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Oh My God Medicine

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Oh My God Medicine
While I was cycling in Ikeda (north of Ogaki) I found these bottles and shards (ガラス片) by the road. The writing on the brown shards says 'トヤマ', '廣貫堂' & '神薬’ (God Medicine?). I think the others are medicine bottles too, except for the short, clear one. There`s nothing written on it, but I think it`s Yakult (drinking yoghurt).

Grammar
- 何と書かれていますか? 『__』と書いてあります = What does this say? It says “___” (“What is written...? '__' is written...” はあんまり使わない)
#趣味

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Japanese Umbrella Exhibition

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Japanese Umbrella Exhibition
I went to an exhibition of Japanese umbrellas at the Gifu City History Museum (until Sunday, May 22: https://www.rekihaku.gifu.gifu.jp/exhibition/event/gifu-wagasa2022/). I like Japanese traditional umbrellas - they`re really stylish.

I went to a similar exhibition of traditional umbrellas in Thailand. We could also see the process of making the umbrellas. However, at first I thought it was a process of destroying & recycling umbrellas. Then I realized I had started in the wrong place and I was going the wrong way around the display. lol. Oops.

Vocabulary:
- lol (internet slang) = Laugh Out Loud = 笑
- oops = おっと、しまった
#文化

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Succulent Flower

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Succulent Flower
My succulent (多肉植物) plant is flowering now. The flowers are small, but pretty. I read online that if you cut the flower stem (茎, くき) and plant it, it will grow into a new succulent plant. Sounds easy - I might try it.

Vocabulary
- flower (名詞) = 花 flower (動詞) = 咲く
- plant (名詞) = 植物 plant (動詞) = 植える
#園芸 #植物 #花

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Isuzu 117

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Isuzu 117
I saw this car yesterday, while I was out riding in Ogaki. Although it`s rare to see this kind of car on the road, I`ve seen one before, in Gifu City: https://en.bloguru.com/otto/370164/isuzu-117-toyota-crown

Grammar
- I saw ___ (yesterday etc). OK
- I`ve seen ___. OK
- I`ve seen ___ before. OK
- I`ve ever seen ___. WRONG
#車

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2001: A Space Odyssey

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2001: A Space Odyssey
Recently my kids watched the movies Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, and Toy Story 2. I was surprised that they both contained references to the famous 1968 movie, 2001: A Space Odyssey, so I said to my kids, “Let`s watch it – it`s interesting.” My sons liked it, but my daughter was bored & confused.

Grammar:
- I was bored/confused/interested
- The movie was boring/confusing/interesting
#映画

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Gifu Monkey News

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Gifu Monkey News
Police are trying to catch a wild monkey near my school in downtown Gifu. Can you see it in this photo that I took (behind Gifu City Cultural Center)?

Pronunciation:
monkey = マンキー (not モンキー)

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大阪ラムネ Glass Boat

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大阪ラムネ Glass Boa...
My daughter found this small glass boat under a tree near the park. On the bottom, it says '大阪ラムネ (Osaka Ramune), so I guess it contained ラムネ candy, but I`ve never seen this kind of container before. How about you? Have you ever seen a glass ラムネ boat like this? This is all I could find on the internet: http://bikki.blog103.fc2.com/blog-entry-680.html?
Maybe it`s rare...? Well done, my daughter!

Vocabulary:
- this kind of ___ = ___ like this = こんな ___
- 'ラムネ' comes from the English word 'lemonade'
#趣味

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ぼろぼろ Birdhouse

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ぼろぼろ Birdhouse
I actually made this birdhouse a few years ago, but it was in pretty bad shape e.g. gaps, loose pieces, rusty nails, rotten wood, etc. So I fixed it & made some changes e.g. I added a retractable (引き込み式) roof. I also made the entry hole smaller i.e. more suitable for small birds. I`ll let you know if a bird moves in.

Vocabulary:
e.g. = for example (例えば)
etc. = etcetera 「エトセトラ」 (とうとう, など)
i.e. = that is (つまり)
#趣味

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Grilled Rice Cake

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Grilled Rice Cake
I was cleaning my kids` bedroom and I found a New Year rice cake (かがみもち). It looked okay, so I made a small barbecue outside & grilled it. It tasted...great!

Pronunciation:
barbecue: バーベキュー
BBQの発音も『バーベキュー 』です (ネイティブは誰も『ビービーキュー』と言わない)
#グルメ

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Porsche 911

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Porsche 911
Do you like my new car? Haha – I`m pulling your leg (= joking). It`s not mine. I had just finished shopping when this old (1970s?) Porsche 911 pulled into (= drove into) the car park and pulled up (= stopped) right beside me. When the driver had gone, I pulled out (引き出す) my camera & took a photo.

Sorry I haven`t blogged recently. I need to pull up my socks (= stop being lazy)!
#車

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