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Uniqlo Thailand works with Studio Ghibli to hold exhibition in Bangkok

Uniqlo Thailand began holding a Studio Ghibli exhibition in Bangkok on Feb. 11. It is also selling Ghibli-themed T-shirts and tote bags. It is Uniqlo Thailand’s first collaboration with the famous Japanese animation studio.

The exhibition is at the CentralWorld shopping mall in the capital. It features Totoro and the Cat Bus from the classic anime movie My Neighbor Totoro, as well as calligraphy by producer Toshio Suzuki.

The bus is large enough for visitors to climb aboard. Suzuki helped found Studio Ghibli in 1985. Also on display are photos of the Ghibli Museum in western Tokyo by Thai photographer Kanyada Prathan. The studio is publishing her work in a monthly booklet.

The commemorative T-shirts come in 12 designs — six for children and six for adults — all available only in Thailand. The exhibition is running through March 27.

【日本語訳】タイのユニクロがジブリとコラボ バンコクで展示会を開催



そのバスはお客さんが乗り込むのに十分な大きさがある。鈴木プロデューサーは1985年にスタジオジブリの設立に尽力した。展示物には他に、タイの写真家Kanyada Prathanさんによる東京の西部にあるジブリ美術館の写真もある。このスタジオは、Prathanさんの作品を月刊の冊子に掲載している。


Japan News

Lotteria gives us chocolate burgers for Valentine’s Day in Japan

While a lot of the big name global fast food chains tend to get a lot of attention in Japan, Lotteria is often seen as one of the underdogs, fighting to get a look-in. They know how to put up a good fight, though, with weird and wonderful promotions like this latest one for Valentine’s Day.

That’s right — Lotteria is celebrating the occasion with chocolate, which is synonymous with Valentine’s Day in Japan. The type of chocolate they’ve chosen for the task is Ghana milk chocolate, from popular brand Lotte, but in true Lotteria style, they’ll be offering it to customers in a rather unconventional way.

Limited to three Lotteria branches only — Shibuya, Harajuku, and Ikebukuro— the Valentine’s Day offer is extremely limited, as it’s only available to the first 214 customers at each store who follow the Lotteria Japan Twitter account, retweet the designated promo tweet, and show the retweet to staff.

These customers will receive a kit containing a chocolate bar and burger buns, so they can make a “Valentine Ghana Lotte Ghana Chocolate Burger“. Judging by the visuals, the burger is simple to make — all it involves is opening up the chocolate bar and stuffing it inside the Lotteria bun.

Personally, we wouldn’t be able to resist stuffing a few chips in there to make a Valentine’s Day chocolate butty, or maybe a slab of meat to experiment with the flavours. Either way, it would definitely be an unusual Valentine’s Day gift.

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New! Learning through News Videos
Business English Expression and Phrases <ビジネス英会話フレーズ>

- Learn expressions such as idioms and slang that is unique to culture, age and business! 新しい英語表現: 文化・時代・ビジネスで使う特有なイディオム表現や俗語を覚えよう!

The devil is in the details.
We launched this project thinking it was something any company could pull off, but once we actually got into it, we found that the devil really is in the details.


God is in the detail(s)(神は細部にいる)とという、「細部を妥協なく極めることで全体が完成する」、「やるならきちんとやるべきだ」ということわざがもととなって生まれた表現。Godの対局である「devil」を使うことで「一見簡単そうに見えても細部を見ると実は難しく複雑である」と言う意味で使われる。

Walk on eggshell
The boss really blasted us for last month’s drop in sales, and we’ve all been walking on eggshells with him ever since.



Play devil’s advocate
He seems harsh in meetings, but he’s just playing devil’s advocate because the others are too soft.


Devil’s advocateは「悪魔の代弁者」とも呼ばれ、カトリック教会にて列聖列服(信仰の模範なある信者を死後に聖人・福者の地位を上げること)審議中に、あえて候補者を批判的に評価する人の職名から来ています。

TOEIC Grammar Practice

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Learning Western Cultures and Humors through Jokes!!
Careful Irishman

A Texan walks into an Irish pub and clears his voice to the crowd of drinkers. He says, “I hear you Irish are a bunch of hard drinkers. I’ll give $500 American dollars to anybody in here who can drink 10 points of Guinness back-to -back.”

The room is quiet and no one takes up the Texan’s offer. One man even leaves. Ten minutes later the same gentleman who left shows back up and taps the Texan on the shoulder, “Is your bet still good?”, asks the Irishman.

The Texan says yes and asks the bartender to line up 10 points of Guinness. Immediately the Irishman tears into all 10 of the point glasses drinking them all back-to-back. The other patrons cheers as the Texan sits in amazement.

The Texan gives the Irishman the $500 and says, “if ya don’t mind me asking, where did you go for that 10 minutes you were gone?”

The Irishman replies, “Oh… I had to go to the pub down the street to see if I could do it first.”