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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Week 73 June 23 - 29, 2014

Monday we had a great time calling our children on Skype.  Thanks for calling us, it is a real boost to us, believe it or not some day we get a little lonesome to see our family including our grandchildren.
Tuesday we didn't have Hospital English Class so we went to Lake Ezu and contacted including giving our English class fliers.  It was a beautiful night as witnessed by our classic pictures of rowing shells in the sunset.  People are willing to talk to us with our broken Japanese on such days.  It was fun.

This is my best shot so far for a rowing shell in the sunset reflection.  I love it.

One of the Sister's apartments was changed this transfer and we helped move them.  They now live near this gate (Tori), which is right in the middle of the road, with cars going on all sides.

The holiday of Tannabata is coming on July 7th.

Tanabata (七夕?, meaning "Evening of the seventh") is a Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixi Festival.[1] It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihime and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altair respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on July 7 of the Gregorian calendar.

At Japanese class at the international center on Wednesday we were asked to participate in the festival by writing a wish on brightly colored slips of paper, they are then hung on a bamboo stalk (it was put in the entryway of the International Center last year).  I wrote my on yellow paper in child's hiragana and Luetta wrote on pink paper in Kanji.  Can you tell what we wished for????????  Both are awesome.

A picture of the tree will follow next week, hopefully.

I can't get a good view of the Milky Way or even the stars so I had to pull this one off the web.  Hope you call all look up and see this beautiful view.  Vega (Lyra the Lyre constellation, the brightest star) and Altair (Aquila the Eagle constellation, the second brightest star) are part of the famous, taught in every Scout summer camp Astronomy Merit badge, summer triangle along with Deneb in (Cygnus the Swan constellation).

As we drive through Kumamoto, we often see stickers typical of what use to be in the U.S. of baby in the car but this "takes the cake".  None of our children need this one, our grandchildren are the best and one more of the best is coming very soon, we are so excited.

This week we had a little time and Luetta showed off here Japanese cooking skills she has learned from our special friend, Akemi, here in Japan.  At top is Miso soup, going clockwise, you see fried tofu, and then Chicken Katsu.  They all tasted very good.

Saturday we had our temple assignment which is always a wonderful assignment.  However it was also very special to have Akemi's friend who is learning about our church with us.  Between our session and the on Akemi was on the Sister Missionaries taught her a lesson.  She is a wonderful person and we are so glad to know her, and have her attend our English class at the church on Wednesdays.

This week we continued our 5K running every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Wednesday we had to run in the rain for the second time now.  Not surprising since it is the rainy season.

As a scientist I have to graph everything, so her is my pace in minutes per mile since I got up to a full 5K.  I am making progress.

The slow spike near the end is due to a left knee pain that has started, I went slow that day to help is recover.  It turns out I have no pain when walking or running, but any high stepping with strain like my exercise stepping up and down on a chair still has pain.  Any ideas on how to help it??????


  1. For knee pain listen to your body. If it hurts take it easy or rest. It's better to stop training for a week or two rather than cause a serious injury that can take you or for much longer. I love the graph dad.

  2. Wow, Luetta did pretty good with that food!


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