Saturday, 8 January 2011

Hiragana: Lesson 35 - ‘も’ [mo]

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‘も’ is romanized ‘mo’ and prononced ‘mo’ as in ‘more’.

Words with ‘も’:
‘も’ at the beginning:

  • ちろん (mochiron -> of course; certainly; undoubtedly)
  • 問題 / んだい (mondai -> problem)
  • 森 / り (mori -> forest)
  • う (mou -> already)
  • 持つ / つ (motsu -> hold; possess; carry)

‘も’ in the middle:
  • 買い物 / かいの (kaimono -> shopping)
  • 質問 / しつん (shitsumon -> question)
  • 荷物 / につ (nimotsu -> luggage; bag; carriage)
  • 沈黙 / ちんく (chinmoku -> silence)
  • 着物 / きの (kimono -> Japanese traditional garment)

‘も’ at the end:
  • とて (totemo -> very; really)
  •  (demo -> but)
  • 桃 / も (momo -> peach)
  • いつ (itsumo -> always)
  • 雲 / く (kumo -> clouds)

Stroke order:

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Task: You shall write ‘も’ 50 - 100 times in your textbook. Memorize the shape, the stroke order, the sound, the pronunciation (echo the sound of the character each time you write it down), etc.
And after you are finished with that, write ‘ま’, ‘み’ ‘む’, ‘め’ and ‘も’ one after each repetitively (ま, み, む, め, も, ま, み, む, め, も, etc.) 50 times (100 if you have time).

Tour de Tokyo!

Narita Ward, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
May 25, 2011

Tna: Finally... after spending many hours in plane, we arrive in Japan again!

Kaoko: Yeah, yeah... by the way, where's someone who supposed to pick us up?

Tna: Sou iueba...

Kogoro: Yo, hisashi buri omaetachi! Osokatta ni suman, suman... Ah, tonikaku, Nihon e youkoso! (Long time no see, you two! Sorry for being late... ah, welcome to Japan, by the way!)

Kaoko: Mouri-ojiisan?

Kogoro: Yo! I'll drive you to Tokyo then we'll start exploring it tomorrow. Dou? (How?)

Tna, Kaoko: Hai! We're bit jet lag and tired...

Kogoro: Well, we're now heading to Tokyo which is 7 km away from here! Let's go!

Shinkoiwa Park Hotel
Katsushika Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
May 26, 2011

Tna: We've been waiting  for thirty minutes. Doko da ano occhan? (Where's that uncle?)

Conan: Tna-neechan, Kaoko-neechan!

Tna, Kaoko: Conan-kun? Ran-chan? Futari tomo mo iku? Hisashi buri!~ Mouri-ojisan wa doko desu ka? (Conan-kun? Ran-chan? You two are coming too right? Long time no see!~ Where's Uncle Kogoro by the way?)

Ran: Hai, hisashi buri, Kaoko-chan, Tna-chan~ Toosan wa kuruma ni matteru. Ikoo~ (Yeah, long time no see, Kaoko-chan, Tna-chan~ Dad is waiting in the car. Let's go!)

Tna, Kaoko: Haaaai~ (Yeaaah~)

Katsushita Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
May 26, 2011

Kogoro: Before we begin our journey, I'll tell you about Tokyo... As you know that Tokyo is capital city of Japan and also the largest metropolitan area in Japan...

Kogoro: Chiba Prefecture borders Tokyo to the east, Yamanashi to the west, Kanagawa to the south, and Saitama to the north. It's divided into 23 special wards. Historically, Tokyo was originally a small fishing village named Edo. It was first fortified by the Edo clan, in the late 12th century. Edo grew into one of the largest cities in the world with a population topping one million by the 18th century. Tokyo is twinned with some cities around the world, such Beijing of China, Berlin of Germany, Jakarta of Indonesia, Moscow of Russia, New York of USA, Paris of France, Rome of Italy, and Seoul of South Korea.

Kogoro: Okay, our journey is begun here! We are at Shibatama Taishakuten, it's a Buddhist temple...

Conan: Founded in 1629. In 1996, Ministry of the Environment designated the temple and in 2009, this temple was selected as one of the 100 Landscapes of Japan in Heisei Era...

Kogoro: Oy, why were you interrupting my words?

Conan: Haha- I thought occhan didn't know much about- itai! (It hurts!)

*Kogoro hit Conan on head*

Ran: Toosan!

Kogoro: Well, well, before we travel around Tokyo, I'll give you the map...

Conan: We are still in Katsushita now. We're planning to go to the west, until Fuji-san. Nee, Ran-neechan?

Ran: Sou, sou. Let's go to the next destination!

Sumida Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
May 26, 2011

Kogoro: Now we're passing through Sumida-gawa or Sumida River!

Tna, Kaoko: Kirei na kawa yo~! (What a beautiful river!)

Conan: Yeah. It branches from Arakawa River at Iwabuchi and flows into Tokyo Bay. This Sumida-gawa flows through Kita, Adachi, Arakawa, Sumida, Taitoo, Kootoo, and Chuuoo.

Ran: Conan-kun, as usual, you know much about everything!

Conan: Haha iya~ (No~)

Kogoro: Taku, this brat only babbling around actually...

Conan: Ha-ha

Kaoko: Wah, what kind of building that is?

Ran: This is Edo-Tokyo Museum or in Japanese 'Edo-Toukyou-Hakubutsukan'. It's a museum of the history of Tokyo, established in 1993...

Tna: What's the main feature of this museum?

Conan: There are the life-size replica of Nihonbashi (a bridge leading into Edo), Nakamuraza Theater, scales models of town, and buildings from the Edo, Meiji, and Showa periods.

Kogoro: Well, we're not going to enter the museum because of time limitation. Let's go to another ward, you will see more beautiful building and scenery!

Taitou Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
May 26, 2011

Kogoro: Westward from Sumida, we're now in Taitou Ward. There are so many splendid place here!

Ran: For example, this place. We're in Sensouji Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple located in AsakusaTaitō, Tokyo. It is Tokyo's oldest temple, and one of its most significant...

Conan: Sensō-ji is the focus of Tokyo's largest and most popular matsuri (Shinto festival), Sanja Matsuri. This takes place over 3–4 days in late spring, and sees the surrounding streets closed to traffic from dawn until late evening. Adjacent to this temple, there is Asakusa Shrine. Are!

Kaoko: Is it also a Buddhist Temple?

Conan: Iya. Asakusa Shrine which also known as Sanja-sama (Shrine of Three Gods),  is one of the most famous Shinto shrine in Tokyo...

Kogoro: *cough* Since when you two replace my today's profession as a tour guide?

Conan, Ran: Haha, gomen, gomen~ (sorry, sorry~)

Kogoro: Still in Taitou Ward, you're currently in front of Tokyo National Museum... C'mon, let's enter the building!

Tna: What's the different between this museum and Edo-Tokyo museum before?

Conan: Tokyo National Museum is the largest the oldest and largest museum in Japan. The museum collects, houses, and preserves a comprehensive collection of art works and archeological objects of Asia, focusing on Japan...

Ran: There are five exhibition building, such Honkan which consists of Japanese gallery , Tooyookan (Asian gallery), Hyookeikyan, Heiseikan, Hooryuuji Homotsukan...

A middle Joomon vessel
Honkan (Japanese Gallery)

Seated Budha, Gandhara

Tooyookan (Asian Gallery)

Hainwa Horse statuette

Ueno Park
Taitou Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
May 26, 2011

Tna: I'm... really speechless... this park is awesomely splendid! Magnificent!

Kogoro: Yeah, yeah, because we're in Ueno Park now!

Conan: Ueno Park was established through an imperial land grant to the city of Tokyo by Emperor Taishō in 1924. Actually, this is a perfect place to see Sakura tree!

Ran: Nah, inside this park, there is Ueno Zoo! Ikoo~

Ueno Zoo
Taitou Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
May 26, 2011

Conan: Ueno Zoo is a 14.3-hectare (35-acre) zoo, managed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, It is Japan's oldest zoo, opening on March 20, 1882.

Ran: The zoo is home to more than 2600 individuals representing over 460 species. Ueno has more species on exhibition than any other zoo in Japan. The species contained her such gorilla...

Ran: Panda...

Ran: Penguin...

Ran: And many others...

Bunkyou Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
May 26, 2011

Kogoro: We're in northwest part from Taitou, which is Bunkyou! In this ward, you will find the most popular university in Japan, Tokyo Daigakusei or University of Tokyo!

Conan: It ranks the highest in Asia and 20th in the world...

Ran: Oh~ I really want to enter this college someday... How about you, Tna-chan and Kaoko-chan?

Tna: I've graduated already, but someday I'll postgraduate here, hopefully...

Kaoko: I also want to take a bachelor here, so badly~

Kogoro: Maa, you all have to study extra hard to enter this famous university! Do you know? So many Japanese people committed suicide because they failed in the entrance exam. Well, let's go to the Tokyo Dome now!

Tna: Subarashii! (Magnificent! Japan is really really fascinating me in everything!

Kaoko: Yeah, it seems all splendid things located in Japan!

Kogoro: Hahaha you're too much! Maybe in your country also some amazing place, right? Well, let's enter the stadium!

Conan: Tokyo Dome has 55,000-seats (actual capacity: 42,000 seats) The stadium opened for business on March 17, 1988. Its original name is The Big Egg. It is also the location of the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame which chronicles the history of baseball in Japan....

Ran: By the way, Mariah Carrey ever held a concert here in 1996~

Kogoro: Well, well, let's go to the next destination!

Ran: Demo Toousan, we're hungry...

Kogoro: Taku, okay, we'll have a lunch first. Ikuso!

Tokyo Imperial Palace
Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
May 26, 2011

Kogoro: We finally arrive at Tokyo Imperial Palace, literally 'Imperial Residence', it's the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda area of Tokyo and contains several buildings including the main palace (Kyuuden)...

Conan: During the height of the 1980s Japanese Property bubble, the palace grounds were valued by some as more than the value of all the real estate in the state of California..

Ran: C'mon, let's go to the next ward!

Chuo Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
May 26, 2011

Ran: Welcome to Ginza! It's known as an upscale area of Tokyo with numerous department stores, boutiques, restaurants and coffee houses. Ginza is recognized as one of the most luxurious shopping districts in the world! We're now in front of Ginza Wako Clock...

Tna: Sugoi~ It's marvelous!

Kaoko: It's really a proper place for the shopaholic~

Ran: Wanna shopping some clothes, Tna-chan to Kaoko-chan?

Tna, Kaoko: Ahaha~ okay!

Kogoro: Maa, since it's night already, me and this brat will look for a hotel and book it, you three just go shopping and I'll tell you immediately soon we get the room. We'll continue our journey tomorrow.

Tna, Kaoko, Ran: Haaai~

Minato Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
May 27, 2011

Kogoro: What's the most famous landmark in Minato? Yeah, it's no other than...

Ran, Conan: TOKYO TOWER!

Tna: Subarashii! Amazing! I never expected that Tokyo Tower this beautiful!

Kaoko: I'm speechless to look at it closely...

Conan: Tokyo Tower is a communication and observation tower with height 1.091 feet. It's the second tallest artificial structure in Japan after Tokyo Sky Tree. The structure is an Eiffel Tower inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations..

Kogoro: Built in 1985, the tower's main sources of revenue are tourism and antenna leasing...

Kaoko: Can we reach to the top of tower?

Conan: Indeed no, we only could reach until the Special Observatory, a small, circular, completely enclosed observatory located at 250 meters. 

Meiji Shrine
Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
May 27, 2011

Kogoro: Yo, everyone! We're in front of Meiji shrine now, which is in Shibuya!

Kogoro: Located in a forest that covers an area of 700,000 square-meters (about 175 acres)...

Conan: Actually this Shinto shrine is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress ShōkenThe shrine itself is composed of two major areas, which are Naien (inner precinct) and Gaien (outer precinct).

Ran: Okay, now it's time to go to the town, which is Harajuku! Let's gooo~

Shibuya Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
May 27, 2011

Kogoro: Don't be surprised if you find people with unusual clothing style in Harajuku, you will find them here and everywhere! Mite, mite...

Conan: Harajuku, literally meaning meadow lodging, is an area located between Shibuya and Shinjuku. It's also a fashion capital in the world, renowned from its unique streets fashion...

Ran: Every Sunday, young people dressed in a variety of styles including gothic lolita, visual kei, and decora, as well as cosplayers spend the day in Harajuku socializing. The fashion styles of these youths rarely conform to one particular style and are usually a mesh of many...

Tna: Wow, cool!

Ran: You don't need to be ashamed of wearing any clothes, even the oddest one. Wanna try?

Tna, Kaoko: Ah, pretty good idea!

Tokyo Metropolitan Governmental Building
Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
May 27, 2011

Kogoro: Nah, this great building is called Tokyo Metropolitan Governmental Building, also referred as Tokyo City Hall or Tochoo!

Conan: It houses the headquarters of Tokyo Metropolitan Government, which governs not only the 23 wards, but also the cities, towns and villages that make up Tokyo as a whole...

Ran: Since we don't enter the building, let's continue our journey!

National Olympic Stadium
Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
May 27, 2011

Kogoro: We are now inside the National Olympic Stadium that served as the main stadium for the 1964 Summer Olympics. It currently serves as the stadium where the Japan national football teams home matches and major football club cup finals are held...

Conan: The stadium was completed in 1958 as the Japanese National Stadium. Its first major event was the 1958 Asian Games.

Shinjuku Gyoen
Shinjuku Ward, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
May 27, 2011

Kogoro: Welcome to Shinjuku Gyoen! It's likely our last destination for our jour-

Ran: No, Otoosan! We still have one more destination place, which is Fuji-san...

Kogoro: Hahaha- wasureta...

Tna: Sugooooi~ It's superb! Incredible!

Kaoko: I've never seen such this beautiful Park before...

Conan: Yeah, actually Shinjuku Gyoen is a large park with an eminent garden. It was originally a residence of the Naitō family (Daimyo) in the Edo period. Afterwards, it became a garden under the management of the Imperial Household Agency of Japan. It is now a park under the jurisdiction of the national Ministry of the Environment.

Ran: The gardens have three access gates: Shinjuku Gate, Okido Gate and Sendagaya Gate. Shinjuku Gyoen is open from 9:00 until 16:30. On Mondays the gardens are closed, except during the cherry blossom and chrysanthemum seasons: late March–late April and early November respectively, when the gardens are open seven days a week. The greenhouse, usually open from 11:00 until 15:00 is closed until some time in 2011. The last admission is 16:00.

Kogoro: Well, now, everyone ready to go to Fuji-san (Mount Fuji)?

Tna, Kaoko, Ran, Conan: Of course!

Tna: But, how we get there?

Kogoro: We'll take the Keio express bus from this Shinjuku and it will cost ¥2600. First we'll buy a ticket at west exit of Shinjuku Station, then we'll find Keio building. The journey itself will take about 2-2,5 hours. But before that, I'll park this rental car at Keio building. We'll go there tomorrow. Let's search a proper inn now!

Kawaguchiko 5th Station 
Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
May 28, 2011

Tna: Are wa Fuji-san desu ka? (Is that Mount Fuji?)

Conan, Ran: Hai, seikai! Kirei darou? (Yes, beautiful isn't?)

Tna, Kaoko: Totemo kirei da! (Fascinating!)

Kaoko: Then, where will we go first?

Kogoro: We'll go to Ubugayasaki considered to be the one of best locations for viewing Mount Fuji. 

Ubugayasaki, Kawaguchiko
Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
May 28, 2011

Tna: I can't say anything but how wondrous the scenery is!

Kaoko: It's really the best spot of viewing Fuji-san!

Ran: Gyah~ it's so refreshing! This place is quite different from the crowded Tokyo~

Kogoro: Well, one last destination, how about we go to the hot spring?

Tna, Kaoko, Ran, Conan: Okaaaay~!

Yurari Onsen
Narusawa Village, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan
May 28, 2011

Kogoro: Yurari is a modern, beautifully designed public hot spring with a variety of gender segregated indoor and outdoor baths. The baths on the second floor have a nice views of Fuji-san. Private baths with views of the mountain also available. The charge is 1580 yen per 45 minutes. 

Kaoko: It must be splendid!

Tna: Yeah!

Ran: Ikoo, minna!~

Tna, Kaoko: Yeah!

Narita Ward, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
May 31, 2011

Tna: Ano... by the way, why don't we go from Haneda Airport? That's in Tokyo right?

Kogoro: Nowadays, international flight from Narita while Haneda serves domestic flight, even there's still some international flight from Haneda, but only to certain country...

Tna: Sou ka... Ja, Thank you very much, Mouri-ojisan, Ran-chan, and Conan-kun! I'm really glad to visit this gorgeous city!

Kaoko: Yeah, thank you so much... you've already accompanied us during the visiting...

Ran: Kochira koso (Same here), we glad you could enjoy the travelling~

Conan: Yeah, please come back again someday, Tna-neechan and Kaoko-neechan!

Kaoko, Tna: Mochiron! Sayonara~ (Of course! Bye bye!)

Kogoro: Ki o tsukeruyo, omaetachi...(Be careful, you two!)

Tna, Kaoko: Hai! (Yes!)

Ran, Conan: Sayonara~ (Goodbye!)

Story written by Tna~

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