Monthly Archives: December 2007

A little garden in Takatsuki, 2007

 Pretty much sums up the year, really. Advertisements

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Nagaijin’s Dubious Achievement of 2007

It was my final Saturday lesson of the year. It was your standard unit – a tape of two people talking; listening comprehension questions; play again; pair check; class check; study of idioms; pair discussion on the topic. The tape … Continue reading

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Pick-up Sticks

The other day (all right, Christmas), I received a few nice birthday gifts. This bundle in particular provoked much discussion: It turned out to be a set of chopsticks in a carrying case (carrying wrap, actually). Every working Wednesday, I … Continue reading

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In the air, there’s a feeling of citrus

If you live in another country long enough, nobody tells you anything. Presumably they assume you know already, but that’s not always true. This week was the first time I’d ever heard of the custom of marking the beginning of … Continue reading

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Truce 2: On the other hand…

As teachers begin to make their way elsewhere for the holidays, there has been much talk in the staff corners (staff rooms are extinct) about the music we’ve been hearing since December 1st (since November 1st in the shopping centres, … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season to Declare a Truce

“…taking over a perfectly good old holiday that they know nothing about and spoiling it for everyone who understands the real meaning. I mean, it’s part of our culture not theirs! Kids will grow up not even knowing the real … Continue reading

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Giving the Finger

Tonight being Sunday, the Hokka Hokka Tei bento shop was fairly busy. It’s a take-out Japanese lunch chain, which is near virtually every station in the country (for want of a better word I say lunch, but people eat bento … Continue reading

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