November 30, 2009
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.
November 29, 2009
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.
November 26, 2009
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.
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.
November 24, 2009
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.
November 23, 2009
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.
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
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.
November 20, 2009
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.
They tore down the fence and the trees, too.
November 19, 2009
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.
November 18, 2009
Junk is sometimes piled up to be thrown away with the debris of the old house.
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
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.