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Ichinomiya Airstreams

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Ichinomiya Airstreams
I`ve blogged about this place before - http://en.bloguru.com/otto/98775/cool-caravans-in-ichinomiya - but I thought I would give you an update on their inventory. Nice, aren`t they? I think this is their website: http://www.onyx.dti.ne.jp/~american-trailer/

Trailers aren`t popular in Japan, but they are in Australia, especially with 'grey nomads' - retirees (退職者) who like to travel.

Vocabulary:
- A 'trailer' is called a 'caravan' in the UK, Australia & New Zealand, and a trailer park is called a caravan park
#車

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Creepy Cocoons

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Creepy Cocoons
A couple of weeks ago I found a green swallowtail (揚羽) cocoon in my garden: http://en.bloguru.com/otto/294414/green-cocoon . While I was gardening on Sunday, I found two brown ones. One of them was in an interesting place - can you see?
Some people think cocoons like this are creepy (気色悪い) & gross (気持ち悪い), but I think... well, yes, I agree they are kind of creepy & gross, but they are interesting too.
Do you have a garden? Do you like gardening?

Vocabulary:
- garden = にわ gardening = にわいじり, にわづくり

#動物 #昆虫

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Lodekka Curry & Noodle Restaurant

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Lodekka Curry & Noodle Resta...
At this restaurant in Ichinomiya, you can eat your meal inside this London double-decker bus. You can choose upstairs or downstairs. It`s interesting, isn`t it? Of course my kids loved it. Geeky dad enjoyed it too.

This is their website: http://www.lodekka501bta39.com/

Pronunciation:
- In English, 'London' is usually pronounced ランダン or ランデン (not ロンドン )
#車 #グルメ #建物 #レストラン

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A Bunch of 70s Stamps

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A Bunch of 70s Stamps
My wife received a letter with a bunch of old stamps on it. Nice! I`ll add them to my collection. I`ve been interested in stamps since I was a kid. My second brother is crazy about stamps. He has a bunch of albums & containers full of stamps in his house & he`s a member of a stamp club in my hometown of Brisbane - he & a bunch of other stamp-geeks ( オタク ) meet every month at a local church. I`ve joined them a couple of times - it was good, geeky ( オタッキー ) fun!

Vocabulary:
- a bunch of ___ = some/a large number of ___ in a group
#切手

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F-86 Sabre

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F-86 Sabre
In January I visited the Queensland Air Museum ( http://qam.com.au/ ) in Australia. They have a lot of cool planes, displays, & activities. We had a good time. My second son wanted to buy a plastic model in the gift shop, but I told him, "Not now. I`ll buy you one in Japan." When we returned to Japan, I bought him a 1/72-scale P-86 Sabre, which was one of the planes we saw at the museum, and we made it together.

Vocabulary:
- Sabre = 剣 Sabre-toothed tiger = 剣歯虎
#飛行機

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Acorn Coffee Recipe

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Acorn Coffee Recipe
I found a video on Youtube about making acorn ( どんぐり) coffee. There are lots of acorns at my local shrine (神社) so I gathered some & tried it. This is the recipe I used:

1. First, take off the shells (殻)
2. Next, chop or grind the acorns
3. Then boil them in water
4. After that, throw away (捨てる) the brown water, which contains tannins.
5. Repeat #4 a few times, until the water is clear
6. Next, roast the acorns until they`re dark brown
7. Finally, add boiling water, wait a few minutes, and drink!

How was it? A little bitter, but okay. I`d like to make it again, but it`s kind of a hassle (面倒くさい).

Vocabulary:
- Next = Then = After that* (Be careful: not "After then")
#グルメ #レシピ

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Preferable Postcards

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Preferable Postcards
Recently, two Teragoya students sent us postcards from abroad, written in English - thanks and well done! Although postcards are slower than emails, I prefer receiving postcards to emails. How about you? Which do you prefer?

Grammar:
- AとBとどちらの方が好きですか? = Which do you prefer (`like` じゃなくて) - A or B?

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Green Cocoon

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Green Cocoon
Sometimes I check the lime tree in my garden for insects, damage, etc. Today I was surprised to find this green cocoon on it. It must have been there since sometime last year. Usually swallowtail cocoons are brown, but sometimes they`re green. I guess this butterfly will come out sometime this Spring. I hope to see it.

Vocabulary:
- Sometime = いつか
- Sometimes = ときどき
#動物 #昆虫

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Handa Red Brick Building

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Handa Red Brick Building
On Sunday I went to see this old building in Handa, Aichi. It used to be a brewery (beer factory) but now it`s a museum. It`s an interesting building - you can still see machine-gun bullet (銃弾) holes in one outside wall, caused during World War 2. They don`t make Kabuto beer here anymore, but you can still buy it - it is made by a nearby brewery. It`s good!

Their site: http://handa-akarenga.jp/

Grammar:
- ...still ____ = まだ___
- ...not ____ anymore = もう___ない
#旅行 #建物

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How to Make a Christmas Wreath

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How to Make a Christmas Wre...
Instructions:

Step 1: Go to a pine (松) forest.
Step 2: Get (命令する) kids to collect pine cones
Step 3: Cut out a cardboard (ダンボール) ring
Step 4: Attach pine cones to ring with wire
Step 5: Attach baby Jesus (doll) in a manger (飼い葉桶)
Step 6: Get (命令する) kids to brush pine cones with white paint
Step 7: Get angry
Step 8: Clean white paint from baby Jesus` face
Step 9: Attach tinsel bow, red berries & flower buds
Step 10: Hang wreath over front door
Step 11: Hope mother-in-law doesn`t notice red berries & flower buds are from her garden.

Grammar:
- Get/Have + 誰か + 動詞 = 誰かに + 動詞 + ように命令する

#芸術 #アート

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