My rice cooker

This is a my rice cooker it can cook 600g rice seeds at once.

The rice seeds get to heavy when it cook, because they suck the water so 600g rice seeds become about 1.3kg rice after cook.

I was given this used rice cooker from my friend and have used this since 1993, Japanese products are really long life and don't break, I think.
If this cooker broke it maybe impossible to fix because probably there are no parts to repair in the produced campany.
If it goes I have to buy new one but I'll feel something sad.

Tatami's life

Tatami is Japanese traditional floor in the room.
Tatami is made of rush grass called "igusa" that is a kind of grass like rice.
Igusa is long grass and for strong corruption and bugs.

But recently Japanese houses have been getting without use tatami because tatami have to change surface regularly and flooring is easier to cleanig.
This picture is my room's tatami.

If you want to feel the taste of tatami easily, you'd buy goza.
Goza is the cheaper than tatami and you can buy at amazon.com.
Goza is a part of tatami's surface like a mat or carpet.
It is very light weight so you can bring and spread out everywhere in the hose and even outdoor if you want.
It can collapse or roll to small, so it is very convenient to bring.
In summer, spread goza over flooring and you lay yourself on it, you can feel cool and have a good nap.

Google image search "Tatami"

Google image search "goza"


About the Dragon Ball

Actually the Dragon Ball is a little old manga, it had started at 1980's.
When I was high school and college student I had read that on "Shounen Jump (Boys Jump)" it is for boy's cartoon magazine.

At first, the Dragon Ball was a fantasy story, didn't fight to aliens.
The world of the Dragon Ball, there ware many people who likes animals, dogs, pigs, monkeys, and so on.
Son Goku who is a hero in the story grew up and became  strong, no enemies in the earth gradually so Akira Toriyama, the author, was appeared the aliens coming from other planets to encroach the earth.

Akira Toriyama had drawn "Dr. Slump Arare-chan" that is a fantasy sci- fi manga brfore the Dragon Ball, and the Dragon Ball was like a sequel of the Arare-chan at first.

The Dragon Ball official site


The way to expressing emotions in Japanese sites

Sometimes we can find some distinctive marks or signs to express emotions in Japanese sites.

for example
sign    meaning
(笑)    laughing
(怒)    angering
(汗)    impatient
www   laughing

It are used almost personal blogs not official sites.
The company's or organization's site don't use that letters

笑,怒,汗, are all kanji character, 笑 means laughing, 怒 means angering, 汗 means sweat originally but turning to meaning to impatient.

Why does "w" mean laughing, laugh say "warau" or "warai" in Japanese so they have used the first letter "w" to express laughing.
In occagion big laghing are to be written as

Are you hearing their laghing voice seeing "www"?

Introducing Otaku's room vol.2

I found two Japnese sites that can see Otaku's room pictures again.
It are titled
"Hey you guys, you place figure in front of your PC don't you?
What are you doing around your desk? 1 and 2"

Some Otakus like figures very much so they wish to look them anytime.
Otakus are sitting always front of PC, they put their lovely figures around them.




About ad papers

Many ad papers are delivered my apaartment almost very day.
Most that are supermarket around here to announce for bargain.
Sometimes there are put into my post the other ad papers like car sale, real estate, delivery pizza store, izakaya.

Do you know "Izakaya"?
It is Japanese style pub. Some are having private rooms so when we want to drink comfortable, that is a nice space.
About Izakaya, I wish to write other article, sometime.

I talk back ad papers, all ad papers go to recycle finaly, almost areas of Japan have recycle systems everywhere.
I want to write this recycle system too.

Most famous girls anime "Suite Precure"

This is Japanese girl's animation "Suite Precure".

This animation have started from 6th Februaly 2010, broadcasting every Sunday morning.
And this animation is very popular with little girls, so it continues 8years.
But I have never watched this program.

I can list this animation series
2.Precure Max Heart
3.Precure Splash Star
4.yes Precure 5
5.yes Precure 5 Go Go
6.Fresh Precure
7.Heat Catch Precure
8.Suite Precure
(I had watched only Precure and Precure Max Heart)

There are two Japanese Precure's official sites
This site is ABC(Asahi Broadcast Center)'s Precure.

And this is Toei that is an animation production company site.

2 same K-ON books

I have 2 K-ON comics same volume.

The left one is Japanese edition, it is written by all Japanese of course.

And the right one is English edition translated into English.
It was issued in US.

I bought both at big book store at Tokyo and the prices are Japnese is 860yen and English is $10.99 it seems almost same price.


Study of Kaomoji 2

Why does japan have been able to evolve the Kaomoji (emoticon/smiley) ?

I think Japan have a lot of way to express the emotion don't use words.
That's the why the many Manga or cartoons have been developing expression only pictures don't use the words.
Most Japanese grown up to be seeing the manga, they can acquire the ability to express the expression with pictures.
What do you think?

(;^_^A   ( ̄Д ̄;;   ∑(; ̄□ ̄A  ( ^ ^;
`s(・'・;)   ?c(゚.゚*)  ?(゚~゚)ヾ   ( ̄ヘ ̄;)   (?(。_。).。o0O??
o(^-^)o  ((o(^-^)o))  ♪((O(〃⌒▼⌒〃)O))♪  ((o(б_б;)o))
(^^)bGood!   (o^-')b   d(⌒ー⌒)   good(≧∇≦)ъ
-t( ^o^)。o 0    (´ー`)y-~~   (;´Д`)y─┛~~
claping hands
(*゚▽゚ノノ゙☆   ( ̄∇ ̄ノノ"
φ(.. )  φ(・_・”)  φ(・ω・ )

people(Please don't anger)

(⊂_  ミ

ミ ´_>`)



( ´∀`)

( `ハ´)


Kaomoji site

related link

Study of Kaomoji 1

Japanese use many characters in the emails, blogs or sites everyday on PC or cellphone, for example Hirakana,  Katakana, Kanji, Alphabet and Number.
And one more we usualy use face letters (emoticon/smiley)  called Kaomoji, kao means a face, moji is letters.
Like : -)   (^ ^)

Probably Japanese think that we can't communicate their emotions only letters certainly, so we add Kaomoji to words to moderate expression.
Kaomoji might say one kind of Japanese concern.

I can show you same Kaomoji, but maybe some of them can't display certainly except Japanese, Korean and Chinese computer.

(=⌒▽⌒=)  (^_^)  (⌒-⌒)  \(^▽^)/  ヽ(´▽`)/   ヾ(@~▽~@)ノ
w|;゚ロ゚|w  w(゚o゚)w  w(゚o゚*)w  Σ(・口・)
(  ̄っ ̄)   (`ε´)   ( ̄へ  ̄ 凸    \(*`∧´)/
(T_T)  (T△T)  (;へ:)  。・゚゚・(≧д≦)・゚゚・。   (;へ:)
(^-^*)/  ( ´_ゝ`)ノ  (*~▼~)ノ
<(_ _*)>  アリガト♪(*゚ 3゚)/~チュッ♪   ( v^-゚)Thanks♪
m(-_-)m   (*_ _)   ヾ(^-^;)

Kaomoji site

related link

How to make a my room comfortable?

What do you think what happened to the Japanese Otaku's room?

I found a Japanese internet site that introducing Otaku's room is titled "How to make a my room  comfortable?".

This site is putting many pictures, and compare their real room with their ideal room to do Otaku activities comfortable.

Of cource this site is written by all Japanese.
Sorry I can't translate all sentences, but I think you can enjoy only watching pictures.

I ate instant Ramen yesterday

Yesterday, I ate instant ramen at lunch.
It was salt taste ramen I cooked myself.

This is the package.
It is written "shio" big black letters that means salt in Japanese.

I can tell you how to make ramen, it's very easy I have cooked ramen since about 10 years old every Satureday.

First: Put water in a pot then boil the noodle about 3 minutes.

Second: When noodles are tender, you turn off the heater, and put into pot soup powder.

Finish: Move to the bowl and eat.
Add egg or hams or some vegetables, it makes taste good.

If you get a ramen you'd try to cook and eat.

Do you like to read books?

In Japan it is said that several hundred books are published every day and tens of thousands books in a year.
Maybe Japanese are nation that read many books I think, not only books but also comics and magines though.

This picture is a my book shelf and stocking books other rooms too, so I don't know how many books I have.
My father read many books too, perhaps is it heredity or almost Japanese so?
And Japanese books are probably reasonable, we can buy a hardcover for about 2000-3000 yen, paperbacks are selling about 300-1000yen besides many used books are 100yen.
I usualy read about 10 books in a month, but it cost less 10,000yen.

I like to read books very much.



This is my TV.

But I almost always don't watch TV programs.
I watch TV only Sunday morning for "Dragon Ball"which is broadcasting Sunday morning at 9:00 in Japan, and sometimes I watch some DVDs something like movies or animations.
I rent some DVDs from rental DVD store near my apartment about once a week, it cost 100yen a week.

I don't watch TV news, though I watch that always on PC or podcast, because it can watch when I wanna, I always watch CNN, ABC and NBC news on my iPhone.
But the announcer speaks very quickly for me so I can't understand only some parts.

My kitchen picture

I can show you my apartment kitchen.

Not saying a nice.

I'm cooking here almost everyday, but sometimes I go out for dinner or buy packed sushi to eat.
I like to cook, it stimulate my mind of artist, aside from taste.

Everyday I try to make new taste, sometimes it fail but it is bringing to me a good experiences for next challenge.

I publish you my desk.

I publish you picture of my desk.

Sorry there is a little bit dirty.
I have two computers, the right one is my main machine and left one is sub but I'm writing this blog articles left computer.

And on the desk are some books that someones are reading now someones are for articles.
I use this desk for to study, to read, to eat, to work, to have a nap, my desk is very useful for me but I think this is a little bit small to do many things at the same time.

I was given this desk to my senior at my college about 20 years ago.

I like this wooden desk.



This picture is "ume-boshi".

Ume is a plum seed, umeboshi is dry plum in English and it have strong acidity taste.

Ume-boshi is a kind of pickles, it is made to confit salt after drying harvested plums.
It can preserve long term over 100 years.
Almost Japanese know thats acid taste so when we imagine umeboshi we secrete saliva naturally like a Pavlov's dog.

In the picture you can see some black parts, that are basil leaves to enhance flavor and color.

Japanese healthy food "natto"

Do you know what is this?

This pictures are my natto.
It dosen't rotted.

Natto is made of soy beans to be fermented and very healthy food.
I like natto very mucu, I wish to eat natto evryday, every breakfast, evry lunch, every dinner, so much I love natto.

It have peculiar smell, but that is not bad smell.
If you come to Japan, I want you to eat natto.
It must bring you a great experience.

pinch with chopsticks

Natto can live long time, there lives many natto bacteria more than other putrefactive bacterias, so natto bacteria wins other ones to fight.
There is the natto bacteria around the earth naturally, actually we can make natto very easily.

Society of natto

Japanese instant food "cup-men"

This pictere is one of the Japanese instant foods called "cup-men".
Men means noodle.

This is a soba whicn is the Japanese traditional food made of buckwheat.

Cooking cup-men is very easy, only put boiling water into the cup and wait three minutes or a little more.

There are so many typs of "cup-men" in Japan for example soba, ramen, udon, miso-soup, buta-jiru(Japanese pork soup), harusame, etc and almost is delicious and easy cooking.

Maybe the first "cup-men" in Japan is CUP NOODLE by Nissin foods in 1971, I like curry noodle.


K-ON character :Sawako Yamanaka

She is a faculty adviser of the pop-music club.
And she is a beautiful and ladylike, very popular from student.

She in an old girl Sakuragaoka high school.

K-ON character :Ui Hirasawa

Yui's younger sister.
She is a well-made daughter and having a good natured and doing good housework.

Sometimes she helps Yui's study.

Character Voice : Madoka Yonezawa

K-ON character :Nodoka Manabe

She is a Yui's old friend and an officer of student council in her school.
She has a cool personality but scary when she angry.

She is the understanding of Yui and watching her like her parents.

CharacterVoice : Chika Fujitou

K-ON character :Azusa Nakano

She is a new bember of the pop-music club and same grade Yui's sister Ui.

She has a very serious charactor so she worries their afterschool tea and loose atmosphere.
She is a good on guiter that has been started to play since elementary school.

Character Voice : Ayana Taketatsu

K-ON character :Tsumugi Kotobuki

She is assumed that her family is very rich with her behavior.
She have played piano since four years old, and also won the piano contest.

She is an affable and unfussy, and always smiling and brings tea set and sweets in their clubroom.

Character Voice : Kotobuki Minako

K-ON character :Ritsu Tainaka

She chose drams because her personality is very rough so she can't play delikcate strings.

She was a good friend to Mio since kindergerten, and she is kiddying her evrytime.

She has odd skills that mimics other person.

Character Voice : Satomi Satou

K-ON character :Mio Akiyama

She desided to belong into the literature club at first but she was invited Ritsu who are her friend since her childfood to the pop music club.
She is serious and having excellent grades and she has a nice propotion, but she is very shy so she chose the base guiter because guiter is prominent.

She plays good base.

Character Voice : Youko Hikasa

K-ON character :Yui Hirasawa

She imagined "k-on bu" was club activity that plays light music like mouth whistle, because k-on or keion means light music in Japanese, so she jointed pop-music club.

But she couldn't play any instruments, she started the guiter practice from never played.

She have been doing intuitively and her own way.

Her favorit things are the kawaii-things or cute and sweets.

Character Voice : Aki Toyosaki


K-ON2 Extra Edition VISIT!

The 3rd grade members had no class, so they stayed clubroom to have a tea and enjoying that time.

Yui looks like somethig uncomfortable and she said that the precious luggage arrives soon.
Suddenly Nodoka came in the clubroom...

September 28th 2010


Azusa found a video tape unexpectedly, that was made by old 3rd grade members for invitation 1st grades.
But Mio hid it into sweets can as her embarrassing.

Azusa wanted to make a new video to invite for new students.

September 21st 2010


The day that the 3rd grade 4member's gaduate came.
All members promised to go to school together, but Yui didn't come.

Ritsu sent a e-mail to Yui from her cellphone, Yui replied her ...

September 14th 2010

K-ON2 23rd story THE AFTER SCHOOL!

The 3rd grade members were no class untill graduation.
They promised to come clubroom from the morning and they spent a sloly time same as before and they talked what the things they had never done.

Septembr 7th 2010


The entrance exam approaches, 3rd grade members studied in their club room every day.

The 2nd grade Azusa decided to present them a chocolate at Valentine's day that she had never done.

August 31st 2010

K-ON2 21st story THE CLASS BOOK!

The day to take photos for class book approaches.
Yui mind her hair style and she try new hair styles.

Next day after school, the pop-music club members practiced how they are taken photos.

August 24th 2010


The second day at school festival, students have been preparing in the early morning.

The band members had practiced since last night, so they had a big confidence.
The show time started, it was 3rd performance as "The after school teatime".

August 17th 2010

K-ON2 19th story ROMEO AND JULIET!

The first day at the school festival, there was a busy atmosphere in Sakura-ga-oka high school.

Yui's class prepared their play "Romeo and Juliet".
And then, there was the time to open the curtain in front of the many audience.

August 10th 2010


The Yui's class was going to play "Romeo and Juliet" at the school festival.

The class members elected the cast.
As a result, Mio plays Romeo, and Ritsu plays juliet.
After school they lessoned but...

August 3rd 2010


Music room was not able to use to practice because water leaked at the under level room ceiling.

The pop-music club members looked for the other room to practice, they have just 1 month untill the school festival.

July 27th 2010

K-ON2 16th story THE SENIOR!

When Azusa was asked Jun how she does her club activity, she found that she had a bad habit that is nothig to do like 3rd grads.

She decided to turn back in the beginning when she joined pop-music club and she had been a serious.

July 20th 2010

K-ON2 15th story THE MARATHON!

After summer vacation, Azusa was high tension because there was the school festival coming soon.

But Yui was languid because there was the school marathon contest coming soon.
Everyone are preparing for that contest, but...

July 13th 2010

K-ON2 14th story THE SUMMER CLASS!

Ritsu invited to play with Mio but was declined because Mio  studies hard.

After that Ritsu found Tsumugi was gonna go to shopping for  summer class, she invited her to go to play but...

July 6th 2010

K-ON2 13th story ZANSYO-MIMAI!

The 3rd grade students prepare for entrance exam, so they study at library.

Azusa bored alone in her house.
She wanted to have more fun in her summer vacation, then Ui came her house...

June 29 2010

"Zansyo-mimai" is a kind of letter that custom of Japan sending at end of summer , for ask friends "are you OK?"


In summer vacation Sakura-ga-oka high scholl.
For the 3rd grade members, there was tha last vacation.

Yui suggested the camp training, but Mio thought she didn't want to go at first.
But when she heard that they will perform the summer festival, she decided to go to the camp.

June 22nd 2010

K-ON2 11th story TOO HOT!

The club members practice at the band, but they can't play  because there are too hot.
They try to be cool any ways but they can't, finaly they consult with their club adviser Sawako.

June 15th 2010

K-ON2 10th story THE TEACHER!

When Tsumugi went on school she saw Sawako with troubled face, talked someone who riding the car.

At after school, pop-music club member saw Sawako called someone in an office soured attitude.
The club membrs did somethig to help her...

June 8th 2010


The examination term came, the 3rd grade club members wrere coming to library to study instead clubroom.
Mio and Tsumugi studied hard but Yui and Ritsu didn't study same as always.

June 1st 2010

K-ON2 8th story THE COURSE!

Nodoka was surprised that Yui had not decided what she is doing after graduation.
Yui and Ritsu were called teacher Sawako, they went to her office. Ritsu have not decided her future too.

Nodoka and Mio worried them, and they talked to Tsumugi their childhoot.

May 25th 2010

K-ON2 7th story THE TEA PARTY!

When Yui walked on the corridor at school she found Mio who looks like nervous.
Yui asked Mio why, she said that she had felt another eyes since this morning.

Azusa worried her but other members mocked her.

May 18th 2010


It had been Tuyu that is Japanese rainy season.
Yui went to school keeping don't wet Giita which is her guiter she nemed,
She struggled to school but she was soaked. Her classmates talked why she was so wet.

May 11th 2010


Yui sent e-mail to Azusa and Ui from Kyoto where she visited for the school trip and she looked enjoying.
Azusa and Jun (she is Azusa and Ui's friend) cared Ui.
She felt lonely because there wasn't Yui. Ui likes her sister Yui very much.

But they enjoyed too unusual atmosphere that there wasn't 3rd grade students in school.

May 4th 2010

K-ON2 4th story THE SCHOOL TRIP!

The 3rd grade students in Sakura-ga-oka high school went for Kyoto for the school trip.
They have to be doing in groupe of each 4 pairs in Kyoto, so they grouped the pop-music club member.

But Mio unsettled that she saw high tensioned Yui and Rits in Shin-kan-sen.

April 27th 2010

K-ON2 3rd story THE DRUMMER!

The pop-music club members have gone crazy for the new member "Ton-chan" who is turtle.
There was an ordinary scene.

Suddenly, Ritsu screamed when she looked pictures that was recorded their activity on lap-top computer.
She noticed that she didn't prominent because she was a drummer.

April 20th 2010

K-ON2 2nd story ORDER!

The pop-music club was decided to put in order their preparation room.
They had brought something luggage, so the room was used as their warehouse.
That room was filled almost Yui's stuffs that had been brought her somewhere.

April 13th 2010

K-ON2 1st story FINAL GRADE!

It was new semester, Yui Hirasawa, Mio Akiyama, Tsumugi Kotobuki, they were to be 3rd grade.

This season the first grade students are deciding what club they join, the club members want to get new members with Azusa Nakano who had joined pop-music club at welcome celemony last year.

April 6th 2010

K-ON 2nd Season Synopsis

It was 1st grade spring at high school she couldn't play any instruments, and joined the pop-music club, her name is Yui Hirasawa.

Gathering president Ritsu Tainaka, shying Mio Akiyama, unfussy Tsumugi Kotobuki, they spent funny days around tea time in clubroom, training camp, school festival, Christmas prty etc.

When they moved up 2nd grade they accepted as the member of the club Azusa Nakano.
They succesed 2nd live at school festival on 5 members as "The After School Tea-time(Houkago tea-time)".

And spring came again, they wrere to be 3rd grade...


K-ON extra edition A WINTER DAY!

The seasons went, cold winter had come again.

Yui suggested members "Nabe-party" on Sunday.
But the members had their things to do each one...

June 25th 2009

K-ON final episode K-ON!

The pop-music club overcame the pinch.

But Yui got cold just before school festival.
The members of the club worried Yui, and Ui nursed her hard though Yui didn't well soon.

Only 5 days left to school festival...

June 18th 2009

K-ON 11th story PINCH!

The school festival was soon.
The first live performance after adding Azusa came.
Azusa try to practice for the school festival, then Yui said that her guiter sounds wrong.

Azusa asked Yui to see her guiter, she serprised her guiter condition.

June 11th 2009

K-ON 10th story CAMP AGAIN!

The pop-music club was to be 5 members including Azusa, they planed camp at summer holiday.

Azusa thought that she'd be able to do good practice.
But the shopping for camp went all members was unsettled her...

June 4th 2009

K-ON 9th story NEW MEMBER!

The pop-music club performanced at reception for first-year stuents.
And one person came to want to join the pop-music club.

She said she has played guiter a little, her nema was Azusa Nakano.

But they surprised her performance that she was asked them something play for us...

May 28th 2009

K-ON 8th story INVITATION!

The pop-music club members moved up to 2nd grade.
But their class changed and Mio was only another class.

Yui's sister Ui was entry Sakura-high school too.
The pop-music club started action to get the new members.

may 21st 2009

K-ON 7th story CHRISTMAS!

The pop-music club member planed the Christman party at Yui's house.
Nodoka and Ui added the party and they did present exchange.
As each one were choicing they wanted one, Yui cheated Ui everyone have to perform one act, Ui trusted that and she did...

May 14th 2009

K-ON 6th story FESTIVAL!

The day at school festival, Mio came to music room but nobody there.
She looked for the other members, they worked for their class performance so they couldn't practice soon.

Yui went to music room to practice by Nodoka's thanks but...

May 7th 2009

K-ON 5th story ADVISER!

Ritsu found old pop-music club's pictures, there was an old band.

Others, Tsumugi applied the stage at school festival but she was declined becaouse pop-music club was not recognaized an official school club.

May 1st 2009

K-ON 4th story CAMP!

Summer holiday was soon.

But they have never played gethering the all members since April.
Mio suggested everyone doing the training camp for scholl festival at autumn.
Mio told them are training moning to night, but Yui and Ritsu did hilarity and talked which one do we're gonna go to mountain or sea...

April 23rd 2009

K-ON 3rd story PRACTICE!

Yui got the guiter that her desire, she was taught everyone way to read note at first, and started practice.

But she went crazy to practice the guiter, she failed in a term exam.
She was stopped her activity untill pass the exam.

April 17th 2009

K-ON 2nd story INSTRUMENT!

The pop-music club added Yui Hirasawa and they started their activity.
Yui had a big motivate because she belonged club at first in her life.

She was surprised that heard the price of the guiter, anyway the club member was going to see the instruments shop next holiday.

April 10th 2009

K-ON 1st story BISBAND!

In spring, it was new students deciding which club they belong.
Ritsu Tainaka took Mio Akiyama to check the pop-music club, but that club will disband if it hasn't four new members.

They adds Tsumugi Kotobuki who coming to check the choir club, and they are finding one more person...

April 3rd 2009

K-ON 1st Season Synopsis

Ritsu Tainaka took Mio Akiyama to check the pop-music club.
But the older club member gradueted last year so the club will disband if it haven't  four members.

They got one more companion who name Tsumugi Kotobuki, and they are finding out one more person.

Then Yui Hirasawa join the pop-music club but she imagined that "pop music"  are playing mouth whistle, she doesn't play any instruments.


ABOUT MANGA (Japanese cartoons)

Manga is one of the Japanese pop culture, it is called cartoon in English.

There are many manga publishing everyday, evryweek, evrymonth in Japan, and we can read manga everywhere, house, train, shops, school, even office that if their boss allows it.
Almost Japanese like manga children to adults, because we have read it since baby.

I can introduce you several Japanese manga, some were translated in English.

INTRODUCTION, my first article

I am a middle-aged Japanese man.
I think that I want to write about Japanese traditional and pop cultuer on this blog.

Sorry I can't speak English so use bad English.
Please don't send me any coments. I can't probably read your messages.

I like Japanese traditional and pop culture like manga, anime, bonsai ect.
I like Japanese foods, have you ever eaten "Natto"? I like natto very much. Natto is a very delicious and healthy food. I wanna be like that you too.