“残暑” or the lingering summer heat

Personally I’ve got a good news and bad news. A bad news is I Although almost all the Japanese citizens are supposed to have three holidays in a raw, I have only Monday off and have to work two days. I even expect to work overtime. A good news is that I seem to be able to get iPhone on the first day it is available. I’ve succeeded in pre-ordering one and I was the fifth in my area. At least I have something I can look forward to.

This morning the sky did not look so threatening but the weather forecast said it would rain in the morning so I trained on my stationary bike again. I rode longer because I kind of have this feeling of guilt because I haven’t been able to ride much these days. I rode 1250 miles in August (this is unusual, though. I kind of challenged my all time record) and 1000 in July. But this month, I’ve ridden a little over 400 miles so far so I think I am on the 800 mile pace, which is my ordinary pace in months except for summer.

Anyway, I pedaled my stationary bike for 80 minutes (25 miles) and burnt 800 calories. I weighed 63.2 kg (21 point something on BMI scale) this morning. I want to hold on during summer time. After that, I kind of hibernate and allow my body add some fat during late fall, winter and early spring.

Talking about seasons, In Japan, we call these hod days after September “残暑(zan-sho: literally heat left over),” or the lingering summer heat. Today it is September 15th and Japanese people think September as fall according to a calendar. But actually we used to use the old calendar before Meiji period (1867) and the dale was not changed to October 15th when we started using a new calendar. So actually the season reference and actual season is a little different. Accordingly heat after September is called “zan-sho.” Well, this one is a little complicated. Hope I explained well enough. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

So it is still hot and muggy in Japan and I hear a lot of heat attack cases. Take care.

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About dw64 (or Masa(aki) or Mark)

I am 52-year-old Japanese male. Ever since I watched Sesame Street when I was VERY young (5 years old?). I fell in love with American English and culture. I learned English hard and now I am teaching it. Then when I was 18, I had an opportunity to stay with an American family in Shell Knob, Missouri and I asked them to educate me as an American kid. So they taught me the American way and even my taste for food has changed completely so I call this rebirth! Then when I was 30 (I visited the U.S. several times but they were short stays), I joined the MA course in teaching English of graduate school in Vermont. I stayed about 10 months there (it was an intensive course). I stayed in a dorm and learned a lot inside and outside of classrooms. I got all the credits but I failed because of the difference in the context between the U.S. and JAPAN cuz it is so hard to teach English in The way I learned in the course because in Japan, teaching is about understanding grammar and structure in Japanese. But my journey does not end here. Last year I was admitted the CELTA course in NYC where I worked hard and got this certificate that certifies that I had finished the course and qualified to teach English to people who want learn English as a second language by Cambridge University standard. So if you are one of those people, send me a message and I can help you learn American English (I got this at Cambridge but basically they teach different English depending on location). Why did I pick NYC? Well, I am a huge fan of American everything! I live the country even when that demagogue guy is the President so I am an authentic fan of it. I mean, I love the U.S. more than anything in this world. There was a guy who loved Japan so much so after he retired he came to Japan and became a citizen. I want to do the same, actually. So now I am so into it, I listen to NYC CBS radio 880 all the time except when I watch dramas on Netflix, HBO or HULLU or read paperbacks on Kindle (read 70 books in the last two years). And then I am writing in English. I hope to be able to write something publishable in the future but I have to learn some more. As for my learning, I have almost done usual stuff so now I decide to do things that native speakers who wish to be writers will do. At least I learned 8000 words and phrases in the last couple years and I confirmed that I know more than 22000 words, which is tantamount to the number of words American graduate school students have. Well I might talk about these things, too, but I will talk about my favorite things in this blog. I love American dramas. I love the ones with some sci-fi portion in it. Like, from HULU, Gotham, Lucifer, Fringe, etc. I love good comedies so I love Seinfeld, SNL and night shows. Netflix? Luke Cage, Daredevil, and other defenders. I love legends of tomorrow, too. HBO, Game of Thrones!! And I also loved Night of and West World. I also might talk about cycling (road biking) and all other stuff! Please feel free to comment!
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