Key Words: grateful adj. – 感謝している ,crate n. -箱、特に運搬用 ,stack v. -積む ,sand v. -サンドペーパーをかける ,carpenter n. -大工さん

We have a few new things for our house. We’re grateful!

Our friend recently became a doctor and is moving to Bangladesh soon. She will be working in a hospital there. She’s from Ao-Mori and gave us these cool apple crates. We stacked them in the kitchen. 

(the Bangladesh flag looks a lot like the Japanese flag, I think.)


Of course, I had to sand them and paint them with a dark wood coat. I think they look pretty good.

That’s right I’m an English teacher AND a carpenter! 😉


She also had to leave behind this beautiful, old antique chest.

The Chest.

The inside.

The key.


 Now we can put our dishes somewhere safe and maybe we won’t break so many.


Thanks for reading!

Andrew and Kahoru


We went to a new donut shop in downtown Kyoto on Tuesday. It’s called “floresta: nature dougnuts” Have you heard of them? More info:click here 

Andy with cranberry flavor.

Kahoru wanted to try them so we bought a few. 

Kaho with Earl Grey flavor.

 They were OK but we weren’t that impressed… 

However, if you want to try it I recommend the cranberry or the coconut ones. 

Thanks for reading. 

I took this picture with my phone, the woman seemed so embarrassed! Sorry!


Today, “donut” is the common US spelling of the word but we used to use “doughnut.” You can see the origin better in the original if you know that dough is きじ. 


May 13, 2010

Hello Everyone!

Today Andrew is a little sick so I am writing this blog for the first time.

Does anyone know about Pilates ピラティス? Has anyone done it before?

Well, I went to the first Pilates lesson last Tuesday. The class is especially for posture adjustment and backache.

Some people might know that I have a backache. I guess it is from sitting on the cheap chair for a long time!

Anyway I went to the lesson and it was really good!

Pilates is like Yoga, so you have to pay attention to your breathing while you are doing exercise.

But it is not so much about posing. It is about ‘inner muscle.’

If you want to know more about Pilates, click here!

Well, one of my new year resolutions is ‘start exercising’ so I am thinking taking the lessons for a while.

 I hope my backache will be gone soon!!!

Do you exercise regularly? If you do, what do you do?

Golden Week

May 6, 2010

Hello again, 

Did you have a nice Golden Week? I’d like another, actually. 

We were busy all vacation re-decorating the house.  And we’re still not done! We have to wait for the new carpets, dresser, and chest to be delivered. 


If you see our house you will notice many,

Home-made Ladder to Nowhere

 many small changes. 

Cardboard Deer (a buck) from America

But these you probably won’t see (because they’re upstairs).

 Thanks for reading, this short Golden Week post. 

See you soon! 

Andy and Kaho