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The last big event before the coming of spring   

Good afternoon to everyone,

The long winter days continue to pass as we approach springtime. There are many things which I am looking forward to doing once the snow has melted away, and the days become longer and warmer. Before winter has taken a bow and given way to the spring season, there is still one last event which I, as well as many other people are looking forward to attending. That of course is the Sapporo Snow Festival. Actually I had never heard of the Sapporo Snow Festival prior to moving here nearly six years ago. The first time I attended it I was blown away with the wonderful works of art which had been produced. I was also surprised to learn how many teams of people from around the globe had put in months of planning as well as weeks upon weeks of hard physical labor in order to make this festival become a reality.

This year although I am still unsure of what kind of works will be put on display, I was able to grab a quick glance of what appears to be a tribute to Star Wars. As a child growing up at the time when the series was still new and being shown at the theater, the movie has a special place in my heart. I am sure that when I do go to the snow festival this year, the first exhibit which I visit will be that one.

Hope you all get at chance to visit it as well!

Douglas (USA)

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by chitchatcafe | 2015-01-27 15:49 | マンツーマン 英会話 札幌 | Comments(0)

New Year in Tottori   

I wish you all a happy New Year!

How did you guys spend the holidays? My boyfriend and I flew to Tottori, to visit his family over the holidays. It was really nice!

We mostly spent the evenings at home, drinking together with his brothers and his parents. On January 1st we went to the shrine and after that visited his uncle’s house, were we had lunch together and drank quite a lot. His two uncles asked me many questions about Germany and also about my life in Japan. Everyone was so nice and caring and I felt really welcomed.

I thought the weather in Tottori would be warmer than in Sapporo, and according to the thermometer, it actually was. However, it did not feel any warmer. The houses in Honshu are built to fit into an environment, where it gets really hot and humid in summer, and therefore the rooms cool out very easily. When you came into a room, you had not used all day; you could even see your breath, that cold was it! Although the temperatures outside were warmer compared to Hokkaido, I was freezing! In Tottori, the cold is a damp cold, which goes straight through all your clothes, no matter how many layers you would wear!

So when we returned to Sapporo I really began to appreciate the climate here and also the comfortable warmth inside my apartment.

Take care not to catch a cold!

Denise (Germany)

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by chitchatcafe | 2015-01-21 14:54 | 英会話 教師 札幌