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This journal is written by Kuma (Felis catus) and Kuma's owner Y (homo sapiens). We have moved from Japan to Australia in 2011.


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2016-08-29 23:52   Standing at the Starting Line

Y (Kuma's owner)

Yesterday was a remarkable day for my husband and me. We started our business, selling our products (Juno's Spinner) on eBay. We both love puzzles and have been having a dream making puzzles as a business.

To start with our business, we had many difficulties such as getting information, studying English and preparing documents for the Australian government and so on. The highest hurdle was permanent residency, of course. We had to gain permanent residency at any cost otherwise we were not able to start our business in Australia. We had been having days of trial and error. We had spent about five years to reach our aim. In this five years, lots of people helped us. I'm grateful for their cooperation.

Transformable Plyhedron - Juno's Spinner

We haven't even established our company in our home country, Japan. We had no idea what to do and decided to ask specialists; accountants. They had done a good job, they prepared the documents to establish our partnership business. We had done all the paperwork and we are finally standing at the starting line.

I had been aiming my target to start our business, but I'm going to change my goal from now on. Making good puzzles and making a living with it, that should be our new goal.

Transformable Plyhedron - Juno's Spinner

We are mainly going to make and sell our original puzzles but our first product is not a puzzle, it's a transformable polyhedron (dodecahedron model) which was invented by my husband in 1998. I think it takes some time to produce wooden puzzles. We intend to sell our originals, even if it is not a puzzle, like we are selling this time, it's OK. We want to produce originals.

Luckily, we have plenty of ideas. We would like to realise our ideas. That's our dream.

Juno's Spinner on eBay

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2016-08-29 04:26   Growing Plants

Y (Kuma's owner)

I love growing plants. I always buy seeds from internet shops. There are lots of varieties of flowers and vegetables, especially the vegetables that I would like to buy are Japanese vegetables, and there are more varieties on the internet than in the local shops.

I think most Japanese like to eat leafy vegetables and so do I. My favorite leafy vegetable is Tokyo Bekana. I love their light green colour. The colour is similar to Australian Yellow Leaf Lettuce.

Japanese Leafy Vegetable Tokyo Bekana

Winter is almost over here and it's time to sow seeds. Most Japanese leafy vegetables are kind of Brassicas and lettuce is from the family of Compositae. Inconveniently, insects love Brassicas rather than Compositae.

The season in which insects become active is coming. Somebody said that planting Brassicas and Compositae alternatively is effective. I think it's worth a try.

It's warm and fine weather today. All right, let's sow tomatoes!

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2016-08-24 04:01   Winter is almost over

Y (Kuma's owner)

It seems that winter is almost over. I like cool weather and I love winter but this winter was warm and I sometimes wore T-shirts. The guests from Japan were surprised that Queensland's winter was very warm. I think this year is an exception, we had a much cooler winter last year.

My husband and I chopped down two trees that were authorised as pest trees and we are keeping them for firewood, but there was not much chance to use them.

I'm disappointed that spring is coming. Usually, people would talk happily when they are talking about spring. Most people like spring, it's a season of flowers. I love flowers but I'm not happy that summer is coming.

My Malaysian friend said that Brisbane is hotter than Kuala Lumpur. I was very surprised to hear that. I simply believed that Kuala Lumpur is hotter than Brisbane because it's located near the equator.

flowers in winter

I think most Australians maybe don't know that Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, is hotter than Brisbane. Tokyo is humid and makes us feel hotter. So, Tokyo is the hottest city in those three cities.

Well, if you would like to go to Japan, especially in the Tokyo area, I don't recommend you go there in summer. The other seasons are beautiful but not summer.

If I were rich, I would like to spend half my time in Australia and half in Japan.

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