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Week 2 of the autumn semester. More students found interest in my course about Foreign Language Learning and Teaching. Postive comments or suggestions to the course are encouraging me and motivating me. Last semester, I spared more time fo…

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I gave a small talk about how to get high performance at the TOEFL or IELTS test today. About 20 students attended this event. I emphasized the importance of vocabulary and the usefulness of the CALL materials and smartphone. I also rememb…

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It is October. Many of senior seminar members attend the ceremony for celebrating job approval for next year. Congratulations. When I left the office and approached JR. Nijo Station, I encountered a long line of people waiting in front of …

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We took our seminar photos for college album. Thanks to the wisdom of seminar students, we enjoyed taking photos. This is at the roof of Learning Commons, which is usually forbidden to step in. (2019.9.30)

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I don't know how badly I have wanted to see them. It is a reunion after one and half years' absence. Everything started with these smart ladies. Two hours was really short, but I enjoyed meeting and talking with them. The very first reunio…

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I was so excited by the victory of Japan against Ireland in World Cup Rugby. Today was the Autumn Commencement day. (2019.9.28)

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I had many visitors today. Two former seminar students, one coming back from Australia came to see me in the morning. In the evening, one former seminar student who also experienced teaching Japanese in Australia and her Aussie friend. The…

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I also started this year's course at Ritsumeikan Graduate School. Different from the courses in the past, I set the course at 5th period, not in 7th. One student in my seminar passed the teachers' employee test in Shimane prefecture. Congr…

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We started a career introduction course in 2019 with all the freshmen of the Department of English. I asked the course participants to keep Good postures, Good disciplines, and make Good contributions to the course. I would like to make go…

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The junior seminar class (Wakazemi XX) also started their autumn sessions. They seemed more independent and more responsible for the seminar. This is a crucial term for them because, in terms of improving their English proficiency, this wo…

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The senior seminar started their autumn sessions. Although intended to be a short session, we had so many things to discuss and the session ended at 7 pm. It was a four-hour session. They are aiming to be the best seminar in the world. Goo…

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I visited Naoya to attend our cousins' meeting. (2019.9.22)

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I attended an exhibition of ceramics made by a great potter, my high school friend. They are so beautiful and well made. He has a gift. (2019.9.16)

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I had dinner with several of high school friends at a nice restaurant in downtown Kyoto. They are now a doctor, a dentist, a professor, a headteacher, and a potter. It was fun and nice talking with them, reflecting the past, complaining ab…

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It was again nice weather in central Kyoto. I had a meeting with an MA student. We were able to make a good plan for her research. (2019.9.14)

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On the way home from the overnight, I dropped by Ohara Sanzenin. It was not crowded and gave me some time to reflect. (2019.9.13)

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I am here in Doshisha Biwako Retreat Centre in Kitakomatsu, Shiga for summer overnight of the junior seminar (Wakazemi 20). We enjoyed the watermelon cracking game, which has been a long tradition of this seminar. (2019.9.12)

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We have lived for 18 years since 911 in 2001. I will never forget the shock I received in Toronto at that time. Why did it happen? There are so many questions involved there. (2019.9.11)

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Our dog, Bailey, is interested in a caterpillar on the bricks. (2019.9.10)

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Autumn has come. It was a beautiful evening at my place. (2019.9.9)

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I went to a movie theatre in Katsura, Kyoto: "Once upon a time in Hollywood." Not so bad. I learned some part of history in Hollywood. (2019.9.8)

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A young couple visited my office for inviting me to their wedding ceremony and reception. Seeing such young people who will start a new life is lovely. (2019.9.7)

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I had a medical checkup today, and also went to see an ENT doctor. He kindly checked my throat using an endoscope. Although I am still uncomfortable with my throat, I feel relieved by knowing that I had no problem with my throat. (2019.9.…

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I wanted to eat Oyakodonburi, a bowl of rice topped with chicken and eggs, but mistakenly ordered a bowl with just eggs. Our college has a nice Japanese restaurant, Shizuya, only five-minuted bicycle ride, which has been since my universit…

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Izakaya, a Japanese restaurant, which could be boasted of as one of the best restaurants in the world: being quick, inexpensive and delicious. I went to Kushihachi, near Shijo-Karasuma. (2019.9.4)

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