A Huge Sinkhole Opened Up.

Watching TV this morning, I was surprised to know this: A huge sinkhole opened up beneath a road near the Hakata station.

I wasn't sure if the news wans't true at the time, but it was. After checking other news, I found out that a large part of the street near the Hakata station has caved in.
In the morning, I had to go to a meeting at my company, so I guessed that the station would be crawling with a large number of commuters.

Arriving at the station, I felt something strange. The massive sinkhole has caused a power failure around the area and a part of the railroad-station concourse. Some helicopters were hovering. I was so scared.....

According to the city office, subway construction, which has been under way to extend the city subway line, might have caused the cave-in. The police and city office called on people in the buildings nearby areas to evacuate for fear of more cave-ins, building collapse and a gas leak.

Fortunately, serious injured people haven't been reported except for a slightly hurt woman, who is in her 70's.
If the accident had happened in the daytime, it would have taken a large number of lives...

I hope there is no secondary accident or more cave-ins....

My Embarrassing Stories

The other day, I walked to a shopping mall instead of driving a car because the weather was so lovely to walk for health.
I usually walk for one or two hours whenever I make time.

A few minutes after I left home, I found that I had forgotten to remove a curler from my hair!!! Oh, my...... I was lucky because no one was there. hehe But, I was so embarrassed that I rushed back to my house.....

Another day, I went to a supermarket to buy some toilet paper. However, I bought some boxed tissues somehow......Besides, I didn't realize it at all when buying them. After arriving at home, I found that I had carelessly bought the wrong good.

Was it a senior moment? Anyway, I should be more careful, otherwise I might make a big mistake sometime soon...

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Last Thursday, I took part in a Japanese tea ceremony for the first time. The Japanese class that I regularly help with organized the event for its students to experience in Japanese culture. The teachers and volunteer staff wore their yukata, which are traditional Japanese clothes for summer. Some of the teachers brought theirs for the students because they would like to try them on.
Actually, we should wear kimono this season, but wearing yukata is simpler than kimono. Luckily, it was sunny and warm enough to wear yukata.

During the event, the instructor of tea ceremony told us about the basic manners and how to make tea. I'm ashamed that there were a lot of things I didn't know. It was well worth learning Japanese traditional culture.

After that, we had lunch together because one of the students is moving out next month. She and I hit it off when we got to know each other and I like her a lot as if she was my younger sister.
We enjoyed a whole lot and promised to keep in touch with each other, of course.

Eigo Rakugo

Have you ever listened to rakugo in English? Rakugo is the traditional Japanese comic storytelling. Recently, I've been interested in it. In fact, I hadn't had chances to listen to it, but I was lucky enough to listen to rakugo in English on last Sunday!

A friend of mine had informed me of the event on Facebook. I've been spent hictic days, but I managed to make time for it because it was hard for me to get a chance to listen to a live rakugo. Even if I got a chance, it would be held on Saturdays, which I usually give my regular English lessons all day long.
As you can imagine, I squeezed it into my schedule. lol

Well, when I arrived at the venue, some acquaintances had already been there. They were the members that I got together in August.
It was my first time listening to rakugo in English and I enjoyed it a whole lot!
I want to go again if possible!

Everyday I Use English, But....

As an English teacher, I use English everyday. In addition, I regularly take on translation or interpretation assignments in English. I have to admit that it is favorable circumstances to me because I can be immersed in English all day long. At the same time, it is true that I am always disappointed with my English and struggling to improve it.

Yesterday, I chatted with a friend of mine, who is a novice in Japanese and lives in America. We regularly chat on Skype and interact with each other on Facebook. I sometimes use Japanese because he wants to learn new Japanese words and expressions. I respect his spontaneous enthusiasm to learn Japanese because I can relate to him.
Having said that, we chat with each other mostly in English whenever we contact. As I mentioned before, he is a beginner, so it is easier for us to understand what we mean clearly and correctly. However, it happens a lot that I can't find appropriate English when I express Japanese nuances. For instance, when the air is dry and sometimes chilly at the beginning of September, we say "Akirashiku natte kitane" or it is starting to look like fall. I had trouble translating it into an expression with a similar meaning in English. I know, of course, linguistically Japanese and English are different. But, having trouble translating or explaining ideas smoothly confronts me with the fact that I have still a long way to go.

Well, all I can say to myself is to enjoy the process, don't hard on myself and take it easy. haha
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