Thursday, December 8, 2011

One Helluva Rabbit Hole

Falling down a rabbit hole would seem terrifying at first,
Ending up in a room of illusion, eating the cake and quenching your thirst.
You shrink, then grow, then shrink again,
Find the right order of things, or you’ll be stuck lost ‘till the end.
You make it through the small locked door,
Wandering aimlessly and nothing more.
If you come across a bright-eyed grinning cat,
Be sure that he leads you, to the Hare and the Hat.
Drink some tea with your friends, at the never ending table,
Just remember one thing this is no dream, not a fable.
Finding more words that start with M,
Marvelously, merrily, momentously rhyming with them.
They want you to stay at their tea party for good,
The decision is yours, do what you think you should.
They’ve told you well, the Red Queen is bad news,
So You’ll never go there, Step on the table with your shoes.
Go back home, to family and friends,
Or stay in Wonderland, where the fun never ends.

What would you do?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Palm Tree Garnish

My Palm Tree garnish was made out of an Idaho potato, some lettuce, a carved sweet potato, one 10 penny and one roofing nail, and finally a blue pillow case! I thought the finished garnish looked really cute because, the trunk was a light, red, sweet potato, and the lettuce leaves (Romaine lettuce) curled down and looked really good!

So here is how I made the garnish—my dad took a knife, and cut a regular Idaho baking potato in half for the island base. Then I washed off the lettuce. My dad then took a sweet potato and started to carve out a tree trunk. (He did all the cutting, he said it was too dangerous because the knives were really big and sharp…) then I cut the lettuce leaves into short little bunches for the leaves, and my dad made the hole in the potato island base. I put the sweet potato trunk into the base and my dad helped me push the 10 p nail through the base and into the trunk. I then took the lettuce and inspected it to make sure it was okay. Then I poked the roofing nail through each of the lettuce leaves and into the top of the sweet potato trunk. Then, for an added bonus idea, I took a blue pillow case and put it under the palm tree garnish. And then I took some pictures.

I think if I had a restaurant, I would have easily added a lot of interest into the tables with these cute little tree garnishes. People would love them! I’m so sure of this because, it is too cute to be a palm tree! I think they add a lot of fun to a table! It has the same idea, like a turkey on thanksgiving, it makes up the table! It seems like a very good upgrade to a restaurant!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Aikido 合い木戸 and Kyotei 居低


Aikido is a Japanese sport, (as you probably guessed) and all it basically is, is another form of martial arts. The main difference is the reason and objective—you try to defend yourself without harming your opponent. Aikido is roughly translated to the way of unifying with life energy.
Who made it up— Morihei Ueshiba
Main objective—Protect yourself without harming attacker
Training—fitness, morals, and mentally

How do people do it? The attack starts head on, but then you redirect it, so you and the attacker do not get the attack. It’s made up of throws and joint locks, and is categorized in the grappling arts too.

I think Aikido is a very smart way to fight, (or block. Feel, and look awesome) and it requires very little physical strength. It was well made and is used by a lot of people today.


Kyotei means boat race. And yes, it is Japanese. It is a very traditional sport, and is one of Japan’s four “public” sports.

The goal is for six boats to boat-race around 600meters on lakes with 3 laps. That’s 1,800meters! And the whole race itself lasts around 2-3 minutes! You have to pass the finish before a giant clock hits zero. A boat that starts too early is called a furaingu or flying start, and a boat that starts too late is called a deokure or late start. If a boat crashes or causes something bad to happen, they are disqualified, or shikkaku.

(I’m not so sure WHO made up the sport, I guess it just came…in 1952…) but whoever might have made it up I’m sure they might have been smart.

I hope you enjoyed learning about more sports in Japan through my essay. (this is a 2 in 1 essay because I missed 2 days.) and I also hope I can write more… when I’m not absent of course because how many of these have I written like, 5?! But I really enjoy writing these for you! There is always next semester…and winter break…to give the class H.W. so we don’t forget anything…Ha ha ha…

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Japanese Ama Diving

Japanese Ama { 海人 } diving is one of those kind-of-well-known traditional sports, YOU may not have heard of it, but a lot of people IN JAPAN know what it is…and a look of people know what it is but not where it came from.  But Ama diving isn’t that popular anymore. Even in Japan.

LOTS OF PEOPLE LOVE AMA DIVING. If we face the facts, Ama diving has been going on for 1000’s of years. But why is it not that popular anymore? Of course, the sport is really, really, really, really, old. It’s either all year or yearly done, and the divers are USUALLY WOMEN. You have to be in really good shape to Ama dive too.

The point of Ama diving is to dive to the bottom of the water source, (such as a lake or a small ocean) and pick up whatever you can find and give it to tourists. (or small children with guidance.) The main thing to pick up though, is PEARLS. I know that you were thinking. An Ama diver, going down, picking up some weird looking “something” and giving it to a small child and then it starts to cry. That’s not the point. Originally, they would dive for foods like fish, seaweed, shellfish, sea urchins, and clams or oysters. And now, they dive down, into dark water, find the UGLIEST CLAM they can find. (The uglier ones have the best chance of a rare pearl!) They bring some ugly ones up, crack them open, and give the audience a whole bunch of great, shiny, $ WORTH ALOT $, pearls. And some Ama divers still do follow the original reason for diving—food!

The divers are located in various places around Japan. In the Okinawa Island, the divers are called, Ama, (for girls) uminchu (for boys) and Kaito, (for all divers on the Izu Peninsula.). (I can’t type the Kanji for Kaito or Uminchu…sorry) (Kanji are different ways to say Japanese words…. I’m learning!) So I guess Ama diving is popular in different parts of Japan.

The divers usually wear as little as possible, making it absolutely amazing for them do go so deep so fast and able to stay warm! Since the 1960’s and back Ama have worn only a loincloth.... omega that’s…ok… But are allowed now to wear torso covering wetsuits (this depends on the place they are diving in) and masks, fins, and for tourists white and (some parts) transparent wetsuits (like on their stomach and back for warmth. (it keeps the tradition alive, but they are NOT naked! Don’t worry I wouldn’t have done this if they were!) And no air tanks or scuba gear!

I for one think that Ama diving is a great sport, and I’m happy I could write about it! I hope you learned A LOT about Ama diving, and I hope I can write another extra credit report about another Japanese sport…. Without not dressing out!

One last can see Pearl Divers at Sea World in Orlando. Although I don’t know for sure, but I suspect they are based on the tradition of Japanese Ama Diving.