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This journal is written by Kuma (Felis catus) and Kuma's owner Y (homo sapiens). We have moved from Japan to Australia in 2011.


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2016-10-12 22:36   Kawaii Addict

Y (Kuma's owner)

Everybody has a favorite phrase. My habitual word is "Why?" I thought it's not a good idea to use the same word again and again. Instead of using the same words, it's better to use other words that have the same meaning. Trying to use different expressions makes me remember lots of words.

After I had been paying attention to my talking and writing, I noticed other Japanese people's habits. As it is commonly known, Japanese, especially women (of course, it's not every woman) love to say kawaii. It means pretty or cute.

I have no objection to people saying kawaii when they see something cute like a puppy or a kitten. What I want to say is some people use kawaii too often. They use the word kawaii for everything.

As I think of that, I have paid attention to a wide range of firms, fashion, TV programs, books and so on in Japan. Then I noticed that Japanese like pretty things. There are lots of kawaii in Japan. Even on city council's leaflets, there are pretty illustrations printed. I haven't seen cute illustrations on the leaflets of city councils or the government in Australia. I'm Japanese but even I feel some illustrations or design that I saw in Japan are too pretty, I mean they are childish. Is that because we have a different culture?

One day, I met a Japanese lady in Australia. She said she went shopping and couldn't find kawaii clothes. Aha, here came the word kawaii again. I was counting how many times she had used kawaii in my mind secretly. I was not going to make fun of her, I'm just tired of hearing the same word frequently and I was bored. In addition, I would like to know why some of them love to say kawaii so many times.

I wonder what the concept of kawaii is in Japan? Kawaii culture is common in Japan and it may be hard to understand why it was created.

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2016-10-11 23:53   Japanese Ginger, Myoga

Y (Kuma's owner)

Have you ever heard of Japanese Ginger, Myoga?

I love Myoga very much. I didn't expect that I could get Myoga in Australia, but I can! I looked for some online shops of nurseries and I found it. It was a website of a membership nursery and it said that Myoga is only available to its members. I checked the membership fee and decided to join.

Yes, that's right. I became a member just to get Myoga. I really wanted the seedlings so there was no choice. I paid the one-year membership fee and became a member. So finally I've got the right to buy Myoga.

Japanese Ginger, Myoga

I bought three Myoga seedlings and they arrived yesterday. Myoga has peculiar fragrance that I love. However, it depends on the person. Some people love it but others don't. I think small children usually don't like Myoga.

Myoga can be used in Japanese food and in salads. I like salads with thinly sliced Myoga on the top. I keep thinking of lots of recipes despite only having small seedlings. I know it will take a long time to harvest them. I hope I can harvest some Myoga next year.

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2016-10-06 05:16   Coombabah Lake Conservation Park

Y (Kuma's owner)

I went to the Coombabah Lake Conservation Park last month. I was going to write about this topic but almost forgot. This park is also called Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area. It is located in the North Gold Coast region.

Coombabah Lake Conservation Park

I have read a blog that was written about koalas in this park. The writer of the blog said that she saw koalas and wallabies there. Wallabies are commonly seen around my house but I haven't seen koalas here. It was amazing that koalas live near a commercial area like the Gold Coast.

Then I went to the park with a camera which was charged with a full battery. There were lots of walking courses; Wallaby Track, Koala Track and so on. It was very convenient that I could choose courses that suite my physical condition.

As soon as I arrived at the park, I looked for koalas.

"Where are they?"

Koala Track

Most of the trees in the park are very tall. Koalas usually sleep on the trees, so I had to look at the top of the trees while I was walking.

The park was flat and wasn't crowded at all so that you might think it's not so difficult to look upward and walk at the same time, but it wasn't so. The reason was there were many droppings of wallabies on the ground. I just remembered a computer game called "Minesweeper". It was like walking on the Minesweeper board, I was so busy avoiding wallabies.

After I walked for about 30 minutes, I suddenly noticed that I forgot looking for koalas. I had been paying too much attention to my steps and forgot to look at the top of the trees. What a mistake! I might have missed a koala.

I could have gone back to the Koala Track but it was a hot day, and I had neither the willpower nor the physical strength at that time.

On the way to the parking, I saw several wallaby families. One of them was very young and it looked fluffy and really cute. I was a little disappointed but I tried to convince myself that today's walking was good, I could see cute wallabies here.

While hearing the laughing voice of a kookaburra in the rear, I promised myself "I will be back here someday."

A young wallaby

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