March 7th,2019

St. Patrick’s Day —Part 2

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St Patrick’s Day is usually during Lent, but for this event, the restrictions on food and alcohol are lifted, since then it has been a day famous for it’s drinking to excess. St Patrick’s Day is also known for the leprechaun, which is an Irish fairy. They said if you are clever enough to catch one it will grant you three wishes for its freedom. Leprechauns are also known for hiding gold at the end of rainbows, I spent a lot of time as a child trying to find the end of a rainbow to find buried gold, however, because rainbows are a refraction of light it’s impossible to find the ends on the ground.

February 27th,2019

St. Patrick’s Day—Part 1

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St Patrick’s Day is held on the 17th of March. It is primarily an Irish festival, as it celebrates Saint Patrick coming to Ireland and the arrival of Christianity in the country. It’s a great day to celebrate Irish history, tradition and culture. It is custom to wear green on this day as well as have decorations of shamrocks everywhere. The shamrock is also called a three-leafed clover, if you ever find a four-leafed clover it is considered to be very lucky and good things will happen to you. During this day Ireland has parades and festivals. Many other countries all over the world join in and celebrate this day with the Irish.

February 19th,2019

“Thank you”

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Juil is an exchange student who came from the Phillipines and stayed with us for three weeks.  He left a “thank you message” at his host family’s.  What a beautiful gift he gave them!

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February 7th,2019

Shelley’s English borad & essay

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Valentine’s Day is on the 14th of February.
Every year people send secret Valentine’s Day cards to the person they like.
It is anonymous, so no one knows who it is from.

It does not always have to be romantic, friends give each other cards in the UK to show they care about each other.

For people with girlfriends, boyfriends, husbands and wives, it’s a day to spend together. They give gifts to each other and go someplace special to them.

It’s traditional to give chocolates, flowers and other small things on this day.
Some people confess their feelings to the person they like on this day.

Who do you like? Why not send them a secret Valentine’s?


January 29th,2019

My winter vacation ③

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Today, I will talk about my special experiences while on winter vacation.  During a vacation, I worked as a Miko.  “Miko” is a woman who serves God.  I did the work on New Year’s Day.  For example, I gave fortunes to worshipers.  I greeted them with a smile.  I wore a shouzoku when I worked as a Miko.  “Shouzoku” is made of thin cloth.  So it was very cold in the winter.  In particular, I feel very cold over the morning from the night.  It was hard.  But I could try my best, because many of my friends came to see me.  I was so happy to meet my best friend after so long.  I had a good time as a Miko.


January 23rd,2019

My winter vacation ②

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I went to “Kotohiragu Shrine” with my family.  It is called “Konpira-san.”  I climbed up many stairs.  The stone stairway has 785 steps.  It was very tiring.  After that, we went to a udon noodles shop.  It was very delicious.  Then, we went to the souvenir shop.  I bought my friend’s birthday present there.  That friend’s name is Ayuna.  I bought an earpick for her.  I was very happy because she was very pleased with the present.

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January 18th,2019

My winter vacation ①

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The following is a student’s essay:

I went to Uwajima with my family.  It was snowing.  That is where I saw snow for the first time this winter.  First, I went to a roadside service area.  I saw the statue of “Oni” wife.  It was so big and looked real.  Second, I went to a restaurant.  I ate “tai meshi.”  It was the first time for me.  It’s made of sliced raw bream, and it was very fresh and crunchy.  We had a lot of sashimi.  It was so delicious.

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January 12th,2019

New Year’s Article Part 2

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On New Year’s Eve people gather together, whether that be round a friend’s house or at a company party. Every major city organises fireworks to go off on the stroke of midnight. It is especially crowded at London’s south bank near the London Eye and Houses of Parliament with people waiting to see the fireworks. It’s a time of renewal and hopes for the future, where anything is possible. So on the count of midnight you surround yourself with your favourite people and count down together until midnight, then you have to kiss as many people as possible and wish them a happy new year. It’s also a time to message everyone you know and give them New Year’s greetings. After that everyone parties the night away into the early morning.

January 7th,2019

A new year card from Kamil

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Kamil is a student who came from Germany to Saijo in 2017 and shared nine months with us. He sent us a new year card.  His Japanese is amazing.


January 3rd,2019

New Year’s Article Part 1

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As well as Christmas New Year is also a national holiday, which celebrates the coming of the New Year. It’s the perfect time to reflect on the previous year, to think on all you have accomplished, what you have to be thankful for, mistakes you’ve made, what you need to improve on. It’s also to plan what you want to achieve for the year ahead. It gives you a rare chance to analyse your life and think of what you want to do with your time. It is traditional to think of a New Year’s resolution. Why is that? It gives you a goal to achieve for the coming year and keeps you motivated to do it. It’s also just a bit of fun. (Shelley)

December 26th,2018

ESS members with Shelley

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ESS international understanding club had English activities with Shelley, an ALT.  The students had a good time with her, speaking and listening to English.

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December 21st,2018

Thank you for giving us a good opportunity!

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Anett, an exchange student from Estonia who has been with us for nine months, is going back home.  She said, “It has been lovely to study in a different culture and environment full os sincere people.”  We have had a very fruitful time with her!

December 14th,2018

Research Presentation Contest on the topic of international education

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The Ehime Prefecture holds a Research Presentation Contest for high school students on the topic of international education.  It was held at Iyo Agriculture High School on December 5th.  Students belonging to the Saijo ESS club took part in it.  They gave a report on what they can do to revitalize their hometown through making “Japanese-English Saijo cycling maps.”

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December 11th,2018

Shelley’s essay about Christamas Ver.2

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Christmas is also a good opportunity to help different charities. Many schools around England take part in Operation Christmas Child, it’s a charity where students in school each make and fill a shoe box full of toys, games or food and have then shipped off to countries that have suffered through disaster, poverty or war. As Christmas is a time for appreciating what you have and giving to those that weren’t as fortunate as you.

Did you know that Christmas was not always a Christian holiday. It originated from paganism and was originally called Yuletide. Christianity adopted this holiday for itself to gain more followers and to entice pagans to join their religion. No matter what the day is called as long as people remember to think of others and be kind I think we can all agree it’s a holiday worthy of remembrance and celebration.


December 6th,2018

Shelley’s essay about Christmas Ver.1

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Christmas is a national holiday, but not everyone in the UK celebrates the religious event as we live in a multicultural society with many people practising different religions. The true essence of Christmas is being kinder and more caring towards other people regardless of race, religion or status. One of the best examples I can give is during World War One 1914, on Christmas Day many French, English and German troops called an unofficial ceasefire. They sang Christmas carols and played football with each other, they also exchanged greetings and souvenirs. Even in the middle of war, these soldiers taught us how important it is to have a holiday that encourages us to be kinder to each other.

I personally love Christmas as it’s the only time of year my whole family gathers together. On Christmas Eve my family go to church and takes part in midnight mass. We would sing carols and listen to a sermon by the Vicar. Then on Christmas Day we spend all day together playing games and opening presents. I liked making the Christmas dinner, it’s traditional to always cook way too much in my family and spend the next few days slowly eating the leftovers.


November 29th,2018

Students’ comments about “World Cafe”

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“World Cafe” was held on November 10 and 11.  The following are the students’ comment:

I participated the industrial festival for the first time.  I gave children a sticker on which “LOVE SAIJO” is printed.  They smiled at us and said, “Thank  you.”  I was very happy.  This let me work very hard.  I want to spread “LOVE SAIJO.”  Today, I was busy, but I was very excited.

I took part in volunteer work for the first time.  I was nervous at first, but gradually I got used to it and I was less nervous.  I worked for only a few hours, but it was a good experience to talk to foreigners.  I’d like to participate when I have another chance.

I had never taken part in the event like this.  But, I was able to enjoy talking with Vietnamese guests.  It was difficult for me to speak Vietnamese.  On the other hand, Vietnamese trainees speak Japanese very well.  I was surprised by this.  I thought that I want to interact with more foreigners.

I’m very glad I got to talk with a lot of people who came to ‘World Cafe’ and ‘Vietnamese Fair.’  This is a good experience for me because I was able to learn a lot of things about Vietnam.  I want to visit Vietman someday.  I was glad to wear Ao dai, a Vietnamese traditional dress.

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November 22nd,2018

Students’ comments about Saijo Halloween Party 2018

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The following are the students’ comments:

★ I was nervous at first thinking what kind of the game I had to help children with, but I enjoyed it very much.  It was difficult to talk with people who I had not known before and I sometimes failed to make myself understood.  However, it was a pleasant and fruitful experience. 

★ I had a very good time today.  Face painting was difficult to deal with, but I felt happy when I saw children excited after they got their faces painted.  I want to take part in various activities held in Saijo.

★ I was glad to interact with people who were enjoying this event.  I said to them, “Happy Halloween!” when I checked their participant card.  They responded with a smile, saying, “Happy Halloween!” too.  Their smile helped me do my best.

★ I felt uneasy before I took part in the volunteer work.  But through the activity, I made new friends.  I was able to work hard with them.  We could talk to children, and make them happy.

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November 16th,2018

Shelley’s Essay

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Guy Fawkes night

Guy Fawkes night, otherwise known as bonfire night or fireworks night. This is one of my favourite English festivals. It is held on the 5th of November which is the same day my older brother was born. Every year when they set off the fireworks he thought that everyone was celebrating his birthday and setting off the fireworks just for him.
What is Guy Fawkes night and why do we celebrate it? It comes from a historical event in 1605 and it was probably one of the first instances of successful counter-terrorism in the UK. A group of people tried to blow up the House of Lords with dynamite. They wanted to change politics and start a revolution by overthrowing Protestant King James I. Guy Fawkes was the man guarding the dynamite. He was caught before anyone could set the dynamite off and he sentenced to be hanged from treason against the country.

So that’s why every year on November the 5th we make a life-sized doll called a guy out of material and clothes, stuffed with straw or newspaper and gather around a big bonfire and burn the guy on the fire as we set off fireworks. We also have a rhyme about it “Remember, remember the 5th of November, the gunpowder treason and plot, I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.”

I have always enjoyed Guy Fawkes night, but reflecting back I can see how strange it must seem to celebrate such an event.

November 8th,2018

Shelley’s English Board

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About Guy Fawke’s Night

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October 31st,2018

ALT’s essay about Halloween

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English traditions on Halloween Part two

I love Halloween. It’s one of my favourite times of year when we celebrate the spirit world and the dead. It’s also considered to be a day of mischief, where ghosts and ghouls would play pranks on the living. Did you know before we started carving pumpkins into Jack O Lanterns in the UK would carve turnips into scary faces to ward off evil spirits. They still practice this tradition today in the Isle of Man.

As a child I loved trick or treating, every year we would make costumes and go around the neighbourhood asking for treats. Our neighbours would either give us sweets or refuse. If they didn’t give us anything we would play a prank on them. We would squirt them with water guns, put some silly string in the letterbox, throw toilet paper and water bombs around their garden and other similar pranks.

Every year we throw Halloween parties and play games. One is called bobbing for apples - you have your hands tied behind your back and you have to try and pick up an apple with your mouth while it’s in a bucket of water. It’s harder than it sounds. We are also known for telling ghost stories to try and frighten friends and family. The scariest ones are based on true stories.

We also have haunted tours you can go on at Halloween, as Britain is known for its haunted locations. For all these reasons and I think Halloween is a great traditional festival.

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