Ritmos Dance Lesson

I go to the gym for my daily workout.  One of my favorite lessons is a dance fitness “Ritmos” there. The pictures are here.   Ritmos consists of eleven different kinds of dances such as Hip Hop, Latin, Jazz, Reggaeton, and so on in an hour.  The songs used in it are all popular and so cool.   They change every three months.  Now my most favorite song in it is “Bailando”.  I like Sean Paul ❤

 

Mountain Climbing

Have you heard of Yuichiro Miura?   He is a famous skier and mountaineer in Japan.   In May, he successfully reached the summit of Mount  Everest (8,848 meters) at the age of 80.  To read his amazing story, please click here. Mail Online    The news of his accomplishment inspired me.   I climbed a mountain twice last month, but the mountain I chose was Mount Kimpo near my house which is only 665 meters above sea level.   I also drove  halfway up of the mountain. lol  There was  beautiful scenery of terraced rice paddies along steep hills at the base of the mountain.

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Hydrangeas are a typical flower in the rainy season, June.  They were blooming beautifully.

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Why don’t you listen to the birds singing while you read?   I recorded the melody of the little cuckoo and bush warbler.

After parking my car, the picture below is the place where I started climbing. There were two course: the easy and the hard trail.  Of course, I chose the easy one, but it was still a little hard for me. The distance to the peak was only 1.3 km though.

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I enjoyed being immersed in nature.  The cool breeze was comfortable.

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The trail was steep, stony and slippery.

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I took a little break.  A whole view of Kumamoto city and  the Ariake Sea can be seen from the mountain.

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Finally, it took about 45 minutes to reach the summit.    There was a shrine at the top.

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By the way, I came across an interesting creature on the trail.  At first, I thought it was a blue rubber hose, but then it moved!

Have You Tried “Face Yoga”?

I wrote a little about various muscles in my last post.    You can shape up your body at a sport club.   Or voice training lessons can help you sing better.  The vocal cords are muscles, aren’t they?  Abdominal  muscles are also needed when singing.   However, I have neglected to exercised one very important part of my body: my face!   The Face has a lot of muscles, doesn’t it?   It tends to sag more and more as we age.    Ahhhhhh!   Thinking of what to do for my face, I searched the web.   Have you ever heard of “face yoga”?   I came across a video about it, but does it actually work?   If you have tried it,  please comment.  Anyway, I’ll give this type of yoga a try.

The Body Builder Shephard is 76

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I forgot to mention one more person in this series : Ernestine Shepherd.   She is a 76-year-old body builder.

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According to Mail Online,  she was a ‘couch potato’ until she was 56 years old.    It seems you can gain muscle mass at any age.    Now she is an instructor at a sport club.   I heard of her two years ago.   Her news encouraged me to work out.   But I trained too hard and pulled my calf muscle(>_<)    After that, I didn’t feel like using any training machines  for a while,  but this month I started out again.   Yeah!    My muscle tone has decreased a lot during this period.   The slate is wiped clean now.

By the way, the current Guinness holder for  the oldest female bodybuilding is another person, Edith Wilma Connor who is 77 years old (might be 78)  She is American too.  She started body building in her 60s.   Such articles make me feel like I shouldn’t waste my time. I’m gonna exercise now!  (I’m not intending to become a body builder-just a healty person)

Super Model Carmen Dell’Orefice is 81

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I’d like to finish this series with this post.    It wasn’t my intention to select only women.    The fact is I simply couldn’t find anyt men.   The last person,  whom  you  may have heard of her too,  is Carmen Dell’Orefice, 81-year-old super model.    She is elegant, beautiful and graceful (@@)    I feel it is rude to call her a “granny”.   She was born in New York and has been modelling since she was age 15.

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According to wiki,  she lost most of her money twice in her life.    For the first time,  it happened in the 1980s and 1990s when she was investing in the stock market.   For the second time,  it happened in 2008 when she was duped by one of Bernard Madoff’s ponzi schemes.   It seems she was unlucky with money.

Her posture is beautiful.  I think posture is a key point for beauty.

94-Year-Old Yoga Instructor Tao Porchon Lynch

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You will be surprised this time again.   Tao Porchon Lynch, who lives in NY, is a 94-year-old yoga instructor.   She has been doing yoga for over 70 years. Practice makes perfect!

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reference:  Mail Online

Please watch the video.  As the TV program hostess says, it’s amazing that she is beautiful, energetic, and travels the world, doing yoga and dancing.  How straight she stands!

I’ve been doing yoga for two years.   I like yoga.   It relaxes my body and spirit.   I can sleep well at night after yoga.   After watching the video,  I decided to live life without concern for my age.

87-Year-Old Gymnast Johanna Quaas

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When I was researching super old people on the internet, I came across this amazing woman.   Johanna Quaas is 87-year-old German Gymnast.

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reference:Guinness World Records

Please watch her performances at the 2012 Cottbus World Cup in Germany   Mail Online    Her  strength, balance, muscle,  flexibility…. She is awesome!!! Beautiful!!!

89-Year-Old Athlete Mitsu Motita

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In my last post, I wrote about the 98-year-old photojournalist.   This time I’d like to introduce an 89-year-old female athlete.   Her name is Mitsu Morita, who lives in Kumamoto, Japan.

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She holds the 100m and 200m world records in the  85-89 age group.    Records Outdoor Women      It all started when she happened to win a race at the local community sport recreation.   She was 70.  Since then she has been a member of the local athletics club and continued her training with elementary school students.  In the video, she says she eats pork every morning.  It is said that protein is essential for elderly people.   Her dream is to reach the top at age 100.

My aunt also began playing table tennis when she was about 60.  Now she is about 80.   She plays table tennis for 2 hours, 4 times a week.  It’s amazing!  I learned it’s never too late to try something new.

New Flamenco Costume

Recently, I danced wearing the costume I bought in Tokyo.   How do I look?     At first, I hesitated to buy such a showy dress because I’m not good at flamenco yet.  But I changed my mind.  I should start from the style.  This dress seems to be for a ballroom dance, but whatever is OK.  A woman in the mirror is my teacher.

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A series of articles about Kumafes,  the festival of Japanese pop culture, will start from the next.   Please look forward to it!

Dance Party Night

The last posting was about belly dance.  I learn flamenco too.  My flamenco teacher told me to go and see a dance party and gave me the ticket.   However it was not a dance in disco or nightclub.  It was a ballroom dance.  I’d never seen it except for TV.  I was just curious what it was like.

When I entered the party room,  oh dear!  there were many elderly people.   People in their 60s and 70s? created a peculiar atmosphere.  Why is a ballroom dance popular in elderly people in Japan?   Is it the same situation in overseas?   Pre-retiree men may be busy at work.   How about young women?   It must be tough to dance with an old man.   Senior adults are vigorous.   They looked very happy.  They held up their heads and stepped well to the music.   Women dressed in their flashy dresses.  Men dressed in … How should I say…

At this point enter SOUNDCLOUD!  Please look at the picture while listening.

The chairs were placed along the walls.   While sitting quietly, I was asked to dance by various men.    I politely refused each time.  I was embarrassed.   They must have looked quizzically at me.   I should have worn jeans, not a long skirt.   When I regretted it,  a younger good-looking man came up and said, “Would you like to dance?”  “I can’t dance.  I’m just looking.” “Don’t worry. It’s all right.”  He took my hand and led to the center of the hall.   “First, move sideways.  That’s it!  You’re doing great. ” “Then, move back and forth.  Now you’ve got it!”  I was able to move naturally with him.  He must be a teacher.   After music ended, he brought me back to the seat.   “Wow!  he is like a prince!  Then am I a princess?”   What an old princess!  But the image in my mind was like this. lol

If I can always dance with a handsome man like him, I will learn a ballroom dance.   But I ‘d like to decline the dance with complete strangers.  It would make me sick to be my hand and back held.  ( In Japan, it’s not the custom to kiss and hug.  There is no physical contact even in family)  I think a ballroom dance itself is attractive though.  I reaffirmed a solo dance is the best for me.   After dancing, I went home right away.  But I guess I should have asked his school name…

That night I recommended my husband learning a ballroom dance after retirement.   He said “I don’t want to dance with an old woman.”   No problem!  You’ll be an old man by that time.