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Nobody knows what happen tomorrow, but everything is necessary for myself on my life. This is my road I have been walking to be HAPPY-aging not anti-aging. And, where there's a will, there's a way!

今までの道 これからの道 私のHAPPYエイジングロード♪

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About Sushi ~お寿司と英会話~

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日本の食文化を英語で表現できるようになれたらいいな。。。


Can you talk about Japanese food Sushi?

I went to an English class yesterday, and I learned how to explain
about Sushi and Japanese table manner in English.

【EX. About variety of sushi】
にぎり寿司(Nigiri sushi): It is mound of sushi rice that is pressed between the palms of the hands with wasabi and a thin slice of topping draped over it.

巻き寿司(Sushi roll) : It is generally wrapped in seaweed(nori).

ちらし寿司(Garnished sushi) : It is a bowl of sushi rice that with some ingredients mixed in.

いなり寿司(Sushi pockets): It is vinegar rice stuffed in deep fried tofu.


And we made California Roll and some vegetables nigiri sushi.
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We ate them dipped in soy sauce with wasabi, or in olive oil
and wine vinegar. It was very delicious.

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↑先生おススメのオリーブオイルとバルサミコ酢。お寿司にとても合いました!アメリカでは野菜トッピングのお寿司が人気だそうです。

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For good hiking ~山ガールの心得~

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にわか山ガールの私。。。登山はゼッタイに一人で行っちゃダメですよ。


In today's English lesson, we talked about precautions and equipment
for a hiking trip along the textbook.

The textbook said that we need energy foods like chocolate, dried fruit, and plenty of water. In a word, they are the emergency rations.

By the way, mountain climbing became popular recently in Japan.
And the climber of fashionable young women are called "YAMA girl".
However, it is important to bring clothes that are not only waterproof
but also warm.

And the most important thing is that don't go hiking alone!

Anyway, I thought we should pay a lot of attention for a safe and good
hiking in the mountains.

Exciting game ~勝ったーー!!~

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昨晩の韓国戦面白かったですね~


Did you see football game last night?

In the Asian cup semifinal, Japan won South Korea by PK.
The game was really so exciting, and I was impressed with
Japan's eleven who have a strong mind.

And, Japan plays against Australia in finals.
Australia won Uzbekistan by 6-0,
so they must be strong rival, but I believe Japan would win.

By the way, I learned that 0 score of football is called not "zero" but "nil" in today's English conversation lesson.
For example, "6-0" is "six to nil".

Anyway,the final will be broadcast on this Saturday's late night.
I'm looking forward to watching the game.

GANBARE, Nippon!

サッカーの得点0は、Zero(ゼロ)ではなくNil(ニル)と言うそうですョ。

Famous food in Kofu ~郷土料理&B級グルメ~

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甲府名物『ほうとう』と昨年B-1グランプリに輝いた甲府『鳥もつ煮』
肝料理は苦手なのですが、とても美味しかった。。。

We ate "HOUTOU" and "TORIMOTSUNI" of the famous food in Kofu.

HOUTOU is a noodle of the miso taste soup with many kinds of vegetables such as pumpkin, carrot, potato, mushroom, burdock, radish, taro, mountain herbs and spring onion, etc.
   ほうとう

TORIMOTSUNI is the food that got the grand prix of B class gourmet last year.
It is food that the gizzard, heart, liver and egg in chicken are boiled with sweet soy sauce.
Actually, I ate though I don’t like livers, and it was very good.
   煮鳥もつ

I thought it was delicious because we ate in the birthplace of these food.

Frozen pond ~流氷みたい!?~

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冬の甲府、日差しはポカポカでしたが朝の気温は氷点下でした。。。


My husband and I went to trip to Kofu City in Yamanashi Prefecture.
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Kofu City is surrounded by the mountains, and is famous for the basin.

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The lowest temperature was the minus six degrees though it was warm in daytime, so the pond was froze and looked like drift ice.
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We visited the historical spots such as Takeda shrine, art museum where Millet's picture can be seen, and enjoyed ramble and bird watching.

武田信玄の「風林火山」の旗、ミレーの「落ち穂拾い」も見ることができました

Daddy-Long-Legs in Japan~タイガーマスク現象~

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ブームで終わらないことを願いたいものですね。。。

In the today's English conversation lesson,we practiced describing the story by seeing the photograph of some news articles, and hearing CD.
It was a fruitful lesson though it was very difficult for me.

And we also discussed a little about " Tiger mask phenomenon" in Japan.
Recently, there was the news that children's nursing homes were sent nameless gifts of things and money.
It is called "Tiger mask phenomenon" from the name of the first donated person.

It is true that it was very good effect, and Japanese people were impressed by the news. 
However, we thought that it might be more wonderful if our time and skill could be donated to children instead of the things and money.
For example,it is that we are talking and playing together,and teaching something to them.

Anyway, I hope the phenomenon is not just a boom.

A positive thinking ~ポジティブ~

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おめでたい性格。。という説もあり。。。


I have been studying English about five years already, but I can't speak English well, so I often have negative thinking.

At that time, I try to imagine that I can speak English very fluently.
And, probably I'm good at misunderstanding, so I can change to positive thinking.

It's a happy character, isn't it?

Then, as you know my goal is to be a cool bilingual grandmother in the future.
But, I want to become a bilingual before becoming grandmother if I can.
Of course!
So, I who I imagine am still young always.
Umm…it’s a good thing, right?

And I'd like to keep having curiosity about a lot of things.(^^♪



Would you like to fly in the sky? ~パラグライダー~

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先日、木に落ちた息子。。幸運にも無傷でしたが。。。

My son fell on a tree when he was paraglidering last weekend,
but, fortunately he was not injured at all.

However, he needed a full day to recovery of his paraglider.
And he has troubled his friends, so, he should think more his
careless judgement again.

Really, I want him to take care.
My wish is only just it.

↓This is a short video which my son took while flying.

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ちょっと目が回るかもしれません。。。

Is it a special skill? ~たぶん特技です~

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気合い不足? それとも特技?昨日はジムでバイクこぎながら寝そうになった。。。いや、寝てたかも。。。


I go to a sports gym with my husband almost every weekend.
At there we enjoy training for muscle with some machines, taking yoga lesson, doing aerobics, playing squash at the exercise place ,or swimming in the pool.

And I like training with the bicycle machine while listening music, watching television or reading book.
But, it might not be a good exercise because my brain is thinking other things except for my muscle.

Actually, I became sleepy while training yesterday.
This might be my special skill, right??
I think people who know me well understand about it, maybe...

Anyway, I want to train up my inner muscle, and to develop my basic physical strength. Yeah, I should do so. I often feel so recently.

Import fruits ~スター&ドラゴン~

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見て、切って、食べて、楽しい輸入フルーツ。。。

I got the study meeting at a distribution company of fruit and vegetables the day before yesterday.

And we enjoyed tasting some kinds of import fruit at there.

1フルーツ 2フルーツ

Well, I'd like to focus on the fruits from Mexico.
Because I was interested in their colorful colors and the unique shape.

Star fruit : The cut section is star shape, and it is juicy and crispy.
1スターフルーツ 2スターフルーツ


Dragon fruit : It is the fruit of cactus ,and the skin looks like dragon's scales, and has plain taste.
1ドラゴンフルーツ 2ドラゴンフルーツ

And they were all very delicious, so, I felt like I went to the warm southern country from cold Japan.
I thought the import colorful fruits makes us happy!

↓勉強会の様子、詳しくはこちらで。
http://www.matuno.co.jp/blog/blog.cgi?n=653

Annual event ~鏡開き~

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別腹にもほどがある。。。

In Japan there is an annual event that eat the round rice cake offered to the gods at New Year's(Kagami-mochi) on January 11th.
We call it "Kagami-Biraki",and we usually put the rice cakes that were cut in the sweet small beans soup and eat.
I really like it.

But, actually, I went to the dessert buffet in a restaurant with my friends and we ate many kind of sweets today, but I made it and ate.
I am sure certainly to have another belly!

Presentation ~プレゼン~

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連休は、ある講座に通いました。。。

I joined in another three days class in the vegetable sommelier association last weekend.

Though it was held in Tokyo Shibuya, some people had come from the far place, such as Miyazaki, Fukuoka, Kyoto and Sendai etc.
I was impressed with their high motivation.

In the class we learned the theory of presentation and practiced.
It was difficult for me, but I thought I want to be able to do presentation well.

And it was the big harvest for me to be able to meet a lot of companions through this class.

The last stay ~赤プリ~

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“赤プリ”の閉館。。。残念ですね。。。

My husband and I stayed at Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka last Saturday.
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The hotel is commonly known as "Akapuri", and is very popular,
but that history of 55 years ends in March this year.

So,this time was the last staying, and I feel sad about the close of Akapuri.


The seven herbs of spring ~春の七草~

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名前は全部言えるけれど、どれがどれだかは微妙。。。


In Japan, we wish good health, and eat a traditional rice porridge that made with seven herbs of spring on January 7th. 
And, it is said that there is an effect of helping the stomach and intestines because we have eaten and drunk too much at end year and new year.

The seven herbs of spring are called Seri, Nazuna, Suzuna, Suzushiro, Gogyou, Hakobera and Hotokenoza in Japanese.
    七草春の

I also make the traditional rice porridge for my family's breakfast
on January 7th every year.
    1七草粥
↑私は、しらすを加えた七草粥に、焼いたお餅をのせるのが好きです。。


The largest citrus ~晩白柚~

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熊本県八代特産の「ばんぺいゆ」世界最大級の柑橘類だそうです。
樹に実っているとこを見てみたい。。。

I got "Banpeiyu" from my parents on the end of last year.
It is a special product of Kumamoto Prefecture ( Yatsushiro area)
and a citrus fruit of the world's largest class.
   晩白柚

The place of origin is Malay Peninsula, and it was introduced into
Japan in 1920. The weight is about two kilograms, and they have
a unique fresh smell, thick skin, plain taste and not much fruit juice.
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I made sweet in the part of the skin. The fruit and skin were both delicious!
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↑The fresh fruit           ↑The skin's sweet



My resolution 2011 ~今年の抱負~

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よーく考えてみました。そして、気付いたのです!
寝不足→ぼぉ~とする→時間かかる→寝るのが遅くなる。。の悪循環。。


Have you made New Year’s resolution?

My resolution for this year is to concentrate on things that
I should do at that time.

And I want to cherish time of everyday.

Then I want to try to go to bed until 1:00AM at latest.

So…,I mean, it is to act in a word promptly.

Wow! It's a big resolution for me.

And I plan to get a certain qualification by this summer.

GANBARU

Greetings for New Year ~年賀状~

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感謝や願いを伝える大切な文化ですね。
書くのはちょっぴり面倒だけど。。。もらったら嬉しいのデス

I think that New Year's card is an important Japanese culture that
wishes happiness of each other. And I feel happy when received
though it is a little troublesome to write them on the end of year.

Then, I think New Year's card is essential to a greeting for New Year
because we can’t usually meet many people at New Year's day.

Especially, I think it is good thing to exchange New Year's card
with people who have not been met for many years because it
can know recent situation of each other even if once a year.

And now, it is also possible to exchange greetings by e-mail
instead of card.

I was very glad to know that my friends had started this year
cheerfully and happily.


NEW YEAR  ~謹賀新年~

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HAPPY NEW YEAR 2011!
今年もよろしくお願いします

How did you start the new year?

We saw the first sunrise of the year, and ate home made Osechi, and visited a shrine and relative's house on New Year's Day as usual.
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And I went to Hakone with my husband and cheered the runners of Ekiden race. We were excited at the goal point.
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Let's hope this year will be wonderful for all of us!   

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