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Cooking in Japan   

The winter has been so cold lately that I've decided I need to cook inside my building more often. Before the winter I could ride my bike to wherever I wanted to eat, but it's much more of a hassle now. Lately I've been trying to cook Japanese meals, but most of the time they turn out really bad. I can't read the back of the packages, so often I have to just guess how to cook it.

On that note, I can't resist going to Sukiya at least 3 times a week. I found one in Pole Town recently and have been going there ever since. Much better than Yoshinoya or Matsuya!

Jeff

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-01-29 17:14 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌

From here, 2 hours and 40 minutes!   

Since the people who will read this are probably mostly Japanese they wouldn’t wonder about it much. But when I saw it the first time I couldn’t stop wondering about it. I am talking about the people who are building up a long line in front of Ramen, Soba and Udon Shops and are waiting for more than 30 minutes just for a bowl of noodle soup.

The other day a TV program introduced popular Ramen shops in Sapporo and it happend that one of those is only ten minutes by foot away from my home. So my boyfriend and me, we decided to try the Shoyu Ramen there. Though, when we arrived there, a long long line of at least 20 people has already built up in front of the shop and we had to wait for nearly 40 minutes, which is still acceptable.

In Tokyo though I have seen young girls and women who were waiting in front of H&M or Forever 21 for more than 3 hours just to get a T-Shirt or a dress from that shop and I am wondering why? Why are they spending 3 hours in a line for a simple T-Shirt? I have thought about it but honestly couldn’t find an answer. Maybe you can tell me, haha?

Even if there are still many things I don’t understand about Japanese I really enjoy my life with them and I love to be surprised by their customs.

Hien (Germany)

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-01-28 16:26 | 子供 英会話 札幌

Ball season in Czech Republic   

I guess, it is the first blog in this “rabbit’s” year, so first of all – “A Happy New Year”!!!

This time I would like to tell you something about an annual event, which is held in most Europeans countries, including Czech Republic. It is the ball season. Ball means the formal dance party, which is held by some organization (usually companies or sport and other movements) or institution (high schools, universities, town halls, etc.) during January and February. In my country it is a big event for everybody. People usually attend not only one, but several of balls every year. Of course, ball requires appropriate clothes, which is a ball dress in case of women, and suits in case of men. The collecting of chic marvelous dance dress is a pleasure for every woman, and it is an unwritten rule, that she should have every year at least one brand new!

I used to attend ball at least four or five times every year – some in my village, some in the town, where I studied the universtity. For me the best thing about ball is not only the chance to wear a glamour outfit and spend a night dancing social dances, but first of all the chance to meet many various people you would not meet in everyday life.

Ivona (Czech Republic)

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-01-20 16:49 | 札幌 英会話 サークル

Did you say snow?   

So for all of you who I have met, it's no secret I am addicted to snowboarding. I talk about it all the time and you are probably tired of hearing about it but I am gonna write about it instead of TALKING about it haha. So far, I have been to Rusutsu, Teine and Bankei. Rusutsu is by far the better of the three and sitting here today (Jan, 16) after an amazing powder day at Rusutsu I am happy... One of my goals when I came to Japan was to experience the Japanese powder snow and I must say I really like it! Today was just snowing all day and the conditions were phenomenal! Teine is also a great mountain and it's not too far from Sapporo. Bankei is just for beginners and it was great for my 2 classmates who are from Taiwan and had never been on a snowboard before. I taught them for a few hours and i was a very nice day so didn't mind being outside.

What else is new? Not a whole lot except I had 10 days off over winter vacation. Was very good and very relaxing and then I had 10 days straight of work after that which I have just finished. It was pretty rough at the beginning but the last 3 days were not as busy so was a nice transition to my day off.

That's it from me folks!

Ciao

David (Canada)

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-01-18 12:51 | 札幌 英会話 サークル

A Happy New Year!   

Sending new year cards (I enjoyed writing年賀状very much), mobile messages, meeting with old and new friends (never-ending parties), presents (are always welcomed!), shopping (so enjoyableee, when prices are down)…countdown and a champagne toast with the best wishes for a happy new year…Happy Happy Happy New Year to everybody!

Everybody is excited about the upcoming New Year. And many people look forward to the New Year for a new start. What can we expect in the new 2011 year? What will 2011 bring us? Many people must be eager to know they have better luck in the coming year than in 2010.

Well, let’s look at Chinese lunar calendar and try to find some answers.

2011 is Year of the Rabbit (metal rabbit, white rabbit, yellow rabbit or golden rabbit) and it will arrive on February 3, 2011. Element: metal.

The Rabbit is a symbol of elegance, mercy and peace; it is sensitive and gentle. Among the 12 animals, according to Chinese astrology, people born in the year of rabbit are the most delicate. The rabbit is associated with home and family, so family is always priority number one for rabbits. As rabbits can reproduce their next generation very fast, they are connected to love. 2011 is a good time to cultivate family and global harmony. Keep an eye out for new partnerships that may be formed this year that will be beneficial to all.

The Rabbit Year is said to be fortunate. Almost everything will come more easily in 2011. The year of the Metal Rabbit promises to bring peace, joy, calmness and many happy moments. So, after the ups and downs of 2010, the year of the tiger, we can all look forward to a relatively calmer year.
So, I wish you all a very happy, successful and prosperous 2011 year! Let 2011 be better than 2010!

Assel (Kazakhstan)

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by chitchatcafe | 2011-01-11 18:57 | 英会話 教師 札幌