The 2008 Summer Olympics in 北京 (Beijing) have ended.
Did you watch the closing ceremony?
The top ten countries for medals:
- 中華人民共和国 (China) – 51 gold (100 total)
- アメリカ合衆国 (USA) – 36 gold (110 total)
- ロシア連邦 (Russia) – 23 gold (72 total)
- グレート・ブリテンおよび北アイルランド連合王国 (Great Britain) – 19 gold (47 total)
- ドイツ連邦共和国 (Germany) – 16 gold (41 total)
- オーストラリア (Australia) – 14 gold (46 total)
- 大韓民国 (South Korea) – 13 gold (31 total)
- 日本国 (Japan) – 9 gold (25 total)
- イタリア共和国 (Italy) – 8 gold (28 total)
- フランス共和国 (France) – 7 gold (40 total)
Speaking of sports, a Russian 相撲 (Sumo) wrestler in Japan named 若ノ鵬 (Wakanohou) was recently arrested for possession of marijuana and dismissed from the Sumo Federation.
Japan has very strict drug laws. If he is convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and / or deportation.
What a stupid mistake.
Last Saturday (2008/8/23), lightning struck the 醍醐寺 (Daigoji Temple) in 京都 (Kyoto, Japan), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, causing a fire which destroyed part of the centuries old cultural asset.
Also on Saturday we took our oldest daughter to an exhibition of Tokyo high schools and colleges to help us decide which one should attend next school year which begins in April in Japan.
She’ll be starting high school (10th grade).
Here’s a picture I took of the event. It was pretty crowded:
From there, we went to the 米国空軍有効祭 (U.S. Air Force Friendship Festival) at the U.S. Air Force base in western Tokyo.
This is the only time that the U.S. military bases are open to the public. Actually, going on the U.S. bases is almost like going to America. The food, clothes, and the way everyone speaks loudly (and in English) are all very American. It’s kinda a culture shock for me (and of course, my family)…I guess I’m not used to America anymore.
It was a little bit rainy the day of this year’s festival, so it wasn’t so fun (but it wasn’t hot, so that was nice). We went to this festival three years ago…it was nice sunny weather on that day (although quite hot).
I couldn’t get any nice pictures from this weekend’s festival at the U.S. Air Force base because of the weather…but here are a couple pictures from the event when we went in 2005. They had a sky-diving show and let the public look inside the aircraft:
And yesterday (Sunday), I volunteered to help set up and run a booth at a local summer festival near our house.
It was still raining (and it’s still raining today 😦 ) but a fairly large number of people still turned up. I helped run the drinks and かき氷 (flavored shaved ice) booth.
The weather was pretty cool, so not many people wanted shaved ice…but we sold alot of drinks. Especially beer!
It was a 盆踊り (Bon dancing) festival…but I was surprised that so many people still did the dancing despite the weather.
I was busy helping out so I didn’t bring my camera. But I took a picture with the cell-phone. It didn’t turn out so good because it was rainy and evening.
It was fun.