【アリアーナのブログ1】My Love Affair with Sushiro! スシローに夢中!

こんにちは😊 今日はアリアーナのブログです。

まだ日本に来て数ヶ月のアリアーナ、ベジタリアンなので日本ではちょっぴり不便を感じているそうですが。。

回転寿司チェーンのスシローについてのブログです。

最後には色々な種類の寿司の英語での説明を入れていますので、参考にしてみてくださいね。

 

My Love Affair with Sushiro

For most people, the restaurant Sushiro is just another cheap place to eat sushi with friends and family. What Sushiro lacks in formality it makes up in ease and accessibility for me: a vegetarian, sushi loving, non-Japanese speaking foreigner.

I was introduced to Sushiro a few weeks after I arrived in Fukuoka. It was exciting to tap the screen and order all the sushi that I wanted. What was even more exciting was that with a touch of a button the screen converts from Japanese to English. I am now able to conveniently order the sushi that I want and I know exactly what I am eating.  

Being a vegetarian in Japan is difficult. I enjoy eating Japanese food, but find it hard because I don’t always know what the ingredients are in the food. What Sushiro offers is a straightforward approach to vegetarian sushi that both tastes good and is easy on my wallet.

The next time you’re at Sushiro try switching the menu to English and see how you do!  

 

The Sushi Lexicon

Nori・・Nori Seaweed harvested primarily off the coast of Japan, that is dried, roasted and pressed into sheets.

Sushi-zu・・ A special vinegar, with added sugar and salt, used to season the rice before making sushi.

Sashimi・・ Sliced raw fish without rice, sashimi should be eaten with chopsticks rather than fingers.

Nigiri sushi・・ A bite-size mound of rice with a similar-size piece of fish, shellfish or other topping.

Maki sushi (Rolled sushi)・・ A sheet of nori wrapped around rice and raw fish (or other fillings).

Temaki sushi (hand roll)・・A type of rolled sushi, where the nori wrapper is rolled around various fillings into a cone shape.

Chirashi sushi・・ Literally, “scattered sushi”; raw fish, vegetables and other toppings served over rice, most often in a bowl.

Omakase・・ The root word means “to trust”. The chef serves you whatever he or she recommends. No menus.

【キャメロンのブログ1】I became an uncle last week! 叔父さんになりました!

こんにちは。今日はキャメロンのブログです。

易しい英語で書かれていますので是非読んでみて下さい!

I became an uncle last week!

My sister had a baby boy. His name is ‘Harvey’. He is my parents’ first grandchild. My sister and her boyfriend live near my parents, in Tasmania. Tasmania is called “Tassie” for short.

Here is a picture of my nephew:

I’m tickled pink!

 

 

 

The birth rate in Australia is about 1.8 children per woman – not as low as Japan, but we still need immigration to survive as a country. Immigration has already been a huge part of Australia’s history over the past 200 years. Right now, more than 25% of Australian residents were born overseas! The link shows the ‘top 10’ countries of birth for people now living in Australia:

 

Estimated Resident Population, Australia -Top 10 countries of birth – 30 June 2015(a)(b)(c)

 

Country of birth                     Persons no.                   % of Australian population

UK, CIs & IOM(d)                 1,207,000                         5.1

New Zealand                          611,400                        2.6

China(e)                                   481,800                        2.0

India                                         432,700                        1.8

Phillippines                              236,400                       1.0

Vietnam                                    230,200                       1.0

Italy                                           198,200                        0.8

South Africa                              178,700                       0.8

Malaysia                                    156,500                       0.7

Germany                                    125,900                       0.5

 

(a) Estimates are preliminary – see paragraph 9 of the Explanatory Notes.
(b) Top 10 countries of birth excluding Australia.
(c) All population figures presented in this table are rounded. Estimates of the proportion of the Australian population are based on unrounded numbers.
(d) United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
(e) Excludes SARs and Taiwan.

Source:http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/3412.0/

 

I’ve been living in Korea and Japan for more than 5 years now. People often ask me ‘What do Australians look like?’ It’s difficult to answer really, except to say that we look like people from all over the world, because that’s what we are!

 

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Most of the Australian guys who become famous actors overseas seem to be this type though.

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Hugh Jackman                 Chris Hemsworth              Sam Worthington

 

So, I guess for most foreign people their idea of a ‘typical’ Aussie man is a fairly big white guy with stubble or a beard.

Anyway, I’m going to visit Tasmania in August! I can’t wait to meet my new little nephew ^_^ It takes a long time to get to Tasmania. The distance from Fukuoka to Tasmania is about the same as from Fukuoka to Seattle, and there are no direct flights.

But luckily, the time difference between Tasmania and Japan is only one hour, so I can Skype my family easily. Hopefully, I can Skype my sister next weekend and say hello to young Harvey.

【トラビスのブログ1】フィンランド・ノルウェー旅行記① Finland and Norway①: Long Days

先週、フィンランドとノルウェーのホリデーから戻ってきた、トラビスの旅行記、第1回です。

英語学習者向けに書いていますので是非挑戦してみて下さい😄

まずはトラビスの書いた英語文を辞書を使わずに読んでみてください。英文の下にボキャブラリーを付けています。

 

I recently took a trip to Finland and Norway with my family. This was my first trip to Europe, and I experienced some interesting culture shock.

 Do you know about the long days in Scandinavia? During the summertime the sun sets very late and rises very early. During my trip last week, the sunset was around 10:30 P.M. and sunrise around 4:00 A.M. Luckily, the windows in my room had very good blinds!

 It is very strange to have the sun set so late. Especially for me because I don’t wear a watch! One evening, after a long day of sightseeing in downtown Oslo, I started getting tired. When I looked outside it was still light. I thought it felt like about five or six in the evening. I was wrong. It was nine. But still, there were many people walking down the streets. The neighbors were talking on the balcony next door. The city was still awake. It was very disconcerting.

 Each night I got tired, but I had to go to sleep while it was still light outside. When I woke at five and it was bright outside (I only woke so early because I was not used to Norway’s time zone). It felt bright enough to be noon. My dad mentioned that, after waking up and seeing the light outside, he felt guilty because he felt like he had wasted so much of the day already!

Having a long day is nothing to complain about. For me, it felt great. However, it is not always so nice. During the winter, the opposite is true. In December, the sunrise is around 9:30 A.M. and sunset is around 3:15 P.M. excluding the hours of twilight, there are only about 6 hours of daylight in the winter. If you add the cold weather and snow, winter in Scandinavia must be very hard.

The moral of the story: If you visit Norway or Finland, go in summer.

 

Oslo, Norway:

June 21:

Sunrise 3:54 AM

Sunset 10:44 PM

December 26:

Sunrise 9:20 AM

Sunset 3:16 PM

http://www.timeanddate.com/sun/norway/oslo

disconcerting   当惑させる

twilight   たそがれ、夕暮れ

moral of the story   話の教訓

 

 

8:00 PM Oslo, Norway: Enjoying sushi and drinks on the balcony⇩

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