Monday, April 26, 2010


Yesterday, my family & I (also known as “Be & Me & He”) went to Tennoji Zoo, in Osaka. The weather was great – really sunny & warm. However, most of the animals were sleeping so it wasn’t really that exciting. Luckily, my son bumped into [met by chance] a friend, so he wasn’t too bored.

I took a lot of photos. My favorite is the one above of the guy wearing a leopard-skin cap looking at a (sleeping!) leopard. What is he thinking? “That’s beautiful!” or “I could make a coat out of that!”

Here’s a quick English test for you! Do you know the English names of the following animals?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fun Run

An oxymoron (sometimes called a “contradiction in terms”) is usually two words with almost opposite meanings used together. “Amazingly dull” is a good example.

I think another good example of an oxymoron is “fun run.” A fun run is a long-distance race run by mostly amateur runners. Personally, I can’t understand how the words “fun” and “run” can be used together!

In Japan, fun runs are often called “marathons.” The marathon is a fixed distance of 42.195 kilometers – much longer than most fun runs!

A couple of years ago, Mayumi made “running in fun runs” one of her New Year's resolutions. Yesterday, she kept her resolution by taking part in a 10-kilometer race at the Ashiya Fun Run.

Mayumi warming up before the race

Where’s Mayumi? (She is there! Can you find her?)

One of our students is also a fun-runner. Hisae ran in the half marathon...

21 kilometers! Good on you, Hisae!

You can see more photos from the Ashiya Fun Run at Ashiya Fun Run Photos

You can also watch a short video of Mayumi at the 9-kilometer mark at Mayumi’s Ashiya Fun Run Video

Friday, April 09, 2010

Hanami = Cherry-Blossom Viewing

Cherry Blossoms in Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park, Osaka
The Be & Me Hanami Gang "Under" the Cherry Blossoms

President Obama [?] Sings with the Tsurumi Ryokuchi Choir for the Seasonally Challenged

Sunset Over the Cherry Blossoms in the Japanese Garden

Last Sunday, we held our yearly cherry blossom-viewing picnic in Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park. The weather was beautiful and the cherry blossoms were perfect! Thanks to all who joined us and made it such a great day!
The cherry blossoms are still looking great in Osaka. However, the weather forecast for Sunday is rain. If you haven't held a cherry blossom-viewing picnic yet, tomorrow is the best day to do so. Have fun!!!

Thursday, April 01, 2010

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