Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A bad manner in Japan

In Japan, we have a lot of manners which are considered rude, but not in Canada. One of them is a manner at school. (but I'm not sure if it's special) It is thought to be impolite to eat or drink during class. If you do, you may be thrown out of the class. In fact, when I was in junior high school, I was scolded by teachers for chewing gum many times even though I didn't understand the reason why I wasn't allowed. Even once in a while I was hit when I was eating lunch during class before lunch time. (I made a wall with my textbook to hide my lunch box, but actually it didn't work. It was too small to cover the whole box) Anyway, if you don't want to fall out with teachers, you'd better concentrate on and write down what they say without eating. I think it's quite tough for people who are always hungry like me.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Yellow Knife

The most emotional experience here in Canada would be when I went to Yellow knife to see "Aurora". There are a lot of beautiful views in Canada, but I suppose that "Aurora" in Yellow Knife stands out. It never lets people down.
Before I saw the aurora, which is called 'northern lights" here, I felt insecure because I wasn't sure if I could see it. When I arrived at Aurora Village, there was no aurora I could see. The fact made me nervous. However, I was so impressed when suddenly the aurora appeared just above my head like this picture. I don't know how to describe the view exactly, but I can say that was amazing, stunning and breathtaking. That was so much more than I had expected. Even though the temperature was -35 degrees (cold enough to freeze all my hair), I really enjoyed the beatiful view. (maybe I can say that I was overjoyed) Now I'm proud that I had this kind of experience which few people can do.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

My challenge in Vancouver

My challenge was to make a Canadian friend here. Everytime I was trying to be nice to people because I really wanted to have a friend who speaks English very well. It's very helpful for me, and I didn't want to miss the opportunity to improve my English. Therefore, I tryed to speak to people, and finally I made friends with a bus driver.
We get together 3 or 4 times a month. I can learn a lot of things about English from him, and also, I teach him Japanese because he's very curious about it. Actually, he has a Japanese girl friend who is now in Tokyo, Japan. At the last time, he recorded my voice in Japanese. I suppose that he had been listening and training in order to express his feelings to his girl friend. In fact, a few months ago, he went to Japan to meet her. At that time, He said to her "Anataga Inaito Ikite Ikenai" that I taught him. It's Japanese and it means "I can't live without you." He told me that she looked so surprised when he said that. I thought it was very romantic and I was glad to hear that. To make friends in different countries is difficult, but we can learn a lot of things from this experience.