Since not much is new, I thought I would share some pictures.
The first 3 pictures are taken at a local mall....kids were trying to catch fish with paper nets.
Here are some bottles of sake that are decorated and ready for summer!
In Japan, many people stand and read (not open and glance at it...I mean READ) magazines at the bookstore and at 7-11 stores, so they have to wrap them to stop people from reading them. They might leave 1 open so people can check it out.Here are some pics of my favorite little guy (he is my student's little brother)
Their mom (the kids in the pics above) made these beads from round PET bottles (for colas etc). Her whole neighbourhood is making them to use for decorating something for a children's festival.
She told me how to make them....hope I got this right. She takes the round PET bottles and cuts off the smooth parts (which is at the top and maybe the bottom-wherever it is smooth). Then she cuts along the seams so she gets 2 pieces. Then she cuts them into 1cm wide x 2 cm long strips. She paints the inside of the little strip (so the side that would have touched the cola). Then she prepares a toaster oven (not a regular toaster) to get real hot. Then she puts the strips on the little toaster pan with the painted side up. When the oven is super hot she puts them in for 10 SECONDS and they curl up. She pulls them out and lets them cool and voila...beads! I might be the only one who thinks they are cool but man...they were pretty cool to see and my boss loves giving her his round bottles...less for him to recycle!