I went to my first japanese class today. It went great and I met many nice people. When the introdutions were over my teacher brought a beginners textbook with japanese and asked me to start to read, "you know hiragana right?" NO! "Okay first you learn the letters and then you learn to read". I am a 1st grader. It is strange to be a total beginner at sush old age. I even write like a 6 year old, and always start at the wrong end! But now I have two weeks to practise at home before next lesson and I aim to know hiragana by then :)
Siffi has to go to the north to a city called Aomori for a long weekend of training. So ... Margret and I desided to go visit obaachan in Tokyo while he is away. We will company him and his two team mates on the Shinkansen to Tokyo and there our ways will part until noon on Sunday when will join them again. We are so excited.
We finally found a playground we can go to when we want. It is not like in Tokyo where there are playgrounds everywhere. But now that we found one... It is great
We will be going here a lot :)
Now I have tracked all my meals for 10 days in a row. I am very suprised how much japanese food is already listed in MyFitnessPal. It makes everything so much easier, just scan the barcode and it is listed :)
I have also been on a walk for most days since I arrived. This week Margret and I went to a Shrine nearby, some of it was on her pace so it didn't do much as an exercise but during some of it she was in her stroller and I could walk as fast as I wanted. The many steps to the Shrine wete also a great exercise.
Today Margret and I went on a walk to a Shrine (isl: hof) neaeby. Shishido Shrine was listed as cultural treasure in the Hiroshima area. The walk is about 4,5 km in total and we enjoyed it a lot.
We were so lucky, the weather was very good this afternoon after a chilly night and morning.
On our way home we met our neighbor. He ownes a house in the neighborhood that he is renovating. He lives in Tokyo and is only here for a short while but he speaks very good English and it is so nice to talk to someone that understands me! He gave us Kaki (japanese fruit).
My biggest problem with tracking what I eat is reading food labels. The kanji is not easy to read you have to know them to understand. For example is タンパク質 = protein !!! of course!
But I found this excellent guide to reading food labels on a website called surviving Japan, I will definitely be taking a closer look at this website.
But now that I have the basic words under control I am going to insert some of the food I eat regularly in MyFitnessPal to make it easier to track everything I eat :)
I other fitness news we finally got a stroller for Margret so now we can take longer walks and we are enjoying it alot :)
I know it is a little early to be thinking about Cristmas. Specially when the weather is so nice ...
... But I was organizing my sewing stuff and I was thinking I should start a small project I can work on while Margret is taking a nap in the afternoon, and I came a cross this ...
I bought it before last Christmas but never even opened it.
Now it is just a question of who will find it under their tree come Christmas :)
Now that we have recovered from the time diffrece (mostly anyway), Margret and I have a mission of exploring our town. Last weekend we bought a stroller for her so now we can take longer walks together.
We are going to do some more exploring this week and hopefully the weather will stay good.
In other news Margret has stopped using diapers and that is going well. Of caurse there are some accidents and I have more than enough washing to do, but I am very proud of her and how well she is adjusting to this new life in a strange place.