2017年

6月

21日

隠れん語 Rainy Season Conditions

今回のテーマは Rainy Season Conditions 蒸し暑い です。

 

Humid : 蒸し暑い、しめっぽい(形)

Humidity : 湿度(名)

Stuffy : むっとする、息苦しい(形)

Moist : 湿った、うるおいのある(形)

Damp : じめじめした、湿った(形)

    湿潤、うるおい(名)

Sweaty : 汗ばむ(形)

Sweltering : 息苦しい(形)

Muggy :  蒸し暑い、うっとおしい(形)

Sticky : べたべたする、粘着性の(形)

Clammy : じっとりした(形)

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2017年

6月

18日

Discussion Week 12 - Friday the 23rd, Sunday the 25th, and Tuesday the 27th of June

 - Discussion Week 12 -

 

- Friday the 23rd AND Tuesday the 27th of June -

                                   

- The Curse of Cash 

 

This is a topic suggested by a student!

 

Apparently there is a book, within which I'm guessing a study has been conducted in which it has been discovered that if societies were to drop the use of larger cash bills/notes, the amount of cash related crimes would drop. 

Also, in relation to this, we will also talk about the idea of the introduction of virtual currency as well as the reasons why paying by cash is so much more popular in Japan in comparison to paying by card. 

 

Let's talk about that.

 

 

- Sunday the 25th of June -

- Restarting nuclear reactors  

 

As much as I know you all love nuclear power, it seems that some people don't, and despite their protests to prevent the restarting of 2 reactors in the Saga prefecture, it seems the court will go ahead and let them restart anyway.

Should we continue to allow reactors to restart?

Are there issues we might still be overlooking?

Can we make nuclear plants truly disaster proof?

 

Links:

https://japantoday.com/category/national/japan-court-clears-way-for-nuclear-reactor-restarts

Here's an opinion article:

https://japantoday.com/category/features/opinions/the-enigma-of-japans-nuclear-power

  

Let's talk about that.

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2017年

6月

15日

7月度時間割表のお知らせ

7月度の時間割表が発行になりましたので、お知らせいたします。

ご予約お待ちしております。 

 

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2017年

6月

13日

June Event  One Coin Free Chat Lessen

 

6月18日(日) 13:00 経験者〜中級 Mark

6月20日(火) 15:00 受付終了

6月21日(水) 11:00 初級~経験者 Emma

6月22日(木) 15:00 経験者〜中級 David

6月24日(土) 11:00 中級〜上級 Travis

        16:00 初心者 Yukiko

6月25日(日) 11:00 初心者 Yukiko

6月28日(水) 15:00 初級~経験者 Emma

        18:00 初級~経験者 Travis

        20:00 初級~経験者 Mark

 

皆様のご参加をどしどしお待ちしております。

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2017年

6月

13日

隠れん語 〜Creatures you'd find in an aquarium〜

先週の隠れん語winnerさんです!

Congratulations!!

 

今回のテーマは 水族館で見られる生き物 です🐟

 

Stingray : エイ

Starfish : ヒトデ

Jellyfish : クラゲ

Turtle : カメ

Piranha : ピラニア

Coral : サンゴ

Squid : イカ

Dolphin : イルカ

Eel : ウナギ

Octopus : タコ

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2017年

6月

11日

Discussion Week 11 - Friday the 16th, Sunday the 18th, and Tuesday the 20th of June

 - Discussion Week 11 -

 

- Friday the 16th AND Tuesday the 20th of June -

                                   

- House size regulations 

 

In Japan, it is possible to rent a room which is quite small, yet you could live in there if you tried.

In other countries, the size of rooms that seen as acceptable in Japan would be considered almost inhumane to rent out to people.

Even in New Zealand I can recall a case where some investor had intended to build an apartment building with so-called "shoebox apartments" but was denied, as the size of the apartments were too small.

Do you think house size regulations should change to increase the minimum size of houses/rooms in Japan?

Why do you think houses/rooms have been allowed to be rented out/sold at such small sizes?

Japan's empty house crisis shows that there is more than enough room in the country for bigger rooms, why do small rooms continue to be built?

 

Let's talk about that.

 

 

- Sunday the 18th of June -

- My car, your problem  

 

In Japan, well, I've only lived in Kyoto, but  within Kyoto, I have come across an issue with Japanese drivers. While I'm sure there are foreigners driving in Japan, and Kyoto too, with the tiny minority of foreigners in Japan, the issue I have faced can be easily attributed to Japanese people.

As far as I understand, it is in the road rules (law) that one must stop for a person waiting at a pedestrian crossing. But my issue is this:

Why don't Japanese people stop at pedestrian crossings?

Why do Japanese people drive as if the world is the inside of their house (anything goes)?

 

I quite often (though not as often as the pedestrian crossing issue) notice another issue, when a  short stretch of road is open, quite often people will quite often speed up as much as they can, only to brake heavily to slow down at the end of the road, what causes this kind of behaviour? 

 

UPDATE! I FOUND THE ARTICLE!

 

https://japantoday.com/category/national/more-than-90-of-vehicles-dont-stop-at-crosswalks-without-lights-despite-presence-of-pedestrians

 

 

Let's talk about that.

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2017年

6月

04日

Discussion Week 10 - Friday the 9th, Sunday the 11th, and Tuesday the 13th of June

 - Discussion Week 10 -

 

- Friday the 9th AND Tuesday the 13th of June -

                                     ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑

                                     NEW NEW NEW

- Paris Climate Pact 

 

Well, he's done it again right?

We've already had 2 Friday discussions about this guy, but we'll have to look at him for a third time.

Trump has decided that he was to pull the U.S.A. out of the Paris climate pact (which is a kind of treaty). It seems he think the pact is unfair and wants to "negotiate a better deal".

Unfortunately for him though, treaties aren't deals that you negotiate in the same way as a business deal.

What affect on the world do you think will happen thanks to this?

The other "world leaders" have decided that they will even more fiercely protect the climate in response, do you think it'll be enough?

Do you think someone like Trump can be taught that climate change isn't just a conspiracy created by the Chinese? (to change his mind?)

 

Here are some links:

https://japantoday.com/category/world/update-7-trump-says-u.s.-to-quit-paris-climate-pact-allies-voice-dismay

https://japantoday.com/category/world/world-leaders-vow-to-defend-climate-pact-after-trump-pullout

https://japantoday.com/category/world/trump-critics-backers-march-around-globe-over-climate-and-russia

 

Let's talk about that.

 

 

- Sunday the 11th of June -

- Human/Animal Experimentation  

 

Ethics.

We've talked about ethics multiple times in multiple different situations, but this one is a very commonly discussed and debated topic.

I'm combining both the animal and human halves of the coin and we'll see what you think about that, and whether you agree or disagree with these forms of experimentation.

 

Here are some links about animal and human experimentation:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ethics/animals/using/experiments_1.shtml

http://www.cracked.com/article_19809_the-5-scariest-things-about-life-as-human-test-subject.html

 

Let's talk about that.

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2017年

6月

02日

隠れん語 Hair Products/Tools

 

前回・前々回の隠れん語winnerさんです!

Congratulations!!

 

今回のテーマは ヘアケア製品/小物 です。

 

Shampoo / Conditioner / Hair Gel / Hair Wax / Bobby Pin / Curling Iron / Hair Tie / Hair Dryer / Comb / Hair Brush


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2017年

5月

28日

Discussion Week 9 - Friday the 2nd, Sunday the 4th, and Tuesday the 6th of June

 - Discussion Week 9 -

 

- Friday the 2nd AND Tuesday the 6th of June -

                                     ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑

                                     NEW NEW NEW

- Stress Relief 

 

This week we have a student suggested topic, so let's see what we know about this topic.

 

How can we reduce stress? What is the most effective method, and is it maybe better to prevent stress in the first place?

Is there an issue with stress in Japan?

What causes it?

Is there anything being done about stress for Japanese people?

 

Let's talk about that.

 

 

- Sunday the 4th of June -

- Personal preference vs. Politcal correctness  

 

We all have our own personal feelings towards all kinds of things. We don't have to tell anyone about them, and we don't have to act on them.

If we have a bias or a dislike towards a certain person, or group of people, we may be considered to be bad people, we could be labelled "racist", "sexist" or "fascist".

But this is part of what is known as political correctness, you should not hate anything.

 

Do you think political correctness is good, and do you think you should (due to societal pressure) not hate anything/anyone?

 

There was a case in which a elementary school vice-prinicipal distributed this letter to parents. http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2017/02/17/national/osaka-preschool-scrutinized-passing-slurs-koreans-chinese/#.WSpCtjOB31w

Now, seeing as she acted on her hate in some way (distributing this letter), I understand it can be seen as wrong or bad. But should she be seen as a bad person for having her own personal views towards a certain person or group of people?

 

Why does society care so much about what you feel towards others(in the case of hate)?

Let's talk about that.

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2017年

5月

25日

隠れん語 〜Hair Styles〜

隠れん語winner Nさん!!

Congratulations!!

 

今回のテーマは 髪型 です。

 

Bob cut:おかっぱ

Afro:アフロヘア

Bowl cut:マッシュルームカット

Pigtails:ツインテール

Ponytail:ポニーテール

Perm:パーマ

Crew cut:角刈り

Mullet:襟足を伸ばしたショートヘア

Bun:束髪・お団子ヘア・シニヨン

Mohawk:モヒカン

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2017年

5月

21日

Discussion Week 8 - Friday the 26th and Sunday the 28th of May

 - Discussion Week 8 -

 

- Friday the 26th of May -

 

- Music that glorifies criminal activity 

 

In some music, the lyrics will talk about how doing drugs is good, or how shooting people is ok, or being a gang member is cool or how they want to rob someone or something like this.

 

The people who sing these lyrics are often seen as role models for young people.

 

Do you think music like this is ok to distribute?

Should it be regulated or in extreme cases even banned?

Why do you think these kinds of messages appear in music?

 

I apologise in advance, the following link contains course language.

This link is an example of lyrics that glorify crime.

https://genius.com/Kool-g-rap-and-dj-polo-crime-pays-lyrics

 

Let's talk about that.

 

- Sunday the 28th of May -

- Lab grown meat

 

With scientific advances these days, we can now grow meat in the laboratory.

Do you think this is useful?

Should we move away from killing animals for meat and try to grow it in the lab?

What kinds of applications could lab grown meat have?

The most difficult question is: Do you think that vegans/vegetarians would be able to eat lab grown meat (its no longer an animal product)?

 

Here is a link to information about lab grown meat.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultured_meat

Let's talk about that.

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2017年

5月

17日

隠れん語 〜Horoscopes/Star Signs/Zodiac〜

隠れん語winner Sさん!Congratulations!!

 

今回のテーマは星座です。

 

Pisces : うお座

Capricorn : やぎ座

Taurus : おうし座

Aries : 牡羊座

Gemini : ふたご座

Leo : しし座

Scorpio : さそり座

Sagittarius : いて座

Aquarius : みずがめ座

Virgo : おとめ座

 

☆隠れん語には無かった残り2つです☆

Cancer : かに座

Libra : てんびん座

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2017年

5月

14日

Discussion Week 7 - Friday the 19th and Sunday the 21st of May

 - Discussion Week 7 -

 

- Friday the 19th of May -

 

- Kumamoto Baby Door 

 

In Kumamoto, there's a building with a little door.

The little door can be opened, and a baby can be placed inside anonymously.

 

This was done to provide a place for children that would have somehow been abandoned/neglected by the parents.

The parents may not have had the finances or means to care for or raise a child, but may be against the idea of having an abortion, or even, of course, no money for an abortion (it's expensive!)

 

Do you think institutions like this are a good idea?

What should be done if the parents have regrets and want the child back later?

 should more places like this exist in Japan?

 

Let's talk about that.

 

- Friday the 21st of May -

- Homeschooling VS. Public/Private Schooling 

 

Homeschooling is when parents get either their own material, or material from the country's education ministry, and teaches their child from home in their formative years.

Public schooling is when we send a child to a publicly open institution for education, often these places are cheap or free.

Private schooling is when we send a child to a private institution for education, these places usually have difficult screening procedures and are expensive.

 

Which is better?

Do you have faith in the public schooling system?

Do you think homeschooling could be a form of brain-washing? 

Let's talk about that.

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2017年

5月

11日

隠れん語 〜Clay/Clayworking/Pottery/Ceramics etc..〜

隠れん語winner Rさん!

Congratulations!!

 

今回のテーマは Clay/Calyworking/Pottery/Ceramics etc.. 陶磁器関連です。

 

Clay : 粘土、土、泥

Potter's Wheel : 轆轤

Brick : レンガ

Tile : タイル

Kiln : 窯

Terra Cotta : テラコッタ(赤土の素焼き)

Pottery : 陶器

Ceramic : 陶磁器

Glaze : 媚薬

Sculpture : 彫刻

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2017年

5月

10日

隠れん語 〜Knitting / Knitting Items〜

隠れん語winner Aさん! Congratulations!!

 

今回のテーマは Knitting / Knitting Items です。

 

To Knit : 編む

Knitting Needles : 編み針

Wool : 羊毛

Ball of Yarn : 毛糸玉

Knitting Pattern : 編み図

Crochet : かぎ針編み

Crochet Hook : かぎ針編み

Scarf : 襟巻

Jumper : セーター(イギリス英語)

Plaited Stitch : ステッチ編み

 

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