2010 Our Top 5 News!

December 22, 2010

Key Words: upcoming adj. 来る、これからやってくる, relieved adj. 安心した,  

come out v. できあがる,  might  かもしれない, hand-printed adj. 手で印刷した,

 interest n. 興味, almost adv. ほとんど,   be into~  ~に夢中になる,  

memorable adj. 思い出深い,  unforgettable adj.  忘れられない

Hello everyone! How are you doing?

We are busy preparing for our upcoming Christmas parties.

But we just finished making Kids Music Video this morning. So we are relieved now.

It came out really good, I think, and we might try another one next year. 🙂 (Kaho hand-printed the cover.)


2011 is coming soon; So, we would like to write about our news this year.


NO. 5 Started our monthly newsletter (June) and this blog (March).

It has been fun for us and we hope you are enjoying them, too!

NO. 4  Andy’s new Canon KISS camera and interest in making slideshows.

We have been using the new camera almost every day. Andy is into making slideshows and he made several this year, some were posted on this blog.

NO. 3 Kaho’s trip to Setouchi Art Festival with her sisters.

We were lucky enough to take a few memorable trips this year, (Hamamatsu and Kinosaki Onsen) but Kaho’s trip to Naoshima with her sisters was very special because it was the 3 Otani girls first time to travel together without parents, etc.

NO. 2 Our nephew, Max, was born in October!

He is two months old now. He is a very healthy baby and brought us a lot of happiness!

NO. 1 Honeymoon in USA in March!

It was an unforgettable trip. We met Andy’s family and friends for the first time in 4 or 5 years. We had so much fun.


We would like to hear about YOUR big events of 2010.

Please comment on this post about anything special this year!

– Andrew and Kahoru



December 15, 2010


Keywords; quite adv. かなり, cooked adj. 料理された, wonder v. 不思議に思う,  

difference n. 違い ,  texture n. 食感,  similar adj. 似ている, taste n. 味 ,  flavor n. 風味, 

 thaw v. 解凍する,  refrigerator n. 冷蔵庫, rinse v. 洗う, melted butter n. 溶かしバター,

 breast meat  n. 胸肉,  skin n. 皮, all over adv. 全体に, place v. 置く, aluminum foil n. アルミ箔,

temperature n. 温度, degree n. 度, cook through v. きちんと料理する, enough adj. 十分な,

on time adv. 間に合って, separate v. 分ける , uncooked adj . 料理されていない,

 combination n. 組み合わせ, コンビネーション, savory food n. (甘くない、スパイスのきいた)おいしい食事, 

 leftover n. 残り物, hopefully adv. 願わくば,

Hello, everyone!

Like we said before, we are going to write about turkey today.

First of all, do you know what turkeys look like?

I guess most Japanese people have never seen or eaten one.

So, here is a picture of the real bird.

I know, it is quite big, right?


And this is a picture of cooked one!

Many of you probably wonder what is the difference between a chicken and a turkey is.

Well, the texture is very similar, but the taste is different. Turkeys are much bigger and have a sort of “WILD ‘MEAT’ flavor, I think.


Anyway , we cooked one last Sunday for the first time!

First, we thawed it in our small refrigerator for two days.

On Sunday, we took it out and opened the package.

Then, we rinsed it and put melted butter, fresh rosemary and thyme between the breast meat and the skin.

Finally, after putting vegetable oil all over, we placed the turkey on the baking plate and covered it with aluminum foil.

Our turkey is not so big, but our oven is very small! 

We cooked it at a high temperature (240 degrees) for 20 minutes and later at a low temperature (120 degrees) for 4 hours.

However, after 4 hours of cooking, it wasn’t cooked through!!! 😦

Probably because our oven was too small and wasn’t hot enough or something.

So we couldn’t bring it to our party on time


We opened the foil and separated the cooked part and the uncooked part.

We brought the cooked part to the party later.


Also, we made cranberry sauce.  I (Kahoru) don’t usually  like the combination of savory food and sweet fruit, but this sauce is really good with turkey.

Yesterday, we cooked turkey soup from the leftover meat and bones.

And today, we made turkey sandwiches for lunch. Yummy!


The turkey was very delicious! Next year we want to cook one again, hopefully with a bigger oven!

Thank you for reading.

– Andy and Kaho

Oh my goodness!!!!!

December 8, 2010

KEYWORDS: scary adj. 怖い, experience n. 経験, anniversary n. 結婚記念日,

turn off v. 電源を切る,  turn on v. 電源を入れる,  suddenly adv. 突然, without  ~なしに

signal n. サイン、信号,  normally adv.普通に, fix v.直す,  nightmare n. 悪夢,

kindly adv.親切に,  during  prep. ~の間, static n. 静電気, patiently adv. 落ち着いて,

explain v.説明する,  Thank goodness!  lit. 感謝です。/よっかた Phew! はあー!(安心のためいきの音)


Hello, everyone.

Last night, we had a very scary experience with our computer.

Andrew was working all day on the computer, making a slide show for someone’s 50th anniversary.  And he was also working on our kids’ music video for Christmas.

Around 11pm, he turned off the computer and took a shower.

After that, he turned on the computer again to do one more thing before going to bed.










 Suddenly the computer didn’t work! The screen was just black, without any signals. We didn’t know what was happening!

We went to bed anyway because it was late and we hoped that maybe it would work normally in the morning.


It didn’t work, again.

OH NO!!!! 

Was the computer broken?

Do we have to send this computer to be fixed?

Did we lose  all our files!?

…..It would be a NIGHTMARE!!!!!

Can you imagine how scary it was???? We were starting to panic!!!!




















We called the Gateway maintenance office early this morning.

The lady on the phone kindly taught us that this happens a lot during the winter because of the static and she patiently explained how to fix the problem.

It was very simple. We didn’t lose our files. Everything was OK!

Thank goodness!!!!!



Thanks for reading!

– Kaho and Andrew

Christmas is coming!

December 1, 2010

Key Words:that means ということは, advent  adj. 待降節の, official adj. 公式の, prepare v. 準備する, application n. 申し込み, seat n. 席, available adj. 空いている、利用できる, To-Do-list n. やることリスト, huge adj. 巨大な,  invite v. 招待する,  pretzel n. プレッツェル(お菓子の名前), candy cane n. 杖の形をした縞模様の飴, turkey n.七面鳥, potluck n. 持ち寄り, for the first time adv. 初めて, future n. 未来, look forward to it! 楽しみにしていてね!    

Hello everyone!

Today is December 1st! That means we have to open one day on our Christmas advent calendar! (Thanks to Y-san)

That means the official countdown has started! Yea!!

Are you excited? Yes, we are!

We have already been preparing for Christmas little by little! But there is so much more to do!!!!

(TO STUDENTS: Remember, we are going to have an Adult Party on the 23rd and Kids Party on 25th. Application is from today to next Tuesdaythat’s December 6th, 2010! Check your monthly newsletter for details.  Already only a few seats are still available, so please let us know soon!)


One of the most important things on our Christmas To-do-List  is SHOPPING!!!

So, we went to Costco yesterday to buy some food.  Costco is a huge membership supermarket from America. They have a lot of food from America, but also from Japan. You have to be a member to shop there, but each member can invite 2 friends. (So, if you are interested in going there, let’s go together!!) 

*First, we bought some butter. This is for the cookies and cakes that we are going to bake!

**Second, we bought pretzels and candy canes. These are for the Kids Party.











***Third, we bought a TURKEY! This is for the potluck party at the church. Actually, we are going to cook turkey for the first time! We don’t know if our oven is big enough…

We will post about the future of this turkey soon! Please look forward to it!!


Thank you for reading!

– Kaho and Andy