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WINTER!   

So Chit Chatters it's been so long since i wrote a blog that I don't even remember what I wrote about or when I wrote it so I become redundant please forgive me.

So first off, It's (almost) winter!!! And as you may or may not know, I love snowboarding so I am beginning to be very very antsy. I already bought a new snowboard online withe help of a Japanese friend and I also bought new snowboarding boots. The snowboarding boots were expensive but the boots you should never cheap out on them. Why? Because you need your feet to be comfortable first. You can ride a bad snowboard in doesn't matter that much as long as you are comfortable in your boots. I am also planning to get a 5 mountain season's pass. Includes Rusutsu, Teine and three other mountains that I can't remember.

Also Halloween is just around the corner and I can't wait to see you costumed faces at the Chit Chat party! Yes I am going and yes I have a costume. It's a secret but I can tell you it's pretty good. My friend lent it to me. He has a few spare costumes and I borrowed one from him.

Also let's see.... Not much else really. My routine these days is pretty much Japanese school then work than homework time then sleep! Pretty boring really but my japanese is getting a little bit better everyday.

That's it folks

Take care and see you at Chit Chat!

David (Canada)

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by chitchatcafe | 2010-10-30 16:04 | 英会話 プライベート レッスン

Winter already approaching   

I was surprised to see on Wednesday it had already snowed. Fall is my favorite season of the year, and it feels like it never happened. There was a long summer, maybe 2 weeks of fall and now it already is winter. I took my bike out the first day it snowed and slipped 2 times in the slush. I have a mountain bike, but for some reason there is racing tires on it, so the slightest spot of snow/slush is huge trouble for me.

I'm looking for somewhere around Hokkaido to travel to by bus or train. Right now my number one choice is Hakodate, but i'm still in the process of finding out what kind of buses are available. Also if there is a cheap place to stay in Hakodate that will give me more incentive to go.

See you later!

Jeff (Canada)

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by chitchatcafe | 2010-10-29 14:46 | カフェ 英会話 札幌

Halloween in Czech Republic   

As long as Halloween (and also the Chit Chat Café’s Halloween party) is just behind the door, I would like to share with you some words about Halloween in Czech Republic.
Traditionally we did not celebrate Halloween in my country, but thanks to recent influence of American culture, surely all Czech people know what Halloween means and some of them also attend Halloween parties, which are mostly held in English Language Schools or other place connected with English speaking countries.
Actually as the roots of Halloween lies in the Celtic festival of Samhain it belongs rather to the events of Western Europe, but as it is often happens to many countries including Japan and Czech Republic tradition of Halloween comes via USA.

Anyway I would say, the Halloween in Czech did not achieve a big popularity. There are at least two reasons: At first, Czech people traditionally dislike influence of big and strong countries such as America or Russia (maybe it we would more popular, if the Czech would know that it is originally holiday of “brothers” Celts), and at second, in the similar time we have our own Czech event, the roots of which are very close to Anglo-American Halloween. We call this event All Saint’s Day. And because this time I have already spoken to much I will tell you something more about it in my next blog.

Ivona (Czech Republic)

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by chitchatcafe | 2010-10-28 16:08 | マンツーマン 英会話 札幌

Old&new friends!   

Hi! As you know, I’m a new staff member at Chit Chat café.

The first week of my work here coincided with a visit of my old friends, Yuki-chan and Saida. I met them 4 years ago in Xi’an, one of the most beautiful and old cities of China (I do really love Xi’an!). And it has been almost 8 months since we last met, when Yuki-chan visited Kazakhstan.

So, reunion in Sapporo! They’ve never been to Hokkaido, and they’re expected something special. Maybe, one of the most (un)expected things for them was our cold evenings - though Saida brought a pair of some winter gloves, they got cold.
Despite of rain and coldness, we went to Asahiyama zoo. We were lucky because it was the last day of the summer season. All animals were so ‘kawaii’, especially seals. Oh, yes, and monkeys too. We got cold, and a hot curry soup in Asahikawa was just a perfect choice to keep warm ourselves. When we got back to Sapporo and it was time for a dinner. I hosted my friends with Sapporo beer and our famous jingizkan. Plenty of meat, cool!

The next day was a trip to Otaru. It was exciting too. The girls enjoyed much Otaru glass stores, and spent most of their time there buying omiyage, and even made some glass bowls by themselves. But, their special mission was to try Otaru sushi, and they said it is the best sushi they’ve ever tried! I am a big fan of sushi too, I love the Hanamaru sushi (Stellar palace, 6th F.), and I invited them for another sushi-dinner. It was fantastic! All the time they were eating, and I was kidding that they came to Hokkaido just to eat :-D They said it is worth to come!

The final part of their staying program in Sapporo was Jozankei trip. Yuka kindly suggested me to go to Hoheikyo, a beautiful place with a nice onsen and delicious curry. Unfortunately, I couldn’t go and enjoy onsen with my girls, was busy with my classes. But Yuki and Saida enjoyed it much! They said they would come again just for onsen (and, of course, to have some Hokkaido food)!

For me, this week was double-exciting because I also met with some new friends at Chit Chat café. I was very pleased to meet you, and I was happy to know that so many people are interested in my country. And, I realized that our conversations are a kind of relaxation for me, I am enjoying it. So, the week was remarkable because I had both: my old and new friends!

hugs,
Assel, KZ

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by chitchatcafe | 2010-10-26 18:48 | 札幌 英会話 サークル

I love Seiyu   

I love the 50% off (hangaku) deals they have at Seiyu. I take a trip over there at least once a week to stock up on food. Later on in the day, usually past 7:30pm or so, they start discounting the meals that are prepared in-house. Usually it starts at 10%, later doubling to 20%, sometimes 30%, and then tops out at 50%. My heart jumps a bit when I see the half off sticker on the good stuff, like sashimi. Just today I literally bought a boatload of sashimi, albeit a small boat, for 720 yen when it normally retails for 1450.

Normally I wouldn't try certain food items just based on their appearance, but when they're half off and under a couple hundred yen I don't really have much to lose.
For instance, that fresh seaweed, or wakame, that looks like wet grass does anything but make my mouth water. Though it doesn't look appetizing at all, when it sells
for under a hundred I figure it's worth a try. Anyway, I tried it and it was good.

Seiyu's probably one of the cheapest stores I've found situated in the vicinity of my residence. I used to go to Toukou the first few weeks I got here, but after someone introduced
me to Seiyu, I haven't been frequenting any other place as much. I always got my eyes out so to compare prices with on items I'm familiar with, and it's my experience that
Seiyu rarely comes out being more expensive. Seiyu ftw.

Hans (USA)

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by chitchatcafe | 2010-10-15 17:09 | 英会話 スクール 札幌

Event in Hokkaido University: CLARK THEATER 2010   

This time I would like to invite you to the campus of Hokkaido University! The most well-known event of Hokkaido University is probably “Hokudai Sai”, which is held in June, but this time I would like to invite you for the event, which is held in autumn, in particular from October 29th till November 3rd.

The event is the movie festival, which is held in Clark’s Hall (“Kuraku kaikan”) . There is a great movie theater in the basement of Clark’s Hall, where you can enjoy many various movies. Do not expect any Hollywood blockbusters, but rather low-budget Japanese and foreign movies. There will be shown also some documentaries, short movies or animation sections.

If you are movie fan (as me:-) check the website bellow, for program and information about tickets.
http://www.clarktheater.jp/
So, see you in Clark’s movie theater!

Ivona

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by chitchatcafe | 2010-10-14 17:22 | 英会話 プライベート レッスン

My First Tea Ceremony   

Today, I joined the school for my first tea ceremony in Japan! I have always wanted to experience such a traditional Japanese culture for long time! I’m so glad that the school has organized such activity for us.

When we arrived, all the ladies helping in tea ceremony were all wearing Kimono. At that time, I was so regretted that I have forgotten to take my Yukata with me! Isn’t it fun if I can wear my Yukata and experience the traditional tea ceremony? I’ll remember this if I have another chance later. During the tea ceremony, since we’re all foreign students, some were even new students just started to learn Japanese for 2 weeks, the instruction was conducted in English. I felt really strange to hear English during traditional tea ceremony. And as a matter of fact, the English of the instructor was quite difficult to understand, a lot of students would rather have them explain in Japanese.

Personally, I don’t really like sweet candy. Yet with the bitter green tea, the sweet candy becomes so delicious and matching with tea! The instructor also explained that tea ceremony has a meaning of “once in a life time”, even the hosts and guests or the places are the same, it can’t be repeated next time. I can’t agree more! Everyday, we change, our feeling change, no same thing can repeat by itself, so, need to deeply appreciate every single moment, as if it’s the last time.

Though my legs were so tired after the ceremony, I would definitely want to join again in the future!

Eva

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by chitchatcafe | 2010-10-13 15:23 | 英会話 教師 札幌

Why Japan   

One of the first things that I’m asked after initial introductions have been made, and after we have clarified the ‘Airurando…kazan?’, ‘no, that’s ICELAND!’ issue is ‘Why Japan?’

To be honest, there were many things that brought me here, but the fact that people seem mystified that I’d choose to come here on a working holiday makes up a large part of the answer. Most simply it’s because it’s different.
In Ireland, (and perhaps in Iceland, I’m not sure) if a person is going to take a year out and go on a working holiday somewhere, the first choice is Australia. I know so many people that have been to Oz on a working holiday, heard so many stories and seen so many photos that I almost feel like I’ve been there myself. Frankly speaking, the mystery is lacking.

What is more, Irish people go over there in such overwhelming numbers that it is virtually impossible to get around without bumping into them. Don’t get me wrong, I think Irish people are great, for the most part, but I haven’t flown halfway around the world to hang out with people I could have met in my local pub back home. People that share the same friends, or know my relations, or went to my university. People with the same ideas, the same way of looking at the world because we’re from the same small country. And if an Australian gets talking to an Irish person in Sydney, I can guarantee that he will not ask ‘Why Australia?’, but more likely roll his eyes and groan ‘Another one!’.

Japan, on the other hand is another story altogether. Before coming I knew nobody that had ever come here on a Working Holiday Visa, and very few people that had even come over on holiday. The language was different, the culture was different, the food, the buildings, the religion…all different. It was perfect!
Since I arrived here in May, I have bumped into Irish people on no more than four occasions, the last of which was three months ago in Osaka (a friend from home did come to Sapporo on business, but I’m not counting him as I knew him already and it was a planned meeting). When locals ask me where I’m from, I’m often the first Irish person they’ve ever met, and quite often we have to refer to the map to explain where Ireland is.
Finally the warmth and generosity of people here has stunned me countless times, and the honesty and openness I have experienced during my travels around this beautiful country have ensured that I haven’t regretted my decision to come here for a moment.

Damien (Ireland)

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by chitchatcafe | 2010-10-12 16:19 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌