2018年8月9日木曜日

August 10, 2018 Movie Review: VERTIGO

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MOVIE REVIEW: VERTIGO

Key words & Phrases

  • vertigo - dizziness and loss of balance
  • dizzy - feeling like the world is spinning around you.
  • spoiler - information about the plot of the movie.
  • acrophobia - a fear of heights
  • gratuitous violence scene - a scene in a movie that shows violence just to make the people watching the movie happy even though the scene is not necessary for the story of the movie.

Easy part 簡単 You can do it!


The other day in the movie class we watched a movie called "Vertigo". Vertigo is a feeling of dizziness and loss of balance.  Usually people just say "I feel dizzy", but some people who have a disease that causes them to feel dizzy say "I have vertigo".

I was disappointed in the movie because spoilers were revealed in the middle of the movie and I didn't like the ending.

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The other day in the Miami Movie Class (every Wednesday from 2:15pm), we watched clips from an old movie titled, "Vertigo".  It was an old Hitchcock movie which I had never watched before. However, after watching parts of it in class, I thought I wanted to see the movie in its entirety. I like the old movies. The dialogue is much more interesting than modern movies, and without so many distractions, explosions, gratuitous sex and violence scenes, and of course, someone shouting, "OH, MY GOD!!!".

However....I was disappointed in the movie.  First of all, isn't it unrealistic that they fell in love so quickly?? I thought how could such a beautiful young girl fall in love with him anyway?  Secondly, I don't like the way Hitchcock spilled the beans and revealed everything in the middle of the movie. I am talking about when the girl was writing the letter, and she openly explained that it was all a planned murder. It would have been so much better if instead, she had revealed that on the stairs of the church at the end of the movie.  Finally, why did she jump???? I don't get it. I googled it and people had many different answers, but none of them are satisfying to me.

I give this movie a 7/10.
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2018年8月8日水曜日

August 9, 2018

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2018年8月7日火曜日

August 8, 2018 The sleeping girl

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The Sleeping Girl

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Yesterday I was on the train. It was very crowded, so I had to stand.  A young girl in front of me fell asleep. She leaned onto the shoulder of an old lady beside her.  The old lady was not happy, but she kept a smile on her face. I was very surprised. The old lady pushed the young girl with her hand.  The young girl woke up, but fell asleep and leaned onto the old lady's shoulder again.  I thought it was very funny.

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So as I am standing on the train yesterday, I am watching this girl sitting in front of me.  She appears to be young, perhaps in her early 20's, and she is knocked out cold.  Her phone has fallen from her hand onto the seat next to her, and her body is like a lifeless sack of potatoes. I wonder what in the world could such a young girl have been doing to be so tired.  The train lurches forward, that's when she tilts over like the Leaning Tower of Pisa onto an old lady sitting beside her. She seems like someone who would be kind and let the young potato girl sleep, as she has such a soft, gentle smile on her face.  Then a twitch. Her shoulder gives a slight jolt to the young girl in an effort to wake her up. But, she doesn't budge. The old lady tries all sorts of maneuvers; rocking back and forth, coughing loudly, bouncing up and down, shaking, all while keeping that soft, gentle smile on her face, but the young girl is out like a light.  Not even Prince Charming could wake her up. It is so amusing for me to watch, and I think how lucky I am to have some free entertainment on my morning commute.  It starts to get a little scary when the old lady's lips start to tighten and her smile transforms into this strange grimace. What kind of person smiles in such a way when they are obviously ready to blow their top? I'll tell you what kind of person....an insane psychopath. I am just waiting for the old lady to jump out of from her seat and start choking little Snow White.  "Please don't start drooling on her!" I think to myself as the old lady coughed, jumped, bobbled, and rocked. Then it happens. She pushes the young girl's face off her shoulder and away from her with her hand.  OMG! Are they going to fight?  Everyone is silent, waiting on the edge of our seats for her next move. The young girl wakes up with a puzzled look on her face, oblivious as to what has just happened. She picks up her phone, glances at it, then nods back off into la-la-land.....and back on the shoulder of the old lady with the soft, gentle smile.


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2018年8月5日日曜日

August 6, 2018 Hiroshima

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Hiroshima

Today is the 73rd anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. I have never been to Hiroshima, but I have been to Nagasaki. When I visited the A-bomb museum, I was shocked.  I had never seen so many terrible photographs about it before. I felt so bad when I read the stories about it, too.  It was such a sad and terrible thing.  I think today is very important because Japan needs to remind the world of the reality of nuclear weapons.  I think many people outside of Japan can't imagine how terrible it really is. I hope someday, the world will decide to get rid of nuclear weapons.


2018年8月4日土曜日

August 5, 2018 The Japanese Windbell

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THE JAPANESE WINDBELL

The other day in class, I learned about the Japanese windbell from my students in class. If you don't know what a windbell is, it is like a wind chime, but it is made of glass and is in the shape of a bell. They are unique in that they are painted on the inside. Did you know that it is said that nothing bad will happen to anyone within earshot of the windbell?  The samurai and noble families used to hang them in their homes. The sound of the windbell is very gentle.  I think it makes for a great souvenir, too. Perhaps I will get one for my father.

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2018年8月3日金曜日

August 4, 2018 Summertime

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Summertime

Yesterday in class, we were discussing all the many things that people love about summer.  Among them were: watermelon, beer, the beach, fireworks, summer festivals, wind bells 風鈴, beer gardens, etc. I love summer in Japan because it is so exciting.  In my country, we don't have so many festivals or fireworks during the summer. They seem to be happening every weekend during the summer in Japan. By the way, I don't quite understand the meaning of "Beer Garden". Does the beer grow next to the cucumbers and sweet potato? lol

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2018年8月2日木曜日

August 3, 2018 Haneda

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Haneda Airport

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When I went to Hawaii, I flew on Hawaiian Air from Haneda Airport. I love Haneda.  It is my favorite airport in the world. It is so clean and so modern. Whenever I travel anywhere in the future, I hope it will be from Haneda Airport.

Hard part チャレンジ  Give it your best shot!

Upon my arrival in Japan from Hawaii, I was stunned by the service at Haneda airport.  My plane arrived a little before 10pm, and I was on the train no later than 10:30pm!  When going through customs and passport control, there were staff ther to usher me through. I felt as if I were a VIP, even though I was in the same line as everybody else. Than, when I got to baggage claim, I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw my baggage right away.  Usually, at other airports, I have to wait and wait and wait and wonder if my luggage is coming at all. Finally, the train lines are super close, and I could easily jump on the next train home. Haneda is the best! Good job, Haneda!


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2018年8月1日水曜日

August 2, 2018 Summer Heat

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THE SUMMER HEAT

Key words & Phrases

  • Heat cramps
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat stroke
  • liquid
  • plenty

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August is here. It is the hottest time of year in Japan.  In Florida, it seems that July is the hottest.  Everyone should be careful of the summer heat.  There are 3 main types of heat-related illnesses: heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Please be careful, drink plenty of liquids, and keep cool!

Hard part チャレンジ  Give it your best shot!

(From The Mayo Clinic)

In hot weather, your body cools itself mainly by sweating. The evaporation of your sweat regulates your body temperature. However, when you exercise strenuously or otherwise overexert in hot, humid weather, your body is less able to cool itself efficiently.
As a result, your body may develop heat cramps, the mildest form of heat-related illness. Signs and symptoms of heat cramps usually include heavy sweating, fatigue, thirst and muscle cramps. Prompt treatment usually prevents heat cramps from progressing to heat exhaustion.
You usually can treat heat cramps by drinking fluids or sports drinks containing electrolytes (Gatorade, Powerade, others), getting into cooler temperatures, such as an air-conditioned or shaded place, and resting.
Untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition that occurs when your core body temperature reaches 104 F (40 C) or higher. Heatstroke requires immediate medical attention to prevent permanent damage to your brain and other vital organs that can result in death.
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2018年7月28日土曜日

July 29, 2018 Hawaii: Waimea Canyon

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Waimea Canyon

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I think when most people think of Hawaii, of course, they think of the beautiful beaches. What most people don't know, however, is that there is a huge canyon on Kauai Island. It is approximately 16 km long, and 900 m deep. The view is magnificent!

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Waimea Canyon is nicknamed "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific". I had been to the Grand Canyon in Arizona before. In comparison, it is about 29 km wide and 1.6 km deep.  It is bigger, but I think the biggest difference is that Waimea is covered in green.


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2018年7月26日木曜日

July 27, 2018 Hawaii: Surfing

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Surfing

When I was in Hawaii, I decided to take a surfing lesson. It was a lot of fun. I signed up for a group lesson. There are 4 people in a group. However, since I was the 5th person, I ended up getting a private lesson! I really enjoyed it. The most difficult part is the timing for catching a wave. My teacher was great, and he taught me many things. He asked me where I am from. I told him that I live in Japan. He said "Your English is very good." lol. I said "サンキュべりマッチョ。

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2018年7月25日水曜日

July 26, 2018 My pull-up bar

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My Pull-up Bar

Key words & Phrases

  • equipment
  • handy
  • twist
  • screws

Easy part 簡単 You can do it!

First, I want to apologize for forgetting to record the audio for my blog recently.  I will do it during my lunch break today.

Today, I think I'll take a break from talking about Hawaii and tell you about my newest piece of exercise equipment instead.  It is a pull-up bar.  I bought it on Amazon.  It is very handy and easy to use.  There are two rubber stoppers on each end, and I just twist the bar to extend it.  I can install it in any doorway without any screws.  When I'm not using it, I can hang my laundry on it to dry! Check it out ------>

Pull-up bar on Amazon





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2018年7月24日火曜日

July 25, 2018 Hawaii: Some more

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S'more!

One of the things that people typically do when they go camping is roasting marshmallows.  It is not so easy because your marshmallow might turn black, or melt and fall off the stick.  The trick is to let the inside heat up and expand while letting the outside become a nice crispy golden-brown color.  When you have the perfect marshmallow, you then put a piece of chocolate on top and put it between two cookies, and you have what is called a "s'more". It is pronounced, "some more".

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2018年7月23日月曜日

July 24, 2018 Hawaii: Shave Ice

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Shave Ice

You can do it!

In Hawaii, everyone loves "shave ice".  Shave ice is カキ氷 in Japanese.  I think the reason it is called shave ice is because you have to shave a big block of ice to make it.  On Kauai, there is a famous shave ice shop on the west side of the island called "JoJo's Shave Ice".  They had many different flavors.  I got a root beer shave ice. If you have never had root beer before, it kind of tastes like Dr. Pepper.  It had ice cream in the bottom of the cup under the ice.  While I was enjoying my shave ice, a little gecko came and sat next to me.  I thought he wanted me to buy car insurance, but he just wanted some of my shave ice. I gave him some and he seemed to enjoy it.

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2018年7月22日日曜日

July 23, 2018 Hawaii: MUSTANG!

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Hawaii: Mustang!

Key words & Phrases

  • rev up the engine
  • especially
  • apparently
  • lane
  • traffic

Easy part 簡単 You can do it!

It isn't easy to get around in Hawaii if you don't have a car, especially on Kauai. Before I left for Hawaii, I arranged to rent a car on the internet. Of course, since I don't have much money, I reserved the cheapest compact car. However, when I got there, the car rental agent handed me the keys to a MUSTANG!  A Mustang is a really cool sports car. Apparently, there was some kind of mistake and I was so lucky!

Hard part チャレンジ  Give it your best shot!

I had so much fun driving the Mustang around everyday. In Japan, there are so many tolls, and it is expensive to drive anywhere. Furthermore, parking is expensive and the roads are so crowded.  It seems like there is always traffic in Japan.  When driving on the highway, you must stay in the left lane and use the right lane only for passing. However, in the U.S., it is ok to stay only in the right lane ( actually it is the opposite side, though. ) What I mean is that one lane is for slow cars, and one lane is for fast cars. Needless to say, I rolled down the windows, turned up the music, revved up the engine and lived life in the fast lane!

BORN TO BE WILD

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2018年7月21日土曜日

July 22, 2018 - Hawaii: The Supermarket

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Hawaii: The Supermarket

Key words & Phrases

  • jet lag
  • sleepy
  • sweet tooth
  • aisle
  • turn a blind eye

Easy part 簡単 You can do it!

I am happy to be back in Japan now. When I got off the plane at Haneda, I noticed right away that the air felt very heavy. The climate is very different from Hawaii.  I still have a little jet lag.  I feel sleepy during the day and I can't sleep at night. I am sorry if I get sleepy in class!

Hard part チャレンジ  Give it your best shot!

The supermarket in Hawaii was so different from the supermarket in Japan. First of all, it was much bigger! The aisles were filled with so much food; cakes, candy, cereal, soda, etc.  It was hard to turn a blind eye to all the sweets!!!  I felt guilty for eating a lot of chocolate and candy when I was there, but I couldn't say no to my sweet tooth.  Check out the pictures I took of the supermarket and tell me if you could resist!

That's all for today!  I'll be back tomorrow with more stories from Hawaii. Aloha!

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