Japanese Textbooks

A feeling of RELIEF!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I just finished the Somatome Kanji book (N2) and I am so incredibly ほっとーーsighing with incredible relief.  I had been working diligently at that book since………..forever. It seems anyway. I think there was a time in the distant past when I wasn’t slogging away at that book, but well, I can’t really remember.

So I thought we should throw a huge party in celebration of me finishing the kanji books.  I suggested that to my husband and he said that now that I am finished with it, I can do housework.  (More housework, I corrected him.  More than I am already doing.)

I am replacing the Somatome Kanji book with the Somatome Reading Comprehension book.

Also….I promised myself…. NO MORE NEW BOOKS!  However, I succumbed and bought a new book.


Here is the story behind it:  In Japanese class, my instructor likes to use a book of essays.  It’s at my level, but I find it difficult because he just simply reads it to me.  I can’t do preliminary preparation or review, because I am not allowed to bring this particular book home.  So I found the book on amazon and bought it.  It is this book: Chukyu Kara Manabu Nihongo  I like this book.  My Japanese teacher really likes it.  It is full of beautifully written essays–literary, as my teacher says.  It also has other stuff, like introducing the difficult words and “Let’s think about it” and grammar.  So basically it is a good book for N2 level.  That’s my new obsession textbook!


Comic Con

The last of the America pics.  They are from a comic convention.  Fun!  Especially for nerds like us.




Well, it was a great vacation.  My son got to do lots of quintessential American things.  However, sometimes he gets jealous at learning about the American lifestyle.   Like the long, long summer vacations for school kids.  Ipads in school.  Video games allowed during recess during rain days (at my former school).  And now this time of the year, trick or treating.  There is a lot to be jealous about!


Swim Resort pics

Disneyland has the cute stuff, but I saw on TV today that Universal Studios Japan has the scary stuff. Stuff from horror movies, like attacking Chuckie. Kowai~~~~~~~ I wonder how they sell that in the gift shop? Chuckie Chocolates?

Here are some American swim resort pics. There are really nice swimming pools all over Texas. Here in Tohoku, there is one in Iwaki, but it was REALLY crowded the one time we went there.

Anyway, here are the pics….

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Six Flags


Each summer we go to Six Flags amusement park.  My son really enjoys it and it is something he always looks forward to.  I’m a little sad, though, that we virtually never make it to Japan’s Disneyland and Disneysea.  We haven’t been in……six years?  So my son doesn’t really remember it.   It’s the thing to do in Japan.  Personally I prefer Disneyland and Disneysea over Six Flags.  Six Flags is ride intensive.  Disney resort is more of an experience–transporting you to a fantasy world.  I find Six Flags cheaper, however.  I feel that Disneyland is always trying to sell you stuff.  Cute stuff.   But stuff, nonetheless.





Manga in America

If y’all haven’t noticed, I have been posting pics of my American vacation.  It’s taken this long due to, um, both camera problems, and then after that, computer problems.  Anyway,  enjoy.



We went to my favorite place, the bookstore.  Specifically Barnes and Noble.  We wanted to check out the manga section.  Does America really and truly have Japanese manga?  Could these rumors I hear be true.

Yes!  Manga in America is a reality!  It was all in English, not bilingual Japanese and English (unfortunately for us mentally ambidextrous readers of comics.)

They only had the stuff my son doesn’t like.  The serious stuff with wide eyed vixens who have big boobs.  Otaku stuff.  They did have One Piece and DragonBall, but my son isn’t into that.  I can’t remember if they have Conan.

My son’s favorite mangas are

Coro Coro

Penguin’s Trouble (Penguin Beckham)


Mari Kun (Mario Brothers)

None of these were at the Barnes & Noble in the U.S.

That’s what he told me just now.  Gotta go.  Get ice cream. 31% off at Baskin Robbins.



Cheap movies!


Hey, they have that guy in Japan!  We love that guy!


These are really old pics from America.   However, proof that American movies are cheap cheap cheap!  This Godzilla movie was second run, and 3.25 for a 3D movie.  That’s just crazy cheap.    They don’t come that cheap in Japan.  First of all, they don’t have second run movies here.  Second, the cheap price (for an adult) is about ten dollars.   I always try to get it at that cheap price.  I buy “mae uri ken”  (tickets purchased before the opening day) or I go on a discount day.

I did notice that our local Aeon movie theater has discounted adult prices from 1800 yen to (I think) 1300 yen during the month of September.  However, there is nothing I particularly want to see that is out right now……….