Sunday, May 22, 2005

Busy

Wow, it was a busy week last week. I went to see a wadaiko drum performance in the town of Shuzenji. The group performing was one of the best in Japan. I really like taiko drumming, so I am joining a local group in Mishima! I will practice with them twice a week (I hope).
Seems like I am always rushing around to take care of business. Buying things for my apartment, sending money by mail, preparing my classes ;-), cooking, cleaning... then there is no time to study kanji!

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Hey, finally a picture of me at school! Thanks to Oguri-san for her camera-phone. This shows that you can publish your pictures using your cell phone. Everybody, let's try.
In the office Posted by Hello

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

James Brown

Why do I like James Brown? I will tell you. His music is the best for making your feet move! His band was one of the best ever. The bass playing of Bootsy Collins and the guitar of his brother Phelps was an incredible combination. They created the groove that makes millions of booties grind. You can't listen and not want to move. If you don't feel anything, you must be dead!

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

!! Earthquake?

**News flash: It's Wednesday morning, about 11 am. I just felt an earthquake! Did you feel it, too? I would like to find out where it happened.
In California, of course, earthquakes happen pretty frequently. But it's still a little scary anyway.
Check this out: there is a webpage where you can get recent earthquake information AND post your own report if you feel an earthquake!
http://neic.usgs.gov/neis/bulletin/neic_xrav.html

Great first blogs!

Well done, everybody: you did it! My students made their first weblogs yesterday. They look great!
I hope you will continue to write your thoughts, opinions, and news about your life on those blogs.
I'm going to do my best to do that, too. Come back here to find out what's going on in MY life.

Sunday, May 08, 2005

busy

I spent my weekend mostly indoors, recovering from some nasty intestinal bug. I had wanted to go to Tokyo, but it was good to chill out, watch the videos I got from Tom. Tom is a video rental shop, not a person! Well, I do have a neighbor named Tom, actually. He doesn't have videos, though. The two movies were "Orange County" and "Finding Forrester". I didn't know before I got them, but both movies are about young, aspiring writers. Totally different kinds of movies, though. I recommend both for my students. (Check out my favorite movies in my Profile for other recommended flicks!)
On Sunday, I actually got up enough energy to go for a bike ride. While riding past some gardens, I met an interesting group of people. They are members of an international garden group called GROUNDWORK. They try to make cities better and friendlier places by planting community gardens. I'm hoping to get out and help them with the garden near my house.
Check out these sites:
http://www.gwmishima.org/english/eindex.htm
http://www.groundwork.org.uk/

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Japan

For my students, for anyone:
Pix of my area.
What do you think? :-)

Japan

For my students, for anyone:
Pix of my area.
What do you think?


Fuji san from my balcony Posted by Hello


Plum blossoms Posted by Hello


Sakura on campus Posted by Hello


sakura petals Posted by Hello


Hen na  Posted by Hello


Near my house Posted by Hello


Fuji zoomed Posted by Hello


Me on the mountain Posted by Hello


Bamboo forest Posted by Hello


Swan Posted by Hello


A guy under a large gate in Tokyo Posted by Hello


Kono hito dare Posted by Hello


Atami arcade Posted by Hello


Atami street corner Posted by Hello


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California

For my students.
Some pictures of San Diego.
Check 'em out. Send me some comments and questions!


Pelican Posted by Hello


My brother and bouncing ball Posted by Hello


Stetson Posted by Hello


Governor Hell Posted by Hello


California livin' Posted by Hello


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freedom of choice Posted by Hello


sailboat in SD harbor Posted by Hello


dad and birds Posted by Hello