Year of the Dragon. Happy New Year!

Long time no see!  I have been off this page since JULY!!!  Sorry!   I’m doing all right, but a week after my last post (Are we over the hump?), a huge rainstorm and flood hit Akita.  It was devastating for many people.  We were safe  by 3 cm, but many in our neighborhood and Akita were not so lucky.  I kind of lost my drive to put up new information.  I hope this year will be better.

I was born in the year of the dragon 辰年です。I will turn 60 this year.  I can’t believe it!Day of Dragons – A Dragon Survival Game

I was surprised for how symbolic the dragon is, how few idioms there are.  I will post a few here for you:

  1. Dragon breath or dragon mouth:  bad breath I always wake up with dragon breath after a long drinking party.  What should I do?Halitosis Remedies: 14 Ways to Keep Dragon Breath at Bay - University Health News
  2. Chase the dragon: use illegal drugs i.e. heroin.  Too much talent has been lost due to chasing the dragon.  We need to find help for these people.
  3. Feed the dragon: send manufacturing jobs to China.  We have fed the dragon for so long that there are no jobs left here.Chinese manufacturing weak, adding to economic pressure | The Independent
  4. Here be dragons: there is something dangerous and unknown here.  This year seems so unstable and risky, in economics, politics, and weather.  The only thing we can say for certain is “here be dragons”.Here Be Dragons | From the Still Point
  5. Tickle the dragon’s tail: do something risky or dangerousWhy do you continue teasing your wife?  You’re just tickling the dragon’s tail.  You’d better be careful, she could explode at any time.Tickle A Dragons Tail Tale Humour Funny Greeting Cards

Well, I think that’s enough for today.  I’m looking forward to hearing some of your Japanese dragon sayings.

Video and song of the week;

Puff the Magic Dragon

Peter Paul & Mary


I hope we all have a good year this year.  I will do my best to help you improve your English, I hope you will too!