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Granblue Fantasy 2 Episode 10 Impression

Source: Supaku Blog
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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

    

Nengajo: How to Send a Japanese New Year Postcard

Source: Gaijin Pot
Nengajo- How to Send a Japanese New Year Postcard

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.

An example of a nengajo for 2020 with this year’s Chinese zodiac animal, the rat.

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

    

Kawasaki Ramen: Nostalgia at Futokoroya

Source: 5amramen.com
Kawasaki Ramen Futokoroya - Noren

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.

Kawasaki Ramen Futokoroya - Shoyu
Shoyu Ramen, all toppings + 1 extra egg: ¥950

Next to the shoyu, chicken oil gives extra umami to the broth. There’s surprisingly little fish flavor.

Kawasaki Ramen Futokoroya - Shio
Shio Ramen, all toppings: ¥850

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.

Thin noodles in the Shio

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

    

This Week(End): Tokyo Area Events For Dec 14-15

christmas musical

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.

Date
SAT, DEC 14 – WED, DEC 25, 2019
Time
VARIOUS (SEE WEBSITE)
Location
TOKYU THEATER ORB, 1F SHIBUYA HIKARIE 2-21-1 SHIBUYA, SHIBUYA-KU, TOKYO
Fee
FREE!
Fee
RECOMMENDED FOR: FAMILIES, COUPLES, FRIENDS

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xmas festa

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.

Date
NOW THROUGH SAT, DEC. 14, 2019
Time
VARIOUS (DEPENDS ON EACH GALLERY’S BUSINESS HOURS)
Location
VARIOUS (SEE WEBSITE) (See map)
Fee
FREE!
Fee
RECOMMENDED FOR: ARTISTS, FAMILIES, COUPLES, FRIENDS

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Samurai Festival

Winter Gishimatsuri

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

    

Otaku Studies, Lesson 37, “the Future of Selling/Monetize of Anime, with 2019 Anime Summary”

the speaker: Prof. Hiroaki Inoue
Prof. Inoue will talk about the future of selling and monetize of anime, and 2019 anime summary.
Prof. Hiroaki Inoue who was a starting staff of Gainax and a staff of Tesuka production, and works as a professor of Department of Animation Culture at Kibi International University.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0K0qD0MxI6Z3cmQjyU-PCQ

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