It's a heat wave out there! Now, the weather is so hot that we can call it a heat wave, which is when there are a series of days of very high temperature. It's important to stay hydrated and safe in this kind of weather. One of our guests today has just recently moved to Takatsuki and he says he loves Takatsuki water. The taste of the water you drink isn't really something you think about until you drink some bad-tasting water, don't you think? We also talked a bit about yukatas and summer festivals in Japan. I learned that Takatsuki has a big festival today and also tomorrow, and also that Takatsuki has its own Bon dance. If I have time tomorrow night, I hope I can try it out! My hometown of Seattle also has quite a few festivals throughout the year. Last week we had the Seattle Sea Fair. We don't have any special dance or traditional music, but there's a parade, lots of food stands, and boat races on the beach. It's been a long time since I went to Sea Fair, though!
Here are some words and phrases that came up in todays' conversation:
price drop: This is not the same as a sale; it's when the price of a product becomes less expensive as a permanent change.
pottery: This is the art and also the resulting objects of creating dishes like plates, cups, and pots. "In pottery class, we made lots of pottery".
ancestors: Ancestors are relatives that lived a long time ago. Most Japanese clean the tombs of their ancestors, but Americans usually only visit and clean the graves of their loved friends and family that have passed away.
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