August 6th again

It is the 6th of August again; 75 years ago today, an atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima, Japan. Due to COVID-19, the peace memorial ceremony, which is held in Hiroshima on the 6th of August every year, will be delivered in a smaller scale this year. No matter how big or small, we will […]

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Ukiyoe 浮世絵

Hi everybody! How have you been? I hope you have been copying okay with this unprecedented situation. The situation in New Zealand regarding COVID-19 has been getting better and better. We now can go to all sorts of places. As you might have heard, the Ukiyoe exhibition has been on in Auckland. You can only […]

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Hope you are okay re: COVID-19

It is under the COVID-19 lockdown in New Zealand. New Zealand uses its own the COVID-19 alert system, which has four levels. The current situation is Level 4 and this is the lockdown situation. We will be moving to Level 3 next Tuesday. The situation won’t change drastically but more people will be allowed to […]

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Food for stocking up

We hear the COVID-19 related information everyday. It has been reported that five people had been contracted in New Zealand so far. I saw an article today describing what type of food each household should stock up in case for disaster (see the link below). We all hope we would not need to rely on […]

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March 11

Japan experienced a huge earthquake and tsunami nine years ago today; yes, I am talking about the Great East Japan Earthquake. Nearly 50,000 people still live somewhere temporarily. Many people got together to mark the date today for the past years, but not this year – due to COVID-19 (people in Japan are strongly recommended […]

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Uruu doshi

It is 29 February today; yes, we have this day every four years. This year is called a leap year in English. In Japanese, it is called uruu doshi (the first part ‘uruu’ should be pronounced three syllables like ‘u’ ‘ru’ ‘u’) 今日は2月29日です。4年に1回あります。この年を日本語で閏[うるう]年[どし]と言います。英語で、leap year です。

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Japan soon…

The situations with CONVID-19 (coronavirus) still continues… and Japan is no exception. We hope it will be resolved really soon and also hope many people visit Japan and eat a lot of delicious food there! – the above photo shows a monthly magazine published here, in New Zealand. Its February issue features Japanese food! 昨日も書きましたが、新型[しんがた](= […]

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Peace and happiness

The news about COVID-19 (coronavirus) appears everywhere every day. It is a big worry. What we can do is to wash hands etc. and look after ourselves and each other. We hope swift recovery for those people infected. I will post a beautiful photo of sunrise (taken in New Zealand) for a bit of solace… […]

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Sushi for lunch!

There are so many sushi shops in New Zealand. It seems that many people buy it for their lunch (see the photo below; I bought them at a nearby sushi shop some time ago). I do not think people make sushi at home. But that might change now – the above photo is from this […]

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Spring there!

According to the lunar calendar, it is the first day of Spring in Japan today! It is still cold there though, the meteorological agency made a statement that the average temperature in Japan last month was quite warmer than usual (by 2.8 or 2.9 degrees in some areas). It is summer in New Zealand now […]

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