<   2013年 10月 ( 4 )   > この月の画像一覧   

Folklore and events   

I'm always surprised to see how fast the shops change their displays and there goods as soon as one big event is finished. I mean I've been to Daiso 2 days ago to find what everyone is looking for at the moment : halloween accessories. Though, wandering around the shop I came across Christmas decorations. There weren't that many I confess but still, they were there, right next to the Halloween accessories.


I've been thinking about it since. In fact, we are in Japan and if we think about it, neither Christmas nor Halloween are part of the folklore, nevertheless little by little those overseas events spread and gain popularity. Also, living with foreigners and japanese I must say that I've been participating in so many events like that. Actually, only last week we celebrated the canadian Thanks Giving and I have to thanks my canadian friends for it cause it was amazingly good!
All in all, is it good or bad, I don't know but in any way it's a good excuse to gather and party, hehe :)

So, see you on Saturday in your best Halloween outfit ;)

Claire (France)

[PR]

by chitchatcafe | 2013-10-24 16:31 | 英会話 教師 札幌

Fresh start ?   

Hello chichatters, I hope everyone is enjoying autumn leaves!

I love autumn, it’s my favorite season: colors, fine weather, fashion (I like purple, orange and blue navy, autumn colors!) and especially, it’s the beginning of school year in France.

I know, most people don’t fancy going to school but for me, I love it! Preparing my bag, buying new stationery, meeting new teachers and hang out with my comrades…I can’t possibly imagine living without school. Of course, I must find a work someday and I will enter the “school of life” as people call it in France but nothing can replace the carefreeness of school time.

Each country has their own anchors in the year, these key moments everyone uses to judge the time. In Japan, it’s Golden week or Obon, in France, Easter or Christmas and...Septembre (La rentree).

This year, I’m in Japan and moreover, I spent the last month in China so when I came back I was a little confused. I need my September, to organize my thoughts and my apartment, plan and structure my year. It’s like Japanese have their April, they start their new jobs or school year. I skipped my “French” start and I quite miss it, but as everything around is moving on, I decided that, like dieting, I shouldn’t wait to start on Monday or tomorrow.

So I just start now…by emptying my luggage.

(Yes, indeed, the concept of September in France is to force people to forget their holidays and come back to reality…lazy people need discipline after all)

Have a nice autumn everyone!

Lise (France)

[PR]

by chitchatcafe | 2013-10-23 16:28 | 英会話 プライベート レッスン

Chilly October and Jozankei   

Hello again everyone!

This month has been progressively getting more and more chilly, already snowing in some parts of Hokkaido. Out on the street we can see that everyone is gearing up for winter, wearing scarfs, boots and warm jackets. Even though I came to Sapporo at the start of March this year, it seems my body forgot the freezing feeling of snow over the summer and now getting acclimatized again.

The highlight for this month for me has to be my trip to Jozankei for hiking. I was unfortunate to get a very cold and rainy day, but it still didn't take away the fun from the experience! I now can say that Jozankei is truly a wonderful place with relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Apart from the hiking being extremely hard (we had to use a rope for the whole time) I had lots of fun and would live to be back to enjoy the nature and the hot springs.

See you later,

Maria (Rus/Aus)

[PR]

by chitchatcafe | 2013-10-22 17:53 | カフェ 英会話 札幌

Autumn and Japanese schools   

Hello everyone!
Hope you are all well and didn't get infected with a terrible cold like me.

It has been a crazy month, for me highlighted with the start of my full time job as an ALT. For it I am assigned to various Japanese public schools. Recently I have been doing many elementary schools, which was a revelation for me.

Kyushouku (traditional school lunch) is one of the best things about Japanese schools in my opinion. Balanced, healthy food is always given in moderate portions, which is perfect for staying slim in a country filled with ramen, tonkatsu and tempura.

Although we saw September come and go, we are still yet to experience the amazing red Japanese autumn, which I am really looking forward to!

Cheers,

Maria (Rus/Aus)

Maria
[PR]

by chitchatcafe | 2013-10-01 17:40 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌