A recently seen newspaper article, told by a college teacher: she was greeted by an unmasked student. The teacher returned the greeting without much thought. A few hours later, the teacher realized the student belonged to her class and e-mailed hastily apologizing for her bluntness. Mask mandate was started over one year ago, meaning the new students came to colleges already in masks. Thus, teachers never saw faces of students without masks until recently. From now on, teachers’ task is to connect name and face of each student correctly.
Fプレイス労働会館２階、音楽スタジオで、 ヴァイオリン「弾きこもり」練習をしたあと、 皆川さんと６階、開放感ある屋上カフェで、 甘いものでお茶の時間を過ごしました。 I practiced at music studio on the 2nd floor. After that, I met Minagawa-san and we ate sweets on the 6th floor. Fujisawa-honmachi, Fujisawa-city
Midnight of May 25th, the mask mandate is cancelled in Nebraska (the governor issued the notice on TV). The coronavirus death has become zero and the statewide vaccination rate has reached 50% . According to the guideline from the CDC, those who are fully vaccinated may take off masks. However, all staff in supermarkets still wear masks and some shoppers also wear masks. It seems that the time hasn’t come when you can completely forget masks.
5月25日午前０時、ネブラスカ州民のマスク着用の公的義務が廃止されました（知事がテレビで発表）。コロナウイルスによる死亡が零になったと同時に州ワクチンの接種率が５０パーセントに達したからです。CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and prevention 連邦疾病管理予防センター）の指針によると、ワクチンの完全接種が終了した人はマスク着用不要、としています。しかし、多数の人が出入りするところ、例えばスーパーマーケットでは、店員は皆マスク着用、買い物客も多数がマスク着用しています。マスクを手放す日はまだまだ先のようです。
Collaborative Haiku Poem – Yoko Kelley – Illustration by Norman Kelley Omaha, Nebraska ネブラスカ州オマハ市
サムさんと藤沢駅の近くで待ち合わせて、 境川沿いの道を歩きながら話しました。 木々の緑と風が爽やかでした。 We met Sam-san and Elly-chan near Fujisawa station. We walked along the Sakai River and in the park next to the Fujisawa civic hall while talking. Fujisawa, Fujisawa-city
One of the nice things about my job driving the glass bottom boat is the beautiful scenery that I get to see every day and how it changes every hour. There is of course the ocean and the mountains but also the sky has some beautiful cloud formations that change constantly during the day and the seasons of the year have no affect on them. The cloud formations always change no matter what season it is. I am always surprised on how the sky changes so quickly between tours.
横浜の赤レンガ倉庫ギャラリーで、 絵画、彫刻などの「時のかたち展」があり、 向山さん都竹さんに会いに行きました。 皆さんの独特な表現を楽しみました。 We went to an art gallery of the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse to meet with Mukoyama-san and Tsuzuki-san, and enjoyed their unique expressions. Yokohama-city
The whale watching season is now over in Hawaii. Usually the whale watching tour companies stop their advertising on April 20. Even though there are still whales here they are not enough to have a tour. I had gone about two weeks without seeing any whales and then on the last day of April I saw a Mother and her calf on 3 different tours! It was like the last goodbye from the whales until the end of November!
ジャネルさんからメールがきました。 畳と障子のある日本式の家を借りました。 米海軍厚木基地オフィスの近くです。 Janel-san started renting a nice house near her office of the Naval Air Facility Atsugi. There is a Japanese traditional room with Tatami mat. Yamato-city
Today was my second Covid-19 vaccination shot. Since it was my second shot I was in a much smaller group than before. I waited in line with only two other people. This time I was told that the second shot was stronger than the first one and that I may feel tired or have flue like symptoms for a day or so. So far I feel just fine although my arm is just a little sore. I will know tomorrow but even if I do feel sick or tired for a day I am still glad that I got my two shots.