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営業時間


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金:2時から8時


土:2時から8時





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We started out by talking about how we all traveled to the cafe, which was great for me because I learned a lot about the train system near here. I also learned a little about the local area, such as where are the popular spots to go. Next we talked about safety of Japan compared to other countries. After that we talked about places to go in Japan and why I should go to those places. This really helped me to decide where I want to go in the near future with a friend of mine. But because I cannot make it to all those places, I now have future plans on where to go the next time i visit Japan. Next time I will be focusing on nuance of words and phrases.

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Hi everyone, how's it going? It's been a really busy week for me, but how about you?
When I teach at the junior high school, I am usually so active moving around the class, talking loudly, and trying to keep everyone's attention, so it was nice to sit down and have some enjoyable conversation with our guests today.

Before I came here, my Japanese friend told me that staff members in shops (like clothing stores) often come to you and try to sell you something or encourage you to try something on. This makes me a little bit uncomfortable, because I like to decide on my own. Often, if the staff member keeps talking to me, I feel more and more like I don't want to shop there anymore. In the U.S., persistent salespeople aren't very common in shops like this, but car salesmen are known for this.

One of our guests told us about her experience with some bank employees. I was really shocked to learn that they actually came to her house! Does this ever happen to you? Anyway, they asked her many times about signing up for a sort of fund, but she kept refusing. However, in the end, she caved in and applied. Although she said she may have partly applied because felt sorry for them, she did do lots of research and made an informed decision that worked out well for her, too.

If this ever happens to me, I think I wouldn't let them in my house!


Here are some useful words from today's free talk:


persistent: This is an adjective to describe people who never give up, and always keep trying. The meaning sounds more positive if it's referring to someone's personal efforts.

cave in/ give in: This is when you refuse many times, but in the end, you agree. For example, "My daughter was crying so much that I finally gave in and let her watch cartoons."

feel sorry for them. If you feel sorry for someone, it means that you think that person must be having a hard time.


Have a good week!
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Good evening everyone,

this is Haylee again音譜


Today I started working at the cafe around 2 pm and stayed until the end. It was nice seeing everyone again and have a little chat. Thank you for ooming and talking! I met a few new people today and it is always interesting to talk to people I haven`t met before and just ask them a few questions about where they are from, what they are doing, where they have already been, etc. Today we had a guest who introduced himself and told us that he just turned 50 and I honestly could not believe it. I really wonder how and why japanese people stay so young はてなマークビックリマーク

Todays topics were places in Germany that some of our guests have visited, recommendations of things and places to see in Okinawa as I am going to fly there next week, buddhism and my favourite topic of them all: nutritions and food in Japan.


Thank you all very much for this nice day.

I think I won't have the time to work again since I will be going home (Germany) in 3,5 weeks but I hope we can see each other again.

If not, stay happy and take care everyone and thank you for everything!


Best wishes


Hayleeいちご

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Today we talked a lot about language culture and the way of expressing yourself. Whereas Japanese use a lot of words to express a feeling or to explain a situation, Germans for example are used to keep it short and simple, because they care about efficiency.

We talked about movies as well and discussed the differences between words like to shoot/to film/to participate etc.


It was very fun and interesting

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Like normal, today we taked about a variety of things. I meet a few new people today and of course we got to know each other. After, we discussed some current world events such as Muhammad Ali passing away and the shooting that occured in Orlando about three days ago. After we really went in depth about aviation because we had an expert amougnst us. He really taught us about the industry and a little about current events that have happened in the industry. After we played a game where the person would pick a number and that number would have a question attached to it. I hope everyone learned a lot and had a wonderful time. Hope to see you next time.
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What's up, everyone?


I'm happy because today there were a couple guests that came that I hadn't seen in awhile. Additionally, one of our former staff members came to visit and talk with us!


We talked about many things including gambling, violent video games, and old movies. I was also able to learn about the pronunciation difference of sake (salmon), and sake (alcohol). It's very close! And it seems like it varies depending on which part of Japan you are. It seems much safer to just say "shake" if you want to talk about salmon. There are some words like this in English, too, but usually you can understand which word is being said based on the context. For example, "a red book" and "I read a book" (past tense). In this situation, of course we can understand red is an adjective in the first example even if we just hear the pronunciation.


We also talked a little bit about time sinks. What is a time sink for you? I often end up spending too much time talking on LINE or reading magazines. I think I can manage my time very well, but every once in awhile I have this problem. Some more common time sinks are watching YouTube, watching TV, or playing video games. If you know of a good way to avoid wasting time like this, please share!


Here are some of the words and phrases we learned today:


time sink: This is an activity you do that takes a long time with the nuance that you should be doing something else. It's a bit like saying "waste of time", but in a much less stronger sense.


low-stakes: This is when you gamble just a small amount. Usually we do low-stakes gambling just for fun with friends..


(to do an) impression: impression can mean how you make someone think of you (like "first impression"), but in comedy, sometimes people imitate others (usually famous people) in an often exagerrated way. They can be very amazing and/or very funny.


That's it for me today. See you next week!

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Ecology is a wonderful field of study in my opinion. I was asked today about what my future plans were and naturally I answered: "to be a conservation ecologist" more specifically, a herpetologist. A herpetologist is a person who studies about amphibians such as frogs and salamanders.


Another student asked why specifically amphibians? Well, not to be too technical but amphibians are "indicator species" which helps scientists understand what is happening to the environment. It highlights the many different problems of human activities such as cultivating land for agriculutre use or urbanisation.


Furthermore, amphibians are an important species in keeping pests such as mosquitos and flies in place. If not for frogs, we would have a huge problems with mosquitos, and who would want that? Another benefit amphibians brings to us humans is in medicinal values. Their skin that is covered with a layer of slime is actually used in our modern medicine to cure many different kinds of common illnesses. Who knows, maybe one day we might discover that frogs actually holds the key towards curing cancer or AIDS?



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After a long time had a good at cafe. Started to talk about toddlers activities and how difficult to take care of them. It's a fun time with kids at home said one of our guests and she explained her experiences too.


Today was a good and happy day for our fresh guest as he tried to explain his job and its responsibilities as he works at City office. And also talked about Maldives and its beauty. Actually, we have to go there and enjoy the nature.


At the end, learned about how we get back money, once we lost something in our overseas tour using a credit card in Japan and more during our conversations.

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Good evening everyone!


Are you having a nice weekend? Our cafe was very lively today, and we had a good time. One of our interesting topics today was multitasking. We often multitask at our jobs and in daily life, but some people are better at it than other. I think I'm just average at multitasking, but I would rather do one thing at a time so I can do a good job on it. But.... if I'm doing some work at home in the evening, I often watch sports or news on TV at the same time. I think it must make my work take longer, but I feel like it helps me to be less stressed while I finish up the work. Do you often watch TV while doing other things? I also see some people use their cell phone while driving a car or bicycle. It's illegal now, right? Be careful.


Another thing we talked about was our memorable teachers. One of our guests used to live in Ishigaki in Okinawa prefecture and went to a catholic school there. His teacher there was very strict and often slapped her students! Maybe that's not such a fun memory for him, but I thought it was interesting to hear about a Catholic school in that region of Japan.


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




multitask: This is a verb that menas to do more than one thing at the same time. It can have a meaning relating to computers (like running applications/software at the same time), but can also be used for human actions.


narrow focus: Someone with a narrow focus doesn't easily notice things around themself, and focuses on one small area at a time.


absorbed in_______: If you are absorbed in something, it means you concentrate on that thing so much that you lose track of time or can't notice your surroundings. For example, "I missed my train stop because I was absorbed in my book."


Enjoy your Sunday! I'll see you next weekend. (‐^▽^‐)

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Hello there,


its me again.

Today was a short day at work but I had a lot of fun talking to everyone.

We had many, many weird but funny moments together, discussing about the case of the lost boy in the mountains who was finally found after 6 long days, talking about why the Yakuza is feared by japanese people (the Yakuza is and will be a mistery to me), about Kimura sans adventurous life in America, Aarons non-existant sense of smell and old people smell. What shall I say, it was a fun time! Thank you everyone for coming and see you again soon!


Hayleeいちご

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