゴミ箱のようなものが置いてあるのだけれど、母はもう自分が嫌いな食べものがお皿に乗っているとそれもポイと捨てている。嫌いなものが目の前にあるのが嫌なようである^^  母は子供ではないので好き嫌いを言ってはいけません!とする必要もないので、母が嫌いな食べ物は出さないようにしているので基本嫌いな食べ物は出てないはずなのだけれどある日突然昨日までは好きだったものが「これが嫌いになった」となりポイとされてしまうのだ。もともとすごく好き嫌いが多い人なのでますます食べられるののが少なくなってきた。もともと嫌いなものは、人参、ナス、トマト、きゅうり、セロリ、ピーマン、小松菜、漬物全般、ツナ、それらが少しでも触った食べ物も食べられない。それに加わっていったのが干物、カレー、焼きそばやほうれん草、ブロッコリー、アスパラ、オクラ、おからとかを使ったものだろうか。最近はあまりにも見ただけでポイポイ捨てているので、「なんで捨てちゃうの?!(以前は好きだったでしょ。それ?という意味)」と聞いたら「あんたが捨てるようなものを私に出すからだよ!(怒)」と返してきた。^^ ぎゃ!うむぅ。そうきたか。

しかし年をとるとそんなに味覚が変わるのかな。体も思うように動かなくて、食べられるものも少なくなっていて、年をとるってこんなに辛いんだなというのを目の前劇場で毎日見せられている感じである。

そういえば先週は母の脳外科に薬を取りに行く日があって、ついでに少し前に私が毎日打つパスワードを突然綺麗さっぱり忘れてしまった不安をドクターに相談してみようと思っていたのだけれど、いつもは薬を取りに行く日でもドクターの診察室に呼ばれて母の状態などを話し、それに対しドクターが紙にアドバイスを書いてくれ「じゃあこれをお母さんに渡してね」となるのだがどうも忙しかったようで診察室に呼ばれもしなかった^^ そんなに心配しなくても大丈夫という神のお告げだろう。(そうか?)

今日は母の皮膚科の受診なのでもう少ししたら医療センターへ行く。そして来週は心臓外科の受診だ。やっぱり年を取るって大変だ。

土曜日

母の整形外科の定期受診。めちゃ混み。2時間待ちコースで母ぐったり。今日は初めて副院長さんが診察してくれたのだけど、テンション高い明るいドクターで母に色々話しかけたりお上手を言ってくれて母もブーブー文句を言っていたのに思わず笑ってしまうくらいで待ち時間が長かったことが少し緩和されたようだ。

午後は以前長い間一緒に仕事をしていた人と久しぶりに会いお茶をした。仕事で色々野望があるようで何よりだ。

May 20th, 2016

マイケル先生は小保方さんの話が好きなので、ドイツの研究機関がSTAP細胞あるって証明したみたいだよ。と教えたら喜んでいた^^

なんで日本はそんなにスリランカに投資するの?と聞かれて、なんでだろうね、スリランカはあまり馴染みがない感じがするのだけど、と返してしまったがその後日本とスリランカの関係をネットで調べたら日本は第二次世界対戦後に連合国に分割されようとされていたのをスリランカの大統領の演説で助けられていたと知り恥ずかしかった。

1)   A civilian U.S. base worker under arrest on suspicion of dumping the body of a 20-year-old woman in Okinawa Prefecture has admitted to killing her, investigative sources said Friday

2)   The Egyptian military found the personal belongings of passengers and other debris from an EgyptAir jet floating in the Mediterranean, Cairo said on Friday, confirming that the plane had plunged into the sea with 66 people on board.

3)   Japan’s seafood consumption has declined drastically, especially among the younger generation, according to a government report released this week.

The report reveals that the total per-capita marine food consumption in the year through March 2016 had declined to 27.3 kilograms, 30% down from a peak of 40.2 kilograms in fiscal 2001, Sankei Shimbun reported.

4)   A top official of Tokyo’s successful bid to host the 2020 Olympics said Thursday he knew nothing about a $2 million payment to a Singaporean consulting firm under investigation over alleged bribery suspicions.

In an interview with Kyodo News, Masato Mizuno, who was vice president of the bid team, said he was tasked with interviewing other consulting companies and drawing up contracts but said he had no knowledge of one with the Black Tidings consultancy company, or even its existence.

 

5)   Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to wait until after this summer’s House of Councillors election before deciding whether to raise Japan’s consumption tax as scheduled, sources close to the premier said Wednesday.

6)   When Republican Donald Trump complains about unfair trade partners, he often singles out Vietnam — “hot as a pistol right now” and “the new one just killing us.”

And when Democrat Bernie Sanders warns about the perils of global trade deals, he rarely misses a chance to say Americans shouldn’t have to compete against Vietnamese workers earning 65 cents an hour.

7)   Japan will lend Sri Lanka more than $3.5 billion, mostly to finance development, Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake said on Thursday, as the island nation tries to reduce its debt costs and avert a balance of payments crisis.

“We are getting more than $3,500 million from Japan for our development activities,” he said, adding that $1.2 billion would be used to buy government bonds and $2.5 billion used for lending to development projects.

8)   A Japanese government survey shows that a record number of university graduates landed jobs this spring.

The education and labor ministries jointly polled more than 4,700 students who graduated in the last academic year. 97.3 percent had found jobs as of April 1st.

The region with the highest employment rate for new graduates was Chubu, with 98.3 percent. Kyushu and Okinawa had the lowest ratio, 96.3 percent.