I have allergic rhinitis and usually need to take a small tissues with me for in case, but I don’t have problems with it since I came to Amsterdam. Is the air fresh here? It is really good for me anyway.
One day, I bought a couple of flowers and decorated in my room. Since then, I started to have a reaction on nose. I did not want to think that it was because of flowers and I had been telling myself, “No it is not because of flowers, no, it might be the cause of climate or weather, yes it should be!”
I still don’t know what made my allergy appeared again. Flowers? Pollen? Weather? Climate? I don’t know the true cause. Now I just can say that my lovely flowers are blooming beautifully in my yard everyday, not in my room.
By the way, here are few photos of flower shops here.
★One point Japanese lesson. Flower and Nose are the same word in Japanese but they have different Kanji characters.
By the way, I went to an Asian supermarket on 4thNov. I come from Japan and miss Japanese cuisines of course. Actually I can survive if I only have a soy sauce but sometimes I feel like eating some other taste.
As you know, Japanese foods and ingredients are expensive here in Amsterdam, so I took my time to think what I was going to buy. A Japanese traditional food named “Nattou” costs €3.25 with 4 packs here, though you can get it with less than ¥100 (=around €1.20) in Japan. It is very valuable.
“ Wait wait wait, isn’t it problem to eat items after the expiration date has past?!?!” Lately, the shops selling the item which the expiration date has been past increase in Japan, and this is what I saw on the news. The expiration date does not mean of “Low quality after the date” but “ the date it tastes good by”. If you eat them and you can reduce bins.
As many of you know that cycling in the Netherlands is the most popular from of daily transport. Basically, there are three kinds of the traffic lights which are for car, bicycle and person. The colour of the sidewalk and bicycle-road are different as pictures below.
However, sometimes their colours are the same and it makes me get confused.
It was surprised that there were so many bicycles when I visited to Amsterdam for the first time, and I almost got hit by them several times since I didn’t know the traffic rules here. There is no time to freak out, so you have to be professional when you walk on the street and cross the road. Otherwise the riders look daggers at you or they give you cold stares. Of course they do since no one wants to be at fault for an accident! Please watch out for not only approaching car traffic but bicycles in Amsterdam.
Hi everyone, hajimemashite. (Nice to meet you.) I am a Michiko Kimura, Japanese woman living in Amsterdam.
Though I am a Japanese language teacher for non-Japanese people now, I used to work in a Japanese music industry as a manager of musicians, a organizer of events & concerts, a director of music products, etc,,, for a long time. Life is interesting, isn’t it. I had taught Japanese in Tokyo for about three years and moved to Amsterdam about a month ago. It is going to be the challenging for me.
In this blog, I would like to introduce a culture gap which I feel, some interesting episodes about culture gap from my students’ perspectives, Japanese language and my everyday life. I have to mention that my English is not perfect and therefore you would find many mistakes in my blog, however I will try to write in Japanese and English. Thank you for your understanding in advance.