Nice Antique Shop

September 29, 2010

 KEYWORDS: have “history” 歴史がある , stuff n. 物 , yard sale n. ガレージセール, deal n. バーゲン, sadly adv.悲しいことに, ovepriced adj. 値段が高い, things like that ~みたいなもの, oval adj./n. 楕円(の), actually adv.実は, bazaar n. バザー

Hello again.

Kaho and I like old things because they:

a. look good,

b. have “history“, and

c. should be less expensive than new stuff.

In America many people enjoy yard sales (or garage sales) because you can usually find something you want at a very, very low price.


A typical yard sale scene

.Kaho and I loved going to yard sales every summer in America. You could sometimes find amazing deals on interesting things. Things like frames, mirrors, tools, etc.

Sadly, yard sales are very rare in Kyoto. 😦

Recycle shops are one place I sometimes like to look, but for nicer stuff antique shops are an option.  Unfortunately, they are usually overpriced!



However, recently we found a very nice antique shop that sells at very reasonable prices! 🙂

The shop is called de naja and they are in Kumiyama, Kyoto. (Here is the website: click here de naja.)

They have lots of ribbon, wallpaper and things like that. But also plenty of furniture and dishes.

We found some nice kitchen chairs and a golden oval frame that we bought. Aren’t they cool!?  The sewing box in the front is Kaho’s Christmas present.

 If you’re interested in antiques maybe you should visit the shop… We will definitely be going back!


*And actually, on November 23rd the Kyoto West Church will be having a bazaar. There will be lots of good stuff at low prices! (It will be a lot of fun, but I’ll post about that later.)

Thanks for reading!

-Andy and Kaho


English Garden II

September 24, 2010

KEY WORDS: in fact adv. 実際、実を言うと , thrive v. (植物などが)すくすく育つ ,

unfortunate adj. 不運な, once-in-a-lifetime adj. 人生に一度きりの

Hello. How are you? We took a break from this blog for a couple of weeks. But we’re back.


I wanted to post a quick update about our English Garden; It’s doing fine. In fact, some of the plants are really thriving!



Here’s one more close-up picture:







And I made this thing.  What is it? I don’t know, but I think we will put flowers on it.












Thanks for reading!

– Andrew and Kaho

p.s. I wanted to share this picture, too. It was an unfortunate situation, but I thought this picture was once-in-a-lifetime. What do you think?

English Lesson at the Church

September 8, 2010

Keywords: cooler adj. cool 涼しいの比較級、より涼しい every other week  隔週で mostly adv. おおむね、ほとんど interested adj. 興味がある pastor n. 牧師

worship n. 礼拝 flyer n. ちらし actually adv. 実は、実際は embarrassed adj. 恥ずかしい    

Hello. The weather is a little cooler these days… 🙂


Next month, (Friday October 1st) I will start teaching an English class at the Kyoto Immanuel Church here in Muko city. It will be every other week on Friday at 7:30. It will be a very cheap lesson, but casual and fun –I hope!

     *The lesson is mostly for beginners, but if you are interested please ask me, or contact Kazuki Yoshimura at TEL 075-921-1425 E-mail— for information!

This is the church I have been attending for about two years. The pastor is very friendly and his family are nice. Please feel free to check out the website or join us for Sunday worship at 10:30 every week.

Also, there is an “English worship” with a young American pastor at this church every third Sunday from 2:00-3:00, just another way to study English.

Kazuki and Yurie

I had fun designing the flyer, but actually it was a little hard. This is what it looks like:


 In the top left corner of the flyer is Kazuki-先生’s youngest son. He is so cute I was happy to use his picture in the flyer.

Maybe he will be embarrassed when he is older?

Thanks for reading!

 – Andrew and Kahoru

KEY WORDS: backyard n. (yard)  裏庭 (芝生)  , ambitious adj. 大望を抱いた , 

grow up v. 成長する, impressed adj. 感動している,  including  v. ~を含めて

bush n. 低木 茂み, usefulness n. 有用性, lawn n. 芝生, 

croquet n. クロッケー,  芝の上で木槌とボールを使ってするゲーム
perennial adj. 多年生の, pretty adv.  かなり, stay v.状態を保つ


We have a nice, little backyard at our house. On Tuesday we decided to try something different. It’s a little ambitious but…

We put in a small, and very simple, English garden.


What is an English garden?

Actually, I didn’t really know what an “English garden” was until I checked the internet on Tuesday morning. (Click here for info. about English gardens in Japanese)

A painting of a REAL English garden


This photo was sent to me by a friend who grew up in England, (see comment below: Mr. Masa) so here is a REAL English garden from his parents’ house.

 I was very impressed. I learned they are big, beautiful gardens with many different kinds of plants including: flowers, herbs and bushes. There is a mix of beauty and usefulness because people often grow vegetables and herbs in these gardens.  If you have a big yard you can have a lawn with an area to play lawn games like croquet (and lawn tennis if it’s very big yard!) or maybe have tea. Sounds very English to me and actually very cool.

We are trying a small mix of flowers, herbs and one perennial tree.

It looks pretty nice now. We hope it will stay beautiful.

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Thanks for reading!

– Andrew and Kaho