2018.07.22 Sunday FT

14:00-15:00 | 3 students

15:00-16:00 | 2 students

Thank you for joining today’s Shijo FT class. I really enjoyed chatting with you all today about our topics. I was able to understand a bit more about how job interviews reflect Japanese cultural values and also how parenting may be changing in the near future. Thank you for coming out in the heat, I hope you can all stay cool!



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!



2018.07.15 Sunday FT

14:00-15:00 | 3 students

15:00-16:00 | 3 students

Thank you all for joining today’s Shijo FT class. It was great to meet Yoko today! I’m impressed you all came out for today’s lesson even though it is so hot. That is certainly some dedication! I enjoyed hearing your opinions about today’s topics, especially Yoko’s insights about education and its potential influences on poverty in Japan. As we learned today, that relates to the famous saying “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” Hope you all stay cool out there!

2018.07.12 Thursday FT

19:30-20:30 | 5 students

20:30-21:30 | 3 students

Thank you everyone for attending the Thursday Shijo FT class, and a special thank you for allowing me to change our class schedule at the last minute! It was great to see you all and to chat together. I enjoyed hearing about your fun experiences traveling and the other stories you shared. I also loved hearing about the musicals Atsuko mentioned she likes, not only because I also love musicals, but also because I like the Phantom of the Opera. She’s so lucky to have gotten to see the New York Broadway performance. It must have been quite a show! I hope you all enjoyed and were able to learn a little bit more, such as the difference between “boring” and “bored”. If you still have any questions, please don’t hesitate to bring them to class and ask so we can discuss together. Enjoy the weekend!

2018.07.07 Saturday: FT

16:30-17:30 | 1 student

17:30-18:30 | 1 student



Hey there! Another shout out to a very hardworking and awesome student for coming out for class, despite the lousy weather. The time flew by as we talked about movies and our plans for the future. Since we both enjoy the same genre of movies, we watched a few English movie trailers together and got a little bit scared because we were the only people in the school that night, haha. Really enjoyed this class!

Thank you for coming~!

2018.07.05 Thursday FT

19:00-20:00 | 1 student

20:00-21:00 | 1 student

Wow, who would have expected we would have this much rain! Thank you to Miki for coming out in the extreme weather to join the class, it was very fun and enjoyable! We had a great talk about “If I could, I would…” and “If I can, I will…”. Basically, both sentences are talking about a condition, “if”, but the first sentence is a hypothetical situation or something that has happened in the past, while the second sentence is expressing the condition of having an ability in the present. Hope that helps! If anyone has anymore questions about this, feel free to ask at the next class. Take care!

2018.07.04 Wednesday: FT

13:00-14:00 | 0

14:00-15:00 | 1



Hey hey! Today was nice and chill, both literally and figuratively. The student and I had a really interesting and funny conversation about the process of introducing your significant other (boyfriend/girlfriend/romantic partner) to your parents for the first time. We both agreed it’s one of the most awkward and uncomfortable experiences in life. We also went through a list of commonly used English acronyms (such as BRB, ETA, DIY).

Thanks for coming to class! 🙂

2018.06.30 Saturday: FT

16:30-17:30 | 3 students

17:30-18:30 | 5 students



Howdy dowdy! Today was the last class of the month. It was quite bittersweet (sad and happy), as I found out that it was the last class for one student, as he had decided to stop studying at VELCO due to his busy work schedule. Everyone felt sad about his departure, but we were thankful that he was able to join us one last time! We all said some encouraging final words to him as well. I hope I was as good a teacher as he was a student. 🙂

Anyway, the class and I shared our experiences during the earthquake last week. The center of an earthquake (on the surface of the ground) is called the epicenter. We also talked about geysers, and making food from scratch (cooking using the base/raw ingredients and not using anything instant). Randomly, we also talked about facial hair, and discussed the different styles and names in regards to it.

Thank you so much for coming to class! I really hope it was a good one, especially for that one student in particular!! 🙂