Good morning everyone,
If you have the chance to go outside and enjoy the dry weather today-do it. They are calling for the rain to start this afternoon and continue until next Wednesday!! (I'm not making this up.) Every day for the next week has over 70% of rain as of right now. It makes you think that this must be rainy season or something...ha ha! I know for sure that I'll be going out for a 10k run as soon as I finish my blog. And mentally preparing myself for my first ever run in the rain later this week...
Have you had the new "Frozen Nama" yet from Kirin Beer yet?
It is a very, very smart marketing move I think. It looks cool! It is unique! It looks fun! It looks like summer! And I really want to try one! I'd love to try one-in fact I will definitely try one on the 26th of June at Mazda Zoom Zoom Stadium (if it doesn't rain).
I must admit that I'm more looking forward to the actual experience of having one rather than the taste. I don't imagine it'll taste that great to be honest. Or if it is good, that it'll be worth the cost. Who knows though? I might be pleasantly surprised.
In Hiroshima there are 7 shops that are offering the "Frozen Nama". There are 3 beer gardens, the baseball stadium, a yakitori shop, a bar and an izakaya. The bar and izakaya (the last two places on the list) are in Fukuyama so that leaves 5 places that we can hopefully give this faddish beer a try.
MAZDA Zoom-Zoom スタジアム広島 コンコース売店
I've heard that the Sogo Beer Garden is fully booked for over a month in advance so you forget about going there and ANA's beer garden is probably too expensive for me. I guess it'll have to be the 2 or 3 times that I head to the stadium because I can't really see me making it to any beer gardens this year.
I was asked by a friend to do a private business class and I stupidly agreed. The money is good (so no complaints there) but the class is from 7:30 till 9 every Monday morning! Zzzz! And seeing as last year I usually went to the beer gardens on Sundays, that pretty much means I'll only be going once this year and if this rainy weather continues as forecast, I may not be going at all! Ha ha!
Have a great day! Have a frozen beer and let me know if it's worth it! ;-)
Good morning everyone,
Yesterday was much nicer than had been forecast-there was actually one point where I thought I would have to turn on the AC, but so far I've been able to avoid it. I wonder if none of my studenst are complaining about the heat because of the government's push for electricity austerity. Anyway, today and tomorrow are shaping up to be awesome as well, with sunny skies and highs of 28C predicted for both days. Tuesday is still looking like rain...I think I might change my day off to Monday...ha ha!
So, I'll be heading home for a holiday this summer...I love going home to see my family and friends as well as getting to eat some food that I just can't find in Hiroshima. However, going home on my holiday lacks excitement. Do you know what I mean? It's like how you feel about visiting your hometown (or your parent's hometown) on New Year's Day. It's fun, it's great to see everybody and you can enjoy some great food, but there is nothing to get really excited about.
One of my students suggested something that I hadn't thought of before-making some Japanese food for my friends. They live in Toronto which means that they can find restaurant-style Japanese food like tempura and sushi easily, but they probably have never had anything that resembles Japanese home-cooking.
The problem is-neither have I...ha ha! Of course I've been to friends' houses and we had some great food, but I haven't been nearly enough to remember how to cook it and I have no idea where to start.
I guess I could make okonomiyaki-sorry, it would probably have to be Osaka-style even though Hiroshima-style tastes and looks better. I don't have any idea how to make Hiroshima-style and wouldn't have the space to make it either. How do you make it at home? Do most Hiroshimans have a large griddle at home? Or do you make really small okonomiyaki? Ha ha! (a griddle is a large flat cooking surface like you see at てっぱん焼き)
Because I'm going in the summer, hopefully I'll be able to head out and do more stuff than when I go home in winter. About the only thing I can do then is go shopping and eat and drink too much...ha ha! Oh, and spend a ridiculous amount of money on going to a hockey game.
Any ideas? If you were going to Toronto this summer, where would you want to go?
Have a great day!
Good morning everyone,
Well, you'll love today's weather if you are a duck or a rice farmer-otherwise it isn't looking too good out there. Unless of course you are one of those people who don't get up on Saturdays until after lunch. If you are, you won't mind the weather at all because it'll probably be finished raining by the time you get up...ha ha! This weekend the weather will be mild-around 13C or so and fine (from this afternoon until Monday). Monday will be the only day this week where we will experience normal temperatures for this time of year-it'll be 18C on Monday. After that, the thermometer will fall back down to around 13C or so. Doesn't it feel like it's been 13C forever? ha ha!
So, yesterday in Canada they released the new budget. There are some big changes to the government's plan for Canada and I, for one, like them.
There are three changes in particular that are similar to issues that the Japanese government is also facing. I'm happy with how they are changing in Canada. I wonder how they will be implemented in Japan.
The biggest one is cutting government jobs. The government has said that their job is not to create a workforce, their job is to provide service to the community. Therefore, they are going to leave job creation up to businesses and are offering tax breaks to businesses to expand and hire more. And the government is cutting about 19,000 civil servant jobs. I think Japan is facing the same tough decisions and will have to cut a lot of jobs in order to continue to pay for the basic services that we all expect.
Next, the government has decided to implement a change in retirement pensions. We call it Old Age Security (OAS). The age to receive that money from the government will be raised to 67 starting in about ten years. So, no more complaints from my students about Japan raising the age to 65! Ha ha!
Finally, the government has decided to eliminate the penny. That's right. In Canada, starting the end of this year the government will no longer produce pennies and prices will either be rounded up or down to the lowest 5 cents. The government expects that they will save about $11 million a year and small business in particular will find it easier to manage. Most Canadians, like Japanese, just keep their pennies in a jar and take them out of circulation which is a huge waste of money for the country. The government makes them and then they get thrown away or kept at home-like the \2000 note here. When was the last time you saw one of those? Ha ha!
Do you think Japan should do something similar? Or something more drastic? Or do you think that these changes wouldn't work in Japan?
Have a great day!