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Fireworks in autumn.

Today is the Guy Fawkes Night (or bonfire night) in Oxford. Although it is officially the fifth of November, the event is set to Saturday...
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Nov 7, 2010 05:43
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What day do typhoons make landfall to Japan?

As you know, every autumn Japan is often visited by typhoons coming from the south tropical ocean. Some of them are indeed disastrous, ca...
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Nov 6, 2010 07:46
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"I don't drink coffee. I take tea, my dear."

"I don't drink coffee. I take tea, my dear." Sting, a English musician, sang in his song "Englishman in New York.&q...
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Oct 24, 2010 19:44
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Is English food bad?

When I came to England, one of the biggest worries of mine was about the quality of English foods. As you know, the UK has a notorious re...
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Oct 24, 2010 19:20
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Yakuza - Japanese mafia

Today I'd like to tell a short story about Japanese Mafia, yakuza ヤクザ. They are also called 暴力団, literally meaning "violent grou...
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Oct 22, 2010 10:01
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A piglet and my dog

Long ago, I walked with my dog along a river. She disappeared into a bush. I waited for her coming back for 10 minutes. When she ran back...
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Oct 16, 2010 10:32
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Jigyo shiwake 事業仕分け - the ridiculous screening process last year in Japan

I tried many times to explain what happened in Japan at the end of the last year. I wanted to tell about Jigyo Shiwake 事業仕分け, the screeni...
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Oct 10, 2010 06:48
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Sushi is not the principal food in Japan.

One day, when we are talking about Japanese cuisine, a Hungarian guy said to me, "But I would prefer cocked foods to raw foods."...
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Oct 7, 2010 09:20
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Learning English from the Doctor

I've been learning English from Doctor Who for 6 months almost every day. BBC iPlayer provides me usually 2 or 3 episodes of Doctor W...
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Oct 6, 2010 09:04
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BBC iPlayer

Another good thing about the UK's TV is that we can watch many programmes online on demand. BBC has created their own platform called...
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Oct 5, 2010 07:04
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Doctor Who

I'd never heard of Doctor Who before I came to the UK. It's BBC's loooong-lasting TV drama series about aliens and a time mac...
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Oct 5, 2010 06:47
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Funeral in Japan.

When I talked about funeral in Japan, my Greek friend was really interested in that. I guess it's very different from Western style. ...
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Oct 3, 2010 05:49
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Learn from 落語 - a strategy of speaking

I found writing here fragments of thoughts helps me to tell that story to other people. Actually, when I come to UK, a I heard one of ...
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Oct 1, 2010 08:06
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How to enjoy drinking with your boss and colleagues in Japan.

I have to say, it's rather difficult, because of many duties! As I wrote elsewhere ("Happy BBQ shocked me."), the atmos...
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Sep 30, 2010 16:33
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Take over Wagamama restrurants! --- Come on, Ramen masters of Japan.

Although many Japanese people don't even know its name, Wagamama restaurants are very popular in the UK. They have many branches all ...
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Sep 24, 2010 22:23 noodles
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Can you hear English spoken with Japanese accent?

There's one thing I often feel unfair. Many others speak English with strong French, Italian, or Spanish etc accent. But people ne...
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Sep 24, 2010 19:01 pronunciation
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My word list on Google docs now contains 1800 words.

One year has passed since I came to UK. My vocabulary was quite limited, and so I had to build it up. For people using other European ...
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Sep 24, 2010 08:53
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Happy BBQ shocked me.

My wife and I were invited to a BBQ party at a beautiful English garden of my colleague. He is not my boss, but a professor. The gard...
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Sep 24, 2010 08:06
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Alcohol and speech in English

A number of Chinese friends of mine told me that drinking alcoholic drinks helped their speech in Japanese. They said after taking alcoho...
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Sep 24, 2010 07:25
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Religion in Japan

Talking about religion in Japan to Christian people is sometimes tricky. Because they don't know much about Buddhism, or, needless to...
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Sep 12, 2010 07:34