The Chooks: #14 Broody Susie


Susie has hardly given us a dozen eggs, and she’s gone all broody and silly. She wants to sit in the nesting box all day, AND ALL NIGHT. 

This video was taken this morning. In the evening, when I checked on them, Susie had occupied the other less loved of the nesting boxes. So I’ve removed it as well and put some uncomfortable cardboard boxes in there too, at least for the night.


Short visit to Japan


If I don’t make a note here about how my time in Japan was spent and what my impressions were, I would probably forget.

** Kojima jeans

**My time at Logos English School in Kojima

** A taste of Japan

I travelled by China Southern, which I found comfortable and pleasant. The planes between Guangzhou and Kansai were much smaller than the large planes that fly between Auckland and Guangzhou. Here are two pictures, both taken in Guangzhou, one of the small plane on my way to Kansai. The next photo is that of the huge plane taken just before I boarded in my way back. 

Serendipitous friendships are given us by God. I met Dr Arpitha in Kansai Airport and saw her off at Guangzhou on her way to Delhi.

A taste of Japan


In the few days that I spent in Japan, here are some observations that I’d like to note down.

Rice fields are nothing new for an Indian like me, but to have rice fields in residential areas certainly is.

The bigger the station the more crowded it was. Okayama Station was busier than Kojima station.  Sandy referred to these people filled “streets” in the station as concourses.

Queuing is in their blood. Whether at bus stops, outside the elevator, at a store, or at the train station, you can find little queues. Here is a photo I took from inside the train of a queue of people getting in.

If you look closely at the last two in the queue, you’ll see that they are wearing masks over their nose and mouth. This was another common sight all over Japan.

Politeness is the Japanese way. One hears a variant or other of the “Arigatou gozaimasu” a hundred times a day. Giving elaborately wrapped gifts is normal. My friend in hospital received many gifts, including these flowers.

Convenience stores have a variety of meal options. I quite liked this bento, with meatballs, squid, chicken, and rice, from the hospital’s convenient store.

Dinner on my last evening in Japan was an assortment of food that Logos teacher Ashley and I bought at the supermarket. Octopus Takoyaki balls, potato fries, sesame bean-paste ball, Roll with bean paste. Very yum.

We have all heard of the bullet train, which is known as the Shinkansen in Japan. I must say that riding on a Shinkansen was not amazingly different from any other train journey. But watching these majestic trains from the outside is amazing. This is a picture I clicked just as a shinkansen was arriving at a platform.

Hiroshima is the next stop after Okayama. Although I did not visit Hiroshima, just seeing the name of that place evokes sadness.

I took this picture of this brand new car on display at the Shin Osaka station. Most of the cars we have owned in Auckland have been secondhand imports from Japan. I was tickled to see a brand new car in Japan. Maybe in the evening of its life, it will make the trip to Auckland.

Let me end my posts about this visit to Japan with some pictures taken from the train to Kansai airport.

My time at Logos English School in Kojima


Brent and Sandy have been running this school for many years. Today they occupy a four-storey building/house and have a wonderful team of dedicated teachers. 

The school they run is popular and successful. Every taxi driver I met knew the school  right away. The Japanese people want their children to be proficient in English. Bible is also taught, but free of charge, for those who are interested. Other miscellaneous activities also happen like Zumba!

On Sundays, a bi-lingual worship service is held, comprising Bible readings, singing, communion, a sermon, and prayers.

After worship this Sunday, we had an Indian meal for everyone. I had made the Biriyani, idly, and sambar earlier. The raita (to go with the biriyani) was made in the meeting hall, as were the dosas. 

Because of a bad knee, I had not checked out Level 3, but could.not resist on my last evening in Japan. Here are some pictures of the landing area and classrooms on Level 3.

And finally a peek out of their window.

Kojima Jeans


I did not plan to be in Kojima, but here I am visiting friends.

When one reaches Kojima by train, as I did when I returned from Okayama this afternoon, it is difficult to miss the message. Kojima wants to be known for its fine denim.

Here are some pictures I took in and around the Railway Station.

Another day, at the station, I saw this taxi waiting, an advertisment for one of the brands, I imagine.

And this board has a story.

Kojima Shopping Street used to be the shopping  hub in Kojima, with shops on the ground floor and homes above the shops where the shop owners lived. A move to bring shops closer to “town” brought most of the shops out of the street and closer to Kojima Station, leaving Kojima Shopping Street a ghost town. But with the city wanting to make Kojima the denim capital and all that, the street has been remodeled, and the empty shops are gradually being occupied by various denim brands. Of course, the street is now called Kojima Jeans Street.

Just as I was leaving Kojima for the last time, I noticed that even the elevator had not been exempted.

Click here to learn more about the Kojima-denim connection

The Chooks: #13 Chicken sitting


I have to be away for a few days, so PTL and Philip, can you please take care of the chickens for me?

Don’t forget the shoes. You don’t want to wear your usual shoes in there, and you certainly do not want to go in there barefoot.

Open and close the coop. You’ll need to let the hens out in the mornings and close the coop at night after they have gone in to roost.

Give them water. The water dispenser has to be taken into the kitchen and filled upto half. This has to be done about once in two days. Use the yellow water bottle to fill the bowl outside the coop.

Fill the glass bottle with layer pellets and empty into the food dispenser.

I usually give the hens some treats out of the green bowl as well as some wheat.

Clean out the coop everyday. This is the least pleasant of all the tasks, but this is usually fairly straightforward.

Look for eggs. So far the hens have been laying their eggs in one of the nesting boxes. So that’s the only place you’ll need to look. Finders keepers as far as the eggs go.