Tuesday, November 18, 2008


* The kind of rude behaviour that infuriates me
When someone does something that is unkind or not good for others, I am irritated and I want he or she to think about others. Sometimes it is important to concentrate ourselves, but for me, it is a little rude not to think about others, to bang on something that is not interesting for most people, to put down someone in front of other people, or to be selfish.

* Good manners between men and women
In Japan, it is not common that couples kissing and cuddling in public, and most elderly doesn't accept those kinds of acts.

* The social taboos in my country that a foreigner should know about
When we talk with older people or people who have high social status, we use different words such as formal and polite ones. Even if there is only one year difference, we normally use such words, and if we made a formal appointment such as job interview or meeting, arriving on time is not enough. It is better to get to the appointment place at least five minutes before.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

☆Avril Lavigne☆

Avril Ramona Lavigne Whibley, she was born in 1984, is one of the most legendary singer, musician, and songwriter all over the world. In 2004, she won a World Music Award for favorite pop and rock artist, and in total, she has sold over 21 million albums to this date.

Last year, I went to her concert in Japan. The audience was very excited and the concert started with deafening applause. She was belting out many songs, for example, Girlfriend, Complicated, My Happy Ending and so on. She has a wide variety of songs, so every time she began to sing new songs, the atmosphere changed and we never die down. Her masterpiece Girlfriend is recorded in seven languages, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese and Spanish, so we can enjoy not only in English but in our own language. Besides, she has performed in various countries as well and has a good number of fans. It shows that she is the worldwide singer.

She added two songs as the encore, and at the end of the show, she said, 'Thank you for coming, I love you so much, I am going to come back here again, Thank you very much!' She was giving the audience 100%. I had a quite wonderful time!

If you have not listened to her songs, why don't you do it now??

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Vancouver and Kagoshima in Japan

There are a lot of similarities and differences between Vancouver and my hometown, Kagoshima, in Japan. One remarkable difference would be the population of people from different countries. I was very surprised when I came here, because there are many foreign people, including me. However, in Kagoshima, which is in the countryside, we rarely see such people. A further difference to consider is the language that is spoken in each area. In Vancouver, most people speak English because it is the native language(also French). It seems to be natural, but if we talk with people from another countries in Kagoshima, we usually talk in English despite our native language is Japanese. In my opinion, it is not common that foreigners come to Kagoshima to learn Japanese and the proportion of foreigners is quite a few, that is why we talk with them in English. The only thing I am concerned is that we should protect our own language, though English is lingua franca. There are another differences between us, but we have similarities as well. I firmly believe the kindness of people is similar. If we ask the impression of Kagoshima to tourists, most people say that people are bery kind and we can feel confortable. I feel the same thing in Vancouver.

Over the 10 years, globalozation has been changing my hometown. For example, now, we have not only Japanese instruction but English, Chinese, Korean, and French in public washrooms, stores, or the announce of transportation. It means the population of foreigners is increasing and the view is becoming wide. I suppose that kinds of globalization help us to broaden our mind and to develop the country. I am sure that globalization is very important to respect each country or way of thinking and it is the most effective way to make world peace. I hope Kagoshima will be changed in a positive way more and more.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Challenge I've Experienced

It was about 2 months ago, my first week in Vancouver. Those days, I couldn't sleep well because of jet lag, tiredness, and fear. One night, I suddenly felt downcast and I was afraid if I could lead a full life in Vancouver or spend one year here. I thought a lot about my future and aim. The more I thought, the bigger my fear became. I couldn't stand it anymore, so I talked my friends on skype. It was very comfortable and they made me feel better. They took care of me so much and helped me a lot. I was exhilarated and I thought that I should do my best.

After that, sometimes I feel down, but thanks to my family and friends, my life has been changing in a good way. I really appreciate them. I want to grow up more and more, and repay them after going back to Japan or by talking on skype. This experience made me big. I must face more difficult situations from now, but I'd like to overcome and also I want to help someone as my family and friends did for me.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


When I was on the bus on the way home, there were two people who were talking on their phones.

The first woman who was in a hurry said that she would get there(the place her friend was waiting) in a few minutes and apologized about being late. After finishing talking, she murmured that she should have finished working earlier.

The second girl who was talking with her roommate(I guess) and told her that she was going to have dinner with her friends. Then she added that she(her roommate) could use their house as she liked. I thought her roommate had wanted to use their house, so this girl went out for dinner.

After having dinner, I was chatting with my host family. There were my host mother Nadine, her sister Jessica and their aunt Ibone. Ibone asked what kind of costume kids would wear. Nadine answered the details and they began to talk about Halloween while having cakes and a cup of tea.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

1) I have worked at a bakery.

2) I wanted to be a nurse when I was a junior high school student.

3) I have been to Australia and Hawaii.

4) I like to read books.

5) My mother is a doctor.

6) My favorite sports is football.

7) I'm going to Yellowknife in December.

8) I have 2 dogs in my house.

9) I have moved 5 times.

10) My younger sisters are taller than me.