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パットです。
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I'm Pat!
I will write everyday in this blog in both English and Japanese. If you are interested in the life of an English teacher, please read.


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   Last Friday, 6/30, we had our second ever presentation party. This time the theme was about people. The choices were based on those we respect, find interesting, or those who have affected us in some way. There were some musicians, athletes, businessmen, and historical figures among the chosen topics. 

   We all worked very hard to write our scripts, make our presentations, and then finally, present them. For some students, this was the first time they had made a presentation in English! As a teacher, I am so proud of everyone. I think this a great way to demonstrate your English skills to those listening and to yourself. After finishing the presentations, there was a feeling of accomplishment and maybe an increase in self confidence for almost everyone. If not, at least there is the determination to do our bests for next time! 

 

 

   My presentation was about my favorite musician, Kyo. I was pleased by the amount of good questions I received afterwards and I am very thankful for those who listened. It was a fun chance to share my own hobby of music and my personal role model. Here is a small sample of that presentation:

 

   Today I will talk about my favorite musician, Kyo. The genre of music he performs is mostly some form of heavy metal, but he has a very large tenor vocal range and can sing many genres of music. His real name is Nishimura Touru. He was born on February 16th, 1976, in Kyoto. He is blood type B, 156 cm tall, and he is a vocalist, a writer, poet, artist, designer, and a photographer. Kyo is the lead vocalist of two bands: DIR EN GREY and his side project, Sukekiyo. 

   His family ran a bakery when he was young. He doesn’t remember his childhood very much since his family was very busy, but he had the same interests as other kids, such as Kamen Rider, manga, and games, but he was very shy.  Some people called him “変な子”, or "strange child".

   In middle school, he was introduced to music by some other classmates. He saw a picture of Sakurai Atsushi (the vocalist of Buck Tick) and thought he looked so cool! He became interested in the popular bands of that time such as Buck Tick or X Japan. He said that their hair styles looked like anime characters. After some time he became interested in less famous bands such as The Stalin and Kuroyume.

   After graduating middle school, Kyo dyed his hair pink, started doing some part time jobs, and also became a roadie for other bands. When he was 17, he joined his first band. In 1999, his band DIR EN GEY had their major debut...

   It was a lot of fun to research this topic for me. I think the other students also really enjoyed researching about their topics as well. If this sounds interesting, there will be another chance for anyone to present in our next presentation party around the end of this year. 

   One more time, I'd like to thank everyone who participated and came to watch our presentations! It meant a lot to everyone! 

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On May 26th, we had a party for our two year anniversary. Many people came to our café to celebrate with us! We had plenty of food and drink and enjoyed a really great time with students and friends. Thank you so much for coming!

We had a lottery with a few different prizes such as chocolates, a calendar, and an English edition of Murakami Haruki's "Hear the Wind Sing". There was also black licorice as a prize.. but it was not popular. I respect all those who tried it though! 

 

These past two year have been a pleasure. We have met many people and I have learned many, many things. I appreciate all of our wonderful students and hope that we can continue to encourage each other from here on. Let's do our best! 

頑張りましょう!

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On April 29th, some of us took a short trip to Mt. Takao! This was my third time hiking the mountain and it was probably the easiest time for me as we took some fairly gentle paths to the top. Also, there were not so many people and I was able to get my goshuincho signed. Because Mt. Takao's folklore is centered around tengu, my goshuin included a stamp of a tengu. This was really exciting for me and I'm very happy I could have a chance to receive it!

 

At the top of the mountain, it rained. I'm really sorry for that. Last year we tried to go to Mt Takao three times, but everytime we planned to go, it rained. Because of this, I must be a rain man. When it rained on top of the mountain, it wasn't just raining: it was pouring! There was also thunder rolling. As you can see in these pictures, it suddenly got very dark and the clouds overhead were scary looking. 

 

 

 

 

In the end though, it was a really nice trip. The rain didn't last long and we were able to take a path down to the bottom that went over a suspension bridge. Thank you again to everyone who joined us and please look forward to our next outside adventure!

 

 

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