February 21, 2013

Taiyaki - たい焼き - Life in Japan


Taiyaki - たい焼き & Takoyaki - たこ焼き - Life in Japan
Taiyaki - たい焼き is a Japanese fish-shaped cake. The most common filling is red bean paste that is made from sweetened azuki beans. Other common fillings may be custard, chocolate, or cheese.

Takoyaki - たこ焼きis a ball-shaped Japanese snack made of a wheat flour-based batter and cooked in a special takoyaki pan. It is typically filled with minced or diced octopus, tempura scraps (tenkasu), pickled ginger, and green onion. Takoyaki are brushed with takoyaki sauce, a sauce similar to Worcestershire sauce, and mayonnaise. The takoyaki is then sprinkled with green laver (aonori) and shavings of dried bonito (katsuobushi).
たこ焼き(たこ焼、蛸焼、たこやき)は、日本生まれの粉物料理の一種。小麦粉の生地の中にタコ(主としてマダコかミズダコ)を入れて直径 3-5cm ほどの球形に焼き上げた、大阪発祥とされる料理である。

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February 19, 2013

Roller Slide ローラースライダー


Roller Slide ローラースライダー: 竜洋海洋公園
In Shizuoka Prefecture there is a lot of roller slides around and the kids and I love going on them.  This one is in Hamamatsu city.

Another Roller Slide video

February 18, 2013

消防車 袋井市消防団 - Fire Truck (3)


This video of a Japanese fire truck was taken at the local Emergency Drill practice day.
The sound the fire truck makes is different to the normal sound it would make when it is going to a fire. This is the sound it makes when it is going around the community.  They often drive around just to let people know to be careful of fire.

Other videos about Japanese Fire Trucks and Fires.

February 15, 2013

Sweet Valentine's Day present from my girls!


My Girls made these plates for me. They use some sort of colour pens and draw whatever they want on the plates then cook them in the oven for 10-20minutes and then you can use them as normal plates.
Thanks girls.

February 13, 2013

Ice Skating - アイススケート


Ice Skating - スケート - 浜松でスポーツセンター
The other day we took the kids Ice Skating at the Hamamatsu sport arena. It was their first time skating but they both liked it. Reka did very well on her first try and now wants to go back again.

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Tsunami Evacuation Towers: 静岡県浜松市津波避難タワー


This is a video of 2 Tsunami evacuation towers in Hamamatsu city, Shizuoka Prefecture.
The towers were built after the Tsunami that hit the Northern part of Japan. They are over 10 meters high so that they can withstand a 10 meter high Tsunami that the Pacific Ocean side of Japan from Tokyo to Nagoya is expecting over the next few years.

Also check out a new style Tsunam evacuation tower/hill found in Japan

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February 12, 2013

Japanese Dango - 団子 @Hattsan - 法多山


Japanese Dango - 団子 is a Japanese mochi shaped into either a round ball or a long block like in this video. They are served with three to four dango on a skewer. The Hattasan Dango's are also served with Anko (Red bean paste) on top of each Dango. Dango is eaten year-round, but the different varieties are traditionally eaten in given seasons.


Other Japanese food videos.
Japanese Oden/ おでん


February 11, 2013

浜松日没 Sunset over Hamamatsu city and central Japan


Sunset over Hamamatsu city and central Japan

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February 08, 2013

The Rugby 7's is coming back to Tokyo

Well this is great news for rugby and Japan. It has been awhile since I have been to see 7's rugby and so when they announced that it would be coming back to Japan I was over the moon. I watch every tournament on the Telly, ie computer here in Japan so to have the chance to go and see some of my heroes of 7's rugby is a chance one can't miss.
If anyone is interested in the Tokyo 7's rugby tournament then check out the official homepage.

Hope to see you there.

Minami Minegishi Apologizes for Boyfriend 峯岸みなみからのメッセージ - News from Japan

This is over a week old now but still interesting.  The news about this young girl (20) from the popular girls group, AKB48 and what she has done has been all over the news in Japan and she even made an apology video on YouTube which got millions of views from all around the world. Well now people are discussing whether this is crazy gender equality or just drama to sell more records. I am not one for drama but it is interesting to read different peoples' reactions from both here in Japan and overseas.

From The Japan Times
AKB48 member’s ‘penance’ shows flaws in idol culture.

AKB48 member’s ‘penance’ shows flaws in idol culture | The Japan Times

The image of a young girl in front of a camera, her head recently shaved, sobbing into the lens is one that’s guaranteed to shock. But when that girl is a key member of idol group AKB48, the reaction is bound to be stronger. . . . . 

****update. Minami Minegishi’s apology video on YouTube has been made private  reportedly due to requests from her fans.

Also here is a well known YouTuber living in Japan with his views on it and Japan culture.

Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker (Kai) Saves the Day

I thought this was a joke when I first saw it and also thought it was quite old but it turns out that it just happen recently.

Quote from the source
When a guy claiming he's Jesus tries to kill a PG&E worker because he's black, then begins beating up a woman that was trying to help, it takes hitchhiker, Kai, and his hatchet, to put a stop to the psycho. Here's Jessob Reisbeck & Terry Woods' story that 1st aired on KMPH FOX 26 in Fresno, CA, Friday, February 1st.
Here is a link to Kai's amazing raw interview:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckfBGd...

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カラスの群集 - A Million Crows

I was on my way home from work earlier than usual when I saw this.  There must have been a million on them.:)
Crows everywhere

February 01, 2013

Royal Ascot 2 Horse Race Game (ロイヤルアスコットツー) - Japanese Game Centre

Royal Ascot 2 Horse Race Game (ロイヤルアスコットツー) - Japanese Game Centre
Royal Ascot 2 is an arcade horse racing game by Sega found at game centres around Japan.
『ROYAL ASCOT II』(ロイヤルアスコットツー)は、セガのメダルゲームで、競馬ゲームとして1997年に発売された。

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