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Summoro (a.k.a. Summer in Sapporo)   

Summer is almost over. Soon the leaves will turn from bright green into vermillion red, the days will shorten, the temperature will slowly fall.

Autumn is knocking at the door.

I guess someone might be sad, but not me.
I've never been a great fan of summer myself, even though it's fair enough to admit it's one of the moments of the year where the most things happen.
And this year, I experienced the my first summer here in Sapporo (I would have loved to write Hokkaido here, but Otaru is as far as I've got, so i think it's fair enough to say just Sapporo)

Natsu Matsuri, Beer Garden, Summer Holidays from School, Rising Sun Rock.
It has been AWESOME!

Some of you might know how much I am into photography, especially into Street Photography. And Sapporo during summer is beautiful, full of life, colors and people.

But the real reason for my happiness comes from the fact that, for once, I'm in a city that will change drastically as the winter comes: and believe me, I can't stress out enough how much I'm looking forward to seeing the cityscapes, colors and also customs of this beautiful city change in front of my eyes, or even better, in front of my camera.

Snow itself will be the key to make it all happen.

We had a great summer, now it's time to have a wicked Winter too!

Hope you all enjoyed your summer vacations (for the lucky ones) or just even your summer days!

Winter, here we come!

Nico (Italy)

by chitchatcafe | 2011-08-31 14:18 | 札幌 英会話 サークル

Auctions websites   

Hi everyone!

Do you use auction websites? Personally, I spend way too much money on Yahoo Auctions. When I need something, I often try to buy it at the cheapest price from the internet. Unfortunately, while browsing the internet for things I need, I often find myself tented to buy some other things that I come across and that I don't really need. There are so many interesting offers, especially on Japanese auction sites. It's rarity in abundance. I don't consider myself a shopaholic, but I am a big vintage guitars enthusiast and, when I see all these beautiful old axes (slang for "guitars"), it is sometimes too hard to resist.

The concept of "active buying" rather than the usual passive shopping is also quite appealing: At auctions, bidders have to be smart and patient and use tactics in order to get what they want for a good price. The problem is that those websites are too convenient. It is virtually like having every stores in the world at home.
However, if your mind is stronger than mine and you can draw a line between the things that you need and those you don't, I think that buying from the internet is a good way to save money.

See you soon at CCC!

Colin (Belgium)

by chitchatcafe | 2011-08-25 16:01 | 英会話 教師 札幌


I had been looking out to buy some form of transportation other than
my mountain bike in order to make getting around Sapporo a little
easier. I am quite familiar with the center of town, but because I've
never had a car here I really don't know the surrounding areas at all.
The problem was that I didn't really need a car, and the costs of
keeping one on the road here are way higher than in Australia. So I
couldn't really justify buying one. In the end I decided to buy a
"suped-up" (modified) Honda Zoomer scooter that my friend was selling.
It seems to be a fun little bike which should go a fair bit faster
than it was originally intended to. I am in the process of applying
for Japanese drivers licence and if everything goes well I should be
on the road by next week. I'm hoping that everything goes smoothly
with the paperwork because now that I have changed the plugs, oil and
battery, I am running out of things to do with it other than ride it.
Wish me luck!

Jack (Australia)

by chitchatcafe | 2011-08-23 19:56 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌

Busy August   

Hi, Chitchatters!

Very very very hot these days! Hope you are all doing good and enjoying summer (do not forget it is very short here!)!

I am having very busy, let’s say, very fulfilled time this month. August started with the Summer school program at my centre, which was fantastic, thank to its participants (and organizers)! After the all-day-long lectures, round-table discussions, and our own presentations, we had a trip to Nemuro and Shiretoko. It was awesome! Delicious hanasaki crab dinner in Nemuro, Nosappu - the easternmost point of Hokkaido, a small cruise somewhere between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean (could see cute seals!), and beautiful landscapes of Rausu. It was combined with the sleepless nights of karaoke& bars, and crazy dance night in Alife. I am still recovering :D

Another good news is that I am officially on my vacation from next Monday! Though it doesn’t mean that I am off. Finally, I would be able to work on my thesis...

And, there’s a kind of sad news - the season of farewells. Many of my friends are leaving Sapporo, some of them are going back their countries, some are just going to other places for another portion of new life experience... and now I am heading to the next farewell dinner of my Filipino and Columbian friends! Hope to meet them again someday somewhere....
But, I’ll meet you guys very soon at the CCC!

Assel (Kz)

by chitchatcafe | 2011-08-17 13:45 | カフェ 英会話 札幌

The own car & ‘COSTCO’!   

One week since we signed the contract for our first car, a wonderful red X-Trail, one week of high excitement has finally passed!! The day has come where we could finally pick up our lovely X-Trail!! The feeling of freedom to go anywhere you want is just indescribable!

So where to go first with the new (used) car? It was already late daytime, so drive far away was not an option, that’s why we decided to vist ‘COSTCO’!! For me ‘COSTCO’ was nothing new, cause we have similiar food retailers like ‘Metro’ and ‘Fegro’ in Germany. To my boyfriend though ‘COSTCO’ was a new world. To see him being excited over all the groceries in these big family packages was really funny. Even I was excited, especially about all the tasters around me. ‘What should I try first?’ was the only thing I could think about. In the end we left ‘COSTCO’ with a package of 12 monster muffins!!

And we still have a few in our freezer! Anyone there who wants monster muffins??

Hien (Germany)

by chitchatcafe | 2011-08-09 14:48 | カフェ 英会話 札幌

Living Abroad   


Hello everybody,
I am back with some comments on living back here in Czech. I entitled this blog a little bit strange “Living Abroad”. Well, in spite of that Czech is my homeland I feel here sometimes like a complete stranger. Hopefully I haven’t become Japanese either, just I am looking on my country from a different point of view after 4 years living in Sapporo (which I miss so much!!). Moreover a lot of these comments are about Hideto, who is regardless his Japanese nationality has become “Czech-like” very soon:-)

Well, this time I would like just to give you big big virtual hug and encourage you to travel by yourself!! At least in East Europe people speak similar English as you, and they are good at gestures and other stuff;-) People here in general like Japanese and are very kind to them: half of Czech are crazy about samurais and other half are complete “otaku”, who know about manga and anime more than average Japanese teenager (about that let me write in another blog) and all of them love sushi, sashimi, eda-mame and some of them even miso soup!

And if you don’t have money for traveling? That’s no problem if you don’t mind to become a cook. Japanese restaurants became unbelievably popular, but of course there is big lack of Japanese cooks. So, one advice get good practice in cooking Japanese traditional meals, making sushi and cutting fish – it is more than useful if you wish to try work & travel in Europe!

Ivona (Czech Republic)

by chitchatcafe | 2011-08-05 18:54 | 子供 英会話 札幌