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12 Aug

Every summer we go to a beach resort and stay a few days.
This year we planned to go there from Sunday, August 9 until yesterday (Tuesday, August 11) because all five of us had those days off from work or school clubs.

We checked the weather forecast for those days last week and it said that it would rain a little bit on August 9 and then it’d be nice the rest of the time.
But that’s not how it turned out…

When we arrived at the beach on Sunday, it was a bit cloudy but still nice weather and very hot. So the kids went swimming a bit. If they had known that that’d be their only chance to swim, they would’ve stayed in the water longer.

After they finished swimming, they took a shower and changed their clothes and we went for a walk around.
My second daughter caught a ใ‚ซใƒ–ใƒˆ่™ซ (rhino beetle).



Then it began to rain.

We went back to the room and ate dinner. And we turned on the TV and I checked the weather forecast.
A typhoon was hitting the east coast of Japan! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

The forecast said that the typhoon would be gone and the weather would clear up on the afternoon of August 11. The day we we going back home!

And then, while we were eating dinner, an ๅœฐ้œ‡ (earthquake) struck!
The area we were in registered a “level 4 earthquake” on the Japanese shindo earthquake scale. (The Japanese scale goes from 1-7).
It was an unwelcome fright! But luckily it wasn’t strong enough to knock anything down where we were.

The weather forecast was correct. The typhoon stayed the whole time we were there. It ruined our beach trip.
The wind and rain was very strong the entire time we were there. Both the beach and the nearby waterslide pool park were closed.

And then yesterday morning at about 5:30AM, another big ๅœฐ้œ‡ (earthquake) struck! This one had the epicenter in ้™ๅฒก็œŒ (Shizuoka Prefecture), and registered a “level 6” (out of “7”) there!
Where we were it registered as a “level 4” again. Once again, not big enough to do damage where we were…but big enough to wake us up!
I hate earthquakes!

But we still had fun together. Indoors.
We played games, watched TV, talked, and enjoyed time together.

We planned to take the 6:30PM train home yesterday (August 11).
At about 5:00PM, I noticed that the typhoon seemed to have passed and the weather was clearing up.
Just my luck! The weather was miserable the whole time we were there…and then clears up when were getting ready to leave!

Since we had time, and the storm passed, we took a walk around again.
There were many surfers taking advantage of the big waves brought by the typhoon.




Even though we didn’t get to swim as we planned, we still had a good time.
And as I said, we go to this beach every summer. This was the first time that the weather wasn’t beautiful while we were there.
Hopefully it’ll be nice weather again next year!

Skinny-dipper in Tokyo?

8 Oct

Yesterday, a British citizen (who resides in Spain) was visiting the ็š‡ๅฑ… (Imperial Palace) in Tokyo.

Supposedly, the group went to the palace guards to tell them, in English, that they accidentally dropped their bag into palace moat. They weren’t satisfied with the guards’ reaction (who probably didn’t understand them)…so the middle-aged British man stripped completely and jumped into the moat!

His crazy antics immediately drew a large crowd who began taking his picture with their ๆบๅธฏ้›ป่ฉฑ (cell-phones).

The police dispatched numerous officers to apprehend him. Some were in a boat (see photo above (by the way, I didn’t take that photo. It was from the Associated Pressโ„ข)), and some were on the ground surrounding the moat.

The tourist began throwing rocks at the officers in the boat. Then he climbed out of the moat and found a construction barrier-pole and used to to try to hit the police officers. One officer rushed him and pushed him back into the moat.

The British man then swam to the other side and scaled the stone wall (knocking out one of the stones in the process).

After his climbed out again, the police arrested him.

Quite a crazy story! I’ve never heard of anyone swimming in the Imperial moat before…especially without clothes!

Anyways, as I said at the end of this post, my daughters’ ๅ…œ่™ซ (Rhinoceros Beetle) died recently.
Well, my second daughter’s teacher gave her one of his beetles. It’s not the same kind…this one is even bigger! It’s a ใ‚พใ‚ฆใ‚ซใƒ–ใƒˆ่™ซ (Elephant Beetle).

It’s only in the ๅนผ่™ซ (larvae) stage right now. It should change into an adult beetle next Summer.

The Elephant Beetle is from South America and some parts of the southern U.S.A. and looks quite different from the ๅ…œ่™ซ (Rhinoceros Beetle) that we usually get.

Here’s a picture of him in his larvae stage (the larvae of the ๅ…œ่™ซ (Rhinoceros Beetle) that we usually get is much smaller):

He’s a big bug…but still just a baby!


27 Sep

About two months ago we bought a pet ็”ฒ่™ซ (Rhinoceros Beetle). We call him ใ€Œใ‚ซใƒ–ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใ€ (Kabu-chan)…he was given this name because “Rhinoceros Beetle” is Kabuto-mushi in Japanese (and the suffix chan is often added to nicknames (usually girls)…kun is usually used for young boys. There are cases where chan is OK for a boy’s nickname…so, although our beetle’s male, he’s “Kabu-chan” because “Kabu-kun” is odd. (Maybe that’s confusing if you don’t understand Japanese culture!?)).

Anyways, we often buy (or sometimes catch) ็”ฒ่™ซ (Rhinoceros Beetles) every Summer…because, like most Japanese kids, my kids like ็”ฒ่™ซ (Rhinoceros Beetles). They are a popular pet in Japan in the summertime. The ใ‚ชใ‚น (males โ™‚) are especially popular (and more expensive) because they have long horns…and they fight each other (for the ใƒกใ‚น (females โ™€)).

Japanese boys like to watch the male beetles fight each other. There’s even a game in Japan about fighting beetles (called ใ€Œใ‚€ใ—ใ‚ญใƒณใ‚ฐใ€ (Mushi King)) that young boys like.

The life span of ็”ฒ่™ซ (Rhinoceros Beetle) isn’t very long. Less than half a year (late Spring until early Autumn). So our ใ€Œใ‚ซใƒ–ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใ€ (Kabu-chan) probably won’t be with us much longer ๐Ÿ˜ฆ
So, today I was holding him and he walked up my arm up to my back. For an old guy, he’s still pretty ๅ…ƒๆฐ— (energetic)!

While the beetle was walking on me, my wife took a few photos of him: