Wednesday, February 26, 2014

26th Birthday

February 25th was my 26th birthday. 

I'm very happy that many of my students said or wrote to me "Happy birthday!!" at school. 

Two of my students, especially, gave me a present "Takeaki-no-Sato," which is revised on the letter of the package of "Takenoko-no-Sato." 

I love such a joke. (^^) 

My colleagues also gave me presents: a stamp with my name and a basketball-shaped cushion. 

I felt a little bit shameful, furthermore, that a birthday cake was prepared to me and I had to blow out the candles in a center of attention at a restaurant. 

Some of my acquaintances gave me a birthday messages on Facebook or LINE. 

I felt that I was loved by many people. 

I'm sure to do my best to improve myself that can be expected and to make everyone happy in return. 

Many thanks to all of my friends, colleagues, students, and above all, my family!! (^o^)

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Fuji Xerox Super Cup 2014

19-year-old duo Gakuto Notsuda and Takuma Asano scored either side of half-time as Sanfrecce Hiroshima beat Yokohama F. Marinos 2-0 yesterday to claim the Fuji Xerox Super Cup for a second year running.

Fuji Xerox Super Cup is a sign of the new season opener and is played between the J. League Champions and the Emperor's Cup Winners of the previous season.

My heart has started beating for the upcoming J. League season.

My red blood wants a great enthusiasm for Urawa Reds!!

I'm sure we'll win the J. League opener on March 1st.

Anyway, on the other side of Fuji Xerox Super Cup, the result of J. League Mascot General Election was announced.

The 1st place was given to Vivi-kun from V. Varen Nagasaki.

Our mascot Redia was called the last one.

We'll revenge on other teams on the football pitch!!

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Valentine's Day in 2014

It was a white Valentine's Day in Saitama region in Japan.

Here's the photo in front of my house.

I don't wanna go out anywhere... (^o^;)

St. Valentine's Day is observed on 14th February, a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty in many countries.

Watch this video if you don't know the history of Valentine's Day.

Unlike western countries, gifts such as greeting cards, candies, flowers, or dinner dates are not so common in Japan.

Instead, Japan has its unique custom that only women give chocolates to men, especially office ladies give them to their co-workers as a small token of everyday appreciation.

Many women obliged to give what we call "Giri-Choco" to all male co-workers.

To the contrary, chocolate given to a loved one is called "Honmei-Choco," for the number of which men compete with others.

Recently, friends, especially girls, exchange their homemade chocolate, which is called "Tomo-Choco."

Surprisingly, Japanese chocolate companies make half their annual sales during this time of the year.

Anyway, I got many sweets from more than 20 students this year.

I'm so happy to feel that I'm recognized as being a good teacher to them.

Thanks a lot!!

I'll be a diabetic...!? (^o^;)