Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Murofushi wins Gold

Koji Murofushi earned a surprise gold medal in the hammer with a throw of 81.24 meters to give Japan its first title of the World Championships.

Murofushi's mark was six centimetres better than that of Hungarian Krisztian Pars and Slovenian Primoz Kozmus, who won gold in Berlin two years ago, had to settle for the bronze.


I also look forward to London.


Monday, August 29, 2011

Noda wins Japan leadership race

Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda won the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) presidency today and will replace Naoto Kan as Prime Minister, becoming the ruling party's 3rd leader since it swept to power in the historic 2009 general election.

Noda won 215 votes in the second-round ballot against the Trade and Industry Minister Banri Kaieda, who gained 177 out of the 392 valid lawmakers' votes.

The 54-year-old Noda, a known fiscal hawk, is expected to be confirmed as Japan's 7th prime minister in six years at the Diet on Tuesday after the Kan Cabinet resigns en masse.

"I will stink of mud, and work until I sweat on behalf of the people," Noda said, comparing himeself to a loach, a less attractive fish that scours the mud for food.

He has inherited all the problems ― a divided parliament, a divided party, a strong yen, a northeastern Japan desperate for progress on reconstruction and an early end to the nuclear crisis.

Well, I hope his leadership will be slippery as a loach...

Souvenir from New Zealand

One of my students took part in studying abroad program this summer.

And she also gave me a souvenir from New Zealand.

Kiwifruit Tea

Thank you, Nao.

I like this kind of flavor tea!! (^o^)

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Souvenir from Spain

One 9th grader went to Spain this summer, and he gave me a wonderful souvenir yesterday.

Two magnets that are designed FC Barcelona's emblem!!

I really like football, as you know.

But do you know my recent hobby is to collect overseas magnets?

We can see a variety of magnets sold in souvenir shops.

Some of them are so sophisticated that magnets are cheap for its quality.

Anyway, thank you so much, Kazuaki!! (^o^)

I'm really happy to get them and to know that you can understand me well.

I'll try hard to help you master English!!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Shinjo Festival

Shinjo Festival is well-known as the biggest float parade in Tohoku region with over 250-year history.

The festival was nominated for Nation's Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property two years ago.

What made the festival famous is the magnificence of floats called "Yatai".

Each neighborhood in the city constructs large and vivid scenes from Japanese or local history, folklore or fairy tales on wide floats.

If you want to see more floats, go to http://www.city.shinjo.yamagata.jp/5816.html.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Ramen in Shinjo

I'd like to introduce a famous and popular ramen noodle shop "一茶庵 (Issa an, Iccha (w)an)" in Shinjo, Yamagata.

Like an effect of drug, I get impelled to eat the ramen whenever I go to Shinjo.

The exterior of the buildings look very old, but the taste of ramen have been loved for a long time.

一茶庵 本店 (Honten: the head shop)

一茶庵 支店 (Shiten: Teppomachi branch)

一茶庵 分店 (Bunten: Okinocho branch)

末広 (Suehiro: Suehirocho branch)

Those shops are in the same group, but the taste and noodle are a little bit different.

What the ramen is famous and polular is the original menu called "もつラーメン(giblets ramen)".

We can never try this taste in Kanto.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Cherry & La France Jerry

Yamagata is known for delicious fruits, in particular cherries and pears called La France are so popular.

And it is no wonder that there are many kinds of products made of cherries and La France.

Here is my favorite jerry "Shunkoka".

No other jerry is more delicious than these ones, I think. (*^u^*)

※ Shunkoka is produced by Kineya (→杵屋本店)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Yamagata is very famous for its imoni, which is a type of soup containing beef, taro, sugar and soy sauce.

You may have seen the imoni festival taking place near a river and people making imoni with a huge pot.

There are many diferent recipes for imoni in Tohoku region.

It is ccalled "Imonoko-Jiru" in Shinjo, and to make this, people use a sweet soy sauce named "Ajimaruju" and round-shaped konjak named "Tama-Kon".

Of course, my grandma made me Imonoko-Jiru yesterday.

It was simple and tastes good. (^o^)

Trip to Yamagata

I went to Shinjo in Yamagata to see my grandparents and clean their house.

Both my grandparents and their house are so old that someone regularly need to take care of them.

My mother, who is in charge of that help regularly, has had a back pain recently, and then I helped them this time.

Have you ever been to Shinjo?

I'd like to tell a little about Yamagata and the town of Shinjo.

See the next some articles I'll upload soon after.

※ I really like to eat Eki-Ben(local lunch box). This time I tried Senbei-Jiru Bento.

The Senbei-Jiru was not hot, but taste terrific!! (≧▽≦)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Nichidai Daisan win a shutout victory

Tokyo's Nichidai Daisan High School beat Aomori's Kosei Gakuin 11-0 in the final of the national high school baseball championship at Koshien Stadium.

What a strong offence!!

Every player of Nichidai Daisan seemed to be the greatest hitter!! (^o^;)

Friday, August 19, 2011

Special Honor to Nadeshiko

The Japanese government presented the country's national women's soccer team with the People's Honor Award for their historic victory in the Women's World Cup final last month.

"You have shown the world how great Japanese women are and provided people in quake-hit areas, and all Japanese people, with courage and inspiration to cope with difficulties," Prime Minister Naoto Kan said as he handed out the award to the squad at his office.

I really hope that Nadeshiko will win a gold medal at next year's London Olympics.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Local Baby-Star

After the high school class yesterday night, I found this on my desk.

Perhaps someone in a junior high school class put it on my desk while I was teaching in another class.

I really like this kind of souveir. (^o^)

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

HiPhone 5

Although you might be waiting for the Apple's iPhone 5, some people in China have already got their hands on a copycat named "HiPhone 5".

Fantastic naming, isn't it? (^o^;)

China has long been criticized as a home for faked products.

What do Chinese people think about that situation?

Don't they feel any pangs of guilt?

Monday, August 15, 2011

August 10 years later

The reunited girl band ZONE held their comeback concerts on August 14-15 at Akasaka BLITZ.

ZONE debuted in 2001, and broke up in 2005.

Three of the band members are reuniting in 2011 to mark their 10 year anniversary.

The reunion is in commemoration of a line of lyrics in ZONE's first big hit song, "secret base ~君がくれたもの(Kimi ga Kureta Mono)~," which says "Believe that we can meet again in August ten years later."

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Local Ciders

I told you about Arima Cider before on my article uploaded five months ago.

After that, I got really interested in the local ciders.

Here are some kinds of local ciders I bought last Sunday.

Choshu Ji-Cider from Yamaguchi

Mitsuohgi Yuzu Cider from Osaka

Mitsuohgi Shio Cider from Osaka

Rabon Cider from Toyama

Sepia no Shigeki from Hokkaido

Date Cider from Miyagi

Ciders make me comfortable in muggy summer. \(^o^)/

Friday, August 12, 2011

Fireworks in Tohoku

Totally 20,000 fireworks were shot off at the 10 venues of the special fireworks displays of commemorating the fifth month anniversary and consoling tthe souls of the casualties from the 3.11 earthquake and tsunami disasters in Tohoku region.

All our wish is that every soul rests in peace.

And also, we wish the fast and successful reconstruction.

Souvenir from UK and Taiwan

My boss Mr. Ogura went to England and Taiwan in this summer holidays and gave me some souvenirs like this.

I like the unusual things, so Mr. Ogura chose them.

Especially the instant dan-dan noodles and the peculiar talisman are my favorite. (^u^)

Thanks a lot, Mr. Ogura!!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Naoki Yamada led 2-1 win over Egypt

We have one more good football news!!

Urawa's midfielder Naoki Yamada led Japan to a 2-1 victory over Egypt in Under-22 friendly match yesterday.

Not only his goal in the 11th minute but also his beautiful deep passing to Nagai in the 30th was sooooo fantastic!!

I want to see Naoki's great performance in Urawa Reds games.