June 30, 2007
This is what our morning glory looked like yesterday.
Hopefully, more will bloom soon. This is near our gate.
We also planted some from seeds. These seed pods were from last year's flowers.
When morning glories first come up, they look like this.
Growing morning glories is part of Japanese first graders' summer schoolwork. The morning glories at Little Brother's school are big and have been blooming for a while. (I was at the school yesterday.) Do a blog search to find other posts about first graders' morning glories. Little Brother is in sixth grade. Sixth graders are growing potatoes.
ajisai matsuri" in hiragana. Ajisai means "hydrangea" and matsuri means "festival". The festival ends July 1st, tomorrow.
Kids Web Japan --hiragana
June 29, 2007
As I watched him, the wind blew him all the way down to the bottom again.
June 28, 2007
June 27, 2007
This is our vegetable stand man. We've been buying vegetables from him for over 15 years. His vegetable stand is near our house. When Little Brother was small, every time we passed the stand he wanted to buy a daikon, radish, for Baba.
daikon, radish, on the right.
taro. The dirt is really dry! It sprinkled for two days, but it wasn't enough to get the dirt wet.
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June 26, 2007
June 24, 2007
The date written inside the circle is 19.6.23. The year is Heisei 19, the 19th year of the Emperor's reign. 2007 is also used here in Japan. 6 is the month of June and 23 is the day. Papa bought this on the June 23, 2007. We should eat it by the 24th.
azuki bean paste. They are called akafuku. Yummy! There was a wooden spatula(on the right) included to spoon them out. Click to enlarge and you can see how akafuku is written in hiragana. It is written on the wooden spatula.
Boxes of sweets, rice crackers, and specialty foods are sold at train stations and rest stops. Each area of Japan has its own selection that it is famous for.
Kids Web Japan--hiragana
June 23, 2007
June 22, 2007
Edamame is sold in bundles here. This bundle is taped at the top and at the roots. Sometimes twine or rubber bands are used. People carry bundles of edamame down the streets of our neighborhood during the summer. I once saw a farmer walk into his field, pull up a bundle, and then walk home. Mud dropped from the roots as we walked along. Talk about fresh!
Big Sister cut these from the stems. She used scissors and cut the top of the edamame at a slant. Then, according to Baba's instructions, the edamame were washed in salt water. Then they were put in boiling salt water for a few minutes. We ate them warm. They are also eaten cold. They are a tasty snack.
June 21, 2007
June is the rainy season, but there hasn't been much rain. People are using parasols not umbrellas. Click to enlarge the picture to see the woman on the sidewalk.
That's a pizza delivery motorcycle. Click on the label below to see other posts about deliveries.
June 20, 2007
shiso. Click to enlarge. Can you tell from which direction the sunlight is coming?
Corn and potatoes.
Corn and potatoes.
June 19, 2007
This is the swimming pool at Little Brother's elementary school. There is no shade. Students are not allowed to wear sunscreen in the pool.