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Posted 11/30/14 , edited 8/13/15
おはようございますみんなさん。

I love celebrating things! I also love learning about Japanese holidays! So, everyone, please tell us about any holiday you have celebrated! I'd love to hear all about what you celebrated and I'd love to also see pictures! Let's make this an interesting thread!

Here's a picture of the local Japanese supermarket's Bon Odori Festival, which took place in the summer of 2013.



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ああ、甘そう!
Why do all Japanese snacks and sweets look so delicious? Also, do you know what sort of sweet is it? Something like chocolate covered marshmallow, perhaps?
Anyway, once the figurine that I've ordered a couple of days ago arrives (hopefully it won't get lost) I might be able to think of some photo (too little Japanese-themed stuff around
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Posted 12/6/14
I love that brand!
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MidorikaSatsu wrote:

ああ、甘そう!
Why do all Japanese snacks and sweets look so delicious? Also, do you know what sort of sweet is it? Something like chocolate covered marshmallow, perhaps?
Anyway, once the figurine that I've ordered a couple of days ago arrives (hopefully it won't get lost) I might be able to think of some photo (too little Japanese-themed stuff around :D


おかしは韓国のスーパーにありました。These were actually in a Korean supermarket! I was in a hurry so I didn't really take a good look at this product, but it appears to be some sort of chocolate marshmallow sweet! 美味しそうですよね。
And yay, I can't wait to see your pictures!
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Ohohoho! Happy Christmas Eve! Just thought I'd share a photo of an early Christmas present I received from a good friend. This struck me as a brilliant idea and it's something I would've never thought of but which I was delighted with.
Apologies for the dreadful quality of my phone camera:


I now have my own little bonsai tree to take care of! Oh the responsibility, I am TERRIFIED that I'm going to kill the poor thing. Need to go buy all of the books on how to care for bonsai after Christmas!
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Oh that's a beautiful bonsai tree! I saw a similar one at Ikea! And be careful about watering it, I killed my poor bonsai tree due to over-watering May that poor tree of mine rest in peace! Merry Christmas Eve Cloud-san! (Say hi to your bonsai tree for me フフ〜
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So yeah, it's Christmas Eve and I and my family finished the traditional supper about 4 hours ago (a whopping lot of time earlier than we normally do but, oh well - it sure didn't make any of the dishes less tasty ). We exchanged wishes and presents and now we're back to what we do best, and that is watching TV, playing games and eating. Yes, I'm such a busy person.

So some of you may probably ask what made me so distracted yesterday that I decided to postpone my long-promised kanji lesson again. Why, presents, of course! Not only were they early but... unexpected, to be honest. And so many of them at once that I was absolutely over the moon about it Childish of me, I know, I know...

Anyway, I present to you the photo of this Christmas's treasures. Behold the power of a 5Mpx camera with a crappy lighting and even worse photographer (me):


Yes, the quality is really atrocious and I've no excuse for that.

So, yesterday about 2PM my postman came and brought me the package with this absolutely gorgeous figurine of Komachi. That's a Christmas present I gave to myself by ordering it 2.5 weeks ago. Considering how it was imported all the way to Poland from Japan using the cheapest method possible, it arrived lightning fast! Not only that but even though the figurine was supposed to be pre-owned (not brand-new) and it said on the website there were some issues with paint fading somewhere on the waist band I can't find any problems with it at all! And I bought it for 45% of its original price! In case you were into anime gadgets like this, you should check out AmiAmi - they have lots of pretty much everything an M&A fan could hope for. The prices seem reasonable and there are many bargains as well. It's great!

Another surprise came with the present from my parents. From what my Mom told me, it was going to be just a book (the one on the right, it's Terry Pratchett's The Fifth Elephant) and I'd be honestly happy and content with just that. But they decided to buy me a tablet PC! I was shocked beyond words - I already had my laptop they had had bought me before my going to the university. But they thought a tablet to be more handy and easier to carry around than a laptop which I occasionally need for some of my classes. And it's fantastic - pretty much like a laptop, only smaller, lighter and with detachable keyboard.

I also got a couple of games from my brother once they got a considerable discount on Steam and today I received a tiny gift from a certain someone *wink* but I don't feel like it would be okay for me to be bragging about this. I'm extremely grateful, nevertheless, to all of these present-givers (except myself, that'd be narcissism) and to all of you for being a part of this community!

皆様にすばらしいクリスマスを!そして、良いお年を!
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Thank you for your great post senpai! I absolutely loved reading about how you spent Christmas Eve! did you do anything special for Christmas too? When I looked at your picture, I read the title of the book really fast and I thought it said "Party Elephant" I then realized it was in Polish! Also Elephant in Spanish is so similar to Elephant in Spanish. For instance, in Spanish elephant is "elefante" and according to the title of the book in Polish it's 'elefant"right?

Thank you so much for sharing with us what you got for Christmas! I loved seeing what you got! I also like the background picture on your tablet! The background picture on my laptop and my iTouch is exactly the same: A picture of Karakura town from Bleach! Also, I never heard of that site AmiAmi but i definitely will check it out! Though the only figures I have are of Sailor Moon and Sailor Venus, which I got in the early 2000s when I was a little girl

Also haha senpai! I loved that "wink wink" part of your post! If anyone else feels like sharing what they got for Christmas or what they did for Christmas please do! I'm thinking of making another thread called Japanese Holidays or jus "Holidays" where anyone can write about a holiday they've celebrated, whether it's New Year's or their birthday or whatever! Does that sound like a good idea?
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Posted 12/26/14 , edited 12/26/14
Thank you ^^ Nothing special, to be honest, maybe except the fact that we were having a family meeting yesterday and there will be another one today (Dec 26th is the second day of Christmas in Poland ). Other than that, all I'm doing is (literally) sitting in front of my PC and/or eating

As for the 'elephant' thing, the correct Polish word for 'elephant' is 'słoń'. I've no idea whether that was what the author intended, but the title of the book brings to my mind a title of a certain movie ("The Fifth Element", was it?). My guess is that they retained the word 'elephant' in the Polish title because it would then make a pun (or reference).

I've just checked the word "elefant" in a dictionary and it says it's a rather old word, not really used any more in Polish. As a matter of fact, though, it exists, so you were sort of right :)

And yeah, I seem to Touhou-fy everything in my palms' reach lately - whether it's my PC, tablet, phone or every avatar on any website, it's all Touhou. And mostly Cirno, as you may have noticed. Oh, and it's awesome that you do have some anime figures! The one I got was my first one (although it's not exactly an anime figure), so you're still one step ahead of me

About the holidays thread: sure, why not? But maybe instead of creating a new one, why don't we keep posting here since this topic would be dead for a whole year otherwise. It is possible to change thread titles, isn't it? Anyhow, I'm all for that idea :)

See you~!
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Posted 12/26/14
That's soooo cool!
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Haha I'm doing the same, just sitting in front of the TV and relaxing. Yesterday I had an anime marathon--I caught up on season one of Free. I know I'm so behind that anime, I just wanted to see why it was so popular and then the storyline drew me in and I really want to watch season two soon I always wondered why it was called Free, being an anime about swimming and then I realized "Free" was the shortened form for "Freestyle" like swimming freestyle

That's so cool about "elefant" and congrats on owning your first anime figure!!! I also have an Ichigo plushie, form Bleach and he's standing against my alarm clock in my room, always on guard! If you're interested in seeing what I got for Christmas here's a picture:



I got two art books from the Vagabond series (If you haven't noticed by my avatar, I'm a huge fan of the real historic figure Minamoto Musashi). Karuta cards, but I have no one to play with and I didn't even memorize the 100 poems. That's why I got the book "One Hundred Leaves) which translates the 100 poems. I also got topic and Primsacolor manga markers! Does anyone have any advice about how to use these markers? Because I have absolutely no experience with manga markers. Theo only experience I have is with black sumi ink and manga nibs, especially the G and maru nibs

And that's a great idea senpai! I'll change the title of this thread! Since you're the moderator, you'd be able to see the button on the bottom of the forums called "Turn on modding". If you click on it, it allows you to have complete control, like you can even delete other people's posts!
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Too much awesome stuff for me to handle ( ´ ▽ ` )
I'll reply to it tomorrow, it's getting late and I don't think I'm able to construct a post longer than a few sentences the way I am right now :)
See you till then~
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Hehe it's ok Senpai! I understand! またあしたね〜。おやすみなさい!(^_^)
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So anyway,

That's some neat stuff you got, 先生! I don't think I heard about Vagabond, what's the series about? Also, could you tell me a bit about Minamoto Musashi? My knowledge of Japanese history is below zero, so it'd be much appreciated.

Also, these Karuta cards (funny thing, though; "karuta" sounds very similar to the Polish word "karta", which means "card") - I think I heard about them somewhere but I've no idea about the rules. I don't know if I'm right but I think that Nintendo - you know, that huge gaming company - first started with producing these cards somewhere at the end of 19h century. Too bad there's no one to play with you - traditional games (board, card, etc.) are so cool yet they usually require other people. The poems look intriguing, too. Are they as interesting as they appear at the first glance? :D

And ohmygosh, the markers! I've never had an opportunity to use any - it would be a waste of good markers Anyhow, I reckon that you're drawing, right? That's really great - I admire people who are skilled with pencil. And I'm green with envy once I see their works :D

And thanks, I knew about my modding capabilities for some time already - SO MUCH POWER
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Hehe The series Vagabond really isn't as popular as Bleach or one Piece, but it's really a good story about the life of the samurai Miyamoto Musashi! My spell check is keep on changing "Miyamoto" to "Minamoto" Sorry I said Minamoto Musashi, my spell check is so annoying, like sometimes it changes "senpai" to "snap" Anyway, I really don't know that much about Japanese history either. What I know is what I've learned from either anime or manga. Hmm..I would describe Musashi as an amazing fighter, and an honorable samurai, since he dedicated his whole life to the way of the sword. He never had a wife or a family, since he spent most of his early years traveling around Japan, striving to be the best fighter! His speciality was fighting with two swords! I'm really not that good at explaining things, so if you're interested in reading about him, you can here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miyamoto_Musashi

And no way~ Another Polish word that's similar to Spanish!!! In Spanish, "carta" is card! I don't know the rules in depth either, i just know that someone reads the first 3 lines of the poem and you have to swipe the card that has the last two lines of that poem before your opponent does. We played a variation of Karuta in Japanese class. Like my sensei had cards with some Japanese adjectives written on them and he said the translation in English. And I lost during the first round, I'm horrible at card games

Oh yeah! speaking about Poland...i got candy yesterday and guess where it's from!


And...the cards are really cool..they're made by Nintendo, as you say. I'm not as good as you at reading Japanese yet, but I feel like the majority of these cards are written in ancient Japanese...like for instance, can you understand this card?


Also, I'm not that good of a drawer, I'm better at coloring in pictures! And haha...you always include the best pictures in your posts
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