My Classroom Extension Project 教室拡大工事

The past week and this week, I have been working on the classroom extension project. Fortunately, I have two dads who are professional carpenters helping me out. Mariano and Massimo, I am very grateful for you!

The photos below show you the process we have taken so far.



The school does not have a big budget for this project, so I have been doing my best to keep it low expense. Most of the materials came from Miyake Concrete in Makawao. They are very wonderful people, always friendly and helping customers. They gave me a school discount. I am very grateful.

These windows were found at Habitat for Humanity in Wailuku. It was tricky to put them in my car (Honda CR-V). The people who worked at the store said, "They won't fit in your car. Come back with a truck." Well, it takes about 45 minutes to get to this store from the school, so I did not have time to come back. I said, "I think they actually would fit. Can we try?" After I folded the back seats forward, they actually did fit! One was 4 by 6 feet. The other one was 4 by 7 feet. If you have a Honda CR-V, it's a good news. You can carry these size windows!


この窓たちはワイルクにある中古や余った建築材を安く売ってくれているHabitat for Humanityにて中古の物を探し当ててきましたよ。さぁ、私の車(Honda CR-V)に入るのか?ということで、お店の人は「無理よー。誰かのトラック借りて来なさいよ。」と言っていましたが、学校から45分ほどかかるところにあるので、わざわざ戻って来る時間は無いと思い、「いや、きっと入ります。トライしてみてもいいですか?」と粘って協力してもらったところ、後部座席を前倒しにしたらちゃんと収まりましたよ。二つとも。(ちなみに一つが4フィートX6フィート。もう一つが4フィートX7フィート。1フィートが約30cmです。)Honda CR-Vをお持ちで、これからこのようなサイズの窓を運ぼうと思われている方、入りますよ!

The blue paint was peeling off, so other dads, Mark and Malte, came and sanded the floor for me. Thank you!


We are hoping that the new paint will stick to the surface.

I primed the floor. This is me being slowly surrounded by the snowy ice area. This should be happening to the north and south poles, huh?


In order to paint the floor inside, these toys and books were taken out. I have to put them back in...

The first day of school is September 1st. I hope I will welcome my little ones in a beautiful classroom. Well, I will!



Ty's Concerts & Workshops in Kyoto タイの京都でのコンサートとワークショップ

Steve Oda and Ty Burhoe will be playing at a couple of concerts, and Ty will be teaching a couple of workshops (about arts of sound and tabla) in Kyoto, Japan this weekend. If you happen to be in Kyoto, please come and enjoy the beautiful music. If you happen to know someone who live in Kyoto, please spread the word out.


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8月27日(金) 19:00 スティーブ・オダとタイ・バーホーのコンサート
Something Studiosにて   

8月28日(土) 17:00 スペシャルイベント (ワークショップとコンサート)
ナダヨガワークショップ (音とリズムと瞑想の芸術をタイと一緒に学びせんか?)
4500円 (Inspa京都メンバーの方は4000円です)

8月29日(日) 13:00 タブラワークショッ
住所:〒604-8091 京都市中京区寺町御池下がる 518番地


Summing Up the Boulder Memories ボルダーの締めくくり

(An old Ford car found in Gold Hill, Boulder. The rustiness and how the color faded a bit grabbed my heart.)

I have been back on Maui for two weeks now. As soon as I got back, I was busy trying to catch up with the life here, so I couldn't update the blog.

I'd like to sum up the wonderful memories I had in Boulder before I move on to my Maui life. (All the photos below were taken in one day.)

Also, Ty has written about some of the events we had in Boulder in his blog. If you read it, you will have a better grasp of what I am not going to mention here (because I don't have enough energy and time). Thanks to Ty's ability to keep up his diary in such details.

(Japanese) マウイに戻ってきてから2週間ほどが過ぎようとしています。戻って来次第、こちらでの生活においつくために忙しくしていて、なかなかブログを更新することが出来ませんでした。



A deep-breath-taking sunset


A sky right before it started to rain. Interesting shapes of clouds. It looks like a curtain cut in zigzag at the bottom.


A valley that you would not want to fall into. Ty told me that there have been cars fell in when it snows.


Mountains continue as far as I can see


We went to a cute village (town?) called Gold Hill. This is a hotel (probably only one hotel). I would like to stay there someday.


We had a very delicious dinner at the restaurant next to the hotel. Ty used to play there.


This hill's green color is my favorite green color out of many variations of green.


Rock beings


In Colorado, the blue sky, green hills, and silver rocks match perfectly.


"Oh, hi, me."


Ty took me to Estes Park, a town about an hour from Boulder. I was curious to see a town outside of Boulder. We had a grilled sandwich at a small local restaurant. We did not stay in the town besides that, and I liked the views to and from there.


In order to build our sweat lodge, we went to collect willow trees. Before we cut them, we asked them if we could cut them down to build a sweat lodge, and I felt as if they told me, "It will be our honor to hold a space and immerse ourselves in the vibrations of sincere prayers that you will create." I was humbled to hear that. It may sound as if I am justifying myself for cutting them down. I may. However, I believe that we all live our everyday life by consuming others who gave themselves to us. We cannot live without eating food (even just fruits or plants). Therefore, appreciating those (food, lumber to build a house, cotton to make clothes out of, and so on) and using them as much I can, and living fully for myself, others, and the world is probably the best way to repay for their kindness. Therefore, I intend to pray from the bottom of my heart and soul when I am in the sweat lodge built with these willow trees.

We did not have time to take down the branches, so we just loaded them up in Ty's truck. This is a photo of Ty in a truck which became a jungle temporarily.



They were loaded up like this.


Ty is digging a hole. I offered to do it as I worried his hands and fingers which are essential parts of being a tabla player, but he said something like, "It doesn't worth to be a musician if I cannot do things like this." So, I let it be.


I cleaned the branches.


Beautiful beings.


Our first sweat lodge was built. It is beautiful.


We did not have time to actually hold a sweat lodge ceremony, but we felt good knowing that it is at our backyard. I look forward to using it whenever it will be.



A Drive Through Banking Machine ドライブスルーな銀行

I had never seen something like this before. Do you know that this is? I bet you do if you lived in the mainland.


This is a drive through banking machine (I named so, but I don't know the official name). Ty showed me this the other day, and I was very excited.


You put money or check in this container with your deposit slip, and you put it back in the machine. Then, push the button. The container will be sucked way, way up through the tube, and the banker upstairs receives it. She or he processes it for you, and the container comes back to you through the tube. You can see the banker's face on the monitor and talk to her or him, too. I guess it works well especially for places where parking space is limited.


The tube that the container goes through.

Hawaii (or at least Maui) does not have this.

I wish I could fit in the container, and then I will have a fun ride...!