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Great minds...

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Great minds...
I saw this handkerchief in a shop. It looks like my poster, right? Great minds think alike!*

By the way, have you been watching my new YouTube series? Please take a look! There is a new episode every Tuesday.

* ことわざ: '偉人達は同じように考える' (誰かが同じこと考える時に使える)

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Regular Color...?

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Regular Color...?
I wanted to buy a white business shirt at Uniqlo. This sticker seemed to me to say 'Regular Color'. Hmmm. What is a regular color? White? What is an irregular color? Green? Or is there regular white & irregular white? If so, what is irregular white? Cream?" I was confused!

Then my wife explained that 'カラー' doesn`t mean 'color'. It means 'collar'. A regular collar doesn`t have buttons.

こら!!! That`s confusing!

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Alfa Romeo GT1300 Junior (1968?)

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Alfa Romeo GT1300 Junior (19...
2 weeks ago I went to Gotemba, which is about 20 kms south of Mount Fuji. When we stopped to take photos, I saw this nice car. Can you see Fuji in the background?

I live in Ichinomiya, in the north of Aichi Prefecture. There aren`t any mountains in Ichinomiya, so it`s a big change of scenery to see Fuji.

Grammar:
- (be) IN the north/south/east/west/centre of __ = __の北部/南部/東部/西部/中心です
- (be) north/south/east/west of __ = __ 北側/南側/東側/西側に (あります)
#車

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Kogane Shrine Lucky Charm

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Kogane Shrine Lucky Charm
Last week Gifu Teragoya staff & teachers visited the nearby Kogane Shrine to buy a lucky charm for our school. While we were there, I noticed a lot of people lining up to have their temple stamp books (御朱印帳) signed & stamped. Do you have a temple stamp book? I hear they are very popular at the moment, especially with women.

Vocabulary:
line: 線, 列
line up: 並ぶ

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The Beautiful South

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The Beautiful South
Do you have hayfever (花粉症)? Red, itchy (痒い) eyes? This is a song for you! It`s called 'Old Red Eyes is Back' (赤い目お兄さんが帰ってきた). However it`s actually about a man with red eyes not due to pollen (花粉) but alcohol.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggJYJ9frSl0

For lyrics (歌詞), search [Beautiful South Old Red Eyes is Back Lyrics]

For a Japanese translation, try [Beautiful South Old Red Eyes is Back 歌詞]

This is another nice song by the same band, also about eyes!: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hR9LYrCR_4I

Enjoy! (the songs, not red eyes...)
#音楽

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Lobby Blossoms

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Lobby Blossoms
There are various kinds of cherry blossoms. I don`t know the name of this variety* in our lobby, but it blooms earlier than most other varieties*.

Are you looking forward to cherry blossom season?

Vocabulary:
- various: 色々 variety: 色々な, 多様性, バラエティー / *種類
#花

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Haggis Crisps

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Haggis Crisps
My wife bought these at Costco. Do you know haggis? Haggis is a traditional Scottish food which contains sheep's heart 心臓, liver 肝臓, and lungs 肺. Sounds gross (不味い), right?! I`ve never eaten real haggis, but these chips tasted okay.

Vocabulary:
- 'Crisps' (UK) = 'chips' (US & Australia)

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New Year Challenge #2

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New Year Challenge #2
I also made this last week. I`d been meaning to (= intending to) make it for a long time - since I first got my pet chickens last spring (that`s a hint!). It didn`t take long* to make - only about 30 minutes, but I hope it lasts [保つ] a long time. What do you think it is?

Grammar
- * 'long' = 'a long time`: 'a long time' is used in positive sentences; 'long' is used in questions or negative sentences, not positive sentences.

UPDATE: The answer is in comments!
#アート

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New Year Challenge #1

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New Year Challenge #1
Over* the new year holidays I made this. What is it? Can you guess? I`ll give you a hint: I put it outside in the garden; the string with bricks (レンガ) over** the top is to keep the roof on in windy weather. Now it`s empty, but when winter is over***, I hope it will be used by... something. Okay, hint time is over***!

Over**** to you - what do you think it is? Please leave your idea in comments!

Vocabulary:
The word 'over' has various meanings, e.g.
* during, throughout ** on, covering *** finished **** change, switch
#アート

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New YouTube Series!

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New YouTube Series!

On a lighter note [もっと気軽話題に変えると], today we released the first video in our new YouTube series, 'English Phrases for Living Abroad, Part 2.'

We will release a new episode on Tuesday each week. All videos are short (under 2 minutes), light-hearted [気楽な] & feature useful English phrases for traveling abroad. So if you plan to go overseas, just want to improve your English, or enjoy bad gags, please go to YouTube & check them out!

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLEL8h9GIzoeNLvfx0E6p1f7RzGMa9pbaU

Grammar:
- go/travel + TO + Australia/the US/England
- go/travel + abroad/overseas

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