The article I read the other day, said that kids today have no foot arches and their ability of exercise was decreased. When I was net-surfing, I found the Japanese sandals, called Misatokko Zori, good for making foot arches, and I ordered them.
My hallux valgus sometimes pains me, so I also ordered mine.
*** By the way, here is good information for whoever wants to buy those Zori for kids more than three sets. If you order directly from the maker, kids Zori are only 1,000yen each pairs. It much cheaper than ordering at Rakuten shops on line even it includes the shipping cost. The price of adult size is betweeen 1100-1250yen. (I heard that this price is until March, 2013.) ***
The sandals are new and the straps are hard, so they haven’t fit in our feet yet, but I think these are more comfortable than tight fitting shoes, and must be useful in summer.
Every year in this season, my relatives from Yamagata prefecture send cherries called "Sato-Nishiki" which is the most popular and famous variety of Japanese cherries.
I have offered ten pieces each to my kids after meal as dessert every day since we got the cherries. They are always looking forward to having it very much, and every time before a meal they asked me if the cherries were still left. But now, only about 30 pieces are left. I'm sure they will be sad about it.
It was a free entry and offered hands-on experience with the latest technology in the environment and energy fields, social infrastructure, and digital products.
I thought understanding such technology was too difficult foy my kids and they would get bored soon, but my kids surprisingly enjoyed themselves through the real experiences such as charging an electric car and bike, building up static electricity, and so on.
While our staying there, I saw a foreign visitor listening to an interpreter explaining in perfect English. Then, when I passed beside them, the interpreter from Toshiba smiled at me and said with a good manner, "Enjoy our museum!" in Japanese. How talented she was! I was very impressed by her working as an interpreter in one of Japanese top companies. I wish I could be like that.
Children like rain puddles. They enjoy stepping into puddles if they find some. Of course, my kids are the same.
After a while, it started raining again, so I helped them wear raincoats. It was the first time for kids to wear these coats, and I realized the coats were too big for them. Their back shots look like "matrioshka" of Russian nesting dolls.
After coming back from shopping, my husband looked at our car and shouted in the parking lot, "The rear tire is falt!"
"What?! Why?!", I replied in suprise.
We rushed to a neighboring car maintenance shop. After checking the tire, a mechanic explained that the rear tire got punctured by a long nail. Fixing the flat tire cost 1500yen and took about 40 minutes totally. Not bad.
While waiting for it to be fixed, my kids enjoyed a kids-playground in this shop. This playground has a ball-pool, an athletic gym, a miniature kitchen set, and many popular picture books. I know they didn't want to leave there yet.