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Well, it had to be done. I've started a blog (well, a Tumblr) about Funassyi. Ev...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2015-03-06 13:56
Well, it had to be done. I've started a blog (well, a Tumblr) about Funassyi. Eventually I want to try to explain some of his appeal to the English speaking world... (or something.), but for now, it's mainly videos and photos. ^_^

恥ずかしながら、英語のふなっしーブログを立ち上げました。英語圏に少しでもふなっしーの魅力を伝える為に…

http://welovefunassyi.com/


We Love Funassyi
welovefunassyi.com
An unofficial blog in English about Funassyi, the unofficial mascot of Funabashi, Chiba, Japan. Not...

The latest article of mine that will be used in a university entrance exam prep...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Fri, 2015-03-06 08:44
The latest article of mine that will be used in a university entrance exam prep textbook in Japan is this Spaghetti Napolitan one. (Several articles I've written have been used this way (a couple have even appeared in actual exams), and it always makes me both happy and feel the weight of responsibility for writting teh propre englisch ^_^;)


Spaghetti Napolitan is Japan's unique take on pasta | The Japan Times
www.japantimes.co.jp
On Aug. 30, 1945, newly appointed Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed at Atsugi Airport in Yokohama and headed straight t

In Japan, Valentine's Day is marketed as a day when only women can give chocolat...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Thu, 2015-03-05 12:32
In Japan, Valentine's Day is marketed as a day when only women can give chocolates to men, never the other way around. The chocolate makers and other interested parties also came up with "White Day", March 14th, which is the day when males who got Valentine's Day gifts are supposed to give back a gift to the woman/women. In both cases (but more on Valentine's Day), the vast majority of chocolates (or other gifts, but mostly chocolates) exchanged are not between lovers or spouses or to show your feelings towards someone you have a crush on etc. They are "giri choco" or "obligation chocolates", given to bosses and teachers and colleagues and so on. But the days are still used to show your feelings of love and affection towards someone.

(Another point: Valentine's Day is not such a big date day per se. The biggest "date night" day in the Japanese calendar is Christmas Eve.)

Anyway, here is a TV commercial from Godiva for White Day chocolates. I fear that quite a lot of young Japanese women have "prince on a white horse" expectations....


ゴディバ 2015年ホワイトデーTVCM メロディー「Serenade」篇

◆ゴディバ公式オンラインショップ「ホワイトデー」 http://www.godiva.co.jp/onlineshop/SearchCategoryTop?CID=38 ◆ゴディバ公式サイト「ホワイトデー」紹介ページ http://www.godiva.co.jp/whiteday/ 2015年ホワイトデー限定 ...

Funassyi in NYC! The pear fairy goes to Times Square, Empire State Building, NY...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Wed, 2015-03-04 11:12
Funassyi in NYC! The pear fairy goes to Times Square, Empire State Building, NY Fashion Week, City Hall with Birdie the weirdly thin GreeNYC mascot. With English subtitles.

I seriously want that dress he wore on the runway.

(Note: I do try to keep my Funassyi obsession to a minimum on this page, I swear. ^_^;)


ふなっしー in NY! 日米友好の架け橋に...

2月19日 日本で人気のあの「ふなっしー」がニューヨークにやって来ました。その目的は単なる観光ではなく、実は重大な任務が待っていたんです! FCIウェブサイトはこちら Check out our company website at http://www.fujisankei.com/ 登録してね! Subscr...

This is an earlier commercial in the Marukome instant miso soup series (see http...

Facebook JustBento-JustHungry - Tue, 2015-03-03 22:00
This is an earlier commercial in the Marukome instant miso soup series (see https://www.facebook.com/justbento.justhungry/posts/10153301733932454 ). In this version, Two little girls go to visit their father, who is working at a regional office away from his family*. They learn how to make his favorite homecooked dishes from their mom beforehand and do their best to cook for him. The results aren't that good, but he loves it anyway.

(It's pretty common still for a salaryman to be sent to a regional office or something on temporary assignment, and for the family to remain behind. This is called tanshin funin - 単身赴任. A tanshin funin is usually from a few months to a couple of years, but sometimes it can be longer. For the father to live apart from his family for such a long time might seem unthinkable in some societies, but it's often thought to be less disruptive to the kids and so on.)


料亭の味 即席生みそ汁 単身赴任篇 90秒

娘から父へ。あたたかなみそ汁が家族の心をつなぐ、料亭の味。 http://www.marukome.co.jp/ryotei/cm/index.html

makiwi: @matt_timmons it could have just been a chijimi with udon in it. It’s not a widely known traditional dish or anything.

recently on twitter - Tue, 2013-06-11 20:17
makiwi: @matt_timmons it could have just been a chijimi with udon in it. It’s not a widely known traditional dish or anything.

makiwi: @matt_timmons I’m not sure what you mean by ジチミ -jichimi. Do you mean チヂミ - Korean pancakes?

recently on twitter - Tue, 2013-06-11 20:10
makiwi: @matt_timmons I’m not sure what you mean by ジチミ -jichimi. Do you mean チヂミ - Korean pancakes?

makiwi: @imhoturenot thanks for buying the book ^_^

recently on twitter - Tue, 2013-06-11 17:10
makiwi: @imhoturenot thanks for buying the book ^_^

makiwi: RT @imhoturenot: Ready to lose my Bento virginity. http://t.co/ulP9nASeO6!

recently on twitter - Tue, 2013-06-11 17:09
makiwi: RT @imhoturenot: Ready to lose my Bento virginity. http://t.co/ulP9nASeO6!

makiwi: I wish I had the words to describe the weird vibe I got today…. #fb

recently on twitter - Mon, 2013-06-10 21:12
makiwi: I wish I had the words to describe the weird vibe I got today…. #fb

makiwi: @nyooman make that 2 appetites ^_^;

recently on twitter - Fri, 2013-06-07 14:13
makiwi: @nyooman make that 2 appetites ^_^;

makiwi: @cbryanjones very nice. Are you using Squarespace?

recently on twitter - Fri, 2013-06-07 14:10
makiwi: @cbryanjones very nice. Are you using Squarespace?

makiwi: heh, I just got an email notice of upcoming delivery of a package that was already delivered on Tuesday. #france

recently on twitter - Thu, 2013-06-06 07:46
makiwi: heh, I just got an email notice of upcoming delivery of a package that was already delivered on Tuesday. #france

makiwi: I now have posting privileges on Medium. Anyone want me to write about something in particular?

recently on twitter - Wed, 2013-06-05 00:21
makiwi: I now have posting privileges on Medium. Anyone want me to write about something in particular?

makiwi: @sibylleito I hope you enjoyed it ^_^

recently on twitter - Sat, 2013-05-25 13:49
makiwi: @sibylleito I hope you enjoyed it ^_^

makiwi: I’m loving Last Cinderella ラストシンデレラ sort of despite myself.

recently on twitter - Sat, 2013-05-25 00:27
makiwi: I’m loving Last Cinderella ラストシンデレラ sort of despite myself.

makiwi: OMG, the new @Flickr is so frigging slow to load I want to stab it repeatedly

recently on twitter - Fri, 2013-05-24 19:31
makiwi: OMG, the new @Flickr is so frigging slow to load I want to stab it repeatedly

makiwi: this month’s Japan Times Japanese Kitchen column is about soramame, aka fava beans, broad beans, etc. http://t.co/6Egz3ldEJ6

recently on twitter - Fri, 2013-05-24 13:06
makiwi: this month’s Japan Times Japanese Kitchen column is about soramame, aka fava beans, broad beans, etc. http://t.co/6Egz3ldEJ6

makiwi: @deliporo thanks for buying my book ^_^

recently on twitter - Thu, 2013-05-23 11:33
makiwi: @deliporo thanks for buying my book ^_^

makiwi: @Koiyuki the questions don’t make any sense to me so I’ll have to pass

recently on twitter - Thu, 2013-05-23 02:48
makiwi: @Koiyuki the questions don’t make any sense to me so I’ll have to pass

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