Silly/scary Saturdays #19

Have you ever heard of the boogeyman?

It’s  a imaginary monster that children believe waited under the bed for their arms or legs to appear off the bed.

Some people thought that if their hand or foot was off the bed the boogeyman would grab it!

Also, some people felt that sleeping facing a wall was a risk as the boogeyman could attack from behind and you couldn’t see it.

I really used to believe these things when I was a kid especially facing a wall. That was a big risk!

Did you ever think about a boogeyman under your bed?



Under the Dome


I posted a picture a few months ago of some cranes at work so I wanted to post an update. If you missed the first post, they’re building an indoor bicycle stadium in Chiba. It seems like it’s coming along well and it’s really cool to see it take shape

By the way, what’s the best stadium you’ve ever been to? 

To take shape; beginning to take a clear form.

Your Gundam model is really starting to take shape.

My Lego Tokyo Tower is finally starting to take shape.



Textbook Tuesday

This movie makes me want to cry →これは泣きたくなる映画です。

That book made me want to travel →あの本を読むと旅に行きたくなった。

The last day of ramen week.

No not that picture. This one!

PHOTO WINNER! Congratulations to Miyuki!

Nice one!



We got a chance to go to Nakamoto Ramen today! Celebration!

It was pretty good, My head was sweating!


Tampopo-How to enjoy Ramen

This scene from Tampopo is amazing. The English translations are a little different but pretty good.

Do you move the pork to the side for later? Do you tap the pork?


One fine day…

an old man and I
went out for a bite.

He’d studied ramen for 40 years

and said he’d initiate me
into the art.

Sensei, soup or noodles first?

First contemplate the ramen.

Carefully observe the whole bowl

while savoring the aroma.

The jewels of fat
twinkling on the surface…

the menma shoots
glistening with fat…

the nori darkening
with moisture…

the scallions floating on top.

Above all, the stars of the show:

three slices of roast pork,
modestly half submerged.

Now then, with the tips
of your chopsticks…

smooth out the surface
and caress the ramen.

What for?

To express affection.

Then point your chopsticks
at the roast pork.

Go straight for the pork?

No, at this stage merely tap it.

Nudge it lovingly with the tips.

Slowly pick it up

and nestle it
in the broth to the right.

This next part is very important.

l want you quietly
to apologize to the pork.

“Until we meet again.”

“Until we meet again”?

Stupid book!

Makes me hungry for ramen.
– Hang tough.

We’ll be there in two hours.
We can chow down afterwards.


Keep reading.

At last we begin eating,
starting with the noodles.

At this point…

while slurping the noodles,

be sure never to take
your eyes off the pork.

Gaze at it with affection.

The old man
took a bite of menma

and chewed it awhile.

Then he took
a mouthful of noodles.

Then, still chewing the noodles,

he took some more menma.

Only then did he sip the broth.

Three times in succession.

Then he slowly sat up straight.

He sighed and then,
as if making a momentous decision,

took the first slice of pork

and tapped it lightly
on the side of the bowl.

Does that have
some special meaning?

What meaning?
Just draining the liquid off.

– Let’s stop.
– Why?

Your stupid book’s
making me hungry too.




Today we want to know how you usually like your toast and coffee.


We usually take our toast like #2 and coffee #3 or #4


How about you?