Happy New Year, Everyone! – 明けましておめでとうございます、皆さん!


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December・12月 (師走・しわす) – Xmas and New Year in Japan – Short Read

年末になると誰もが忙しくなり、山ほど年賀状(ねんがじょう)を書いて送ったり、大掃除(おおそうじ)を したり、お正月の準備を したり、忘年会(ぼうねんかい)に参加(さんか)したりして、たくさんのことが起っている。

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お見送り – The Japanese Way of Seeing-off

When drawing your dictionary 見送り (みおくり; miokuri) has various meanings, however, the one referring in this article is solely about sending someone off, farewell somebody.


お(御; O), as seen in the title, is a honorific prefix, adding loftiness and beauty (as part of 美化語・雅語; びかご・がご) to the expression, like ‘honorable farewell’.

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あかね雲 – Rosy Shimmering Cloud by 梶 芽衣子・Meiko Kaji

Akane Gumo

A blessed actress and singer she is, Kaji Meiko, and Akane Gumo (あかね雲) just one of her many beautiful songs that will put the listener under a spell. Below the lyrics with Furigana provided. The English translation done personally, which might not be perfect, but hopefully conveying the meaning and scenes.
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Meaningful Words and Expressions – 意味がある単語や表現

1.) The first word in the characters of 一心不乱 may be partially seen in the background on the wall scroll. Personally spoken, it is one of those beautiful, but simple words that carry the spirit of Japan.

一心不乱 (いっしんふらん) = with heart and soul, wholeheartedly, with undivided concentration
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Affection for Books


‘Maybe also in your home a precious book is dozing. Before throwing it away, by all means, please contact our store.’

本日(ほんじつ)着いた古本(ふるほん)が珍しい包装紙(ほうそうし)に梱包(こんぽう)されて、そして現品(げんぴん)はまた クリスタルペーパー に包まれてた。日本は本当に本の国で、新品がもちろん崇拝(すうはい)されてるが、古本も丁寧に預(あず)かっている。なんと素晴らしいことだ。日本人が作品を大事にして、その扱(あつか)い方に、もう何回も感心させた。

Today, receiving a purchased second-hand book with a rather unusual feature on the outer wrapping (see pic). Japan is really a book country, new items are adored, but also used books are treated with great care and respect. It something that impresses over and over again.

Japan a Book Country

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Gates to MyLittle Dejima open – Official webpage opening announcement

Welcome to MyLittle Dejima!

Today marks the first day of the official webpage for the project. All excited and full of hopes for a successful undertaking. To gain more details on the purpose and nature, please stop by at the ABOUT section.

Now, enjoy your visit at this yet simple and immature website!

Warm regards,

MyLittle Dejimaへよこそう!




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