Today was a really nice sunny day! I hope the weather continues to be like today was! Today we talked about the recent news about Zayn Malik from the boy band One Direction, what maturity means, popular rock bands, cherry blossom picnics, food condiments, and studying abroad in New Zealand. Studying abroad in a foreign country can really "broaden your horizons", meaning to open oneself to new options and ideas. When I meet people who had a good experience abroad, I feel that they have learned a lot about themselves in a short time. I hope more people can have the opportunity to stay in another country for a while, not just for sightseeing.
Today was a nice day at English cafe Wa, and we discussed many topics. One of our more interesting conversations was about body language and gestures used in the U.S. and Japan. A lot of times we make some kind of motions with our hands unconsciously, and other times we are trying to tell our conversation partner something. The guests were kind enough to teach me a lot of interesting Japanese gestures like "kubi". Also, for the "peace sign", Americans do the peace sign reversed! Do you notice any ways that you try to tell someone something without speaking? For example, crossingyour arms to express either anger or thinking carefully. Please come in and let us know, or leave a comment below!
First half of the time, we spent our time with travelling. As in here there are so,many places to go and see with convenient rates. There are train tickets, which give many benefits. So we can save our money and time too.
Out guests are keen on knowing the lord buddha and his way. I thought, they enjoyed a lot and surprised to knowing the fact that how do monks make their clothes.
And how do we give an arm giving...
In the same time, one guest is a chemist and he went to US for his studies. And other one, went to New Zealand for his English. So, we talked each country day to day life that how they spent. They really enjoyed their journey.
Today, we had two staff members (Amber and I) during our conversation! In the spirit of white day, one of the most interesting things we discussed was about how we tell someone we like them, and how we can react to a confession. In Japan, the custom of "kokuhaku" style of confession is a little bit different from how we do it in America and Canada. Instead of giving a direct confession, Americans tend to show our feelings with action and try to see how our partner will respond. This way, if a girl isn't interested in a guy, she can show him without having such a serious confrontation. Of course, if guys are rejected, we will feel sad or embarassed anyway! Do you have any difficult experiences with confessions? How do you show someone you like them? Please let us know in the comments, and come in and tell us about it. Happy White Day everyone!
We spoke a lot about traveling today, and it seems that lots of our guests have been all over the world. One person said he's even been to Antarctica! There are also a few guests who have traveled to more places within the United States than I have, which is a little bit embarassing, but I'm sure I will have a chance to see more of the U.S. when I return home someday in the future. We discussed our favorite places we've ever visited, but it's so difficult to choose just one, isn't it? The most common reason that people gave for liking their favorite place was that they loved the views and scenery. There are certainly lots of beautiful places in the natural world, and I think the scale of beauty in nature is so amazing that it really sticks with people, and gives them memories they always treasure. What are some places in Japan where I can see a nice view? I've been to Mt. Fuji and Wakayama a little bit, but if you have any other suggestions, please let me know in person or in the comments below!
Today, we talked about confrontation and passive-aggresive people. For example, some people don't like to say their true feelings directly to a person who has upset them. Instead, passive-aggressive people will keep quiet and maybe only give an angry look. Where I'm from, Seattle, Washington in America, we have a custom known as "the Seattle no". Often times, when we are invited to an event that we don't want to go to, we will accept the invitation anyway, but then cancel before the event by calling and saying something like "sorry, something happened and now I'm too busy.". Do you think this is similar to many Japanese people? In any case, we decided that sometimes it's better to be correct and tell your true feelings, and sometimes it's better to keep quiet. It was my first time to come and have a conversation at English Cafe Wa, and I had a great time. Thank you to everyone who came here, and I look forward to meet more of you in the future!
It was really cold and rainy today, I was hoping the weather would get better soon! Today we spoke about lucky charms in Japanese culture, college entrance examinations in America, electric guitar, wine pairings, and what foods we would eat when the cherry blossom viewing season comes.
We also congratulated someone who recently passed his entrance examination for a medical science program. He certainly must have worked hard to reach his childhood dream! I hope more young students choose to pursue courses such as his which provide essential services to society.
I learn more and more about Japanese traditions every day, but I often forget new vocabulary by the next day. I appreciate the wide variety of information everyone has to share though! I`ll certainly learn even more next time.
Even though the days are sunny, the weather is still pretty chilly lately. In today`s conversation, I learned that Vietnam is the first Asian country to legalize same-sex-marriage. I was surprised to hear that, since Vietnam politically identifies itself with communism. In the United States, many issues such as same-sex marriage, the right of terminally ill people to die, and even the age which people are allowed to drive a car are different from state to state. Same-sex marriage may be legal in California, but not in Utah. This can lead to people moving to different states if they feel that an issue is important to them. I personally would rather that the American people decide to agree on changing our country as a whole, rather than parts of it. I`m sure that someday many of the issues we are debating now will be resolved in the future.
Today we got another new guest and she was interested in talking Meditation and its effects to our life. She explained how it effected to come out from some problems. Not for her, but also its same for our life.
And about her busy life with her two big sons..
She works at City hall for making laws to the public. Since, that subject was uncommon to all if us, it was really interested to hear.
Meantime, discovered that without knowing the main language where we live have to face a lot of difficulty to get rid of them and need some language support at least at the places where we usually go or contact.
End the day with some promises with our guests to meet next day.
Homework complete! 'DB' in the name of Aston Martin cars stands for 'David Brown', an important man in the history of the company. He oversaw the company after WW2 and I believe he was the owner of the factory.
Today we got to enjoy some green tea and red bean pound cake that was brought in by one of our lovely guests. We talked about all sorts of things, as usual, varying from sports, to buddhism, recent books we've read, comedians, instruments we can play and some interesting usages of the word 'have'. We even got treated to a brief piano solo! Nice to see some people that haven't been here in a while.
The weather's getting warmer. Hoping you're all enjoying the sunshine!