August 30, 2006

Little, cute, a chef who has long hair
"May I help you? I want to cut something!!"
He wants to help his mother. But his mother gets annoyed every time. He is cutting a cucumber. But, if his favorite TV show starts, he gives up his work.

By the way, he has long hair now. Sometimes, people misunderstand and think that he is a girl.
His father likes his long hair. Because, his father wanted a daughter.

I heard from a American, when boys are young, they wear girl’s suits, so they become strong boys in the USA. Is this really? (I might hear same story in Japan too.)
Recently, my younger son said, “’I’m not a girl. I’m not cute. You should say I am cool!”
Anyway, I am annoyed his strong behavior.

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August 29, 2006

Morning market in Hakodate
I like markets. Especially, I like to visit markets in foreign countries. I have ever visited markets in Australia. I want to visit market in New York some day.
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Japanese eat crabs sometimes. In Hokkaido, we can eat fresh crabs. But they are expensive.
By the way, after our Hokkaido travels, a Japanese fisherman has been shot dead by a Russian patrol boat. Japanese fishermen just fished crabs. Why Russian did kill the fisherman?
Japanese didn’t have guns. It is difficult to answer about it. Because it is programs of nations.
Anyway,I think , if someone is killed to take crabs, I should not eat crabs.

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August 26, 2006

Fireworks -Japanese summer-
There were a lot of fireworks in the summer season in Japan. Fireworks are a symbol of Japanese summer. When the fireworks are finished, we would find summer finish.
Sas found the First Sign Of Fall in her country. 
It is still hot in Japan. But at this time of year the days are shorter... I feel sad.

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August 22, 2006

A berth train (Hokutosei)

When we got on a berth train, my older son really wanted to keep the top bunk.
But I didn’t permit it. So he hid and cried on the button bunk. He insisted that he would not fall on the floor!!
I thought the top bunk was completly high, he will have done it by the time he us 18 years old.

After that he asked the berth train's conductor.
" Do you know someone who fell on to floor?" (Has anyyone ever fallen off the bunk? Do you know if anyone has fallen?)
The berth train of conduoctor said "I have not heard of it yet."

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August 15, 2006

Yoshioka Undersea Station
We went to Yoshioka undersea station by trains which was Doraemon undersea trains.
You asked me " What's an undersea station? "

First, I have to explain about Japanese topography. Japan is islands country. And there are seas around islands.
Second, When we want to go from the Honshu region to the Hokkaido region, we have to be over Tsugaru strait. When it was in ancient time, people ferryed by ships which were sometimes wrecked in winter season. Of course , now we can take on safe ships, planes , trains..

Japanese map

Hokkaido region
Hokkaido railway company sight

I added a little bit something in English to "Seikan tunnel cross section"
Finally, you understand there is "Yoshioka under sea station" is under sea.

This is a Japanese sight, I quoted this picture.

Seikan tunnel was built under Tsugartu strange in 1988. This tunnel is for trains only. Japanese said Seikan tunnel was the longest tunnel in the world. But Kieran might not say same opnion.

old type Doraemon train and entrance of tunnel

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In Yoshioka tunnel visiting course

We came back to trains
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Doraemon Undersea World 2006 -Final-
Doraemon Final stage. Before Szélső Fa said she didn't know Doraemon. I think Doraemon was a famous cartoon in Asia.
There are five kinds of train's boxes which are special for kids. But Draemon trains and events were last this summer. Because, Seikan tunnel visiting course will have been stuff area for bulting Hokkaido shinkansen in one year. Hokkaido Shinkansen will run about 2015.

The ceilng of trains
Play room for kids in the train




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August 14, 2006

Trains in Hokkaido
We went to the Hokkaido region. We took a lot of kind of trains. Our kids enjoyed them.

Nijht Express Hokutosei
station bound for Hakodate station

Draemon's undersea trains
Hakodate station bound for Yoshioka undersea station

Yoshioka undersea station bound for Hakodate station

Tram in Hakodate city

Steam Locomotive
Hakodate station bound for Mori station

Mori station bound for Hakodate

Super Express Shiratori
Hakodate bound for Hachinohe

Shinkansen Hayate
Hachinohe station bound for Tokyo station

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August 10, 2006

We are going to the Hokkaido region!! But it is a only two days trip.
Good bye!

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August 09, 2006

Early morning at Atami's beach
We went swiming at
Atami which is a very famous hot spring place in Japan. It takes about two
hours by car from our town. When we arriverd in Atami in the early morinig, there were a few people on the beach.

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Play with the sand
Kids like to play with the sand. While they made a mountain and a tunnel, waves broke them.

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Japanese summer
Szélső Fa asked me "Why are there so many people here?"
I think Japanese take holidays in same days, or week. And it was very a hot and a nice day for swimming. You don't think about this crowded beach!! But that is Japan!
We say that this picture is like "washing potatoes".......

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August 06, 2006

My mother- in-law gave us souvenirs which were made in China. She thought she bought one of a beef jerky. After we ate it, our opinion that it tasted like corned beef. We saw front of the package, we thought this animal was a bison.
The end, we read back of the package. It said "Ingredient tables: Fresh yak meat, vegetable oil, salt, and spice"
That was yak meat!! Yak and bison must be kinds of cows!!

PS. I like Chinese food very much. But I think this is just souvenir for foreigners. If we ate yak meet cuisine in Chinese reastrant, it would be delicious.

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August 01, 2006

Last summer memory (2005)
This steam engine is "Ooigawa railroad" in Shizuoka prefecture. Every summer, this steam engine run, it is temporal. This summer, it will run again.

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A little Eengineman and Fireman
When I read Rebecca 's commnts about my blog, I remenbered this picture.
This engine room was very hot. When my younger son tried to put a coal in the fire box, he was afraid of fire. Anyway they enjoyed it.

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