October 20, 2010

Key Words: carve v. 切る 彫る , jack o’ lantern n. ジャコランタン, average adj. 平均の ,

unfortunately adv. 不運にも, stencil n , 型板 ステンシル

We got a beautiful, orange pumpkin from our student last week!

What a nice surprise. Thank you!

Of course, we wanted to carve it, but Kaho had never done it. Andy has carved many pumpkins in his life, but usually just a simple triangle-eyed jack o’lantern.  Something like this:

Many children and parents in America carve pumpkins every year,

but we don’t eat this kind of pumpkin. It doesn’t taste good like the little green pumpkins we eat in Japan.  Although, there is one dish with pumpkin in it: pumpkin pie.

*And some people toast and eat the seeds with salt and oil.

Pumpkin pie with whip cream

roasted-pumpkin-seeds11.jpg image by d-k-photos

Pumpkin seeds









This year the average pumpkin price in the US is about $5. Unfortunately, in Japan orange pumpkins are so expensive that we didn’t want to make a mistake. So, I found a stencil on the internet and read how to cut a pumpkin perfectly.

If you want to try carving a pumpkin you can find some nice stencils here: stencils (go to the bottom of the page)

and here are some Disney stencils: Disney (wow,a Jack Skellington  stencil from Nightmare Before Christmas, cool!)


To show you how to do it yourself I made a little movie of Kaho and me carving.

It’s very fun: Please give it a try!

– Andrew and Kahoru


2 Responses to “Pumpkin!”

  1. Mayumi said

    I have never made Jack-o’-lantern.
    It seems like Halloween is an event of Catholic.
    But the event is not done in the church in Japan.
    I don’t know why…
    I think it is happy when lantern made,
    the costume party is done.
    「Trick or trest!」

  2. You should try to make a Jack O’ Lantern. IT’s fun, but actually I think America is colder in October and my pumpkin is going bad!!!
    Yes, there is a connection betwen Halloween and a Catholic holiday, but Halloween’S history is very old…
    (*The next day, November 1st, is a Catholic holiday called All Saints Day, right? So Halloween, October 31st, is called Hallow’s Eve.)
    I think, in America many different traditions mixed to make the strange, fun, scary holiday we think is Halloween.
    Thanks for the message.
    Happy halloween!
    trick or treat!

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