Happy New Year 2015 !

Happy New Year !

I came home from my mother-in-law's.
Actually, I had been too busy to clean up my place at all and read some newspaper the last week of last year. So, I have to catch up on cleaning up and reading some old newspaper from the beginning of this year.
Yesterday, I cleaned the toilet room. And next, I'm going to clean the kitchen today.

In the morning on December 30th, we went to the market to buy some crab in Hakodate. There were many seafood shops or restaurants there. Hair crabs are popular here in Hokkaido.

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After all, we bought Red King crab (タラバガニ). It was expensive.
Then we went to my mother-in-law's by car. It took nearly five hours from our place.
My mother-in-law was waiting for us with preparing supper kindly. She is good at cooking, and also she had already prepared many kinds of dishes for New Year's eve or New Year's feast.
As she had to cook more, I helped her at the kitchen.
My mother-in-law doesn't make men help housework at all, while my father always helps my mother, so does my brother.
So, when we visit there, only my mother-in-law and I are always busy, especially in New Year's holidays. On the other hand, my husband and son were relaxed such as watching TV or playing games. They removed snow, though. To tell the truth, I wanted my son to wash dishes at least in stead of us, but I couldn't ask him in front of my mother-in-law. Because she would do instead of him.

On January 2nd, we visited a shrine. It was crowded there.

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↓We bought written oracles and some lucky charms.
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And we then had sweet drinks made from fermented rice, Amazake at one of the stalls.
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↓The last day, we made some rice cake balls which were sweet red beans paste wrapped with rice cake with Japanese mugwort. I love them.
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↓When we came back to my place, we had so much snow in the mountain area on the way. We couldn't see forward well. The arrow signs which pointed above the side of the road were helpful very much in the heavy snow.
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I got tired a little, but I had a good time there. I bet my mother-in-law got more tired than me.









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Original Article:

Happy New Year !

I came home from my mother-in-law's.
Actually, I had been too busy to clean up my place at all and read some newspaper the last week of last year. So, I have to catch up on cleaning up and reading some old newspaper from the beginning of this year.
Yesterday, I cleaned the toilet room. And next, I'm going to clean the kitchen today.

In the morning on December 30th, we went to the market to buy some crab in Hakodate. There were many seafood shops or restaurants there. Hair crabs are popular here in Hokkaido.

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Recommended Corrections:

Happy New Year !

I came home from my mother-in-law's.
Actually, all of the week prior to the new year, I had been too busy to clean up my place at all. I even had no time to relax and read the paper. So, I now have to catch up on my cleaning, and reading.

Yesterday, I cleaned the toilet room. Today, I will be cleaning the kitchen.

On the morning of December 30th, we went to a market in Hakodate to buy some crab. There were many seafood shops and restaurants there. Hair crabs are popular here in Hokkaido.

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Original Article:

After all, we bought Red King crab (タラバガニ). It was expensive.
Then we went to my mother-in-law's by car. It took nearly five hours from our place.
My mother-in-law was waiting for us with preparing supper kindly. She is good at cooking, and also she had already prepared many kinds of dishes for New Year's eve or New Year's feast.
As she had to cook more, I helped her at the kitchen.
My mother-in-law doesn't make men help housework at all, while my father always helps my mother, so does my brother.
So, when we visit there, only my mother-in-law and I are always busy, especially in New Year's holidays. On the other hand, my husband and son were relaxed such as watching TV or playing games. They removed snow, though. To tell the truth, I wanted my son to wash dishes at least in stead of us, but I couldn't ask him in front of my mother-in-law. Because she would do instead of him.

On January 2nd, we visited a shrine. It was crowded there.


↓We bought written oracles and some lucky charms.

And we then had sweet drinks made from fermented rice, Amazake at one of the stalls.

↓The last day, we made some rice cake balls which were sweet red beans paste wrapped with rice cake with Japanese mugwort. I love them.

↓When we came back to my place, we had so much snow in the mountain area on the way. We couldn't see forward well. The arrow signs which pointed above the side of the road were helpful very much in the heavy snow.

I got tired a little, but I had a good time there. I bet my mother-in-law got more tired than me.

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Recommended Corrections:

We ended up buying Red King Crab (タラバガニ). They were expensive.
We then drove to my mother-in-law's. The drive is nearly five hours from home.

My mother-in-law was awaiting our arrival before starting supper. Besides being a good cook, she had already prepared many kinds of dishes for New Year's Eve, and for the New Year's feast.
As she had to cook more, I helped her in the kitchen.

My mother-in-law doesn't make men help with the housework at all, while my father always helps my mother, as does my brother.
So, when we visit my mother-in-law, only she and I are always busy, especially during the New Year's holidays. On the other hand, my husband and son usually just relax and watch TV or play games. They did, however, shovel snow as it was needed. To tell the truth, I wanted my son to at least wash the dishes for us, but I couldn't ask him to do so in front of my mother-in-law. She would simply insist on doing it herself, instead of him.

On January 2nd, we visited a shrine. It was crowded there.

↓We bought some written oracles and lucky charms.

We then had sweet drinks made from fermented rice (Amazake) at one of the stalls.

↓On our last day there, we made rice cakes filled with sweet red bean paste, which were then wrapped in Japanese mugwort. I love them.

↓While we were away, it had snowed heavily in the mountainous areas between our homes. As we were driving through these areas, we had to rely on the raised roadside arrow signs which pointed out directional changes, as most of the road was covered in deep snow.

Although all of the extra food preparation, and the subsequent clean up, had made me a little tired, I had a good time while there. I bet my mother-in-law got more tired than me.



Re: English Corrections

Happy New Year, Shiroi Tora.

Thank you very much for the corrections.

I have two questions.

1. As for the correction, 'My mother-in-law was awaiting our arrival before starting supper.',

I checked my dictionary about 'wait' and 'await', but I didn't understand well the difference.
Why did you correct 'await' from 'wait'?

2. As for 'the end of the year' and 'the beginning of the year', do they mean only each one day (12/31 and 1/1)? If so, how do you say in English when you want to mean for a vague day? I mean for example, when I don't want to say the accurate date for 12/28 or 1/3.

Please teach me about them.


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Ake ome! I hope this is a great year for you. My grandmother is like your mother in law. She won't let my cousins do the dishes. Of course, they probably wouldn't anyway...

Answer to Sakae's questions

Sakae's Questions:

I have two questions.

1. As for the correction, 'My mother-in-law was awaiting our arrival before starting supper.',

I checked my dictionary about 'wait' and 'await', but I didn't understand well the difference.
Why did you correct 'await' from 'wait'?

2. As for 'the end of the year' and 'the beginning of the year', do they mean only each one day (12/31 and 1/1)? If so, how do you say in English when you want to mean for a vague day? I mean for example, when I don't want to say the accurate date for 12/28 or 1/3.

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1) People often judge others by not only their precision in speech and writing...but by their concision. This reflects concision. You could say - "She waited for his delivery" or "She was waiting for his delivery"....or, you could simply say - "She awaited his delivery". Just be sure you never sacrifice precision for concision. The priority in communication must always favor precision.

2) Although ambiguity in communication is often frowned upon, a purpose exists for its use. It is used when the communicator wishes to convey the thought that any further delving into that area is unnecessary. It could be for purposes of deceit, but it is also used to simplify a message, so as to guide the recipient to the central point. When it is used for simplicity, it is a generally understood concept by the audience. Say a person were to say, "the end of the year". If he were a businessman in a meeting, it would often mean something else than if a layperson had said it. The great determining factor would be the words directly preceding the statement. If one were to say, "at the end of the year", it could mean by the closing of the last business, school, or week, day, the last calendar day, or up until the last second. If one were to say, "before the beginning of the year', it would mean anytime before the start of the year from that point. If one were to say, "before the end of the year", it would mean the same thing.

If you purposely wish to convey a vague meaning, you may easily say, "shortly before" or "shortly after" preceding, "the end of the year" or "the beginning of the year". The word 'shortly' is a term which may connote a longer stretch of time than the word 'just'. By using 'just', you are actually saying that it was done as closely as practically possible. By saying it was done 'shortly' before or after, it means that it had met, or will meet, the requirements without the emphasis on precise timing or extreme efficiency, or that the actual timing or placement in time of the event really didn't or doesn't matter.

I hope this answered your questions.

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Hi, Always visiting.

Ake ome! Thank you. I hope so for you, too.
Wow, you know Japanese well.
Even in the US, it happens among your grandmother's generations, doesn't it?
Cooking for someone is a tough job for elderly people.




Re: Answer to Sakae's questions

Hi, Shiroi Tora.

Thank you very much for your answer.
I'm really sorry to say that but I don't understand still now what is the difference between 'wait' and 'await'.

Answer to Sakae's question

Sakae's Implied Question:

I'm really sorry to say that but I don't understand still now what is the difference between 'wait' and 'await'.


My Reply:
'Await' is a more concise way of saying, 'will wait for', 'will be waiting for', ' am going to wait for', 'am waiting for'. As an example....'I await your reply'.

I hope this answers your question.

Re: Answer to Sakae's question

Hi, Shiroi Tora.

Thank you very much. I understand now.
Sorry for bothering you.

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I am never bothered by your questions. If at any time, you or your readers have any questions of me, please feel free to ask.

I am retired. I have all the time in the world. It is a pleasure.

Shiroi Tora

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Hi, Shiroi Tora.

I was glad to hear that. Thank you very much again.
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I'm married and we have a son. I live in Hokkaido, Japan.
I like handmade things and Ikebana(arranging flowers).
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