Sunday, May 25, 2014

Week 68 - May 19-25, 2014

Monday was a very wet preparation day.  It made laundry interesting as we dry it on the balcony.  Japan is a master at building balconies that, in general, rain does not get laundry wet when it rains, at least in the Kumamoto and Fukuoka fufu apartments where we have lived.  Most of the time my laundry does not get wet.  Occasionally the wind will blow the rain into the balcony.
Tuesday found us taking a Japanese conversation class at the YMCA in the covered mall near the Kumamoto Castle.  We have a wonderful teacher that works with us on sentences for situations we come across in daily life in Japan such as shopping, eating in a restaurant etc. 
Wednesday the International Center had this beautiful center piece on display.  I love the simplicity of many of their flower arrangements.  We enjoyed our Japanese class (Nihon kurasu) and the Eikaiwa (English class) following it.  We had a nice bike ride to and from and taught Eikaiwa at the church again in the evening.
Notice the pink heart.  We were told when we first arrived in Japan the to get your suit dry cleaned you look for the pink heart.  They are everywhere, it is true and when you see the heart you can be sure it is a dry cleaners.
This is the yellow net corner between the Kumamoto/Nagamine Elders apartment and ours.  It is our landmark that you turn at this corner.  It is interesting that the garbage is collected in the net on the street for pickup.

Thursday we did apartment checks for the Shimiz/Tsuboi Sister and Elders and the Omuta Elders.  It is always a challenge to be able to know, find places to buy needed items in Japan though over the past year we have become much better at it.  We enjoy a wonderful lunch with the Shimiz/Tsuboi Elders on Thursday and Omuta Elders on Friday.  Pictured is Elder and Sister Koberstein enjoying the sushi bar with the Omuta Elders. 
Saturday was our day to go to the Fukuoka temple.  We enjoyed working there.  It is always a special treat for us.  We had good company, the Shimizu Sisters went with us.  After working at the temple we stopped by Costco which is always an American treat.  We enjoyed a Costco hot dog for dinner before we started back to Kumamoto.

Scripture of the Week
John 3:16-17
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to comdemn the world; but that the world though him might be saved.

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