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Omisoka (New Year's Eve) With native lang

Today is 大晦日 (omisoka), which means new year's eve. "晦日 (misoka)" was originally written as "三十日 (misoka)", an...
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Dec 31, 2016 21:42 English essay
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Mushi no Shirase (Word of Insects) With native lang

Today I will talk about the idiom "mushi no shirase", the literal meaning of which is "word of insects". "Mus...
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Dec 30, 2016 18:16 English essay
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E ni Kaita Mochi (A Rice Cake Drawn in a Picture) With native lang

Yesterday I wrote about "mochitsuki" (rice cake pounding). Today I will talk about the proverb "e ni kaita mochi",...
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Dec 29, 2016 11:58 English diary
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Mochitsuki With native lang

Today I went to a professor's house and did mochitsuki. The literal meaning of mochitsuki is "rice cake pounding", and i...
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Dec 28, 2016 20:38 English diary
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Hesokuri With native lang

Today I will talk about the Japanese word "hesokuri". "Hesokuri" means saving money that is piled up economically ...
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Dec 27, 2016 22:58 English essay
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Mono no Kazu With native lang

Today I would like to talk about the Japanese term "mono no kazu." The literal meaning of "mono no kazu" is "...
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Dec 26, 2016 22:51 English essay
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Christmas and Japan With native lang

Since today is Christmas, I will talk about trivia related to Christmas. The first Christmas (Mass of Nativity Festival) in Japan was ...
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Dec 25, 2016 13:36 English essay
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Christmas Gift for Myself With native lang

Today is Christmas Eve. Unfortunately, there remains a work of proofreading students' graduation theses. At first I was correct...
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Dec 24, 2016 19:22 English diary
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Bonenkai With native lang

Today university staffs and teachers gathered and a big year-end party called "bonenkai" was held. I eat delicious meats, su...
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Dec 23, 2016 23:57 English diary
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Purchase a MacBook Pro With native lang

I ordered a MacBook Pro, and it arrived yesterday. Since I was looking forward to it, I was very excited. However, when I was setti...
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Dec 22, 2016 23:56 English essay
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Goma wo Suru (To Butter Up) With native lang

Today I will talk about the Japanese idiom "goma wo suru." The literal meaning is "to grind sesame seeds," and it ...
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Dec 21, 2016 20:43 English essay
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Omou Tsubo (Thought Pot) With native lang

Today I would like to talk about the Japanese term "omou tsubo". The literal meaning is "thought pot", and it mean...
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Dec 20, 2016 11:38 English essay
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Sune wo Kajiru With native lang

Today I will talk about the Japanese idiom "sune wo kajiru." "Sune" means "shin", "kajiru" mea...
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Dec 19, 2016 23:30 English essay
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Kanko-dori ga Naku With native lang

Today I will talk about the idiom "kanko-dori ga naku." "Kanko-dori" means "cuckoo", "naku" me...
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Dec 18, 2016 17:32 English essay
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Tokoya (Barber Shop) With native lang

Today I will talk about the etymology of the Japanese word "tokoya", which means "barber shop". The literal meanin...
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Dec 17, 2016 14:00 English essay
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Funuke With native lang

Today I would like to talk about the Japanese term "funuke". "Funuke" means people who has no backbone, no energy,...
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Dec 16, 2016 20:57 English essay
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"Narau" and "Manabu" (To Learn) With native lang

When I read sentences written by people who learn Japanese on Lang-8, I found that "narau" is often confused with "manabu&...
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Dec 15, 2016 23:11 English essay
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Ocha wo Nigosu With native lang

Today I will talk about the Japanese phrase "ocha wo nigosu." The literal meaning is "to roil tea", and it describ...
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Dec 14, 2016 18:40 English essay
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"Mizu" and "Oyu" (Water and Hot Water) With native lang

In English, the word "water" is used regardless of the temperature. However, the literal translation "atsui mizu" ...
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Dec 13, 2016 14:30 English essay
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Ita ni Tsuku With native lang

Today I will talk about the Japanese idiom "ita ni tsuku." "Ita ni tsuku" means that someone's attitude or beh...
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Dec 12, 2016 00:41 English essay