It’s summer!

December is officially the first of month of Summer in New Zealand. You can see beautiful hydrangeas all sorts of places now! ニュージーランドで、12月は夏[なつ]のはじまりです。今、いろいろなところで、アジサイがとてもきれいに咲[さ]いています!

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Busy, busy, teachers are busy!

It’s December! In Japanese, each month has a particular name and the name of December is shiwasu; 師走. The first character means ‘teachers’* and the second one means ‘running’; Japanese teachers sometimes exchange greetings  like ‘are you running around (= busy) as it’s shiwasu now!?’ in December. Yes, I am a teacher and I am […]

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Season of asparagus

The above photo shows, needless to say, asparagus. The photo was taken at the Hamilton Farmers Market. Yes, it is the asparagus season right now! 言うまでもなく、上の写真[しゃしん](= photo)はアスパラガスの写真です。ハミルトン・ファーマーズ・マーケットで撮[と]りました。今、まさにアスパラガスが旬[しゅん](= season)です。 If you look at it very closely, you can see green ones and white ones. Until recently, we did not see white asparagus here (I might be wrong; […]

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Summer?

It is November now. I do not think we should say summer has come quite yet, but it seems it has according to the temperatures today. The high in Hamilton will be around 25 degrees and the temperatures in some towns in the South Island will reach over 30 degrees! People now wear a half-sleeve […]

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Watch the game with…

I wrote about Japanese-themed snacks you could buy here before. I have found another one: Wasabi corn chips. Probably it is good to eat this while watching the rugby game tomorrow… (I have not opened the packet yet; so I cannot report how spicy it is!) Go All Blacks! 前[まえ]に、日本の味[あじ](= flavour)のスナックについて書きました。また、別[べつ]の(= another)スナックを見つけました。わさび味のコーンチップです。明日のラグビーの試合[しあい](= match)を見るのにいいかもしれません(まだ食べていないので、お味のレポートはできません。。。)がんばれ、オールブラックス!  

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All black…

We were all gutted last week… Yes, I am talking about the defeat of All Blacks last week. As you can see in the above photo, the front page of the New Zealand Herald turned to absolutely black on the next day. Asahi Shimbun Newspaper, a Japanese newspaper, reported on this; if you are interested […]

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Niwaka fans in Japan!

I said yesterday there was a lot of media coverage about Japan thanks to the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Now Japanese phrases are used on the media. 昨日、ラグビーワールドカップのお陰[かげ]で(= thanks to)、日本についての報道[ほうどう](= report)がたくさんある、と言いました。そして、日本語のフレーズも英語のメディアに出ています! I just happened to find this article on the Guardian mentioning niwaka fans (of rugby). It explains: …The Japanese even have a phrase for it: […]

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Excitement again this weekend!

We will be all excited this coming weekend again; yes, I am talking about the quarter-finals of the 2019 Rugby World Cup! All Blacks will play against Ireland and the Brave Blossoms will face Springboks! この週末[しゅうまつ]はまたラグビーワールドカップで盛[も]り上[あ]がり(= heating up)そうですね。ニュージーランドはアイルランドと、日本は南[みなみ]アフリカ(= South Africa)と対戦[たいせん]します(= to be matched with)。 Needless to say, the Rugby World Cup is very important here, […]

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