Dinner Party

コロナのせいで大きなイベントが出来なくなったけど少人数でのディナーパーティはできます。次は3月27日、僕入れて4名でのDinner Partyをやる予定です。


Broccoli Soup
Seared Sesame Tuna
Anchovy Peperoncino
Steak or Chicken
Chocolate Mousse

菜園 Vegetable Garden

grow 植物を育つ seriously 本気で、本格的に

スクリーンショット 2017-05-25 13.04.23

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I’ve decided to seriously grow vegetables this year.

I’m growing:

baby leaf lettuce ベビーリーフレタス

leafy stem lettuce サンチュ

sunny lettuce サニーレタス

flat parsley イタリアンパセリ

curly parsley パセリ

radish ラディッシュ

string beans インゲン

green peppers ピーマン

perilla 青じそ

strawberries いちご

red chili pepper なんばん唐辛子

green chili pepper ししとう

cherry tomatoes ミニトマト

dessert tomatoes デザートトマト

spearmint スペアミント

applemint アップルミント

pineapple mint パインアップルミント

horseradish 山わさび

sage セージ

rosemary ローズマリー

thyme タイム

coriander, cilantro パクチー

fennel フェンネル





行ったメンバー:Abakone Hunter, Duty, Batman, Koko-chan, Johnny’s


Johnny’s kissing a cicada…. cicada = セミ






庭掃除格好の Abalone Hunter….












I can’t wait to see this movie!!!!



Title:  Only God Forgives

Trailer (予告編):


Here’s another movie from the same director and with the same actor.  You can rent it at the video store.



Title:  Drive (ドライヴ)

Embarrassing Moment: Volume 4

The other day I went to Daiso to buy something but when I got there, I forgot what I wanted to buy.  So I bought candy.  I still can’t remember why I went to Daiso…. HELP ME!!!!!


the other day = この間

something = 何か

get there = そこに着く

forgot = 忘れた

wanted to buy = 買いたかった

so = だから、それで、で

still = まだ

can’t remember = 思い出せない

HELP ME!!!! = タスケテ〜〜〜!!!!!


Oh noooooooooooo!!!!!!!

Oh no!!! Oh nooooooo!!!!  Two weeks ago all the ice on my roof fell and destroyed my tables and also broke the wall.  At least I know what my spring project is going to be this year…. 


ま、さ、か〜〜〜〜〜〜!!!!!! 2週間前に屋根にあった氷が落ちて作ったウッドデッキの壁とテーブルを破棄した。。。まっ、今年のプロジェクト春が決められたね。。。





Winter Camping 2

We went camping again!  This time we tried to make a HUGE igloo but the igloo was too big so we quit and built one-man emergency shelters instead.  If we kept building the igloo, it would have taken us all night to finish. We decided that this time we would focus on having fun.  And we did!







One-man emergency shelter.  ワンマン緊急凌ぎ場   30分以内で作れる。







Cats in strange places….

Cats in strange places….






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My favorite is number 7…. What about you?  What number is your favorite?




My favorite number is 〜〜.

The Usual Suspects

Here’s a great movie for all you crime drama lovers, great story, great cast and great ending….



The Usual Suspects:






Party Speech

Hello Everyone,


Thank you for coming to the Start-of-the-Year Party.  For those who couldn’t come to the party and for those who went home early, here is the speech I gave:



Hello everyone and thank you for coming to tonight’s party.  This is the Year of the Snake and for many of you the image of a snake is a bad, negative one.  But the real meaning and message for the Year of the Snake is very good, positive.  

皆さん今晩は。そして今日の新年会に来て頂きありがとうございました。今年は巳年です。ほとんどの皆さんの持っている蛇のイメージは悪い、ネガティブではないかな。。。? でも、巳年の本当のイメージと意味合いは良い、ポジティブです。


Snakes keep their entire bodies on the ground and are a symbol of nature.  They also shed their skins so are symbols of rebirth, renewal and growth.



The forgetting in a Year-End Party is OK, but I prefer the positiveness of a Start-of-the-Year Party.  Think of last year as a turning point in your life and this year as one of “natural rebirth, renewal and growth.”



I want to thank everyone for everything you did last year and I will help you as much as I can so that you may achieve whatever goal or dream it is you want this year.



Make this year, your year!  



Thank you again!!




Be forgetful

be forgetful  =  わすれっぽい


My forgetful life….  I caught a small chest cold so I took some medicine, but I wanted stronger medicine so I went to the drug store…. I bought some new medicine but when I got home, I noticed that I had bought the same medicine…. HELP ME!!!


僕のわすれっぽい人生。。。。 ちょっとした風邪を引いてしまい薬を飲んでたけどもっと強い薬が欲しくてドラッグストアへ。。。新しい薬を買い、家に着いたら気が付いた。。。同じ薬を買ってしまった。。。。助けれっ!!!!


Feel like….

I don’t know about you…. But it’s starting to feel like spring….



feel like 名詞 = 〜〜の気分だ



I’m back!!!

I’m back! = 只今!


How was your New year’s vacation?  What did you do?  Me?  I went camping with Johnny’s, Takashi and Goro-chan.  We built an igloo and slept in it.  The lowest temperature outside was -13, the inside of the igloo was -5.  Big difference!

皆さんのお正月休みはいかがでしたか?何をしましたか?僕?僕はジャニーズとタカシとゴロちゃんと一緒にキャンプしました。鎌倉を作って鎌倉の中で寝た。外の最低気温は −13℃、鎌倉の中は −5℃。結構な温度差!


Here is a picture of our igloo.  It took us from about noon to 11:00am the next day.  That’s right, we didn’t sleep.  Actually, we slept one hour.  It usually only takes about 4-5 hours to make an igloo this size, but unfortunately it rained all day the day before so the snow was really wet, heavy–not good for igloo building.




The igloo is very strong so it will last until spring.  We are planning to go again and build another room–a living room.  Why don’t you join us?




Sorry I didn’t update the HP–I tried it American style.  Vacation is vacation–no work.  But don’t worry, I’ll try to update the HP more than last year!!





Embarrassing Moment:  Volume 3


OK, today I had to go to the store to buy an eraser and some other things.  No problem, right?  But when I got to my car I realized that my hands were empty…. Yes, I left my bags on the packing counter…. I went back, and the store lady came out and handed me my bag…. My face turned red like a Christmas tree ornament….






Great Song

I heard this song last week and loved it immediately.  I thought it was a new band so I told my friend about it and he said, “Although this song is fairly new, the band is 5 years old….”


Anyways, the name of the song is “I Will Wait” and it’s by Mumford & Sons, and this kind of music is called folk rock music.  What do you think this song is about?  By the way, it’s not a love song.

まっ、曲名は『I Will Wait, 僕は待つよ』、バンド名は Mumford & Sons、そしてこういう音楽はフォークロックというジャンルです。この曲の意味は何だと思いますか?ところで、ラブソングではない。


And I came home
Like a stone
And I fell heavy into your arms
These days of dust
Which we’ve known
Will blow away with this new sun

And I’ll kneel down
Wait for now
And I’ll kneel down
Know my ground

And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you

So break my step
And relent
You forgave and I won’t forget
Know what we’ve seen
And him with less
Now in some way
Shake the excess

But I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you

So I’ll be bold
As well as strong
And use my head alongside my heart
So tame my flesh
And fix my eyes
That tethered mind free from the lies

But I’ll kneel down
Wait for now
I’ll kneel down
Know my ground

Raise my hands
Paint my spirit gold
And bow my head
Keep my heart slow

Cause I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you

Some music videos….


Hello Everyone, 


Here are some music videos for you:


Johnny Cash & June Carter, “It Ain’t Me Babe”  (Country Music)

Johnny Cash is my favorite country singer and this is him and his wife, June, singing a Bob Dylan song.  Their’s is a great love story and if you want to learn more, please rent the movie, “Walk the Line.”  The Japanese title is ウォーク・ザ・ライン.  By the way, this is the opening song from the Maruyama camping video.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_k3BuX7ZJY

Johnny Cashは僕の一番好きなカントリー歌手です。これは彼と奥様のJuneとのデュエットです。曲はBob Dylanのカバーです。彼らの恋愛話は素晴らしいです。もっと知りたかったら是非ウォーク・ザ・ラインという映画を借りて見てて下さい。ところで、丸山のキャンプのビデオのオープニング曲です。ご覧下さい。


Kings of Leon, “Sex is on Fire”  (Country Alternative Rock)


Delta Spirit, “California”  (Indie Rock)


Local Natives, “Airplanes”  (Indie Rock)


Faye Wong, from the “Chungking Express” soundtrack

This is a cover of the Cranberries song, “Dream.”  I think I actually like this version better than the original.  Good movie, too.

これは The CranberriesというバンドのDreamという曲のカバーです。実はオリジナルよりこのカバーの方が好きかもしれません。映画は面白いし。日本語のタイトルは『愛する惑星』





We LOVE Bucho!!!!!

Bucho entered the Nodo Jiman Contest last week and did a great job.  Unfortunately he didn’t get past the qualifying round but no matter–Bucho will always be our hero!  Great job Bucho!!!!!!





VIDEO 大千軒岳


This is the preview for the upcoming Mt. Daisengen video.  I hope you enjoy it!


preview = 予告編

upcoming = その内公開される

I hope you enjoy it.  =  気に入ってくれると嬉しいな〜。


Click on the picture and video will start.





This is where we went camping!  Absolutely beautiful…. The weather was nice for about 5 minutes…the rest was rain, rain, rain…. But we had an AWESOME time!




Mt. Daisengen

We’re going camping again!  This time 5 of us are going to Mt. Daisengen.  Please join us next time!









Had a great time at Halloween and hope to see everyone again next year!!!!



Mr. K got arrested….Kさん、逮捕された。。。



The Russian girl on the stairs beat me up.


Hakodate Half-Marathon

Congratulations to everyone who ran the half marathon!  I saw many of my friends but did not see one student…. :-(


Looking good Captain!


You’re a stud Bill!


Even if you walk, you’re still awesome!!



The MAN among men.



Great job!



I’m sorry but….

I can’t stand the Giants….



I don’t like the Giants very much.


I don’t like the Giants.


I don’t like the Giants at all.


I hate the Giants.


I can’t stand the Giants!



By the way, I also can’t stand natto, long potatoes, okra, and any other food that is sticky-slimy….



What food can’t you stand?



Sorry Giants fans, but…. GO NIPPON HAM!!!!!



Great Song, Great Band

Here’s another great song by a great band.  The name of the song is “How it Ends” and the band’s name is Devotchka.  The video is not the official one but I like this version better.  The video is made by scenes taken from the movie “Everything will be Illuminated.”  This is also a great movie but unfortunately it’s not in Japan.

official = 正式


Click and video will start. クリックすると映像が始まります。




Hold your grandmother’s bible to your breast
Gonna put it to the test
You wanted to be blessed

And in your heart you know it to be true
You know what you gotta do
They all depend on you

And you already know
Yeah, you already know how this will end

There is no escape from the slave catcher’s songs
For all of the loved ones gone
Forever’s not so long

And in your soul they poked a million holes
But you never let em show
Come on, it’s time to go

And you already know
Yeah, you already know how this will end

Now you’ve seen his face
And you know that there’s a place in the sun
For all that you’ve done
For you and your children

No longer shall you need
You always wanted to believe
Just ask and you’ll receive
Beyond your wildest dreams

And you already know
Yeah, you already know how this will end.

Can you believe it?

Can you believe it?  =  信じられる?


I tried to upload a video to YouTube but they blocked it in 245 countries because I used copyrighted music.  245 countries!  But, if you live in Saint Martin or South Sudan, you can watch it.


block = 拒否する


Can you believe it?

This is NOT my toothbrush….

This is the video from our camping trip.  I tried to make it funny…. I hope you like it!


Click to start video. 再生するには写真をクリックして下さい。

Unfortunately, you cannot watch this on mobile devices (iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.).  :-(




C.I. and K.M. and I went camping on Mt. Maru, in Shiriuchi last Saturday and Sunday.  We also went swimming in Matsumae, at Shirokamisaki.  We didn’t see any bears but we saw a deer and heard a lot of them at night.  We had a great time–please come with us next time!


Click on pictures to enlarge.





Bambi !!!!


Our tent….


Nice view….


Building the campfire….


Nice fire!!!!!!


Dinner:  Main Course:  Roast Chicken  :-)  (We also had energy bars, mixed nuts, soup pasta, popcorn, roasted sweet potato, dessert and ramen.)


I have a pen….!


Roasted sweet potato….


The next morning….


Breakfast….  (hayashi beef, raison bread, Snickers bar, apple and caramel mocha coffee)


Cliff-Diving in Matsumae…. (about 8-10 meters)


Two very nice guys!!!!!

Camp Video

FINALLY!!!!! It took me probably over 20 hours to upload this video…. The original I made was very good but unfortunately, Youtube wouldn’t let me upload it because of the music I chose, so with a lot of help from my friend I found a way to upload a video directly to the homepage!!   Thank you ヨッシー! However, because the original video was too long I had to break it down into parts…which wasn’t very good because it lessened the impact of the video–like breaking down a parfait and eating it in parts…. So I edited and edited and re-edited to made it into one video.  It’s not as good as the original but I think you’ll get the spirit of the trip and I hope you like it.  Here’s the video with the original music!!! Enjoy! And I hope to see everyone next year!!

with a lot of help = 沢山の支援、応援、サポート、手伝い

a way = 方法

directly = 直接に

break it down into parts = バラして別々にする

lessened = 弱くすた

like breaking down a parfait and eating it in parts = パフェの材料をバラして別々に食べるように

edited and edited = 編集して編集して

re-edited = 再編集して

not as good as the original = オリジナルほどよくない

get the spirit = スピリッツをわかる

I hope you like it. = 気に入ってくれるといいな。。。








I want to see this movie.  I don’t know if I like the plot or the music better….

plot = プロット、ストリー



Click on the picture to watch the trailer.  





The name of the movie is “The Mud,” and it is supposed to be released this year but it hasn’t….


Camp 2012

Here’s the video from our camping trip at Kamome-Jima.






Optical Illusion:錯覚・トリックアート

Here’s a great optical illusion:

1. Stare at the red dot on the girl’s nose for 30 seconds;
2. Look at the wall/ceiling or somewhere that has a white surface;
3. Keep blinking your eyes quickly !!

stare = 凝視する

dot = 一点

seconds = 秒

surface = 表面

keep blinking = 瞬き続ける、瞬きし続ける

quickly = 速く





Cloud Atlas

I‘m interested in this movie.  It has an ensemble cast and I’m very interested in the movie’s theme:  the idea that there is no future, past or present; that what you do in your present life affects the past and future.  I have only seen the preview and read a few reviews….But unfortunately the reviews are mixed…. Maybe this is a DVD movie?


be interested in = 〜に興味がある

an ensemble cast = 映画に有名な俳優さん女優さん沢山出ている

affect = に影響する

a preview = 予告編

a review = 批評記事

unfortunately = 残念ながら

mixed = 良いと悪い両方

a DVD movie = 映画館で観る魅力がないと判断して、DVDで観ること



Click on the picture and movie will start.




This is the full video from Naoyuki’s and my almost accident at Anama.  Please watch the preview before the full version. Thank you Madore for helping me with the Japanese!



Preview 予告編 (1:28)



Full Version with explanation 説明付き完成版 (10:20) You cannot watch this on a smart phone, only PC or laptop. 完成版はスマフォで見れません。PCかノートパソコンでしか見れません。

Thank you Naoyuki for helping with the Japanese! 尚幸さん、日本語を訂正してくれたりありがとう!



アナマでの事件 Accident at Anama

Last week Naoyuki and I went to Anama to swim and almost lost our cameras.  We dove down about 11 meters and put our cameras on the ocean floor thinking we could film ourselves.  However, the current was strong and the water was very cloudy…. Before we knew it, we had lost Naoyuki’s camera…. After searching for about 17 minutes we finally found it.  We were very very very happy!  We swam back to the shore and laughed and talked about it.  Because I’m not so bright, I said “Let’s try again!”


Nao looked at me in disbelief and we went back into the water.  This time, the water was even cloudier and the place I chose was a lot deeper than I thought.  It was probably a little less than 20 meters deep.  As soon as I put the camera down, a strong underwater current hit me.  When I went to the surface and looked down again, I couldn’t see anything…. When I dove down, the current was so strong that I got disorientated and couldn’t find the camera.  The third time I went down, I got caught in the current and got flipped underwater many times and got slammed into a rock.  Even though I was wearing a wet suit, I bloodied my knee and badly bruised my legs.  After frantically searching for about 30 minutes, I finally found my camera.


I can’t believe how dumb I was to do that with such a strong current and the water that cloudy.  It was the first time I’ve been scared in the ocean in a long time.  After getting out of the water, my head was dizzy for about 2 hours from hypoxia.  I realized that I was too cocky and that I need to be more careful in the water.



The following is just a preview; I’ll post a fuller video soon.




アナマ 8月26日

We went to the beach again yesterday! The weather was great, the people who went were great and the water was BEAUTIFUL!  Perfectly clear and LOTS of fish, and sea urchins…..and abalone….  A great great day.  The day before this we had a bowling tournament, dinner party and a 2nd and 3rd party…. We drank until 5:00, 6:00 in the morning…. That’s why everyone in this picture looks tired.

perfectly clear = 完璧な透明度

a sea urchin = ウニ

abalone = アワビ

dinner party = 宴会

2nd, 3rd party = 二次会、三次会

looks tired = 疲れているに見える








海の映像 Ocean Video

OK.  If you know me, you know that I LOVE the ocean and diving.  I made this video from footage I have taken over the past few years.  I shot the video with an underwater camera in Anama, Matsumae, Fukushima and Kamome-Jima.  I hope you enjoy it and just remember that we have a beautiful ocean as our front yard….. And I hope you come with me the next time I go swimming!

make a video = ビデオを製作する

footage = 編集前の撮った映像

shoot a video = 映像を撮る


Video (動画) 映像をクリックすると動画が始まります。



In the video you will see the following in order:


sea cow: 海牛

a fish eating another fish (the food chain in action): 魚が魚を食べている(食物連鎖)

crab: かに

jellyfish: くらげ

Batman diving in to the water: 海に飛び込んでいるバットマン

puffer fish/blow fish: ふぐ

striped rock snapper: イシダイ

a school of baby squid: イカの赤ちゃんの群れ

Batman diving to the ocean floor: 海洋底まで潜るバットマン

two fish facing each other: 2匹の魚が向き合っている

abalone grab & release: アワビのキャッチ&リリース

sea cucumber: ナマコ

a fish whose name I don’t know:  わからない名前の魚

a school of yellow & black fish:  黄色&黒色の魚の群れ


We went to Anama again and this time the kids swam in the very very deep part, about 20m deep!  Way to go!


deep part = 深いところ

Way to go! = よくやった!




Hello Everyone!

Don’t forget the bowling tournament is August 25th, Saturday.  Last year we had a great time and I’m sure we’ll have a great time this year too.  There will be prizes, a dinner-party and drinks.  Look forward to seeing you!

don’t forget = 忘れないで

have a great time = 凄い楽しい、凄い楽しい時間を過ごす

I’m sure = たしかに、に違いない

a prize = 景品

Kids Get Together

These kids are from the Thursday and Saturday classes.  We ate dinner, made bookcases and a playhouse, did fireworks and played smash-the-watermelon.  There was another girl, but unfortunately she had to go home early so she is not in the picture.(涙)

a bookcase = 本棚

a playhouse = おもちゃの家

do fireworks = 花火をする

play smash-the-watermelon = スイカ割りをする

unfortunately = 残念ながら

go home = 家に帰る

be in the picture = 写真に載っている

Don't be shy! Speak! Speak! Speak! Have Fun!
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