Pumpkins (and Vampires) Marching Forwards

Probably should have given some warning, but this was my busy month. Between speech contest judging, speech contest practice, practice for university English interviews, tests, normal classes and some other stuff (like getting sick), I had very little time to update…even with all that though, I’m surprised / saddened that my last post was October 5th.

Okay…I owe 26 pictures…let’s get started!! I promise though, not all today! 😉

My wonderful husband on the left and me on the right…even though Halloween is not a big holiday in Japan, there are places that do some trick or treating (malls) and decorating (malls and shops) for kids (Darth Vader as a witch anyone?). This giant guy was at SMARK (Smile Park) in Isesaki. I might not be a child, but it was fun for the pumpkin to eat me instead of me eating pumpkin! (And after this, I had Pumpkin Lantern ice cream from Baskin Robbins). So it was a win-win situation.

Every year I get an American pumpkin for my English club to help me carve. It usually was bought from the Foreign Buyers Club (they’ll ship to me from Tokyo) but this year I was able to get a cheaper (i.e. smaller) pumpkin from the newly opened Costco in Maebashi. What I do is let my kids choose the face, and then I carve it (I love them, but don’t trust them around knives…just like my parents, I’m sure). This year (as you can see) is a starry eyed pumpkin. Last year the Jack O’Lantern had one star eye, one heart eye, a circle nose and the normal zig-zag smile. They’ve never chosen a scary face….

See why I call it Vampire Coffee? It looks like the vampire’s tooth is gleaming!

I wanted to get all of my Halloween pictures out of the way, so after today, it’ll be back to weird sayings, bad Engrish and other cool stuff. Hope everyone had a great Halloween (I did).

{23 to go}

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Posted by on 01/11/2011 in Foods, Fun Things!, Holidays


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Internet Engrish

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Posted by on 05/10/2011 in Engrish


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Tamagotchi Fortune

Tamagotchi are little animals that were most popular in small electronics that went bleep and bloop when you had to feed them, walk them and play with them. They’re still popular here in Japan, and when my husband and I went to Tokyo, we saw a shop with this…fortune teller (from what I can guess)j in front of it.

And no, I didn’t put my hand in it’s mouth. I’ve seen enough horror movies 😛



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Posted by on 04/10/2011 in Fun Things!


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Tiny Train

I don’t know much about trains, but this is the tiniest train I’ve ever seen. It sounded like my mom’s old diesel car when it was running 🙂

And if you notice, there is a ticket collection box in the front because some of the stops it makes have no ticket collectors, suika (electronic pass system) or mechanical ticket collectors.

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Posted by on 03/10/2011 in Functional Things


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Traditionally Punny

Two more shirts I want to share and then we’ll move onto other topics. The first one is curdosy of my fist year (sophmore) students from class 1 – 2.

So the shirt says “Ganbare Nippon!” Translating this into English, it means “Do Your Best Japan!” I’m seeing a pun here as the class is Ni-kumi (2nd class). Anyone else see it?

And after that, we have the third years (seniors) who went a little traditional with black….

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Posted by on 30/09/2011 in Fun Things!, School


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By Color and Picture You Shall Know Them

Okay, I’ve been dead tired at night (to the point of sleeping at 6:30) so I’m starting something new and I’m going to update this blog in the morning. So….for today…(and yesterday).

Victry….Vic Try? Ah, Vict -o- ry! (With batman in my school uniform picture for the win).

Second year students (juniors) wore yellow while the first year students (sophomores) wore purple. If any of you watch the anime One Piece, this is the wanted poster from that, except that instead of the character’s picture and how much they’re worth, it now lists the names of my entire fourth class.

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Posted by on 29/09/2011 in Engrish, Fun Things!, School


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Ball Games – the Wineer

My school had a ball tourney where the students (by class) got to create their t-shirts. I wish they had asked me about the English…..

I’ll assume that they meant winner….:-)

And I won’t mention which 2nd year (junior) class this was either… :-p


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Posted by on 26/09/2011 in Engrish


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