How are you all doing?
Plum flowers are in bloom and ...Yes, hay fever season is here.
I have a hay fever and have started suffering from sneezing and itchy eyes.
I strongly hope that my medication will work better this spring...
Well, I'm excited about the school party that we are going to have soon on March 2, at a Izakaya restaurant! Yay!
A little busy preparing for it, creating games, making paper cards and so on, hoping all the participants will have a good time together, eating & drinking and playing games!
We will play some games and a Loser team will do some penalty game, so I'll post some photos from that after the party!
Please wait for it!
See you next time(^^)/
How did you enjoy the New Year holiday?
I hope you all had a nice one!!
Now you are all feeling settled back into the routine after the break (which surely made you lazy), right??
Can't believe that it's already in the second half of January, and you know, February has only 28 days so goes fast!!
By the way, have you made New Year Resolutions（新年の抱負）?
Yes, I have! I'm going to read a book and see a movie every month and go to six concerts this year 2019!
Please come and tell us about your resolutions!!
Some of you guys may have a resolution like... "I will try to brush up my writing skills."
Well, if so, we've got great news for you!!
We have started to accept entries for Essay Contest（英作文コンテスト）!!! Please check it out!!
I strongly hope that many of our students here will write and submit their essays this time.
I will let you know how it turns out later! Look forward to it(^^)
I think you all are having busy days finishing this year and preparing for the coming 2019!
It's gotten very cold, but I'm fine trying to stay warm not to catch a cold.
I hope you are all fine too!
I'm still on my BIG CLEANING, and New Year cooking is waiting....
Also, I'm thinking what my new year's resolutions should be...
Well, thank you all for supporting us this year.
Please keep warm and have a nice year-end & a happy new year!!!
Looking forward to seeing you in 2019 at Kitakyushu YMCA(^^)
How are you enjoying this Christmas season??
Christmas songs playing and Christmas decorations and lights everywhere!
Today, we have more than that...
Kevin the cool teacher came in in a Santa suit!!!
He brought us happiness and warm & nice laughter this evening.
I was quite amazed how well-made the suit is and, of course, how lucky we are that we have him here at YMCA!
I got a nice snack gift from one of my co-workers today.
She went to Grand Sumo Kitakyushu-basho today!! and kindly bought some snacks for us!
She also showed the booklet of Sumo wrestlers, with some wrestlers' signatures on their pictures!!!
I guess many of you guys could go see the event and had a great time too!
I hope I could go see some Sumo basho next year(^^)
How are you all doing??
Can't believe that we have only one month and one week left this year!?
Well, I made a list of things I hoped to do/achieve in 2018
at the beginning of January, so I looked at it this week.
Some...I'm successfully done/achieved.
Some...haven't even started yet...(totally forgot about them!)
I thought ONE MONTH could be long enough to complete some small things, so I made a short and simple to-do list and started them!!
Don't you think it's a good idea??
Why don't you join me??
Wanna know what are on my list????
Come to YMCA and ask me (in English) in person!!
Have you been to Nogata, 直方, which I live in?
It has a nice and big park where you can walk around enjoying beautiful flowers and plants, which is called 福智山ろく花公園!
Last weekend, I went there with my mom(^^)♪
So I want to show you some of the photos I took!
I hope you will have a chance to visit the park some time in the near future!!!
Here's one more photo I took at a park called 紅葉の森 near 福智山ろく花公園♪It was a little too early for autumn colours when we went there, but it should be more beautiful now. So please go check them our if you can!!!
Did you have a nice weekend?
I went to 多文化共生わいわい祭り at Kitakyushu YMCA last Saturday.
I believe many of you guys went, too!
I couldn't stay long, but I could see some old friends and enjoy good lunch of a Mongolian noodle dish and a Nepali noodle snack.
They were so yummy!
YMCA will hold this festival next year as well, I think, so you gotta check it out next time if you missed this year's(^^)
Hi there, it's Shoko here again!
I was driving along the Onga river the other day, and saw beautiful cosmos flowers!
I think they have now reached peak bloom, so you should go check them!
They will go soon, so you should hurry!!
※ This picture was taken in Mizumaki, near みどりんぱぁーく.
Have a great time! And Happy Halloween!!
Hello(^^) How are you doing??
I hope you all are enjoying this wonderful (short though) season!
As some of you who know me may be able to guess, I went to Green Park in Wakamatsu last Sunday, which is one of my favorite places to visit in Kitakyushu.
But what for????
Of course, for their nice Rose Garden!!
Their Autumn Rose Fair has just started!
I should say that their blooming peak will probably come in a few weeks, but still I could have a nice time looking at pretty roses and eating rose ice-cream♪
(I've posted a photo of Rose Ice-cream of Green park before. Eating their rose ice-cream is my biannual event.)
While driving to the park I saw lots of cosmos flowers in bloom along the Onga river side. That's another thing you can enjoy!
Why don't you go out and enjoy this pleasant season! Autumn in Japan is so short that you can miss it easily!!