Wishing you all a year of success and happiness!
Friday, December 31, 2010
Here are some photos of Jindaiji where people line up to eat the "toshikoshi soba" and pray for a better new year. For those who have watched the NHK drama "Ge ge ge no nyobo," take a look at the amount of people in front of the souvenir shop!
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
We had a farewell dinner for Hiroko last night. I met her about a year ago when I was in Riverside to talk about the Disney Internship Program and to visit some high schools. I cannot believe that since then she has already come to JIU and that she is leaving tomorrow. It's been great having my "kohai" here in Togane.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Except for one year, I have not spent Christmas with my parents for 25 years. I cherish the days when we had big parties where we got to exchange gifts with relatives we never saw during the year. We ate special food--it was a feast with both Japanese and Brazilian food! My parents made efforts to give us what we wanted and we treasured those gifts. There are lots of things I miss and one of them is personally giving gifts to my parents, my brother and sister and spending peaceful days with them.
I spent the day today with some of my present and former students. It's been like that for a number of years now and I feel lucky. Look at the dessert (pavê de coco) decorated by Hitomi & Sho.
Friday, December 24, 2010
We are getting really close to the end of the year and that means my senior students only have two more classes with me and they'll be graduating. We decided to eat some sweets--actually a big cake--in our last class of the year.
Monday, December 20, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday ended up being a "Korean Day" for me. After spending time with our Korean guests, we ended up going to Oami for Korean food. Of course I could not eat one bite of the spicy food Shiori had....and the fire on the table was pretty scary last night.....
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
We had the honor of receiving a delegation from our sister institution Dongseo University in Togane today. The delegation included the Dean of Graduate School (photo). We are looking forward to establishing more programs with them, and I personally hope more students will take advantage of the exchange program we have and will go to Pusan.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
We had an end-of-year party today and my students decorated the room very nicely and also prepared some food. There was a gift exchange as well and it was interesting to see the choices of presents.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Jack, Jonah, Moet, Patrik, Aniko and Mr. Fukuyama went to an elementary school in Funabashi the other day for a special program with the teachers there. I wanted to thank them for taking the time to go there and we had dinner together last night. We learned how to make a banana and a penguin using the "oshibori."
It was a great pleasure to see Dr. Sudy, former Hungarian Embassador, on Wednesday. He's going to be in Japan for a short time and we were grateful for his making the time to see us. It was a good opportunity to thank him for making it possible for us to develop great programs with Hungarian universities. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo during dinner, so what you can see here is the table before everyone arrived. The view of Tokyo was just great!