Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Speech Contest

Last Sunday I had to wake up early because I had to pick up Kane Feaver, who is one of the judges from New Zealand, at Musashi Urawa station. It was so cold that when I arrived at the station he was freezing. And then, our Eigo no Ie Speech contest was held.

There are 3 parts in this speech contest; grade 7 and 9 in the morning, grade 4-6 at 17:30, and grade 8 at 19:30. So we were really busy on this day.

Through watching and listening to all the performances, I reminds my experiences of speech contests. When I was 11 years old, it was the very first time for me to make a speech in English. The title was "I am a tree" like this.

I am a tree. I have a great family.
Look! Your earth is green and beautiful.
My leaves make your air.
My roots hold water for your river.

You kill many trees. That's all right.
You need us for houses, for boxes, for chopsticks.

But remember.
You need us for your air and water, too.
Keep us on your mountains.
Enjoy us in your gardens and parks.
Let us live together.
Then your earth, our earth, will always be green and beautiful.

I really felt nervous at that time. And I was really happy when Ms. Araki called me as a first winner and Mr. Ogura gave me a prize with a great smile. I'll never forget that experience.

Luckily it is easier for me to copy the [r] sound than any other students. So now I have a typical American (North part) English or Canadian English.
Anyway I want you to practice pronouncing the English words, phrases, sentenses, and passages with a beautiful intonation and stress. What is important is to use English!! Don't be deceived the evil English around you.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


All the cinemas have been panicked since last Saturday, Dec. 12th. Can you guess why?

Some of you might get to know that if you're a fun of the most famous comic named 'One Piece'.

Through the two day as soon as it released, every seat was sold out in most of all the cinemas. But especially, in fact, people really want to get 'One Piece volume 0', which is including a story of the 20 years past world before Luffy's birth. First 1.5 million people can get the special comic, and this event heated our hearts. During the last holiday, the number of people who went to the cinemas to watch 'One Piece' were over 820,000!!


And fortunately, I can get that special comic. I'm sooooooooo excited.
Thank you God!! (T∀T)

Anyway, why does this comic become popular? If I answer the question, I must need a whole day or week to explain..........ok, this time I tell you in short.

Eiichiro Oda, an author of 'One Piece', is often called present-day Murasaki Shikibu because of his talent.
He always hides some mysteries, traces, signs, and the others which will lead to the truth of the story, and readers pick them up, collect them, and connect all the information. We can enjoy the searching and surprises beyond our imagination.
This comic is including the exciting battle, emotive talking, hollow friendship, and joking as well. Each elements has accepted by from kids to adults.

This comic is also including a kind of philosophical issues, racial issues, social structual issues, and so on. So 'One Piece' can be rated in many aspects.

Therefore, in my opinion, stupid ones cannot enjoy reading 'One Piece'.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Hidden Illumination

Last night I went to Shinjuku with one of my old friends, who I haven't seen for several years. Walking around Shinjuku reminded me of my precious high school days; after school my friend and I often used to go some downtown such as Ikebukuro, Shibuya, Takadanobaba, of course Shinjuku, and so on.

Now in Shinjuku, there are a lot of illuminated trees and the twinkle has been grasping our Japanese hearts. Here is the photo of Shinjuku Southern Terrace.

And then, we went to Takasimaya to look around and find something interesting. Never having gone up the top floor ever before, we tried to do it. You might think we're foolish, but I love to do such a ridiculous thing. A lot of things we found were so fascinating, but especially, my surprise was appeared on the 13th floor. A terrace with no people!! Mainly the 13th floor is for restaurants so nobody came this illuminated terrace. How nice here is for date! We can also have wonderful dinner beside the terrace. Have a look at the photos below I took.

If you want to date with your girlfriend and when you have enough money to spend on tasteful dishes, I recommend you to use this place. I hope I will. (#^.^#)