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Summer of holidays and cricket   

Hi everyone!

Hope all are doing well!

I've been working hard as per usual. Am saving my money to go on a short trip in the end of July (working as a school teacher is good for holidays). I have a few friends around then country and its time I payed them a visit.

I've recently decided to work toward taking a Japanese language test so I've been studying hard (if you come to the parties feel free to speak Japanese to me, I need the practice!).

Other then those things I'm just enjoying the warm weather. It's the far more enjoyable to be able to sit on the grass than the snow!

Oh and I finally have found a game of cricket to lay this weekend!! It's gonna be embarrassing as I haven't played in about 10 years but I'm excited to see how my skills have held up (even though I was terrible to start with).

See you soon!!

Pat (Australia)

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by chitchatcafe | 2015-06-26 14:56 | 子供 英会話 札幌 | Comments(0)

Back to Sapporo   

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Hey guys, how have you been?
My trip to Germany was great! I spent about one month enjoying the time with my family, meeting friends, playing with my dogs, eating all the delicious stuff I cannot get in Japan (not only beer and sausages, as one might think, haha) and also preparing things for the wedding ceremony in September in Germany.
In April my mother, father and I went to Tottori to celebrate my husbands and my wedding. The ceremony was held at the Ube-Shrine in Tottori, which is a beautiful little shrine with a long history, and also the shrine to which my husband went every year at New Year. So he has a very strong emotional connection to this place, as well. The inside of the shrine is relatively small, but it was just perfect for us, since we celebrated with not many guests, but only with family members. Accordingly was the atmosphere during the ceremony very pleasant and cheerful.
My husband and I wore both a kimono. Mine was white with pinkish elements (flowers and butterflies). After the ceremony I changed into a furisode kimono, which was more colorful. Even though the kimono looks relatively comfortable, it is not. Why does it have to be so tight anyway?

In the end my husband held a very emotional speech in German, which made all present German people cry. At that moment I thought it to be sad that the Japanese guests could not understand what he was saying and I still think it is a pity that Japanese speeches are most of the time so serious.
All of us had a great time and my parents would love to visit Japan again, sometime. The wedding at the shrine was beautiful and a great experience, I never want to miss. However, I think most girls dream of wearing a white wedding dress, just like I do. Therefore I am really looking forward to our ceremony in Germany and I feel incredibly lucky to be given the opportunity to wear both, kimono and wedding dress.
If you want to know more about our wedding, then do not hesitate to ask me. Maybe we can meet at ChitChatCafe and talk a little!

Denise (Germany)

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by chitchatcafe | 2015-06-16 16:37 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌 | Comments(0)

Let’s play?   

I was teaching french the other day and my student and I were discussing the following phrase found in an article : “French people spend their free time intelligently”.

I had never really thought about it but it is true that we spend a lot of our free time visiting museums, going to concert, going to the theatre, reading, visiting castles and historical sites. I don’t know if we can call that “spending time intelligently” but we do think that we can expand our knowledge while relaxing and playing.

Aaaah! Playing! This is one thing I really miss! France has a long tradition of family game! I can remember spending rainy Sundays, reunions, holiday car trips, or just free evenings playing with my family or my friends for hours either board games, playing cards games or one shot games. I think every family has a game closet where worn board games pile up along with few dying sets of playing cards! And every family can recall laughing, shouting or arguing with each other over a game, a score, a mistake or anything else that can happen in the game!
I tried few times ‘Let’s play hanafuda!’, ‘Let’s play playing cards!’, ‘Let’s do a game of life’ in Japan but I always got a mere interest compared to my friends suggesting one night out in a bar, or in a karaoke! Hahaha! I got use to the karaoke evenings and the ‘Let’s go out and drink’ so be it :

Let’s drink (tea or coffee of course!) and have a chat at the cafe then!

See you next time chit chatters!

Claire (France)

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by chitchatcafe | 2015-06-14 16:04 | 札幌 英会話 サークル | Comments(0)

My trip to “Bamboo” Mountain   

Last month me and my friends have decided to hike mountain close to Jozankei, Hyaukumatsuzawa. I had to wake up early at 5:30 AM on Saturday; it wasn’t new thing to be up so early, but usually at that time I’m returning from the club. Anyway the weather was great the birds were singing, sun was shining so waking up wasn’t so bad, I took my ”mamachari” and cycle to our meeting, they told me it’s not that far from University so I can go with my “amazing” bike, I should have expected there will be elevation, which is not so great for my bicycle without derailleur, but with a lot of effort I survived.

When we arrived to the base camp, we were looking for our public track, but there was none and therefore we decided to follow the map, which led us directly to the forest, I’m not afraid to say “that’s how the real jungle must look like”. The only sign that we were on the right way were barely visible ribbons on the top of the tree every approximately 500m. The hike took around 3 hours up and 2 hours down, because we had to fight with enormous number of bamboo of my height. Good thing is that the last 2 km were only walking on the remaining snow on the top of the mountain except the last bamboo fight on the very top of the mountain. In accordance with Japanese traditions we ate cup noodles for lunch and chill there for an hour, enjoying the view, than we returned to the base camp sliding on the snow; and went back home.
I have to admit that wearing shorts and t-shirt for this trip wasn’t great idea; my legs now look like cats were sharpening their claws on them. But anyway trip was great and I enjoyed it.

David (Czech Republic)
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by chitchatcafe | 2015-06-09 14:54 | カフェ 英会話 札幌 | Comments(0)

My First Time Rafting and Going to an Onsen   

Hello everyone! It was nice to meet some new people this week at Chit Chat Cafe!

This time of year, the weather in Sapporo is really nice. My friends and I went rafting last weekend. It was really fun! We went to Hoheikyo Onsen for lunch, then we went rafting in the Toyohira River. We went about 6 km down the river and it took about 1 hour.

I got splashed with cold water twice, but I was wearing a wetsuit, so it was fine! It was nice to see some of the scenery along the river.

After the rafting trip, we went back to Hoheikyo Onsen. It was my first time going to an onsen. Americans think that onsen are really strange. We would never bathe naked with strangers! I thought it was weird too, but everyone says that it's really relaxing and not all that strange.

I have to say, it was really nice! I went outside and got to see the beautiful scenery while soaking in a hot spring. It was really refreshing! My older sister might come to Sapporo next year, maybe I could get her to go to Jozankei or Hoheikyo! I think she would like it!

Tom (USA)

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by chitchatcafe | 2015-06-04 18:59 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌 | Comments(0)