We celebrated Christmas and also Taniguchi-san's 60th birthday here in our apartment on the 25th.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Marta was a student at JIU about 10 years ago and now she works as a translator in Barcelona. She helped me a lot when I was there in February and it was so good to see how her studies in Japan really helped her choose the path of a professional translator. She was in Japan on business for about two weeks and I was so happy she made time to come over for dinner on the 18th.
I had a dinner party with the people taking my evening Extension class from 7 PM on the 17th. It was the third party of the day and I received my third gift! Coincidentally I received two gifts from Marimeko and I also gave Mayumi-san a handkerchief from the same designer in the evening. We went to a quiet restaurant in Kujukuri and it was a very pleasant evening.
This was a kind of pot luck party but it was special in the sense that different groups got together and cooked food from four different countries: India, Japan, China, Brazil and the United States.
|Indian food group: great samosa!|
Monday, December 15, 2014
Some of our students from the Philippines, Hungary, Poland, China, Slovakia and Japan performed at Minori no Sato in Togane yesterday. In the afternoon they performed songs various traditional songs and also danced. In the morning there were short presentations on language and holidays customs in Germany, Poland and Hungary.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
It's hard to believe we are so close to the holidays and that we are already having end-of-year parties. This scares me a bit as I have a lot to get done before December 20!!
|Churrasco with students taking Portuguese.|
|Dinner with junior and senior seminar leaders.|
|Churrasco with my 4th-year students.|