The New Year's Eve

Finally the end of the year has come around. But I don't feel like the usual Christmas nor the last moment of the year.
I'm in the summer still being in 2014 so long.
I'm sure I will feel to be lost time like Urashima Taro who had been in the Dragon Castle when I will be back to Japan.
Anyway we are getting to meet A New Year 2015 soon.

My daughter has finished knitting of "dragon costume" for Jace.
She is enjoying to dress his son with her favorite design costume.
We are going to New Year fire works at around midnight near the park. She will let him wear it.

I'm sorry there seems much snow for a few days between the end of the year and the new year in Japan.
Wishing you happy New Year's Eve.


Medical check

It was the sixth week medical check. Jace got about 2.5Kg gain after birth. He is 2 times as much as the weight from the birth.
Clothes are needed more bigger ones. My daughter changed his clothes from the small to larger ones in the drawers.
It is getting hard to let him sleep in his bed because he likes to sleep in arms.
He is now very strong though having born prematurely and now heavy.
It's so hard to sit a baby all alone by a mother.
I'm sorry for my daughter to stay by herself with her son during the day. I'm leaving soon.



There are many wineries in Swan Valley.
People can easily taste and take any favorite bottles of wine away.
I tasted some kinds of wine and bought as a souvenir.

There are also some kinds of bars, garden bar, spot bar and restaurant bar around the shopping center.
We ate late lunch at the garden bar. Fish and chips are typical menu as well as hamburger, sandwich, pasta, pizza and so on.
They can drink beer and wine lightly with lunch even a driver.
And some couples including us took new born babies in a cram car.
Of course there is a changing room where parents can use for babies.
So to speak, people and social are all different here from Japan.


Lost in translation

10 days have passed since I visited my daughter to see my first grandson. It's the sixth visit here in Perth not on purpose of the regular trips like visiting sightseeing one but going around the usual daily life in here.
I feel most people here speak so quickly that I can't hear them very well. So I sometimes lost in translation.
When I offer some help for my son-in-law to wash dishes or hug the baby while mammy is busy, though my son-in-law likes to do anything to do housekeeping, he reply "If you want ?"
Actually I just wanted to help not wanted to do but he doesn't take it for my kindness but for my option!
It's the difference of culture, too.
I realize that we Japanese tend to care about too much to behave for others...is it only my opinion?
My daughter has been oversea and adjusted different culture so she doesn't care too much about others.
I'd better say "Not really but just want to help you" if I were asked "If you want?".

Hillarys beach


Garbage truck

It's funny to find a different way of the daily life.
I saw a garbage truck to pick up every house's container and put into the truck by the machine arm.
One man truck driver only operates the system on the car.
What an impressive cool one!
In Japan we each bring garbage to the garbage station and the garbage truck comes and a few staff take those plastic bags filled with garbage into the truck. What a horrible work!
But there are very different town situations between the two.
The first one is houses scheduled along the big streets in Australia but the latter one is houses in the narrow streets in Japan.
We call it "gomi shushusha" can pass around the wide street that's why we need to take garbage plastic bags to the place of the garbage station.
There are some differences and other same in the different countries.
I've never seen any "washlet" nor "warmlet" such as in Japan comfortable toilet here.


Boxing Day!

December 26 is Boxing Day which is the day for workers who had no Christmas holiday were given gift box from the owner after Christmas.
The big sale is promoted around the countries of *Commonwealth.
Many people expected big present after Christmas on the bargain sale.
We are going to leave early before the store open.
It will be crowded too much.

* イギリス連邦(イギリスれんぽう、英: Commonwealth of Nations、旧名 British Commonwealth)は、かつてのイギリス帝国(大英帝国)がその前身となって発足し、イギリスとその植民地であった独立の主権国家から成る、緩やかな国家連合(集合体)である。 英連邦(えいれんぽう)、コモンウェルス(the Commonwealth)ともいう。 実態は、民族の共通の利益の中で、また国際的な理解と世界平和の促進の中で、協議し、協力する自発的な独立の主権国の組織である(コモンウェルス原則の宣言前文)」と再定義され、ゆるやかな独立主権国家の連合となった(連邦国家ではない)。




Happy Christmas!

Today is the world wide special day to wish you Merry Christmas, even you are not a Christian, our pure mind to make world peace and happiness all over the world.
"This is Christmas" makes family gather and cerebrate once a year in the western culture.
I'm making sushi roll to take the daughter's family party today, thank you!



A five-week-baby is eating mother's milk too much. Jace sleeps short and wakes up to want milk very often. He is very busy with milk, pee and poos all day and night...such a baby's life.
He becomes like a dinosaur such as a snugglesaurus, which means wanting to be hold in the arm when he is awake, otherwise he never stop crying in the bed.
The three of us, my daughter, her husband and me are taking turn to have him in our arms until he goes to sleep.
I remember my daughter was like that, sleeping less and crying to want milk so much that made me mad so much!
I know it was a short period of parenting to raise a baby.
A crying baby should be protected like a prince or a princess in the warm arms as much as possible.


The best worker

Aussie life is easy going and enjoying life as it goes.
They are not workaholic nor stressful but prices are high and daily costs, I feel more expensive than those in Japan.

I'm impressed the best worker in the house is the robot cleaner which clean the whole floor by sensor.


Dad changes diapers

I saw my daughter being very happy because she and her husband are helping each other to raise their baby.
In the weekend When dad was at home and mom was tired giving mother's milk and changing diapers during night, dad helped day time instead.
It was not seen in Japan so much when I was having babies.
My husband had never done such changing diapers because he didn't think it not man work.
Time has changed or different culture is it?
How's it going now in Japan?
" Ikumen" is familiar in the new age , isn't it?


Walking in the evening

It was beautiful sunset and night illumination for Christmas light.
Even not white Christmas, there are so many light up houses around here.
I also found orange color blossoms in the wild field here and there.
There are many different things in different places.


Smart cart

It's so cool that cram chair change to the baby chair in the car.
It's so helpful for parents to go around shopping or visiting places from the cram to the capsule.
I've never seen such a smart item in Japan but not sure if it were.
I often see baby holder in front of mother not back.
Ombu is no more useful style recently, isn't it?
The new parenting is developing!


Baby bathing

I helped my daughter to take care of her son, Jace the first my grandson.
He is really a little monster to cry and bother her to have a rest.

But he is also a little prince as well. Even his crying let us keep attention and notice a lot.
We are almost servants of him.


Good morning summer

I've landed in the Australia continent in summer.
I already took off my sweater and thick stockings in Singapore where the airline transition.
It's a beautiful summer morning, I saw a daybreak dawn from the air plain.
I felt sleepy and tired but awaiting for a long queue of the immigration check.


Explosive low pressure

It's an extreme low pressure here now.
We are having terrible cold weather above us in Japan.
Some parts are ordered to prohibit going out and imposed curfew for the horrible cold weather.
Please take care and stay warm at home!

But now in Tokyo is brilliant fine ....sorry for the difference.

Explosive low pressure


Winter weather

I'm leaving Toyama much earlier than the schedule because the weather is getting worse and stormy weather might disturb the route of the line.
I determine to take the first train and the express to Tokyo today.
It says that weather would be minus in the upper air and cover the whole Japan tomorrow and after tomorrow.
I really hope the airline will be safe and on schedule tomorrow.


Baby sharks from the dead mother

It's so a rare and terrific incident that three baby sharks were found and rescued from the dead mother.
It was a fantastic story like a fairy tale "Sharks will return to reward" may be happen!
Baby sharks from dead mother


Weekend quiz


Fill in the blanks.

1. No ( Way ) !

2. My ( pleasure ).

3. What do you ( say )?

4. Go ( ahead ).

5. You ( bet ).

Weekend quiz


An infant prodigy

It's an amazing topic that a seven-year-old, the first grade of the elementary school boy passed the Math licensing examination.
Since he got passed the first step test when he was 5, he had kept studying for the examination.
He is not like a normal boy when he talks about mathematics but actually he likes to enjoy playing soccer and Shogi in his daily life.
I can't imagine what a man he will grow up and really hope he could work something great for the human life in the future.
An infant prodigy


Fall in love

It's one of the lovely stories of the two, one is a stray cat and the other is a pet dog.
They are in love each other and live a happy life now.
Their heart are pure though their bodies are different species.
It's wonderful that even without words nor the same feature they can understand and care each other.
It makes me very warm.
Fall in love


Special talk

I found an useful interview article with Mr. Chida who is a specialist to manage English teaching skill to support English learners as well as English teachers who belong to schools.
I've joined his workshop for 120 minutes with my coworker English teachers before. My daughter had also had his continuous lessons at school when she had been at the "Super English High School".
His lecture was not like those passive one but active and interactive. It was really attractive and full of joy to study English.
Of course he adopted smart jokes. I really admire such a sense of humor as he.
There is one in this article.
When he asked his father what Kuchizuke meant, his father answered that was an American pickles.
Oh....my! Kiss is a type of American pickles LOL!!!
It made me laugh a lot.
Special talk


Green in winter

I grow green in the room.
It happened to sprout in the kitchen.
It doesn't make useful to eat but just enjoy watching.
What do you think it is?

The answer is below and click!
What's this?


Airline fuel surcharge removal

Its a good news about the airline fuel surcharge will be removed from next spring because of the price down of the oil.
But I'm not sure it will cost down of the total fee of the flyer.
They say it depends on the careers.
I hope a reasonable price with a good service otherwise we can't fly with safe.
Fuel surcharge removal

Airline fuel surcharge



It's so amazing technology to connect human brain B.M.I . as abbreviation of " Brain-Machine-Interface."

It's said "That is, we want to translate our thoughts (mind) to activity of neurons (brain) to action (machine) for improving health or overcome impairments. For example, can we use this brain-mind interface to help a patient with paralysis to control a wheel chair or an amputee to control a robotic arm and hand prosthesis with his or her thoughts alone? This is the new frontier of Brain-Machine Interface (BMI)."
It's been used for cars or robots to help human life.

We are looking forward to seeing the future life but somehow feeling insecure for the use whether good or evil. It might have a dark side.
Anyway I hope to trust the bright future.



Weekend quiz


1. I think I'm ( in ) over my head.

2. What's ( done ) is ( done ).

3. I think we all agree ( on ) this matter.

4. I'm not sure ( who ) is ( who )in my new office.

5. Could we ( switch )the meeting from Tesday to Wednesday?

Weekend quiz


Alarming for snow fall

It's been snowing since last night.
It piled up more than 10cm.
It's impossible to drive without snow tires...just before hours I had my tire changed into snow tires.
I was very relieved with stud less tires when I drove back to home during snow falling.
Everyone, be careful when you drive on the snowy road.

Alarming for lots of snow fall



I happened to see the paper animation by TEKKEN and Disney movie"BAYMAX" collaboration work.
It's really heart warming film presented by genius fingers.
I was also moved with other Tekken's works.
His animation tells about something important in our life which tends to be missing in our busy life.


TEKKEN animation


What a lovely baby!

Baby, I love you
I love you
I love you
I've found the only one
Only one that is meant for me
I'm always by your side...

It's really cute and happy feeling in my mind that the twin giant panda's babies were born in the Wakayama zoo.
They should be taken a good care of as treasure of Japan!

What a lovely baby!


Enjoy baking

It's coming Christmas season.
Every bakery is very busy for this period.
Home baking is also enjoyable.
I'd like to taste home baking Noel.
Let's enjoy cooking and having party!

Roll cake Noel