Archive for September, 2010

Every little thing in my ordinary life 28

September 17, 2010 4 comments

My student has come back
As I said before, I have a student, who is in the beauty business. She was in N.Y. for her work. Before she left Japan, I taught many phrases which can be used during her trip. I asked her how she went well in N.Y. after she came back.

‘The phrases you gave me were so useful. But the problem was I could hardly understand whay they are saying after I said something to them.’

As a matter of fact, she mailed me a few times while staying in N.Y., and reported her situations to me. The mail said the same thing. As the season 2, we’ve started a new program in order to improve her listening skills.

She had two tasks during her trip. One was to make up one bride and the relatives, and the other was to make up models appearing on a photo session. She told me the tasks were so tough because she had to do everything without her assistants, but things went well. Several accidents were happned, though. After the talk, she said to me, ‘They said they will not have the sessions in February.’ Oh, my Gosh, it means, I’ve lost my opportunity to go to N.Y. with her.

After that, we talked about how we(I mean, she) could get another offer from her clients oversea.

To say I love you. Where?
One day, I received a mail from my old friend. The mail said he wanted to know a good place like seashore on which you could enjoy sunset. The following sentences in his mail continued like this; ‘I’m in love with a woman. She is much older than me.’ Surprisingly, the woman is 18 years older than him.

‘Should I say… good for you? Anyway, being in love is good. Yeah, we have many places for a date. You can say you love her anywhere I tell.’

I hope he makes it.

Present perfect… a kind of tense?
I’ve been struggling with present perfect. I guess present perfect and present perfect continous are the most confusing part among Japanese English learners. My impression for them is, maybe I might be wrong, ’emphasis of status or actions.’ Ummm…I must dig them more. I think I should call them a kind of tense, by the way?

Categories: My diaries

The fire reflects their obedience

September 11, 2010 2 comments

Last August, I enjoyed cormorant fishing at the Kiso river. It is so-called ukai in Japanese.

Cormorants are a bird living around sea. Fishers catch them by the seashore, and train them after cutting their specific feathers to prevent them from flying. Fishers teach cormorants how to swim, how to land on the boat’s railing, etc. Also, fishers grind cormorants’ beaks in order not to injure fishers. Cormorants’ necks are bound with strings. That is the secret why cormorants don’t swallow fish. It is difficult to find the right degree of tension. Too loose to throw up fish, too tight to catch fish.

Cormorants fishing at the Kiso river have gone for over 1,300 years. Inuyama city, where I went, treats this traditional fishing as an important thing. So, now that all fishing masters are civil servants of Inuyama city hall. I just thought how much their extra for overtime because cormorants fishing usually start after the sun falls.

This is where we waited for the boat to ship.

It is called yakatabune, which you can enjoy eating local dishes, such as sweetfish.

This is what I ate. You can see one roast sweetfish. It was quite delicious. I wanted it to be more salty, though.

Savoring local dishes, you can enjoy sightseeing. This is the Inuyama castle, which I wrote before.

They are veterans boatmen, who are also good at talking. Their talk gave us a happy time.

We took a rest at the area in the middle of the river. All stones were ground and shaped like a ball.

Cormorants fishing had started. One fishing master handle ten cormorants at the same time. You can see the strings. Fishing masters keep the fire on in order to attract sweetfish. All the crews on the boat put a special and traditional costume, and the costume can prevent the crews from the fire.

At the end of program, fishing master explained how they train cormorants and how cormorants catch fish. You can see a cormorant sitting on the edge of the boat. The relationship between fishing masters and cormorants looks closer than I expect.

Can you see the cormorant next to the fishing master? He(she?) is so cute. He behaved so good. I want my dog to look at his attitude and become obedient.

It was my second time to enjoy cormorants fishing. I’d like to be there again.

Categories: Japanese Culture

Every little thing in my ordinary life 27

September 10, 2010 3 comments

A lot of things to do in my business
The president, who is also my friend, ordered me to go to Osaka next week. After that, maybe I have to go to Tanegashima, the island in Kagoshima prefecture. I don’t know what will happen there, but there must be something exciting.
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Nostalgic phone booths make me remember something

September 2, 2010 6 comments

Now that most of the people in Japan have their own cellphone. Me, I have two cellphones. One is my private one and the other is my official one. I first had my cellphone when I was around twenty. People started possessing cellphones instead of pagers at that time. Me, I had both of a cellphone and a pager and paged my friends with my cellphone.

I used to use a pay phone before I had a cellphone. Actually, I was so talkative(sorry, I AM talkative) that my parents got surprised at the bill of calls and forbade me from using a phone in my home. I had a girlfriend at that time. I got in my car and headed for a place in which I could call her from a pay phone. I pulled over my car as close to a phone booth as possible, opened the window of my car, put a prepaid card into the slot and talked with my girlfriend as I sit on the driver seat.

Thanks to cellphones, I use no longer a pay phone and do such a thing above. However, I found such nostalgic facility today. I had an appointment with my new client. That was in the outskirt of Nagoya, which I used to visit when I was an university student. I just remember there was a nostalgic and funny facility, so I asked my client if the facility still was there. The answer of my client was YES.

The facility is so-called a drive-through pay phone booth. Here, it is. Can you see two green boxes? They are pay phone boxes. The premises have one-way traffic. Cars made in Japan have driver’s seats on the right side.

You can see the one way sign.

It is easy for drivers who have cars made in Japan to stop their cars and call someone. It is quite tough for ones who have cars imported from other countries to call. Wait a minute, such people don’t need to drop by such a place because they are rich. lol

You can pull over your car, open the window, call someone special and have a wonderful time as you’re sitting on your driver’s seat. All you have to worry is care for rain.

Even though the cards are out, you can buy a new prepaid card at the box next to the phone.

In this region, Aichi prefecture, we can’t live without car. Most of convenient stores need enough parking lots. Shopping centers on the outskirt can take advantage of their wide premises to woo customers coming by car. These drive-through phone booths used to attract the young. But now, something has changed. I don’t know how long these booths will be maintained. I at least felt something nostalgic and could remember what I did.

Categories: Japanese Culture
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