On the last couple of Thursday mornings I talked to my Ajina-dai Kouminkan (Community Centre) class about Jules Verne’s novel, Around the World in Eighty Days. In that novel, the main character, Phileas Fogg, is a keen whist player; Fogg is playing whist when he bets that can travel around [Read more…]
I took my camera to Jogakuin on Monday to take a few quick photos of the cherry blossom.
We caught the train to Yokogawa, bought picnic provisions and then walked down the river, over Jonan Dori Bridge then up the east bank until we found a spot for a picnic with a good view of the cherry blossom on the other side of the bank. The river banks [Read more…]
Here is an educational video for children designed to explain in simple terms what the problem is with the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. The nuclear power station becomes an anime character called “Genpatsu-kun” (nuclear-boy) who is having trouble keeping his “unchi” in. Unchi is an informal Japanese word for poo. The [Read more…]
On the first Saturday in April I took my chess set up to Koi-Ue Kominkan to introduce my English class to the game. I had already talked to the class on a previous occasion about the big impression that Gerald Abrahams’ book, “Chess” (part of the Teach Yourself Books series), [Read more…]