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営業時間


木:2時から8時


金:2時から8時


土:2時から8時





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メール:engcafewa@gmail.com


電話番号:072-683-3801


※この番号へのお電話は営業時間内(木・金・土の2~8pm)によろしくお願いいたします。



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It was a packed cafe today, and we had a lot of great conversation. We happened to talk about food this time and I got so hungry! I heard a story about a famous kabuki actor who died by eating the dangerous part of a blowfish... Is it really the most delicious part? I've eaten fugu before, but not that part.


We also talked a bit about charities. Of course we know it's good to help those in need, but it's understandable to be skeptical about charity organizations. For example, one guest said when he offered to donate to a charity, he was requested to give 50 dollars, so that they could use 30 dollars of his money to help pay for running the website. Something to think about when you donate money is : How much of the money will reach the people who need it?

On the other hand, don't you think people who help collect charity money should have some sort of pay for their work? What do you think?

I think the best would be if you could do something on your own to help others, but unfortunately lots of us are very busy with our own life and we don't make time for helping others.


Here are some useful words and phrases we learned today:


skeptical: The meaning is pretty close to the word "doubtful". If you are skeptical, it means you aren't certain about something. Ex: "He promised me he wouldn't drink my beer, but I was skeptical (about his promise)."

I've always wanted to________: You can use this to express that you have wanted to try something for a long time, but haven't been able to. I've always wanted to travel to Iceland.


in one ear, out the other: This is a saying about someone who doesn't listen. For example, you can say "When I tell my kids to clean their room, it's 'in one ear, out the other'." It means you tell your kids to clean their room often, but they won't do it.


Thank you for reading and visiting us. Please join us again next week!

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Today we talked about science and in particular chemistry, because most of the customers today were working in that field.
Furthermore we talked about food. Traditional japanese food and food in other countries and how we like eating different types of food or rather stick to our ow culture.
It was interesting to hear different opinions.
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Hi everybody!


I was happy to come into Wa today and see all of our guests again. However, somehow we ended up talking about some disgusting topics. For example, dissection. Did you do dissection in your school days? I learned that in some cases, Japanese students have a dissection lesson during elementary school!


During my education in America, we had one dissection lesson in biology class in high school, and we cut open a baby pig to learn about how their bodies work. Of course, some students feel very sick and refuse to do the lesson, but our teacher said to just try our best. If we really couldn't do it, he would give us some other assignment to do in another room. Do you think that dissection is less accepted recently? In America, I have an impression that dissection lessons aren't so common anymore, but I'm honestly not sure what the trend is. How about in Japan?


Here are a few of the words that we learned in today's free talk session:


disgusting: An adjective that means something extremely gross or horrible. Please don't mistake this word with "discussing", which means "talking about something"!


dissection: this is the action of cutting open something (usually an animal), and examining the inside of the body. Is it disgusting to you?


ear wax: this is the yellow stuff that appears inside your ear that you must clean regularly.


I apologize for these disgusting topics! I hope you can remember some of these words.... but next time let's talk about something nicer. (-^□^-)

Have a nice week!


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Tonight there were so many topics I cannot remember them all. There were lots of discussions on travel and animals, predominately. I really enjoy these kinds of conversations. We often talk about Australia and tonight the animals were a really big topic, especially koalas. I learned that there were Koala sanctuaries in Australia that I had never heard of. We talked a bit about drinking, food and weather in Japan versus Australia as well. Lastly we talked about travel more, and education systems in different countries. It was a really interesting night and we talked about a lot. Very fun.


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Today we talked about different hobbies of the customers like ikebana or tea ceremony. One of the customers was interested in ikebana and european flower arrangement and she told us about the differences between those two, which was really interesting.

Later on we talked about japanese, german and turkish food and about typical trditional dishes.

It was as fun and entertaining as always.

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By this time, everyone knows about the Kumamoto earthquake that happened just very recently. The huge earthquake shook the region at a magnitude between 6.4 and 7.0.Although earthquakes happen frequently in Japan, such a disaster still scares us regardless.


At the table today, we discussed about what to do during an earthquake and how to prepare for one. Firstly, do you stay inside a building or rush out when an earthquake happens? Some say that staying inside is better and some said the opposite. By staying inside, one can shelter from the falling debris of high rise buildings, however if you stay inside, the building may collapse and one might get trapped or crushed. After much discussion, we decided that during the event of an earthquake, people should stay inside and go out immediately after the shaking stops.


But how do you prepare for a earthquake? A serious earthquake does not happen everyday or every year. Hence, this makes preparing emergency food and water very difficult as they are parishable goods and spoil easily. What you could prepare apart from food and water is a handy torchlight, a first aid kit and keeping your important documents in a clear zip log bag so it wont be damaged easily.


I guess this is one of the reasons why ntural disasters are deadly. You can't exactly fully prepare yourself for one and you can't predict when it will strike. The only thing you can arm yourself with is the knowledge on knowing what to do during and after a disaster. I hope everyone will stay safe and take care.



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Today we talked about different dishes and similarities and differences between various food. We discussed how food is made in a different way in different countires.

We also talked about the differences between the english, german and turkish alphabet and I taught them a couple of turkish vocabs.

Later we talked about famous anime and how their voices change the impressions.

It was really fun.

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Today we talked about working conditions and working ethics in Japan and in Europe. Furthermore we talked about plagiarism and famous people who had to resign for that reason.

Later we talked about culture and popculture and its different aspects.

It was fun and entertaining like always.

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Hi everyone!


Today felt like a summer day, didn't it? Before coming to the cafe in the afternoon, I walked around the neighborhood and enjoyed my time.


We had quite a few guests today, so thanks to everyone that came! We were talking about sports and we discovered that one of our guests used to play hockey. It was interesting to hear from him about the fights. In hockey, if two players are getting really angry and start to fight, the referee can allow the players to fight for a little bit. The purpose of this is so that the players can let out their anger and then calm down and play the game again.


We also talked a little bit about sportsmanship. I think in baseball especially, there are many rules for what is considered "good sportsmanship". For example, if a runner is called out, he shouldn't run on the pitcher's mound when he goes back to his team's bench. One difference between American and Japanese baseball I learned was that in Japan, it's acceptable for a team to bunt even when they are winning by many runs. In the U.S., we would consider it to be bad sportsmanship. I was surprised!


Here are some words and phrases that we used during today's conversation:


barefoot: This is when you are not wearing anything on your feet at all. Running barefoot through the snow is very cold.


adolescent: Adolescentdescribes a person around the ages of 12-17. ex "an adolescent boy, adolescent girl".


out of bounds: This is in sports or a game, when a player or the ball goes out of the area of the game. For example, when the ball goes out of bounds in soccer, they will kick a corner kick or do a throw in.



Thanks for reading. I hope you could learn some useful English today. See you next time!

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The 5th Anniversary of Cafe Wa (a personal experience).

It has been five years since Cafe Wa opened on this very day. Of course, of course, a splendid party was held to mark this significant milestone. Guests were invited in at 17:30 and almost no one came empty handed. A splendid atmosphere slowly cooked up as the sun slowy set outside. Although I was busy preparing the dishes, I felt happy doing it because I was bringing out plates of good food to everyone at the party. At one point, the tables overflowed with different kinds of dishes that it was such a mouth-watering sight. The memory of it just makes me hungry all over again.

Anyway as the event began, guests could choose to go to different "countries" that would be situated at different check points. USA, Africa, Germany, Australia and Malaysia were some of the countries the guests could "visit". Cultural exchanges and experiences were a main theme in our conversations as everyone ate and talked together. I had a great time learning about Japan at the same time while conversing with different people. This is one of the things that makes teaching English enjoyable. Both sides can learn from each other and no one will lose out on anything.

Moving on to 19:30, our special guest Mary Lambert (from America) did a little presentation about herself. She talked about the ups and downs of her life experience and also, gave us a very special performance that evening. She was a fun, open, kind and quirky soul that you'll never miss in a crowd. When she performed her songs and poetry recital, it was a very intense and emotional moment for me. Her words reached out and touched my heart. Although some guests could not catch what she was saying, everyone agreed on one thing. She was an amazing singer. Her talents also go beyond singing too. She plays the piano, the guitar, the cello, who knows what else?

As our celebration came to an end, Yoko and Aya said a few words of gratitude and appreciation to everyone for supporting the cafe. Personally, I felt a warm feeling in my heart as I observed the small crowd. Many familiar and regular faces, some new and curious. But Yoko and Aya welcomes everyone just the same with a warm greeting and a nice smile. Everyone here is like family. And that, dear readers, is what makes Cafe Wa so special to each of us. Happy 5th Anniversary!


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