What do you think about Japanese cleaning up education?

Hi there!

How have you been? Here the weather is really muggy and I am sweating right now. A typhoon is heading to us and that’s why. Tomorrow the typhoon will change the high-pressure system around the Korean peninsula . I am glad that no typhoon will hit us.

Well, today I want to write about our education, especially I want to focus on cleaning up after school. It might not be popular around the world.

Cleaning up education in Japan

Cleaning up education in Japan

Cleaning up education in Japan

Cleaning up education in Japan

Cleaning up education in Japan

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In Japan, from elementary to high school, it is the students’ job to stay after school to clean up our classrooms, hallways, toilets, music rooms, science labs or whatever and school grounds. We don’t have any janitors for our schools. We have to clean up our rooms every single day. We also sometimes have to clean up specific rooms like PE gyms or we wash windows before we have school breaks. While cleaning our rooms that we use to study, we learn how to respect our surroundings. I think this is great and it has really worked out even for grown-ups because two years ago, when we went to the World Cup for soccer, our cleaning behavior had became popular.

Do you remember what Japanese supporters did? We were in Brazil and cheered up the Japanese team. After the game, we started cleaning up and picked up our trash by ourselves. It’s quite common when we go to public places. Before leaving, we clean up the places.

We even have a cleaning up time in our neighborhoods. We set up a specific date for cleaning up around our neighborhoods and follow it.

Maybe we Japanese people are very clean people?! What do you think about this education?

Japanese Castles

Hi there. How are you doing today? I have been sick for a while, and that’s why my blog entry was delay. I am sorry for that. I am getting better now, and you don’t need to worry about it.

Well, today I want to write about Japanese castles. As you know, our castles are quite different from Western ones.

During the world war 2, we lost lots of castles. Even so, we still have some original ones. I’ve been moving around many places because of my husband’s job in Japan. Through my experiences, I want to show some of my favorite castles here. I hope you enjoy it.

Osaka Castle:Osaka city, Osaka prefecture

I took my British friend, Maryn and my American friend, Zach to Osaka castle. We lost the original version during the ww2. However, it’s still beautiful and it’s a symbol of Osaka city where I live.

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

 

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

 

Osaka Castle

Osaka Castle

Click it. You can go to YouTube and see a video clip of Osaka castle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khuPeplJLyo

Matsumoto Caslte: Matsumoto city, Nagano prefecture

My family and I lived there 7 years ago before my husband got a promotion. Our first dog, lala was alive at that time, and walking around the castle was Lala and my working out. We still keep the original version of castle. I really love the castle because it’s so pretty in snow.

Matsumoto Castle

Matsumoto Castle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcW7LbtJ3LM

Wakayama Castle: Wakayama city, Wakayama prefecture

My family and I lived there almost 20 years ago. Our daughter was born in the city. The castle is one of the biggest castles in Japan. I still remember I really loved walking though in cherry blossoms seasons. The castle has tons of cherry trees and when they blooms, it’s so pretty. The castle isn’t original. We lost it during the ww2.

Wakayama castle

Wakayama castle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7o1eMbZRhQ

Hikone Castle: Hilone city, Shiga prefecture

This castle belongs to my home town, Shiga prefecture close to my husband’s university.

Hikone castle

Hikone castle

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qILbWCOJfJ8

This blog enty’s only a part of our castles. We have lots of castles everywhere from small to large. When you are interested in them, go to google image and search them. You can see a lot of pretty Japanese castles there.

I hope this blog entry helps you understand our culture a little bit.

Thanks you as always for visiting my blog.

See you next week!

-Yumi

Plum Blossoms

Hi there! How are you doing?

We are in a rainy season right now, but I want to show our spring pics for you, lol.

Two months ago, my British friend, Martyn came up and stayed at our house. I took him to several places and took lots of pics with him. Today’s entry is one of them.

In March, we have plum blossoms, and it’s before cherry blossoms.

Plum blossoms are very similar as cherry blossoms. I hope you love them!

Enjoy our beautiful spring!

My British friend, Maryn

My British friend, Maryn

 

Plum Blossoms

Plum Blossoms

 

Plum Blossoms

Plum Blossoms

 

Plum Blossoms

Plum Blossoms

 

Plum Blossoms

Plum Blossoms

 

Plum Blossoms

Plum Blossoms

 

Plum Blossoms

Plum Blossoms

 

Plum Blossoms

Plum Blossoms

 

Plum Blossoms

Plum Blossoms

 

Plum Blossoms

Plum Blossoms

 

Plum Blossoms

Plum Blossoms

 

Plum Blossoms

Plum Blossoms

 

Plum Blossoms

Plum Blossoms

 

I think you already realized that we have so many different kinds of plum trees. That’s why some of blossoms are light pink and others are rich pink or whatever.  Which pink is your favorite? I like dark pink ones the best. They are very cute!

Although spring has already passed, I hope you could enjoy Japanese spring!

See you next week on my blog again!

 

-Yumi

 

 

 

A Part of Japanese Odd Culture~Pee Game machines in Male Toilets

Hi there!

How have you been? Recently, Japan is very chilly and I got a cold. I have a headache, slightly a fever and can’t stop coughing. I hope you all are doing well.

Well, today I want to introduce a part of our weird culture to you all. To be honest with you, I didn’t know about this game machine at all until my friend from Texas told me. When he shared some youtube videos about the games, I couldn’t stop laughing.

Japanese Pee Game Machine 1

Japanese Pee Game Machine 2

These machines are only in public male toilets, Tokyo. I asked about if my hubby has seen the machines in public male toilets in Osaka, and he said he has never seen the game machines before. The game machines are free and while peeing, people can enjoy completing the games, lol. Please grow up, Japanese guys! Don’t you think so? I can’t understand why adults guys want to compete peeing speed, height or whatever. Don’t you think this is really weird?

After I watched the video clips that Matt shared with me, I thought “Aw, it’s really pathetic”, and I felt even embarrassment. I really want people to use these kind of high technologies for other things that we can be proud of more.

I want to ask all male people. Do you want to play with the game while peeing? My British friend and his dad said, “Yes!”. He also told me that his son definitely would want to try it. Matt also told me that he wanted to make a record and beat everybody. Come one, is it universal thing that guys can’t grow up????

What do you think about these machines and guys?

How Do You Keep Your Motivation?

Hi there! Loooong time no see! I am very sorry that I hadn’t posted anything on my blog for a long time. I finally came back here to start blogging again! From now on, I try to update every week. So, please stay turned to my blog!

To be honest with you, since yesterday I started writing about an other theme. I finished the half of the entry last night. You know, English is my second language. It took two hours………. I’ve been blogging in English because I want to improve it. I want to introduce our unique culture to the world. These are the main reasons for me to keep blogging.

Anyway,  when I tried to add more sentences to my blog entry, I lost everything. Gosh! Then, I started it over, but I changed the theme. I will write about the theme which I tried to write next time.

This time I want to ask you when you lose your motivation for some reasons, how do you lift up yourselves? I accidentally lost my blog entry and almost lost my motivation as well. To tell you the truth, I had been losing motivation for my blogs. That’s why I hadn’t posted anything. Since yesterday I started my other blog, my art blog again. I received lots of positive comments both on my blog and Facebook. I have linked my art blog on Facebook, and I received a lot of comments on my Facebook. This things became motivation for me to start this blog again. If I didn’t post anything on my art blog, I wouldn’t start this blog again…….

I just wanted to write my feelings in English. I want to make this blog entry as my first step!

See you next week! I will try to write more interesting thing next time, I promise!

-Yumi

Lala

yumi:

R.I.P Lala, My Beloved Dog

This is from my other blog. I have been showing my artwork on my other blog. I hope you visit my original post on my art blog.

Thank you so much.

-Yumi

Originally posted on My porcelain painting blog:

Hi friends!

How have you been in this busy holiday season? This month is a cleaning month in Japan, and I have been busy for cleaning our house. I am preparing to welcome a New Year!

Today I want to show some of my miniature portraits again. I lost our beloved dog 7 months ago while I was in Canada. I was taking a class from my mentor, Patrizia from Italy there.  Our dog’s name was Lala, a very pretty black female Labrador Retriever. She died when she was 13 years and 9 months old. After I lost her, I couldn’t paint for a while.

I learned how to paint animal miniature portraits from my teacher, Birgit Porter in the States in May at the Michigan school this year. I painted this Lala’s portrait with her, and at the time she was alive. I couldn’t finish this piece in the…

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The Best Season Ever in Japan!

Hi there!

How have you been? I still have had a really bad cold and can’t stop coughing…….. Cough, cough, cough…….

A couple of days ago, a friend of mine lives in Tokyo came up, and I took her to Kyoto!  That’s because it’s the best season ever for us to enjoy viewing leaves changing!!!

It’s my first time to see her in person in 4 years. We used to go to the same porcelain school for years, but after I moved to Osaka, I quit the school. Since then I hadn’t met her for a while.

We had a great time in Kyoto!!

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Since the day was clear and fine, it was the best day for me to take a lot of photos.

I hope you can enjoy the Japanese leaves changing season through my post!

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

The place where I took my friend is called, Arashiyama, and it’s very popular in spring and fall.  When you come to Arashiyama in spring, you can enjoy viewing cherry blossoms and it’s a completely different scenery from this one.

This time everything here is red, and at that time everything here is PINK!

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

I love spring the best, but I love fall as well.

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

I love the place and it reminded me of Hayao Miyasaki movies a lot.

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

Arashiyama, Kyoto

I am planning on going back to my previous porcelain school in Osaka again next year. I am really looking forward to it.

I asked my friend if she could come up again in spring. I hope she can make it. Then, I can take her here again to enjoy viewing cherry blossoms!!

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