Roggen Meyer part 2

Yesterday I was in Shizuoka station and I needed to buy a baguette, so I decided to try Roggen Meyer in Parche.

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I hadn’t been to Roggen Meyer since my bad experience there in April, when I was served by a waitress who was not interested in the products.

I looked for a baguette but there were none on display, so I asked a shop worker and she checked for me. She politely asked me to wait a few minutes because some more baguettes had nearly finished baking.

And sure enough I saw the oven open and a lot of fresh baguettes on a tray. The shop worker picked up a baguette with some tongs, let it cool a little, and slipped it straight into a long bag. Then she took it to the cashier.

To my surprise the cashier was one of my students. She spoke to me in very good English  and at 4.03pm I had the baguette. Roggen Meyer’s service is much better now.

I went straight to the platform to catch my train at 4.06, and I arrived at my station at 4.10, and got home at 4.17

At 4.20 I was eating the baguette, about 20 minutes after it came out of the oven!

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10,000

I thought when I first started this blog in September 2006 that I might get 2 or 3,000 hits in a year, and I would be happy.

In the next few days the number of hits will be more than 10,000, a number I never imagined.

So a big thank you to all viewers. Some of my students will now finish my course, since it is a one semester course only. If you wish, please continue to read the blog and to write comments.

Friday the 13th part two

Friday 13th is considered an unlucky day by many people, and fear of Friday 13th is known as paraskevidekatriaphobia. Was today lucky or unlucky for you, or just another ordinary day?

The last time we had Friday 13th was in October 2006, and I wrote a post about this unlucky day, please read it here.

Why do stations in Shizuoka have the wrong names?

I think two JR stations in Shizuoka have the wrong names: Abekawa and Higashi Shizuoka.

Abekawa station is not near the Abe River. On foot it would take at least 20 minutes to walk to Abe River from Abekawa station, that’s a long way.

A much better name would be Osada station. Osada is the name given to the area west of the Abe River, an area that used to be covered with rice-fields. Osada is the name given to the elementary and junior high schools in the area, also to the sports centre and the library.

And Higashi Shizuoka is not in the east of Shizuoka; actually it is slightly in the west. Kanbara is in the east of Shizuoka city. I think a better name would be Granship station.

Do you have any ideas for better names for stations, or do you think it is better not to change names?

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The Milky Way

This is a reply to dragonlife’s comment on 7.7.7, concerning the name Milky Way, which divides the star-lovers who are remembered in the Tanabata Festival.

The Milky Way is a galaxy of stars (suns). There are about 300,000,000,000 (300 billion) stars in the Milky Way, and our own sun is one of them.

From the earth (California) the Milky Way looks like this:

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It was first named by the ancient Greeks who thought the stars looked like a stream of milk. The Greek word for milk is ‘gala’, from which we also get the word galaxy, and the English term, Milky Way, is simply a translation from the Greek.

By the way the Milky Way isn’t the only galaxy in the universe, there are thought to be billions of others.

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This must be a very, very lucky day!

It is also Tanabata, and in Shimizu there is one the top Tanabata festivals in all Japan.

If a foreign friend asks you to explain Tanabata here are a few things to help:

Tanabata means seven evenings, and comes from Obon traditions and the Chinese star festival, Qi Xi. This festival celebrates the meeting of Vega (Orihime) and Altair (Hikoboshi). Normally these two lovers are separated by the Milky Way, a river of stars, but once a year they are able to meet.

If anyone has any more information, please let me know.

Peach is still my favourite

In a recent post about my love for peaches absintheur commented on the durian fruit. By chance there were some durians in the local supermarket the other day, so I bought one.

And now I can tell you exactly what it tastes like: onion-flavoured creme caramel. Here is a picture.

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The other question everyone asks is about the smell. Yes, it does smell, and the smell is not pleasant. But don’t just take my opinion, here is a sign.

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This sign can be found in subway stations in Singapore. I wonder what the penalty is?

July

July was originally the fifth month of the year and was called ‘Quintillus’, which simply means fifth. In 450BC, when January and February were added, it became the seventh month.

The name was changed to July, after the Roman emperor Julius Caesar, who was born on July 12th 100BC. Caesar was a very successful politician and army general, and had many military victories. He led the Roman invasion of England in 55BC when the Romans introduced many things to the wild people of England, including politics, sewers, baths, straight roads, and a lot of vocabulary (but not so much grammar!).

July’s flower is the water-lily, and its birthstone is a ruby.

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