Halloween Pumpkinhead!!

I bought a tiny pumpkin as a centerpiece and it turned into a Kitten Kostume!! Check out the rest of the pics on Flickr!!!

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Kotatsu + Towel = CUTE!!

More cuteness from the Kotatsu!

Manga Review: Chi’s Sweet Home

In honor of the acquisition of the cutest kitten in the world, Kotatsu, I thought I would review another appropriate manga!

For people like me who are studying Japanese, it is extremely hard to find manga to read in Japanese so that we can practice.  Especially manga that we can enjoy. Then I found Chi’s Sweet Home by Konami Kanata.  It is an adorable story about a lost kitten that is adopted by a new family.  The premise is slightly sad since a kitten gets separated from its mom, then wanders around by itself until finally he is exhausted and a little kid finds it.

The story follows Chi through litter box training, vet visits, and baths, using simple words and phrases through the little boy and Chi’s baby talk. Any kanji in the series has furigana (the smaller hiragana translations) next to each character to make it even easier to understand. I know that I usually read any manga as “watashi wa ‘big fat kanji big fat kanji’ desu” when they don’t use furigana, but I promise, I am getting better lately!

With the help of a dictionary every now and then, it is easy for most Japanese students to get through as long as they have a command of the hiragana and katakana and basic to mid-range grammatical knowledge, such as conjugations and sentence structure.

The story is very cute and it was gratifying to read and understand, even with the kitten’s baby talk (it uses “ra” instead of “da” and other cutesy terms). Even veteran Japanese manga readers (including the Psychotaku) can enjoy this series since it is very comical in an innocent and adorable way (especially if you love cats, but what Japanese culture over doesn’t?!).

I recommend this to anyone who wants to work on their Japanese away from the formality of class and the manga helps to recognize more common slang words and other everyday life customs.

For those that aren’t taking Japanese (and why aren’t you?!) the manga is also available in English from Vertical, Inc. Oh wow…just realized that I am almost like a Vertical, Inc. spokewoman at this point since I already reviewed Black Jack! Ah well, I promise the next one won’t be from the same publisher, ok?!

This series has also come out as an anime as well, each three minute episode represents one chapter from the manga. The episodes are straight from the manga and are equally as funny and adorable as the manga.

Enjoy!!

Mata Kotatsuuuuu!

Here is a video of our new kitten, Kotatsu. Hope you like it!!

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New addition to our household!!

His name is Kotatsu “Snickers” Fujita. He was adopted on September 30, 2010!

Enjoy!

Kotatsu Pictures