Sumo and Rice

10 09 2009

We now have tickets to the O-Sumo Grand Tournament in Tokyo this month. Yay! We have arena tickets for the 20th September. When we first bought our TV we watched a bit of sumo so it will be good to see it live in Tokyo. However we’d better be careful that we don’t get swine flu as many sumo wrestlers have come down with swine flu recently.

Also, I bought 2 winter jackets for under $30 total from the Second Street store which should keep me warm in the snow, ice and freezing wind that we’re anticipating over autumn and winter. Spring in April this year was cold enough, so winter is bound to be FREEZING, especially if we head to Sapporo.

The rice was all harvested in Kisarazu by the first week of September. Here’s what the fields look like now with the tops of the rice cut off.

harvested_riceAlso, more wooden-stump statues appeared outside the rice farm across the street from us. In addition to the big Totoro there are baby Totoro, Pooh, Anpanman and more!

The Totoro family, Pikachu, Anpanman, Doraimon.

The Totoro family, Pikachu, Anpanman, Doraimon.

totoro_and_friends

Doraimon

Doraimon

Anpanman

Anpanman

Pooh

Pooh

Pikachu

Pikachu





Summer Holidays and Rice Paddies

18 07 2009

I finished my last official duties at school today. I rode my bike at 8am and started ‘staff room supervision’ duties at 9am. I read the Japan Times newspaper for a while, then got bored and read some of the LOTR books from the Inter Library, then did some lesson planning and read textbooks until 12. Then I walked through the two 4-level high school buildings to ensure windows were closed and lights off in all the rooms and rode my bike home again. Now I’m on summer holidays!

Here’s some photos from my ride home from school today:





Another crappy bento

17 06 2009
Broccoli, rice and inari totoro with carrot flowers on a bed of cabbage and lotus root.

Broccoli, rice and inari totoro with carrot flowers on a bed of cabbage and lotus root.

Don't know what this is...

Don't know what this is... but the cherries are from Maya.

I’m not so good at this whole bento art thing… I might give up trying to make character bento.