English Spring Party!

April 30, 2010

Hello.

We had a little get-together here at the English Bakery on Thursday. I think it was a lot of fun.

Thank you to everyone who came!

And if you couldn’t come, maybe we will see you next time.

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The theme of the party was America. 

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So we ate lots of  American sweets, Thanks Kaho. \(^o^)/

Yummy and brightly colored cupcakes.

 

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And one of my personal favorites: apple pie.

Apple Pie Step by Step No. 1

Apple Pie Step by Step No. 2

Apple Pie Step by Step No. 3

 Thanks for reading!

 – Andy and Kaho

***To watch the Honeymoon slideshow movie click here: Honeymoon video***

 

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3-D movies!

April 21, 2010

Hello again!

Have you ever seen a 3-D movie?They are really cool! I can’t explain, but you have to see it.

You have to wear funny glasses though.

We saw Alice in Wonderland yesterday. I think that the 3-D effects were the best part of the movie.

Ask Kaho or Andy for the answer. \(^o^)/

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A long time ago, 3D looked like this:

And you had to wear these glasses:

Actually, the new 3-D is totally different and much, much better!

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Thanks for reading!

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p.s. Here we are with the Red Queen and the Mad Hatter.

Hello!

Let’s look at something funny.

今日はちょっと面白いものを紹介します。

This song is famous in America.  But maybe you’ve never heard it before…

この歌はアメリカでとても有名です。でもみんな知らないかな・・・・?

It’s called Three Little Maids From School and it’s from a musical called The Mikado from 1885.  Go here to learn about it in 日本語

この歌の題名は「3人の女学生」(?!)という1885年の「ミカド」というオペレッタの中の歌です。詳しく知りたい方はクリックしてウィキペディアをご覧ください!

original poster from The Mikado

watch the song here:

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Actually, the video below is one reason I know this song. It was in many cartoons and TV shows when I was a child. It was actually my first look at Japanese culture!  But it is very different from real Japanese culture.

僕がこの歌に初めて出会ったのはこのビデオから。子供のころ、アニメなどたくさんの番組で聞きました。僕が最初に日本文化に触れた瞬間でもあります!でも現実とは全然違うけど。

My favorite words are:

“Everything is a source of fun
Nobody’s safe, for we care for none
Life is a joke that’s just begun
Three little maids from school!”

「この世は何だって楽しい

誰だって笑い者にしちゃうわよ

人生はジョーク

まだ始まったばかり

私たち3人の女学生!」

 

Now, every time I see 3 young Japanese girls laughing together I think of this song. Seriously.

だから3人のかしまし娘を見ると、僕はいつもこの歌を思い出します。マジで。

Thanks for reading!

  – Andy and Kaho

Here’s Kaho and her sisters. Definitely three little maids… (Kaho is on the right.)

And this one also fits. It’s two little maids…

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p.s. Here are the complete lyrics (this is very advanced English): 歌詞の全文です。でもかなり難しいよ!

ARTIST: Gilbert and Sullivan
TITLE: Three Little Maids from School
Lyrics

[Mikado]

Three little maids from school are we
Pert as a school-girl well can be
Filled to the brim with girlish glee
Three little maids from school

Everything is a source of fun
Nobody's safe, for we care for none
Life is a joke that's just begun
Three little maids from school 

*Three little maids who, all unwary
Come from a ladies' seminary
Freed from its genius tutelary
Three little maids from school
Three little maids from school

One little maid is a bride, Yum-Yum
Two little maids in attendance come
Three little maids is the total sum
Three little maids from school
Three little maids from school

From three little maids take one away
Two little maids remain, and they
Won't have to wait very long, they say
Three little maids from school
Three little maids from school

*REPEAT

Hello. 

I think that everyone in Japan loves cherry blossoms( さくら)and recently even in America many people are coming out to see the yearly event. 

There is a famous Cherry Blossom festival in Washington D.C. each year. America received a gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo in 1912.

You know, it reminds me of a story I heard about cherry trees and George Washington, who gave his name to the city.  Every American probably knows this story.

Actually, it’s a legend. A legend is a story that is not totally true.  (This story is probably NOT true at all, but it’s a good story.)

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When George was a boy he cut down a cherry tree to try out his new axe (hatchet お能) and his father was very angry. His father asked George, “Who cut down this cherry tree!?”

George, was  of course, very honest and said, “I cannot tell a lie, father, you know I cannot tell a lie! I did cut it with my little hatchet.”

His father was so happy that George was honest, that he wasn’t angry.

Full story here 

(What would your father do if you chopped down a cherry blossom tree…?) 

  

  

  

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Well, I wanted to share some pictures. Everyone takes pictures of cherry blossoms; Why don’t you show me yours pictures, too? 

Thanks for reading. 

Andrew and Kahoru 

Hello.

Let’s talk about the weather. Everyone talks about the weather. Of course, it’s been raining a lot these days.

And it suddenly snowed on Monday! That was interesting.

But basically there is a lot of rain. Is your ohana-mi bento soggy? お花見弁当もビショビショだね!

wet sakura in the park behind my house

There’s a children’s rhyme in English: “It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring…”  Actually, I don’t know what it means.

We also say: “April showers bring May flowers.” 🙂

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I’m waiting for the sun to come out to grow my garden.

If anything grows, I’ll post a picture. But for now, it’s pretty boring.

I planted basil, shiso and rocket (a salad green) on the same day.

Which do you think will grow (sprout) first?

Thanks for reading!

Andy and Kaho