Minamiashigara Sports Park

Great playground for the kids. We used to take our kids to run around there and have fun. Huge baseball diamond, a large pond and more. Recommended if you have a car and young children.  There are many tennis courts too, but you usually have to pre-book them. Free parking.  Great place for a picnic and an run around with young kids.

Hiking Mount Kintoki

Hiking Mount Kintoki
Located at Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, 250-0631
“Mount Kintoki is a great hike, as well as a culturally important mountain. It is the legendary home of Kintaro, a magical boy. There are many trails to access the mountain, and some of them can be pretty challenging. Additionally, there is a bus pass offered by the Hakone Tozan bus that covers all of the bus stops with access to the mountain. At 1,300 yen per person, it is a good deal if you are planning on ascending from most of the trailheads.”
–Hana Joy, Japan Travel
Known for Early Birds, Peace & Quiet, Stunning Views, Iconic Scenes, Secret Spots, Groups, Families, Budget Friendly, Hiking Trail, Touristy
Mount Kintoki: Kintoki Mountain hike. Buses go to Mount Kintoki from Daiyuzan Station. It is about a 90 minute to 2 hour hike to the top of Mount Kintoki. You can get fantastic views of Mount Fuji from there.
“From National Route 138 at Sengokuhara to the south of the mountain, a direct hiking route through the trees to Mt. Kintoki starts at the Kintoki Shrine, and a second route through a hillside expanse of mountain bamboo heads towards the Yagurasawa Pass, before finally turning towards to the upper slopes of Mt. Kintoki — a third trail from Route 138 via the Otome Pass has stretches of steep and deeply eroded dirt, and is best used as a way down the mountain. (At the east exit of the Odawara railway station, a public bus to Sengokuhara leaves from the #4 bus stop).” –Bob Bideo

Street Hockey in Kaiseimachi

Street Hockey on Sunday has been moved to Kaisei Station. Meet at Kaisei Station (the main side at 11AM Sunday Feb. 7th) We will play at a park nearby. Tokai is closed due to entrance exams.

Beginners Welcome! We will teach you!

Japanese and non-Japanese all are welcome. Cost: Free!

We have extra sticks and equipment.

Kevin Burns

Weight Lifting

These are the workouts our friend Bret has been doing and it has really changed his physique:

Shortcut to Size

Mad Scientist Full Body Workout Plan

Another friend loves cross fit.

I want to try the above workouts sometime, but I feel my most urgent need is to lose weight. So I am going to follow the “7 Weeks Getting Ripped” program by Brett Stewart.

International Basketball in Minamiashigara

International Basketball in Minamiashigara
国際バスケとボル

At Kevin`s English School in Tsukahara     (Kevin`s 英会話 School 0465-74-4458)

日本の盆栽について

日本の盆栽について

by Lyanne Thomas
(Manila, Philippines)

日本の盆栽について

日本での盆栽の栽培は、西暦1200年ごろの鎌倉時代に始まりました。”盆栽”という
言葉は中国の専門用語”ぺんざい”を日本の発音にしたものです。日本語の盆栽は、
陶器の中の木を意味しています。

盆栽は、陶器やコンテナの中で育てられたミニチュアの木です。松や杉、かえでなどが
一般的に盆栽として使用されます、そしてもちろん、最も小さい盆栽は”まめ”と呼ばれています。
日本の盆栽のスタイルはたくさんあります。これには正式なものと非正式なものが含まれているでしょう。
滝や人工の滝、いかだ、知識階段、森林、ほうきスタイル、吹きさらしスタイルなどです。

盆栽栽培技術のほとんどは、江戸時代の間に発展しました。葉の刈り込みや葉、針状葉の選択除去、
剪定、木や幹を針金で縛ること、幹や枝の形を固定すること、落葉などです。
短く言うと、一定の落葉性の葉の発育を妨げる期間が必要です。
年齢をシミュレートする立ち枯れの盆栽の技術が盆栽を成熟させるのです。

盆栽は木のような植物、もしくは標本から来たのかもしれません。標本は刈り入れや苗木になるかも
しれません。標本は盆栽の美的基準を満たさなければいけません。たとえば根が伸びているか、幹が
たっているかなどですが、最も重要な要素は盆栽の枝のアレンジメントでしょう。
木が成長し、計画された最終的なサイズに近づいてきたとき盆栽栽培者や芸術家が形を整え始め、

盆栽用にデザインされた陶器に入れるのです。年間の定期的な刈り込みを除いて、陶器は植物の成長を制限します。

盆栽のようなミニチュアの木は特別に注意しなくてはいけません。また、
水やり、植え替え、配置、肥沃化、道具、そして越冬などにも気を使わなければいけません。
盆栽の水やりは定期的に行います。水をやりすぎても乾燥してしまっても土によくありません。
植え替えは成長ときの年齢によって決めます。間隔を置いて行うようにしましょう。
植え替えは、盆栽の根が結合するのを防ぐためにも行いましょう。
植え替えの間は、植物の葉の塊を薄くするのに良いときでもあります。
日本の盆栽の土壌は、盆栽のニーズによって異なります。一方、肥沃化は大きなものに
関してこれらの小さい木に重要なだけです。土壌組成のように、越冬も種次第です。
道具は、いくつかの考案物が盆栽のために開発されました。

同じような植物のメソッドが、中国のペンジンやベトナムのホンノンボのような
他の文化でも見られます。実際、盆栽栽培の芸術性は中国が始め、発達した後に日本で広がったと
言われています。中国の伝説では、ハン王朝に盆栽栽培の芸術が始まったと言われ、盆栽の最も
初期に記録された証明は1972年に唐の王子の墓で見つけられたそうです。

Abuse by Sports Coaches in Japan

Video: A high school coach in Shizuoka Prefecture slaps a student 16 times in under 20 seconds. He should be fired.

Some of the local coaches on the soccer teams verbally abuse the players. I have witnessed it many times. It wouldn`t be tolerated in Canada. These coaches would be forced to quit by the parents.

However in Japan, what appears to be abuse to a Canadian
(me), is thought to be very, very strict coaching. A cultural difference? Or abuse?

I tend to think it is abuse.

Unfortunately violence in sports sometimes happens here. I have seen older boys hitting younger boys for failing to catch a ball in baseball at the local junior high school, and observed repeated verbal abuse by coaches and managers of players even as young as elementary school. It is tolerated here. Where I hear some teams don`t even keep score in Canada, it is very serious business in Japan. I have been disgusted with the behaviour of the soccer coaches of my son`s teams off and on for years, so this video doesn`t surprise me so much. I at times asked my sons if they wanted to quit soccer. They didn`t. But other boys did and told me they hated the coach. Sad. Sports should be fun, and it should be about fun.

Scrapbook history and modern use

Scrapbook history and modern use

Author: Salma

Preserving personal and family history in the form of a notebook is termed as scrapbooking. Mostly it is composed of clippings from newspapers, photographs, and artwork. Scrapbook albums are often decorated and extensively contain thorough journaling. Scrapbooking is a widely practiced pastime all over the world in different format & names. For example in UK during 15th century Commonplace books were very popular to compile information that comprised of recipes, popular quotations, personal letters, poems and much more. Each commonplace book was unique to its creator’s personal interests. Later on in 16th century Friendship albums became popular. These albums were like modern time yearbooks, where friends or patrons would enter their names, titles and short texts or illustrations at the request of the album’s owner. Later on colored plates were used for depicting carnivals and fashion shows. Later on an English woman Anne Wagner incorporated decoupage technique during 18th century in her scrapbook of ‘Memorial of friendship’. She was in the social circle of famous English poet Percy Byshe Shelley. However, in 20th century a lady from Utah, named Marielen Christensen turned an ancient craft into Business. She displayed her work in a conference on records in Salt Lake City and later on she and her husband published a how-to book on scrapbook keeping and also opened a store in 1981 relating to scrapbooking.

Scrapbook Media

Now-a-days two main media are in use, paper and digital. In paper some time photo albums are also used. Recently, smaller albums are very popular. Various accessories refer to as embellishments are used to decorate the album leaf to attain a certain effect in regard to the topic covered. On the other hand in digital scrapbooking tools like scanners, MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe flash software packages are in use to achieve a perfect look or feel. Hoards of software tools for publishing digital scrapbook(s) online available and has an ease of use and it also cut down on supplies like paper and embellishments. All these software packages have plethora of backgrounds, text styles, font size and boxes. The dedicated websites for digital scrapbook are Serif.com, Stampinup.com, Mymemories.com, Scrapbookflair.com, Wondershare.com, Smilebox.com, Photomix.com, Scrapbookmax.com, Softonic.com, Brighthub.com, Memorymixer.com, Funtimescrapbooking.com, Pixelscraper.com, Freedigitalscrapbooking.com and many more

Modern Use

For some it is still a record book for holding recipes or memories of an event they like to adhere to but others are using this craft for genealogy with a greater passion.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/scrapbooking-articles/scrapbook-history-and-modern-use-6584703.html

Scrapbooking in Odawara


Studio K at Atelier Hayakawa 2F

Canadian Kirsten Woest runs scrapbooking workshops in Odawara, Kanagawa.

Kirsten Woest > Arts and Crafts > Scrapbooking スクラップブッキング
Scrapbooking workshops are held 2x weekly.

You can learn design techniques, digital tips, how to take better photographs, or you can simply shop for supplies.
Private sessions are also available.

スクラップブックのワークショップは週に2回開催されます。
レイアウトの技法やデジタル写真について、また写真の上手な撮り方などを学びますが、スクラップブック制作に使用する関連用品のご購入のみも可能です。
ご希望があれば個人やグループのワークショップをセッティングします。

My Basement in Iizawa

Odawara`s Sontoku Marathon

Odawara`s Sontoku Marathon is a yearly tradition that has many non-Japanese taking part as well.

I am hoping to enter this (half-marathon). Japanese make no distinction about distance, every race of any lenght is a “marathon.” However Sontoku is what we would call in the West, a half-marathon — 21kms.

The Sontoku Marathon takes place on March 11th from 9AM.
It costs 3,000 Yen to enter and you can enter at the Running Homepage.

Local English school owner Conrad Matsumoto, from California is planning to run in this race as well.

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