Saturday F3 Class, December 1st, 2018

16:30-17:30 – 2 students

17:30-18:30 – 2 students

Hello everyone!

After some catching up and talking about our current week we moved our discussion into something that has become controversial and something that I think we will only here more of as we head into the future! Genetic modification of people! It is a bit scary to think about, but also a pretty interesting discussion topic. We talked also about GMO foods, and how far they have come. We talked about buzz words in the food industry and what is becoming popular in Japan and overseas.

For our next class we talked about flying and what you do to prepare your ‘flight kit’or things that you always bring and have ready when you go on a flight. I always bring my neck pillow and a good pair of headphones. I sometimes bring my video games if it is a long flight. One of my friends always brings a night mask and some medicine that helps him sleep so that he can sleep on the entire flight!

That’s all for today!

William

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Thursday November 29th, 2018 – F3 Class

19:00-20:00- 4 students

20:00-21:00 – 4 students

Hello everyone!

I am covering this weeks Thursday class and we had some pretty great discussions today!

We first started talking about Osaka! They have just been elected as the 2025 World’s Expo host and I am pretty excited about that. We discussed what is the World’s Expo and what it means to showcase technology and what we think the future of technology will be. We discussed what we thought would have been invented by now, but hasn’t. Like in Back to the Future in 2015 we were supposed to have flying cars and hover boards! I guess smartphones are pretty cool though.

We then moved our discussion in the second class towards the retirement age! There is talk of raising the retirement age again to 70! We discussed the benefits and costs that would come from it and if the government should do it!

For our last discussion we talked about Protesting! There was a recent tweet from the Japanese immigration Bureau criticizing graffiti against the organization. We discussed how this was silly of the orgranization to post this on twitter because 1: posting this image on social media only broadcasts the message of the graffiti to more people causing the benefit of the person who did the graffiti to go up, making it a success. 2: posting something on social media and saying “Don’t Do This” is like telling putting a pizza in front of a 10-year old and telling them to not eat it and then leave the room. It will only cause more people to do it and it just raises the awareness of the cause of the protesters significantly.

That’s all for today!

William

Saturday F3 Class,November 24th, 2018

16:30-17:30-1 student

17:30-18:30 – 2 students

Hello everyone!

Small class today, but that didn’t stop us from having some great discussions today!

We started our discussion with black friday! The crazy shopping experience that happens once a year in America the day after Thanksgiving! It’s pretty crazy with all the sales and people! We talked about the origin of the word black friday and how it stemmed from all the traffic and congestion. It has since evolved into meaning its the days when retail companies will go ‘into the black’ or turning a profit!

For our next class we talked a lot about baseball! We talked about the current events going on around the major league and what will happen in the future of baseball. We also talked about Shohei Ohtani and what it means for the Japanese presence in baseball.

That’s all for today!

William

F3 Class – Saturday, November 10th, 2018

16:30-17:30- 4 students

17:30-18:30 – 2 students

Hello everyone!

Today we started off our conversation with regretful purchases! Have you ever purchased something that you came to regret? What was it? Do you think you would regret the purchase if it was priced cheaper? We talked about all these questions and how we may have made an impulse purchase just because something was on sale, or if it was only on sale for a limited time. These are the power of marketing strategies!

For our next class we covered various topics from how we can make Kyoto more foreigner friendly to special event being held in Kyoto and Osaka for Christmas. My favorite christmas event in japan is the Christmas market in Osaka! It’s located under the sky building and has a lot of food and drink stands!

That’s all for today!

William

Saturday November 3rd, F3- Class

16:30 – 17:30 – 5 students

17:30 – 18:30 – 4 students

Hello!

For our first class today we talked about the olympics and their sustainability goals for the future! Will Tokyo be able to meet these seemingly impossible goals and will the city’s infrastructure be able to support all the new tourists coming to Japan. We discussed how the recent Halloween event show the impact of a lot of people in one place. We also discussed a recent news article that talked about the use of san and kun in the government facilities in Japan. This conversation then led into conversations about the changing workplace culture of using keigo or the changing senpai kohai relationship as Japan becomes more globalized in business.

In our next class we discussed about politics! I know its not a coversation a lot of people like to have but students had questions about the upcoming midterm elections that will happen on tuesday in the US. We discussed the voting system in japan, how people register to vote, and what it means to vote for people. Very interesting conversation and I look forward to discussing more current events in next week’s class.

William

Saturday F3, October 20th, 2018

16:30-17:30 – 5 students

17:30-18:30 -4 students

Hello everyone!

For my first class we discussed diversity! We talked about the rise of women in the workplace, should companies have quotas for diversity and we even went as far to discuss the growing number of stay-at-home dads or househusbands! We then moved our conversation onto trust and forgiveness. How trusting are you of people and what will it take for you to forgive someone. I am a very trusting person, and I will always give someone a second chance if I understand their situation!

For our next class we talked about the marijuana legalization in Canada. What does it mean for the world, and what do Japanese people think about marijuana. It was interesting hearing the many different opinions! We also talked about homelessness and donations as well!

That’s all for today!

William

Saturday F3 Class, October 13th, 2018

16:30-17:30 – 3 students

17:30-18:30 – 3 students

Hello!

We missed Friday the 13th in October by one day! Lucky!

For today’s class we first started our discussion about ways of relieving stress! Some students like to do there hobbies while others like to gamble their stress away (Although I think this just causes more stress in the end, they insisted it was a different kind of stress). There was a recent study out of a Tokyo medical school that said Crying was the best way to relieve stress. We discussed when the last time we cried was and if it helped with our stresses in life. The paper says that if you cry once a week you can live a stress-free life.

Our next class we talked about fostering art and creativity in children through art! We talked about the necessities of creative classes for children and how they help kids grow. Our discussion then led us to something that I did not know. In Japan it is rare to have a creative writing class. In the US, at least in my schools, we had creative writing classes where we would create our own short story our poems. This seems like a foreign concept in Japanese schools.

That’s all for today though!

Thanks,

William

Saturday F-Class, October 6th, 2018

16:30-17:30 – 1 student

17:30-18:30 – 0 students

Hello!

So we had a short class today but we still had some very interesting discussion.

Our discussion was centered around Singapore. Singapore as a business hub for southeast asia. We discussed why Singapore has become so popular for business and what that means for business and companies in asia. We also have discussed the many cultures that have sprung up in Singapore’s city.

I also wonder what special foods are present in Singapore!

That’s all for today!

Thank you,

William

Thursday F-Class, September 27th, 2018

19:00-20:00 – 3 students

20:00-21:00 – 2 students

Hello everyone!

After Thursday’s party we are back to normal free talk class! For our first class we talked about the infamous Kyoto University Yoshida Ryo, or dormitory, which is almost 107 years old. The students there have formed a pseudo society and the university wants to tear it down for safety. We talked about what it means for the university to protect its students and what responsibilities the students have for their own safety. Very interesting conversation and I am looking forward to what happens after the evacuation deadline on the 30th.

For our second class we discussed first impressions, appearances, and why a picture is important for Japanese resumes. We discussed how keeping a clean image makes you look clean, and responsible. Why do we think this and what are the reasons behind our stereotypes and images. Again very interesting conversation with viewpoints on both sides!

Thanks!

William

Thursday F-Class, September 13th, 2018

19:00-20:00 – 3 students

20:00-21:00 – 3 students

Hello!

Today we started our conversation about hurricanes!

We talked about the one currently heading for the US, North Carolina in fact, and how strong it’s going to be. We also talked about the structure of the NC coastline and what makes it unique with the outer banks.

For our next conversation we talked for a long time about phones! How fast the technology has changed, and the fact that I have only once ever used a pay phone and never used a rotary phone. Very interesting conversation about people’s first phones, what was there first flip phone, and when did they move into the smartphones. I was an early adopter of the iPhone and had the first one when I was 15. It was my only Christmas present that I asked for that year.

We also talked a little about the technology that google and apple are using to make their cloud services. How server farms work, but it got too technical and difficult so we had to change a bit.

That’s all for today!

Thanks,

William