I went to Mont-Saint-Michel of world heritage this year. And I was impressed with that history and atmosphere.
I heard Mont-Saint-Michel started by the message of St.Michel that seems the strong angel in the 8th century. And the golden period for pilgrimage was to 13th from 10th century. And it was used as the fort during the 100years war between England and France in the 14th century. Then it was used as the prison after the French Revolution in the 18th century. And it renewed as the monastery in 1966 after the restoration of the building.
It is one of the best place that remains in my memory this year.
Oh! This is an omelet of the famous specialty in Mont-Saint-Michel. It was very soft and delicious! I wish I could go to there someday again.
Thank you so much for coming to my blog. See you next year.(^_^)/
Last Sunday, my son took my husband and me to a restaurant in Yokohama Chinatown. It was an invitation from my son for the first time. We were surprised, and were very glad.
He graduated university in this spring, and he is working in a company as a system engineer now. But he seemed to be faced with many difficult problems after the severe training period. I think it was the first ordeal for him maybe.
These years, it is said that the employment informal decision rate for the university graduate is the lowest in the past. I felt certainly the fact from my son’s recruiting last year. Fortunately he got a job, but, I think he learned about that working in society is how severe than hunting job.
We enjoyed a nice Chinese food with talking. And I thought he got over the one of his ordeal.
I'm looking forward to coming the day he stands on his own life really. And I hope to become a society where young people like my son can have their dream.
Today, I read a book ‘MOSHIDORA' that was sold more than two million copies in Japan this year. The true title of this book is “ If the girl manager of a high school baseball club read Drucker's 'Management'”. This book also got into the news as a book that have to be read in our twenties. As you know my twenties had passed away already, but I read. And it was very interesting, and I was impressed and cried. In this book, there were some words that became the point such as ,marketing, innovation and sincerity. And, to be written in this book is useful for housewife like me, and I sympathized very much. I think housewife is doing management each house, so I'm a manager exactly.
I like going to the movies, and saw a movie with my friend yesterday. It is “ROBIN HOOD”, and was so interesting! Though Robin Hood is a hero in legend, he seems a character loved most by British. I think this movie was wonderful in the story, scene, image and casting, etc.
By the way, 3D movie was popular this year, and I saw a few. And my favorite 3D movie is "AVATAR". And my favorite actor is Leonardo DiCaprio. But…”ROBIN HOOD” was better than “ AVATAR” and Leo's movies.
I was very refreshed after finished seeing it. Yeah! It’s the best movie among movies I saw this year!!
I went to a carrot show held in the vegetable sommelier association yesterday. In the show, twenty-four carrot's farmers or producers assembled from the whole Japan. And, about one hundred people evaluated about the taste of those carrots that with fresh ,steamed and juice, etc.
All carrots had each sweetness and smell, but I was surprised at the difference of taste of the juice. And I was interested in a long carrot of about one meter and some colorful color's carrots.
I enjoyed the carrot show. And I felt each farmer and producer had zeal and pride for their carrots. But I might have eaten too much…my feeling became rabbit!
Though Mt. Fuji is very popular among foreigners, I also like seeing it. Today, I'd like to put here my favorite photos that we took. We took these photos in Suruga Bay, Yatsugatake mountain and Hakone. I hope you enjoy this.
I had a chance to visit the inside of a company's huge refrigerator in Tokyo distribution center for fruit and vegetables today. And, I was able to see the distribution system called “ cold chain “ actually.
I heard that the temperature in the refrigerator is always kept 13 degrees, and a lot of fruit and vegetables are carried ,sorted and shipped in 24 hours system. And we were able to enter in the refrigerator set to 5 degrees in addition. Too cold!!
I was very interested in the system, but I thought that the people who are working here are really hard. However, we can eat fresh fruit and vegetables through this system.
By the way, I rode on the Tokyo monorail after a long time. I used to use it when I go to Haneda airport . So, I could also enjoy seeing the view from monorail today. I had a very nice day.
Last Saturday night, my English conversation school held the Christmas party. About 70 people from some kinds countries such as United States, Canada, England, Egypt, Ireland, New Zealand, Russia, China, and Japan came to the party. And we enjoyed drinking ,eating ,talking and a quiz game!
Um…I wish I could talk in English more. So , I'm looking forward to joining in the party next year again!
Oh! before that, Christmas in this year is coming soon!! I can still have fun Christmas season.
Let's take care not to catch a cold because it has become suddenly cold today. And I want to wish a nice Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season to everyone.
I did the review of vegetable sommelier's class in English,and I had corrected it with my English teacher. It was so difficult to describe in English for me, but my teacher helped me very eagerly. So, I had a very very wonderful learning time. Today, I'd like to post a part of my report.
Difference between Fruit and Vegetables
Fruits = Almost all are perennial plants, are borne from trees, and are used as dessert ingredients. They are at their most edible when they’re ripe.
Vegetables＝Almost all are annual plants, are borne from plants, and are used as side dish ingredients. They are at their most edible just before they’re completely ripe.
Ex. We eat bean-sprouts when they have germinated. We eat cabbages before their flowers have come out. We eat cucumbers before they have ripened fully.
Vegetables are usually harvested just before they are ripe. It is , so to speak , an interception of growth for vegetables.
Some fruits have aspects of vegetables, and some vegetables have aspects of fruits. Ex.Fruits which have aspects of vegetables= Lemon, Yuzu, Avocado… They are fruits but we often eat them as side dishes. Vegetables which have aspects of fruits = Strawberry, Melon, Watermelon… They are vegetables but we often eat them as desserts.
December 8th is a special day for me . And, I think about life on this day every year.
I think that only human remember many times the past and regret among living things in the world. And I think it is necessary to regret for evolution. That is to say human can't develop without regret, but it is more important that we have a strong mind to get the regret over. And, for them, first, I think we need to love ourselves.
You love you. I love me.
That is the origin for living life. And people who love themselves can love others too.
I like taking photos. On today's blog, I'd like to put the Eiffel Tower's photos that took in this May. I felt the presence of Eiffel Tower was great and could see it from everywhere in Paris. I hope you enjoy these photos.
I bought an English dictionary of synonyms “ Oxford Learner’s THESAURUS” .
I usually use an electronic dictionary, but the thesaurus is not included in it. Recently, I was looking for a necessary dictionary for me .
The dictionary is very thick and heavy, so I'm going to use it at my home studies. And I had wanted one that can cherish through all my life because my study for English will be continued forever. Probably it will be my best well-used dictionary.
By the way, I still like paper book more than digital book though the change into electron for book is advancing recently.
I think that I come to love this dictionary very much!
My husband and I went to shopping to Minatomirai in Yokohama yesterday. He is a hasty character, and I am easygoing, besides he is not interested in fashionable clothes, so we rarely go to shop for clothes together. But we could enjoy shopping comfortably yesterday because it was not crowded so much at there. Or...,has his character changed a little?! Anyway, we bought a few clothes and goods. I was a good mood. And I like the beautiful Christmas tree that appears on every season in this building.
After that we had a lunch at a restaurant where view is nice. The weather was also wonderful, so we had a happy time.
I bought an unusual vegetable "ASHITABA(Angelica keiskei)" at a vegetable market. Do you know? This vegetable's name ASHITABA means "Leaf of Tomorrow" in Japanese. It was called for the leaf grow soon tomorrow even if we take it today. And I knew this vegetable has about 30 kinds of medicinal elements. So, I made an original healthy drink. I'd like to share it here because it was delicious.
【About ASHITABA】 Classification: Apiaceae(the dropwort family)the genus angelica Country of origin: Japan(Pacific coast from the east part of Kanto to Kii peninsula and Izu islands) History: It began to appear on the market in recent years though it had been grown since Edo era. Looks: Perennial that grows up to about 1 meter in height. The leaf is green. Yellow juice exude from the cut of the stalk. Character: They have the unique smell, umami and slight bitter taste. Main nutrients: Vitamin A, C, E, B2, calcium, potassium, dietary fiber. Expected effect: Tonic effect, diuretic action, antibacterial activity.
First, wash Ashitaba. If it is large, cut it in a suitable size. Next, put all ingredients in the blender, and mix it for about 1 minute from 30 seconds. Finally, pour it into a glass. Very easy!! And, let's drink it as early as possible, because vitamin C decrease very fast.
I have been going to an English conversation school once or twice a week. Today, I talked about journeys with my teacher. The teacher is a Canadian woman, my favorite teacher, and it was one-to-one lesson today. She likes to travel alone and she has many interesting stories, so I like to hear about that. And she said that if the trip was alone, we would have many opportunities to meet local people and to know their life. Yes, I think it is true that there are experience and excitement obtained from only alone trip. It is an adventure, if you will. So, I think it is important to get information of the destination before the trip, and I need to have the sense to judge rightly for myself about that.
By the way, I think it always after lessons. I wish I could speak English more.... And I think I want wing. The wing for me; it is skill I can talk about my experiences,opinions and discoveries in English.
Ah…I want to be able to enjoy talking in English too.
Wow! It is December from today. How early the time passage is!
So, I thought about how to use the time of this month. I have a lot of things that I want to do and have to do. And, I'm sure I will be busy toward the end of year. So, it is necessary to act systematically. I know, but I am not good at doing that.
Today, I stayed in my house all day, and did my house work , took out the Christmas tree and decorated it, and I planted the young plants of pansy in the balcony. They will bloom yellow, purple, blue and white flowers sooner or later.
I always have the same feeling at this time every year. "Time is money." "Time flies." Let's spend the last month in this year cheerfully!