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Doug
Interests: tap dancing, american civil war, savion glover, gregory hines, fred astaire movies, "rear window, "ikiru, "the general" history, british empire, alfred hitchcock, " akira kurosawa, " buster keaton
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Micronesia is made up of thousands of small islands. The best known is probably Guam, but there are many other, smaller islands. Last weekend, 3 men from one island went to another island about 40 kilometers away. On their way... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Bubbles
The Japanese curry restaurant CoCoICHI has just opened its first restaurant in India. Can a Japanese chain really sell curry in the country that invented it? Well, I suppose it's possible. After all, Domino's Pizza, the American chain, opened its... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Bubbles
Five years ago, Terunofuji won the summer Tokyo tournament and became an ozeki. Then, three years ago, he hurt his knee and had diabetes ("tonyobyo"). He had to miss or drop out of nine tournaments. He went down to "jonidan,"... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Bubbles
The rainy season is finally over in Japan. Okinawa came out of the rainy season first. Actually, that part of Japan had a shorter-than-usual rainy season. It only lasted a month, ending on June 12. The rest of Japan had... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Bubbles
I work part-time at a visitor center near the Fujimae Tidal Flat in Nagoya. One of my jobs is to keep the area around the center looking neat, so I go out during the day and cut down weeds. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2020 at Bubbles
When my granddaughter came back from school after morning handball practice, she looked very hot and tired. We had lunch together, and I suggested shaved ice for a 3-o'clock snack. She jumped at the idea. "I want ramune!" she said.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2020 at Bubbles
Some amusement parks have reopened since the beginning of June. Many had been closed for 3 months, and they wanted to welcome customers back. The Japanese government wants everyone to avoid the 3 Cs ("sanmitsu"): closed spaces, crowded places and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2020 at Bubbles
Thursday was the beginning of the 2020 MLB season. For more than 100 years, the U.S. President and other famous people have been throwing out the first pitch. Who threw the first pitch on Thursday? It wasn't the President this... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2020 at Bubbles
Last month, I happened to find some postcards. They were love letters between my husband and me. I have been married to him for more than 40 years, but before getting married, we had a long-distance relationship. We didn't have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at Bubbles
Yesterday was the fourth day of the July Grand Sumo Tournament. The July tournament is usually held in Nagoya, but due to the coronavirus, they decided to have it in Tokyo. They thought that the wrestlers would be safer if... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2020 at Bubbles
Yesterday was "doyo no ushi no hi." On this day of summer every year, people all over Japan go out to eat eel. Because of the coronavirus, however, more and more people are choosing to take the eel home rather... Continue reading
Posted Jul 21, 2020 at Bubbles
Is it the end of the rainy season? The weather reporters on TV don't seem to be sure, but the cicadas know that the rainy season is coming to an end. They have come out of the ground and are... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2020 at Bubbles
Fujii Sota has become the youngest player to win a major shogi title. He was still 17 when he won the Kisei title last Thursday. He was playing against Watanabe Akira, one of the top shogi players in Japan. Watanabe... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2020 at Bubbles
Before the rainy season, I was worried about what would happen this summer because there was much less water than usual in the river near my house. Now we have more than enough water, but the extreme weather is scary... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2020 at Bubbles
There are many small lakes around the world that are not connected to any rivers. These lakes have fish in them, but how did the fish get there? Scientists know that plants can move from one place to another because... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2020 at Bubbles
My students want to know the difference between "a" and "the" in English. That is probably the most difficult thing to learn in English. This difference is as difficult to explain as the difference between "wa" and "ga" in Japanese.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2020 at Bubbles
If only we had a clear night! I know that that is difficult during the rainy season, but there is a comet in the sky called NEOWISE. It is a rather large comet with a beautiful tail. It has been... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2020 at Bubbles
Friday, July 10, was the first day that people in Japan could go and watch baseball in a stadium. Of course, the stadiums weren't full. I watched the highlights of the game between the Chunichi Dragons and the Hiroshima Carp,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2020 at Bubbles
I am a junior high school teacher in Saitama Prefecture. After a three-month closure, schools opened again in June. Each class is divided into two groups. Half of the students take classes in the morning, and the other half have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2020 at Bubbles
I was happy that we had rain in June because rainy seasons recently have been very dry. Without the rain, dams don't fill up and farmers don't have enough water to grow crops. There isn't enough water for people in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2020 at Bubbles
About a week ago, I visited someone at their house. There were other guests, a family from Nigeria who also lived in Nagoya. We started talking about food. I was surprised to hear that the Nigerian family really wanted powdered... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2020 at Bubbles
When I was a child, there were no photocopying machines. Teachers used a machine called a mimeograph. It made copies using a drum, like modern printing machines do. However, the copies came out in blue and had a strong chemical... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2020 at Bubbles
There was an election for the governor of Tokyo yesterday. Koike Yuriko was running against 21 other candidates. One used to be the lieutenant governor of Kumamoto. Others included a former actor, a former lawyer, a YouTuber, a singer, and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2020 at Bubbles
I am in the seventh month of pregnancy. I have been feeling the fetus (the baby inside me) move for a few months. When I say to my baby, "Hey, kick here!" he kicks back as if to say "Mommy,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2020 at Bubbles
When the first watermelons appear in the markets, they are expensive. Later in the season, the prices come down a lot. That's when I start buying watermelons. Yesterday I stopped by a local market and found larger and smaller melons.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2020 at Bubbles