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What’s on Your Screen?

 

Hey there!

Today was my second-to-the-last day at the café! I can’t believe it’s already January! As usual, I had pretty interesting conversations with the guests today. Since I’m going back home soon, I asked everyone for suggestions on what I should bring back home as a souvenir. Apparently, there’s a bread shop that’s been very popular in the area recently, to the point that it gets sold out before lunch time!

Since Valentine’s Day is also near, chocolates have also become very popular recently – like the classic KitKat or even sweets I haven’t heard about before like bonbons with sake in them.

After that I had a in depth conversation about movies – ones that a guest recommended for me! A lot of the movies were quite heartwarming but also a bit sad, but I guess that’s what makes movies interesting, right? If you’re reading this, try to check out “Sweet Bean” and “Her Love Boils Bathwater” – two Japanese movies that have become quite popular abroad when they were released. They seem sad, but also deep and interesting.

 

I’ll see you next time!

Sean

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My first day

 

Hello everybody,

 

Last Saturday was my first time at English Cafe Wa. I want to say thank you to everybody that I met because it was a real pleasure to meet you guys and having conversations with you.

At the beginning we talked about the history of Japan (Edo era) and history of France with the colonization.

            The main subject of this shift was all the differences between Japan and France. We discussed together about the difference between our both cultures, between the behaviour of Japanese and French and we found out that Japanese people are not get use to give their opinion in public compare to French people who love to debate.

We explained each others the reason why our people are like this and we found that it’s starting with the education at school which is completely different.

After that we compared our different ways to celebrate Christmas and New Year.

I learned with our guests that each food you eat during New Year has a meaning and it was really interesting because we don’t have this kind of thing in France.

 

Now let’s learn the new vocabulary of the last lesson:

-        colonization

-        to turn against (someone)

-        what a pity

-        landscape

-        fuel

-        race

-        scientist

-        exception

-        cruel

 

Pierre

 

 

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Talking about a trip to Australia

 

Hi, everyone!

 

 Our last talk was mostly about Australia. One of the students has just returned to Japan from a long-term language study in Australia. She told us about her life there. She said, it was much cooler in Melbourne, than she expected. She told us about a trip to Tasmania Island, watching wild life there. It was interesting to know about Australian food and traditions of celebrating Christmas and New Year. We also learned about medical care and housing in Australia.

 Since I like travelling very much, but can`t afford it right now because of my small children, the stories about somebody`s travels make me fell excited as if I travelled myself. That`s why I always ask the students about their travelling abroad.

Ayako-san, thank you the interesting story!

 

The vocabulary we`ve studied

 

To be worth doing smth. 何々をする価値がある

To broaden one`s horizons 視野を広げる

To recover from a homesickness ホームシックから回復する

To get homesick ホムシックになる

To gain weight 太る

To lose weight 痩せる

Pun だじゃれ

 

 

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How To Be A Social Animal And Not Die In The Attempt

Hello again dear guests and readers! Tabita here!

My first shift of the year at Wa! Happy New Year, everyone!

It has become way too cold, huh? There is this pedestrian bridge close to my school that has this warning sign about the risk of slipping during cold time. Personally, I thought it was all lies but yesterday, on the way to school, I saw these four people spreading a substance that looked like white pellets over some spots of the bridge. Then I noticed the white substance was there in order to prevent people from slipping over the… ice. There was real ice there. And also on the train platform… I was surprised. Never saw such thing in my hometown, so there was room for me to be surprised.

The main topics that came up today were: 1. How can some Japanese become decently behaved human beings after being forced to waste their youth locked in classrooms memorizing contents just in order to pass tests. 2. The bounties of agriculture and how modern life changes our way of enjoying them.

Regarding the first one, I’ve been in Japan for a bit more than a year already, and one of the things that has surprised me the most is that after experiencing a mostly stiff education system, people still can somehow pull themselves together and gather the willpower to have fun, make friends, and such. I’ve met quite cool people around my age and above. When I realize that despite being subjugated to an educational system that only forced them to memorize an infinite amount of patterns for when some test comes, they still are that cool, I simply start to admire them. If it were me, the options would have been either to quit school or to quit life itself. According to the experience of one of the guests, people who engage on activities outside class, such as clubs and circles or part-time jobs, get the opportunity to broaden their minds and think differently. On the other hand, people that for some reason only dwelled between school and home, somehow start to have difficulties communicating with others. I’m used to a different system in which you attend class to increase your general knowledge and to learn to think outside your own box, to get to know about things that otherwise would have never crossed your mind. So the fact that Japanese people have to search by themselves the way to open their minds and successfully manage to do it, is really big deal.

Regarding agriculture, another guest talked to me about Nagano. The soil of Nagano is rich in minerals due to thermal water, so the quality and taste of vegetables are way different compared to the ones you get in the supermarket. The price is higher than the normal ones, but there is no possible comparison. Regarding a proper way to cook these high-quality vegetables, giving up on using electricity (microwave ovens, IH, and even the rice cooker) helps to preserve their nutrients and other properties. I asked the guest how is it possible to cook Japanese rice without a rice cooker and the answer is a type of pot made of clay. It made sense to me, since in my country some of the traditional food is cooked in clay recipients too.

This is some of what we learned during conversation today:

  1. Trait: According to the dictionary is a characteristic related to a particular behaviour or one that is transmitted genetically.

  2. Bitter: The adjective that describes the taste of things like beer and tea (with no sugar).

  3. Microwave oven: An electric type of oven known for heating food from inside out. The waves emitted by it are said to alter the properties of food, but anyway mostly all of us have one of those at home to heat our frozen pizza…

That’s it for today, see you next time!

 

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Good Evening everyone. It’s been a long time since I came here. Let’s talk about what happened. I was at my university and now I am here lol. Today I discussed about the caste system of India. Well it was practiced back in the old days. In simple terms it was categories namely: Brahmin(priest), Kshatriya (warriors and kings), Vaishya (merchants and traders and Shudra (the lower caste). Well we also learned a new word “loophole”. It basically means if there is a problem anywhere. We most use it in political sense and in the Indian context it is used for how the upper caste people use it for their advantage.

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Hello everyone,

So here comes the last day of my shift of this year. As usual there were amazing guests and the never-ending conversations. So, we started with the same topic as discussed last time, the relation of animals to each year in Japan and this time there were new stories behind it. After this we discussed about a new topic called Feminism. We discussed what everybody thought about and their individual view point. The opinions varied so much but it was interesting to come across such new aspects of this globally concerned issue. Then we discussed about the topic of annoying people as suggested by one of our guest. He wanted to know, what people understand by annoying as a word and whom do they consider as annoying people. Discussing about this we came to the end and discussed about India and Indians and most importantly the Indian food. We learned few new words, chapati, Silicon Valley in India, Bangalore (a state in India), feminist and feminism.

So, thank you everybody, see you all next year.

 

Soochi

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Hello everyone,
As New year is near so the most interesting and keen topic for today was New year celebrations. We discussed about different rituals in Japan and other countries like osechi ryori, a special kind of dish during New year in Japan. Then we discussed about the different animals related to each year and this year it's a dog. After that the grand treasures of Japan came into discussion and the grand exhibition in Kyoto to present these treasures. All the guest were so excited and glad to talk about these treasures. Then the guest told me the related value to each of these treasures and they actually convinced me to go there and see them. We learned many words like boar, god of weather,tomb, mound, bias, partial and potter. So with this we came to an end of this meeting and the cheerful conversation.
See you next time.
Thank you

 

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Dear Diary, We discussed the Education system of India and how it is different from the Japanese Education Education system.  Though we only touched the difference from Elementary School till High School.  Well in Japan the schools are divided as follows:

Elementary School, Middle School, Junior High School and High School.  But, in India all these branches are bunched into one school. It is funny how the Indian school system work. I also discussed about my future plans but I don't know what lies in my future because I live with  my presents.

 
PANT Shiva  

 

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Hello,
Today's weather was really cold,but the atmosphere at Cafe Wa is still hot,maybe because Cristmas is on the corner. But well anyway,today we talked about again Christmas,New Year, and the usual things we do in  holidays. And also we talked about the TOEIC,TOEFL,and EIKEN test score.
 
Organization around the world especially in Japan trust those tests  to help them get ahead of the compitition,and a ticket to a well paying job.
 
So one way to improve your score is to study list acedemic vocabulary in few weeks before the tests,and be able to recognize as many words as possible.
 
Some words we learned today.
Thesis- a document submitted in support for an academic degree.
Experiment-  provide insight cause- and -effect by demonstrating what outcomes occurs when a particulars factors is manipulated.
 
That's all for today.
 
Merry Christmas and advance Happy New Year.

 

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Today we talked a bit about Japanese novels which have very sad storylines. One example is a novel that was made into a TV drama where the main characters were actually clones. Apparently they were only alive so that they can provide organs to real humans. There was also another story shared by a guest about how a man and a woman did not end up together because they were both unable to express how they were feeling. It`s interesting how these novels reflect the way of thinking of Japanese people.

 

We also talked about the current political and economic situation of Japan. Inevitably, we discussed some of the major problems like the decrease in population, not-so-good employment opportunities and low birth rate. It was nice because I learned a lot from the perspective of Japanese people because usually we study about these things from the perspective of a foreigner.

 

Anyway, enough of the serious talk -- let`s all enjoy the Christmas party tomorrow! See you!

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