I found Licca-chan dolls that wear the uniforms of actual schools. The dolls are made by Takara Tomy along with class reunion support company, Salat. They are popular as a memento for alumni as well as parents and students, and the dolls are available in the uniforms of 30 schools so far. I want one!
Especially in private schools, their uniforms are designed by famous fashion designers, and as a memento for their happy school days, it would be great if Licca-chan dolls wear the uniform the students used to wear.
I found another memento item. This is a miniature school bag ransel（※）. They can remake the actual school bags in a small size. I want one! A ransel is a very strong, functional bag. I heard that it became popular among celebrities overseas, but in Japan, it is embarrassing for adults to use a ransel which is made for elementary kids. Remaking it into small size and decorate it as a memento is a better idea.
I like miniatures, especially very tiny and elaborate ones. I am interested in Arietty’s doll house, and I found the doll house kit at Amazon, but it is troublesome to make it by myself. It would be great if someone made it for me!
※A schoolchild’s satchel (randoseru, originated ransel in Dutch)
It’s already half way through April and Golden Week is coming up in less than 2 weeks!
Do you have any plans for Golden week?
Are any of you travelling overseas in this Golden week?
I have a list of countries that I would like to visit but my choice will always be my home New Zealand.
I guess New Zealand isn’t really everyone’s cup of tea as it is relatively a young country so its history and culture aren’t rich compared to other western countries. But if you love nature then you would love it there for sure. It is incredibly picturesque over there!
There are so many beautiful beaches within a short driving distance or even just a stroll down the streets. Great walks and tracks are throughout the country too. New Zealand is also known as a sanctuary for birds as there is no threats such as snakes for the birds, hence the famous Kiwi bird is a flightless bird.
Did you also know that you can see aurora australis in New Zealand?
When it comes to think of auroras, you would normally associate auroras with Alaska or Sweden, but in fact you can see the “southern lights” in some parts of South island in New Zealand. It is also great to do star gazing as it’s a lot darker there! I used to just stare at the sky at night in winter and get lost in the moment. Seeing the southern lights is definitely on my bucket list since I didn’t get around to do so while I was there.
Maybe a lot of you don’t really know much about New Zealand as it isn’t exactly a popular destination. Some of you may not even know where it is located. Even if you knew about New Zealand, people would just associate it with rugby and sheep. But we have a lot more to offer and I am sure that you would fall in love with it like I did. Would you give it a go as a next place to visit?
英語では、竹はご存知の通りbamboo。「タケノコ」はbamboo shootまたはbamboo sproutと表現します。
『お花見に行く』は『go to see cherry blossoms』というのが一般的です。
☆ Cherry-blossom viewing is a popular event in the spring. お花見は春の人気イベントです。
☆Let’s go to see the cherry blossoms at Dogo park. 道後公園にお花見に行こうよ。
☆ People enjoy food and drinks with their family, friends or coworkers under the cherry blossoms.
☆You can also enjoy the cherry blossoms illuminated at night.
☆Cherry blossoms illuminated with some lights at night are fantastic/beautiful.
This morning I did my laundry.
Finally! I am in Japan and I can see the cherry blossoms!
I had been waiting for the sakura season for a very long time so when I saw the first tree covered in cherry blossoms, I was so excited. I asked several people about the best spot for sakura viewing and I decided to visit Dogo park. I heard about Hanami when I arrived in Matsuyama in January. I had no idea what it was until I went to Dogo park that day. It was a sunny day. There were so many people having picnic beneath the sakura. It was a very cheerful atmosphere. Children were running around playing and adults were eating and chatting happily. I walked around the park with a big smile on my face. I even tried some barbecue chicken coated in sweet sour sauce which I really enjoyed.
Although I am very happy to have seen the sakura blooming, I am also looking forward to seeing the falling cherry blossoms petals. I imagine it to be like standing under pink snowflakes falling slowly but majestically.
Everyone who has ever studied English started, at some point, at the very beginning:
A is for Apple, B is for Ball.
Learning the English alphabet and phonics (the many sounds of the language) is incredibly important for everyone from an adult just starting to learn English as their second language to a English-speaking child learning to read in their first language.
Every alphabet book is a little bit different; one might use R is for Rabbit, another might have R is for Rocket. But while most books choose easy words that even new learners will know, one book chose a very different path.
The problem with English is that it isn’t always written phonetically— which means that words are not spelled exactly how they sound. Think about common words like “knee” or “write” or “Wednesday”. Say them to yourself. Do you hear every letter? No, you don’t: some of the letters are silent.
Both second-language learners and native speakers often have trouble with silent letters. And so, two authors decided to make an alphabet book that doesn’t just teach kids that C is for Cat. It also teaches them that C can be for Czar.
P is for Pterodactyl: The Worst Alphabet Book Ever teaches English readers a word with silent letters for every letter of the alphabet. Some letters are easy: the letters P, K, and W all have many words with silent letters to choose from. Other letters are more difficult. For example, the authors found that there is only one word in the English language that has a silent B, and it is not one that many people (myself included!) know.
Here are some of the words the authors have included in their Worst Alphabet Book Ever. How many do you already know? Can you guess how to say these silent letters?
Silent C: Czar
The czar was the name of the ruler of Russia, like a king or an emperor. Sometimes this word is also written tsar, even though it sounds the same.
Silent P: Pterodactyl
A pterodactyl was a kind of flying dinosaur. This word comes from two Greek words: pteron, meaning wing, and dactyl, meaning fingers.
Silent K: Knight
A knight was a warrior who served European kings and queens. They wore metal armor and rode horses.
Silent T: Tsunami
A tsunami is a very large, dangerous wave that can destroy buildings and trees. The word tsunami actually came from Japanese!
What other words can you think of with silent letters?