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A NEW SCHOOL

(2011-04-30)
As I said I would start learning Chinese.

A couple of days ago, I visited a Chinese school.

It is a little far from my office; about 15-20minutes on foot.

I took a trial lesson there. A teacher was not so bad.

That school has two good points for me.

The first one is a school fee. The school fee is cheaper than other Chinese schools’ fees.

The other good point is that they have a morning lesson.

I am a typical morning person, so the morning lesson is very good for me.

I will start next month.

I have forgotten many Chinese words, so I will have to read Chinese text book while the Golden week.
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ぐるーぽん

(2011-04-29)
You probably know groupon, right??

I always look at groupon sight.
They have lots of good and reasonable food tickets, so I always think I want to buy them.
On the other hand, I know lots of troubles of groupon.
So, I was afraid of buying ticket at groupon.

Anyway, I bought groupon of Italian restaurant.

A couple of days ago, Beer-Mama and I went there.

The restaurant is located close to Neyagawa Station.

The interior of the restaurant is cute.
I felt something strange because this type of restaurant was opened along a shopping arcade.

We can see a supermarket from windows…
Eating dinner is a kind of dream, so
I lost my dream.

These are dinner.
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Italian sushi

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Sorry, we have already eaten half of them.

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All of them were not so bad.
Some of them are very good.
And the volume of them is too much for me.

A good point of this dinner is that we can drink as much as we want!!!
So, I drank a jug of beer, a jug of redeye, a glass of wine, and two glasses of cocktail.

The price is only 2480yen!!!

A waiter was terrible. He didn’t know anything.

But it was OK because it was very cheap.

I already bought two tickets of groupon.

I shouldn't buy too many groupon because I will lose lots of money.


HANAHAKU POTTERY MARKET

(2011-04-26)
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I went to Hanahaku Pottery Market.
The market is held every year at Hanahaku.

There are many pottery factories in Japan, and we can see some potteries at the market.

There weren’t so many people than I thought.

I arrived at the market around 13:00.
But some of them have already started being ready to go home.
It was the last day of the market, but it was too early to go home.

They had many potteries.
Some of them were very cheep. Many people tried to lower the price.

An owner said, “It is Rosanjin. You are lucky. You can buy it for XXXyen”.

I forgot how much it was, but I knew it wasn’t Rosanjin.
Everybody knew it wasn’t Rosanjin.

I thought it was very interesting.

I bought these potteries.
They are very cute, aren’t they?
They are 700yen and 500yen.
I was able to do good shopping.

I wanted to buy a mug cup.
I found a good one but it was a little expensive, so I didn’t buy it.
Now I regret about it.

Anyway, I will visit the market next year, and want to find a good pottery.
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NORI-CHAN'S BIRTHDAY

(2011-04-25)
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Last Saturday, Yoshiko and I had Nori-chan’s birthday party.

Nori-chan is our friend.
I don’t know if Nori-chan wanted to held the birthday party, but Yoshiko and I wanted to eat something special.

We ate dinner at an Italian restaurant in Nishinomiya.

The restaurant is like a ‘family restaurant’.
I don’t know if American people know ‘family restaurant’ or not.

Anyway their style is a chain restaurant. But they had good meals.

These are the meals I ate.

My favorite one is gnocchi.
It was not my image but it was very delicious. There is cheese inside of gnocchi.
It is good for wine.

And I ordered wild boar’s meat.
It was cooked with red wine.
I don’t usually eat meat but I don’t usually see any menu of wild boar, I tried that.
I didn’t feel any fat, so I don’t think I dislike this meat.

I ordered a curse. And the course was included three glasses of wine!!!
I drank sparkling wine, white wine, and red wine.
I like all of them.
I was very happy that I could drink wine.

Their bread is not so good, but other meals were good.
The cost wasn’t so expensive.
I am not sure I will go there again.
But if someone wants to go there, I will recommend the restaurant.

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Excellent techniques of metal crafts, the late Edo and Meiji period

(2011-04-24)
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I went to Osaka Museum of History.
They have held the special exhibit, ‘Excellent techniques of metal crafts, the late Edo and Meiji period’.

I saw a poster of this exhibit, and the poster said that I should go to the exhibit.

You probably can’t believe that these arts were made by human’s hands.

They are very very beautiful.

I want to know how to make them, and how long the artists needed to make them.

They are made with metal but the animals and flowers don’t seem made with metal.

They are elegant and they seem alive.

I didn’t know Japan had such beautiful arts and Japanese artists had such a special technique.

Unfortunately, those arts still get unfair estimation in Japan, so those arts flow out overseas.

Japan has to make an effort that those beautiful arts won't flow out anymore.

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I HAVE ALREADY...

(2011-04-23)
I have already forgotten when I ate,
Only I know is that I ate them while I was busy

But I think I have to put up those pictures.

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Spring

(2011-04-22)
Spring

Everybody starts something new.

I decided to learn Chinese again.

I have learned Chinese about two years but stopped this January because I knew I would be very busy.

But this busy season has almost done, so I want to learn again.

Now I am looking for a good Chinese language school.

I want to learn but learning foreign language is very expensive.

I want to learn but it is just my hobby, so I don’t want to pay too much money.

Looking for a good and inexpensive school is very difficult.

Anyway, I always decided to visit one of Chinese school.

I want to master and go to Taiwan again.


TRPPAN YAKI

(2011-04-21)
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Swimmer entered the hospital again.

He said he wanted to eat beef before that, so we went to eat beef.

He likes beef but he tries not to eat. He thinks beef is not good for cancer.

We ate beef at ANA hotel.

There is a Teppann-yaki restaurant(Grilling foods on an iron plate restaurant) in ANA hotel.

I thought we would eat only beef but he ordered another one.

These are food which we ate.
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I don’t eat beef but they also had fresh seafood.
Their abalone is fresh, big, and tender.
Of course, it was still alive before cook.
They also had a good spiny lobster. I don’t like a spiny lobster but their spiny lobster was good. I think it is because they cooked well.

I asked Swimmer about this type of restaurant.
We can see a scene of cooking.
I asked him if there was the same type of restaurants in US.
He said he had never seen it.

I think it is the same as Sushi restaurant.
We eat sushi at bar in Sushi restaurant and look at how to cook sushi.

Many Japanese Teppan-yaki restaurants are the same style.
We have seats at bar and look at how to grill.

I think it is very interesting culture.
I want to bring along foreign people to this type of restaurant.
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the Museum of Oriental Ceramics

(2011-04-18)
There is the Museum of Oriental Ceramics near the office.
I visited there a few weeks ago after work

They has held a special exhibit,’ In Commemoration of the 120th Anniversary of Asakawa Takumi’s Birth “Asakawa Noritaka & Takumi Brothers: Their Souls and Their Visions’
You can see Korean potteries collected by the pottery researchers.

Old Korean potteries used to be thought as low quality, and they didn’t have any value.
But after Asakawa brothers introduced Korean potteries, those values have changed

Almost all of Korean potteries are very simple.
Their surfaces are smooth and shining.
They don’t have perfect shapes. They sometimes bend but those bends give them other own values.

There are many pieces of potteries.
I thought they had needed lots of efforts to find them and to remake perfect potteries.

Afterwards I browsed at Internet auction

I could see many Antique Korean potteries.

It was said that they were not fake.

But now I know they are fake.

It is because I know it is very hard to find perfect shaped potteries.






A BIKE SHOP

(2011-04-17)
Someone pricked a pushpin in my tire of bike
I don't know who has done that

Anyway I went to a bike shop to repare

There are two bike shops close to my apartment.
One is a chain shop and the other is owned by a lady.
I know both bike shops are very polite.
However, the chain shop seems like a machine.
So, I chose lady’s shop.

She has very good hands and is very kind.

Of course that's why I like her shop

She repaired quickly

She told me about tire

She said my bikes tires were high quality.
Because they are Bridgestone.


She said low level tires had gotten old soon
According to her, a low level tire tears easily and it might be an uncomfortable car.

I didn't know my tires were good ones
I didn’t know there were good tires and bad tires

However, her comments made me happy

I wanted to buy new bike because itseemed very tired

But I changed my mind

Because the tires are still very strong and young.
I want to ride my bike as long as I can.


NEW GUYS

(2011-04-16)
New recruits visited the office.
They learned about some sections of our company for two days.

I have seen them before.
They were very cute, young, and fresh.

I talked to them a lot for two days.
I knew the lot about them.

The number of recruits is 8.
Some employers, employees and they went to eat dinner a few days ago.

We talked about their recent lives.
They told me their girl friends, their families, their daily lives.
It was very interesting.

Afterwards, some of them and I went to eat cakes.
I was very happy. On the other hand, I felt something strange because I ate a cake with 5 young boys!?

Anyway, it was a good experience for me.
Talking to new guys gave me a fuel.

They started new lives.
I wish they won’t retire by themselves and work hard with their new co-workes.



HELLO

(2011-04-10)
Hi!
How are you doing?

I have been very busy, so I have no time to put up blog.

I stay more than 11 hours a day at the office.
I go to work every Saturday.
I have not time to drink a cup of coffee.
I have to eat lunch for 10 minutes.
I go to bathroom only 2 or 3 times a day….


But this crazy season has almost done.
I will go back to my daily life in a few weeks…

While this crazy season, I went to Tokyo for business trip twice.

I wanted to visit antique shops in Tokyo, but I was very tired and I had no power to visit there…

While this crazy season, my friend is only ‘beer’…

But this season has almost done…


I am very very happy now.

I start putting up blog again, so please read it!!


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