Sunday, September 25, 2011

scooters


scooters
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

まさ!


まさ!
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

ゴロン


ゴロン
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

great day going out

Saturday, September 24, 2011

play date


play date
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Friday, September 23, 2011

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Friday, September 16, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

さんま、さんま、さんま 苦いか 塩つぱいか


初秋刀魚
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

この佐藤春夫の「秋刀魚の歌」を知ってからは秋刀魚を食べる度に切ない気持ちになる。
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あはれ
秋風よ
情〔こころ〕あらば伝へてよ
――男ありて
今日の夕餉〔ゆふげ〕に ひとり
さんまを食〔くら〕ひて
思ひにふける と。

さんま、さんま
そが上に青き蜜柑の酸〔す〕をしたたらせて
さんまを食ふはその男がふる里のならひなり。
そのならひをあやしみてなつかしみて女は
いくたびか青き蜜柑をもぎて夕餉にむかひけむ。
あはれ、人に捨てられんとする人妻と
妻にそむかれたる男と食卓にむかへば、
愛うすき父を持ちし女の児〔こ〕は
小さき箸〔はし〕をあやつりなやみつつ
父ならぬ男にさんまの腸〔はら〕をくれむと言ふにあらずや。

あはれ
秋風よ
汝〔なれ〕こそは見つらめ
世のつねならぬかの団欒〔まどゐ〕を。
いかに
秋風よ
いとせめて
証〔あかし〕せよ かの一ときの団欒ゆめに非〔あら〕ずと。

あはれ
秋風よ
情あらば伝へてよ、
夫を失はざりし妻と
父を失はざりし幼児〔おさなご〕とに伝へてよ
――男ありて
今日の夕餉に ひとり
さんまを食ひて
涙をながす と。

さんま、さんま
さんま苦いか塩つぱいか。
そが上に熱き涙をしたたらせて
さんまを食ふはいづこの里のならひぞや。
あはれ
げにそは問はまほしくをかし。

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Do you speak English?

One of the moms from kids' school asked me where we were going to send our daughter to after the pre-school, which seems like a very common subject among the other moms of the daughter's age. I said my husband thought sending her to an international school if possible, and I would be OK anywhere she wanted to go. Then she commented that our kids were pretty fluent in both Japanese and English, and she wanted her daughter to be perfectly fluent in both language. I agree our kids are quite bilinguals of what their age, although I haven't really compared them with the other bilingual kids. Then it got me thinking what's "perfect bilingual".

She raised examples that she used to go to a graduate school where she was fluent in English of what she was studying, and also medical terms she learned while she used to live in US, but she didn't know any of the language of the other area of her studies. Therefore she wants her daughter to be fully bilingual in both language of every stage, not fluent in one language only and so so in the another.

Well, I guess I'm fluent in Japanese but off course I'm not fluent in medical terms even in Japanese. What level of her daughter's language capability does she expect....? It's very possible that she would never be satisfied with her daughter's language capability...

Although I'm not a professional, as I studied linguistics, I know the basics and probably knows slightly more than those moms who have or want to make their kids bilingual what mastering language takes. What I think is that it's basically the matter of the amount of data of language usages stored in your brain. If you're in an environment of speaking one particular language, you naturally be able to encounter and collect more examples of the language use therefore you become fluent in that language. Becoming perfectly bilingual will take lots of effort.

I've met quite number of bilingual people so it must be possible, although the degree of "perfect" varies. Some are fluent in language but have no cultural background, some are missing 3rd grade to 6 grade vocabularies, some can mumble perfectly, etc.

Language reflects the cultural background so we sometimes notice minor errors although grammatically correct. Dialects also effects the usage. We can assess the accuracy of use but need to make a baseline, which must be hard to set.

Worrying about kid's education, especially about bilingual education is too luxurious. We don't want to become distracted and ignore the other matters arise while bringing up the children....

Sunday, September 11, 2011

チョココロネ

Choco kolone break at Starbucks after the festival.
チョココロネ
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

もしもし


もしもし
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

山車2日目

Day 2 drumming.
山車2日目
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

ゲット

They give away snacks at every break point during the festival parade, and this is what she got this time.
ゲット
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Saturday, September 10, 2011

late lunch@frijoles


late lunch@frijoles
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

post festival

どんどん!

She's drumming to cheer the parade.
どんどん!
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

山車の太鼓チーム


山車の太鼓チーム
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

山車の太鼓

Mo drumming.
山車の太鼓
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

休憩


休憩
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

山車引きます


山車引きます
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

子供神輿

She is ready to do O-mikoshi (portable shrine) at Hikawa Shrine Festival.
子供神輿
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

仕上げはお姉さん♪


仕上げはお姉さん♪
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Friday, September 09, 2011

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Monday, September 05, 2011

Some thoughts with coffee and work...

Worked after lunch at Dean&Deluca at Midtown, over heard a couple of moms and boys at the same area, presumably stopped by for snack after picking up their sons at kindergarten. Mom busy chatting, boys busy drinking on of those super sweet drink covered with whipped cream and chocolate. One of the boys finished his drink and started demanding for some more. Mom said she was not buying as it was expensive, then the boy became grumpy, started making mess. Off course mom kept telling her son to shut up, behave, etc. all kinds of typical stuff moms would've said to expostulate their own kids. And off course the boy was not following his mom. I suspected the boy was not listening to his mom at all, rather completely ignored her. Her words were simply noise that he could just let it flow. And I could imagine he was frustrated badly that he couldn't get what he wanted and his mom was not leading him anywhere but just be harsh to him. Yes, his mom was not guiding her son at all but simply discouraging him in public. She was simply following her son with his wants and stick NO to every action he took. What was he supposed to do? No guidance or alternatives, become grumpy was the only thing he could do. Those moms are too buys just fire fighting the incidents right there to see the outcome of such conventional remedy to acting up kids. I bet her boy was simply hungry and wanted some more. She could've offered him something else rather than buying another one as exactly he requested. Or promise him the same one for another time. Well, I know things won't go like this easy, but at least you can try something constructive....

lunch w/husband

He looks so happy encountering full of veggie lunch at Shinju.
lunch w/husband
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

Thursday, September 01, 2011

lasagna dinner


lasagna dinner
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda

fresh pasta lasagna w/tofu and soy cream.

lunch@wakanui

Lamb lunch at Wakanui, a new restaurant run by ANZCO.
lunch@wakanui
Originally uploaded by piroko_kuroda