Sunday, November 29, 2009

Santa Fun Run

We'll soon be immersed in Christmas time. I'm not sure why we Japanese make our hearts leap so long before Christmas and calm down on the very day of December 25th.

Anyway, do you know "Santa Fun Run" in Australia?
I never suppose that you'll know it unless I tell you.

"Santa Fun Run" is a kind of charity activity taken place in Australia. More than 1,000 santas, those who entered the race, run or jog or walk or hop or......anyhow they go in for the race in santa costume. The main sponsor Variety raises all the money for sick and disadvantaged children. Here is the photo in Sydney today.

In Australia there are three parts where Santa Fun Run is held, South Australia, New South Wales, and Victoria. The date and the distance are different each areas but it is impressive that the runners in every part are filled with smile and love. That scene is really ideal for the Christmas, I think.

And amazingly in Shibuya, Japan, about sixty santas paraded down Omotesando today, but it was not a charity. Who and why?

The answer lies in the Japanese Christmas trend. In Japan, a lot of people become Santa on December and they have to play really santa to advertise. Today's parade in Shibuya was a practice for the people who will become santa. Some of them are nursery school teachers, some of them are toy shop clerks, and the others are something like that. That's really funny!!(*^ω^*)

Probably I'll have to work this Christmas...oops!! I really want lovely one. Hope you enjoy your Christmas.

If you are interested in Santa Fun Run, click here and check it out!
ABC News→

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Love Basketball

Apologise to be late for telling you about my last Saturday, when I went to my high school to take part in the OB and OG festival.

On the afternoon of November 7th, our basketball club OB and OG festival was held. It is the annual event taken place in November. For me this time is the third to join.

First, my friend and I arrived at high school we found our coach getting down the steps. We had some chats and while talking we changed our clothes and shoes in the staff room. We also had a chance to talk with some teachers there because we were so familiar in this high school and a lot of teachers talked to us friendly.

Let's move on to the gym. When we arrived at the gym, there are about 100 people; some were practicing basketball, and some were doing stretching, and the other were chatting. Here is the photo of the scene when we gathered to start the festival. I was in the black long-sleeve shirt and dark brown pants with a little orange design. And the man next to me in the orange pants is my friend Maru.

We had about 10 games till five in the evening, and I played on three games. I really enjoyed and I was admired my quickness and defence by my juniors.

And this is the photo after all the games. Could you find me?? I'm sitting in the forth line and almost in the middle of the line.

After the game, of course, we had a drinking party. I can't show th photos because I think they were so terrible we had done. (laughing)

I'm looking forward to the next time.

Sunday, November 08, 2009


Yesterday I played basketball at my high school; to attend the annual OB and OG festival. But my acquaintance doesn't send me photos yet... so after recieving them I'm quite sure to write about this day on my blog.
Today I had NOT to wake up late this morning. It was inevitable for me to go Urawa CORSO around its opening hours today. Can you guess what??

Only for ¥990!!

I've waited...... I've waited...... I've waited for almost one year!!
And the time had come at long last.

I respect UNIQLO products because of the price and quality, and in particular, HEATTECH, which is used seven technologies; Heat Generation, Heat Retention, Soft Texture, Odor Control, Stretchable Comfort, Anti-static, and Non-deforming.
Especially the second one, Heat Retention, "Air pockets between the fibers retain both body warmth and the warmth generated by HEATTECH's moisture absorption." UNIQLO describes, is really attractive for me. Present-day fashion has been getting us to wear really slender-designed clothings such as Skinny Fit Denim Jeans to accentuate our shapely legs, but most of all including me must think that we feel a little colder in the recent clothings than before.

"To be a fashionable, put up with the warmth or coolness" is a slogan through my generation. Thanks to the appearing HEATTECH, however, we can enjoy our fashion freely without caring the temperature.

I bought black and red long johns (tights). Seems it really nice!

Please try to buy one during the sale and enjoy the frozen winter!!

Monday, November 02, 2009

Talk With People From Many Countries

Last Sunday we went to Tokyo Imperial Palace to talk with a lot of tourists from other countries. My group members, all girls in the seventh grade, looked a little nervous before arriving at the Tokyo Yurakucho station, and it seemed they relieved their worries with a chat all the time in the train.

Fortunately the weather was fine but a little windy on that day, so it was a brilliant day to do interviews, but unfortunately there were less people who could speak English than last year. My students were eager to find some foreigners with a gleam of hope. At first I talked to some foreigners and led my students into conversation. They looked so awkward with asking some questions but it reminded me of my young age. I also participated in this event when I was an elementary student, and I was really not good at talking to strangers. Comparing with that time, I'm so surprised that I spoke to in English actively not passively. Anyhow my English perhaps improved better than before.

After coming back to Urawa, teachers went to a soba(buckweat) shop "Yabu."
All we were hungry at that time so we felt heavenly. (*^。^*)