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Goldfish Wonderland in Tokyo

Date: 7/12-10/31

Time: 9AM-9PM

Place: 5•6F Tokyo Skytree Town Soramachi, 1-2 Oshiage 1 Chome, Sumida-Ku, Tokyo, Japan

Entrance:

Adult ¥2,500

High School Student ¥1,500

Middle School and Elementary ¥1,000

Children 3y/o and above ¥600

Children 3 years and under: free

A nostalgic blend of Showa scenery and colorful schools of goldfish

In the first year of the Reiwa Era (2019), the largest Goldfish Exhibition, “Edorium,” a fashionably retro goldfish exhibition with the theme “Nostalgic,” is wafting Showa Era atmosphere at Sumida Aquarium.

Showa-themed advertising billboards, miscellaneous goods, goldfish lantern decorations and music, take you back in time.

If you walk above the surface of a projected video, water ripples appear as if you’re walking on water.

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Renting An Apartment Japanese Vocabulary

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Here are some of the vocabulary needed when renting an apartment in Japan.

1. アパート (apaato) One or two-storey wooden apartment building

2. マンション (manshon) Condominium of reinforced concrete construction. Rather high-class apartment.

3. 一戸建て (ikkodate) A (separate) house

4. 家賃 (yachin) Monthly rent

5. 敷金 (shikikin) Key money or deposit paid to the landlord as a guarantee at the time of the signing of the contract.

6. 礼金 (reikin) Moneg paid to the landlord when you rent an apartment or house. In some cases, this payment isn’t required.

7. 管理費 (kanrihi) Monthly maintenance fee

8. 畳 (jou) Unit of measurement for the area of a room. 1 jou = 1 tatami mat approx. 180×90 cm.

9. 2 LDK – 2 bedrooms, a living room, 1 dining room, and 1 kitchen

10. 築3年 (chiku san nen) 3 years since construction

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11. 北向き (kita muki) North-facing. Refers to which direction the window of your room is facing.

12. 南向き (minami muki) South-facing. Refers to which direction the window of your room is facing.

13. 東向き (higashi muki) East-facing. Refers to which direction the window of your room is facing.

14. 西向き (nishi muki) West-facing. Refers to which direction the window of your room is facing.

15. 角部屋 (kado beya) Corner room.

16. 10階建の8階 (jukkai date no hachikai) 8th floor of a 10-storey building

17. 徒歩5分 (toho gofun) 5 minute walk from the station.

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18. 最寄り駅 (moyori eki) The nearest station.

19. 間取り (madori) Floor plan

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Untranslatable Japanese Words 

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These words can be explained in a sentence but there is no specific word that can be translated into the English language.

1. 森林浴 (しんりんよく) [Shinrinyoku] 

– Peaceful walk through the woods

– Taking a walk in the forest for its restorative benefits

2. 木漏れ日 (こもれび) [Komorebi] 

– Sunlight filtering through the trees

3. 食い倒れ (くいだおれ) [Kuidaore] 

– Eating yourself into bankruptcy

-Bringing ruin upon oneself by extravagance in food

4. 積読 (つんどく) [Tsundoku] 

– Buying books and not reading them

– Buying books and letting them pile up unread (Kinda like my TBR pile. I have a bookstagram on Instagram by the way, @flexireads)

5. 詫寂 (わびさび) [Wabisabi]   

– Aesthetic sense in Japanese art emphasizing quiet simplicity and subdued refinement

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6. 金継ぎ (きんつぎ) [Kintsugi] 

– Mending broken pottery using gold.

7. 物の哀れ (もののあわれ) [Mono no aware] 

– Strong aesthetic sense

– Appreciation of the fleeting nature of beauty

– Pathos of things

8. 居留守 (いるす) [Irusu] 

– Pretending that nobody is at home

9. 猫舌 (ねこじた) [Nekojita] 

– Literally “cat’s tongue” someone who is sensitive to hot food and drinks.

10. 過労死 (かろうし) [Karoushi] 

– Death from overwork

11. しょうがない [Shouganai]

– It can’t be helped

– Nothing can be done

12. 懐かしい (なつかしい) [Natsukashii] 

– It is often translated into English as “nostalgic” but the word nostalgic is a sad emotion but natsukashii can be associated with both positive and negative emotions.

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