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An apple a day keeps the doctor away – 30 day summer challenge 2017

Now, I have to exercise and go on a diet, as I will soon have my annual general check up.
Last year, I was weighed at the clinic while wearing my clothes, but the nurse didn’t subtract any amount from the result. So, my weight was heavier than usual. 🤔 Depending on the clinic, they do like it that, though….Then, I thought I will schedule my exam during spring or summer this year, wearing very thin and light clothes. But it’s already early summer now, my body needs to be toned quickly! So, I started to exercise while studying English. Actually, I wrote this while stretching my legs. 😆

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A hugger in a hugless land


For several years, I’ve  been thinking about “hug”. Many Japanese couples hold hands when going out on a date. But they don’t usually hug each other in public, even if they’re boyfriend/girlfriend or husband/wife. Many Japanese don’t hug with family, as well. Even when we haven’t seen them in a while or when we part with them and we don’t know when we will meet again. We don’t hug and often don’t even shake hands. We don’t touch each other.

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Beans: The magical fruit?

In 2017, February 4th was Setsubun, which is what we name the day before the first day of spring. It usually occurs around February 3rd. On this day, in a custom called Mame-maki, we throw and scatter roasted soy beans, inside and outside our houses while saying, “Get goblins out of the house! Invite happiness into the home!”


After that, we eat a bean for each year of our age and pray for happiness throughout the year. Some older people find eating them difficult because the beans are usually unseasoned and just taste like beans. During this time, we sometimes ask other people their ages and make small age related jokes.

There are many Setsubun events held in temples and shrines. The beans at these events are usually in small packs. If you are lucky, you can catch pack of beans for free. Although I didn’t go to any events and I didn’t do it in my house, I got a bunch of beans for sale this year. And then, I got an idea.

I will eat those roasted soy beans if I want to stop from becoming hungry. It’s my new diet.  I wonder if it will work for me?
Anyway, I should go on a diet and exercise. I can’t wear my pair of jeans now. 😱 😭

Diet-related Haiku → Time to Haiku 2

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Holiday means: I stuff myself with a ton of carbs

I ate a “nori-maki” (o-mochi rolled in seaweed) for breakfast. It was very simple, I only put it a little soy sauce on it.  But it can be made even more delicious by making a mixture of a little sugar and soy sauce.

The other day, I ate a kinako-mochi for a snack at 3 pm. This is a type of Japanese sweets. It is boiled o-mochi covered with mixed kinako, sugar and a little salt. Kinako is roasted soybean flour.  Continue reading

New Year’s dishes

This is my Osechi and a few zo-ni (miso soup with o-mochi) for our New Year’s holiday breakfast. We usually eat it from January 1st to January 3rd. Although it depends on the amount of leftovers.
The date we eat and what kind of dishes the osechi contains depends on what area of Japan one lives. My osechi contains dishes from a few different regions of Japan.

The reason for using stacking boxes is because we hope to stack some good luck, it’s kind of pun. These are my boxes, which have simpler and cheaper ingredients than fancy osechi. I put 5 different dishes in the first box, 5 in the second box, and the third box has 1 dish. Each dish has a different meaning, which is based on wordplay, symbolism, etc.


The menu and the meaning of each dish:
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Christmas 2016


I love the Christmas season. In Japan, Christmas isn’t a holiday. But this year, it’s on Sunday. December 23rd is a national holiday every year. So I guess some people have a 3 day holiday this year. This season is cold, but there is no snow except in Hokkaido and North of Japan. So I often wish it would snow.

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After lazy holiday


My holiday finished and English class restarted. This holiday was two weeks long. I mainly studied English by myself for my first week assignment. But I was lazy  the second week. I recognized again one of my weak points. I’m bad at studying by myself. I just watched English movies with Japanese subtitles and Youtube in English.

After my holiday, English class started. My teacher’s new room was very interesting. There were a lot of tools woods and a fireplace. I especially like fireplaces. When I looked at the fire, I felt warm and cozy. When I traveled to Scotland a few years ago, I chose a hotel room with a fireplace…but it was a fake electronic fire, and I was disappointed. 😦
Teacher X opened class from a new location and had a fire going in the woodstove one class. I learned many new words: hack saw, hatchet, kindling, etc. Thank you!

During my first class after the holiday, teacher X asked me, “How about your blog?” . I should have written a few new drafts for my blog, I’ve noticed just now.  It’s easy to slack off for days at a time. One day,  I couldn’t leave my sofa, I was covered with a lot of cushions. I felt guilty.  😓   I wonder if I should try to take an English exam.

The season is changing from autumn to winter. Sometimes the days are rainy. I haven’t gone bicycling and  I haven’t hung from a horizontal bar. But I don’t have much sugar, I still eat healthy foods. My weight range is getting narrower than before. I don’t gain too much weight, anymore. So, I won’t stop this diet, it makes it easy to maintain my weight. I want to lose a little bit more weight, though. I think I have to do more exercise. I wonder what should I do to consistently keep exercising, no matter the situation, weather and my physical condition.