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Day Trip to Yokohama


The port city of Yokohama

This past week, Temple University was closed on Friday and Monday, giving students an extended four-day weekend. My friends and I used two of our four days off to travel Yokohama, the second largest city in Japan. Yokohama is only an hour and a half away from Tokyo and sits on the waterfront, a notable port city throughout Japan’s history.

My group of friends arrived in Yokohama on Sunday afternoon to explore Minato Mirai, a major business and shopping district in the city. We saw numerous ships docked in the harbor and the pale blue ocean stretching out towards the horizon. Minato Mirai wraps around a concave docking area, so we were able to see the ocean from several vantage points, as we strolled across oceanside bridges and over piers. Most notably, we climbed up Osanbashi pier, a large futuristic, metal and wooden structure with grand decks and outdoor staircases. We also visited the Red Brick Warehouses, historical buildings renovated as a high end shopping mall, theatre, and convention center.

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NEW! How to use Vておく ( = te oku)


= Bangohan ni mata toro, katte oite ne.

= Buy me fatty tuna for dinner again for me.


= Mou, kore ijou, asobasete okanai karane. Benkyou suruyo!

= I am not going to let you play anymore. We are going to study now, OK?

Hi everyone!

I am Sano, the guest teacher for today.

Maggie Sensei made a lesson on ておく ( = te oku) long time ago. We got a few questions regarding the last lesson on this so I decided to revise the lesson and make it even more comprehensive. Ready?

How to form:

There are two forms:

1) verb te-form + おく ( = oku)

* する ( = suru) to do

して ( = shite) + おく ( = oku)

しておく ( = shite oku)

* 食べる ( = taberu) to eat

食べて ( = tabete ) + おく ( = oku)

食べておく ( = tabete oku)

* negative form ~ないで ( = naide ) + おく ( = oku)

*しないでおく( = shinai de oku)

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Table for One: How to survive Christmas in Japan if you’re single

Source: Gaijin Pot
Table for One: How to survive Christmas in Japan if you're single

Christmas is one of the most wonderful times of the year. As the songs say, it is a time for joy, a time for family, a time for presents and various other forms of merriment.
In Japan however, Christmas is very much about families and in particular couples.

Perhaps even more so than Valentine’s Day, Christmas is the time of year in Japan when couples fully express their love for each other, usually in the form of elaborate, extravagant dinners and over the top gifts.

However, for some, it can be a very depressing time. If you’re single, Christmas can be a pretty depressing time. It can often seem like you are the only man or woman in the entire universe who doesn’t have a girlfriend or boyfriend.

And even for those of us lucky enough to be in a relationship, Christmas can often be a solitary experience in Japan, as our Japanese partner, and sometimes even us too, are forced to work on Christmas Day, since Christmas is not a recognized holiday here.

It would be very easy to go all Ebenezer Scrooge on the whole thing, just say “Bah! Humbug!” and try to forget Christmas even exists. It doesn’t have to …continue reading