賢くなるクロスワード: 小学初級1〜3年 – is it any good?

Learning through puzzles. ‘You like doing puzzles in English, so why not Japanese?’ (these were my initial thoughts). I’m not sure it really worked out that way…

Some good crosswords:

  • 反対の意味の言葉
  • 似た意味の言葉
  • 漢字の書き
  • 漢字の読み

Crosswords that weren’t so useful:

  • 動物
  • 植物
  • 秋の言葉
  • 花の名前

Ultimately, this book was never aimed at me. It’s for children in primary school years 1-3. Whilst I might not be very interested in learning what different insects are called in Japanese, children in Japan certainly are and would have no trouble naming them. As I don’t know many insects (in Japanese or English), I would need ...

massive kakigōri and Indian curry in kasai

sign in a coffee shop displaying kakigori and iced coffees

Lately it’s been cool enough to go for walks again, so we headed over to Komeda Coffee in Kasai which opens until 23:00.

My husband had a HUGE strawberry kakigōri which he added condensed milk to and to which they added ice cream as well. They put the ice cream on by mistake, so gave it to him free of charge. It was a very chemically tasting kakigōri made too sweet by the condensed milk if you ask me – I didn’t get asked but I did give my opinion :) I had the ice cream cone in a bowl ...

weekend catch up bits and bobs

tray with morisoba

I went for my hair cut on Friday and got back to my station around 11:30, so my husband and I decided to go for soba. There are two soba places we really like – one is cheaper than the other and that’s the one we tend to go for. I had もりそば・morisoba which doesn’t have nori on the top (I don’t like it that much).

We subscribe to a weekly organic vegetable box from Shiga Kajiwara Farm・四賀梶原農園 and have done for the past 4/5 years. It comes every Tuesday and I think it’s really good value at ¥3,000 including ...

june memories and july wishlist 2022

two peonies in a vase, one is blooming, the other isn't. A daruma is sat next to the vase.

Normal temperatures are a distant memory. In Tokyo, rainy season ended 22 days early this year and we have had record-beating temperatures of 34/35 daily. Add the humidity into that and it’s felt like 39/40/41. It’s so hot – I really wasn’t made for these temperatures.

june wish list

  • Study hard for N1
  • Start studying Italian every day
  • tidy the back room
  • finish up sewing my skirt
  • finish up sewing my dress
  • keep on top of vegetables from the veg box

june memories

I got a couple of peonies this month. I don’t normally buy flowers (I had quite severe ...

2022 golden week trip to hagi, yamaguchi: part 4

boat on the water with buildings and mountains in the background

We’ve made it! This is the last you’ll have to read about Yamaguchi for a while!

Day seven and our final day (not really, but I’ve kind of written them that way – we stayed for about three weeks in total).

We headed back over to near Daishōin Temple・大照院 to go to Moco Cafe that we’d seen but not been brave enough to venture into. After some research, we decided that it looked nice and took the plunge.

I had egg sandwiches which had ham on, so I removed that and proceeded to eat. They are a bakery and the ...