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Subject:★☆went to South Korea★☆
Time:05:07 pm
Current Mood:happyhappy
It's been a long time☆★
I studyed abroad to Seoul in South Korea for a month in this summer vacation.
I went to university, visited various places and ate delicious foods every day.(^∇^)
I enjoyed very much!! I want to go there again☆
Have you ever been to South Korea?
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Subject:☆Coming of Age Day☆
Time:09:20 pm
Current Mood:happyhappy
This Monday (Jan.10), I went Coming of Age Day's ceremony, was held in Kyoto, wearing "furisode", whose color was light pink, with my friend. There were many people and I met many old friends. I was very happy to see them. When I met them again after a long separation, we talked a lot and took pictures. They has grown up very much. I thought "I try to act with responsibility as an adult and enjoy everyday" on Coming of Age Day.

After the ceremony, I had an alumni meeting of junior high school I had gone to. There were about 75 people, so I could meet and talk many old friends of mine. It was good old, so the meeting warmed up. Each of my old friends had various dreams, so I thought I try my best, too! I want to meet them again after a lapse of several years. At that time, I hope we meet with smiles don't change.
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Subject:☆New Year's Day in Japan☆
Time:04:12 pm
Current Mood:happyhappy
A happy new year!! I hope we'll have a happy year!

On the night of December 31 (New Year's Eve), I paid a visit to Kitano Tenmangu Shrine in Kyoto with my friend to see the old year out and the New Year in. I go there every year, but the night of last December 31 was unusual because it snowed heavily and was too cold! In spite of the cold weather, there were many people there. We and all of people, who were in the shrine, did countdown for a New Year in front of the main temple in heavy snow. All of people were pleased at a new year each other and paid homage at a shrine after the new year started. And we drew omikuji (fortune slips) and I got a "cyukichi" (middle lucky; pretty good). Snow was getting heavier and I felt very cold. we enjoyed the time and we came home in heavy snow.

Next day (January 1), I ate Japanese traditional food on New Year's day "osechi-ryori" and saw New Year's cards in my house with my family. At that time, my another friend said me "Let's pay a visit to shrine!", so I go to the shrine again. It seems an interesting story, but it happened almost every year.

I enjoyed Japanese New Year's day very much! How did you spend on New Year's day?

☆Please drew omikuji and check your fortune in this year☆→omikuji
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Subject:☆Japanese New Year's food ~Osechi-ryori ~☆
Time:02:50 pm
Current Mood:happyhappy
Japanese New Year's food is called osechi-ryori, and consists many different kinds of dishes. It's a Japanese tradition to eat osechi-ryori throughout the New Year's holidays (until Jan.3). Traditionally, people finish cooking osechi dishes by New Year's Eve so they have food for a couple days without cooking. Each dish and type of food in osechi has meaning, such as good health, fertility, good harvest, happiness, long life, and so on. Nowadays, many people in Japan buy osechi at stores instead of cooking them at home since it can be time-consuming to cook so many kinds of dishes.

It's interesting each dish and type of food on osechi has meaning. It makes us more enjoyable when we eat osechi-ryori. I think the tradition of cooking osechi-ryori should be taken over for a long time, because osechi-ryori is one of the valuable tradition on New Year's day in Japan. I feel some Japanese traditions have recently decreased and disappeared, but I think taking over traditions makes our life more colorful. When I see and eat osechi-ryori, I feel the mood on New Year's day. I enjoy eating osechi-ryori. Have you ever eaten osechi-ryori? What food do you eat on New Year's day in your country?

☆There are details about osechi-ryori and their recipes☆→Japanese New Year's food
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Subject:☆Importance of words☆
Time:09:55 pm
Current Mood:happyhappy
Yesterday, I learned about domestic violence in a law class. In the class, I knew some people use violence because they may not be able to express their feelings with words. So, I realized both of words and violence are the ways of expressing our feelings. Although I have ever used words without intention, I found using words is very important. When we are happy and sad, we can express our feelings with words. It seems natural, but it's very nice. I want to express my happiness and sadness obediently with my own words from now on.
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Subject:☆Movies☆
Time:01:42 pm
Current Mood:goodgood
Recently, I saw two movies were "Hauru no ugoku shiro" and "Ima aini yukimasu". Did you see them?
"Hauru no ugoku shiro" means Hauru's moving castle. The movie was produced by Hayao Miyazaki, is a famous animation movie director in Japan. His movies are very grand and impressive, so, many people are impressed by his movie. "Hauru no ugoku shio" is also grand, impressive, and interesting. I recommend you the movie.
"Ima aini yukimasu" is a love story. It's a very nice story, so, I was very moved. I recommed you the movie, too!
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Subject:☆Big in Japan☆
Time:09:23 pm
Current Mood:goodgood
South Korean actor Bae Yong-joon reacted as he was met by the thousands of screaming fans on his arrival at Tokyo's Narita Airport. Bae Yong-joon, who spurred a "Korean boom" in Japan with his soap opera series followed by television commercial appearances, flew in to Japan to promote a published collection of his photographs.
South Korean actor Bae Yong-joon is very popular in Japan now. He is called "Yong sama" and is adored by middle-aged women in Japan. Many middle-aged women might buy his personal goods and even travel to South Korea. He must have caused big economic effects in Japan and Korea.
I think this is good because Japanese people have become more interested in South Korean culture and will learn more about South Korea. In my opinion, to know the cultures of other countries is very good. If we can do this and a deeper understanding, it may lead to friendship with of that country. I believe it's a good opportunity for Japan and South Korea to learn more about each other.

The article☆→ Big in Japan
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Subject:☆Kobe☆
Time:11:03 pm
Current Mood:happyhappy
Last Saturday, I went to Kobe. Because Christmas is getting close, the city was beautifully illuminated. I saw a big Christmas tree was illuminated by blue lights near the port. It was very beautiful and fantastic!! The night view from the port was also very beautiful and the lights were like studded jewels. I was fascinated by them and came to like the place. Please visit there, if you like!

☆Beautiful photoes of Kobe☆→here
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Subject:☆Volunteer work 3 ☆ ~China~
Time:10:54 am
Current Mood:happyhappy
Last Saturday, I did a volunteer work was to guide Chinese in Kyoto. I took them to Gion and Kiyomizu temple, like a tour guide. Because it's the season of red leaves now, there were many people. One of the Chinese was a TV reporter in China. He recorded me on his video camera and interviewed me! I responded to his video camera, like a TV talent. They were energetic, friendly and studious. One of them said to me we were as friendly as brother and sister, so I'm very happy! We enjoyed the time. I came to be interested in China more than before and want to go there!
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Subject:Travel agencies cashing in on weepy melodramas☆☆
Time:02:03 pm
Current Mood:happyhappy
Triggered by the overwhelming popularity of tearjerking South Korean melodrama "Winter Sonata", which boosted the number of Japanese tourists visiting South Korea, major travel agencies have started to market tours featuring locations used in popular television dramas and movies. Observers said such tours would become more common because some municipalities were trying to entice television and movie producers into choosing filming locations in their municipalities. Travel agencies say tour participants can experience feelings such as those of the hero and heroine of the drama or movie, which is the attractive point for devoted fans. While the prices of rooms or restaurants used in dramas or movies are sometimes high even when part of a package tour, travel agencies said competition to lower prices was not a problem because there were always fans who wanted to visit the filming locations, regardless of the cost. In fact, the number of Japanese tourists visiting South Korea has surprisingly increased after having broadcasted "Winter Sonata" in Japan. The economic effect must have been enormous. I think designing market tours featuring locations used in popular television dramas and movies is one good way of increasing the number of tourists for travel agencies.

The article☆→Travel agencies cashing in on weepy melodramas
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