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Students' Stories about their Golden Week Holiday 10

The following is a student's story about their Golden Week Holiday in 2019.

On May fifth.  I went to Matsuyama with my family.  I enjoyed talking with them in the car on the way there.  Usually my parents are busy.  So I thought this time is important.  At noon, we arrived at Matsuyama and went shopping.  The Gintengai was full of people.  There were many foreigners because it was Golden Week.  While we were walking, a foreigner tried to talk to us.  He asked us something but I was not able to understand him clearly.  I said, "I can't speak English, sorry."  I want to catch and speak English well.  I had a special experience.  In the evening, we went to my grandmother's house.  We ate tempura there.  My grandparents and aunt were fine.  I talked about my high school life.  My aunt said, "Studying hard is very good.  But somethimes take a rest."  I said, "Thank you.  You too!"  I was able to relax and said to myself, "Do your best again!  My family's bond deepened today.  I had a good time.


Students' Stories about their Golden Week Holiday 9

The following is a student's story about their Golden Week Holiday in 2019.

I climbed Mt. Ishizuchi with my family.  It was the first climbing experience for me and my sister.  First, we moved from Shimetani station to Joju station by ropeway and walked to the Joju station.  After visiting there, the mountain climbing began.  I went up a lot of stairs and walked uphill and downhill, so my feet hurt.  I also took a break on the way.  I climbed the first chain, the second chain, and the third chain.  The last chain were almost vertical and seemed long.  If you climb it and you will arrive at the top!  It was a long and hard way, but it was very fun to walk in nature, as it is not usually the case.  I also went to Mt. Tengu at a height of 1982 meters.  The height of 1982 meters was so high that I was surprised.  There was a big sense of accomplishment when I reached the top.  I had a very good experience as I was able to climb the highest mountain in western Japan.  I want to go there again.


Students' Stories about their Golden Week Holiday 8

The following is a student's story about their GW in 2019.

I went to Kobe with my family to visit my grandfather and my uncle on May 1st.  My family and I left our house for Tokushima at teno'clock.  Because my grandmother and my uncle live there.  I saw them for the first time in two years.  My family and I took a rest in their house.  After that, we went to Kobe.  We went over the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge.  We visited the museum of the bridge and we walked under it.  I felt very cool.  After that, we went to the Arima Hot Springs.  Our room had open an air bath.  I took a bath and I was very comfortable.  For dinner we had beef.  It's a Kobe menu.  The meal was delicious.  The next day, we went to the Kobe Port Tower.  The tower height is about one hundred meters.  The view of observatory was very beautiful.  We enjoyed the trip.  I love Kobe.  I want to go to Kobe again.


The Tobitate!(Leap for Tomorrow) Young Ambassador Program

The send-off Party and the advance training for the 5th batch of students studying abroad was held on June 8th, Saturday at MEXT.  Our student who is leaving for Germany this July to study took part in the meeting.  About 300 high school students gathered from all over Japan.  They inspired each other and had a very fruitful time.  (This year a total 800 high school students are leaving Japan to study abroad with the help of this Tobitate! program.)


Students' Stories about their Golden Week Holiday 7

The following is a student's story about their GW in 2019.

My brother became a university student this spring.  He lives in Osaka now.  My brother returned to Ehime from Osaka During Golden Week.  He suddenly came back to Imabari with his friend in his friend's car to surprise the family.  My mother looked at my brother and smiled.  And she said to him, "Did you lose a bit of weight?" Then tears started spilling from my mother's eyes.  My brother asnwered with a little hesitation.  "I'm all right."  I knew my mother's feeling towards my brother and I also knew my brother's feeling towards my mother.  We had a nice time during Golden Week.


Students' Stories about their Golden Week Holiday 6

The following is a student's story about their GW holiday.

On May 6th, I ate freshwater fish and a charcoal-grilled chickens with my family in our garden.  These fish were caught by my father and brothers for my family.  The name of the fish is called "trout."  The fish is faster than killifish.  First, I ate trout.  It was tasty and it had a lot of meat because the trout was very fresh.  Second, I ate a charcoal-grilled chicken.  My father grilled them for us.  My father is kind.  The chicken was very good, too.  It made me happy, and my family made me feel relaxed.  I am full of happiness because I got to spend time with my family.  I want to go camping this summer.  I love my family.


Students' Stories about their Golden Week Holiday 5

The following is a student's story about their GW in 2019.

I ate watermelon for the first time this year on the last day of the Heisei era.  It tasted sweet because we had had very little rain so far.  I like watermelon.  It's the best of all foods.  When I took English conversation lessons online, I told my teacher about that.  Unexpectedly, watermelons are vegetable.  Actually, melon is the same type of food, too.  My mother said to me a long time ago, "If you eat a watermelon seed, sprouts will come up out of your stomach."  Everyone knows this.  I was scared to hear that.  Looking back on it now, it was a silly story.  Speaking of watermelons, "split a watermelon with a stick blind folded," "fruit punch," and so on occur to me.  I'm getting excited just thinking about it.  I will keep loving watermelons.


Students' Stories about their Golden Week Holiday 4

The following is a student's story about their GW in 2019.

I went to Osaka with my family on May 2nd.  We went to USJ, an amusement park in Osaka.  We rode many roller coasters, because I like them.  There are many cute characters there.  I like Minions very much.  I bought many of their goods and I bought my friends some souvenirs.  I hope they will be happy.  We were so excited.  But we were also tired, too.  Because there are many people there.  After riding the attractions, we ate takoyaki, popular Japanese food.  They were very delicious.

We went to Kyoto on May 3rd.  We visited Kitano-temangu, a Japanese temple.  I prayed to become a smart girl.  And we visited Byodoin.  We visited there for the first time.  Byodoin Hoodo hall is displayed on the ten yen coin.  I thought it was beautiful.

I was excited.  I had a good time.  The two days in which we went to Osaka and Kyoto were good memories.


Students' Stories about their Golden Week Holiday 3

The following is a student's story about their GW in 2019.

I had the Toyo high school track and field competition from May 1st to May 3rd.  It's very important.  The top eight finalists can take part in the Ehime high school track and field competition in June, so we practiced so hard to win this competition.

I entered the 100-meter race, the 400-meter hurdle race and a 400-meter relay race.  It is the first time for me to enter the 400-meter hurdle race.  It was known as the most severe race, so I was very nervous. But I was able to finish and I will be able to enter the Ehime competition.  I was very happy.  My goal is to join the Shikoku high school track and field competition this year.  Of course, I will aim to join the All Japan high school track and field competition next year!  So I have to practice harder and harder.  I want to run faster!


Students' Stories about their Golden Week Holiday 2

The following is a student's story about their GW in 2019.

A comprehensive rugby athletic meet was held on April 29th in Shikokuchuo city.  I am the rugby club manager.  I was very excited because I had never been to see the athletic club competition.  The venue was warmed up before the game, and we proceeded with preparations.

Then the game started.  I was fascinated by the scene of passing the ball of the club members, the form of collision, and so on.  I was very moved by seeing each play in front of my eyes as I was carrying the ball. 

As a result, we lost the game, but I saw seniors discussion the game after it was over and smiling but saying they were frustrated but had fun.
We do not have much time left with the third graders, so I would like to take care of the future games and practice days.


Students' stories about their Golden Week Holiday 1

The following is a student's story about their GW in 2019.

I went to Kochi with my family on May 2nd. 

First, we visited an aquarium which used to be a school.  so there were a lot of innovative devices.  For example, fish were swimming in the pool and there were wash facilities before.  I felt interesed to see them because I have never seen them. 

Second, we visited a 'ruined' cafe.  At first, it felt creepy because the appearance of the cafe looked too bad.  I thought that this building was not a cafe but we had lunch there.  I ate a rice casserole with white sauce.  It was very delicious.  So I was surprised.  When I left the cafe, I thought that the retro cafe was fashionable.  I also thought that the cafe is very good because the old building is reused.  It is a good idea.  I had a good time on this day.


Anime/Manga 2

The following are students' answers to the task "Choose one anime/manga and explain why it is popular all overr the world."


★ I think "Spirited Away" is popular all over the world.  I have two reasons.  First, the outline is realisitic and complicated.  It is an unpredictedable story for foreigners.  Second, the expression and depiction are elaborate and attractivee.  The change of characters' feellings have been appreciated in many countries.  That's why Japanese anime and manga are popular all over the world.  They entertain both childrena and adults. 

★ I will introduce Sailar Moon.  This is the story that a firl transforms into a pretty girl warrior named Sailor Moon and defeats the evil organization.  It is popular because its story is funn.  Also, clothes of characters are very cute.  So, some foreigners want to wear costumes.  It is a little old anime, but it's worth watching.  Why don't you watch this anime? 


The following is an exchange student's answer to the above task.

★ Dragon Ball is an anime famous for many reasons such as its epic fighting scenes, lovable characters and interesting plots.  It could be considered as a classic because of how well it has aged, since people to this day still watch it.  It is mainly targeted to young males because of its action filled story and shonen like features.  Overall Dragon Ball had a good timing and in general is an addictive and a great anime.


Anime/Manga 1

The following are students' answers to the task "Choose one anime/manga and explain why it is popular all overr the world."

★ I think "ONE-PIECE" os popular all over the world because it is an adventure story.  Adventure makes each generation excited because people require stimuli in their life.  And, ONE-PIECE's heroes are pirate.  So, they travel the world.  There are many interesting islands such as the one in the sky, and the one made by sweets.  These unique world views never bore the readers.

★ I will introduce "Anpanman."  Anpanman is watched by many children.  It gives us love and courage.  I have three reasons.  First, Anpanman makes us happy to five courage.  Second, many characters appeared in this anime.  People who watch it never get tired.  Third, characters of Anpanman are very unique.  Anpanman's face is made of bread.  I think it's interesting for children to watch with their parents.  For these reasons, I will introduce about Anpanman.


The Golden Week Holiday 3

The following is our ALT’s story of her Golden Week Trip.

On the 1st of May, I travelled to Tokyo using the shinkansen. The first thing I did was go to the Imperial Palace as I wanted to be there on the first day of Reiwa, the Palace gardens are very beautiful. In Tokyo, I got to eat Monjayaki for the first time. It looked awful compared to most Japanese food. I wasn’t sure I wanted to try it as its appearance really wasn’t appetising, but after the first bite, I realised how tasty it was. I also went to a modern art museum in Koto called TeamLab Planets. It’s an interactive experience where it plays with your senses of sound, sight touch and smell. Each room I walked through was different. My favourite was a room filled will lights hanging from the ceiling. They changed colours and made patterns, it was mesmerising to look at. I highly recommend anyone going to Tokyo to try it out, it’s a lot of fun.


The Golden Week Holiday 2

The following is our ALT’s story titled “My Golden Week Trip 2″

Osaka is a great place to stay if you want to visit other places. It is incredibly easy to visit Kobe and Kyoto from Osaka. On Sunday the 28th of April I went to Kobe with one of my friends Ignatius. We went to the port where there was live music playing and many K-POP dancers performing on stage. The best thing about that day was going to a restaurant and eating Kobe beef. I treated myself to an A5 grade rib-eye steak and the chefs cooked it in front of me. It was the absolute best eating experience of my life. The meat was so tender and juicy, it had so much flavour in each bite I never wanted to stop chewing. The steak wasn’t very big so I was worried I would still be hungry afterwards, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. That meal was very filling and I even struggled to finish it.


The Golden Week Holiday 1

The following is our ALT’s story of the Golden Week holiday.

For Golden Week I decided to take a trip to Osaka and Tokyo. My friend Bao from the UK came to visit me during GW so we explored Japan together. I really like Osaka as I feel there is so much to do and see around that area. I really like all the different varieties of food you can get in Osaka. One of the highlights for me was trying fluffy pancakes for the first time at Micasadeco & Cafe. I think they might have been the most delicious pancakes that I have ever had. The pancake we so light, delicate and soft it felt like I was eating a cloud. For dinner, I had okonomiyaki at Chibo. It was very nice, I and my friend tried both Hiroshima and Osaka style okonomiyaki, but I could not choose which style I preferred.


Online English Conversation Lessons

The following are the students’ answers to the task “Try!”, whose topic is “Do you prefer to go out or relax at home on the weekend?  And why?”

*   I prefer to relax at home on the weekend, becuase I like to watch dramas, comedy shows and so on on TV.  The often appear on the weekend.  I want to watch them because they are very interesting.  Also they give me a lot of knowledge.  They are very useful.

*   I like to relax at home on the weekend, because I like to play video games with my friends.  Playing them is very fun for me.  And, I like to watch baseball games, too.  Watching them is very exciting.

*   I prefer to relax at home on the weekend.  I am very busy everyday, becuase I have to go to juku and practice my club activities.  I want to sleep a lot on the weekend.  But I sometimes go shopping with my family, because I can reduce stress through shopping.  I often eat sweets!

*   I prefer to go out on the weekend, because I can get various experiences.  I often go to the gym to play badminton.  I usually go there with my friends.  Exercise is good for me and it’s fun.  I enjoy playing it very much.  I want to be able to play badminton very well.

*   I like to go out better than to relax at home on the weekend, because I like exercise.  I often play softball at school.  I sometimes go shopping with my family on the weekend.  Going shopping makes me and my family happy.  I have a good time on the weekend.


International Cafe

“Sanbun,” or Saijo Industrial and Cultural Festival was held on April 29th.  Our students did volunteer work at “the International Cafe.”  The following are their impressions.

*     I was very nervous.  So I was not able to act as I thought.  I had not known this festival, so now I feel happy that I was able to join it.  I wll join other volunteer activities.

*    Eating an African food called “Sambusa,” seeing the musical instrument.  I learned different cultures.  As a volunteer, by thinking and acting onmy own, I became able to look around and did my best.  In the future, I would like to learn more about different cultures.

*    I took part in the volunteer work of the international exchange.  I talked with local residents and students from Africa.  I explained about African games to children.  I learned the importance of working and consideration.  Also, I learned what we did makes visitors happy.  I’m glad that I realized this.  I want to study English more and more, and increase my own opportunities to interact with foreigners.

*    It was good to be able to interact with many people and to convey the good points of East Africa.  Although I was a little uneasy during my first volunteer activity, I finally enjoyed it.  I want to be involved in the local activities in the future, and I want to be able to do something to make our area better.

-     I was happy that many people participated in our presentation and the quiz.  I want many people to be interested in foreign countries by telling them what we have learned through the UK study tour.

-    I took part in the industrial and cultural festival held in Saijo.  We told citizens what we learned through the UK tour.  The presentation enables us to understand the UK more deeply.


The Golden Week Holiday

The following is our ALT’s essay:

I am really looking forward to Golden Week as it’s a holiday we don’t have in the UK. I believe now is the best time to go on vacation in Japan. The weather is great, not being too hot or too cold. Japanese spring time is my favourite season as it is so beautiful. I’m happy to have time to appreciate this season properly. I thought Golden Week was one big holiday but it turns out to be a few smaller national holidays that are close together. This year is extra special as the emperor is changing so it’s going to be a 10 day long national break.

During Golden Week I plan to go to Kyoto, Kobe, Osaka and Tokyo. I am most looking forward to seeing Kobe as I have heard a lot about Kobe’s delicious Wagyu beef. It’s famous for being the best beef in the world so I’m eager to try it. I hope everyone has a wonderful Golden Week this year!

We are looking forward to listening to her story!


Online English Conversation Lessons

Online English Conversation Lessons for the freshmen of the fiscal year 2019 started on April 17.  The following are the students’ answers to the task “Try!”:

I prefer to relax at hole on the weekend.  I have two reasons.  First, I study very hard so I get tired.  Second, I like to play video games.  I want to lay them on the weekend.  Therrefore, I prefer to relax at home on the weekend.

I prefer to relax at home on the weekend, because I like home.  And I like making sweets.  I often make a cake with my mother.  It is difficult for me to make one.  But it is very interesting.

I like to relax at home on the weeken, becaause studying and practicing tennis is very tiring.  Study is very difficult for me and I have a lot of homework.  I practice tennis for a very long time, two hours.  So I like to relax at home on the weekend.