Typhoon!?

A huge powerful typhoon is now approaching Japan. According to the weather forecast, it will reach the country this weekend. As you know, quite a few rugby matches are scheduled there this weekend. Hopefully the typhoon will not bring so much damage. You can see the typhoon forecast on all sorts of websites like here. […]

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Shukubo, staying at a Buddhist temple

Thanks to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, so much information about Japan appears everywhere now. I found an article on the New Zealand Herald about Shukubo. Shukubo or 宿坊 is accommodation provided in a Buddhist temple. ラグビーワールドカップのおかげで、日本のついての情報[じょうほう](= information)がとてもたくさん出ています。最近[さいきん](= recently)、ニュージーランド・ヘラルド紙[し]に宿坊[しゅくぼう]についての記事[きじ](= article)がありました。宿坊は、お寺の中の宿泊[しゅくはく]施設[しせつ](= accommodation facility)です。 The article is an interesting read; perhaps it would make you start considering […]

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Onsen experience in Oita

As you know, All Blacks had a match last week in Oita, Japan. This city is famous for Onsen, hot spring and many Onsen reports now surfaces on the media here. 先週、オールブラックスが大分[おおいた]で試合[しあい]をしました。大分は温泉[おんせん]で有名[ゆうめい]です。こちらのメディアにも温泉のレポートがいろいろ出ています。 I noticed one of them, an article on the New Zealand Herald last week (here). I am pleased to find that the journalist checked […]

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Blossom of many things…

It is spring here, in New Zealand. We can see beautiful Kowhai blossoms everywhere now. ニュージーランドはまさに春! コーファイの花もきれいに咲いています。 Now, the 2019 Rugby World Cup has kicked off in Japan. All sorts of Japan-related information can be seen here, in New Zealand. I believe the New Zealand-related information is everywhere in Japan too! Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand PM, […]

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Finally it started!

The 2019 Rugby World Cup has finally started! Did you watch any games last week? I am so glad to see the Brave Blossoms as well as All Blacks won! ラグビーワールドカップが始まりました! 先週いろいろ試合[しあい](= match)がありましたが、見ましたか? 日本チームもオールブラックスも勝[か]って(= to win)よかったです。 In New Zealand, people watch rugby games (not just the world cup; I am talking in general) either at the stadium, […]

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It kicks off today!

Finally! It will kick off today; the 2019 Rugby World Cup will begin today! As you might guess, the world cup is always a big deal here, in New Zealand and we have seen all sorts of Japan-related things here. The above photo shows chocolates recently released. Can you ready some Japanese sentences printed on […]

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Tomorrow! 明日だ!

Tomorrow! It’s tomorrow, don’t you remember? – we are talking about the 2019 Rugby World Cup, of course! It will kick off in Japan TOMORROW!! (the photo above suddenly has appeared in a shopping mall recently; they are New Zealand rugby players, if you are asking!) 明日ですよ、明日! え、何のことかって?-もちろん、ラグビーワールドカップです。明日から、日本でラグビーワールドカップがはじまりますよっ! (上の写真は、先週、まちのショッピングセンターで撮りました。この人たちはニュージーランドのラグビー選手なんです!)

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Spring is…

I took this photo this morning in Hamilton; it is plum blossoms. Spring is just around the corner, indeed. 今朝[けさ](= this morning)、この写真[しゃしん]を撮[と]りました。プラムの花です。春[はる]ももうすぐそこですね!

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Baby in the Parliament

Tamati Coffey, one of the New Zealand MPs, took his baby to the Parliament and Trevor Mallard, the Speaker, took the baby in his arm and gave him milk. ニュージーランドの国会[こっかい]議員[ぎいん](= MP)、コフィ―氏[し]が先日[せんじつ](= the other day)、国会[こっかい](= Parliament)に赤ちゃんを連[つ]れて行き、そしてマラード議長[ぎちょう](= the Speaker)が赤ちゃんにミルクをあげることがありました。 This incident gained attention from international media; BBC reported it and Asahi Shimbun Newspaper reported it! If you […]

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