Monthly Archives: February 2009

DP’s Class Party

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23Jan09_Kendo_and_Cinema_Group_044-a      Two days after J’s farewell party I had another party on January 23 in Nisshin. An English teacher DP had two classes for free at a university for mature students last year. All of the participants in his classes have appreciated his kindness and efforts for having them and liked to thank him.23Jan09_Kendo_and_Cinema_Group_043-a

     The party was held at a pub named “and café” near the university. About 20 people came to the party and we had a really wonderful time there.  

     Actually I was in a little bit trouble to decide on where to have the party because DP is a vegetarian. You know, Japanese cuisine is well-known for healthy food, but there are few restaurants for vegetarians here in Nagoya district.  23Jan09_Kendo_and_Cinema_Group_041-a

     Luckily DP can eat dairy products, eggs and a bit white meat, and the pub has plenty of menus. So, some of my friends and I went to the pub before the party and decided foods that both of vegetarians and non-vegetarians would be satisfied with. That was not easy for us within small budget, but was quite fun. and cafe1

     Three flavored 60 pieces of fried chicken wings, three big mix salads, a tomato & basil pizza, a cream mushroom pizza, a cheese and black olive pizza, two chicken jambalayas, chicken tacos, Mexican meat tacos, tuna & avocado tacos, and desert and drinks… I had been afraid if being not enough, but we got full. 23Jan09_Kendo_and_Cinema_Group_046-a

     By the way, the two of DP’s classes were unofficial. But the university knows about that. For the first time, we couldn’t have the permission to have the classes at the university. They have many official open lectures for adult, and there students, of course, have paid money. HI352177-a

     The reason why DP had the classes is because many people couldn’t take the university’s official classes even though they would like to be in. Each of those official classes can have only five mature students. According to the university, those classes are for undergraduates, and young people will be annoyed if many adults are in the classroom.HI352181-a

      That’s why DP had classes in his free time for the people who couldn’t get the permission to take official classes. As a result of having many negotiations to the university last April, many adult people were able to study English at the university.

     Result in the university has decided to start new extension courses for English learners. That is, they have noticed that there are lots of people who would like to study English at the university but they can’t accept all of them in the present system.HI352182

     If they started the courses officially, they could make more money from them! Yes. DP’s free classes have finished. The participants have to pay for classes to the university from now on. So, the party was not only for expressing the participants’ deepest gratitude to the teacher but also for saying good bye to the free classes!

     Here I’d like to thank again to DP for having classes for free last year and to the participants at the party for coming there.

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J’s Farewell Party

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HI352170-a      I’m wondering where you are by now, J…He was supposed to fly to his country with his family from Centrair yesterday. He said his flight had a stopover in Hong Kong at his farewell party on January 21…HI352165-a

     J was a young (and handsome ;p) English teacher from New Zealand. I’ve taken his class once at a university. That was four years ago. Although I liked his class very much, unfortunately I wasn’t able to take his classes after that. But we have kept in touch.

     One day I received an email from an English teacher. He said “First, there is a faculty meeting starting at five that day, and who knows how long it will last there was a faculty meeting starting at five that day, and who knows how long it will last. Then, one of the foreign teachers is leaving the school to go back to New Zealand and there’s a farewell party for him following the meeting.”  HI352166HI352167

     What?! It threw me for a loop. It was not that the scheduled party had to be cancelled, but was that one of the teacher’s co-workers was leaving Japan. 

     I joined in English classes last year and I planned for having a class party with my teacher and classmates on January 16th. I was the party organizer and had already made a reservation at a restaurant that day. The teacher’s mail meant that I had to decide on when and where the class party would be held again.  HI352169-aHI352171

      But that was not so matter. What I panicked when I read the email was about his colleague’s leaving this country. New Zealand!? Oh, that’s J! J is leaving Japan soon! I wanted to see him before his leaving. That’s why I had two parties next week: J’s farewell party and a class party. 

     I started gathering participants to J’s farewell party and looking for a nice restaurant for him. He is a vegetarian. You know, it’s difficult to find a good place to eat out for vegetarians here in Nagoya. I, however, found a nice one on the Internet. 

     The restaurant’s name is Sato-Ka-Ko. It’s a quite strange name. It’s not a usual restaurant, but is a room of an apartment building. According to the information on the Internet, it serves original Japanese cuisines with herbs. I got interested in the restaurant and gave a phone class at once. Ms. Sato, the owner, sounded very nice and kind. She was pleased to accept my requests serving vegetarians’ dishes without using animal food.HI352164-aHI352175

     There were eight people at the party. We had a really wonderful time at the restaurant in an apartment because it was very cozy and all foods were wonderful. We enjoyed ourselves eating healthy food and chattering. I wished it hadn’t been a farewell party…OK, J, we your ex-students will go to your new home in New Zealand someday! And…let me know when you would like to come back to Japan!