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Kristina Pino
Attended Florida International University
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My latest art roundup is all about Usopp from #onepiece  
This week's Art Roundup is all about Usopp from One Piece. Check out some rad fan art today.
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Today's school lunch was celebratory - our 6th graders are graduating tomorrow, moving on to junior high.

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Since today's lunch was the very last elementary school lunch for the 6th graders who are graduating tomorrow, we went with a luck and happiness theme. Instead of regular rice, we had sekihan, which is sticky rice cooked with azuki beans. It gives the rice a red color, which signifies happiness in Japan - this rice is for celebrations. To top it, we got some black sesame seeds and coarse salt for flavor. Our main plate had some pork and...
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Here's a look at what's in store for my blog this year. Thanks to everyone who's been keeping up until now! I hope you'll stick around for the ride on to new adventures. :)
Hi hi! Alright, so we are nearing the end of this school year, which means it's near the end of my time in Japan. After two years in Ibaraki, I'm moving back to Miami! There are loads of adventures and new experiences and cool things and delicious foods ahead of me, so don't you worry about content and yummies dropping off on this blog. Quick thing: From now until probably May, Friday Things will be on hiatus. It's a fun column...
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Oddly Normal  volume 1 by Otis Frampton, featuring a little half-witch who leaves her Earth life behind and enters the world of magical creatures in search of her parents, will be released March 11th. My review:

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"Meet Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair—a half-witch who will be the first to tell you that having a mother from a magical land called Fignation and a father from Earth doesn't make it easy to make friends at school! On her tenth birthday, she blows out her cake's candles and makes a disastrous wish. Now, Oddly must travel to Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents' disappearance. Join Oddly as s...
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Looking to up your book nerd game a little? Here are a solid 10 bookish tutorials that live on YouTube.

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Check out these 10(ish) bookish tutorial videos to change up your routine or get your craft on.
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Today I had my final lesson with the Kindergarteners in my neighborhood! Bittersweet! And of course, my lunch post as usual. ^^

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Today was my last time teaching Kindergarten as part of my current post. The kiddos I spent time with today are going to be starting first grade in just a few weeks, which is a big leap. Since it was our final lesson, they presented me with a lovely framed photo of all of us together, which I'll treasure forever. We spent our last lesson reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar together and playing games and stuff. I'm kind of sad about it! ...
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The final school lunch of this school year! Aaaah! From now on, my Elementary School Lunch column will be on break. I'm not sure if it'll pick up again - it depends on whether I do this crazy thing again in the future, move to another country and try a new culture. Don't worry though, my blog will continue to feature food in different ways. Thanks for reading.

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Today was our very last school lunch of the year! The new school year starts up in a few weeks, but I'll be getting ready to fly back to Miami around then. Also, I mentioned in a previous post that I'd post our bentou lunches, so here's a quick look at what we had for lunch on Friday after the graduation ceremony and early dismissal: There's a little bit of everything in there - pork, fried chicken, fish, veggies, rice, fruit, some s...
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Today's lunch! Two school lunches left for the school year. Ahhh!

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Man, I'm going to miss school lunches SO MUCH when I move out of Japan.

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Today's lunch came with a side/dessert of luscious vine strawberries. There was an elaborate explanation as to where they came from or why they were in our lunch today, but the student who was reading off the info sheet didn't speak clearly - she was just trying to get through the thing and I couldn't understand her... Ah well. The main item today was udon (specifically, kayaku udon), and some honey-glazed sweet potatoes with black s...
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One of my students made a paper robot based on the legendary Kirin and the Four Gods. Super impressed.

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In the last month or so,a student of mine has taken to using some thick graphing paper to create a few models of the Chinese gods Kirin, Genbu, Seiryu, and Suzaku (Byakko to come) in his spare time.  These models are all made to a specific scale, use compatible joints, and are fully poseable. They all come together to make one bigger robot, a-la Power Rangers. This kid gave a few coworkers and me a full demo: we watched as he started ...
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Okurukai and girls festival in one day! :)

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Today, we had two big things going on. First, it's hina-matsuri, or doll festival, a.k.a. girls festival. We celebrated that through food, which I'll get into in a minute. The other event today was our okurukai, or sending-off ceremony, for the graduating 6th graders. During this ceremony, the underclassmen give the 6th graders gifts, thanking them for looking out for them as the oldest kids in the school, and wishing them well as they ...
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Today's lunch post is a bit longer than usual, because I talk a bit about what the 6th graders are getting ready for, and explain what a "viking" meal is in Japan. Enjoy!

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Today, the 6th graders at my school swarmed the halls during play time, looking for their assigned teachers and staff to invite to their viking lunch. In Japan, a viking meal is basically an all-you-can-eat buffet. It's different from tabehoudai (all-you-can-eat) because of the buffet aspect, which isn't as common. In general, restaurants and shops tend to regulate the amount of food that's being served at a table at one time so there ...
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+Albert Nakano I would, except 1 I'd have to mail it all and 2 I'd have to pay for a dang table + taxes for all the things I sell and there would be essentially nothing in it for me. It's easier to just take the 16% hit straight off.
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Currently living and working in Japan as an English teacher. Also sometimes Spanish teacher. Nerd Culture Enthusiast. Freelance photographer and writer. Tomopop Managing Editor, writer for Book Riot, Quirk Books, and Panels. Full time geek. I'm always looking for more work and new experiences!
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Hardcore nerding it up
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Ibaraki, Japan
Previously
Miami, FL
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Teacher. Traveler. Freelance Photographer and Writer.
Introduction
You may read me at Book Riot, a super rad book community. I also run my personal website, GeekeryDo, where I blog about books and games and toys and other things, and post photographs of my toys and travels. You'll also see my work at Quirk Books and a comics site called Panels.

Loves: Food, Travel, Disney, Beaches, and Dancing.

Oh, and I read. A lot.
Bragging rights
I've traveled to more than 12 different countries. That's something to brag about, right? I also can speak in five languages.
Education
  • Florida International University
    Anthropology, 2004 - 2009
  • Florida International University
    Asian Studies, 2004 - 2009
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