Since yesterday was Culture Day in Japan, I decided to talk about Japanese culture in my classes. I am very grateful to my students for teaching me so much. One reason I enjoy living in Japan is because I can learn many new things. I think Japan has many good things to teach the world. It has a very beautiful culture.
I used to write a blog about Japanese culture. This year, I have been busy with my school, so I haven't written anything, unfortunately. I want to continue my study of Japanese culture again!
By Akiko Aiba
Six years have gone by since my father passed away.
There is an old storehouse with thick mortar walls at my parents' home.
It was always locked、and so neither my brother, my sister, nor I had ever been inside.
But after my father's death, we could open the door so easily with a key.
Then, we found a small safe inside. The safe had two dials. We had no choice but to try. I turned the first dial one number at a time, until I could hear a clicking sound. It took me about one hour just for the first dial. But there was another one. I tried again in the same way. We became very anxious as time went by.
When I heard the second “click”, my heart started to beat so quickly, as the door cracked open.
“It's opened!” I screamed. All of us peered into the safe.
What do you think we saw in that safe?
Only a piece of paper.
It was a very very important paper.
My father wrote down the safe combination on it, and then he put it into the safe and locked it.
Why? Nobody knows….
1. How long had it been since her father died?
2. Where was the safe?
3. How did she get into the old storehouse?
Vocabulary & Phrases
1. cracking a safe - finding a way to open a safe even though you don't know the numbers.
2. safe combination - the numbers for opening a safe.
3. peer into のぞきこむ
4. anxious 不安
1. Six years
2. Inside the storehouse.
3. With a key!
Great story! It had me on the edge of my seat! I could only imagine what was going through your mind as you were cracking open that safe, but your dad got the last laugh! Ha! Ha!
Hilarious and scary! I liked the video, too!
THE DOG FROM HELL
By Mariko Araki
I had a scary experience last Tuesday.
Last Tuesday evening, I went to the park with my dog, Moca.
Many dogs were running around there, I knew none of them.
When we approached them, suddenly one dog without a leash rushed toward us. I panicked and bent down to pick up Moca.
Fortunately she was safe but unfortunately I was bitten on my right hand by the dog. My poor hand swelled up and ached badly the next morning. Since then I’ve been unable to do my domestic chores.
The most regrettable thing for me is that because of that injury, I couldn’t see my classmates at a party which is held every 4 years in my hometown.
1. Where did this incident happen?
a. on the sidewalk b. on the street c. in the park
2. What is the name of her dog?
a. cafe mocha b. Latte c. Moca
3. What did she do when the dog ran toward her?
4. Did her dog die?
5. Did she get rabies?
Vocabulary & Phrases
2. swell はれる
3. domestic chores家事
4. ache うずぐ
5. rabies 狂犬病
3. She picked her dog up
5. I don't know
Wow, Mariko...that is a scary story! I hope your hand heals soon! I wonder if you are going to become a werewolf now!
WHAT IS SCARY TO ME
By Kanreki Y.
Is it visible or not, real or virtual?
Sometimes I find myself enjoying a horror movie or screaming in a haunted house. Nowadays in the Halloween season, people dress-up as a goblin, a monster, or a ghost, and enjoy scaring other people.
Come to think of it, for me, the really scary things are invisible, and might happen unexpectedly and ruin my life.
"What are they?", you might ask.
Getting old, disease? Losing family members in an accident or natural disaster?
(I know we can’t always avoid acts of God.)
I can’t say what the most scary thing is to me.
The only thing I can say is that whatever it is, the thing that could take away my dearest things like family, friends or pets, is the scariest.
The thought that I might lose what I care about really scares me.
But at the same time, that reminds me of what is most important in my life.
Thank you, MIAMI class, for giving us such a chance to think about what is scary (important) to us! Happy Halloween!
1. Nowadays people ........
2. What is really scary?
3. Thinking of what scares us also leads us to think about what is ........
Vocabulary & Phrases
1. act of God 自然災害
2. unexpected 意外
3. disease 病
5. avoid 避く
ありがとう! Kanreki. Y
1. Dress-up as a goblin, a monster, or a ghost, and enjoy scaring other people.
2. The thing that could take away my dearest things like family, friends or pets, is the scariest.
3. What is most important in life.
Very interesting, indeed! I have also thought that thinking about death also brings thoughts of life and of the things we often take for granted. Super job!
By Michiko Shiba
One day my little daughter didn’t come home even though it was getting dark. She always came back before dark. I got worried about her. I looked for her at the playground near our apartment and called everyone I could think of on the phone. But she was nowhere to be found.
I got into a panic and shivered with anxiety. Finally I rushed to a nearby police box to tell them that my daughter was missing. After I returned home, a young policeman soon came. I was explaining the situation to him, when I heard my daughter's voice from upstairs. I didn't know that she had been playing with her friend, Kazu, in the apartment upstairs. He was her new friend.
I felt greatly relieved and thanked the policeman for coming so quickly.
I still remember how much my loved one’s disappearance scared me, even though it was just for a little while.
1. Why was she worried about her daughter?
2. Who did she call?
3. Was her daughter hiding in the playground?
4. When did a policeman come to her home?
5. Where was her daughter?
Vocabulary & Phrases
1. police box 交番
2. loved one 家族のメッンバー
3. shiver ガクガクブルブル
4. panic パニック
5. missing 行方不明
1. Because it was getting dark, and her daughter hadn't come home.
4. Soon after she returned from the policebox.
5. In the apartment upstairs playing with her new friend.
This story reminds me of a similar incident that I had when I was a child. I had gone down the street to play at a friend's house without telling my mother. She was soooooooo angry when she found me At that time, I couldn't understand why she was so upset. Now I understand. Sorry, mom!
Very touching story, Michiko. I hope you weren't too hard on your daughter after that! Great job!