July 28, 2010

KEY WORDS: amateur adj. アマチュア, take one’s time  ゆっくり , blessing n. 恵み ,

cross v. わたる, stopped in my tracks 立ち止らせる, immediately adv. すぐに ,

narrow adj. 狭い actually adv. 実は


I post new pictures every week. Maybe you guessed that I am an amateur photographer. I like taking pictures, many pictures, and taking my time to get the best one. I believe that there are beautiful things everywhere if you can look for them.


Of course, some things are easy to see as beautiful.  The beauty of the sky is a blessing. I’ve taken many pictures of the sky over Kyoto.

The one below is called “Angels in Muko.”



  I was walking to the store yesterday. As I crossed the park I saw these clouds. It stopped me in my tracks. I immediately turned around, ran back home (yes, I really ran!) and got my camera. I took many photos from the busy, narrow street while many people passed.

Actually, none of the pictures are perfect, but the sky is so nice I wanted to share it.


Well, I hope you enjoyed these.

Please send me your best pictures (of clouds, sky, or anything) and I can put them up on this blog next week.


- Andrew and Kaho


Gion Matsuri

July 21, 2010

KEY WORDS:  bet v. 賭ける “I bet!” ぜったいに,  ring in v. ~を告げる ,

 hit the street v. 通りに出る , of course, もちろん、 carefree adj. のんきな ,

consequence n. 結果 , haunting adj. 恐ろしい  oops!   おっと!

Hello. How are you? I bet you’re hot! We all are.  

Many people in Kyoto think that Gion Matsuri rings in summer. We went to this festival on Friday night.  

 (A few other people had the same idea…) 





Then we hit the street.   

And got some food.  


 We did NOT eat this! 😦






Of course, all this care-free fun has consequences… 





There is something haunting but interesting about the music… 


Thanks for reading! 

-Andrew and Kaho

p.s. OOPS! I almost forgot; my favorite picture from that night. Funny t-shirt! What does it mean…?


Cat’s Eye!

July 15, 2010

KEY WORDS: popular adj. 人気のある, funny adj. おかしい、おもしろい、 brave adj. 勇敢な  be brave enough to~ ~できるくらい勇敢な , provocative adj. 挑発的 , recently adv. 最近, make fun v. からかう, 

“Magic play is dancing!”

Magic play is dancing: What does this mean? Do you know? It’s from a TV show theme song. The show is called Cat’s Eye (click here for info: キャッツ♥アイ) , which was very popular when Kaho was a girl.  

 The style of using English words in Japanese songs is common and sometimes makes funny sentences. My favorite is “Magic play is dancing!”  No one really knows what it means, but we almost understand.  

Have you seen this show? Do you like it? The theme song is interesting, isn’t it? Are you are brave enough to sing the karaoke version like this person:  

(No, I definitely don’t know her. This video is from YouTube and maybe it’s too long.  But a video camera at karaoke! What a good idea! Maybe Kaho wouldn’t like that idea…)  

The girls in the show are very sexy and I was surprised at how provocative the animation is! Is this show really for children?  


Recently, there is a new commercial that is making fun of Cat’s Eye.  


Thanks for reading!  

And remember, “Magic play is dancing!”  

-Andrew and Kaho 


p.s. Thank you to two special ladies for these cool, personalized English Bakery pencil cases! I’ve actually never had one before. (I don’t think Americans use them,  we just put our pencils behind our ears.) 

the 4th of July

July 7, 2010

KEY WORDS: independence n.独立 , these days 最近 , fireworks n. 花火, skinny adj. ヒョロヒョロの, due to ~ ~のために、~のせいで, contract n.契約 , dispute n. v.議論、論争, be arrested v.逮捕される


Last weekend was Independence Day for America. These days, on this holiday many people enjoy BBQing or going to a festival and eating the delicious junk food. There might be a parade. And there are also fireworks involved. BOOM!

In New York City every Fourth of July there is a Hot Dog Eating contest. It’s a funny way to celebrate American freedom, of course, but the funniest part is that a skinny Japanese guy won the contest for many years (from 2001 to 2006). This year, due to a contract dispute, he couldn’t join the contest.  But he jumped up on the stage! And then he was arrested!

I was pretty surprised to see this video.

Thanks for reading!

Andy and Kaho