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It’s time for harvest.   

Warm October days are almost gone, and for me, it seems like vegetables are everywhere, especially daikon and pumpkin. My host family’s garage is going to be full of it, preparing to the winter. I moved to the very kind people’s house from rented apartment and feel so glad about it. The summer mountaineering season is absolutely finished, left me without enjoying hiking much. Summer flew away. “And then the summer’s gone as if it never lasted, and still the warmth is burn, but this is not enough. All things that could come true as leaf fall down to me - straight into my own hands, but this is not enough. Nothing wasted or missed, neither evil nor good, all had been brightly burned, but this is not enough. Life kept under her wing, protected and saved; I was really lucky, but this is not enough.” - That is the one famous poem about. The core charm of it had gone with the rhythm and bias of the words meanings. To translate a poem lyric is as difficult as to create the new one. You have to feel whole messages of it and I think the main intrigue of some poems is when you found another meanings in it but never can be sure whether the author meant it or is it just your own imagination, or he meant it but pretended that didn’t. The tricks of the mind and its consequences; you can expect from other author more and begin to search the hidden messages, trying to find a clue according to his or your interests. You can lose your mind or write a book like Da Vinci Code if you become to be really into it. I am into laziness now. To make myself doing my obligations I am focusing on pleasures, hopefully thinking it would help to reduce stress and the work (which is equal to study in my case) will be done easily, especially because this is not a big deal actually. One of my friends told me that I just have to Begin. This is the hardest part. Nobody really knows where inspiration to do anything comes from or how it is lost. And trying to make a research how to find it easily while there is a limited time is not a great idea. Even though I’ve spent a nice time, hanging out with friends, travelling for sightseeing to Shakotan peninsula and doing many other activities, like going to school and meet children, who kindly reported me about my own country after ice breaking games played all together and introductions to some Japanese customs and traditions made by children especially for us, foreign students. And I will attend to the bus tour, which includes the trip to lake Shikotsu or Chitose salmon park (you can choose in advance) and will be finished at Sapporo Beer Garden with all that chingiskhan and beer! All the day will be held under the slogan “Let’s enjoy Autumn together in Hokkaido!” Why not, I thought, let’s enjoy!
And then let's enjoy talking about it or many other things! Looking forward to see all of you, guys and have a nice conversation.

Karina (Kazakhstan)

by chitchatcafe | 2012-10-19 18:09 | マンツーマン 英会話 札幌

Autumn and October   

After a very long summer we've finally come to Autumn, which brings October and Halloween!

Though most of our current Halloween traditions were made popular by America, most of them come from England. Though in England we don't think that Halloween is an important holiday. For kids the most important part of Halloween is probably all the candy they get from trick-or-treating. For adults, I think people just like to dress up silly and act differently for one evening. When I was a kid, I liked more traditional scary costumes like werewolves and vampires, but really any costume is fine these days. Many people like costumes from the popular movies and TV shows of the year, or great classic characters. You could even come as Lady Gaga or KISS! I think Halloween is a great fun holiday though, so I hope to see a lot of you at the party, and I hope there'll be a lot of great costumes!

Autumn in Hokkaido also means that we're starting to slowly advance towards winter. I've already started turning on my heaters because my apartment has terrible insulation, and I'm not looking forward to the bills! I don't like the snow, the ice, or the cold and I don't do any winter sports so I hope it's a short winter this year, and another long summer next year! (Sorry ski and snowboarders!)

Chris (UK)

by chitchatcafe | 2012-10-18 15:59 | 英会話 個人 レッスン 札幌

The magic of opera   

Hi, guys! It has been a while. Hope you have been well!

It is getting colder, so take care of yourselves and don’t catch a cold! As for me, I totally prepared for the autumn season. Cocoa powder, cozy and warm pajamas and new books are waiting for me at home. ^-^ Btw, re-reading “The Miserable” by Victor Hugo right now. It is truly a masterpiece of the French literature! Highly recommended to everyone! I am also very excited to watch musical version coming out in December, where Hugh Jackman is playing one of the leading parts. ;)

Last week I had a chance to see an opera performance in real life. Before, I heard opera arias in movies only and I am far from being music expert. Anyway, I was really happy to get the tickets for “Tosca” by Giacomo Puccini performed at Kitara Hall by Austrian opera singers. Actually, after the opera, I realized that you didn’t have to be a connoisseur to appreciate it. Opera leads you by itself; voices of singers make you feel the happiness or the sorrow of the characters, and it is really amazing how music and voice can blend with each other to communicate with the audience. I think it is impossible to stay indifferent to it.

The plot of “Tosca” might be call a typical “love story”, if it wouldn’t be flavored with the complicated historical background which had influence on heroes’ lives. It contains depictions of torture, murder and suicide and it makes it bittersweet. I won’t tell you the story here, so those of you who might be interested in it, would check it by themselves. ;)

Despite the stereotype some might have (well, being honest, I had it also:)), that opera has snobby reputation, it can be really moving and fun, charming you with its beauty, and without doubt it will be a very unique experience not only to listen to, but to watch also.

I would really like to discuss your opera experience in CCC!

Thank you for reading me and I am looking forward to chat with you again!

Ana (Russia)

by chitchatcafe | 2012-10-16 16:35 | 英会話 教師 札幌