language exchange Japanese & English mutual learning. Sat, 18 Jan 2020 16:04:32 +0000 en-US hourly 1 language exchange 32 32 Japanese Snacks Thu, 16 Jan 2020 04:57:09 +0000 Continue reading "Japanese Snacks"


I bought some Japanese snacks!  They all had very interesting and unique flavors that I’ve not tasted before.

  1. First off, rikishi mochi monaka. These are wafer cakes filled with bean jam.  I don’t like anything with beans very much, so the taste didn’t really fit my tastebuds very well, but it did have a sweet taste.  Maybe I could get used to it if eat a little each day.
    まず、力士餅。これらは、あんこの中に餅が入ったウエハーです。 私はあんこの入ったものはあまり好きではないので、味は私の味覚にぴったりではありませんが、甘みがありました。  毎日少しずつ食べると慣れるかも知れません。
  2. Next up, sour lemon candy challenge.  I easily won, too bad lemon guy!  The chewy outside is not sour at all, but inside is a slightly sour lemon flavor.  I’ve had far more sour candy before.
    次は、酸っぱいレモンお菓子に挑戦!簡単に勝ちました。残念ですねレモンマン。なかなか噛めない外側はまったく酸っぱくありませんが、内側は少し酸っぱいレモンの風味です。  私はもっと酸っぱいお菓子を食べたことがあります。
  3. Super energetic, Anpanman!  Contained 8 gummies that are pulled out of a mold stuck to edible paper.  They had a light grape flavor to them.
    元気百倍、アンパンマン! 食用紙に包まれたガム8個が入っています。  それらは軽いブドウの風味がありました。
  4. I’ve never had the newly discovered Ruby Chocolate before, or this version of KitKat.  The chocolate had a fruity taste, and together with the nuts and berries tasted good.  I think I like these better than the normal ones!
    新しく発見されたルビーチョコレートと、 このバージョンのKitKatは食べるのは初めてです。  そのチョコレートはフルーティーな味で、ナッツやベリーが入っていて美味しかったです。  普通のものよりこれがいいと思います!
  5. This is a steamed yeast bun with some sort of white filling.  I like this better than the monaka, but again this didn’t really fit my taste buds.
    これはある種の白い詰め物をした蒸し酵母のパンです。  私はモナカよりこの方が好きですが、これもまた私の味覚に合うものではありませんでした。
  6. These Rice Cakes were rock hard… I think they need to be cooked before eating.  I will look up how to cook them and try it again later.
  7. I’ve had Ramune before, but this was a different flavor.  These flavors were good too!
    私はラムネを飲んだことがありますが、これは違う味でした。  この味も美味しかったです!
  8. I like these.  However a topping of some sort I think would go well with them.  There is a cheese and sticks treat in America that tastes much like this.  These sticks taste a bit better though.  Maybe some cheese with these too would taste great.
    私はこれらが好きです。  でも、ちょっとだけトッピングしたらいいと思います。  アメリカにはこんな味のチーズとスティックのおいしさがあります。  しかし、このスティックは少し味がする。  これもチーズと一緒ならもっと美味しいかもしれません。
  9. These taste a lot like Jello except they are more fun to eat.  You have to suck and bend the plastic containers until you get all of the treat out.
    これらはジェロとよく似た味だが、食べるのが楽しいです。  全ての中身が出るまで、プラスチックの容器は吸って曲げなければなりません。
  10. Out of all the treats, I think I like these the best.  The seasoning and flavoring just seems well thought out, and they have a slight barely noticeable spiciness to them.  They kind of remind me of a dried-up seasoned American tater tots.
    私はこれらのおやつの中で一番好きです。  味付けもよく考えられていて、少しだけ辛さがありますが目立ちません。  干上がった味付けされたアメリカのtater totsを思い出させてくれます。

Overall, a very interesting experience!  I would now like to try some everyday foods ate at breakfast, lunch and dinner.
全体的にとても面白い体験でした!  これから、私は朝食、昼食、夕食で食べる日常の食べ物を試してみたいです。

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Word of the day #8 Sat, 11 Jan 2020 21:03:47 +0000 薔薇色

In other words, “my life has become wonderful.”  Those feelings are transmitted in both English and Japanese.
つまり、私の人生は素晴らしいものになったのです。  それらの感情は英語と日本語の両方で伝えられます。

kotobank : バラ色

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飴細工 – あめざいく Sat, 11 Jan 2020 04:15:13 +0000 Continue reading "飴細工 – あめざいく"

Candy fashioned in human and animal forms.

Have you seen amezaiku?  It looks like glass artwork, but is actually candy.
飴細工を見たことがありますか。ガラス工芸品のように見えますが 実は飴です。

All kinds of creatures can be created, but I really like these round panels that look like glass pictures. These can display not just creatures, but various forms of scenery like water, wind, mountains, etc.  It’s much like a picture that can be hung on the wall, yet it’s candy! As you can see in the example, there’s even one with a dragonfly on it!

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A day in the life of an aspiring Japanese politician Wed, 08 Jan 2020 21:43:40 +0000 政治家になりたいという人の日常生活

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Anime: Bonobono Tue, 07 Jan 2020 04:19:05 +0000 Continue reading "Anime: Bonobono"


Have you watched the anime series Bonobono?  It’s one of my favorite shows.  Here is a description from their website:

2016年・春、連載30年というANNIVERSARY YEARに、新たなアニメがスタートしました。
ぼのぼのは土曜日 朝の顔として活躍中です!

ENG > A cartoon production series that first began in 1986, over 30 years ago.  From movies, to anime, to games, and various books, it still remains popular and loved among men and women of all ages.
In the spring of 2016, at the 30th anniversary after it’s original production, a new season for the anime started.
Bonobono is active and can be seen on Saturdays!

Every episode is only about 10 minutes long, and very funny.

In episode 51 “Chipmunk Hates Bugs”, chipmunk hears that his father is gravely ill, so he runs home in a panic.  However, as he recalls it, his father’s illness is not what made him upset;  Instead it was when he arrived and was looking inside his father’s house, and a dragonfly landed on his head. 😄

View the episode here:
Crunchyroll – Bonobono Episode 51 – Chipmunk hates bugs!

To learn more about Bonobono view the website below:

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Word of the day #7 Sun, 05 Jan 2020 21:07:52 +0000

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Siren’s Enclave Sun, 05 Jan 2020 13:20:29 +0000 Continue reading "Siren’s Enclave"

Inspired by a previous map I made, this one takes place in a cave with a steady flow of water traveling throughout the caverns.  Often times,  those who come here do not duel which is the objective of the game, but instead relax and explore the scenery.  It’s a peaceful and tranquil area, and puts your mind at ease.
先ほど作成したゲームマップを参考に、 このマップは洞窟の中での水の流れなども安定しています。多くの場合、ここに来る人は試合の目的である決闘ではなく、リラックスして風景を探検するでしょう。ここは静かで落ち着いた雰囲気で安寧です。

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GD gaming website design Sun, 05 Jan 2020 04:12:25 +0000 This is a gaming website I made for a clan in Star Wars: The Old Republic.  All components of this website I designed in Photoshop except for the banner screenshots which were freely provided by the website development kit at and then modified.
これは、Star Wars: The Old Republicのゲームクランのために作ったWEBサイトです。全てのコンポーネントはPhotoshopでデザインしましたが、バナースクリーンショットは www.swtor.comでフリーで提供されているものを、編集して使用しました。

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