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Gacha-Gacha in Haneda airport too! Did you try it already? Gacha-Gacha is a capsule toy dispenser. Throw coin(s) into the machine and turn the lever, then a toy in a capsule comes out. Quite familiar toy machine in Japan for long time though, recently a…

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Cherry Blossoms, they are swooned over during picnics. They are painstakingly painted. They are obsessed over in poems. They are cited as a symbol of the transient nature of life, and they are sprinkled on Starbucks lattes. They make cookies and cakes…

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Minasan Konnichiwa! Hi everyone! Katakana tutorial videos are now available on my Youtube channel too. Let’s learn writing Katakana (hand writing) with right stroke order!  アイウエオ カキクケコ サシスセソ タチツテト ナニヌネノ マミムメモ ヤユヨ ラリルレロ ワヲン As you know, Japanese has three…

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Hi everyone, it’s been a while since I posted to this blog site. My apologies! Well, today 9 Jan (Jan. 2nd week of Monday) is Seijin no hi (成人の日:Coming-of-Age Day) in Japan and it’s national holiday. Young people who turn 20 this year get together and…

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Sakura 2016 Spring ~Cherry blossom in Japan~

So fortunate that I could see beautiful sakura this year too! Although currently I’m living in Sapporo, Hokkaido, I flew to Kobe / Osaka to just view sakura! I took over 100 photos, and posted here the best ones. Please enjoy! :) (Sakura in Hokkido will…

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My trip to Yakushima. Please enjoy photos in 屋久島, the beautiful UNESCO world natural heritage island.

Finally I visited Yakushima! I’ve been wanted to go this island for over 20 years, and finally I made it. :) Originally I planned to visit in Aug, but due to a typhoon, had to postpone it to this Oct. But it was good cos there are relatively sunny days in…

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Yakushima 屋久島, the UNESCO World Natural Heritage site

Have you been to Yakushima? Yakushima(屋久島 -Yaku-island) was designated as UNESCO World Natural Heritage site in 1993. This is one of the model locations of “The Princess Mononoke”, has laurel forest and “Yakusugi” -ancient Joomon cedar in this island.…

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Henn na hotel ~strange hotel in Nagasaki

Would you like to stay at a hotel where Robots greet you and help you to check-in? A bellboy robot carries your luggage while it guiding you to the room? A little cute help robot supports your comfort stay in your room -she turns on/off light, tells time,…

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The No.1 Sightseeing spot for Foreigners in Japan -2 years in a row!

There are series of beautiful shrine gates at Fushimi Inari Taisha 伏見稲荷大社 in Kyoto. Locates at a mountain slope, and you can enjoy forest bathing as you walk through the thousands of shrine gates. It takes about 1.5 hrs of climbing to reach to the top. So…

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Counting number in Japanese

As for counting number in Japanese, you may know ichi, ni, san, yon/shi, ・・・ 1, 2, 3, 4,…. When counting small things, we add “-ko”: 1~10: ikko, niko, sanko, yonko, goko, rokko, nanako, hakko, kyuuko, jukko. But Japanese has another way of counting…
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