Monday, February 19, 2018

Monday Morning Star Count - Week 42

Yesterday's Mt. Fuji and a couple of pretty ducks I saw when I was out walking.

Week 42 of the temperature quilt 

February 11 - 17 

55, 48, 48, 50, 57, 48, 50

On Wednesdays, Sarah at Sarah Did It! is hosting a link up for  those working on a temperature hexagon quilt. Join in or check out the temperatures in other parts of the world.

This is my temperature/color (Fahrenheit) scheme: 

100 + Brown 

90-99 Red  

80-89 Orange 

70-79 Yellow  

60-69 Green  

50-59 Blue 

40-49 Purple 

30-39 Pink 

20-29 White 

10-19 Black

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival 2018 - Part 1

I attended the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival several weeks ago and I still haven't gotten my photos organized.  I'm really going to work on them this week!  

My friend, Queenie, who blogs at Queenie's Needlework met me at the metro station and we went together to the show at the Tokyo Dome. 

Today's pictures are only the overall winners, but I will be back in a couple of days with more photos!

Japan Quilt Grand Prix First Place—Masako Sanada

Japan Quilt Grand Prix Second Place—Chiharu Katsuragawa

Friendship Award—Chikako Akashi

Hand Making Award—Toshiko Imai

Friday, February 16, 2018

Hamamatsu Air Park

Last Saturday I visited the Air Park with my friends.  I didn't really know where it was we were going or what we would be doing, but that was okay. I'm always happy to spend time with my friends and to learn more about Japan.  It turned out to be a giant museum run by the Japan Air Self Defense Force (like the military) and it was all free! It was much better than I imagined.  

Outside there are some planes and a playground for children before entering the building.

Once inside, we followed the usual route through three floors of interesting displays.

We could see inside many of the planes.

The Blue Impulse is an aerobatic demonstration team and part of the Japanese Air Self Defense Force.  In addition to the display, we also saw a 15 minute movie in the dome theater about the Blue Impulse.

This equipment display was very interesting.  I'd like to see the sizes of the American equivalent of these items.  The Japanese version look very small.

We saw many types of planes and weapons.

I really liked the uniform displays. I wonder what the ratio is between men and women in the self-defense force.  There are many women featured in the displays.

We were able to get tickets for later in the day to try out the flight simulator.  After watching these people, I was sure I wanted to try it!

While waiting for our turn to try the simulator, we took a break in the cafe.  You can choose what you want from the sign and buy a ticket from the machine.  You give the ticket to the person at the counter.  My friends ordered the cake and drink set, but I chose the ice cream.  It's hard to tell in the photo, but the bottom of the ice cream dessert dish is filled with corn flakes!


Back to the simulator.  I was able to fly twice because only two of my three friends wanted to do it. The first time we did the intermediate course (green in the photo below), the second time the advanced course (pink).  It was very fun even though I crashed many times.  The staff give you a briefing and the controls are numbered so you know what order to use them.  The voice directions in the plane were in Japanese, so I wasn't sure when to use them.

Our non-flying friend took these photos of us.

There is also an area where you can try out uniforms, but we didn't.

We had a great time together at the Air Park!