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Tonight we talked about health as well as drugs. Mr. Kiyohara was discussed as he allegedly used drugs and was arrested by the police for using amphetamines. We also talked about training, such as bicycling, weight training, and running.


Another topic we discussed was flowers and what to do during Hanami season. The names of flowers and plants came up, as well as where to go.


What I learned about were how people felt about Mr. Kiyohara and also about Hanami. With Kiyohara, they had heard rumors about him using drugs, and felt very disappointed in his behavior. As for going to Hanami, people often go to scenic sites such as in Kyoto or in Kobe, while others stay in their home towns and party there.


Expressions and words learned...



So far so good

He was caught using drugs/doing this/stealing, etc.

We have to upgrade the service....upgrade meaning improve.

I have to train my ears in how to listen/I have to train my eyes to pick up on certain things.



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Happy Saturday everyone!


Today we had a great time talking about several topics like movies, American customs, and restaurants.


One of my favorite questions to ask is "What is a movie, or scene from a movie, that has really stuck with you?". In my case, when I was about five years old, I saw a very violent horror movie at a neighbor's house. Of course, my mom wouldn't want me to watch it at that age, but she didn't know about it. I can't remember the title of the movie, but there is a scene of a woman being killed in the shower by a man with a knife. For much of my childhood, I checked to see if there was a killer in the bathroom every time I took a shower! This movie is "rated R" in America, which means only people older than 16 years old may watch it. Movie theater staff will not allow younger teens and children to enter such a movie. I was really surprised to learn from our guests that Japan doesn't have such a movie rating system to prevent kids from seeing to much violence or sex in a movie. After talking with the guests, we think maybe Japanese movies in theaters usually haven't been so violent or sexual, so there hasn't been a need to have such a system. What do you think? Should there be a system to prevent kids from seeing these kinds of movies?


Here are some words and phrases that came up in today's conversation:


stick with you: If some experience is very strong, you might think of it for a long time. In this situation

we can say it sticks with you.

ex: "The encouraging words from my science teacher have really stuck with me. I think

of them when I feel depressed."


simile: This is a type of phrase that includes "like" or "as" and is used to relate two things to explain in

an interesting or colorful way. Here are some examples of similes:

"she cried like a baby."

"I ate like a pig"

"I'm as busy as a bee."


overprotective: Describes someone who worries too much about someone else. Overprotective parents

often check too much on their children to make sure they are safe. I don't have

children, but I think I might be an overprotective parent someday. I'll try not to!


Thanks for coming in to chat, and of course thank you for reading our blog! Feel free to comment below to ask questions or tell us your thoughts. Café Wa won't be open next Saturday, but I'll be here on Saturday the 20th so please come say hi if you have the time. Have a nice week!



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Today there was lots of fun conversation. After coming into the conversation and learning about the German education system, it was nice to speak about some familiar topics. We briefly talked about the Australian education system. I mentioned that I thought the Japanese system seemed much more complicated, as it is much simpler to achieve University status. However, using the degree is not as simple.


We talked a lot about Australian wildlife. I wish it was not so dangerous, but unfortunately it is. I learned that they eat Crocodile in Japan and I thought that was interesting, especially since I do not hear of people eating it in Australia.


We ended the conversation talking about the drug issues in Australia. It is sad that there are so many issues that come from drugs in my country, but I learned it is not just Australia facing these issues.

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Today we talked about our hobbies and the school system differences between japan and germany.

I taught the customers the german school system and they understood that it is quite different than the japanese one.

Furthermore we talked about the learning of foreign languages and the ways of doing so.

It was yet again a very interesting and informative day.

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After long time, came to the chat table and met wonderful guest who does Yoga lessons and gained a good number of students. And she is good in Martial art and has Black belt too. So, she explained her busy schedule.
After that, we moved with a guest who has visited more than 50 countries and got wonderful experience by exposing to the world.
Further we continued with traditional and enjoyable things in Sri Lanka by adding how I enjoyed our school time. And explained about US and its system as our Chemist experienced.
So, learnt about Japanese culture and how it has been deviated.
And end the day by promising, bring the foods from Sri Lanka and enjoy together in May.
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We talked about a lot of things like the difference between cultures and food..it was really funny.

We now a lot of things about countries (food-weather..etc)

I learnt a lot of words, adjectives.

We talked about the univerties here in Japan and what is the best universities.

the difference between a national universties and the private one.


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How's everyone doing out there today? I'm feeling great. I slept so much last night! Hopefully I'll be able to recharge enough for the beginning of this next week.


Today at cafe wa we talked a little bit about children that are difficult to manage. Many of you are parents or grandparents and have experience with the difficulty of taking care of kids. Do you have any techniques or strategies to handle tough situations? At the junior high school I work at, there is one very difficult class and the students get up to shenanigans quite often, and the team teacher I work with has a hard time to keep them under control. As a foreign teacher, I am not allowed to discipline students, but I do my best to support the Japanese English teacher. These days in Japan and in America, there are more and more so-called "helicopter parents" who usually blame the school staff for any problems that happen with their children. I learned that helicopter parents are called "monster parents" in Japan. Anyway, I think it's best if teachers and parents can work together to do what's best for their students.


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


shenanigans: Another word for mischief, a noun that means doing something crazy or stupid that

could get you into trouble.


helicopter parents: These are parents that monitor everything about their child (like a drone), and

typically they will never think their child is at fault in any situation.


rainy day fund: This is some money that a person (or business,or government) keeps separately, and

it is only to be spent in case of emergencies.


Thanks for spending your time at cafe Wa, and thanks for reading our blog. See you next time!




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Today we talked about having newborn babies and taking care of them. Two young mothers came in with their babies and we discussed some ideas about taking care of them, the cost of raising children, and how much joy they give us.


Vocabulary: Maternity leave. ex: I took maternity leave of one year in order to take care of my baby.


It smells/stinks! (Talking about a baby's dirty diaper).


We also talked about having confidence and believing in yourself.. A young lady--eighteen years old--came in and was very nervous about speaking English with a foreigner. She said she had no confidence in herself or her abilities.


Ex: "I have no confidence," she said.


Ex: You must believe in yourself/You must have confidence (to speak English or try something new).


What I learned, and what we can all learn, is that a kind word to someone who has no confidence can help them to believe in themselves and their abilities. We all have some abilities. We can all learn. I learned that you have to encourage others who don't have that confidence to believe in themselves by going slowly,, helping them to speak, and being kind. It's a little thing, but it's very important.

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Hi everyone!

Today was all about scandals. Of course, Enon Kawatani and Becky have been in the news a lot these days. From what the guests at today's free talk told me, these types of scandals are usually career-ending events for celebrities in Japan. In the U.S., it seems like these types of things aren't so common. Americans tend to have a short memory with most scandals and will move on to the next story. So, usually it would be possible for the celebrity to continue their career.

We also talked about the scandal/disaster in the city of Flint, Michigan in the U.S. The city government decided to change the source of the water supply to the city, and because of the higher acidity of the different water, extremely high amounts of lead from the piping system has entered into the water supply. The people have been drinking this bad water for over a year and will probably have severe health problems; especially the children. It's a scandal because the city government knew about this problem for a long time and didn't do anything.

The guests told me about a recent scandal here in Japan, where a company that was responsible for disposing of old food sold that food to other supermarkets.

In my opinion, I think the scandals that affect public safety and health are much worse than celebrity scandals. Thinking about both the Flint and Japanese supermarket scandals makes me so frustrated!

Here are some of the words and phrases that came up during our conversation today:


acidity: This is a noun that is used to talk about the degree of acid in a material.

splurge: A verb that means to spend a lot of money. If you "splurge on a TV", it means you spent a lot of money on that TV and got a really high-level one.

class reunion: When we have a meeting/gathering of students who graduated from the same year at a school, we call it the class reunion. In The U.S., we usually just meet every ten years. I didn't go for my ten-year high school class reunion because I was too busy here, but I hope I can go in 2024!

As always, thanks for talking with us, and we'll see you next time!
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When I sat down today the conversation of my name was immediately brought up. This is because prior to me sitting down, they were discussing about a girl named Rachel. We noted the differences between the spelling and discussed that Rachel is American spelling and Rachael is English spelling. Funnily enough, this was also mentioned as I was leaving by another person.


A lot of the conversations today had to do with Australia. As a guest spoke of her bad experiences in Australia as a host student. I felt bad that she had such awful experiences in Australia! This made me realise that Japanese are much more hospitable. I think this is because of Austalias carefree nature. In regards to Australia, the pronunciation of words was also a topic mentioned briefly towards the end. How we say words is very different to American or British, and is usually always shortened (for no reason).


We also talked about festivals in Japan this year. I learned about Golden week and Silver week, Childrens day and also of Hanami. I became excited to experience these festivals (mostly Hanami). I never knew of some of these traditions before today. Speaking of traditions, I also learned of the zodiac calendar that lasts 60 years. Which is why 60 is an important age for Japanese people. I loved learning a bout this.


At the end of my session, I was lucky enough to receieve a Kimono! I never thought I would be this lucky. It is very beautiful and although the style is not very traditional, I think it is definitely my style. I am very happy!



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