We were playing a game where we were supposed to guess the name of the celebrity assigned to us (written on a sheet taped to our ears)
So we went to Shiori's for an early Christmas party (December 23) and had a grand time with great food and good company!
Here's who came (from left): Yoichi (Shiori's husband), Shiori, Ai (Shiori's friend), Kazu (Shiori's brother), Rino (Shiori's sister), Yuna (Ai's daughter), Mike, Zhao (sadly covered by the wine... sorry about that), Faiz, Donican, Tienchi, me and Trisha
Look at all the food! Shiori, Kazu and Rino spent part of the morning and all of the afternoon preparing all these from scratch. Thanks, Shiori!!!
So we were playing a game and I was trying to explain Tweety without being too obvious ...so I drew this, LOL I thought it was pretty good :P
Here's Shiori trying her best to come up with a name (Tweety) during our game :D
Yuka, Yo, Mayumi, and Craig 100th Anniversary of Anne of Green Gables Kyoto University of Foreign Studies Haiku Committee
Anne of Green Gables 100th Anniversary Haiku Contest Special Award Winners
For Haiku in Japanese: The Hanako Muraoka Award
腹心の 友と誓いし 百合の庭
For Haiku from Canada: The Lucy Maud Montgomery Award
How close the moon ahead flowering apple trees
by Terry Ann Carter
For the International Award, from Romania: The President Tetsushi Horikawa Award
A girl dresses her doll for the ball Womanhood
by Vasile Moldovan
The Eight Other Winners of the 100th Anniversary of Anne of Green Gables Symposium Award:
These eight haiku are not ranked in order of merit. They are all given equal respect and appreciation.
1. 欅舞う アンと歩いた 青春の径 - （青木 籌子, Japan）
2. More freely I want to run like Anne in wheat fields - ( Asuka Takahashi, Japan)
3. 散歩道 アン真似てみて 命名す - （西村 清美, Japan）
4. Chilly breeze glides through angel hair autumn clouds (Jenny Ang Lu, Taiwan)
5. いちご水 夢見水やる ラズベリー - （大井 亜紀, Japan)）
6. Rising sun Anne saw such a scene? Morning cold - (Ayaka Kimura, Japan)
7. 歓びの アンに唱和す そりの鈴 - （梶原 由佳,Japan）
8. Wild rose and apple scented geranium "kindred spirits" - (Terry Ann Carter, Canada)
Dear Kindred Spirit Hakuists,
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for entering the Anne of Green Gables 100th Anniversary Haiku Contest.
452 lovely lovely poems in Japanese and in English were received from seven nations by e-mail, fax, letter and postcard. As the Haiku were received, the poems were displayed in the entrance hall of the main building of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. The Haiku were placed on ovals of coloured paper and hung by red and green string on an Anne Christmas tree. Other Haiku ovals were displayed nearby on artists' easels with photographs which Anne Executive Committee students took while on an Anne of Green Gables Seminar on Prince Edward Island in September 2008. The haiku on display were changed every day.
The Haiku display was moved to Morita Hall for the December 7 Symposium. Following the symposium, the display was moved back to the main building until the end of classes in 2008. We will try to display all of the haiku we have received. Students and teachers gather every day to read the haiku on the way to and from classes. Thank you everyone!
The Anne of Green Gables Student Executive Committee selected their favourite Haiku. They showed these Haiku, and the complete set of all the entries, to the two poets who were our Judges, Professor David McMurray of Kagoshima International University and Professor Kishio Sakamoto of Kyoto University of Foreign Studies. 11 Haiku were selected by the judges and were read aloud twice each during the Anne of Green Gables Symposium on December 7 to an audience of about 800 people. The applause was electrifying from this large gathering of enthusiasts.
Three special guest judges selected their favourite haiku, one from Japan, one from Anne's home - Canada, and one from Romania for three special awards - The Hanako Muraoka Award, The Lucy Maud Montgomery Award,and the Kyoto University of Foreign Studies President Tetsushi Horikawa Award.
The three special judges: Miss Eri Muraoka, the granddaughter of the first Japanese translator of Anne of Green Gables, Hanako Muraoka.
Ms. Kate Macdonald Butler, the grandaughter of Anne of Green Gables author,Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Professor David McMurray,the author of the International Hakuist, an International Herald Tribune/Asahi Newspaper column.
The 11 winners will soon be receiving certificates and prizes from the Anne Haiku Contest Committee.
Each of the 452 entries has been read, appreciated, and is being displayed. Thank you, everyone. Thank you! Thank you! We are truly kindred spirits!
Best wishes from the Anne 100th Anniversary at Kyoto University of Foreign Studies Team
I noticed that people in Japan like asking other people their age. I wouldn't say it's annoying but I think it's a bit weird, Like one time I met a Japanese guy and no one was making introductions and so I said, "Hi, I'm Jenny."
Just a bow; no response.
"What's your name?" I prodded. "My name is XXX. How old are you?"
Baffled, I tried looking for the logic behind the manical affixation the Japanese have for age. One couldn't quite explain himself; another said that way he can decide how to address and talk to the person he meets (formal, casual, polite, etc)
Okay, that makes sense.
Although I'm still trying to memorize how to say, "I'm whatever age you want me to be" in Japanese.
Today was Tienchi's birthday and a bunch of us went to lunch together at Nonobudou (Wild Grapes, same place we went to for the afterparty for the Nov 8 event). After lunch (actually it was about 3.30), we went for another round of Purikura (Print Club, which basically means photo stickers). Since there were 9 of us, we weren't able to get everyone to fit in one picture.
On the picture above, starting with me and going clockwise: Trisha, Tienchi, Erina (Japan), Zhao, Donican (Australia), Shinichi, and Mike (middle)
That leaves one more...
nope not here, either...
scroll further down... (this is my favorite shot, by the way :D)
Yay! I love big crowds these days! This crowd in particular is different from the others I hang out with First of all, I met this guys not because they wanted to learn a foreign language (most other acquaintances I make start out from that intention) So basically I get to listen to and speak a lot of Japanese and we just hang out, the bunch of us!
Maple leaves! They're really pretty, aren't they?
Same path from the week before, but with more people :D
This time I tried another type of dango
These guys are really tight cuz they've been having classes together for quite some time now. If I'm not mistaken, the 13 of them hang out quite a lot. They're graduating in April, so they're all busy looking for jobs (in Japan, they start looking for jobs during their junior year and pretty much have a job by the time they graduate) and studying for their certificate test (January 25 and 26... you go, guys!) After that, they might go out together on a trip or something and I hope I can tag along, LOL
After lunch that day (two Wednesdays ago), we went to Kinpou Dam just to chill
It has a really great view, doesn't it?
Our shadows blended nicely with the view
The guys couldn't resist going near the water
Their laughter convinced me to go down for a look too :D
The sights here are unbelievably nice and I found that it was very relaxing just staring at the water and the surrounding mountains. I'm really glad I went. I wouldn't have been able to get here by myself because you'd have to have a car in order to travel this far. :D
Here's the sign that announces the Udon Soba (names of noodles) shop Lookit the clouds!
The scenery on the way to the shop This is in Minami-Satsuma City ...very breathtaking
The path that leads to the shop pretty neat, huh?
Voila! The shop itself very homey and very charming
A cicada! ...or something
I ordered Tonkotsu Ramen yum!
This is what it looks like just outside the shop it's very very serene and very very pretty :D
That, my friend, is the bathroom LOL
Posing for pictures after a very satisfying meal
That's Ryosuke, me, and Hiromitsu they're both from the department of social welfare
So we drove (actually, they did -- Ayumi, Ryosuke, and Hiromitsu each took turns at the wheel) for 30 minutes to get to this shop. And it was well worth it! I'll post more pictures on the shop. We went there for two straight Wednesdays, with more people on the second trip. I'll also post pictures on the sights that we passed through to and from this destination!