Vocabs: Under the Sea 4

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浅蜊 (あさり, asari) – Manila clam (Ruditapes philippinarum) 赤貝 (あかがい, akagai) – blood clam (Scapharca broughtonii); ark shell 蛸 (たこ, tako) – octopus 海獺 (らっこ, rakko) – sea otter (Enhydra lutris) 鰻 (うなぎ, unagi) – eel (esp. the Japanese eel, Anguilla japonica) 平目 (ひらめ, hirame) 1. flounder (esp. the large-tooth flounders of family Paralichthyidae, but also lefteye flounders of family Bothidae) 2. bastard halibut;… Read more »

Vocabs: Under the Sea 3

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海月 (くらげ, kurage) – jellyfish 蟹 (かに, kani) – crab 海鼠 (なまこ, namako) – sea cucumber (Holothuroidea spp.) 海馬 (かいば, kaiba) 1. seahorse; sea horse 2. walrus 竜の落し子 (たつのおとしご, tatsu no oto shigo) – seahorse; sea horse This is an interesting name for sea horse. It literally means ‘fallen child of the dragon’. 海豹 (あざらし, azarashi) – true seal (animal); earless seal 海驢… Read more »

Vocabs: Under the Sea 2

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貝類 (かいるい, kairoi) – shellfish  貝 (かい, kai) – shell; shellfish 魚介類 (ぎょかいるい, gyokairoi) – marine products; seafood; fish and shellfish 類 (るい, roi) means type, sort, kind… So 貝類 refers to all the various types of shellfish, and 魚介類 refers to all the various types of fish. 鮪 (まぐろ, maguro) – Tuna (Thunnus spp.) 魬 (はまち, hamachi) – young Japanese amberjack; young yellowtail 鯖… Read more »

Vocabs: Under the Sea 1

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海 (うみ, umi) – sea; ocean; waters 海面 (かいめん, kaimen) – sea level; (surface of) sea 海洋底 (かいようてい, kaiyoutei) – ocean floor; sea floor; seabed 藻場 (もば, moba) – seaweed bed; seaweed forest 魚 (さかな, sakana) – fish 鮫 (さめ, same) – shark 海がめ (うみがめ) – sea turtle 珊瑚 (さんご, sango) – coral 海老 (えび, ebi) – prawn; shrimp; lobster; crayfish 海星 (ひとで, hitode) – starfish; sea star;… Read more »

Movie: Assassination Classroom: Graduation (Ansatsu Kyoshitsu -Sotsugyou Hen-)

Assassination Classroom 2 - Graduation

Update: The DVD/Blu-ray for the movie will be released on 12 Oct 2016, pre-orders are now available, scroll to the bottom of the page for links! Hi all, I’m back with another movie review! Assassination Classroom: Graduation. Or 暗殺教室 -卒業編- (Ansatsu Kyoshitsu -Sotsugyou Hen-) as the title goes in Japanese. I had the luxury of watching Assassination Classroom 2 in the… Read more »

News: Arashi’s Waku Waku School 2016 to have Johnny’s West as students

The Arashi’s Waku Waku Gakkou (Lit: Arashi’s Exciting School) this year will feature the members of Johnny’s West as Arashi’s students. Johnny’s West is a Johnny’s Entertainment group from Kansai that debut in 2014 with the single with the single “Eejanaika”. Waku Waku Gakkou is a special event by Arashi that’s in it’s 6th year now. It started in 2011 after… Read more »

News: V6 to release new single, Beautiful World on the 8th of June 2016

Ok, this is more than a week late… But still… V6 will be releasing their first single of 2016, entitled “Beautiful World”, on the 8th of June 2016. Beautiful World would be V6’s 46th single. “Beautiful World” is the theme song for season 11 of the drama Keishicho Sosa Ikka 9 Gakari (警視庁捜査一課9係) starring member Inohara Yoshihiko. Season 1 of the… Read more »

Blog: I seek, Daylight and Tadaima

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Have you heard? The previews of I seek, Daylight and Tadaima from Arashi’s new, yet-to-be-released single I seek/Daylight. Band member Aiba Masaki has played the songs on his radio show, Rekomen, and I’m loving the songs so far. Admittedly, out of all three, my least favourite is I seek, despite it being for the theme songs of Ohno’s drama. (Background… Read more »

Reading: Short Passage 1

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This entry provides a parallel translation of the passage used in the reading and comprehension practice 1. 私わたしは動物どうぶつ大好きです。 I love animals. 家いえで兎うさぎと犬や飼かっています。 I keep rabbits and dogs at home. 鳥とりもう飼っています。 I also keep pet birds. 兎は二匹にぴきいます、犬いぬも二匹います。 I have two rabbits ad two dogs. 黒くろいのはクッキーちゃん、白しろいのはゆきくんです。 The black rabbit is called Cookie, while the white rabbit is called Yuki. ワンちゃんはかわいいトイプードルのあきちゃん、と忠実ちゅうじつの秋田あきた犬しばちゃん。 The cute… Read more »

Kanji Spotlight: Enduring Ninjas

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Hi everyone, it’s kanji spotlight time! The kanji that I’ll be focusing on today is 忍. Anime and manga fans would probably have seen this word before… Yup, that’s right, this kanji is pronounced as ‘にん, nin’, as in ‘忍者, ninja’. Let’s look at the definition of 忍 first. This word is actually an old word, one that is hardly used on… Read more »