Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
(not as in the movie!)
For some reason, my keitai (phone) is now saving my photos in a way that doesn't let me edit/rotate them. I have no idea why this was saved sideways, but, oh, well!
This is from the baseball game the other day. Unfortunately, our team lost, but we all were quite impressed with the solar eclipse that coincided with the game. It made things a bit cooler in the stadium. :) On the way to the stadium, I was teaching kids the "Take me out to the ball game" song, but we didn't have a chance to use it during the game, since they had so many other cheers! These kids do an aMAZing job of cheering for each other! Every time our team was up, so was the entire school - on their feet, doing some kind of cheer. It was pretty exhausting, but so much fun!
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Hmmm...sound like anyone you know? ;)
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Monday, July 20, 2009
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Yesterday I corrupted my students by teaching them how to make banana splits...but my ice cream maker didn't work! We ended up using store-bought stuff instead. No dramas. BUT, since my machine worked today, we made Oreo cookie ice cream on the verandah during lunch time! Yay! You can see that it was just torture for my little cuties...
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
It still needs a little more work, but I couldn't finish until bits were dry (and at 10:30 last night, I was too tired to wait for it to be!). Painting like this is so different from what I've done before in the U.S. I love the way the fude (brush) feels as it gently coaxes watery images out of the paper.
Monday, July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Anyway - maybe painting Mt. Fuji will help me conquer IT. Here's my first attempt.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
I may have posted a photo of this before, but I found this church again on my walk around Nagasaki the other day. I'd looked forward to going to Mass there, but I don't think they do that any more....
Something that this church makes me think about is how lucky I am to have the freedom to practice my Catholic religion. It's hard to believe that here, right here, in Nagasaki, 26 people were brutally murdered - actually crucified - because of their faith. Catholics had to go underground for a long time, and I think it's amazing that they survived at all. Some were banished to the islands (the very ones I was going to go to last weekend), and I've seen how these Christians cleverly disguised their Catholic symbols in the Shinto and Bhuddist imagery, as a matter of survival. When the Nagasaki Foreign Settlement was established in the mid-1800s, the foreigners brought their faith with them, and though the ban on Christianity still existed, the Japanese government apparently couldn't prevent the newcomers from building churches in the settlement. The road still wasn't easy for Japanese Christians (their religion being outlawed and all!) - but it seems like this church was a beacon of hope for the people.
It is the oldest wooden church in Japan, and I think it is the only artifact of Western origin that has been designated a Japanese National Treasure.