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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Just One PASMO for Transfer

On March 18th, IC card ticket, PASMO which can be used at most trains; JR, private railroads, municipal trains, subway, and buses in Tokyo and seven neighboring prefectures started.

PASMO inserts IC chip, and you can charge money from 1,000 yen to 20,000 yen at ticket machine. The fare is deducted from automatically when you hold PASMO over the automatic ticket gate for trains or buses. You can use PASMO even in shops in the station yard as electronic money, such as eat Soba and buying drinks at vending machine by hold PASMO up over a reader.

The new transfer card system started with 27 railway companies and 32 buss companies. After April, the use of PASMO can be expanded into 30 railway companies and 76 buss companies.

In fact, there, Suica which has almost the same function with PASMO by JR already exist. So, you can use mutually both PASMO and Suica now. Besides, you can change your usual magnetic commuter card into PASMO.

I already have one PASMO for my commutation ticket. It is nice for me when I take it from my bag. I just hold card case PASMO inside over the reader, and I don’t need to stop in front of the reader to take one card. That’s what is good as IC card.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Name of Countries in Japanese

How do you call “Nihon” in your country? Japan, Japon or Reben? The way of calling countries names differs from every languages. Those are examples how Japanese call other countries. Check out yours.

North America

America…アメリカ(amerika)
Canada…カナダ(kanada)

South America
Venezuela…ベネズエラ(benezuera)
Mexico…メキシコ(mekisiko)
Brazil…ブラジル(burajiru)
Argentine…アルゼンチン(aruzenchin)
Peru…ペルー(perû)
Paraguay…パラグアイ(paraguai)
Chili…チリ(chiri)

Asia
Japan…ニホン(nihon)
Korea…カンコク(kankoku)
China…チュウゴク(chûgoku)
Russia…ロシア(rosia)
Turkey…トルコ(toruko)
India…インド(indo)
Cambodia…カンボジア(kambojia)
Malaysia…マレーシア(marêsia)
Indonesia…インドネシア(Indonesia)
Singapore…シンガポール(singapôru)
Vietnam…ベトナム(betonamu)
Saudi Arabia…サウジアラビア(saujiarabia)
Iraqi…イラク(iraku)



Oceania
Australia…オーストラリア(ousutoraria)
New Zealand…ニュージーランド(nyûjîrando)

Africa
Egypt…エジプト(ejiputo)
Ethiopia…エチオピア(echiopia)
Sudan…スーダン(sûdan)
Jamaica…ジャマイカ(jamaika)

Europe
England…イギリス(igirisu)
Germany…ドイツ(doitsu)
France…フランス(furansu)
Belgium…ベルギー(berugî)
Netherlands…オランダ(oranda)
Italy…イタリア(itaria)
Switzerland…スイス(suisu)
Greece…ギリシャ(girisha)
Spain…スペイン(supein)
Portugal…ポルトガル(porutogaru)
Sweden…スウェーデン(suêden)
Norway…ノルウェー(noruê)
Monaco…モナコ(monako)

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Sankeien Garden

You may remind of Yokohama as a metropolitan and port city. That’s of course true, but there is still tranquil and sophisticated garden there.



Sankeien Garden(三渓園) is located in Honmoku, 35 minutes far from Yokohama station. It is constructed with 17 historical buildings including 10 important cultural properties and spread-out Japanese garden. It covers an area of 175,000㎡. Sankeien is a residence of Mr.Sankei Hara originally who made his fortune by raw silk trading. He dismantled historic buildings from Kyoto and Kamakura, and reconstructed them there Sankeien is. Then he opened to the public in 1906 as “Sankeien”





There were many impressive old buildings, but I want to introduce one called Gasshou-zukuri(合掌造). To begin with, Gasshou-zukuri is a kind of houses with a steeply pitched roof. The reason why this type of houses is called comes from its shape, Gasshou. When Japanese pray something in front god, they join their hands, and that is called Gasshou. Therefore, that kind of houses is called Gasshou similar to the steep roof.



This Gasshou-zukuri was brought over from the Hida-Shirakawagou, Gifu prefecture and reassembled Sankeien. You can explore the inside, and see old tools in Hida district.





Sankeien opens 9:00-17:00. Adult is charged 500 yen and child is 200 yen. It specified as Japanese scenic spot in January 2007. I came to Sankeien for the first time, but I would like to visit here sometimes to see the changing of the view with flowers and leaves. You can still enjoy Japanese garden like Kyoto here, at Sankeien.