My little tree

Yesterday, I went out and bought a  bonsai tree. I often hear a lot of foreigners confusing the word bonsai with banzai. Bonsai is a small tree in a pot. I think banzai means something like "hooray". My bonsai tree is a plum tree. It is already past the season, but it will soon have many leaves... i hope.

How about you? Do you have any bonsai trees? How do you take care of them?


梅 plum
盆栽 a mini tree in a pot
外国人 foreigner
季節 season

Banzai 万歳(P);万才 ばんざい(P);ばんぜい [ばんざい(P);ばんぜい]  (int,n) (1) crying "banzai" (or raising one's hands in the banzai gesture) (2) something worthy of celebration (3) (ばんざい only) giving up (4) (arch) long time (5) (arch) eternal life (and prosperity) (int) (6) banzai (a celebratory cheer) hurrah (hooray, hurray) (P)



Watch "Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed - Nursery Rhymes and Childrens Songs" on YouTube

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"

Pollen Allergies

Today is a beautiful day and I am enjoying it at the park. Whenever I go out these days, I hear many people coughing and sneezing because of pollen allergies. Usually I am ok, but sometimes my throat and eyes become a little itchy on days when it is windy. In Japan, I know many people who are allergic to the pollen from cedar. That's too bad. I think it makes life difficult when you have to wear a mask all the time. If you have pollen allergies, I hope you feel better soon!

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単語 Vocabulary
pollen 花粉
allergy アレルギー  発音は「アレジ」
sneeze くしゃみ
cough せき
cedar 杉
throat のど
itchy かゆい

あなたは? How about you?

Do you have pollen allergies? What do you do to help yourself?


Movie Pick - The Wizard of Oz

One of the new movies coming out is Oz the Great and Powerful. I think the Japanese name is オズ はじまりの戦い. However, before you see that you should watch  オズの魔法使い, The Wizard of Oz. It is a great fantasy movie and an American classic.