Japanese Proverbs

I just want to share some Japanese proverbs i liked. well, some are common not just in Japan.

膝とも談合 (Consult anyone, even your knees)

[Two heads are better than one]

This proverbs is famous no need to explain furthermore.

猿も木から落ちる (Even monkeys fall from trees)

[Anyone can make a mistake]

This proverbs shows admiration for the gifted, matched with sympathy for those who make a mistake.

千里の道も一歩から (Even a thousand-mile journey begins with the first step)

Reflects a practical truth, that one must conquer one’s fear and take that necessary initial move. Consider the maxim “there’s no time like the present”.

悪事千里を走る (An evil act runs a thousand miles)

[Bad news travels fast]

Is like a gossiping, why we don’t gossip good things instead of bad things, right?

郷に入っては郷に従え (Obey the customs of the village you enter)

[When in Rome, do as the Romans]

This proverbs is about conformity, requesting outsiders not to disrupt the society they’re visiting. In short is “respect”.

口は災いの元. (The mouth is the cause of calamity)

[The mouth is the gate of evil]

Talking too much is viewed as irresponsible. Secrets may be betrayed, a universal worry. 

卵と誓いは砕けーやすい (Eggs and Vows are easily broken)

[Actions speak louder than words]

Naaahhh no need to explain, famous sayings or proverbs, right?

味噌の味噌臭いは上味噌にあらず (The bean paste that smells like bean paste is not the best quality)

[All that glitters is not gold)

It warns against what looks or smell, tO good to be true. 

取らぬ狸の皮算用 (Don’t estimate the value of a raccoon dog skin before catching the raccoon dog.)

[Don’t count your chicken before they’re hatched]

We always does this right? So, instead counting your blessings or wealth just thank God you where blessed with him. 

臭い物に蓋 (Put a lid on what smells bad)

[Don’t wash dirty linen in public]

The Japanese are known fir their discretion and more for not talking about a situation than talking about it.  

去る者は日々に疎し。(Those who depart are forgotten, day by day)

[Out of sight, out if mind]

A seemingly callous saying, this proverb reflects that hard truth that impressions of others fade when not prompted by daily appearances. 

爪の垢を煎じて飲む。(Boil and drink another’s fingernail dirt)

[To follow in someone’s footsteps]

To emulate another was how one succeeded as an apprentice or mastered a craft in traditional Japan. 

京の夢、大坂の夢。(Dreams in Kyoto, dreams in Osaka)

[Wishing will make it so]

This saying was used in previously eras by people with big aspirations. Repeating these words signified a wish for one’s dream to become reality.  

旅は道ずれ、世は情け。(In traveling, a companion; in life, sympathy)

[A friend in need is a friend indeed]

In old Japan, taking a trip was somewhat hazardous, and it was best to go accompanied. The larger idea, however, involves emotional support, with the metaphor of life as a journey. 

門前の小僧習わぬ経を読む。(A boy living near a Buddhist temple can learn an untaught sutra by heart)

[Experience is the best teacher]

One learns from what’s nearby and from what one hears over and over: proximity and repetition.  

頭隠して尻隠さず。(One hides the heD and leaves the rear end uncovered)

[Protect yourself at all points]

This warning is as applicable to battle as it to rising up the ranks of a corporate ladder; don’t leave yourself vulnerable. The image is that of an ostrich, who thinks it’s safe when it buries its head in the sand and can no longer see the danger. 

善は急げ。(Do quickly what is good )

[Strike while the iron is hot]

Timing matters, especially in the performance of admirable deeds. 

Golden Week Vacay (May 6-8, 2015)

Sorry for the late post… busy in studying Japanese (Nihonggo)… so, hard to composed sentence. Some more, i have to memorize the kanji (chinese character) beside from Hiragana and Katakana…

Anyway, our Golden Week Vacay we had it in Wakayama Prefecture from May 6 to 8 (3 days). If you love nature, i definitely recommend to go here. I love the smell of the fresh air and those trees in the mountain really can smell the green leaves.

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We came together with our Church friends. We had a great time and greenery scenery. It’s a long from Minoo, Osaka to Aridagawa, Wakayama  but its worth it. (See below more pictures)

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We stayed in a cottage like a cabin style  house.  Here’s the links for the area Aridagawa, Wakayama

The next day we have time to go around. (See below pictures) 

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Had fun time with the kids in the river

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Grapes Fields

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i forgot the name of this dripping flower.

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Hanging Bridge

Before we end our vacay (going home) we drop by first in one of the World Heritage shrine and Temple. (see below pictures)

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Mount Kōya (高野山 Kōya-san?) is the name of mountains in Wakayama Prefecture to the south of Osaka. Also, Kōya-san is a modifying word for Kongōbu-ji (金剛峯寺). There is no one mountain officially called Kōya-san (高野山) in Japan.

First settled in 819 by the monk Kūkai, Mt. Kōya is primarily known as the world headquarters of the Kōyasan Shingon sect of Japanese Buddhism. Located in an 800 m high valley amid the eight peaks of the mountain (which was the reason this location was selected, in that the terrain is supposed to resemble a lotus plant), the originalmonastery has grown into the town of Kōya, featuring a university dedicated to religious studies and 120 temples, many of which offer lodging to pilgrims. The mountain is home to the following famous sites:

  • Okunoin (奥の院), the mausoleum of Kūkai, surrounded by an immense graveyard (the largest in Japan)
  • Danjogaran (壇上伽藍), a heartland of Mt. Kōya.
    • Konpon Daitō (根本大塔), a pagoda that according to Shingon doctrine represents the central point of a mandala covering not only Mt. Kōya but all of Japan
  • Kongōbu-ji (金剛峯寺), the head temple of the Kōyasan Shingon Buddhism
  • Kōyasan chōishi-michi, the traditional route up the mountain
  • It also houses a replica of the Nestorian stele[1]

In 2004, UNESCO designated Mt. Kōya, along with two other locations on the Kii Peninsula, Yoshino and Omine; and Kumano Sanzan, as World Heritage SitesSacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range“.

We really enjoyed our vacay, this is our first time with vacay with friends in Japan.

RIP iPhone5 :-(

gosh, I accidentally drop it in the toilet bowl. soooo careless :-( & clamsy i am… 

yesterday, we went to our telecom provider to check but first. Search the internet how to get rid of the water inside the phone which i did. Some articles I’d read.

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How to dry out?
Which i did all of that buy unlucky me… It didn’t work *sigh* but anyway, we go to our telecom provider to continue and they said you cannot use it anymore. So, we decided to get new one whic is iPhone 6 looking at the plus one but it was quite big I don’t need that coz i have my ipad mini anyway i just want small one to fit on my pocket. 

So good, the telecome manager gave us free galaxy tab for free coz we avail the kids phobbe together with my iphone 6, great! Because my son everytime we go in the grocery or supermarket, he got lost or any growded places as well atleast we will call him on the phone. A simple clam phone only for kids. 

   

 Softbank 202SH (sorry in japanese site only and this phone is only available in Japan)

And this is our free item, because this telecom they want to make sure we will stay with thier service/company. 

   Galaxy Tab 4
Oh i hope, my phone will last… 

Diet Pills

just read the articles so, i decided to buy this online. Click here for the articles. 

I’ve waited the shipment within 5days only from US to Japan. And, started last week (April 6, Mon) weighted : 66.7

After week, i lost 1.8kg i eat regular. But for me i find it slow. So, today i decided to do the 3 days Military Diet.

Oh my ideal weight i wanted atleast lower 60kg i hope ill get through on this. 

Btw, i’ll go for my japanese school starting tomorrow. Brain drainer for sure i will get hungry faster… :-(

Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) Viewing

yup, we have the chance to view it… coz’ this is also the day that it won’t rain.

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we came early so, that we can view the park and for sure people also grab the opportunity that today won’t rain.

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we took the train for 300yen to tour around the vicinity of the park

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and now, I would like to share photos of the cherry blossom…

so wow… amazing and beautiful.

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around 12noon the park is getting crowded. (as seen some pictures above)

Mt. Yoshino Experience

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We’ve been searching for a lotsa of Cherry Tree here in the mountain. We though we are late, they told us is too early, because in this part of the area (Nara) especially in this mounth usually the Cherry Blossom will bloom around 2nd week of April because of the weather is still cold here. 

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Abenobashi – Yoshino

Sakura Line train

Sakura Line train

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We took a train from Abenobashi to Yoshino station and we tried the Sakura Line Train.  

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before the long walk we eat our breckky and semi-lunch. Home cook taste food. 

Below, are the pictures from the mountain few cherry blossoms (as I said earlier we are early). We (my husband and I) decided to go back again to experience the Mt. Yoshino Cherry blossoms festival. And we never thought we had semi-trekking experience as well, I better wear comfy sneakers here next time. ;-) 

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Day Tour @ Kyoto, Japan

I had fun with my Malaysia’s friends but they are from the Philippines. They visit me here in Japan, their first time here. They said, “Japanese people are so honest even though they don’t speak English they respect each other so much.”

We had so much fun in 1 day trip in Kyoto, Japan take note, without my husband. But, we have interpreter my son (i’m so proud of him, he can conversed and read japanese so well and good thing is he passed to continue in studying in Japanese school (public school). Before we had tour in Kyoto, Japan. We visit the nearest and huge temple in our place.

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Katsuo-ji temple (Temple of the winner’s luck)

The temple is situated in the mountains north of the Osaka plain and has been a place of worship for several thousand years, an unparalleled sacred site founded on the spiritual power of the mountain  and a faith build up over 1,300 years.

In 727, early in the nara period (710-784) two holy priests name Zenchu and Zensan constructed a hut on this mountain. with these two priests as teachers, Prince Kaijo, a son of the Emperor Konin (770-781), established Mirokuji Temple in 765 in his quest to reach the spiritual realm of Buddha.

Kyoto 1-day bus-ticket.

Kyoto 1-day bus-ticket.

I recommend the 1-day pass bus ticket. You can just hop in anytime you want going to the destination within Kyoto. Of course, we have to visit the famous tourist spot. First stop will be the far from the station which is “The Golden Pavilion”

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Kinkaku / Rokuon-ji Temple

Kinkaku (The Golden Pavilion) is a sharien, a Buddhist hall containing relics of Buddha. The pavilion is part of a temple that is formally named Rokuon-ji temple, but commonly called Kinkaku-ji Temple,or Temple of the Golden Pavilion. Rokuon-ji is a Zen Buddhist temple, is the Shokokuji School of the Rinzai Sect. This Area was originally the site of a villa called Kitayama-dai and owned by a statesman, Saionji Kintsune. Ashikaga Yoshimitsu, the 3rd shogun of the Muromachi period, took a liking to the area and acquired it from the Saionji family in 1397. he then built his own villa, which he named Kitayama-den.

Nijo Castle (with my Son)

Nijo Castle (with my Son)

Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo)

The castle was originally built in 1603 as the official Kyoto residence of the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyusa. It was completed in 1626 by the third Tokugawa Shogun, Iemitsu, with the addition of some structures transferred from Fushimi Castle (built in the Momoyama Period; 1573-1614). Nijo Castle is one of the finest examples of early Edo period and Momoyama culture in Japan, as it makes splendid use of early Edo period building designs, lavish paintings,a nd carvings that Iemitsu generously commissioned. In 1867, when Yoshinobu, the fifteenth Tokugawa Shogun returned sovereignty to the Emperor, the castle became the property of the Imperial family. In 1884,  it was renamed the Nijo Detached Palace. It was donated to the City of Kyoto and renamed Nijo Castle (Nijo-jo) in 1939. The castle was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera

Kiyomizu-dera was founded in the early Heian period.The temple was founded in 798, and its present buildings were constructed in 1633, ordered by the Tokugawa Iemitsu. There is not a single nail used in the entire structure. It takes its name from the waterfall within the complex, which runs off the nearby hills.Kiyomizu means clear water, or pure water.

It was originally affiliated with the old and influential Hossō sect dating from Nara times. However, in 1965 it severed that affiliation, and its present custodians call themselves members of the “Kitahossō” sect.

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Yasaka PagodaYasaka Shrine

Yasaka-no-to Pagoda stands mostly alone, the buildings of the temple of which it once belonged (Hokan-ji Temple) having been destroyed by fires, earthquakes and wars over the years. We’re thankful that the pagoda survived, because it’s a stunner. It stands at the top of Yasaka-dori, which is itself unique for the lack of overhead power lines, which were removed to preserve the view of the pagoda. The pagoda can easily be accessed from Higashioji-dori, or by ducking off of the bottom of Ninen-zaka. It’s particularly lovely after dark, especially when the lone cherry tree at the base of the pagoda is in bloom.

Yasaka Shrine once called Gion Shrine (祇園神社 Gion-jinja?), is a Shinto shrine in the Gion District of Kyoto, Japan. Situated at the east end of Shijō-dōri (Fourth Avenue), the shrine includes several buildings, including gates, a main hall and a stage.

Initial construction on the Shrine began in 656. The Shrine became the object of Imperial patronage during the early Heian period. In 965, Emperor Murakami ordered that Imperial messengers be sent to report important events to the guardian kami of Japan. These heihaku were initially presented to 16 shrines; and in 991, Emperor Ichijō added three more shrines to Murakami’s list. Three years later in 994, Ichijō refined the scope of that composite list by adding Umenomiya Shrine and Gion Shrine.

From 1871 through 1946, Yasaka Shrine was officially designated one of the Kanpei-taisha (官幣大社?), meaning that it stood in the first rank of government supported shrines.

After those iconiq spot in Kyoto. We can feel the ache of our legs in walking up and down but it worth it. My visitors enjoyed a lot even though they are tired. Same as my son, he enjoyed and happy being a interpreter (non-stop talking). It just easy to take train and commute than driving a car, as you will have a problem where to park especially now is a peak season. So, better yet take public transportation, feel to be a japanese for a while experience it.

Spring Is Coming

Yes, almost warm here in Japan. And, its time to clean closet as well. Here’s the before and after thingy.



My Vanity … I display all my perfume and i used the cosmetic organizer (christmas gift from my sister in law) for my lipsticks. 



Jewelry & accessories corner



Crafty thing, thanks to pinterest i got new ring and earrings organize



Another pinterest ideas(oh boy i love this site so much) 



My bed… Now, it looks bed.

And also, i arrange my closet but i forgot to take pictures on it.

Below, the closet of my son.



I hope it will last atleast 1 month. My son really don’t care of ihis room and his stuff ;-(  clean also his study table and bed and the jungle of his under the bed. Everything is there!missing pair of socks, brief, small toys, lego, papers gosh many to mention. I hope someday he will take care what his own. 

Birthday Celebration

March 1 is the actual birthday of my daughter while my hubby birthday is on March 6. We had to celebrate on March 6 for the mothers in kinder garden which is a bit far from our place about 30-45 mins drive going to our home.

My very own decoration for the party.

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pictures from newborn to 11months

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balloons and paper flowers

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paper flowers

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used cartoon, colored papers and colored pen

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I had great time decorating hehehe… anyway, will also share the food we served, most are pilipino dishes.

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Pizza Muffin we just search it in the YOUTUBE

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this one for our friend recipe… original recipe. All marinated.

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Crispy Pata consisting of deep fried pig trotters or knuckles[1] served with a soy-vinegar dip. It can be served as party fare or an everyday dish. Many restaurants serve boneless pata as a specialty.

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Lechon na Paksiw is roasted pork lechon meat cooked in lechon sauce or its component ingredients of vinegar, garlic, onions, black pepper and ground liver or liver spread and some water. The cooking reduces the sauce so that by the end the meat is almost being fried.

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Kare-Kare (Big bowl) -It is made from a base of stewed oxtail (sometimes this is the only meat used), pork hocks, calves feet, pig feet, beef stew meat; and occasionally offal, or tripe. Vegetables, which include (but are not limited to): eggplant, Chinese cabbage, or other greens, daikon, green beans, and asparagus beans are added – usually equaling or exceeding the amount of meats. The stew is flavored with ground roasted peanuts or peanut butter, onions, and garlic. The stew is colored with annatto (extracted from annatto seeds in oil or water), and can be thickened with toasted or plain ground rice.

 

 

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dessert portion: we made fruit tart, ginataang ( a soup made with coconut milk, tubers, tapioca pearls, and sagois simply called ginataan in Tagalog (a shortened form of the proper name, ginataang halo-halo), Biko (It is made of coconut milk, brown sugar, and ground glutinous rice. They can also be flavored with margarine, peanut butter, or vanilla.) Ube cake (Purple yam) above food from March 6 we served.

to be continued… bec. my daughter is bugging me in front of my laptop.

 

 

1st birthday of my little princess

Busy doing craft for my little princess first birthday. I have many things in my mind to do but, i did this first… All recycled materials. 

  • old carton 
  • Colorful papers
  • Scissors 
  • Paste
  • Scotch tape
  • Colored pens







I don’t nees to state one by one. Pictures shows already. Finished product below.



I also made this as well…



Lovely right? ❤️

I also made the invitation: 





I’m so excited for her birthday… Stay tune the whole decorations of the house. 😉