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This motorcycle model came with the cell phone I bought the other day. I have no idea what the heck the miniature has to do with a cell phone. Anyway it's something for "lagniappe." It looks good, sure, but actually it's not necessarily what makes me excited to receive. Well, I don't have much interest in bikes. I prefer cars. No offence to motorcycle lovers, but when driving a car, I often feel like motorcycles are nothing but a nuisance. Besides, when summer comes, a great number of "riders" come to Hokkaido to enjoy touring. What a mess! ...oops, sorry. Well, I sometimes see middle-aged or older guys riding Harleys. In no way do I ever think they are cool, but, yeah, it's good to have something to stick with in life.

So, not knowing what to do with it, I toriaezu (without any plan) displayed it in the classroom. Sure enough (really?!), students like it very much, and I promised them that I would give it to a great student. What is a "great student" anyway? I dunno. Maybe, time will solve it, toriaezu.



When I looked up this word on Jim Breen's WWWJDIC and it says that the mean is: at once; first of all; for the time being. So I was just wondering if the dictionary is right or wrong.

Keep up the good work! I enjoy reading your blog.

Thanks for the interest, Dave. The dictionary isn't wrong. I think "for the time being" or "for now" will do in most cases. It implies completion of doing something in later time, but because you can't think of any better alternatives for the moment, you'll do what you think is not so bad anyway - that's "toriaezu." I toriaezu translated it as "without any plan" in the entry even though I didn't think it would best suit the context. "Toriaezu" is a very convenient word that can often be used without meaning anything special. So, toriaezu, have I got through?

Dear Kiyo

Personally speaking, as an ex-Harley owner, I love both motorbikes and cars. But now I'm living back in Japan I have had to give up both and learn to love the train. And I've learnt one thing - it's safer to fall sleep on the train! I won't go into the gory details ;)

(formally of SYDNEY NOTES)

Hey, is that you, Peter! So you're getting settled in here in Japan and have started a new blog? That's cool!

I know, I know. I'm sorry I haven't commented in a long time. Bad 'net surfer.

Having lived in China for the past five months (holy crap!!), I've seen the motorcycle go from being a status symbol in Canada/US, to being the most common form of transportation next to bicycles and your own two feet. A nuisance? Once upon a time, I couldn't agree with you Kiyo, but now I couldn't agree with you more!

I'm a lazy surfer, too. ;)

Oh, it's been that long. Great! I have the impression, though I've never been there, that China is always crowded with bicycles and motorcycles.