01  School Year's End And Memorial Day (May 27, 2002)
02  Graduation, Commencement, And Graduation Party (June 30, 2002)
03   Summer Camps And Independence Day (July 31, 2002)
04   State Fair (August 29, 2002)
05 Labor Day, and Schools Part I: The Beginning of The School Year (October 10, 2002)
06 Schools Part II: Admissions (October 18, 2002)
07 Columbus Day and How Many Days off American Workers Get for National Holidays (October 26, 2002)
08 Schools Part III: No Entrance Examinations, No Entrance Ceremonies, and Some Opening Ceremonies (K-12, Colleges, Universities, and Graduate Schools)   (November 5, 2002)
09 (S0)  (in Japanese) American and Local Sports Update Part 1 (Posted on November 13, 2002)   ---  Americans love sports!
10 (9)  Halloween -- A Favorite Event for Kids.   Part I   (November 26, 2002)
11(10) Halloween -- A Favorite Event for Kids.  Part II  (November 29, 2002)
12(S1) (in Japanese)  American and Local Sports Update Part 2 - Basketball  (December 4, 2002)   ---
the most favorite Japanese student sports event, "High School Baseball" corresponds to a favorite sport of American students, "College Basketball."
13(S2) Business 1: In the U.S., the traditional holiday shopping season began the Day after Thanksgiving (December 6, 2002)
14(S3) (in Japanese)  American and Local Sports Update Part 3  -  Football (December 13, 2002)  --- Japanese events for the New Year, such as Hakone running relays and university rugby games,
correspond to college football Bowl games in the US, such as the Fiesta, Orange, Sugar, and Rose Bowls.
15 (11)Thanksgiving Day  (December 19, 2002)
16(S4) Christmas 1:  Awesome Pictures of holiday lights and decorations in Minnesota : We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Minnesota ! (December 24, 2002)
17(S5)  (in Japanese) Business 2: A high school student owns her own store.  (December 29, 2002)
18(12)  What happens on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day in the US ! (January 3, 2003) The most popular Japanese TV show on New Year's Eve,
"KouHaku Utagatsusen" (song competition: male pop & Enka (Country) singers vs. female) corresponds to "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2003" in the US.
"Joya-no-kane (bell)" (the watch-night bell) in Japan is similar to countdowns, fireworks, confetti, and noises using noise makers and car horns.
19(S6) (in Japanese)  American and Local Sports Update Part 4 - Pro Football + (January 17, 2003) ---
Super Bowl, Rivalry --- Green Bay Packers (Wisconsin) vs. Minnesota Vikings (Minnesota), beer, ---
20(S7)  Wildlife Photos in Winter from Lake Phalen, Minnesota (January 18, 2003)
21(S8) (in Japanese) Martin Luther King Day (January 20, 2003)
22(S9) (in Japanese)  American and Local Sports Update Part 5 - Super Bowl  ( January 23, 2003
) ... Facts on Super Bowl  Basic Rules for Football Beginners
23(S10) Groundhog Day (January 28, 2003)
24(S11) The space shuttle, Columbia's tragedy >  Flags lowered to half-staff   > Special services (February 3, 2003)
25(S12) (in Japanese) Chinese New Year (February 4, 2003)  The Chinese community in the US is quite large (only posted)
26(S13) (in Japanese) Jackpot (Lottery) amount:  $2.5 million (Japan) vs. $314.9 million (USA) (February 5, 2003,
only posted)
27(13) Valentine's Day  --- USA vs. Japan  (February 11, 2003)
28(14) President's Day --- USA vs. Japan (February 14, 2003)
29(15) Christmas (X-mas, or Xmas)  Part II  True stories on Christmas in the US! (February 21, 2003)
30(16) The 117th Annual St. Paul Winter Carnival  (February 26, 2003) + Climate: Minnesota vs. Japan, "Snowy Country" in Minnesota's Version?
31(S14) Snowshoeing (February 25, 2003)    Native Americans invented snowshoes.
32(S15) Bald Eagle (American national bird) You can spot bald eagles in Minnesota! (March 1, 2003)
33(S16) Powwow (March 4, 2003)  Gathering of Native Americans
34(S17) “Snowman” USA vs. Japan (March 6, 2003)     6 Snowman Photos
35(S18) "20/20" (March 8, 2003)  vision + investigative TV program
36(17) St. Patrick's Day (March 14, 2003)  Tips from a Japanese & American describes this Day (in English), Tip for communications (in Japanese)
37 (in Japanese) Conflict with Iraq   (March 18, 2003)
38 The First Day of Spring   USA vs. Japan  (March 19, 2003)
39 Spring Break USA vs. Japan (March 21, 2003)
40 The 75th Academy  Awards (March 21, 2003) (only posted)
41 Skijoring (March 25, 2003) (only posted)   New Sports
42 Maple Syrup (March 25, 2003)  Huge Maple Trees!
43 The Origin of April Fool's Day --- Relationship between April Fool's Day & the Gregorian Calendar (March 30, 2003) Comments from Americans and a Japanese
44 The US is Super-duper Huge! (April 2, 2003) --- The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge  (Photos) (download: 3 sec)
45 Daylight Saving Time (April 4, 2003) --- Its advantages and why Japan doesn’t adopt DST
46 “Final Four” (April 4, 2003) ---  2003 NCAA Basketball Tournament
47 "Frozen Four" (April 9, 2003)  --- The “Final Four” of the 2003 NCAA Ice Hockey Tournament (only posted)
48 St. Patrick's Day Parade Part II (April 11, 2003) --- Stories from an Irish lady who used to participate in
 the parade
49 Tax USA vs. Japan Part I  Income Tax (April 12, 2003; July 2, 2003)
50 Myth(?) on English (April 14, 2003) Tech people 1 (in Japanese, only posted)
51 Easter  (April 20, 2003) --- Lent, Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday
52 Yellow Ribbons (April 23, 2003)  --- Relating to the war with Iraq
53 Why is it hard for us to understand English conversations over lunch at a cafeteria? (May 2, 2003) tech people 2  in Japanese
54 The 71st  Anniversary Festival of Nations (May 6, 2003)  in Japanese  3 sec
55 Happy Mother’s Day (May 9, 2003)
56 2003 Minnesota Fishing Opener (May 9, 2003)
57 Earth Day (May 10, 2003) only posted
58 Arbor Day (May 10, 2003) only posted
59 Cinco de Mayo (May 12, 2003) in Japanese
60 NHL (National Hockey League): Stanley Cup playoffs and the Famous Stanley Cup
( May 15, 2003 )
61 Easter Part II  Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday) (May 20, 2003) --- Another happy celebration relating to Easter: for example, Rio ’s Carnival
62 Memorial Day II:  Memorial Day vs. Veterans Day (May 23, 2003)
63 Veterans Day (May 23, 2003) (only posted)
64 NBA (National Basketball Association) Playoffs (May 28, 2003)
65 The 2004 St. Paul Winter Carnival Could Be a "Must-see" (June 2, 2003)
66 The 2002 MLB (Major League Baseball) All Star Game (June 6, 2003)
67 Father's Day - Flag Day - Summer Vacation (June 13, 2003)
68 Renaissance Festivals  (June 18, 2003)   Fig. 1-5
< http://www.exploreamerica.info/Photo_+_Gallery_01_local_festivals_Grand_Old_Day_parade_Renaissance_Festival_1.htm  >
(Preview from Grand Old Day Parade, June 1, 2003)  … Over 200 Renaissance festivals are held every year across the nation in the US
69 Grand Old Day (June 18, 2003)
70 Summer Solstice (June 21, 2003) USA vs. Japan (only posted)
71 Easter Part  III   Egg Hunts (Easter’s Great Event) (June 25, 2003) See Photos  (only posted)
72 One Year Anniversary of our Newsletters at www.
ExploreAmerica.Info  on May 27, 2003 (June 26, 2003)
73 Independence Day – July 4, 2003  "Have a great Fourth!"  Photos (July 1, 2003)
74 Rally on the River (Harley Davidson Motorcycles) (July 3, 2003)
75 Useful Expressions 1 Technical People 3 (in Japanese, July 7, 2003, only posted)
76 Easter Part IV   Religion and other Topics
77 Taste of Minnesota (July 18, 2003)
78 Useful Expressions 2 Technical People 4 (in Japanese, July 20, 2003, only posted)
79 A photo Introduction to the city of Bloomington, Minnesota: Photo Gallery > Minnesota's Cities > Bloomington (July 24, 2003) Bloomington has "Mall of America."
80 Useful Expressions 3 Technical People 5 (in Japanese, July 25, 2003, only posted)
81 Taxes   USA vs. Japan Part II   Sales tax (July 28, 2003)
82 The 20th “National Night Out”  - August 5, 2003
83 Useful English Expressions 4 Technical People 6 (in Japanese, August 12, 2003) (only posted)
84 Beer vs. Root Beer (August 19, 2003, only posted)
85 Rally (August 22, 2003)
86 A Jogging Trail and Bike Trail around a Lake (August 28, 2003, only posted)
87 Elections USA vs. Japan Part I (August 30, 2003)
88 Lawn Sings for Elections (Letter 87 Additional Info., 030903, only posted)
89 Replica of the Wright Flyer (030908)
90 Additional Two Pieces of Info. to Letter 89 on the 100th Anniversary of Flight  (030912, only posted)
91 Useful English Expressions 5 Technical People 7 (in Japanese, September 21, 2003, only posted)
92 Ginger Ale, Ginger Beer, vs. Gingerbread (030926, Additional info. to Letter 84 on Beer  vs. Root Beer)
93 Twin Cities Marathon (Photo: < www.exploreamerica.info > Photo Gallery > Minnesota Event > October – November > Twin Cities Marathon)
94 Americans' Top 50 Favorite Games 
95 Minnesota has Abundant Wildlife --- For example, wild wolves, coyote, lynx, bobcats, and cougars as well as deer, moose, and elk live in MN.
96 Halloween (October 31)
97 Minnesota has Abundant Wildlife 2 (November 14, 2003) --- Raptors (eagles, hawks, falcons, owls, and vultures)
98 Veterans Day Observance (031121, Photos, only posted)
99 Useful English Expressions 6 Technical People 8 (in Japanese, November 30, 2003, only posted)
100
The 100th e-Mail Newsletter Anniversary (040105)
101 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7, 2003)
101 National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7, 2003)  Modified: 031216
102 Winter Solstice (First Day of Winter, December 22, 2003) USA vs. Japan

103 Merry X-mas from Minnesota!  December 24, 2003
104 Happy New Year from St. Paul, Minnesota!  (040101)
105 New Year 3: Sites relating to New Year’s Eve & New Year’s Day  (040109, only posted)
106
Martin Luther King Day 2 (040121)
107 The 118th St. Paul Winter Carnival (Jan. 22 - Feb. 8, 2004)  Ice Palace & The Carnival Theme
108 Groundhog Day (February 2, 2004)
109 Super Bowl 2004 (040201) (posted 040128)
110 Autumnal Equinox (Posted 040201)
111 President’s Day 2  (040216) (Posted 040217)
112 Easter Part V  Mardi Gras (Fat Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day) & Ash Wednesday  2  (040223)
113 Skijoring 2:  Skijor Race (040305)
114 A Japanese attended Ash Wednesday Mass (only in Japanese, 040225)
115 Dog Sledding & Sled Dog Races  (040315)  ---  Burrr!  It’s damn cold!   But seeing sled dog races in person is awesome!
116 St. Patrick’s Day 3  (040317) “Everybody is Irish for this day”
117 Final Four & Frozen Four 2: Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, and Frozen Four (040329)
118 Easter Part VII: Lenten Regulations (040404)
119 Easter Part VIII: Corrections? Inside Story --- Our Investigation on When Lent Ends (040411)
120 Stanley Cup (NHL: National Hockey League) Playoffs & NBA (National Basketball Association) Playoffs 2 (040418)
121 Ice Fishing Contest  (040207, Tanners Lake, Oakdale, Minnesota)
122 Antique Show & Flea Market (040417) 040505
123 Mother’s Day 2 (040509)

124 Spring is coming to the Great Prairies in MN --- Minnesota’s Natural Disasters (040510)

125 Pentecost

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