In today's English lesson, we talked about precautions and equipment for a hiking trip along the textbook.
The textbook said that we need energy foods like chocolate, dried fruit, and plenty of water. In a word, they are the emergency rations.
By the way, mountain climbing became popular recently in Japan. And the climber of fashionable young women are called "YAMA girl". However, it is important to bring clothes that are not only waterproof but also warm.
And the most important thing is that don't go hiking alone!
Anyway, I thought we should pay a lot of attention for a safe and good hiking in the mountains.
We ate "HOUTOU" and "TORIMOTSUNI" of the famous food in Kofu.
HOUTOU is a noodle of the miso taste soup with many kinds of vegetables such as pumpkin, carrot, potato, mushroom, burdock, radish, taro, mountain herbs and spring onion, etc.
TORIMOTSUNI is the food that got the grand prix of B class gourmet last year. It is food that the gizzard, heart, liver and egg in chicken are boiled with sweet soy sauce. Actually, I ate though I don’t like livers, and it was very good.
I thought it was delicious because we ate in the birthplace of these food.
In the today's English conversation lesson,we practiced describing the story by seeing the photograph of some news articles, and hearing CD. It was a fruitful lesson though it was very difficult for me.
And we also discussed a little about " Tiger mask phenomenon" in Japan. Recently, there was the news that children's nursing homes were sent nameless gifts of things and money. It is called "Tiger mask phenomenon" from the name of the first donated person.
It is true that it was very good effect, and Japanese people were impressed by the news. However, we thought that it might be more wonderful if our time and skill could be donated to children instead of the things and money. For example,it is that we are talking and playing together,and teaching something to them.
I have been studying English about five years already, but I can't speak English well, so I often have negative thinking.
At that time, I try to imagine that I can speak English very fluently. And, probably I'm good at misunderstanding, so I can change to positive thinking.
It's a happy character, isn't it?
Then, as you know my goal is to be a cool bilingual grandmother in the future. But, I want to become a bilingual before becoming grandmother if I can. Of course! So, I who I imagine am still young always. Umm…it’s a good thing, right?
And I'd like to keep having curiosity about a lot of things.(^^♪
I go to a sports gym with my husband almost every weekend. At there we enjoy training for muscle with some machines, taking yoga lesson, doing aerobics, playing squash at the exercise place ,or swimming in the pool.
And I like training with the bicycle machine while listening music, watching television or reading book. But, it might not be a good exercise because my brain is thinking other things except for my muscle.
Actually, I became sleepy while training yesterday. This might be my special skill, right?? I think people who know me well understand about it, maybe...
Anyway, I want to train up my inner muscle, and to develop my basic physical strength. Yeah, I should do so. I often feel so recently.
In Japan there is an annual event that eat the round rice cake offered to the gods at New Year's(Kagami-mochi) on January 11th. We call it "Kagami-Biraki",and we usually put the rice cakes that were cut in the sweet small beans soup and eat. I really like it.
But, actually, I went to the dessert buffet in a restaurant with my friends and we ate many kind of sweets today, but I made it and ate. I am sure certainly to have another belly!
In Japan, we wish good health, and eat a traditional rice porridge that made with seven herbs of spring on January 7th. And, it is said that there is an effect of helping the stomach and intestines because we have eaten and drunk too much at end year and new year.
The seven herbs of spring are called Seri, Nazuna, Suzuna, Suzushiro, Gogyou, Hakobera and Hotokenoza in Japanese.
I also make the traditional rice porridge for my family's breakfast on January 7th every year.
I got "Banpeiyu" from my parents on the end of last year. It is a special product of Kumamoto Prefecture ( Yatsushiro area) and a citrus fruit of the world's largest class.
The place of origin is Malay Peninsula, and it was introduced into Japan in 1920. The weight is about two kilograms, and they have a unique fresh smell, thick skin, plain taste and not much fruit juice.
I made sweet in the part of the skin. The fruit and skin were both delicious!