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T・K・G = tamago kake gohan

Do you know tamago kake gohan ?

It’s egg sauce over rice.

It’s called ” T・K・G ” ( T=tamago : K=kake : G=gohan ) in Japan.

Japanese people like to eat T・K・G and even there is a book about T・K・G

I’ve been eating T・K・G since I was very little and it’s one of my favorite food.

Japanese people eat raw fish and eggs all the time.

It’s too bad I can’t eat it here in Canada because row eggs are very dangerous agents.



= tamago kake gohan wa totemo oishiindesu yo.

nihon he ittara zehi tabetemite kudasai.

= Actually tamago kake gohan is very dalicious.

please try eating it when you go to Japan.

– Maki



06/27/2010 at 10:11 pm 2 comments

きれい vs うつくしい

This is a TV Ad for SHISEIDO shampoo.

It says ‘ 日本の女性は美しい

美しい ( =うつくしい / utsukushii ) means ‘ beautiful ‘ in English.

Then what is the difference between うつくしい and きれい ?

Here are some explanations the difference.


usage #1

きれい indicates that the shape or color of something is arranged in a clear and pleasing fashion.



= heya ni kirei na hana no e ga kazattearu.

= The room is decorated with a beautiful picture of flowers.


= kanojo wa totemo kirei da.

= She is very beautiful.

usage #2

It is also expresses a clean or neat state, or implies innocence or lack of ill-will.



= shokuji no mae ni, te o kirei ni aratte kudasai.

= Please wash your hands well before you eat.


= tadashii seiji o okonau tameni, kirei na senkyo o suru beki da.

= In order to have honest government, we must have clean elections.

usage #3

It may be used as an adverb meaning ‘ completely ‘ or ‘ entirely ‘ in the form of  きれいに.



= nokosazu kirei ni tabete kudasai.

= Please eat everything on your plate.


= kinou oboeta nihongo no tango o, hitoban netara kirei ni wasureteshimatta.

= I’ve completely forgotten all of the Japanese words I learned yesterday.


usage #1

うつくしい is used when the speaker is impressed with the beauty, splendor, or magnificence of something, may include a person’s figure, or the color or sound of something.



= nihon no josei wa utsukushii.

= Japanese women are beautiful.


= gogatsu wa shinryoku ga utsukushii kisetsu da.

= May is the month of beautiful new green leaves.

usage #2

It may also be used to express that something has qualities of spiritual or moral value.



= karera no utsukushii yuujou no hanashi wa, hitobito no kokoro o utta.

= The story of their beautiful friednship touched people’s hearts.


美しい is more commonly used in written language and きれい is in spoken language.

In comparing usage,  きれいな字 (字 = ji ) refers to neat, easy to read writing, while うつくしい字 implies more evaluation of its artistic value.

In other words, things described as うつくしい are more conventionally and popularly accepted as beautiful, while きれい suggests a more personal and casual assessment of beauty.

– Maki


06/18/2010 at 12:23 pm Leave a comment

JAMIROQUAI ( JK) is on Nisshin Cup Noodle TV Ad

Wow… this is so funny!!!

Do you want to know what JK said ?

Here you go..

‘ 腹減った。腹減った。カップヌードル5つ食べられるくらい。’

‘ 他のじゃ(い)やよ。他のじゃ(い)やよ。カップヌードルがいいよ。’

=hara hetta. hara hetta. kappu nuudoru itsutsu taberareru kurai.

hoka no ja (i)ya yo. hoka no ja (i)ya yo. kappu noodle ga ii yo.

= I’m starving. I’m starving. So that I could eat 5 cup noodles.

I don’t want other food. I don’t want to other food. I only want to CUP NOODLE!!

腹 ( = hara ) is a very informal way to say お腹 ( = o naka = belly )

減った ( = hetta ) is a verb short form of 減りました ( = herimashita = decreaced )

so 「腹減った」 means ‘ I’m starving ‘

This is way to say is more for men. Women should say 「お腹すいた」

「他の ( = hoka no ) 」means ‘ other thing ‘

「の」 indicate ‘ other noodles ‘ on this ad.

So JK only want to eat ” Nisshin Cup Noodle ”  🙂

Hmm… I’m getting hungry now…

But I can’t eat 5 cup noodles, JK …. 😛

– Maki


06/11/2010 at 11:45 am 1 comment

おめでとう| omedetou | congratulations


watashi no daisuki na Eita ga Kimura Kaera-san to kekkon shimasu.

My favorite ( Japanese actor ), Eita is getting married to Kaera Kimura.

おめでとう(ございます) means ‘ Congratulations ‘



= kekkon omedetou ( gozaimasu )

= Congratulations on your marriage.


= tanjoubi omedetou ( gozaimasu )

= Congratulations on your birthday / Happy Birthday.


= nyuugaku omedetou ( gozaimasu )

= Congratulations on your entrance to the school.


shuushoku omedetou ( gozaimasu )

= Congratulations on your new job.


= akemashite omedetou ( gozaimasu )

= Congratulations on New Year / Happy New Year


Eita, Kaera-san, kekkon omedetou !

Congratulations on your marriage, Eita and Kaera!

Wedding song  ” Butterfly ” –  by Kaera kimura

– Maki

06/02/2010 at 1:55 am 2 comments


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