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

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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

Thursday F-Class, September 6th, 2018

19:00-20:00 – 3 students

20:00-21:00 – 2 students

Hello everyone!

Coming back at ya from Shijo School.

Today for our first conversation we recapped the typhoon and recent natural disasters in Japan. I hope everyone is okay! I know there are still some people that can’t come back to Kyoto because Kansai Airport is still closed!

For the second class we had a really length discussion about the differences between the Japanese ambulance system and the American ambulance system. How they are used, what are the operators trained in, and how the public views the emergency services.

We had some really great conversation this week even though our topics were pretty short!

Thanks! See you next week!

-William

Thursday F-Class, July 26th, 2018

19:00-20:00 – 4 students
20:00-21:00 – 3 students

Hello everyone!

Today I wanted to continue my conversation from the Otsu school a little bit to hear more opinions about it!

So for the first class we talked about Globalization! Is it good? Is it bad? Who wins and who loses. With the recent trade deal between the European Union and Japan it looks like Japan is taking steps to become a more globalized country, but what does that mean for local industry?

We then went on to talk about purchasing decisions. When do you prefer quality over price? What products? How much of a price difference is too much to justify buying the more expensive product? We talked about all this and more in today’s class!

We also had a pretty lengthy discussion about all the uses of Hang. Hang on, Hang on a minute, Do you want to hang out?, can you hang the clothes up?, Can we hang around here?, Hang up the phone, and many more!

That’s all for now!
Until next time,
William

Thursday, F- Class – July 19th, 2018

19:00-20:00 – 5 students

20:00-21:00 – 4 students

Hello from Shijo!

I will be covering this Thursday class, and next Thursday’s class!

For our first class today we discussed where people draw the line between what animals you can eat and what you can’t eat. Before coming to Japan I would have never imagined eating horse, and yet it’s not that strange to eat it. It tastes a lot like dear meat did back in the US. Deer meat isn’t that prominent in Japan, probably because hunting isn’t as popular! We also talked about other differences between American and Japanese food traditions. Did you know that tennpanyaki in America is called Hibachi? It makes no sense, but it is the common American image of Japanese food, after sushi.

In our second class we talked about friends! Who are your oldest friends and how did you meet them? Is there a funny story behind how you met any of your friends? We also talked about coincidences and almost paranormal meetings of people that we know in random places around the world! It can be exciting and scary at the same time if you meet someone you know in a different country!

That’s all for today!

Thanks,

William

Thursday, April 5th, 2018 – F-Class

19:00-20:00 – 3 students

20:00-21:00 – 5 students

Happy April!

Hope everyone is enjoying their April weather and hanami!

Today we had a lively class discussion! We started talking about if university sports players should be paid a wage for their participation based on the amount of time that they put into the sport and the reputation that they bring the school. Some people say that the when the university’s tuition is covered that should be payment enough and I have to agree. These students also sometimes focus on the sport only and let their studies fall behind.

This discussion then led into a discussion between the education systems in Japan and the United States. I believe that the shift needs to be changed from educating to simply pass a test to a more wholesome world-wide view approach to education. At this point most students just pass the test and then forget everything they learned! It is a pretty inefficient system, but I will agree that is also inefficient to force students to take classes that have no interest in which would led to reinforcing this behavior.

Anyway lots of great discussion today and I can’t wait to see you again Shijo School!

William

Thursday F -Class, March 22nd, 2018

19:00-20:00 – 4 students

20:00-21:00 – 3 students

What makes a sport, a sport?

That was our main topic of discussion today. We covered many discussions on how we categorize sports. Our sports mainly focused on skill? Strategy? Competitiveness? We came to the agreement that while Chess is competitive we don’t think it should be considered a sport. What about something like Curling? Or Darts? Surely there is a high level of skill involved but there seems to be no physical ability involved. We were’t able to come up with an agreed solution just yet, but it definitely led to some interesting discussion!

We also discussed the very competitive basketball season going on with the march madness college basketball tournament in the US. Why is it so popular and the similarities it carries with the High School Baseball competitions here in Japan!

That’s all for today! Stay Dry!

-William