The Trash was not Collected because Items were not Separated as Ruled

Residents in our community are required to check “Trash Gathering Station” once a several months. The last Thursday was my house’s turn. So I went to the place in the afternoon in order to check whether or not the place was clean and if there were any trashes left uncollected.

Thursday was the day to collect Plastic trashes. I found two trashes were there; one was a pile of carton boxes that was to be collected only on 2nd and 4th Tuesday, the other was the trash that is shown below.


I Brought Someone’s Trash to my House.

This one contains plastic and burnable items. That day, Thursday, was to collect Plastic. And Burnable trashes are collected on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Those were not separated and put together in one carton box. Carton box is the type that is collected only twice a month. Simply put, this one was not separated as designated by the city government.

When I saw this one, I thought that a bad person must have done that. But a little later, I changed my speculation.

I guess there are type of people who take actions according to habits and rules in old times when they were young. It is hard for them to do things with new habits and rules. Currently trashes must be separated to at least eight types before being brought to the trash gathering place. But I remember, 40 years ago, the rule was so simple. There were only two types; Burnable and Non-burnable trashes.

So I realized that the trash was okay if following to the rule of 40 years ago. The items were all burnable. Probably the person thought that if she/he put burnable items, including plastic, together in one carton box, it could make the collectors work easier. The person was not so bad as I thought at first, but may be an ordinary citizen in our community.

I didn’t want to leave those two trashes there. Because If I left the two, the next person in charge would be at loss how to deal with them. I took them to my house. I will separate them and bring each trash to the place again on the day as ruled.


Which Automobile or Motorcycle can Pass through Such a Narrow Opening?


The Board says Automobiles and Motorcycles are Prohibited to Pass Through

No, “Do Not Pass Thru” on that white board means that an automobile and a motorcycle are not allowed to go through that riverbank road.

Small Birds of Japanese Tit came to my Garden Yesterday


A Small Bird of Japanese Tit on Neighbor’s Roof

It is very rare to see the birds of Japanese Tit in my garden. I heard their songs Yesterday morning and then quickly picked up my digital camera. Actually sparrows are always here. But this time of year sparrows don’t come to my garden because there a plenty of food in rice field. Perhaps the absence of sparrows made it easier for Japanese Tit to come to my garden. But I am not sure.

Three White Birds at River Side


Three White Birds whose Name I don’t know

I saw three white birds from a distance. I used my telephoto lens as much as I could. If I can see them spreading their wings from short distance, I would be surprised by their wide wing span, although I know that it is impossible to get closer to them.

What does she think while perching on a rusted steel pipe in vast Rice Field of Niigata?


Rice Fields in Niigata, Northern Japan

Is that black bird thinking about inflation rates or climate change? Probably she is thinking about how to survive the coming winter.

Our Energy Source has already gone on a Long Journey


Rice Fields in Niigata, Northern Japan

Rice reaping has already been done while I have not been able to take a walk for weeks. We Japanese eat rice as staple. That is the reason I call them “energy source”(not sauce). They will make a long journey from rice field in Niigata to customers.

Hello to my Students on Jul.24, 2022: Carrots that I got from the Ground Today


Carrots that I got Today. They were only one fifth that I planted in April

みなさん、こんばんは。

 今日はニンジンを掘りました。そのまま畑に置いておくと、ニンジンが割れたり、虫に食べられる部分が多くなります。今日収穫したのは畝(うね)の5分の1くらいです。だから、写真の4倍くらいが まだ畑に残っています。手袋の大きさと比べると、けっこう良いサイズと収穫量だと言えるでしょう(LQ老師は自慢話が多いですね)。


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