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Australian Postage Stamps

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Australian Postage Stamps
This week I got Christmas presents for my three kids from my brother in Australia. Check out all those fancy stamps! My kids (& their father) were impressed. My daughter is four years old & loves princesses, so she especially liked the stamps which featured Queen Elizabeth.

I haven`t finished my Christmas shopping yet. I got presents for my kids, but I haven`t got anything for my wife yet. Hmmm. What should I get her...? I should get her something nice, right? It`s difficult...

Grammar:
- "get + 何か + from + 誰か" = 誰かから何かをもらう
- "get + 何か + for + 誰か" = 誰かに何かを買う
- "get + 誰か + 何か" = 誰かに何かかを買う
#切手

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Movie: Summertime, 1955

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Movie: Summertime, 1955
I`m not usually a fan of romance movies, but I like this movie, set in Venice & starring Katherine Hepburn (not Audrey). One reason is that everyone is dressed so stylishly (stylish = お洒落). The men wear nice suits & the women wear chic, elegant dresses. Of course, the scenery & buildings are also beautiful. Another reason is the bitter-sweet (楽しくも複雑な?) ending, which features a steam train. I like steam trains.

If you get a chance, please watch it.

Vocabulary:
- dress (動詞) = put on clothes
- dress up (動詞) = wear special, nice clothes
- dress (名詞) = ドレス ( ワンピース は英語ではない)
- chic = シック, 粋 (だから栄名古屋で「ラシック LA CHIC」と言うのファッション店があります)
#映画

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Gifu Teragoya Christmas Party

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Gifu Teragoya Christmas Party
On Saturday night Gifu Teragoya had its Christmas party around the corner at a restaurant called Bar Sabio. It`s a Spanish restaurant, so I ate a lot of delicious Spanish food. I also talked to a lot of students, & drank a lot of Sapporo beer. It`s* been a while (= 久しぶり) since I drank Sapporo beer, but it`s a suitable beer for Christmas I think, because it has a big star on its label. Do you know why a star is put at the top of a Christmas tree? It`s because some wise men ("magi") who visited baby Jesus used a big star to locate him. It`s a kind of GPS. MagiPS...?

Spelling:
- its = それの
- it`s = sore...desu OR *it has
#パーティ

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Ibigawa Camping

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Ibigawa Camping
Have you ever been to Ibigawa Town? It`s famous for its annual marathon. Although there aren`t many famous sights (見物) in the area, there is nice scenery (景色) & a couple of free campsites. I chose one by the Kasu River. I thought I would be the only person there, as it is so late in the year, & it was a weekday (平日), but I was surprised to see that there were a few other people camping there too. This campsite must be packed (=very crowded) in summer! But if you want to go: https://www.town.ibigawa.lg.jp/kankoujyouhou/0000006141.html

Vocabulary
- site = 所 / 敷地 / 用地, --> campsite = キャンプ場 , construction site = 建設地, world heritage site = 世界遺産, website
- sight = 光景, --> sightseeing = 観光
#アウトドア

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Frankenstein Costume

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Frankenstein Costume
For this year`s Teragoya halloween kids party, I dressed as Frankenstein. I`m pretty skinny, so I put socks under the shoulders of my old 90s suit jacket (I knew it would come in handy one day) to look more muscly.

By pulling a handy wire inside my jacket, I could open my 'head' (a black, hairy bucket) to reveal a bloody styrofoam brain. When I did that, most people laughed, but some kids cried.

For my craft activity, kids put felt shapes onto a blank green Frankenstein face. When they finished, I picked it up & put it on a body, like a scarecrow, & we took photos in front of it. I like the design above - it has a cheeky smile.

Vocabulary
You can make various adjectives by combining '[body part] + y':
skin 皮膚 skinny 細い
muscle 筋肉 muscly 筋肉隆々の
hand 手 handy 便利な
hair 髪 hairy 毛だらけの
brain 脳 brainy 利口な
blood 血 bloody 血塗れの
nose 鼻 nosy 詮索好きな、おせっかいな
cheek 頬 cheeky 生意気な
#パーティ

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Live Jazz at Pannonica

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Live Jazz at Pannonica
When ex-Teragoya teacher Paul told me about this jazz performance, I knew right away* that I wanted to go. However I didn`t know the place - Pannonica. Anyway, it`s right* next to Gifu Don Quijote (ドン・キホーテ), on the right**. Convenient location, right***? I went right* after work on Saturday evening, with a couple of friends. We had a good time.

Thank you Paul & Nagoya Union Church (http://nagoyaunionchurch.com/) for sponsoring such a cool event!

* 直ぐ
** 右
*** correct
#音楽

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Loaded Lime Tree

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Loaded Lime Tree
This year my lime tree is loaded (満載) with fruit. I think I will use them to make lemon delicious pudding: https://en.bloguru.com/otto/98690/recipe-lemon-delicious-pudding

I wish I was loaded (= rich)...
#園芸

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Seki Knife Festival

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Seki Knife Festival
On Sunday I went to the Seki City knife festival for the first time. Of course there were a lot of stalls selling various kinds of knives, but there were also food stalls between the knife stalls, which was a little strange to me; Kitchen knives... Outdoor knives... Candy apples... Gardening tools... Kitchen knives... Choco-bananas... Folding knives... Samurai swords... Shaved Ice... etc. It was hard for me to look at knives because my kids kept begging (願う) me to buy food that they could see.

Anyway, it was pretty interesting, & we had a good time. I recommend going.

Vocabulary:
- fold: 畳む, 折る Folding knife: 折りたたみナイフ, Folding bike: 折りたたみ自転車

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Scarecrow

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Scarecrow
What do you think of this scarecrow? Are you scared? I guess it`s a little scary, but it`s also pretty funny. Sometimes I feel like this when I wake up.

scare: 脅かす crow: 烏 scarecrow: 鳥威し
scared: 怖じる
scary: 怖い

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Recycled Wood Collection Frame

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Recycled Wood Collection Frame
I sold a few things at our school craft event last Saturday - frames, puzzles, display cases. I sold this frame to my workmate, James. The original price was ¥2,400. James said he liked it. I told him to make an offer. He said, "¥1,500?"
I said, "Okay!"

Well haggled (値切る), James.

He said he would use it to display some small stones & other objects that he has.

Grammar:
- He said... OK
- He told me... OK
- He said me... WRONG

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