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Archive for May, 2012

J-Horror Movies Posted by on May 30, 2012

Like many other people I love watching movies 映画 (えいが). For some irreproducible reason I’m really into scary 怖い(こわい) and blood-curdling movies 映画.  I’m especially quite taken with Japanese Horror moviesホラー映画. Maybe I’ll get eye-rolled for liking such mainstream movies like “The Ring” リング or “Ju-on” 呪怨 but I still think they are worth watching. Most…

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Shochu Posted by on May 20, 2012

島娘 (Shimamusume), one of 鹿児島's most popular brands of shochu.

今日 (きょう/Today) I’d like to talk a little about my favorite Japanese alcoholic beverage, 焼酎 (しょうちゅう/Shochu)! This is not the traditional 酒 (さけ/sake) that many people order when they go to a 日本料理 (にほんりょうり/Japanese food) restaurant in another country. 酒 can be translated as rice wine, but the word is commonly used to describe any…

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Cherry Blossom part II Posted by on May 8, 2012

As promised here comes the second part of the さくら祭り. In this post I will introduce you the Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Festival 弘前さくら祭り (ひろさきさくらまつり) in Aomori 青森. 弘前 is a former castle town and is located in the southwestern part of  青森. The major landmark of the city is the Hirosaki Castle 弘前城 (ひろさきじょう) and its…

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Spring has sprung Posted by on May 3, 2012

Cherry Blossoms

As Yuki indicated, the seasons have finally changed. Japan saw a colder than average 冬 (ふゆ/winter) this year, with 雪(ゆき/snow) falling in areas that don’t often see it. 東京 (とうきょう/Tokyo) got more snow than it has seen in years! Now though, 春 (はる/Spring) has arrived and the people are rushing outdoors to enjoy the weather.…

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Cherry Blossom part I Posted by on May 2, 2012

At first I’d like to thank Marcel for the warm welcome ( ´ ▽ ` ). It’s spring 春 (はる), that means the cherry blossom season 桜の季節 (さくらのきせつ) is coming up. As you might know cherry blossoms 桜 (さくら) are well-known as being the symbol of Japan and a very important part of the Japanese…

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