The Kamakura 鎌倉

Zeniarai-benten

I proud Japanese beautiful culture, and if you watch this movie that is added traditional Japanese song “Sakura Sakura” – cherry blossom x 2.

Let’s  enjoy Japanese movie and music!!

Sutra copying

Sutra copying

Yesterday I did Sutra copying, and it was my first experience!

Sutra copying is the East Asian practice of hand-copying Buddhist sutras.

Although I’m not Buddhist, it was fun.

Sutra copying

Sutra copying

By the way for a lot of Japanese, it is not so important that he or she is Buddhist, Christian, whatever..

It means when Christmas, we enjoy it as like a Christian, when new year, we enjoy it as Buddhist, or Shinto, then do Hatsu-mode that is the first pray Buddha or Kami in the year, and usually we do it the first week of new year.

So, of course some of Japanese are rigid prayers, but even so, we’ll enjoy each festival or holidays…

If you don’t mind even it’s Buddhist activity, I would strongly recommend to do as one of tour events.

 

Do you know TOEIC exam?

TOEIC

Do you know TOEIC exam(Test of English for International Communication)?

TOEIC is the examination of English, and very popular in Japan, no, no…I should say “too much popular!”.

Most Japanese companies use TOEIC score for new employer selection or promotion to Director.

TOEIC

TOEIC

A fanny thing is although this is the examination for measure his English level, but actually it’s not much with.

Even he gets high score, he cannot speak English at all!, Yes “not at all”

Why?

Because a lot of Japanese know how to get TOEIC high sore. And there are a lot of school particularly for TOEIC technique!!

Yes, Japanese may be clever, we already developed the technical solution for TOEIC,and it’s not related to English level, just game!!

 

Trend of Hamburger in Japan

Monster burger

We Japan also have major hamburger chain shops, such as Mac Donald’s, Burger King, and so on.

When we discuss about prices, we used to compare Big Mac price in Japan with others!

I look it becomes rare case recently, but Mac Donald’s in Japan is doing aggressive promotion on TV.

Beside such major hamburger shops, more American style hamburgers, means more bigger and deluxe AND more expensive, become more popular than before recently.

One of the reasons should be the result of mass media promotion, they introduce trendy food everyday on TV and sometime they make the trend by themselves.

I went to eat such gorgeous hamburger last weekend.

Monster burger

Monster burger

The shop name is Monster Burger.

Although the name Monster Burger was in Menu, I avoid it because it was too much, like tower!!

The photo is natural their hamburger with Tomato and lettuce and patty with basil sauce.

It was delicious and better than usual hamburger actually, but the price also gorgeous!!

 

Tempra : Ginza Tenkuni

Tempra1

I think one of the most famous Japanese food is Tempra.

Although there are a lot of traditional Tempra restaurant, I like Ginza Tenkuni because of the taste and reasonable price!!

Ginza Tenkuni Lunch set

Ginza Tenkuni Lunch set

Although I cannot find out where the shop name “Tenkuni” come from in their HP, the Chinese character is “天國” that means Heaven!

So I felt I’m in Heaven during tasting Tempra!!

Cover of Chop stick

Cover of Chop stick

 

Tempra1

Tempra1

 

Tempra 2

Tempra 2

FYI

Ginza is town name in Tokyo, and the name itself becomes brand!

 

Pizza restaurant Shakey’s

Shakeys Pizza

If you are American, Philippine, Hon Kong, or Japanese, you may know Shakey’s Pizza house.

Our staff went Japan Yokohama Shakey’s last weekend!!

Shakeys Design

Shakeys Design

For everyone who don’t know Shakey’s restaurant, I explain about it from their HP.

Sherwood “Shakey” Johnson opened the first Shakey’s Pizza Parlor® in a remodeled grocery store on 57th and J Street in Sacramento, California in 1954. Originally established as “ye public house” for pizza & beer, Johnson indulged his passion for Dixieland jazz and added live ragtime music to mix, featuring banjos and player pianos throughout his rapidly expanding franchise. As the concept caught on, the Shakey’s name became synonymous with the World’s Greatest Pizza™ along with light-hearted slogans such as “You’ll have fun at Shakey’s, also pizza,” and “You can feed your face at any old place, but you can warm your heart at Shakey’s.”*http://www.shakeys.com/History.aspx

Yes, their Pizza is very nice, and the price also reasonable, in fact, there are a lot of customers in Yokohama Shakey’s on the day.

From our Japanese point of view, it’s typical American style, means very comfortable space and food, although Japanese have complete different culture.

Shaykes Pizza and Potato

Shaykes Pizza and Potato

Shakeys Buffet

Shakeys Buffet

Shakeys Since1954

Shakeys Since1954

 

 

オムレツの作り方 Challenge to Melting Omelette 5th day

First of all, I should say Thank you!!, because a lot of people who saw or knew his challenge, such as blog readers, friends, colleagues, say “don’t mid”,”Never give up”,”Try!!” and gave him advise.

You can see in the movie, this 5th day’s challenge was disaster anyway…

But I know he can do it and will try again!!

ホルモン焼き丼 Bowl of broiled pig innards on skewers

Bowl of broiled pig innards on skewers

Broiled pig innards on skewers is one of the most popular  food in Japan.

The argument is that offal, which before the World War II had been either discarded or used as fertilizer, was grilled and eaten by Korean female factory workers in Japan and became what is now known as horumonyaki, and that therefore the custom of grilling offal (small intestine) originated not in Korea but Japan. (weblio)

It’s so delicious and healthy food!!

ホルモン焼き丼

ホルモン焼き丼

Bowl of broiled pig innards on skewers

Bowl of broiled pig innards on skewers