Galette in Tokyo



I went to have galette in Tokyo lately.
It is one of the most popular French foods and galette is round and flat food or dessert. It reminded me of few years ago, when it was popular in Japan.
I had Salmon galette and it was so so good!!I think for salmon-lovers, it’s just irresistible.
The restaurant is very coordinated, almost everything is red and I love the atmosphere there.

Check it out when you have a chance to go to Tokyo.


is coordinated:統一された

月刊テーマ – What’s Your Favorite Christmas Song? お気に入りのクリスマスソングは?



Christmas is almost a week away! This week we have Samantha’s favorite Christmas song, Winter Wonderland by Dean Martin. She chose this song because it brings back good memories of her and her mom baking cookies.

Hope everyone has a great Christmas and a happy New Years!

月刊テーマ – What’s Your Favorite Christmas Song? お気に入りのクリスマスソングは?


This week Kelly has shared a current favorite, One More Sleep by Leona Lewis.


Christmas music is also great to listen to while you work! Something about it wakes me up and helps me stay motivated. How about you? Do you like listening to music while you work?

月刊テーマ – What’s Your Favorite Christmas Song? お気に入りのクリスマスソングは?

しばらくお休みしていた、毎週水曜の月替わりテーマ投稿ですが、今月はやります、もうすぐクリスマスなので!(笑) Jabbleメンバーお気に入りのクリスマスソングをご紹介していきますね!

This month we’re going to share some of our all-time favorite Christmas songs!


Today we have Dave’s favorite, Christmas Time Is Here – Charlie Brown Christmas Album.
This is a great song to listen to with a cup of hot cocoa, and a good book.

8月の月刊テーマ 〜スタッフ・講師オススメのお酒~


When I was living in New Zealand, I had a party with my friends at a Chinese restaurant. We drank this dangerous Chinese wine “Baijiu”. After the party, I couldn’t go back to my room and fell asleep at the door. Because it is around 50% alcohol by volume.


Hardywood Park  Gingerbread Stout/ハーディウッドパーク  ジンジャーブレッドスタウト

I like trying unique beers and this is one of the best ones I’ve had this year.


8月の月刊テーマ 〜スタッフ・講師オススメのお酒~

Sleeman  Honey Brown Lager/ スリーマン  ハニー・ブラウン・ラガー (ビール)

It’s pretty hard to chose my favorite drink, but one that I miss a lot from Canada is Sleemans Honey Brown Lager. It’s best in summer because it’s really smooth and refreshing. In Toronto here’s no better way to spend a weekend during summer than by heading up to the cottage and having a couple Sleemans by the lake. It’s awesome.



I usually drink bourbon or whiskey. It doesn’t fill me up like beer, and in summer I think a cold highball is more refreshing. I usually buy less expensive bourbon like Jim Beam or Johnny Walker. On special occasions like Christmas or my birthday, I usually get a nice single malt as a gift from my friends. Or I might buy it myself if I’m in the mood.


8月の月刊テーマ 〜スタッフ・講師オススメのお酒~

くじら 綾紫 (芋焼酎)

This is the best imo-shochu I’ve ever had! I first had it at a bar in Kagurazaka about 10 years ago and since then it’s been my favorite! It’s made in Kagoshima, from purple potatoes grown by local contracted farmers. You can find the shops that sell this shochu in the link below.



Sierra Nevada / シエラネバダ (ビール)

Sierra Nevada is the best beer on the planet! It’s the first beer I started drinking in university and I still love it today. It’s a beer that I can drink constantly and never get tired of. You can actually buy it at some places in Japan, like at Seijo Ishii, but it’s pretty expensive. A can here in Japan costs around ¥550, but it’s only around $1.50 in the States. So every year I go home, I bring back 24 bottles. Ha ha! Give it a try if you see it!



7月の月刊テーマはオススメ漫画! #3『7SEEDS』


月刊テーマ最終回は、私一番のお気に入り漫画「7 SEEDS」をご紹介します!

In our last post for recommendations we have one of my all-time favorite manga, 7 SEEDS!
This story is heart wrenching, post-apocalyptic story that will have you hooked for all 35 volumes.


7 Seeds tells the story of how the Japanese government prepared five teams to wake up in a future world following a mass extinction on Earth (caused by a meteor). Each team consists of seven people plus a guide and are programmed to awaken only when the world readjusts to a livable state. By this point, the entire landscape has shifted – there’s new ecosystems, new species, and constant uncertainties. The teams are named after the seasons, with two summer teams, A and B. B is filled with the old-world “rejects”, or those they thought had no chance as survival while A includes kids born and bred for the purpose of this project. With the fact that they were never told about the project before being put into sleeping pods (except group summer A), each team has to try and survive in this new brutal world to continue the existence of Japan.

This manga is  amazing. It’s mysterious, slightly terrifying and just romantic enough to add some drama without taking away from the main story.  7 Seeds tells a post-apocalyptic story with such depth and heart that you can’t help but get swept into the story and its very distinctive characters. Despite the sheer number of plot lines and number of characters, the manga never strays from its main plot; each arc is interesting and distinctive, and I never once feel the urge to fast forward through it. It’s definitely not a manga you’d read easily but one that makes you sit on the edge of your seat thinking and guessing about what’s going to happen next.


all-time favorite: これまでで一番の
extinction: 滅亡
purpose: 目的
distinctive: 特徴のある、独特な、個性的な

7月の月刊テーマはオススメ漫画! #2『ヲタクに恋は難しい』


For our second recommendation we have a manga for those who prefer funny, slice of life romance stories. And even if you don’t, I’m sure you’d love this one!



26-year-old Momose Narumi is a secret die-hard manga fangirl who recently switched jobs in hopes of being able to pass off the image of a perfect, beautiful young lady. However, her hopes are crushed when she reunites with her middle school classmate Nifuji Hirotaka, a handsome avid gamer nerd that knows about her secret. As they begin to reconnect over work stress, alcohol, and ramen they come to find out that love is difficult for otaku.


Wotakoi is a romance comedy which the main characters are huge otaku, Hirotaka and Narumi, along with supporting characters Taro and Hanako who are also otaku. The thing I loved the most about this manga was how realistic yet wholesome it was. It doesn’t have the forced drama, the unnecessary love triangle or the frustrating misunderstandings that could have been solved with talking that most romance comedies have. With such a light hearted comedy and pure romance its the perfect manga to lighten your mood after a bad day.


switch: 切り替える、交換する
pass off: なりすます
reunite: 再会する
frustrating: イライラさせる


7月の月刊テーマはオススメ漫画! #1『地獄楽』


For our first recommendation we have Hell’s Paradise! If you loved manga like Tokyo Ghoul, Ajin, or Attack on Titan, you will love this dark psychological thriller.


暗殺任務の最中に捕まった画眉丸は死刑を宣告される。しかし、超人的な肉体を持つ彼を処刑することは不可能だった。妻への愛情から彼は無意識的に死を遠ざけようとしているのだと悟った山田浅ェ門 佐切は、彼にチャンスを与える。それはもし画眉丸が、その存在すら確かではない神仙郷と呼ばれる伝説の島より、不老不死の薬を持ち帰れば、全ての罪を不問に付すというもであった。派遣調査団を5回に渡り失った将軍は、今回は死刑囚の一団を島へ派遣することに決める。彼らにはそれぞれ、山田一門の処刑人が付けられた。無罪放免を得るためには死刑囚は彼らと一緒に島から戻らなくてはならない。死刑囚、処刑人、そして不死身の化物が、島での生き残りを懸けて熾烈な戦いを繰り広げる。はたしてこの戦いを制するのは誰か。
Captured during an assassination mission, Gabimaru is sentenced to be executed, but nothing seems to kill him due to his superhuman body. Believing his love for his wife to be subconsciously keeping him alive, executioner Yamada Asaemon Sagiri offers him the chance to be pardoned of all crimes if he finds the elixir of life on Shinsenkyo, a legendary island recently discovered that might not even be of this world. After losing five expedition teams sent to the island, this time the Shogunate sends a group of death row convicts. The convicts are each given a Yamada Asaemon executioner, who they must return with in order to obtain the pardon. Convicts, executioners, and immortals battle to survive and make it off the island. Let’s just hope the ‘good guys’ make it out.


When I first started Hell’s Paradise, I didn’t expect much. Once I started though, I couldn’t put it down! Yuji Kaku has created an intense world, be it visually or morally. He blurs the lines between Hell and Paradise, good and evil, right and wrong. Instead of a protagonist that ‘never gives up!’, ‘stands by justice!’ and ‘can do anything as long as he puts his mind to it!’ we are introduced to Gabimaru.  Who is in no way the good guy, this villain/hero character is a new twist that I really enjoyed. Filled with plot twists, heart wrenching back stories, and easy to love characters I really recommend this manga!


assassination: 暗殺
execute: 死刑を執行する
subconsciously: 無意識に
convict: 囚人、受刑者