Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Art therapy

This is a very popular art therapy among elderly people.It is called Etegami( a postcard with a picture) . I sometimes use it as a therapy. You can draw it very simple way with ink brush.Even if you fail drawing , the drawing seems no problem because the failing brush stroke may add nice taste for it.I sometimes use Etegami as a rehabilitation for patients who have hemiplegic hand after stroke in order to recover from palsy, exercise to handling the utensil, and adapt non dominant hand. Etegami is supposedly good for rehabilitation.


Monday, March 05, 2007


This is new McDonald's morning menu called McGriddles. I can't describe what does it taste like because I have never had this kind of taste before. It's tastes both sweet and salty. It sandwiches Cheese, an egg and a sausage between pancakes. A sausage tastes salty but the pancake taste sweet because maple syrup is included the pancake.


Friday, February 23, 2007

Le Creuset

I bought Le creuset stoneware. When I found it at the Internet shop, I suddenly pushed the button to buy it because it was so cute. After receiving it, I read the details of it and found out it could be used in refrigerator, oven, and microwave. It can go from microwave straight to the table. It is not only cute but also easy-to-use. I made steamed sweet potatoes(Kumara Satsumaimo) .

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Monday, February 19, 2007

I can't stop having sweets.

I stopped at a convenience store on the way to home. I found some new sweets which I had never seen it at the shop. I really wanted to eat it.I was going to buy only one chocolate doughnut.As a result, I bought 3 of sweets. I can't stop having sweets even though I should watch the sweets.I should notice that how many calories are in these .According to the descriptions of these sweets, the calories are as follows;
A chocolate doughnut 309Kcal
A milk loaf(Chigiri pan banira choko) 367Kcal
A banana muffin 217 Kcal.
Total calories is 897 ! I am very surprised to realise how much calories are they. I should refrain from dropping in a convenience store in order to reduce my weight.


Saturday, February 17, 2007

A Happy Lunar New Year !

A Happy Chinese New Year! The swine (in Japanese INoShiShi) is the Chinese zodiac sign of this year. But depends on the Asian countries, there are two types of Chinese zodiac sigh. One is INoShiShi (swine) in Japan. Another is pig (swine) in Chinese, Korean ,and Asian countries except Japan. Why are there 2 types of swine? Why do only Japanese use INoShiShi ?

According to the Korean culture,this year is thought to be a special golden pig year.The golden pig might bring you big fortune in this year. Do you believe it? I bought small golden big at Korean souvenir shop.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Salt pork arranged

I added some vesitables to salt pork to make it both taste and health better.It can be looked very nice to add red, yellow and green color. I will put it in the lunch box.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Palliative care at home

I am wondering how I could proceed with palliative care at home as an occupational therapist.Palliative care means total care for people who can no longer be cured because of cancer, an intractable disease and so on. Recently the number of people who need palliative care at home is increasing rapidly in our community.Some patients suffer mental disease ,especially depression, as a result of Long-term hospitalization. We home visiting medical care staff should care for both physical and mental problems of patients. we should help patients have a good quality of life at home.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Weblog in English

It has been over 3 weeks since I started this blog this year. It is very hard for me to write a blog in English. I have a lot of things which I would like to write in this blog, but my English skill is not enough to describe my opinion. I wish I could write a blog without question. I am sure that writhing blog in English will help me improve my English writing skill. I would like to keep writing this blog as long as I could.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Apple Comport

I made an apple comport.You can make it very simple way.Just cooked apples with suger or apple juice. put lemon or cinamon on it depending on your favorit. You can enjoy it to be either warm or cold. When I was a child, my mother used to make it for me. I like it very much. Apple Comport makes me remember my childhood.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Tea tree oil

This photo is my favorit aromatherapy pot which I bought at MUJI shop(Mujirushi Ryohin). I sometimes feel itchy with my eyes and nose for couple of days.I am afraid I might catch a cold or,even worse, have a pollen allergy. I didn't suffer from a pollen allergy last year because I used tea tree oil with this pot and also used the oil when I took the bath. This is why I use tea tree oil now. Anyway, It has been over 2weeks since I started this blog this year. I would like to keep writing this blog as much as I can.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

I love sweets.

There is a lot of convenience shops near my house. I sometimes drop at one of its to buy some sweets when I come back home . One of my favorite convenience shops is Seven Eleven.It has many kinds of sweets rather than the other convenience shops have. I bought a cream puff with chocolate.I felt comfortable and happy because it was a very sweet and good taste. Why do sweets make me feel happy? There must be a secret how sweets work my brain.
I am sure that I will buy the cream puff again and again until this winter ends because I really love it.

Friday, February 02, 2007

A mild winter

It was very warm today. According to a weather forecast, it may be a mild winter this year. But it is TOO warm. It was 14 degrees yesterday even though it is February. It was the same degree of March. I would like to know what happened to a winter in Japan.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A MOHO(Model Of Human Occupation) seminar

I joined a MOHO (Model of Human Occupation) seminar. MOHO is one of the theories of occupational therapy to explain a person's performance,motivation,pattern and personal objectives and so on.The seminar made me realise how one's occupation is motivated. The teacher showed us MOHO by offering an explanation of patients. It made it easy to understand MOHO.

The most interesting thing I notice is that MOHO is a little like ICF(International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health International). MOHO attaches importance to an occupational therapist understanding both the physical and social environments. It is also stated in ICF. I would like to study more about MOHO .

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Monday, January 29, 2007

Salt Pork

I like salt pork very much. It is easy to cook and delicious. Salt pork can be refrigerated tightly wrapped for up to a week. I make it on Sunday night, and I will enjoy it for a week. I cut it and roast with vegetables or put it in a lunch box and so on.

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Sunday, January 28, 2007

My mobile phone

My mobile phone sometimes hasn't been working well recently. Suddenly, my mobile switched off even though I didn't touch the mobile.In addition, my mobile can't receive email at the same time as the email was sent.Over 5 hours or one day later,my mobile receives the email .These things make me mad. I am wondering if I should buy new one.

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Friday, January 26, 2007

The 300 million yen year end Jumbo Lottery (Jumbo Takarakuji)

I bought into the Jumbo lottery(Nenmatsu Jumbo Takarakuji) last December. As soon as I came back home, I checked the Internet in order to find out how could I get a charm to win the lottery. According to the information from the Internet, to win the lottery I should keep the tickets in a yellow envelope and place it on the east side of my home and if possible put an ornament of an owl near the envelope. I did everything as per the above information. Unfortunately, I didn't win the lottery for as much as I spent money on it. I spent 15000yen on it and won 11500yen. It means -3500yen. I didn't win, but I am now happy.

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Thursday, January 25, 2007

The internet

I regret being in front of my PC for over 5 hours. When I started to check the internet,I could not stop seeing it.I bought contact lenses at the internet shop. I know time is money. I have to use my time for something worthwhile to do besides the internet. For example, reading books, cooking and walking.


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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Bath salts of Onsen(hot spring)

I sometimes use bath salts.It will give me a feeling as though I am in an Onsen(hot spring).The use of bath salts of Japanese Onsen at home is an effective way to relax.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Yuzu tea

I like tea very much .One of my favorite teas is Yuzu Cha(yuzu tea).I usually buy it at an import grocery shop. This Yuzu tea is imported from Korea. I like Korean Yuzu tea.

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Monday, January 22, 2007

A Miso soup with butter

Miso soup is very good for warming you up on cold winter days. It includes vegetables from Hokkaido. It also includes salmon. I call it Hokkaido miso soup. Before you eat this soup,do not forget to put in one teaspoon of butter and corn. This will add flavor like miso ra-mem.Try it!

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Soysause-rice with vegetables

I am very tired and exhausted everyday. Why do I get a tired feeling everyday? As I am married, I have to work as a housewife in addition to my work as a therapist.It means I have no time to take a rest in my home!! When I come back to my home around 7:30pm,I have to make dinner in a hurry. I also have to go grocery shopping.Oh, busy days aren't they!

My client told me 'you look so exhausted nowadays, what's the matter?' I answered, I have to do a lot of things when I come back my home, like making dinner, cleaning rooms and washing clothing and so on. My client said' I really understand how you get exhauseted.when I was young, I was working at an office and I also played the role of housewife. I will tell you a very easy to make but hearty dinner called Syoyu-meshi(Soy sauce and rice with vegetables.) You will make a dinner within 30mim.' This Syoyu-mesi is very delicious. I love it. Fly sliced vegetables with soy sauce and salt. Put them in a rice cooker(lay them on the rice) and push the start button of the rice cooker. This is very simle way to make a dinner. I sometimes make it. My family also likes it.I appreciate my client's recipe.


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Saturday, January 20, 2007

Honey Ginger Tea

Honey Ginger Tea is Japanese traditional tea and is thought to improve a sore throat .When I feel sick and have a cough, some of my patients and their families advised me to make Honey Ginger Tea. It makes my body warm and I can get to sleep very well.

How to make Honey Ginger Tea
Recipe Ginger,honey,hot water
1.Slice the ginger into thin slices(refer to the above photo of the bottle on the right-hand side) 2.Put them into a bottle.
3.Add the honey to the bottle.
4.Keep the bottle in the refrigerator for one night
5.Then, add one to three teaspoons of ginger honey to the cup and pour boiling water as in the above photo on the left .Do not eat ginger because it is too pungent.


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Sunday, July 23, 2006

A blond Hello Kitty

I found a funny Hello Kitty at the shop. It’s hair is blond ! Can you believe it? They are wearing special uniforms like cheerleaders. Are they cats or girls? Who knows.

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Friday, July 21, 2006

A Japanese aromatherapy oil

I bought an aromatherapy oil which is made in Japan. This aromatherapy oil is Hokkaido MOMINOKI pure essential oil made by Shimokawa Forest Owners Coop in Hokkaido.

I really loved it.the oil is high quality. It distilled from Abies sachalinensi Masters which is famous as Mominoki or Todomatsu in Japan.The aroma of this oil is like Tea Tree.

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a seminar of home rehabilitation

I joined a seminar about home rehabilitation.

To my surprise, a lot of occupational therapists and physical therapists has same problems.
The problems of our our home rehabilitation therapist are as follows;

  • When should we end rehabilitation therapy services for stroke patients living at home?
  • Some of patients would not accept our suggestion about social welfare equipment.
  • Some of patients ask us to massage her/him instead of rehabilitation.

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Saturday, June 10, 2006

First Post

I am new to this blog thing in English . This is my first experience of it in my life.
I have already had a blog in Japanese.I am sure that writting blog in English makes me improve my English.

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