May 31, 2011

VOA Special English News 16

Hundreds of Palestinians crossed into Egypt Saturday after the Egyptian government said it was permanently easing border restrictions with Gaza. The Rafah crossing is the only official entry into Gaza outside Israel. The new temporary government in Egypt announced Wednesday it would reopen the border crossing and end its four-year blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory. Palestinians with passports are able to cross the border everyday except Fridays and official holidays. Women will be able to leave Gaza without restrictions. Men between the ages of eighteen and forty must get visas for Egypt at the border.

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May 27, 2011

VOA Special English News 15

The operators of the Fukushima nuclear power station have reported new details of the disaster that followed the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Tokyo Electric Power company said Tuesday that it thinks fuel rods at three of the power station's six nuclear reactors were destroyed soon after the tsunami. Also, Tuesday, twenty experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency began work in Tokyo. The experts want to learn the cause of the accident. In June, they will make suggestions, (*I could not catch this part completely.)how to avoid such accident in the future.


May 15, 2011


On May 4, my grandmother-in-law died at the age of 99 and the funeral was held on May 5, so my family members were busy for those two days.

She had lived with her son and his wife (my parents-in-law) by the end of last year. But, she checked in a hospital on December 31 because her condition became worse. She could not return home since that time.

Unfortunately, we could not celebrate for her long life, "Haku-jyu"(白寿) at home with our family members.

People in Japan celebrate a person who has reached to 99 years old. It is called the celebration of "Haku-jyu"(白寿). Why? A kanji character "百" that means one hundred becomes "白" after its one part has been removed. 100-1=99 !! Can you understand it?

Green road


You can find the Green road in this photo map.

May 4, 2011

VOA Special English News 14

President Obama says that the world is a safer and better place without al-Qaida leader, Osama bin Laden. The President spoke in Washington Monday. He says the death of Osama bin Laden is the most important development yet in the operation to defeat the al-Qaida. Mr. Obama announced Osama bin Laden's death in a Sunday night television broadcast.

American officials say genetic testing confirmed that the body was that of the al-Qaida leader. A small team of Americans killed him during a raid in Pakistan. No American lives were lost in the operation. One official said the United states did not share information about the raid with any other country.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the battles against al-Qaida and its allies will not stop with the death of Osama bin Laden. Secretary Clinton said the United States will continue to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan. She also thanked Pakistan for its cooperation. She says Pakistan helped lead the United States to the place for the al-Qaida leader was living.

State department has warned Americans living or traveling outside the United States to watch out for their own safety. It said the killing of Osama bin Laden could incite anti-American violence in some areas.

オバマ大統領は、アルカイダのリーダー、オサマ・ビン・ラディンがいなくなり、世界は安全でより良い場所となった、と言った。 月曜日、オバマ大統領は、ワシントンで語った。彼は、アルカイダを掃討する作戦の中でも、オサマ・ビン・ラディンの死は、最も重要な進展であると言った。オバマ大統領は、日曜日のテレビ番組の中で、オサマ・ビン・ラディンの死を報じた。




May 1, 2011


There are several locally-produced hamburgers like "Karatsu burger"(唐津バーガー),"Sasebo burger"(佐世保バーガー). Today, I ate "Genkai burger" (玄海バーガー) when I took a short rest in bike ride.

I have known the food for several years, but I have never had a chance to try it.

It is a sandwich consisting of a fried fish, instead of a cooked patty. And the shop's owner says all fishes used for the burgers are taken in this local area.