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MY SPECIAL PRINTER

(2008-12-29)
My printer is very expensive. When I bought it, it was about three years ago, the price was about 60000yen ($600).
I wanted to buy a cheaper one, but I wanted a printer which had some special functions.

One is that it can print A3 size.
You probably cannot understand the size of A3 if you aren’t Japanese.
A3 is double size of the normal document size.
The printer which could print A3 size is very expensive.
You can buy a A4 size printer (document size), it was about 20000yen.
But I had to print A3 size schedule table, so I needed this function.

Another special function is that it can print on DVD/CD.
I mean you can make original DVDs by yourself, and it seems you bought it on a store.
But I had never used this function, because I didn’t know how to use and I didn’t want to read a manual of printer.

During a winter holiday, I copy from video to DVD, so finally I decided to use this function.

It is really convenient.
I didn’t know I could use it such easily like this.
I regret that I haven’t used it before…
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A CHRISTMAS CAKE

(2008-12-25)
What did you do yesterday?
I had nothing to do, it was the Christmas eve though.

However Swimmer bought us a Christmas cake.
Umm,,, It seems really delicious.
Of course it was delicious.

I want to eat it everyday

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HOTEL NIKKO

(2008-12-24)
I went to Hotel Nikko on Monday because Swimmer had some coupon tickets of Nikko and the date of limitation was this month.

We wanted to go to French or Teppanyaki (grilling foods on an iron plate), but they only have a Christmas menu, so we decided going to eat Chinese.

We ordered Family plates, we aren’t a family though, because it was the cheapest dish.

We can choose four dish, so we ordered, “Bean-curd soup seasoned with red pepper”, “a lobster dust”, “cashew nuts and fry-up of the chickens”, and “a bet of a filling with crabmeat and the lettuce”.
They don’t seem special, but the taste was really good.

By the way, this time I brought my oldest digital camera, because I thought my oldest one was the best camera.
It was right. I could take good pictures.
However, this camera is too heavy…

There were too many dishes, so after eating, I couldn’t move.
We took a break, and went back to Yodoyabashi station on foot.

I ate too many delicious foods this year.
I want to keep my good health and eat delicious food in the new year, too.

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THE YEAR END HOUSE CLEANING

(2008-12-23)
Finally, I started the year-end big house cleaning.
I always regret that I don’t usually clean my room.

Last night, I vacuumed behind a bookshelf.
I removed all books from the shelf, moved the bookshelf, vacuumed, put the bookshelf back and put the books buck into the shelf.
I needed for one hour to do this but I was satisfied.

However, cleaning up room provides a lot of garbage.
There are four packs of garbage bags in my room now.
I can throw out them tomorrow, but if I clean up at the last day of the year, I have to keep them for a week.
It means I have to finish as fast as I can.


LOVE LOVE SHIKAMARU

(2008-12-19)
I watched NARUTO last night.
The story is that Asuma and Shikamaru fight against Akatuski, Asuma dies during the fight and Shikamaru decides the revenge.

I always think Shikamaru is cool, but I last night’s Shikamaru is the coolest I’ve ever seen.
After Asuma died, he keeps a secret. He wants to exact Akatsuki revenge, but he knows Akatsuki is too strong. But his father changed his mind. He gathers his peers, then he leaves Konohagakure.

I Love Shikamaru but I want to add several LOVE. I LOVE LOVE LVOE LOVE LOVE Shikamaru.
I think many rivals who like Shikamaru appear soon.
But he is mine. Because I love him since he was a kid.


七人は僕の恋人

(2008-12-18)
Before we went to Nyudo, we went to see the play, which was ‘Seven girls are my lovers(七人は僕の恋人)’.
The producer is Kudou Kankurou who is one of the most famous guys in Japan, but I don’t know what his job is.
He produces many movies and dramas, and he also write many scenario, and in addition to them, he acted on that play.

The play was really boring. I can’t explain well, but there was no story. It was a kind of comedy, but I couldn’t laugh. I think I cannot understand a joke of Kantou area.
I think Yoshimoto-shinkigeki is more exciting.

However, many audiences were laughing.
Did they think it was really funny? Or did they only like a famous producer?

I don’t know.
Anyway, I was satisfied though. No, I’m not satisfied, but it convinced me.
I mean I could know that Kanou area’s joke don’t fit me.


STARBUCKS' CHRISMAS

(2008-12-15)
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After we ate at Nyudo, we went to Starbucks to eat cake.
We were already full but we still wanted to eat something sweet.

We walked from Chayamachi to Yodoyabashi Station.
We could see a beautiful illumination on a street and a river.

This is one of the Christmas cakes, Snow Strawberry.
Isn’t it cute?
I have ever eaten the same taste food. Then I remembered that its taste was the same as strawberry milk, which I used to drink at a public bath.

Lately, I go to Starbucks often, because I think their cakes are not so bad.
But a calorie indication always makes me blue.
I want them to make lower calorie cakes.

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NYUDO 入道

(2008-12-14)
Yoshiko and I went to Nyudo, which is Japanese restaurant.

Our friend’s brother used to work at that restaurant, so we visited there once before for lunch.

While we were eating lunch, we looked at the menu card and said we should go to have dinner someday.
The bad thing is there are no price cards. So going to that restaurant is a kind of gambling, I think.

They have about 8000yen dinner, which is the head chef recommendation. However we ordered the dishes, which we wanted to eat.

I have nothing to say.
All dishes were very delicious. There was no simple dish. Each dish was very sensitive and elaborate.

We paid about 15000yen included alcohol, it wasn’t more expensive than I expected.

It’s not inexpensive, but I want you to try there. It is worth going, and you will know genuine Japanese food.

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KIYOMIZU TEMPLE-4-

(2008-12-11)
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We went to eat Ohagi afterwards.
Since Ito-chan came back to Japan, she has always said she wanted to eat Ohagi.
She browsed through a flyer and found a good Ohagi café.

We were looking for the café, but it was too hard to find it.
We went through the same street several times.

While we looked for the café, we stopped at some shops. Ito-chan still wanted to buy some gifts. Many shops sell the goods, which I want to buy. I didn’t buy anything, but looking at these goods was really fun for me.

Finally we found the café. It was really small. Ohagi seemed really good, but Ozenzai also seemed really nice.
We couldn’t decide which one we would buy, so we ordered both of them and shared.

Ozenzai was really delicious! It was very sweet and hot. It made me happy. It was my typical image of Ozenzai. I always think I want to eat Ozenzai, which is like melting my teeth because of too much sugar. That Ozenzai was the one what I want to eat. I really LOVE it.
Ohagi was also good, but I recommend Ozenzai.

We walked to Shijyo-Station, and went back to our home.

I always think Kiyomizu temple is not special for me.
But this time I could see another side of Kiyomizu temple.
Now I love Kiyomizu temple, and if someone comes to Osaka, I want to bring him/her to Kiyomizu temple.


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(2008-12-10)
We finally went to Kiyomizu temple. It was very crowded. It was a weekday, so I didn’t want to think about visiting on weekend.

First we went to see the principal image. I heard we couldn’t see it usually, that’s why we would want see it even though we had to pay extra fee.
Inside of the temple was like a Disneyland. I mean I went there to see people. The principal image was dignify and cute.
We didn’t have enough time to look at it because of many people.

Autumn color of leaves was really beautiful.
I live in Kadoma-city, and it is not far from Kyoto. I always can go to Kyoto, but I’ve never been to see autumn color because I know Kyoto is too crowded. In addition to it, we don’t usually take a day of to go to Kyoto.

But I think it was good to go to Kyoto in autumn. I’ve never seen such beautiful colors.
In Japan, we have an expression like “this red is like a fire”, and I want to say that the color of these leaves were as a fire. We looked at the view for a while.

Even if it was a weekday, Kiyomizu was really crowded.
We went to Otowano-taki. Many people have lined up. I also lined up and Ito-chan took my picture. Thank you, Ito-chan.

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KIYOMIZU TEMPLE-2-

(2008-12-08)
After we enjoyed looking at ceramic wares, we went to eat Yuba(bean curd) for lunch.

Yuba is similar as Tofu, but not same.
Since I looked at the restaurant, Yubasen, on a flyer, I really wanted to go to the restaurant.

When we arrived at the restaurant, many people were waiting. I don’t usually wait, but that time we had enough time, so we wrote down my name and waited.

The entrance was too small, so we didn’t have a space where we were waiting.
Whenever someone went through the entrance, we had to step out.
While we waited, we looked at a process of making Yuba.

I think we waited for 30 minutes.

This is the dish we ate.
Don’t they seem delicious?
All of them are Yuba, but they were different taste.

When we left there, many people still waited.
That restaurant was really popular.
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KIYOMIZU TEMPLE-1-

(2008-12-07)
Today’s topic is a bit old but I want to talk about the story which Ito-chan and I visited Kiyomizu temple.

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On 27th November, Ito-chan and I went to Kiyomizu temple.
The weather forecast said it might be rain, but when we leave our home, it wasn’t rain.
I grabbed two 100-yen umbrellas and got on a bus and a train.

I was worried if the train was too crowded, because a few days ago when I got on a train, it was too too crowded. Some passengers couldn’t get on a train because of crowd.
That’s why I scared.
Luckily the train wasn’t so crowded.
We got off the train at Kiyomizu-Shijo station.

Kiyomizu is famous for Kiyomizu temple, but also famous for Kiyomizu-yaki which is ceramics ware.
There are many ceramics ware shops on the street.
Ito-chan and I love table wares, so we stopped at some shops.
Some ceramics were beautiful. They sold vases, Japanese tea cups, rice bowls, sake bottles etc.
I wanted to buy some, but they were kind of expencive and I’ve already had some good ones, so I didn’t buy them.
Any way, looking at ceramics made me happy.
I went to Kiyomizu temple a couple of times, but I didn’t know Kiyomizu temple was so far from Shijo station.
I mean when I visited last time, I haven’t stopped at ceramic ware shops, so I arrived at Kiyomizu temple soon.

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GOOD-BY AYU RAMEN

(2008-12-05)
I went to eat Ayu-ramen again.
It was the last chance to go there because I won’t go there anymore after our laboratory close.
But I haven’t expected that my visit would be the last visit in the true sense of the term.

Ayu-ramen close soon!!!
I was really shocked.
Of course, I thought I would never visit there, but there is a big difference between ‘I say good-by to Ayu ramen’ and ‘Ayu ramen says good-by to me’.
I mean if Ayu ramen is still there, I can visit there anytime, but if Ayu ramen disappear, I won’t be able to visit there.

I am really sad…

I thought the last ramen was really variable.

I bought ramen which I can make at home.
I can enjoy it one more time at my apartment, but I don’t think I can make it well.
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豆家-mameya-

(2008-12-04)
I have several parties in this month.
The first one was a year end party of my division.

The number of my division is only 5, so it was a small party.
We went to eat to-fu at Mameya in Kitashinchi.

It was a bit stylish restaurant. There is a small garden in it.
Almost all of dishes were to-fu. There were not so many dishes, but we felt full.

I drank two glasses of to-fu cocktails. One was a coconut taste and the other one was ….sorry I forgot. Both cocktails were a little sweet, but to-fu cocktail and to-fu dish are good combination.

By the way, members of our division don’t meet each other everyday, because we don’t work at the same office.
It was a good time to communicate each other.

I like that restaurant. It was comfortable and they have many interesting dishes.
Swimmer and I said we wanted to have a party there one more time.
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・seaweed+to-fu, blackbean plup, Japanese apricot pickles+to-fu
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SUNTORY OLD BAR

(2008-12-03)
Ito-chan, Mike-san and I went to SUNTORY OLD BAR after Obama.

There is the SUNTORY OLD BAR in Kyobashi Station.
I wanted to go there for a while but I don’t drink, so I had no chance to go there.
That day was the last day when Mike-san and I met, so Ito-chan offered to go to drink.

The bar was cool. It is my image of bar. There was no one who drank too much. People in the bar were enjoying drinking.
We ordered a couple of drink. I drank highball. It was like soft drink.

I really liked a mood of the bar. I felt like I was in a scene of a movie.
When the bar opened, I heard the reason of the bar opened was that there was no bar in Japan which was you could go with a light heart.

In the bar, Mike-san talked a lot. I think it was really rare.

I think I can go by myself, so I want to visit after work sometime.
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OBAMA -2-

(2008-12-02)
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We went to a fish market. It was around 3:00P.M., I thought it was too late to buy fresh fish, but they still had some fresh fish. I felt happy only I looked at fish. I don’t know why I felt like that, but I know many Japanese have the same feelings.

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We walked around Obama and went to Miketsukuni Wakasa Obama Food Culture Museum.
Some of exhibits are about food. They introduced local food and recipe of some meals. I picked up one of them, it was Sakekasu-Saba-Nikomi(Sake lees mackerel stew). It seems really easy to cook and I love Sakekasu.

In the museum, you can make chopsticks, Japanese paper etc.
We wanted to try one, but we didn’t have enough time. Making chopsticks seemed really boring because you only rub them for about 20minutes.

We bought many Obama Manju at Obama shop close to Obama Staion, got on a bus and came back to Osaka.

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Before I went there, I didn’t have any ideas which we would do in Obama, because there is nothing special in Obama and we had 5 hours there.
But 5-hour was really short.

I usually don’t have a chance to go to Obama because people in Osaka don’t think to go to Obama. I probably will go to East or Westside of Obama.
It was a good experience for me.
I want to go to seaside again and want to eat fresh delicious seafood.



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