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Educational Blogs
User Profile   August 18, 2017


"When children decide they want to learn, they go like rocket"

This perfectly explains how the students in (the movie) Summerhill were able to built a tree house, boat and can even explain "Science". It was surprising because teachers were not telling them how to do it, they learned to figure it out by themselves and asking help from their friends. They were given the choice to decide what they want to learn and how they want to learn it, no time pressure. They had the freedom to explore and try new things that spark their curiosity. This is very much different from the kind of teaching we are used to; we expect our students to learn the topic in just few days or a week, give them a test and when they get low score, we teach them again and get frustrated when they don't really understand it. We sometimes forget the effect on our students; knowing they upset us for not grasping the concept and for getting low grade.

"Being able to make decisions for yourself from an early age teaches you to deal with the results of wrong decision and shows you how it feels to be on the wrong end of decisions made by other people"- Zoe Redhead

As we grow older, we were told that we learn from our mistakes, but students from Summerhill, uncover this through exercising freedom. They become aware of the consequences of their actions and they learn to understand that rules should be followed for their own sake. Students, as young as 5, can propose a rule to be agreed upon by fellow students during the council meeting. I can't imagine any school doing that.

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The Summerhill is every child's dream school (mine too). We were once like Ryan, we didn't want lesson, we just wanted to go out and play, but not going to school would mean getting scolded. I hope we'll be able to apply some principles of A.S. Neill, that would make more students enjoy going to school.

 

 Hi, you can watch the Summerhill movie in this link: https://youtu.be/TxngqMavda0

 Enjoy =)


User Profile   August 16, 2017

What are manga and anime?

Modern day manga (漫画) can be defined as comics corresponding to a Japanese style which originated during the mid-1900s. The popularity of manga in Japan has since ballooned. Today, there is a huge domestic industry for manga, and increasingly so internationally. In Japan, people of both genders and all ages read manga. For example, it is quite common to see business men in suits reading thick comic books in commuter trains.

The range of manga genres is diverse, with content ranging from history to futuristic science fiction and from teenage romance to profound themes about life. The comics are broadly separated into four categories according to the target audience: boys, girls, youths and matured. They can be commonly found in bookstores, bookstands and convenience stores all over Japan.

A manga series may become popular enough that it is made into an anime (アニメ) - Japanese styled animation. Examples of world famous anime include "Dragonball", "Sailor Moon", "Pokemon" and "One Piece". Of course, original scripts may also be written for anime. One popular anime production company with its own distinct style is Studio Ghibli, which has produced award winning works such as "My Neighbor Totoro" and "Spirited Away".

Some view this approximately 1000 year old work, displayed at Kozanji, Kyoto, to be Japan's first manga

Manga and anime related events and places of interest

The popularity of manga and anime in Japan has led to the establishment of many related attractions and places of interest. In Tokyo, some of the world's largest comic events are held annually.

Manga Cafes (Manga Kissa)

Manga cafes are places where customers can read from a library of manga for a specified time at a corresponding fee. Guests are free to borrow and return books as many times as they wish within the time limit. Many manga cafes also allocate individual compartments, offering guests some privacy for their reading pleasure.

Manga cafes can be found at almost all major city centers, usually located close to the train stations. Big cities such as Tokyo and Osaka have a large number of such establishments. Many of them offer a free flow of non-alcoholic drinks and double as internet cafes. Charges are typically about 300 yen per 30 minutes, but most offer packages such as three hours for around 1000 yen.

Maid cafe at Akihabara

Maid Cafes

Maid cafes were originally created to fulfill the fantasies of fans of maid-themed manga and anime. The concept originated in Akihabara at the dawn of the millennium. Ever since, multiple maid cafes have been opened in the area, making Akihabara by far the best place to go for a maid cafe experience. The success of the cafes have inspired emulations at other locations in Japan and other countries such as Taiwan, South Korea, China, Canada and the United States.

The primary characteristic of maid cafes are the waitresses who are dressed typically in costumes as French maids. Food and desserts served at the cafes are usually decorated in a cute way. The waitresses role-playing as maids may engage in friendly conversations or play card/video games with the customers to make them feel at home. Picture-taking is usually forbidden, but some cafes allow customers to have their picture taken with a "maid" for an additional fee.

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Events

A few manga and anime grand events are held in the course of a year. In particular, the AnimeJapan(formerly known as Tokyo Anime Fair), held annually at Odaiba's Big Sight convention center, is one of the largest animation related events in the world. Another noteworthy event is Comiket, a huge comic book fair which attracts hundreds of thousands of people. It is held biannually, also at Big Sight in Tokyo.

Shopping

Manga and anime related items have a huge following in Japan and have given rise to the setting up of many hobby shops, especially at places like Denden Town of Osaka and, more prominently, in Tokyo's Akihabara district, the mecca of manga and anime. Below is a list of some locations where manga and anime related shopping can be done:

Akihabara

Akihabara is the center of gaming, manga and anime culture in Japan. With its electronics shops, maid cafes and anime stores, it is a paradise for any self-proclaimed otaku. Stores are typically open from 10:00 to 20:00, although individual store hours vary.

Nakano Broadway

Nakano Broadway is a shopping mall with a large concentration of stores specializing in anime goods, including numerous specialized branches of the Mandarake store. Items on offer include a wide selection of figures, toys and costumes. Stores are typically open from 12:00 to 20:00, although individual store hours vary.
Nationwide

Pokemon Center

Found in major cities, including Sapporo, Sendai, Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima and Fukuoka, Pokemon Centers are stores where you can buy all things Pokemon like trading cards, stationery, toys and games, including some exclusive items.

DiverCity Tokyo Plaza

This shopping, dining and entertainment complex opened in 2012 in Odaiba and features attractions related to the Gundam anime series. The large Gundam statue that stood in front of the building was removed in March 2017, and a new one will be erected in autumn 2017. Furthermore, the Gundam Front Tokyo theme park closed in April 2017 and will be replaced by the Gundam Base Tokyo, a shop dedicated to plastic models, scheduled to open on August 19, 2017.

Theme parks and museums

Manga and anime have also inspired the establishment of several theme parks and museums. Some such popular attractions are:

One Piece Tower

Located inside the building at the base of Tokyo Tower, this indoor amusement park is themed after the popular One Piece manga series. It offers a variety of shows, games and other attractions that feature the series' characters.

Ghibli Museum

Located near Mitake Station, a little bit outside central Tokyo, the Ghibli Museum is home to the favorite characters from Ghibli Studios films such as My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. The museum features special animation exhibits and exclusive short films. Advance reservations are required to visit the museum.

Fujiko F. Fujiyo Museum

The Fujiko F. Fujio Museum, informally known as the Doraemon Museum, shows the work of manga artist Fujiko F. Fujio, creator of the influential and long running Doraemon series. The museum is located in Kawasaki next to Tokyo and requires advanced reservations.

Ishinomori Manga Museum

This museum is dedicated to the manga creator Ishinomori Shotaro, a prolific artist who drew several dozen influential manga series including Cyborg 009 and Kamen Rider, and displays a collection of comics, statues and artworks from his numerous manga series. The museum is located in Ishinomaki near Sendai. It was damaged by the 2011 tsunami but has since been repaired and reopened.

Kyoto International Manga Museum

The Kyoto International Manga Museum is centrally located near Karasuma-Oike Subway Station and displays a massive collection of manga available for browsing. It also focuses on both the adoption and development of manga internationally.

Kitakyushu Manga Museum

The Kitakyushu Manga Museum introduces the history of manga with a focus on artists who have affiliations to Kitakyushu City, including Matsumoto Leiji, the creator of Space Battleship Yamato and Galaxy Express 999. The museum is located in Aru-Aru City, a shopping center that also features several manga and anime related shops.


User Profile   August 14, 2017

What Is an Oxford Comma?

Most people I’ve met have no idea what the Oxford comma is, but it’s probably something that you have used in the past. What is it? It’s a punctuation mark so fantastic that a hipster band wrote a song about it.

Let’s observe the Oxford comma in its natural habitat:

While Sean was waiting for Kyle to pick up Chinese for dinner, he scraped the paint off the bathroom door frame, alphabetized his books by main character’s first name, and successfully startled the neighbor’s boxer twice.

The last comma in that sentence is an Oxford comma, also known as the serial comma or the Harvard comma. Its name is always pretentious, and its purpose is always the same: it comes before the conjunction (in this case, “and”) in a list.

Is the Oxford Comma Required?

The Oxford comma is completely optional.

It’s far more common in non-journalistic prose, and fairly standard in the US, but it’s not often used in the UK, Australia, or South Africa.

Without it, however, meanings of sentences can change completely. For example:

Amanda found herself in the Winnebago with her ex-boyfriend, an herbalist and a pet detective.

Amanda found herself in the Winnebago with her ex-boyfriend, an herbalist, and a pet detective.

One comma makes the difference between an awkward road trip with two people and a potentially hilarious road trip with four people. Make sure you’re punctuating the story you want people to read.

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User Profile   August 09, 2017

    

Conflict is part of our everyday life, we may have it at home, work, school or even at the Mrt; the common reasons are disagreement and miscommunication. Each conflict, no matter how big or small is, should aim to solve the problem and not to prove who's right or who has better idea. However, sometimes, people tend to ignore the problem and tried to be okay with it and when it blows up, they would waste their time competing for their opinions, until it gets bigger and more difficult to resolve. I'm not surprised why others hire someone to help them fix it.

Before it  gets worse, let's practice working on the problems as soon as it arises and deal with it in a proper way; it will not only save our money, but also our time. Here are the helpful steps on resolving a conflict:

1. Agree on a mutually accepted time and place to discuss the conflict- This is necessary if both parties are busy and have different schedule, but if you see each other on a daily basis, this wouldn't be a problem.

2. State the problem as you see it and list your concerns- always make sure to start your statement with "I.." and avoid using always or never. Remember you are sharing your own concern  the other person may not know about.

3. Let the other person have his/her say- Keep in mind that the discussion is not just about you.

4. Listen and ask questions- Ask questions if you want to clarify something and be acceptable of the other person's views or opinions.

5. Stick one conflict at a time- to the issue at hand- Please try not to bring up other concerns (or even past issues) when you haven't solve the problem yet.

6. Seek common ground- Discuss the differences and similarities of your concerns

7. Brainstorms solutions to the conflict that allow everyone to win- or beneficial to both parties; "winning" makes it sound like a game. Compromise is the key.

8. Request behavior changes only- If it involves someone's attitude, instead of asking them to stop, suggest ways how they can improve.

9. Agree to the best way to resolve the conflict and to a timetable for implementing it- If you need to see the changes soon, then parties should agree about the time.

10. If the discussion breaks down, reschedule another to time to meet. Consider bringing  a third party. - If you don't keep an open mind and don't want to settle, this is more likely to happen.

I believe the last step should be Make Peace and Move On. =)

In every conflict, talking (gently please) is the best way to resolve it. How will the person know that there is a problem, if you're not even telling it? How will you resolve it, if you will just be quiet about it?

 

 

 


User Profile   August 09, 2017

Japan is often called a "Galapagos" when it comes to technology, as the country's cultural isolation tends to produce innovations found nowhere else in the world.
The same can be said about food.
Japan is a culinary wonderland thanks to an incomparable uniqueness, a national obsession with cuisine and an almost religious embrace of freshness and productive perfection.
The result is the following 40 edible treasures that we can never get enough of:

1. Gindara saikyo-yaki

Lovingly slow-grilled over hot coals, the perfect gindara saikyo-yaki is flaky, moist, suggestively sweet and irresistibly savory at the same time.
Black cod is in itself a thing of beauty, but marinating it in mellow white miso brings out a buttery richness that's hard to describe -- and even harder to stop eating.
The Japanese originally developed this technique in order to preserve fish before the invention of refrigeration. Those days are long gone, but our love for saikyo-yaki endures.
We especially love the gindara saikyo-yaki at Ginka (Azabu Juban 2-19-2, Minato-ku; +81 (0)3 5439 6938). It's a hole-in-the-wall shop selling himono dried fish with a small dining area hidden at the back.

2. Horsemeat

Horsemeat is known as  sakuraniku or cherry blossom meat in Japan because of its bright pink color
Horsemeat is known as sakuraniku, or cherry blossom meat in Japan, because of its bright pink color.
We know what you're thinking. But, when properly prepared, horsemeat is tender, mildly sweet and not at all gamey. The secret? Dry aging, which concentrates the flavor and gives the meat a pleasing springiness.
The Japanese politely refer to horsemeat as sakuraniku, or cherry blossom meat, because of its bright pink color. Its most popular incarnation is basashi, paper-thin slices of raw horsemeat dipped in soy sauce and grated ginger, frequently served at izakayas.
Minoya (Morishita 2-19-9, Koto-ku; 03 3631 8298), one of Tokyo's oldest shitamachi horsemeat restaurants, specializes in sakuranabe, a savory miso-based hot-pot dish of horsemeat simmered together with naganegi Japanese leeks and clear shirataki noodles.

3. Warabi mochi

Warabi mochi is a very popular sweet in Japan
Warabi mochi is a very popular sweet in Japan.
Wiggly, jiggly, sweet and cool to the touch, warabi mochi is a lot like Jell-o, except much, much better. Technically, "mochi" is a bit of a misnomer: Warabi mochi is made not from rice, but bracken fern starch. The result is custardy, translucent, and delicious rolled in toasty kinako soybean flour.
Look no further than your local grocery store for warabi-mochi, especially in summertime. The treat can also be found in depachika or wagashi Japanese confectionary shops such as Kazuya.

4. Umi-budo

Also known as green caviar umi-bodo is a type of seaweed from Okinawa
Also known as green caviar, umi-bodo is a type of seaweed from Okinawa.
Shimmering like tiny jewels in shades of green that range from pale jade to deep moss, umi-budo are a delight to behold. These miniature "sea grapes" are not grapes at all, but clusters of an extraordinary sea vegetable found in Okinawa.
When you bite into them, the turgid little capsules pop in your mouth, offering a satisfying crunch before releasing their briny goodness across your palate.
At Okinawan restaurants like Dachibin (Koenji Kita 3-2-13, Suginami-ku; +81 (03) 3337 1352), umi-budo come with a lively ponzu dipping sauce to provide a balance of acidity and sweetness.

5. Sushi

Sushi is one of the most well-known Japanese dishes in the world
Sushi is one of the most well-known Japanese dishes in the world.
Without a doubt, sushi is one of Japan's greatest gastronomical gifts to the world. Almost poetic in its simplicity, good sushi relies on two things: the freshness of the ingredients and the knife skills of the chef.
Whether you like your raw fish draped over bite-sized balls of vinegared rice, rolled up in toasted nori seaweed or pressed into fat rectangular logs, delicious sushi can be found in every price range.
The sushi at Sushisho Masa (Seven Nishiazabu B1, Nishi-Azabu 4-1-15, Minato-ku; +81 (0)3 3499 9178) in Roppongi is nothing short of piscine perfection. Each exquisite piece is served with flair, and specific instructions on how to eat it.

6. Chirashi-don

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The word "chirashi" means "scattered sushi" in Japanese.
Chirashi-don combines the simple elegance of fresh raw fish with the laid-back informality of donburi, the quotidian rice bowl. The specialty at Uogashi Senryo (Tsukiji 4-10-14, Chuo-ku; +81 (0)3 5565 5739) in Tsukiji is kaisen hitsumabushi, a kind of chirashi donburi tossed with various morsels of raw fish and topped with creamy uni sea urchin and ruby red ikura salmon roe.
Eating it involves a procedure that borders on ritual. The fish and rice are first mixed with soy sauce and wasabi, and later with pickled vegetables. When most of the mixture has been eaten, dashi broth is poured over the remaining third, which is consumed as a soup.

7. Tonkatsu

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Tonkatsu -- a breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet.
Breaded, deep-fried until crisp and golden brown and then drizzled with a sweet and piquant sauce, meat doesn't get any better than tonkatsu.
At Tonki (Shimo Meguro 1-1-2, Meguro- ku; +81 (0)3 3491 9928), they don't take reservations. The lines are long, but the succulent hire tonkatsu, served with a mound of shredded cabbage to assuage your guilt, is well worth the wait. Maisen (Jingumae 4-8-5, Shibuya-ku; +81 (0)3 3470 0071) is also an unbeatable stand-by.

8. Wagyu

Wagyu which means Japanese cow refers to specific breeds of cattle that come from a direct traceable and pure bloodline
Wagyu (which means "Japanese cow") refers to specific breeds of cattle that come from a direct, traceable and pure bloodline.
Nothing quite compares to that first bite of lavishly marbled wagyu. It's like butter, meltingly tender and decadent. Once you've had wagyu, other steaks seem downright stingy in their leanness.
At first, those fine white veins of fat may seem shocking, but compared to regular beef, wagyu actually contains higher levels of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which help reduce the risk of heart disease. At least that's what we keep telling ourselves.
Blacows (Ebisu Nishi 2-11-9, Shibuya-ku; +81 (0)3 3477 2914) offers a taste of luxury in their juicy 100 percent wagyu burgers.

9. Tempura

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Light, crispy delights.
Wooing the world through the international language of deep-fried deliciousness, tempura is one of Japan's most popular culinary exports. Ironically, this iconic Japanese dish finds its roots abroad -- in Portugal.
When Portuguese missionaries and traders arrived in Nagasaki in the mid-16th century, they brought with them a taste for rich foods and the technique of deep-frying. Christianity may have been slow to catch on in Japan, but tempura was an instant hit.
At Kondo (Sakaguchi Bldg. 9F, Ginza 5-5-13, Chuo-ku; +81 (0)3 5568 0923), deep frying is almost an art form: greaseless morsels of tender asparagus, delicately crisp kisu fish, and plump scallops still pink in the center.

10. Ramen

Ramen was adapted for Japanese palates from a Chinese dish
Ramen was adapted for Japanese palates from a Chinese dish.
More books, blogs and movies have been dedicated to ramen than any other noodle dish in Asia. No wonder: Ramen's intoxicating combination of fat and salt sends powerful messages directly to the endorphin-producing parts of the brain.
It's very, very difficult to choose just one ramen shop, but Enji (Kichijoji Minami-cho 1-1-1, Musashino-shi; +81 (0)422 44 5303) is one of our newest favorites for tsukemen, ramen noodles dipped in a thickly concentrated fish-and-pork-bone-based broth.

11. Satsuma-age

Satsuma-age -- a paste made from fish and vegetables Tastes a lot better than it sounds
Satsuma-age -- a paste made from fish and vegetables. Tastes a lot better than it sounds.
Satsuma-age proves that, like most things edible, minced fish paste benefits from a little time in the deep fryer. Originally from Kagoshima in Kyushu, these golf-ball-sized goodies can be made with a variety of vegetables -- slivers of gobo burdock root, chopped shiitake mushrooms and sliced onions.
Satsuma-age can be found at specialty stands and izakayas all over the city, but Bar Ippo in Ebisu (Kamasuya 2F, Ebisu 1-22-10, Shibuya-ku; 03 3445 8418) puts a unique twist on the dish. Their puffed fuwa-fuwa-age are airy pillows of fried fish cake flecked with black sesame seeds that go great with sake.

12. Te-uchi soba

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Soba noodles are made from buckwheat flour.
Most of the buckwheat noodles on the market are mass-produced, inoffensive yet forgettable. Once you've tasted te-uchi hand-rolled soba, though, it's easy to understand why soba chefs take great pride in making the perfect noodles. Served cold as zaru-soba, or in a hot bath of dashi broth, their mildly nutty flavor and firm-to-the-bite texture are addictive.
Matsugen (Sendaizaka Oak Hills 1F, Azabu Juban 3-11-12, Minato-ku; +81 (0)3 3457 5690) offers expertly prepared, traditional te-uchi soba in a stylish modern setting. The bukkake soba is garnished with a dozen aromatic herbs and served with an unusual sesame dipping sauce.

13. Sanuki udon

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Sanuki udon has a chewy and silky texture.
Like so many revolutions, the rise of sanuki udon began with a book. Sanuki udon, Shikoku's special brand of thick wheat noodles, had long been revered by udon connoisseurs in Western Japan, but the release of "Osorubeki Sanuki Udon" (The Astounding Sanuki Udon) sparked a craze that spread like wildfire across the country. What makes Sanuki udon special is their chewy and silky texture. Slick, slurpable, and immensely satisfying, sanuki udon noodles offer both the firm bite of al dente pasta and the pliant density of mochi rice cakes.
At Tokyo Mentsudan (DaikanPlaza Business Kiyota Bldg. 1F, Nishi-shinjuku 7-9-15, Shinjuku-ku; +81 (0)3 5389 1077), you can watch the noodle makers at work as they roll, cut and cook the udon in huge vats of boiling water.

14. Japanese curry rice

Apples and honey in curry? Indian chefs would be quick to declare heresy. However, Japanese curry diverged from its roots on the subcontinent long ago and has evolved into an iconic dish in its own right. It's commonly served atop white rice, or in a kitschy silver turret, with a side of tart and crunchy rakkyo pickles. Beloved by schoolchildren and salarymen alike, its particular blend of sweetness, gentle spice and soothing, viscous mouth-feel has made curry rice one of Japan's most popular dishes.
Manten in Jimbocho (Kanda Jimbocho 1-54, Chiyoda-ku; +81 (0)3 3291 3274) is wildly popular among curry rice junkies.

15. Yaki-imo

Yaki-imo - roasted sweet potato
Yaki-imo - roasted sweet potato.
Come wintertime, Tokyo's streets are filled with the nostalgic, nutty aroma of roasted sweet potatoes, and a plangent call emanating from the yaki-imo trucks can be heard in every neighborhood. Yaki-imo usually disappear around late spring, but the curiously named daigaku-imo (university potatoes) sugar-crusted sweet potato snack can be found all year round. Take a look around your local grocery store, or the basement food courts in department stores like Takashimaya to get your daigaku-imo sweet potato fix.

16. Taimeshi

This classic dish of rice steamed with sea bream and konbu, dusted with sansho Japanese pepper, tastes of home -- which is where you're most likely to find it. Although Omasa-Komasa in Higashi Nakano (Higashi Nakano 4-2-25, Nakano-ku; +81 (0)3 3371 0019) is known for its extensive selection of Juyondai sake, their taimeshi is some of the best we've tasted outside of Mom's kitchen.

17. Takoyaki

Takoyaki -- a street-food favorite in Japan
Takoyaki -- a street-food favorite in Japan.
The term "octopus balls" doesn't do justice to this delectable snack from Osaka. A crisp exterior surrounding a gooey center of octopus, pickled ginger and scallions, takoyaki carries the heft of a meal in a few ping-pong-sized globes of dough. Brushed with a sweet sauce and sprinkled with nori, they're a favorite at festivals and as a late-afternoon snack.

18. Kabayaki

Kabayaki is a popular Japanese cooking technique commonly used for eel
Kabayaki is a popular Japanese cooking technique commonly used for eel.
Kabayaki is a skewer of unagi eel that has been filleted, dunked in a thick, sweet soy-based sauce and then grilled. We can't verify the purported stamina-enhancing properties that make it popular in summer, but we love it for its intense, smoky-sweet flavor.
Connoiseurs swear by Obana in Minami-Senju (Minami-Senju 5-33-1, Arakawa-ku; +81 (0)3 3801 4670), one of the oldest unagi shops in the city.

19. Ochazuke

Ochazuke is a popular comfort food in Japan
Ochazuke is a popular comfort food in Japan.
Chicken soup for the Japanese soul. Ochazuke is about as far from haute cuisine as you can get. It's a bowl of plain white rice and green tea mixed with dashi kelp broth, usually topped with salmon flakes, nori or umeboshi pickled plums, just the thing you crave when you're feeling sick, hungover or down in the dumps.

20. Onigiri

Onigiri -- salted pressed rice sandwiches
Onigiri -- salted, pressed rice "sandwiches."
Tasty, filling and cheaper than a cup of coffee at Doutor, these usually triangular rice balls are the ultimate fast food. The fact that they're available at every convenience store means that you're never far from a snack.
Onigiri come stuffed with anything from spicy cod roe and pickled greens, to grilled slices of beef with mayonnaise. In depachika department store basement food courts, you can find them filled with seasonal ingredients such as fresh takenoko bamboo shoots in the spring or matsutake mushrooms in the fall.
Onigiri can be found anywhere and everywhere.

21. Tofu

The Japanese cant get enough of tofu
The Japanese can't get enough of tofu.
We love tofu. Okay, there, we've said it. It's the most versatile vegetable protein out there, delicious deep-fried and splashed with dashi, stir-fried with beef, or served chilled and sprinkled with herbs. Tofu in its various incarnations can be found all over the city in izakayas such as Washoku En (various locations). For an unforgettably elegant (if pricey) tofu experience, head to Tofuya Ukai (Shiba Koen 4-4-13, Minato-ku; +81 (0)3 3436 1028). You'll never look at bean curd in the same way again.

22. Natto

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Natto is a dish you either love or hate.
Natto is easily the most divisive food in all of Japanese cuisine. Like blue cheese or durian, these fermented soybeans have an aggressively pungent aroma and idiosyncratic flavor that people either love or hate. Detractors complain of its "stinky" smell and "slimy" texture, but fans are addicted to its potent umami-rich goodness. It's delicious tossed with raw tuna and kimchee, or folded into the pork filling for gyoza.
For those still wary of natto, Yamanashi-based natto producer Sendaiya has found a way to sneak it into tasty baked doughnuts.

23. Okonomiyaki/monjayaki.

The name okonomiyaki is loosely translated as as you like it
The name okonomiyaki is loosely translated as "as you like it."
These fat, savory "pancakes" can be made with any number of ingredients -- thin slices of pork belly, octopus, shrimp and even cheese -- in a variety of combinations. Hence the name okonomiyaki, which loosely translates as, "as you like it." They're often cooked on a hot griddle at your table. At several places, you can make them yourself, but it's probably a job best left to the pros.
Monjayaki is okonomiyaki's gloopy, soupy cousin. The best place to try it is in Tsukishima, where you'll find dozens of restaurants specializing in monjayaki and okonomiyaki.

24. Nabe

Nabe is the embodiment of communal dining in Japan. On chilly winter nights, you can almost feel the love rising from this bubbling pot of goodness. At Yoshiba (Yokodsuna 2-14-5, Sumida-ku; 03 3623 4480), savor your soup like a sumo wrestler with chanko nabe, a calorie-laden hodge-podge of fish, meat and vegetables, finished with thick udon noodles and egg.

25. Miso

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Miso soup is one of the most central ingredients within Japanese cooking.
Where would Japanese cuisine be without miso? This salty fermented bean paste forms the base of so many soups, sauces and marinades. Every region in Japan has its own special recipe. Sample them all -- from sweet and smooth Saikyo miso to dark and brooding Hatcho Miso -- at Sano Miso (Kameido 1-35-8, Koto-ku; +81 (0)3 3685 6111). We hear it's the best miso shop in town.

26. Mochi ice cream

Playfully chewy, milky and sweet, mochi ice cream speaks to our childhood fascination with foods that come in edible wrappers. These frozen treats come in a wide range of flavors, but we prefer to stick to the classics: green tea, vanilla and strawberry. Just don't eat too many too fast. The outer shell of sticky-rice does nothing to prevent brain freeze.
Yukimi Daifuku mochi ice cream is available at convenience stores like 7-Eleven. Head to a department store like Isetan for even more varieties.

27. Namero

It may not look like much, but Namero delivers a kaleidoscope of flavor on the palate. It's a fluffy mince of raw aji horse mackerel, shiso, scallions, ginger and a pinch of mellow miso, so tasty that its name essentially means "plate-licking good."

28. Gyoza

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Gyoza dumplings are also known as pot stickers.
Although technically Chinese, gyoza are now a key part of Tokyo culinary life. Bite-sized and rich, these dumplings normally filled with a mix of pork, cabbage and nira chives, are dipped into a tangy blend of soy sauce and vinegar. Unlike most Japanese foods which come in somewhat skimpy portions to help you know when to stop eating, it's pretty easy to keep ordering round after round of gyoza until you are about to burst.
The gyoza captial of the world is Utsunomiya up in Tochigi, but in Tokyo, the best gyoza experience is Harajuku Gyoza Roh (6-2-4 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku; +81 (0)3 3406 4743) and its sister establishment in Sangenjaya (Taishido 4-4-2, Setagaya-ku; +81 (0)3 5433 2451). Best part about Gyoza Roh is that you can get garlic-free gyoza -- a rarity in the city.

29. Taco rice

This American-Japanese hybrid originated in sunny Okinawa, where the meat, cheese, lettuce and tomato sauce of tacos somehow ended up on a bed of white rice. The result is surprisingly great. Even without the crunch of the taco shell, the flavor blends perfectly with the Japanese rice to create a hearty meal perfect for the summer days.
The dish is quite common at Okinawan joints and trendy cafes, but Quina in Kichijoji (Kichijoji Honcho 1-1-8, Musashino-shi; +81(0)422 21 6607) is a taco rice-only establishment that offers an avocado version as well as monthly crazy hybrids with other Japanese and Asian dishes like kimchi, mochi and okonomiyaki.

30. Naporitan spaghetti

Naporitan spaghetti -- a Japanese-style pasta dish
Naporitan spaghetti -- a Japanese-style pasta dish.
The English name should probably be "Neapolitan," but it's best not associating this king of Japanese low rent food culture with anything Italian. Forget delicately brewed tomato sauces: This thing mixes up the pasta with onions, green peppers, ham -- and everyone's favorite condiment, ketchup.
The dish has a long history but became extremely popular in the 1960s as serving it at bars let them stay open longer as "snack restaurants" rather than just watering holes. Sure this thing is pretty disgusting, completely non-authentic and has little to do with the subtleties of Japanese cuisine, but when we are trying to restore some balance to your body after a long night of drinking, nothing looks more attractive. And finding a place that still serves it means you get to hit some very classy establishments.

31. Yakitori

Washed down with an ice-cold beer, these grilled chicken skewers are ideal for outdoor grazing and summertime snacking. Yakitori most often refers to grilled dark meat, but a typical meal also includes other prized bits including lightly seared breast meat smeared with wasabi, livers, hearts, buttocks, gizzards, skin and more. Most places slather the ingredients with a thick syrupy sauce made from soy, rice wine and mirin, but gourmets prefer their meats sprinkled only with salt.
Try grilled segimo (kidneys) with salt at the lively Toriishi (Sangenjaya 2-15-14, Setagaya-ku; +81 (0)3 5430 1002). Indulge in rarer and pricier delicacies like grilled suzume (sparrow), uzura (quail), and the show-stopping chochin (ovary and fallopian tube) at Toriyoshi's Nakameguro branch (Kami-meguro 2-8-6, Meguro-ku; +81 (0)3 3716 7644), or their Ginza location (1F Ginza Corridor Gai, Ginza 7-108, Chuo-ku; +81 (0)3 5537 3222).

32. Oden

Oden is a Japanese hotpot ideal for winter
Oden is a Japanese hotpot ideal for winter.
One of the best winter comfort foods, oden is a simmering cauldron of gooey, gummy and chewy textures that include various fishcakes, soybean fritters and stuffed dumpling-like foods. You'll also find tender daikon radish chunks, konnyaku ("devil's tongue" root jelly), hard-boiled eggs, beef tendons and even wiener sausages all stewed until they absorb the tasty kelp-based stock. Try it Kansai-style at Odako (Ueno 2-3-1, Taito-ku, tel. +81 (0)3 3836 4906), where the stock is lighter than the Kanto-style native to Tokyo.

33. Rare cheesecake

Japanese rare cheesecake is made from fresh rare cream or ricotta cheese
Japanese rare cheesecake is made from fresh ("rare") cream or ricotta cheese.
As opposed to the baked New York-style version, this Japanese coffee shop staple is made from fresh ("rare") cream or ricotta cheese. More upscale restaurants and dessert cafes serve deconstructed versions that resemble a gloopy English-style trifle or pudding, but you can order classic plain versions in most kissaten in Tokyo.

34. Dojo (loach)

Touted as one of Tokyo's authentic Edo period delicacies dating from the early 19th century, dojo are tiny eels about the size of your pinky finger that are often overlooked by cavalier eel hunters in search of the more succulent and meaty unagi.
Located in the old ramshackle downtown area of Asakusa, Komagata Dojo (Komagata 1-7-12, Taito-ku; +81 (0)3 3842 4001) is one of its oldest purveyors. Opt for the regular dojo nabe, a hotpot of simmered loaches blanketed in finely chopped leek, the yanagigawa style hotpot (stewed with egg and burdock), deep-fried dojo kara-age, or even dojo senbei, a crispy beer snack made by deep frying their bones.

35. Tamago-yaki/dashimaki tamago

Eggs in Japan show up in runny scrambles on top of rice bowls and omu rice plates, and in raw pristine form in chopped sashimi dishes like maguro yukke, a sort of tuna steak tartare. Perhaps the most cherished and versatile egg dish, however, is the simple Japanese omelette made by adding a little dashi broth into the egg mix.
Cold rubbery slices of tamago-yaki show up in Japanese bento lunchboxes and cheap sushi platters in convenience stores across the land, but a freshly-made dashimaki tamago at a first-rate restaurant is a revelation: silken and pillow-like with a deep savory flavor that comes from the delicious stock.

36. Taiyaki

Japan may be known for its beautiful pastries and cakes, but one of its most well-known traditional treats is oddly shaped like a sea breem. Taiyaki is a hot waffle-like pastry stuffed with sweet azuki bean paste, chocolate, cream or sometimes cheese. The shape stuck when it was introduced to the poor populace who couldn't afford the actual fancy-schmancy tai fish 100 years ago.
The taiyaki by Aji-saki in the basement of Ikebukuro's Seibu department store (Minami-Ikebukuro 1-28-1 B1, Toshima-ku; +81 (0)3 3987 7260) commands a line that snakes around corners from morning 'til night, and it gets longer when they bring out the sweet-potato-stuffed taiyaki after 5.p.m.

37. Sekihan

Plain 'ol white sticky rice is such a bore, which is why when it comes time for celebrations red sekihan should be on the table. The sekihan rice is of a special mochi variety, which makes it extra chewy, and it's cooked with azuki beans, which give it that unique red tinge. The sekihan at Toraya, the infamous Japanese confectionary boutique, is made with their extra-rich azuki beans and is sold only by special order October to May. To order, contact Toraya.

38. Tsukemono

Tsukemono are Japanese pickled vegetables
Tsukemono are Japanese pickled vegetables.
How can something this simple be so good? Salt-brined tsukemono pickles are one of life's little pleasures. Kyoto-based tsukemono producer Nishiri makes deliciously crunchy pickled daikon and vividly purple-pink shiba-zuke, assorted vegetables spiked with zesty aka-jiso (red shiso) leaves. Nishiri has outlets across Tokyo in department stores such as Takashimaya and Matsuzakaya in Ginza.

39. Karaage

The beer-lover's best friend. And what's not to love about Japanese fried chicken? Good tori karaage is all about crispy skin and juicy dark meat, spiced with a little soy sauce and ginger to give it extra kick. It's a staple in izakayas everywhere, but we think that the Daisen tori-karaage at Wabisuke (Saiko Bldg B1, Nishi-Shinjuku 1-19-2, Shinjuku-ku; +81 (0)3 3342 6680) is some of the best in town.

40. Maccha Latte

Milk and green tea in one cup
Milk and green tea in one cup.
A harmonious union of East and West, the maccha latte gives you the best of both worlds -- milk and green tea in one frothy, milky cup. At Nana's Green Tea, you can get top your maccha latte with chocolate, azuki bean paste or a scoop of vanilla ice cream. These sweet drinks are about as girly as they get, but who cares?

User Profile   August 08, 2017

Slang is a set of phrases or words used by a particular group of people in a very informal setting. Slang are usually heard spoken than seen in writing.

Here are some examples of commonly used American slang:

1. Piece of cake — A metaphor to describe something that is easy or effortless. "That exam was a piece of cake!"

2. Take a rain check — It’s commonly used as a way of telling people to postpone or reschedule a meeting to some later date that is more convenient. "Can we take a rain check for the movie date on the 15th?"

3. On point — Outstanding, perfectly executed. “Jennifer's clothes are on point.”

4. Spill the Beans — ‘Spill the beans,’ is an American idiom that means to divulge secret information. "I heard Jason already spilled the beans to the police."

5. Screw up — To make a mistake, i.e. mess up. "Francis screwed up when he forgot to turn off his headlights. Now his car's battery is dead."

User Profile   August 02, 2017

INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT JAPAN


1. Raw horse meat is a popular food in Japan.

2. Sometimes the trains are so crowded railway staff are employed to cram passengers inside.

3. Many couples in Japan celebrate Christmas like Valentine's Day.  It is definitely more of a "lovers" holiday in Japan.

4. Poorly written English can be found everywhere, including T-shirts and other fashion items.

5. More than 70% of Japan consists of mountains, including more than 200 volcanoes.

6. Mt. Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, is an active volcano (although scientists have not reached a consensus on what defines "active").

7. Religion does not play a big role in the lives of most Japanese and many do not understand the difference between Shintoism and Buddhism.  However, there are also many Japanese who do understand the difference.

8. A nice musk melon, similar to a cantaloupe, may sell for over $300US.  For example, a nice specimen of Yubari melon.  These are often physically perfect, not like their American counterparts with dark smudges and scars.

9. There are four different writing systems in Japan; Romaji, Katakana, Hiragana, and Kanji.

10. Coffee is very popular and Japan imports approximately 85% of Jamaica's annual coffee production.

11. Japan's literacy rate is almost 100%.

12. Sumo is Japan's national sport, although baseball is also very popular.

13. Sumo wrestlers eat a stew called Chankonabe to fatten up. Many restaurants in the Ryogoku district of Tokyo serve this nabe (Japanese word for stew).

14. Most toilets in Japan have a built-in bidet system for spraying your backside.  These are known as washlets and are now the norm in homes and nicer restrooms.  However, in some train stations and other public restrooms you may still find the traditional Japanese "floor toilet".



15. When you use the restroom in someone's home you may need to put on designated bathroom slippers so as not to contaminate the rest of the home.

16. Noodles, especially soba (buckwheat), are slurped somewhat loudly when eaten. It has been said slurping indicates the food is delicious.  The slurping also serves to cool down the hot noodles for eating.

17. Japan is the world’s largest consumer of Amazon rain forest timber.

18. Vending machines in Japan sell beer, hot and cold canned coffee, cigarettes, and other items.

19. When moving into an apartment it is often required to give the landlord "gift" money, usually equal to two months' rent.

20. On average there are around 1,500 earthquakes every year in Japan.

21. In Japan it is not uncommon to eat rice at every meal, including breakfast.

22. Average life expectancy in Japan is one of the highest in the world. Japanese people live an average of 4 years longer than Americans.

23. Japan is the largest automobile producer in the world.

24. The Japanese language has thousands of foreign loan words, known as gairaigo. These words are often truncated, e.g. personal computer = paso kon. The number of foreign loan words is steadily increasing.

25. Tsukiji market in Tokyo is the world's largest fish market.

26. Although whaling is banned by the IWC, Japan still hunts whales under the premise of research.  The harvested whale meat ends up in restaurants and supermarkets.

27. Men might shave their heads to apologize.  Not common these days.

28. Women might cut their hair after breaking up with a boyfriend.  Again, not common these days.

29. The first novel, The Tale of Genji, was written in 1007 by a Japanese noble woman, Murasaki Shikibu.

30. The term karaoke means "empty orchestra" in Japanese.

31. In a Sumo training "stable" the junior rikishi Sumo wrestlers must wash and bathe their senior sumo wrestlers and make sure their hard to reach places are clean.

32. Contrary to popular belief, whale meat is not a delicacy in Japan. Many Japanese dislike the taste and older Japanese may be reminded of the post-World War II period when whale meat was one of the few economical sources of protein.

33. Rampant inbreeding of dogs has resulted in one of the highest rate of genetic defects in the world for canines.

34. Raised floors help indicate when to take off shoes or slippers. At the entrance to a home in Japan, the floor will usually be raised about 6 inches indicating you should take off your shoes and put on slippers. If the house has a tatami mat room its floor may be rasied 1-2 inches indicating you should to take off your slippers.

35. Ramen noodles are a popular food in Japan and it is widely believed extensive training is required to make a delicious soup broth. This is the subject of the movies Tampopo (1985) and The Ramen Girl (2008).

36. On average, it takes about 7-10 years of intensive training to become a fugu (blowfish) chef. This training may not be needed in the future as some fish farms in Japan are producing non-poisonous fugu.

37. Ovens are not nearly as commonplace as rice cookers in Japanese households.

38. Geisha means "person of the arts" and the first geisha were actually men.

39. It was customary in ancient Japan for women to blacken their teeth with dye as white teeth were considered ugly. This practice persisted until the late 1800's.  The American style smile (big, wide, and white) would have been seen as "exposing too much bone".

40. In addition to a "boneless smile", small eyes, a round puffy face, and plump body were considered attractive features, especially during the Heian period.

41. Some Japanese companies conduct a morning exercise session for the workers to prepare them for the day's work.

42. In Japan non-smoking areas are difficult to find in restaurants, including family restaurants. Many of Japan's politicians have interest in the tobacco industry and anti-smoking laws are almost non-existent.  If you are planning a trip to Japan you may want to think twice if you are sensitive to tobacco smoke.

43. Many companies hire people to hand out small packages of tissues which include a small advertisement flyer.  Some non-Japanese are surprised when they are handed a free package of tissues.

User Profile   August 01, 2017

In learning English, there is no scarier way in communicating than having to talk fluently to a native speaker. Nothing is more satisfying as well than to be felt that you were understood and appreciated by the other person.

Here are three ways that can help you learn the English language more easily.


  1. Practice engaging in fun dialogues

  2. Read every English article that you can get your hands on.

  3. Practice the language on your own

So next time you are having difficulty in an English lesson, try these first so you can develop healthy English study habits.


User Profile   July 31, 2017

Just like any other skill, practice is the key. The more you speak, not only do you get to practice your pronunciation, but you also acquire confidence at the same time. When learning a language, perfect grammar or pronunciation is not always the end goal, but to be confident enough to hold conversation with other people. Evey time you come across the opportunity to speak English, take it! If you have friends who are also learning English, then try to speak to them in English. If you don't, then you can easily find people in the internet who you can chat with. If you can, ask them to correct your grammar and pronunciation if needed. Again, doing this a few minutes a day will really help improve your speaking skills.


User Profile   July 28, 2017

When we begin learning a new language, we normally start by doing word-for-word translation as it is the simplest way to understand the idea of a sentence. However, if you make this into a habit, it will be detrimental in the long run. Doing literal translation only helps you understand the dictionary meaning of a word without taking context and grammar into consideration. Instead of doing this, when you are in a conversation for example, focus on the words that you do understand and try to use all the contextual clues that you notice in the conversation, from their facial expressions, their hand gestures, and actions happening at the same time.

講師陣は、フィリピンの一流大学を卒業し、 教師の資格を持った講師や、英会話スクールの講師経験者です。

講師の予約や、講師からのレッスンレポートは、入会と同時に設定される“マイページ”で管理できます。

名前:カレン先生 Karren

専攻:心理学

学校:サントトーマス大学

私はすでに6年間ESL(英語語学学校)の教師として働いています。非常にクールな教師ですが、英語を教えるだけでなく、生徒と良い関係を築くことを大切にしています。

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名前:ティナ先生 Tina

専攻:英語

学校:フィリピン大学

私が外国人に英語を教え始めてから2年が経ちます。色々な年齢、英語レベルの生徒を教えてきました。異なる文化について学ぶことに大きな関心を持っています。また、私は漫画が大好きで、余暇にアニメを見ることをいつも楽しみにしています。

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名前: テイラー先生 Taylor

専攻: 国際学

学校: イースト大学

こんにちは。私の名前はテイラーです。3年間、主にアジアの学生にオンラインで英会話を教えてきました。英語を教えることは私が追求するキャリアであり、情熱を感じる源でもあります。語彙、文法、文章構成を磨くことを中心にレッスンを行います。では、レッスンでお会いしましょう!

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サポート体制も充実。

名前: レイナルド・シー Reynaldo

専門: 電子情報通信エンジニアリング

大学: マプア工業大学(マニラ)

私は東京で米国企業に技術者として20年間勤務しました。その間、仕事や観光で色々な国を訪問しました。 タガログ語、英語、日本語 と福建語を話します。 温和な性格です。

最初の一歩が大切です。

カリキュラムのアドバイスは、担当した講師が無料体験レッスン時に行います。

必要に応じ日本語の話せるスタッフが対応します。