<   2015年 02月 ( 3 )   > この月の画像一覧   

UFOs and other fishy experiences!   

As a European who had never set a foot on the Asian continent before laying down my hat in Japan 3 years ago, I can tell you that going food shopping is like an endless treasure hunt in some unknown galaxies.
Most discoveries are harmless and usually pretty satisfying. I could name few of them : the wobbly dodgy colored konnyaku, the slimmy stinky shiokara, the stringy brown-yellowish natto, or the soft tubular weird looking chikuwa. I think that one of the most mysterious meal I ever had was Oden, the first month I was in Japan. This great typical Japanese dish is probably one of the strangest looking one for foreigners. We can only tell about the egg, any other delicacies are UFOs...Unknown Floating Objects.
This is to say that in our european countries, we barely know any other Japan than Sushi Japan, or Ramen Japan for the connoisseur.

However, there's one poisonous UFO found in the ocean that we know about and we fear : the puffer fish, or commonly known as Fugu. Ask any foreigners coming to Japan : they either don’t want to eat it because it’s dangerous or either want to it it because it is dangerous. Whatever is the reason, it is a hit! I had tried to taste it on my journey to Osaka when my family visited me but I was promptly stopped by my beloved mother and aunt, as I could possibly die and, as a result, end their well-deserved holidays in Japan.

However, I didnt give up the idea and this year, I decided to challenge that cuttie face and head to SanPiers aquarium where a special Fugu event was held. After this first encounter of the Fugu kind, I must say that I was even more eager to have a bite! And here came my luck a week ago : a trial set of 5 small frozen fugu from the shop!

It’s been a week now and as you can see, I'm still alive!

See you soon chit chatters!

Claire (France)

[PR]

by chitchatcafe | 2015-02-13 16:28 | 英会話 プライベート レッスン | Comments(0)

Hot spring spirit   

Yesterday I went to Noboribetsu onsen for the first time which was a really exciting experience for me! The steaming vents were really dramatic and we were lucky with the weather as we had blue skies all day. As there is no volcanic activity in the UK we have no hot springs, so for me onsen is a great experience and I am enjoying exploring Hokkaido through these relaxing steam baths. I hope to continue taking hot spring baths throughout different places I will travel to in Japan and it is something I will truly miss about the culture here when I return home. What do you think about hot spring culture in Japan? See you in the cafe soon!

Rosanna (UK)

[PR]

by chitchatcafe | 2015-02-06 16:47 | 英会話 教師 札幌 | Comments(1)

Winter madness   

Hey everyone! How's life treating you?

It's been a while since my last blog entry so let me give you a few of the main points of my life lately.

If you've spoken to me for more then 30 seconds over the last 2-3 months you'll be fully aware of the fact that I love to snowboard. Needless to say, I have been doing my best to get out on the mountain as much as I can this winter. So far I've been out about 12 times but that is not nearly enough. My new boots and board are making my life extremely enjoyable and I am improving enough to start tackling some of the deeper power and tighter tree runs around the area.

I also recently moved into a new apartment. I am very happy with it as it is far warmer and more convenient than my old place (I can actually use the toilet with the door closed in this place!)

I'm heading back to Australia this week for a few days. My sister is getting married so I intend to take full advantage of the celebratory atmosphere. I'll try to take a lot of photos, which I will no doubt then show all of you whether you ask to see them or not haha!

Well that's it from me for now. See you when I get back!

Pat (Australia)

[PR]

by chitchatcafe | 2015-02-03 16:34 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌 | Comments(0)