November 30, 2009

Setting Up

Yesterday, a workman set up a tent and then tables and chairs on the spot where the new house will be built beside the vegetable stand. Today, a Shinto priest performed the ceremony for blessing the ground. The family sat in chairs and watched. Then they went up one by one to put a leaf branch on a table of offerings. We did the same thing 11 years ago when our new house was built. The same is done for companies and commercial buildings, too.

P.S. Though it was out in the open, it was a private ceremony so I didn't take photos.

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November 29, 2009

Thanksgiving in a Box

First, sorry this photo is so blurry!

I ordered the turkey late this year so we had our Thanksgiving dinner today. We had to wait for the turkey to thaw!

I order everything from the Foreign Buyers' Club. I have seen turkeys in some grocery stores here in the past, but I didn't see any this year. Next year I'll order earlier.

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November 26, 2009

Filming the Field

I've been following the vegetable stand man around and taking photos. Today, there was a film crew filming the field for a commercial about the area. At one end of the field, they filmed. At the other end, I was taking photos of the vegetable stand man storing his sato imo for the winter. I'll post a photo later.

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Autumn Field Work

Those guys missed all the action. That's our vegetable stand man working in the fields. He's moving sato imo to store them for the winter. Those are sakura, cherry blossom trees on the right.
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November 24, 2009

Back to Work

It was the day after Labor Thanksgiving, the day to be thankful to workers. Today was busy day for workers. This worker dug a hole next to the vegetable stand, put a pole in it, piled dirt around it and stood back to see if it was standing straight. It will be the power source for workers when they are building the new house.

Then he wired the pole. Note: I took these photos from our kitchen window.

Down the street, this worker is unloading boards and stacking them in a storage shed.

This worker is delivering lunch boxes to an office. I took these last two photos from the roof garden.
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November 23, 2009

Busy Even Today

Even though it was labor Thanksgiving in Japan today, our vegetable stand man and his wife were busy. He cut the stems of yatsugashira. He biked them over to the stand where his wife stripped the outer skin off them. She put them on top of the stand to dry. Click here to see how they used to dry it.

This is yatsugashira in the field. It looks like sato imo (taro) but it has red stalks. Click here for a post about the root of the yatsugashira.

Kids Web Japan--Labor Thanksgiving

November 21, 2009

Vegetable Stand Loses a Wall

Workers tore down the house, the garden wall and the trees next to the vegetable stand. The vegetable stand lost its side wall.

Doors from the old house were salvaged. The vegetable stand man nailed them on the side of the stand.

Now the stand has a wooden wall. Click here to see its old wall.

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November 20, 2009

Tearing Down the House part 2

Usually workmen hang a heavy curtain around the property line before they tear down a house. That keeps the dust from spreading. These workmen put the poles but didn't put a curtain. We can see the laundry hanging from the line on the balcony of a neighboring apartment.

Also, note how thin the walls of this house were. That is an outside wall of the house. There was a piece of wood on the outside of that slatted piece. Then plywood with wall paper on the inside of the house.

The machine that broke the house also loaded the pieces onto the back of a truck. In this photo, pieces of the tin roof are being loaded. See the man standing in the bed of the truck? Click to enlarge the picture and you can see the vegetable stand man standing by. Dangerous!

The pieces of tin were crushed with the crane and then wood from the house was stacked on top.

They tore down the fence and the trees, too.
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November 19, 2009

Tearing Down the House

Work at the vegetable stand continued as they tore down the house. The vegetable stand man's wife just finished washing leeks. A workman held a hose on the house as the bulldozer tore into the house.

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November 18, 2009

Getting Ready to Tear Down the House

This is the house next to the vegetable stand in our parking lot. Our vegetable stand man doesn't live here. His sister-in-law lives here. Her son is building a new house for her and his young family.

Usually, a curtain is draped around the property line before the house is torn down.

This workman is bringing an old blanket out of the house. He put it on a junk pile.

Junk is sometimes piled up to be thrown away with the debris of the old house.

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November 15, 2009


Today was officially shichi-go-san. Though it was a beautiful day I didn't make it out to take pictures. Click on the label below to see old posts. Also, check Kids Web Japan.

I'll post an old picture of Big Sister and Little Brother later.

Kids Web Japan--shichi-go-san

November 14, 2009

Drying the Garbage

We wash pet bottles to put them out twice a month for garbage collection in our area of Tokyo. Drying them was a little difficult. I found this at the 100 yen shop. Five bottles can be drip-dried at one time. There's even a place for the caps.

November 13, 2009

What is this?

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November 12, 2009


This person is breaking the law. A new ordinance in our district forbids using an umbrella while riding a bicycle. So what can you do?

Wear a plastic suit and hat!

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November 09, 2009

Higashi Fuchu Station

Drying mops behind the scenes. Actually, I saw this when walking from the restroom.

Recycled benches. Different height options. Check this post for more information about recycled benches.
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November 08, 2009

Pizza Delivery

Delivery people don't wear helmets on bicycles.

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November 07, 2009

Tools of Field Work

Our vegetable stand man uses a machine to till his soil.

But most of the work he does by hand

and foot

and hand tools.
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