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中級昇進プロジェット

皆さん、

知っていますか。僕の中級のクラスは中上級のクラスに昇進したければ、下記のようなプロジェットをしなければなりません。
面白いでしょう? =)

Design an itinerary for a 50 years old Singaporean couple going to Japan.

1. Budget: $2500
2. Cannot take Shinkansen.
3. Flight must be direct flight
4. Trip: 9 days
5. Must eat minimum of 10 Japanese cuisine/food
6. Theme parks are a no-no
7. Couple is more prone to nature.
8. Must visit at least 7 cities.
9. Hotel need not have breakfast, but must have places to eat breakfast
10. Couple needs Internet access.

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Trip Report by Charles

Osaka (Day 1)

We arrived at the Kansai airport in Osaka in the morning. As we took an overnight flight, upon arrival we had to wash up in the airport’s toilet. After washing up and storing our luggage at the airport, we went to have lunch at Ichiran Ramen at Namba. The ramen there was simply heavenly, one of the best ramens I ever had. We then explored Osaka’s Denden town and also visited the hotel we’ll be staying during our last 2 days in Osaka. After that we headed back to the airport, collected our luggage and took a shutter bus to where we’ll taking our domestic flight to Tokyo. Due to heavy rain, the flight was delayed and we arrived at Tokyo quite late. We took the train somewhere and then took cab to our hotel. We left our luggage in the hotel and went to have supper at Matsuya. We then ended our first day in Japan.

Tokyo (Day 2 & 3)

We went to several places in Tokyo such as Asakusa, Shibuya, Akihabara, Shinjuku, Harajuku. The clothes here are really very fashionable and you can really get a lot of things from here as compared to the other parts of Japan. So if you want to buy any anime, clothes, accessories you should not hesitate to spend most of your allocated shopping money here. Meaning the amount of money you have set aside for spending aside from meals and accomodation etc. We also met Sensei’s Japanese friend and his ex student and tried conversing in Japan. Nic-senpai and I tried taking train on our own for the first time in Japan to meet Sensei and his friend at Akihabara, but we walked to the wrong station and got confused which line to take. We eventually figured our way to the correct station, at the same time we got to understand the railway system in Japan better. It was a bad and also good experience =)

Takayama, Shirakawago (Days 4 & 5)

We made our way to Shinjuku in the morning to take the bus to Takayama which was around 5.5 hours long! We stayed in a guest house for our 2 days there. There are around 6 single beds and 2 double beds in the big room. On the following day, we took a bus to Shirakawago. The place was very beautiful. It is very greenish and quiet with a lot of traditional houses. You can also spot some of them planting their own crops like fruits and vegetables. We climbed all the way up and witnessed breathtaking scenery from up high. We then head back to Takayama in the evening and visited an onsen and a game center.

Nagoya (Days 6 & 7)

We woke up early to catch our bus to Nagoya at 10am. We arrived at Nagoya around noon, left our luggage at the hotel and went to Sakae for lunch. We had miso katsu and it was delectable. I then explored the whole Sakae full of departmental stores, went to it’s Pokemon Center, Oasis 21, walked all the way to Fushimi station realizing there’s nothing along the way actually. I took a train from Fushimi station to Osukannon to visit the Osukannon temple as well as its shopping arcade which has nothing fascinating, then made my trip back to the hotel and met up with Sensei. He brought us to a restaurant/pub with unforgettable local special appetizer and chicken wing. The next day, sensei suggested we walk to Sakae station, 2 stations away, to take a train from there to Nagoya port to save money. It was quite a distance away considering I have walked from Sakae to Fushimi. It was also drizzling and the weather was so humid, definitely not a good choice to take a long stroll. Eventually I found out that the train fare from Sakae to Nagoya port is actually no difference of from Nagoya to Nagoya port. We visited Nagoya’s Aquarium and watched the spectacular dolphin show, afterwards the Nagoya Castle in the late afternoon. We then head back to Nagoya station in the evening to roam about, had dinner, and ended the day.

Osaka (Day 8)

We took the morning train from Nagoya to Osaka. We settled down at the hotel and spent half day our own personal time. I went to have lunch at Ichiran again because it is awesomely palatable and I’ll definitely be missing it when back in Singapore. I roamed the shopping street of Namba consisting of Shinsaibashisuji shopping street,Nankaidori shopping street, and Dotombori shopping street. Afterwards I took a train from Namba to Umeda. Walked around the place and visited the Pokemon Center there before I headed back to the hotel to reunite with Sensei. We went for dinner and met with Sensei’s another Japanese friends at Izakaya. We celebrated Nic senpai’s birthday and then sensei brought us to visit some secret place there. Then we ended our day.

Himeji & Kyoto (Day 9)

On our last day, Sensei brought us to Himeji area. Sensei and I did some hair grooming while Nic-senpai took a stroll towards Himeji Castle. We then went to Kyoto. Despite the rain, we managed to visit Fushimi Inari and Kiyomizudera. We headed back to Kyoto station with some personal time before we took the shinkansen back. I also learned about the “ekibento” which is very convenient for people to buy their meals and eat during their train ride. There is so many variety to choose from giving me a hard time choosing. The bullet train was so fast that I didn’t have enough time to finish my ekibento. We then needed to transit to another train back to our hotel to pick up our luggage before we take a train to the Narita Airport. However there is a delay due to the rainy weather which is common during rainy days as the rail tracks are really old, the trains have to slow down to avoid breaking them. Time passes so fast that it’s time for me to leave Japan already. I don’t want to go back to Singapore T.T I’m so glad to have been on this trip, as Sensei brought me to try so many delicious Japanese food and visited so many places. I feel that the most important thing you need to know to explore Japan is to understand it’s train system. As they have very broad and complicated train system as compared to Singapore, you will not be able to conveniently travel from places to places if you can’t understand their train system, as well as their various mode of transport, whichever is cheaper and more time efficient. I will definitely visit Japan again to explore more places of interest and learn more of their culture as well as shopping ^^

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Trip Report by Nic Lee

The trip report by one of my students – Nic Lee

Osaka, Tokyo (Days 1 to 3)

We reached Kansai airport in the morning. After washing up and storing our luggage at the airport, we headed to Osaka as we had time before our flight to Tokyo where our hotel for the first 3 nights was. We went to Namba and walked around Den Den Town, was a fairly eventful day.

For the next 2 days, we went to a number of places in Tokyo such as Asakusa, Shibuya, Akihabara and Shinjuku. One of the highlights for me during these few days was being able to watch a Pro Wrestling show live at the Seibu Dome, being an avid fan and a wrestler myself.

We were also able to meet with some of Sensei’s Japanese friends and converse to them in Japanese. On day 2, Charles and I had to take the train for the first time on our own to meet Sensei and his friend at Akihabara. We actually walked to the wrong station and were then unsure of which line to take. It was definitely not a good experience, but we did understand the train transport system a little better and become more confident to travel on our own.

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Takayama, Shirakawago (Days 4 & 5)

On day 4 morning, we headed to Shinjuku to take the bus to Takayama, which was 5.5 hours long, not including the delay on the way. For the next 2 days, we stayed at a guest house. On the next day (Day 5), we took a bus to Shirakawago, a place with beautiful scenery and traditional houses. We spent the rest of the day around Takayama, including an onsen and a game center.

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Nagoya (Days 6 & 7)

Nagoya was our next destination for days 6 & 7. After reaching Nagoya in the day time by bus, Charles and I walked around Sakae, an area with mainly department stores, individually.

Day 7 was one of the more eventful days for this trip, covering the Port of Nagoya’s Aquarium and Nagoya Castle.

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Osaka (Day 8)

Day 8 was spent with half a day of personal time, during which I walked around Namba, Shinsaibashi and Umeda. For the evening, we met up with another Sensei’s Japanese friends and had dinner at a Izakaya.

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Himeji & Kyoto (Day 9)

On our last day, I took a stroll towards Himeji Castle while Sensei and Charles went to do some stuff.

Having half a day before our flight back to Singapore, we went to Kyoto where we spent a few hours, going to Fushimi Inari and Kiyomizudera. Although the time spent was really short, Kyoto has been one of my favourite destinations for this trip due to the elements of Japanese culture that got me interested in learning Japanese.

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In this trip, I managed to try many Japanese food, all of which I really enjoyed and would like to try again. The biggest takeaway from this trip, for me, was the understanding of taking the train which would surely be useful in my future trips. I definitely cannot wait to go again, to explore more.

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Trip report by Ling-san

Below is the trip report by Ling-san, best student for 2013.
Starting this year, all Intermediate students will have a chance to go to Japan on an subsidized excursion.
What are you waiting for?
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My 1st trip in Japan, Feb 2014

Since youth, I was interested in Japan and wish to travel to Japan one day.  Finally, my dream came through, and most excitement thing was that I was able to use Japanese language that I learnt for my first trip in Japan.

On 22nd Feb, together with Sensei and Tetsu-san, we started our flight from Singapore to Osaka transited in KL.  It was almost 12 midnight while we checked in the hotel in Osaka.  We managed to have our dinner/supper which bought from nearby minimart.  The place was deadly quiet at this hour.

After 3 to 4 hours of short rest, we headed to take a flight to Tokyo.  During this period, the timing was so important that we could not afford to hesitate.  Only got relieved while arriving at the destination.  Hotel that we stayed in Tokyo was quite reasonable.  It might looked old, but was comfortable, convenience for shopping and moreover not far from the Airport.

While in Tokyo, we mainly visited Asakusa Temple, China Town, Cup Noodle Museum.  Lots of tourists visiting the temple were sincerely prayed for whatever they wished.  I also prayed for safety journey and I received a good one indeed.  I studied about history of instant noodle from textbook.  So while in the Cup Noodle Museum, I felt joyful during the process of decorating and making own cup noodle.  What a rare experiment.  Not only sightseeing, we tried delicious Japanese food and desert, meeting friends, strolling casually at Gizan territory, witness the biggest Traffic Junction in Japan.  Crowds of people and tourists could be seen here and there, we had to walk side by side in order not to get lost.  Unlike Singapore, people in Tokyo were mostly stylish dressed, due to cold weather all were covered with thick clothing.  During peak hour, most of the people were rushing for train.

On 25th Feb early in the morning, after parting with Sensei, I myself took a train to Tokyo Airport.  I met a friendly and helpful Osaka lady, Akita Asami-san.  Both of us took the bus from T1 to T2, took the same flight to Osaka.  She was just returned from India.  We chit-chat throughout the journey in Japanese Language, Mandarin and English.  Common language made no barrier.  Though just a short moment, I would not forget this kind and adventurous lady.

After arriving at Osaka Airport, I was heading to the Hotel which located at Shinimamiya.  Because of excitement and uncertainty, I alighted twice during the trip. By the time I checked in the hotel it was almost 3pm.  Due to time limitation, the rest of the day, I just strolled at neighborhood, dropped by a superstore to buy some omiyage and entered a small restaurant to get myself 1 set of tonkatsu.  For safety precaution, I stayed whole night in the hotel and had a good rest.   Because of that, I found myself refresh when returned to my hometown.

Travelling in Japan is a great experiment.  Because of well planning by Sensei, with his guiding and explanation, I am not only got to know many interests of the places, but also learnt a lot of travelling tips.  For example, how to make a good plan before travelling to several places by train, the necessary precaution  in travelling, etc.  To me, this is really a fruitful and knowledgeable trip, hopefully to have another trip in near future.

Culture, Others, Travel

シンガポールに帰国、スウェーデン人の友達の到来 (Got back to SG, The arrival of my Swedish friends)

皆さん、

こんばんは。金曜日の晩、シンガポールに着きました。ちょっと疲れましたけど。。。今日、朝5時に空港へスウェーデン人の友達を迎えに行きました。帰ったばかりです。遠いスウェーデンからよく来てくれて、すごくうれしかったです。

今日からシンガポールのいろんな場所を案内してあげますから、ブログの更新はできるだけ書きます。僕のブログを読んでくれている皆さんに感謝しています。

さて、前は京都まで話しましたね。それから、木曜日に僕の好きなサロンへ行って、髪を染めました。
つい、金箔になりました。<笑> あと、ずっとお世話になってるスタイリストから新しい単語「だてめがね」を習いました。ありがとうな、M-さん。

けど、僕の生徒はちょっと運が悪かったです。耳が少し切られて、出血しました。僕の生徒の耳を切ったスタイリストはただ「すいません」だけと言いましたが、悪いことをしてなかったM-さんは5回ぐらい僕に詫びて、「申し訳ない」、『謝ることしかできません」と言って、彼の行動に感心を余儀なくされた (N1級の文法)。

皆さんはどうしてSuntec Cityがいつつのビルがあるかご存知ですか。明日答えを発表します。
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Evening everyone,

Got back to Singapore on Friday night. A bit tired. Today, i went to welcome my Swedish friends. Just got back. They came from such a faraway place, that’s y i felt very happy.

From today, i will show them around Singapore. As much as possible, i will update my blog. Am thankful to all of you who are reading my blog.

OK, so previously, i talked till Kyoto. After that, on Thursday, i went to the salon that i like and got my hair dyed. Now my hair is gold.
And, i also learned a new word [date megane/glasses for show] from my hairstylist that always help me with my hair. Thanks, M-san.

But my student was kinda in bad luck. His ear got cut a bit and there was blood. The hairstylist that cut my student’s ear just said [suimasen], but my hairstylist apologized to me 5 times. saying stuff like [i am sorry for the mistake], [i can only apologize]. Was admired by his act.

Do you know why there are 5 buildings in Suntec City? Tomorrow i will announce the answer.
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お帰り日本6: まもなく京都、京都です (Welcome back to Japan 6: Shortly, we’ll reach Kyoto)

皆さん、

こんばんは。明後日帰国します。今日、京都へ行ってきました。猛暑でした。
とはいえ、楽しかったです。

今回は、清水寺、祇園、伏見稲荷大社を回しました。

伏見稲荷大社へのバスを待っているうちに、アメリカ系の外国の方は5人がいて、同じバスを待っているようでした。バスを降りてから、場所がわからない私はバス停近くの(ローソン)に入って、道を教えてもらいました。。一緒に降りた外国人たちも神社の場所がわからないようで、私と私の生徒をついてきました。そのとき、日本語が理解できるよさを感じて、うれしかった。

日本語が理解できるおかげで、日本人と話せて、本当にいいと思います。日本語を勉強していらっしゃる方々、日本語の勉強をがんばってください。

さて、写真の時間です。

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Good evening everyone.

I am going back on Friday. Today i went to Kyoto. It was super hot, but it was enjoyable.

This time, i went to Kiyomizudera, Gion and Fushimi Inari Temple.

While i was waiting for the bus to Fushimi Inari, there were 5 other Americans waiting for the same bus. When we (me and my student) alighted the bus, as i was unsure of the place, i walked into the nearby Lawson and manage to ask for the road there. The other foreigners who alighted with us didn’t seem to know the location and followed us. At that time, i felt the goodness of understanding Japanese.

I think it’s good that i can understand Japanese and speak to the Japanese. Those who are learning Japanese, do work hard for your Japanese. =)

It’s time for pictures.
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Vanilla/Peach Ice-cream










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お帰り日本5: お台場、原宿、秋葉、新宿Willer Express (Welcome back to Japan 5: Odaiba, Harajuku, Akiba, Shinjuku Willer Express)

皆さん、

こんにちは。ブログが更新できなくて、すみませんでした。
今日、具合はちょっと悪いので、ホテルで休みました。生徒は一人で出かけました。昼ごはんを食べたばかりです。 (>_<)

さて、昨日、お台場、原宿、秋葉へ行きました。3連休なので、人がすごく多かったです。

昨夜、スーパーに行って、新しい味のキットカットが売られているのを気づきました。 Vanilla Iceといいます。写真を見たければ、こちらまで

今日、もうちょっと休んで、どうやってレッスンをもっと面白く教えるか考えます。

来週、僕の誕生日です。スウェーデンと日本の友達はシンガポールに来てくれて、お祝いをします。楽しみにしています。
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Good afternoon everyone.

Apologies for not being able to update my blog.
I am not feeling well today so i am resting in the hotel. My student has went out alone and i just ate my lunch… (>_<)

Yesterday, i went to Odaiba, Harajuku and Akiba. It was a 3 day holiday for the Japanese, so there were a lot of people.

Yesterday, i went to the supermarket and realized that there was a new flavor of KitKat (Vanilla Ice) being sold. If you wish to see the pictures, you can refer to thislink

I am going to rest a while more, then think about how to make my lessons more interesting.

Next week is my birthday, my friends from Sweden and Japan are coming over to Singapore to celebrate for me. Going to have lots of fun.
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Some strikes going on in Harajuku











willer Express Departure area