Source: Supaku Blog
On this episode, Gran’s crew plans their rescue for Gran, Lyria and Noa. Later, Gran and Lyria learns about Freesia’s true plans.
I liked how Sierokarte gets herself heavily involved for this plot since she typically doesn’t do that since the first season. Also, it was nice to finally see Rosetta join in again. Other than that, I’m pretty much hating (or despising) Freesia just like in the game itself. Now what’s going to happen next? I definitely can’t wait to find out. Overall, cool rescue and some nice action. …continue reading
Source: Gaijin Pot
Japanese “nengajo” (年賀状) or New Year greetings cards are a fun and easy means of showing your appreciation to all those people who have helped you navigate the tricky waters of living in a foreign country—and they’re also a great way to send cool Japanese well-wishes to your friends and family back home.
But there are rules about when and who to send your nengajo to and restrictions based on what happened during the previous year. So, to avoid offending a large group of people too early on in the year here’s a step by step guide to sending your nengajo.
Step One: Buy or create your own nengajo
From late November onwards you can pick up pre-printed nengajo in variety and stationery stores like Loft and Don Quijote, post offices and supermarkets. There are literally hundreds of different designs to choose from but most will have a version of the zodiac sign for the upcoming year.
2020 is the year of the rat so not too difficult to draw if you want to create your own! Some people like to include photos of themselves or their family and there’s also the option to create digital designs and print them off. There are websites that offer free printable designs—the Japan Post has a whole amazing create-your-own section for nengajo.
You can also even just buy a normal card and write “nenga” (年賀) next to the address to indicate that it’s a New Year card.
Step Two: Write your message
Once you’ve made your nengajo, it’s probably best to include a message (there’s nothing more mysterious or creepy than an empty greetings card) and Japanese has many a stock phrase to wish …continue reading
Among Kawasaki ramen shops, Futokoroya (麺処 懐や) is indisputably ranked no. 1. Their nostalgic bowls of shoyu and shio ramen are handled with the utmost care.
Take Your Pick – Shoyu or Shio
You’ve got 2 ramen choices – shoyu or shio. Their shoyu broth in many ways is similar to that familiar Tokyo style of shoyu. But this one is far more tangy and salty.
Next to the shoyu, chicken oil gives extra umami to the broth. There’s surprisingly little fish flavor.
The shio ramen broth is even more salty than the shoyu. But this works and the saltiness isn’t overwhelming.
For toppings, they grill ham-like slices of pork chashu. The menma are small and extra crunchy. The egg is a standout too.
Besides shoyu or shio, choose flat / wavy or thin / straight noodles. Both are top-level.
Cozy, Nostalgic Shop
The interior of Futokoroya brings me back to childhood. Everything is simple – from the typical …continue reading
The Best Of The Festive Season
World Christmas Festival
If you’re a bit of a Christmas addict and can’t get enough of the festive season, then Tokyo has the event for you. The World Christmas Festival runs two weekends before Christmas and it’s wholesome holiday fun for the entire family. Featuring culturally diverse food, music and events in Yoyogi Park, the festival is a celebration of Christmas in its many unique shapes and styles.
The Sound of Music
Broadway Christmas Wonderland 2019
Filled with everything festive about the Christmas holidays, this breathtaking production fit for the whole family lets you experience Christmas music performed by superb singers, accompanied by delightful dancing, magnificent scenery, exquisite costumes, figure skating, and a classic chorus line. If you haven’t quite been feeling Christmas-y this season, this show will give you all the holiday feels.
Art & About
Xmas Art Festa 2019
“Ginza galleries,” a voluntary organization consisting of 26 galleries in the Ginza area, is hosting a special festive event for art lovers. Xmas Art Festa will have each participating gallery run special exhibitions which showcase various artworks, from museum-class masterpieces such as Renoir to lesser-known works, and traditional pictures or potteries to contemporary arts.
This special festival commemorates 47 loyal “ronin” (solo samurai) who took the head of the man responsible for the death of their former master to the grave where he lay. After they paid their respects they gave their money to the temple and …continue reading
the speaker: Prof. Hiroaki Inoue