Women’s World Cup

6 Jul

The final match of the 2015 Women’s Soccer World Cup was played today.

It was Japan vs USA.

The USA won, so they are the 2015 Women’s World Cup champions!
Japan got silver (2nd place), and England won third place!

2015 Womens World Cup medal standings

おめでとうございます!(Congratulations!)

Coincidentally, in the previous Women’s World Cup (in 2011), the final match was played between Japan and America then too. Japan won that time.

America has a strong women’s soccer team. They currently hold the record for the most World Cup champions (three times), and they’re the only team that have been in the top three in every World Cup since the first one in 1991!

Two million hits!

1 Jul

My blog has reached 2,000,000 (two million) hits today!

That’s an average of about 800 hits per day!

Thank you to everyone who visits my blog…especially those who leave comments…that’s what makes blogging enjoyable!

What do animals say in Japanese? (Quiz)

1 Jul

In English, frogs say “ribbit“, dogs say “bow-wow“, cats say “meow“, pigs say “oink-oink“…foxes, though, don’t have a sound in English.

How about in Japanese?

The sounds every animal makes sounds totally different to Japanese ears!

Take this quiz to see if you can guess what are common animal sounds in Japan:

Odaiba

29 Jun

We went to Odaiba, Tokyo today.

The train to Odaiba is fun because it’s driverless and it goes over “Rainbow Bridge”, but we went there by car today.

It had been awhile since our last visit to Odaiba. Kinda surprising how many more foreign tourists were there this time! I guess Tokyo tourist guidebooks feature Odaiba more prominently now.

Anyways, here are photo I took:

We ate たこ焼き (grilled octopus) for lunch.

We ate たこ焼き (grilled octopus) for lunch.

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The “lifesize” Gundam robot.

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France gave Japan a 自由の女神 (Statue of Liberty) too.

France gave Japan a 自由の女神 (Statue of Liberty) too.

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Sunset over Tokyo Bay, Rainbow Bridge and 自由の女神 (Statue of Liberty)

Sunset over Tokyo Bay, Rainbow Bridge and 自由の女神 (Statue of Liberty)

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I like 「台場一丁目商店街」 (Odaiba Retro Shopping Street), designed like post-WW2 Japan.

I like 「台場一丁目商店街」 (Odaiba Retro Shopping Street), designed like post-WW2 Japan.

The

The “Odaiba Takoyaki (Griled Octopus) Museum”

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In the evening, the lifesize Gundam robot is lit-up and moves a bit.

In the evening, the lifesize Gundam robot is lit-up and moves a bit.

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Welcome to the world of cats in kimonos

28 Jun Featured Image -- 12560

Originally posted on RocketNews24:

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In a country where pets outnumber children, animals in Japan are some of the most spoilt in the world. It’s not uncommon to see owners carrying dogs like babies, pushing them in specially-made prams and taking them on onsen hot spa holidays. The nation even has 11 cat islands where felines roam free and locals lavish them with attention.

So when big events and special holidays roll around, Japan’s furry friends also get dressed up for the occasion. Pet parents know no bounds when it comes to dressing their little ones and what better way to share the joy than with tiny elaborate kimonos? Join us as we take a look at some of Japan’s most stylish kittens below!

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Rest in peace, Tama – Japan’s stationmaster cat passes away at 16, company funeral to be held

25 Jun Featured Image -- 12556

Originally posted on RocketNews24:

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It wasn’t long ago that we were wishing a happy birthday to Tama, the adorable feline that was given the title of Ultra Stationmaster by Wakayama Electric Railway. Having just turned 16 in April, Tama, who lived at Kishi Station in Wakayama Prefecture and delighted travelers on a daily basis, was incredibly young for a stationmaster.

16 is a fairly advanced age for a cat, though, and the sad news has just come that Stationmaster Tama has passed away.

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Giant 25cm-long ‘miracle goldfish’ found after hiding in Japanese aquarium for seven years

24 Jun Featured Image -- 12548

tokyo5:

I saw this story on the TV news just yesterday evening.

Originally posted on RocketNews24:

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Of all the underwater creatures you can find in aquariums, a goldfish might not seem too special. But there’s one goldfish in Shima Marineland in Japan’s Mie Prefecture with a life-story more exciting than most.

Thrown into a tank as food for a larger species, this plucky fish not only escaped predators, but managed to slip into a water filtration tank where it survived undetected for seven years – growing to a length of 25cm (10 inches) – before being discovered by aquarium staff.

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