Archive for June, 2006

Wedding Anniversary

Friday, June 30th, 2006

8 years ago, I was lucky enough to marry my wonderful wife, Man. According to, 50% of Canadian couples end up getting a divorce, which means getting married is pretty much like flipping a coin. However, after 8 years and still happy together, I have to say that luck doesn’t have anything to do with it. A love relationship takes a lot of effort and patience, especially if it’s an intercultural one. Happy anniversary, honey, thanks for all the efforts and patience you showed putting up with me! (^3^)~☆

After signing the papers, we kissed…

Funny English – “Tonigth”

Wednesday, June 28th, 2006

Disclaimer:This series is about funny English found in Japan. Japan is notorious for its terrible misuse of English, and sometimes you can really get a good laugh. I’d like to point out something very important, though, WITH THIS SERIES I DO NOT INTEND TO MAKE FUN OF JAPANESE PEOPLE. As an English teacher, it would be unethical for me to do so, and as a language learner, I wouldn’t like anybody to make fun of me, either. What I’m making fun of are THE STUPID COMPANIES WHO ARE EITHER TOO CHEAP OR TOO LAZY TO HAVE THEIR ENGLISH CHECKED OUT BEFORE THEY USE IT. I mean, how much time and money does it take to have someone proof read a couple of sentences, or sometimes even single words?

100 000!

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Around 12:30 (Japan time) today, my blog had its 100 000th visitor. I’d like to thank everybody who visited my blog and supported me with their constructive comments. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Thanks to you,

Since 2005/06/06

Ainori #319

Tuesday, June 27th, 2006

Ainori is a popular reality show in Japan, aired on Fuji TV on Monday nights at 23:00.

In August 2005, I discovered that Ainori was not only popular in Japan, but also all over the world thanks to Bit Torrent technology. I decided to write a summary of each episode, and do a translation of the weekly photo captions from the official site. What do I get out of this? I get to improve my Japanese, I get more traffic to my blog, but above all, I get the satisfaction of knowing many non-Japanese speakers all over the world can appreciate a truly unique reality show. Enjoy, and don’t hesitate to post any comments or questions you may have.

Ainori’s official homepage (Japanese only).

Current participants

Ainori’s BT downloads available @ D-Addicts and Saiyaman

You can also watch streaming videos of Ainori on Thanks to Avi Telyas for the tip. (^_^)y

Ainori #319


This week will be short and sweet… very sweet (^-^)

Suuzan Mie

YES! He did it! Suuzan went to Osaka, spilled his guts and got the girl! The staff had actually fooled Mie into believing they needed pictures for Ainori, and asked her to meet them in a park, towards which of course Suuzan was heading. Apparently, her feelings for Suuzan hadn’t changed, and when she saw him, she was so surprised she said she felt like throwing up – no kidding! Then Suuzan started his explanation “à la Hide”, with a bunch of “anoooo” (Japanese equivalent of “eeerrr”), and then told her how he felt lonely after she had left Ainori, but how he thought it was just like when any other member left. As we all know, he eventually realized that Mie was the right girl for her, and he finally made his move this week. The funny part is that after he told her he loved her, he made an hour long recap of what had happened since she left the group, and it’s only after it had gotten dark that they finally kissed. It took Suuzan a few minutes before he could kiss Mie (he’s so sweet), but after he did, he was so happy he took off half of his clothes and threw himself into the river – and no, he wasn’t even drunk! I was so happy for them, I would have thrown myself into the river behind my apartment building, that is, if I had been drunk, of course…
Next week, four new participants – yes, four – will join the group. Is that a first? In any case, it should prove really interesting…

The birth of the 36th Ainori couple!

Ok, I know I’ve been slow on translations lately, but don’t worry people, work has finally slowed down a bit I’ll be finishing them as soon as the summer vacation starts. So just for the record…
:-) Special treat for non-Japanese speakers coming soon – I promise! :-)



Classy Japanese Food

Monday, June 26th, 2006

Last week, the corporation I work for had their annual general party, and as usual, we had it in a big hotel downtown Sendai. What kind of food do they serve in classy hotels in Japan? Here is what we had, and needless to say, it was all excellent!

The menu

Sea urchin roe and wakame (probably) mixed with kelp gelatine

Pike eel soup, with peony, egg bonnets and ume

Raw tuna, boiled bream and raw shrimp

Butter roasted rock lobster with herb sauce

Thin and golden pieces of shark fin soup with a caramel-like color

Champagne granité (It’s like a crushed champagne popsicle)

Roasted filet of Japanese beef with madeira and sake sauce

Salad of seasonal veggies

Specially made assorted desserts


Not to mention the open bar, with a selection of beer, wine, Japanese sake, shouchuu, whiskey and soft drinks. Aaaah, life is good (^-^)