Learning & Remembering German Nouns

My younger son has only been to Germany once, and while I had him attend Kindergarten there for two months and he was once able to speak simple sentences it is all but gone now that he's eight years old. It is quite a challenge to have him remember even the simplest...
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The Mystery of The Other “s”

The Mystery of The Other “s”

In German, beside the common ‘s’ we have a letter ß called Scharfes ‘s’ (sharp ‘s’). Sometimes it is also somewhat old-fashionedly referred to as Eszett, literally ‘s-z’. Why would anyone need more than one “s”? – you might ask and you’ll find to your surprise that...

72 and Not a Bit Rusty

72 and Not a Bit Rusty

When I got tickets last year for Paul McCartney’s OUT THERE tour the concert was cancelled. Paul got a virus. Fast forward one year and Paul is coming to Tokyo again. This time round I didn't care how much the tickets would cost, I just got two. And he came, he saw...

Calligraphic “Kakizome”

It's a bit of a wrongly chosen term, actually. "Kakizome"  (書き初め) refers to the first calligraphy that you write in the new year, a tradition still upheld by many Japanese, so in my case I’d probably need to call it "Kakiosame" (書き納め) – kind of the last calligraphy of...

Joining the Sith – Finale

This just a quick post to show you the final product. I totally forgot to post this, since I have been posting pictures over Google+ and Facebook at the time… Here's the complete costume that even got me two 1st prizes at costume parties. It was fun, let's do this...

Joining the Sith – Mask

The mask is what took the most time to prepare. I started off with a simple carton template, that I based on a photo of another cosplayer’s mask. Then I started laminating newspaper stripes as paper maché. The...

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