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金:2時から8時


土:2時から8時





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Good night guests!

 

Todays is a fantastic day because of receiving lots of good stories from all guests. For example, as we were talking about life of happiness, Tosio san told me how this universal operate and how earth appear. Besides, how earth have four seasons. It seems like there is a destiny for each person and moment. Nowadays, I can live for in such a nice place on earth, and it means all human beings are lucky enough.

 

Moreover, when we talk about life philosophy, we found out that give and take is really important. It is also one of elements in happiness. Giving make people happy, and then you will receive something from good people. I really love this quote because that is what I usually insist in my life. If I can give and help people, it means I have ability. Otherwise, I only can receive others help.

 

I felt really happy that we can share lots of stories with guests. Telling a story is easy; however, the procodure is the most difficult stage.

 

 

 

photosynthesis* Schematic of photosynthesis in plants. The carbohydrates produced are stored in or used by the olant.

 

 

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Good evening everyone!

 

I hope you are all well. I had a great time to talk with everybody today and I hope you did too!
Today we talked about the most interesting places we have visited in our lifes. One of the guests had already been traveling to more than thirty countries. The most interesting place of that for her was Peru. She climbed Macchu Picchu and was really enthusiastic about it. But the most interesting experience in Peru was when she was in an airplane, flying over a desert, where it never rains, so that there are big pictures that people had drawn a long time ago. We were wondering how they could draw these pictures without being able to see them from above. It seems like aliens work to us.

The most interesting place another guest had visited was Spain, Barcelona. he was smitten by the city of Barcelona and told us about the Sagrada Familia and how good the food was there.


I am really happy I have the chance to talk with a lot of interesting people at Cafe wa and learn about new things everytime I come here.

Another story today that was really interesting was about the niece of a guest. She is a "Kana Artist" and draws traditional japanese pictures made by Kana and Kanji. She is very famous and I think I had already heard soething of her before. We all were very impressed by the art she is doing. Please look at her pictures,it is very beautiful.

 

I hope some of you are coming to tomorows Christmas Party.
We will see us there!

Josefine

 

 

 

 

Alien = people living in space

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Good evening readers!

 

Today we spent a little bit time talking about the labor day in Japan. I talked to guests that Taiwan’s labor day is on May 5th and it is not a national holiday. However, it is a national holiday in Japan as guests told me. For me, I went to Kyoto and had a great time there. I went to Kiyomizu temple, and it was really amazing because of lighting up at night. Although it was my second time to visit Kiyomizu temple, I still feel peace when I into the temple. The lighting up event was really popular among foreigner tourists and also local Japanese. Therefore, there are too many people to take a good photo or even move. I heard that Kiyomizu temple will close for 3 years in order to repairing. I think I am lucky to saw the last lighting up event. It was an fantastic experience.

 

Recently, most of people are talking about U.S election. Also, one of my classes in Kansai University we spent about whole class to talk about the impact of Donald Trump’s victory. I shared my opinion with guests and also make every guests to share their opinion. I met some people from Mexico and then I discussed issue about the U.S election. Those Mexico friends said they are really shock about the result; however, they can’t change it, and they think it might be a good chance to make Mexico to be stronger then before and don’t rely on U.S anymore. Besides, guests also share some hilarious picture with me is related to Trump and Clinton. In the end of class, we wish U.S have great future with new government in the future and don’t think negative thing.

 

Hilarious: extremely funny

-Our attempts at dancing were hilarious - we all kept tripping over each other.

-But she can be forgiven because this, too, is hilarious.

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Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a great start in december! For me it feels really weird, since at home it would be already cold in december, but in Kansai it is very warm, so my body is confused.

 

Right now I am reading "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, which is a very famous book and the guests had heard of it, but didn`t know about the plot, so since it is very fitting in the season, I explained it.

"A Christmas Carol" is about an old, rich man, who is greedy and doesn`t have any friends, so he spends Christmas alone, when he gets visited by the ghost of his dead colleague. He tells the man, that three ghosts will be visiting him in the next nights. He is very scared and doesn`t believe the ghost, but then he gets visited by the ghost of Christmas Past. This ghost leads the man back to his childhood, where he sees how happy he was with his family and girlfriend on Christmas. The next ghost, that visits him is the Ghost of Present Christmas, that shows him how other people talk badly about him, because he has been unfriendly and greedy. He realizes how lonely he really is. The last ghost is the Ghost of Christmas that is yet to come. He shows the man his own funeral, where nobody comes. The man changes his attitude and becomes a good person and of course in the end everyone is happy.

 

I really enjoyed talking to you today. I hope you had a great time as well!

 

Have a good week!

Josefine

 

 

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Today there are so many people attending during my shift time, especially there is a girl who is studying in Australia now, and we are talking about the language in Taiwan. In Taiwan we use both Taiwanese and Chinese, but for young generation, we seldom use Taiwanese during our daily life. So it is very interesting that sometimes even though we born in Taiwan, but we don’t know how to speak Taiwanese. Furthermore, Taiwanese is a kind of oral language, it cannot be written. But I found that the most interesting part is that some words in Taiwanese have the same pronunciation as Japanese!

I felt so happy that I have chance to introduce and share my own language to others. Thank you so much!

 

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Today we spoke about many different things but the main thing was different accents. The Australian accents seem like it is very difficult for Japanese people to understand. But if spoken slower then the normal pace it is completely understandable. We also spoke about different types of food people eat in other countries. Like alligators and kangaroo. It seems like kangaroo meat is very lean and cooked rare.
Thank you for coming, please come again.
Johann

Sent from my Huawei Mobile

 
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Today two of the guests asked me what is the most culture shock during my stay in Japan, I felt that actually is not so different between Taiwan and Japan, but the most surprising thing is about the envelope. In Taiwan or in Chinese culture, basically we use red envelope as a sign of congratulation or to celebrate something happy, on the contrary, Japan use white envelope to give a celebrate, which was really different. Because in Taiwan we use the white envelope only when someone is dead, which is totally different from Japanese culture! It is really interesting that we can learn and compare different culture together, I really love it.

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Today, we talked about sightseeing places, mostly in the Kansai region. I got to know more about one of Japan's three most beautiful sceneries (日本三景), Amanohashidate.
The most recommended point of view of this scenery is on top of a cliff where you open your legs wide, bend down with your waist as the center and view the scenery upside down. It is said that the white sandy road and the islands will look like a dragon!
Also, we talked about the Himeji Safari and Wakayama Safari where for a certain fee, one can view animals like lions and elephants up close! One difference I got to know from the guests is that the safari in Himeji allows you to drive through the safari yourself while the one in Wakayama has a designated driver to guide you safely through the route.
Another cool place I got to know about is the Kuroshioichiba (黒潮市場). Cheap, fresh seafood to be served near Shirahama. Not to mention the demonstration where tunas get dissected right in front of you!

Accumulate (verb) : To collect something little by little in a set area so that it grows in numbers or volume
Example : In Tokyo, snow has accumulated up to 20 centimeters.

Cramp (noun) : A condition where muscles feel pain due to excessive stretching and contraction, so much so that it disables the individual from controlling the muscles
Example : He could not finish the marathon due to cramps in his legs halfway through the marathon.

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Hi, everyone. Happy Saturday!
 
I didn't come to the cafe for awhile, so it was good to see everyone. 
 
I was excited to ask everyone about this picture (please click, or copy and paste):
 
 
A woman posted this on the internet and asked people, "what should I do?". If she opens the cabinet, the bowls will fall and break. In the U.S., many people are talking about this picture. We wonder about how we can help this woman solve the problem. Some ideas were really smart, and some ideas were really funny. For example, one person said "You should give your husband lots of beer to get him drunk, and then ask him to get a bowl. When the bowls break, he will feel guilty and buy new bowls. You can blame it on your husband." Another idea was to make a hole in the cupboard next to it, and reach through the hole to put the bowls back. 
 
So! What do you think she should do? Please leave a comment, or talk about it at the cafe! I'm curious about what ideas you all can think of!
 
We also talked about the difference between matcha and green tea. I learned that they are made from the same plant, but the process is different. Also, matcha is more often used for special occasions. 
 
One time at a kaiten sushi restaurant, I made a mistake. I wanted to put wasabi into my soy sauce, but I couldn't see any wasabi (actually, the wasabi was going around and around on the conveyor belt). So, I found some green powder near the soy sauce. I thought that... the green powder must be some kind of powdered wasabi. I was wrong! I put that green powder in my soy sauce and it tasted really weird. Oops.
 
Thanks for reading!
Here are some of the words that came up in our conversation today:
 
 
Blame it on your husband. : "To blame someone" means you are saying that someone (or something) has caused a bad situation or outcome. For example, if a student is having a hard time at school, the parents sometimes blame the teachers. Of course, sometimes the teachers blame the parents!
 
soap opera: Also called "daytime TV", this is a type of television show that is known to be pretty low quality and over-dramatic. The stories are a little similar to a drama, but I think they are usually too hard to believe and too melodramatic.
 
voting period: This is the time when we can vote for a politician. Generally in the U.S., we vote for local government every two years, and for president, we vote every four years. The process for voting in the U.S. is pretty complicated and difficult to explain quickly, but if you are curious, please search online, or ask one of our staff from the U.S.!
 
Have a nice week.
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Good evening!

Thank you all for coming today. I had a really good time and I hope you did as well!

 

Today we talked about the differences of the school system in Japan and Germany. We noticed a lot of similarities as well as a lot of differences. In both countries there is compulsory school attendence until the children are fifteen years old, which means that children have to go to school. Although one could argue, that it should be viewed more as a privelege than as a duty, because there are a lot of people living in this world, who have no access to education.

Japanese children go to elementary school for six years and after that they visit Junior High School and High School for three years each. In contrast to that, German children visit elementary school for four years and then go to a higher school for another eight years.

While in Japan the only foreign language that is taught in school is English, it is very common in Europe to learn a second foreign language in school, like Latin, French or Spanish.

 

Besides that I learned from the guests, how easy it is to make miso soup. They explained to me the steps of the procedure and which ingredients to use are the best. I will definitly cook one tomorrow. Thank you a lot!

 

I will be happy to see you the next time!

 

 

VOCABULARY

Compulsory school attendence = children have to go to school, as regulated by the state

Elementary school = primary school

Ethnic groups = Groups of people with the same cultural background and language

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