If you watch anime in Japanese at all, one word you will probably become aware of quickly is suki which means "like" (usually said quickly, so that it sounds like "ski"). The proper usage would be something like watashi wa sushi ga suki desu, literally "as for sushi, I like it." Since Japanese like to omit unnecessary words, a more common version would be just sushi ga suki, "[I] like sushi," since the subject is generally understood. When one person confesses their feelings for another in anime, suki desu is what they'll probably say, although this is actually using the word for "like" rather than "love." That would be ai shiteru but it's almost never used because most people feel it sounds corny. A variation of suki ("like") is dai-suki ("big-like"), usually said by a cute female anime character before they glomp a male character violently in a big bear-hug.
If you've ever been to Japan, one thing that might have stood out to you is the way restaurants display wax replicas of their meals in a glass case in the front of the restaurant, which lets customers get a feel for the food before going inside. Accurately recreating food in wax so that it looks delicious enough to eat is an art form in Japan, and the artists who create the fake wax food are very much in demand by restaurants who want to show how good their meals are to potential customers passing by on the street. The wax replica food served as the inspiration for Re-Ment, the company that's so good at making tiny miniature versions of Japanese food as well as kitchen items, school supplies, household goods, and anything else you can think of -- everything they make is fabulously detailed, complete with little chopsticks and silverware, and are a fun way to sample this aspect of Japanese culture. Re-Ment toys are great whether you want to display the amazing miniatures as-is, use them with conventional dolls, or whatever. (Full sets of most Re-Ment items are usually in stock.)
Well, my sojourn in the U.S. is finally at an end, and it's time for me to head back to Japan. I've had a lot of fun with my kids in America, taking them to see parts of their "second" country that are new to them and letting them see what a big, interesting place America is. I'm headed home today, leaving the kids behind to polish their English skills some more, and giving me some kid-free quality time with my wife, muhahaha! I'll see you on the other side of the pond.
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Various images from "back east." Here's me driving over the big bridge they have over the Chesapeke.
How many do you have in your glove compartment? For me, taking Taco Bell sauce home is a requirement.
Promoting healthy eating among Americans again, I see.
This birdhouse is so "Witness" I just had to take a picture.
There is a NASA Credit Union, can you beat that? There's also a talk radio station for public employees in D.C.
I love it when American companies come up with bizarre Japanese names. Near my house in San Diego there's a sushi place called "Kabuki Sushi."
Kaz and I decided we loved Slurpees, and had them almost every day.