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Hello! Are you having a good weekend?
 
It was very cold and windy in Takatsuki today. We even saw a little bit of snow! I really like snow, as long as it doesn't cause too much trouble. I'm sure there where lots of train delays because of it. Most of our readers and guests live in Takatsuki, so you're home, safe and warm, right?
 
We discovered an interesting difference in our education system between Japan and other countries. By asking the guests, we learned that most Japanese people can't name all seven colors of the rainbow in the correct order. Can you? In the U.S., when we are children, we learn an easy way to remember the colors in the scientific order. We memorized: Roy G. Biv. It's easy to remember because it looks and sounds like it could be a person's full name, but each letter stands for a color:
R-red
O-orange
Y-yellow
G-green
B-blue
I-indigo
V-violet
 
I think this style is a great way to remember them. Also I think I heard our staff member from Malaysia singing some kind of song, so maybe in Malaysia they learn it that way. It seems like recently, Japanese children are learning the scientific order of the colors, too.
 
Another topic we talked about was pizza. I'm a pizza lover, but I eat it Japan only very rarely because it's extremely expensive here. For a comparison, check out my favorite pizza place in my hometown, Seattle (please copy and paste): http://www.seriouspieseattle.com/westlake
This pizza place is called "Serious Pie". The pizzas are high quality, but the most expensive one is still only 19 dollars (about 1,900円)! If you order a pizza from Domino's in the U.S., you can get a good size of pizza for about 10 dollars. I always wonder why pizza is so expensive in Japan. Do you have any idea why?
 
For now, please check out these words that came up during today's conversation:
 
 
hand warmer:  These are the small bags with powder inside. When you shake them, they get really warm and they can keep you hands warm. In the U.S., we don't call them "Kairo"
 
to walk out of:  If you walk out of something, it means you leave before the event is finished. For example, in the U.S. if a movie is really bad, we might walk out of the movie before the end (we don't think it's rude)! When I was a college student, I was sick one day and so I walked out of a lecture to go home.
 
snack:  I think most Japanese people know snack to mean like potato chips, crackers, etc. But actually, the meaning of snack is closer to "a small meal eaten between the main meals". In other words, a snack can be healthy. You can carrots or fruits as a snack when you are hungry and it's not dinnertime yet.
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Hello, customer!

 

Happy New Year to everyone and wish you all the best! I hope everyone could complete their new year goal this year!

 

In thee beginning of class, we talking about how we celebrated our new years vacation. Most of customers said that they went to shrine pray for good luck and had a great meal with family. For me, I didn't go to shrine. Instead of it, I stayed in dormitory to watch live TV show with friends and we counted down for New year. Then, I went to Rokkosan to see the first sunrise in 2017. It was so beautiful and thanks for good weather so that we could see sunrise. When the sun came out, I made a wish at that time.

 

I introduced what Taiwanese people do on Chinese New Year. Starting from Chinese New Year eve, we will go back to grand parents home and had a new year meal with family. The new year meal is depending on family. In my family, we usually eat pot on new year eve. Also, there must have dumpling and fish on new years eve. The reason is because dumpling means reunion and fish means hope you can leave something in the past and had a new start point. Next, on new years eve, children will receive lucky money. The lucky money is for wishing good luck in the up coming year. Also, the difference with Japanese lucky money is the color of lucky money’s bag. If people use white bag, it means someone passed away. It will become very embarrassing. On the first day of Chinese New Year, we also go to temple to pray for good luck. And on the other day we will plan to travel in Taiwan or overseas.

 

Have a good day and stay warm!

 

 

 

 

 

Phoebe Lee

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I have two students today, and one of the woman she shared her trip to Hawaii during the winter break. She went to lots of places with her family such as Waikiki beach, which is a really beautiful beach in Hawaii, and she tried super big size Hawaii hamburger there, sound really interesting! But the most interesting thing is she went to a live concert in Hawaii. As a keyboard teacher, she has a lot interest in music, so she went to many concerts during her free time.

And I shared my trip to Kanazawa and Wakayama as well, we visited to many places in Kanazawa such as 兼六園, Kanazawa castle, 21 century museum…and so on, I had a really good time there!

I felt so happy that even we just met twice, but we can share our experience together, really love the atmosphere in café wa. After conversation, everyone seems to become friends, whether you don’t know if you will meet him/her or not.

Thanks for reading!!

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Hello everyone,

 

We had so many guests at the cafe today! I like it when lots of people come, because we usually end up having conversations about so many different topics.

 

I was excited to talk about my trip to Nagano. Just before New Year's Eve, I took a trip to Nagano with my friend who lives in Kanazawa. We didn't go skiing or go to an onsen, but we did visit "Snow Monkey Park". There are so many monkeys there, and it was really cool to see them running around and taking a bath in their outdoor, snow monkey onsen! Another great part of our trip was eating some great soba. Do you know the proper way to eat soba? The chef at the restaurant taught us how to eat it properly. First, you should put a little bit of wasabi directly on the noodles. He said we should put the onions into the tsuyu, but not the wasabi. Next, you can dip the noodles with wasabi on them into the tsuyu. He said many Japanese people don't eat it correctly. How about at your house?

 

A fun part about today's conversation was when we tried doing "tongue twisters". These are some phrases that are fun to say, but also really difficult. Here are some common ones to try:

 

Peter piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.

How much wood would a wood chuch chuck if a wood chuck could chuck wood?

 

I also learned some Japanese tongue twisters from our guests. I am really good at saying the English ones, but the Japanese ones are still pretty hard for me. Let's try some next time...

 

Here are some words and phrases that came up in today's free talk:

 

horoscope:  This is the fortune you can read about in the newspaper or online. It's based on your birthday. For example, I was born on September 21st, so my horoscope is "virgo". You can ask about someone's horoscope like this: "What's your sign?". The word horoscope also includes the Chinese style. 

 

to binge watch: This is when you watch a TV show for an extremely long time. If the show is really good, sometimes you binge watch it all night. I binge watched the TV show called "The Walking Dead". In other words, I watched 6 episodes (about 6 hours!), all in one evening.

 

earache: When you have some pain caused by an infection or other problem, it's called an earache. I think most people get earaches when they are children. I often got an earache after swimming in a lake or swimming pool, and it hurt really bad.

 

Thanks for reading and seeya next time!  

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Happy New Year!

 

In the U.S., we say "Happy New Year" before New Year's Eve and also after New Year's Eve. So how did you spend yours? I had a good time asking the guests about what they have been up to.

 

I knew about Osechi, but today I could learn some more about it. We talked a little bit about how each item in Osechi has some special meaning. For example, there are beans in Osechi to mean "mame ni hataraku". But, there are so many things in Osechi and I couldn't ask about everything, so please tell me about it some more sometime.

 

In America, we often have New Year's Day dinner, but actually.... I like the New Year's Eve snacks even more! At my house, my mom makes some delicious chex mix. To make this snack, she buys a few ingredients, like small pretzles, cereal, crackers, and so on. At home, she mixes them in a big bowl with some spices, some oil or butter, and then puts them on a baking sheet. The baking sheet is put in the oven for a short time, and then when the time is finished, she puts all of those snacks back into the large bowl. Then, we can munch on the chex mix, drink champaigne, and watch fireworks on TV.

 

These days, you can buy chex mix in a bag at the grocery store, but I think my mom's chex mix is much, much better!

 

Here are some words and phrases we used in today's free talk:

 

been up to: This is a phrase we often use along with a greeting, like this:

 "Hi, good to see you! What have you been up to?"

 "I haven't seen your sister in a awhile, what has she been up to?"

This is a way to ask what someone has been doing recently, like work, hobbies, or events. We often ask this kind of question in the U.S.! Many Japanese people know "How are you?", but let's try and ask "What have you been up to?" sometimes, too! 

 

chex mix: A delcious, crunchy snack made by mixing many other snacks together with spices, oil or butter, and baked in the oven. 

 

munch: This is a verb that means to eat, but it is usually used with snacks (especially crunchy snacks), or for foods that aren't usually a breakfast/lunch/dinner type of meal. For example, you can munch on jagariko, but it sounds strange to say "munch on yakisoba".

 

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Every year on 31st of December, I’d spend the evening watching ‘Kohaku’ with my family back in Malaysia. I remember falling asleep to the sound of Japanese music and towards the end of the program, everyone coming together to sing the final song. My father would usually carry me up to my room when I was smaller and lighter and turned on my favorite story on an audiobook. The name of the fairy-tale is called ‘The BFG’ or The Big Friendly Giant. This is what makes my night so magical and dreamy. This personal ritual of mine is what makes my New Year exceptional. What makes yours special?

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Merry Christmas Eve!

I won't be visiting my home in Seattle for the winter break this time, but I will go to Nagano with my friend for a couple days! I won't go skiing or snowboarding, but I want to do some sightseeing and try a boiled egg in a hot spring. Besides snowboarding and going to an onsen, do you have any recommendations? And how about your own winter plans?

I learned a little bit about yukatas today. Actually, I have a yukata in my closet, but I haven't worn it for a long time. I was thinking I should wash it since it's been a long time, but I wasn't sure if it would be safe to put it in the washing machine. It's ok, right? The interesting thing I learned was that most of our guests today actually don't own any yukatas! I imagined that most Japanese have one or two yukatas for viewing fireworks or other events. How about you?


Here are some phrases and words that came up in today's talk:


my eyes were bigger than my stomach: If you feel really hungry and see some delicious food, but then you mistakenly get so much food that you can't finish it, you can use this phrase to describe the situation.

keep an eye on your kids: Basically, this means to "watch", but it has a nuance of paying enough attention to something, rather than constantly looking at something. For example, when you take your kids to a supermarket, you should keep an eye on them, so that they won't make a mess or cause trouble for others. When you take a test, you need to keep an eye on the clock, so you can finish before time runs out.

to impeach: This is the political process of removing a government official from their position if they have done crime. To impeach a president in the United States, a simple majority (more than 50%) of the members of the house must agree on it. After that, two thirds (2/3) of the senate must agree.


By the way, today was the last day of work for Aya, co-founder of Cafe Wa, staff member, and dear friend to many guests and staff. She will come to visit sometimes, so if you didn't have a chance to say goodbye, you might be able to see her again in the future. We'll miss you, Aya! Good luck!
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     Today, I had a class from 16:00~18:00. Today, with the guests, we talked about how people spend their Christmas and New Year’s Day in Japan and Korea. Basically, we talked about the culture difference. While we were talking about this topic, we did not use difficult phrases, so I did not teach them lots of phrases. However, I helped them when they were stuck with their English words.

    Also, for me, I learned what Japanese people eat on New Year’s Day. The fact that the food that Japanese people are eating on New Year’s Day, are all different form areas to areas were surprising to me.

    Today was a great class. Every time I have class in Wa English Cafe’ I meet great people and learn a lot of things about Japan. Today was fun and exciting class. I am glad about it.

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Seems Chinese New Year is coming soon, so today I try to introduce Chinese New Year. Unfortunately, this year Chinese New year comes earlier than usual, so I can’t spend the day with my family. For Chinese, the New Year is the most important day during the whole year. In general, New Year starts from new year eve till the Lantern Festival, around two weeks, but every year, due to the lunar calander, it will be at the different date. Before new year eve, people usually cleaning up the house, people believe that we can sweep away the bad luck and get good luck. New year eve is an occasion for family member to get together, it is really important, family get reunion and have a special dinner together. During new year eve, people will wear new clothes, which implies that it’s a whole new year and whole new life, furthermore, we will get red envelope from parents or relatives, really love this culture!

Wish that everyone can have a good experience and enjoy the new year no matter in what culture.

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With countless terrorist attacks going on in many countries, it really causes a big problem for refugees who are fleeing from the same people that we are so afraid of; terrorists. I would like to highlight this problem although it is depressing. I have summarized some of the points both good and bad if developed nations such as Japan should take in refugees.

Do first world countries have a moral obligation to accept refugees?

Yes:

  • Developed countries have the financial capacity to facilitate more refugees compared to developing countries.

  • Developed countries have more power to protect the refugees from what they are running away from.

  • Some of the civil wars are caused by the ‘rich countries’ therefore it is their duty to solve this problem.

  • As humans, we are supposed to help those in need as much as we can. Most refugees have already faced many atrocities, let them not suffer anymore

  • Most refugees escape to neighboring countries and not to developed nations, so why not accept those that have made it so far?

  • Countries that welcome refugees could utilize them as labor if there is a shortage of hands.

  • Countries that have signed the 1951 UN refugee treaty have an obligation to protect these people.

  • Trafficking cases of vulnerable people may increase if countries don’t intervene.

No:

  • Some people fear that refugees could bring trouble to the society. It is too risky for the population.

  • It is an economic burden for the country to house so many refugees in the long term.

  • Some may argues that the government should put people first instead of refugees.

  • Developed nations have their own set of problems too.

  • Refugees may not necessarily find a ‘better life’ that they hope to have by running to a developed nation.

  • Refugees may be subjected to hate crimes.

  • Developed nations can help war torn nations and not take in any refugees.

  • Fears that refugees could possibly take jobs away from locals.

Different people have different views on this however we should all keep an open mind to try overcoming this world crisis. I think it directly or indirectly affects and involves everyone of us.

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