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!


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!


2018.11.25 Sunday FT

14:00-15:00 | 3 students

15:00-16:00 | 1 student

Thank you for joining the Shijo FT class. Today’s topics were “night” and “traveling”. I really enjoyed discussing and hearing your opinions (even though we got a little distracted by my poor bike which got towed away 😦 ). One thing we mentioned today that I would like to remind you of is the difference between holiday and day off. A holiday is a special day such as Christmas or Obon, but a day off is just a day of the week that you do not have work. It’s easy to get them confused so I hope it helps! Take care!

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!


2018.11.22 Thursday FT

19:00-20:00 | 5 students

20:00-21:00 | 5 students

Thank you for joining tonight’s Shijo FT class. It was great to see you all and discuss together. Tonight’s topics were “favorites” and “yes”. There were some great points made tonight that I’d like to recap here.

“Can I lend you a hand?/ Do you need a hand?” means you are asking someone if you can help them or if they need some help.

Please let me know if you still had any questions. See you next time!

2018.11.18 Sunday FT

14:00-15:00 | 1 student

15:00-16:00 | 2 students

Thank you for joining the Shijo FT class. Today’s topics were “senses” and “junk food”. As we said in class, there was a famous movie staring Bruce Willis called “The Sixth Sense”. Do you think there is really something called a “sixth sense” or is it just a rumor or myth? Some people believe in intuition or deja vu, and this can sometimes be called a sixth sense. If there were still any questions about the topics or some words you didn’t understand, please feel free to ask at next week’s class. Take care!

2018.11.15 Thursday FT

19:00-20:00 | 4 students

20:00-21:00 | 4 students

Thank you for joining today’s Shijo FT class. Today’s topics were “rubbish” and “success”. One important distinction to make that I think I should note from the class was the use of “to handle” in the example, “Do you think it is harder to handle failure or success?” In this case, to handle doesn’t mean control, but it means to manage or to go through. So if i have to handle success, it doesn’t mean I control my success but it means I go through it, or experience it. It’s a tough distinction to make but it is quite important to understand. Please feel free to ask next week if you are still not clear. See you next week!

2018.11.11 Sunday FT

14:00-15:00 | 3 students

15:00-16:00 | 4 students

Thank you for joining today’s class. Today’s topics were related to “elevators” and “gold”. Hiroki-san asked a great question which I would like to share here. We know that if something is “gold”, it is the material it is made from (ie. a gold bracelet), and if something is “golden”, it is made of gold (ie. The Golden Pavilion), but what is the difference between gold and golden? Basically, when something is gold, it is just a common object, such as a gold ring, but if something is golden, it is a more special and somewhat unique thing, such as a name like The Golden Globes or The Golden Gate Bridge. This was a great question, thanks Hiroki!

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!