December 18, 2016
Dear Hibiki no Kai and Echo Society Members,
● Facebook ひびきの会のグループをダグさんが作ってくださいました。
December 25 AM Creation room 2 第２創作室（４Ｆ）.
PM Creation room 2 第２創作室（４Ｆ）.
January 8 AM room 2 / PM room 2.
January 15 AM room 2 / PM room 6.(11F)
January 22 AM room 2 / PM room 2.
January 29 AM room 2 / PM room 7.
February 5 AM room 2 / PM room 2.
February 12 AM Audiovisual room 視聴覚室 / PM Audiovisual room 視聴覚室.
February 19 AM room 7 / PM room 7.
February 26 AM Audiovisual room 視聴覚室 / PM Audiovisual room 視聴覚室.
Aloha, I am writing to hopefully find a pen pal in Japan that can read and write English well enough to communicate with me through email. I am a blind 50-year old Japanese-American guy living in Hawaii, and am a volunteer Braille, cooking and ukulele teacher at a local vocational rehabilitation center for the blind. I am hoping to learn Japanese and to one day go on a sake and onsen tour in Japan. If anyone is interested in corresponding , could you please forward my name and email address to them? Warm Mahalo.
Today’s teachers and participants: Yasushi Hinata, Motoyasu Uki, Yoshio Hirano, Yoshio Kuno, Akie Omori, Suchin Teraoka, Takahide Kira, Katsuyo Sudo, Yuko Ishikawa, Hideki Noji, Teruo Uchiike, Isamu Uchia, Masako Uchino, Tomotsugu Nunokawa, Karin Son, Sanae Sugimura and newcomers(?).
subjunctive mood, unreal situation 仮定法
If I were you, もし私があなただったら（If＋主語 + 過去形の動詞）
I would buy the house now. その家を今買うのになあ
Taka: "If I were a bird, I could fly to you."
We read an article of teacher Doug on our computers and translated it.
My Time in Japan
By Doug Lerner “Osen in Nachikatsuura" courtesy of Chris 73. CC BY-SA 3.0
In the past, when I worked for a large company, I looked forward to vacations. Since I have lived in Japan for 33 years, this now includes traveling around the country of Japan and experiencing its culture.
My first trip with Japanese co-workers was interesting, but not what I expected. We went to an onsen - a Japanese hot springs resort. We all got on the train, and then a bus, and bundled off to a beautiful place in the mountains. The next morning I was settling in and writing a letter to my family back in the U.S. to let them know how nice it was when suddenly everybody said, "OK, let's go home now!" That was my first experience with a Japanese one day holiday!
Travel and holidays also included taking my Japanese friends on trips to the U.S. and sharing my culture with them. I think that was just as much fun. I took my friends from Japan to see the Grand Canyon, and go on trips to San Francisco, Yosemite, New York, Chicago and other places. It was exciting to see their reactions to things I took for granted, which they found new and novel.
My American friends have also visited Japan. I’ve enjoyed showing them around Tokyo and Enoshima and other nearby special places.
As part of work, I have also had the chance to visit Shanghai, New Zealand and the U.K. Those were all memorable experiences.
Here in Japan the New Year's holidays are especially important. Even with my work schedule I try to take the time to do hatsumode - the first visit to a shrine for the New Year - and see old friends.
My next visit home to the U.S. will be in April to see my mother and sister. It will be my mother's 90th birthday, and it will be a good time to catch up on old memories, and see old family friends and relatives, who live in the New England area.
Doug Lerner, an American, has resided in Tokyo since 1983. He formerly worked for Fujitsu as Technical Director for the Osaka Exposition IMAX production "Echoes of the Sun". Doug also previously lectured in Mathematics and Scientific Simulation at Nippon Electronics College. Later, he founded his own company, Elliptics, which provides software development and education services. Doug has been a Member of the NLSC since March 2015.
English song Karaoke
We listened to "Santa Claus is coming to town".
Today’s teachers and participants: ~2:00 (このあと来た人がいるかもしれません)
Keizhen Kimu, Masanori Tatsui, Motoyasu Uki, Isamu Uchia, Tomotsugu Nunokawa, Akie Omori, Yuko Ishikawa, Takahide Kira, Karin Son and Sanae Sugimura.
Showa Kinen Park
See you !
You can look at records of Hibiki’s past (from 2007). 過去の記録を見ることができます。