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Wakasa-Wada Camping

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Wakasa-Wada Camping
I stayed two nights at Wakasa-Wada Campsite. I love camping by the beach – the sound of waves, the smell of a campfire, the sight of thousands of stars at night... wonderful. On the other hand, the taste of bugs in your food, the feel of sand in your underwear...not so great.

Grammar
- __ の音/香り/光景/味/気持ち = the sound/smell/sight/taste/feel of ___
#アウトドア

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Little Boy with a Violin

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Little Boy with a Violin
As I was passing this fishing port in Takahama Town, I could hear someone playing a violin...badly. I stopped & looked around and I saw a young guy standing alone, practicing his violin. There was nobody else around. Haha - it made me think of a book that I read when I was a child called "A Little Boy with a Big Horn". His tuba annoyed everyone, including farm animals, so eventually he had to play on a small boat at sea.

Vocabulary
- someone, anyone, no-one, everyone = somebody, anybody, nobody, everybody
#音楽 #アウトドア

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Strange Sea Creatures

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Strange Sea Creatures
Walking along the beach in Wakasa at about 4:30pm, I was getting a bit cold, so I was surprised to see so many surfers in the cold water. They must love surfing.

Speaking of strange sea creatures, I found an unusual shell, about 15cm long, on the beach. When I got home I researched it. It`s from a kind of octopus called a paper nautilus. It`s the first time I`ve seen this kind of shell.

Vocabulary
- Speaking of ___ = ___ と言えば
#アウトドア #動物

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Maizuru Red Brick Park

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Maizuru Red Brick Park
I`ve visited old red brick buildings in Handa & Tsuruga, but this collection of buildings in Maizuru is much bigger. It was interesting - I like these kinds of places. Also, because Maizuru is a JMSDF (Japan Marine Self-Defense Force) port, you can see their ships nearby. If you`re into that kind of thing, you should visit Maizuru.

Vocabulary
- What kind of...? = どんな...?
- This/That kind of... = こんな, この種な / あんな, その様な...
#アウトドア #旅行 #建物 #ボート

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Gifu Museum of Fine Arts

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Gifu Museum of Fine Arts
Last week I visited the Gifu Museum of Fine Arts for the first time. It had just re-opened after renovations. My first surprise was that entry was free - nice! Then as I entered the main gallery, I was surprised to find that the lady at the entrance was an old student of mine! We chatted quietly - in English of course - for a while, then I entered the room & looked at the art. The highlights for me were prints by Gaugin & Munch.

Vocabulary
- enter = 入る (動詞) entrance = 入口 (名詞) entry = 入場 (名詞)
#アート #文化

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LIttle Tree, Lots of Limes

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LIttle Tree, Lots of Limes
The weather is getting cold* now, so some of the limes on my lime tree were turning yellow*, & a few had gone bad* (悪くなる), so I decided to pick all of them. I got more than I expected.

What will I do with them? Well, I like lime juice on dishes such as fried rice (like Thai people do), & my wife likes lime-sour alcoholic drinks. She said limes cost about ¥100 each at the supermarket, so she`s glad she can get them for free.

Grammar:
- *get/turn/go + 形容詞 = become + 形容詞

#グルメ

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New Logo, New Signs

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New Logo, New Signs
Today at our Gifu school, workers put up* new signs with our new company logo. What do you think? Unfortunately I haven`t received new business cards with the new logo yet, so I have to put up with** using my old ones a little longer...

I hope the sign attracts (引く) lots of new students!

Vocabulary
* put up = 立てる, 掲げる
** put up with = 我慢する

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Postcard Postscript

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Postcard Postscript
I bought some old postcards at a fleamarket last Saturday. Like me, they are old, discoloured (日焼け) & devalued (値下げされた). However, I like this colour for painting pictures on. This is a painting of the view from my room when I was in hospital recently for a minor operation.

P.S. - I sent this postcard to my brother.

Vocabulary:
The prefix (接頭辞) 'post-' may mean:
1. after (後) e.g. postscript/P.S. (追伸), postoperative (術後), postpone (延期する)
2. 郵便 e.g. postcard (葉書), postbox (郵便ポスト), post office (郵便局)
#アート

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Fleamarket Bargains

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Fleamarket Bargains
Today there was a fleamarket* in Gifu, near my school. I bought a few things - the towel was only ¥300 - a bargain (お得)! The kobito-zukan characters were only ¥50 for the lot** - another bargain!! The car was even cheaper - only ¥10 - what a fantastic bargain!!! Finally, the old postcards were ¥500 for 6 . Is that a bargain? Hmmm... maybe not.

* a flea is a kind of insect (蚤) - in the past, old clothes sold in fleamarkets sometimes had fleas
** the lot = まとめ, everything

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2 Fish, 1 Wish

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2 Fish, 1 Wish
My kids caught these 2 fish in Australia. The bottom one, about 25cm long, is a 'Gunther`s Wrasse'. The top one was about 30cm, but I don`t know what it is. I wish I knew... Can you help? Do you know this fish?

Grammar:
- "I wish + 主語 + 過去形動詞 (NOT 現在形)..."
#動物

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