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92nd Day

Hello. Three months have passed since you left Japan. Your school life stopped suddenly in the middle of March and after that your life has been limited only at home. Our concern is when we can get back to the normal life. However the keywords for the world after the pandemic are "with corona"or "new normal." It means that the life after the pandemic will be different from what we had. It is difficult for me to imagine new way of life. But we need to think about how we live and for what we live. I hope you will think about what you want to do in the future.

Yesterday I saw the movie "Contagion." It is about the pandemic.

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Contagion means a disease that can be passed from person to person by touch. The coronavirus transmission also happens by touching our mouths, noses, eyes after touching contaminated surface that has the virus on things such as straps of buses or trains, doorknobs, switches or buttons. In the movie, it says, "The average person touches their face 2,000 or 3,000 times a day." The film depicts the pandemic crisis from the beginning to the end brought by a vaccine. After watching the movie, I feel really scared of touching things especially in the supermarket. I will recommend this film if you haven't seen it.

Take care!! Stay safe and healthy!!




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87th Day

Hello! I read weekly report coming from your teacher yesterday. You seem leading happy days full of fun and laughter.  Be careful not to miss the deadline of your assignments.    Now I see lots of azalea in bloom along the roadside.  I enjoy the glorious spring weather when I walk.  

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Golden Week holiday has started but we are still under the state of emergency and refraining from outing.  Everyone wonders when the life will go back to normal?   Some people tell we will never return to the same life we were.  We need to live with coronavirus.   If so, how will be the society with COVID-19 like?  I can't tell how to manage my English school.  If I cannot meet my students, I need to use online system like Zoom.  But that is not what I like to do.  COVID-19 is imposing unprecedented strains into everyone in the world.  Anyway let's find something happy and positive to make every day meaningful.

Take care!!





83rd Day

Hello. I had a shocking news today. At least 17 people were killed in a shooting rampage at Nova Scotia in Canada.
What a terrible news in this pandemic! My heart goes out to everyone affected by the shooting.
Not a few people have guns in Canada because hunting is one of the popular activities and getting a gun is not so difficult. Of course they need a licence and registration to get a gun. This incident reminds me of the danger of guns in society.

CNN News↓
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/20/americas/nova-scotia-shooting-monday/index.html

Take care!!


81st Day

Hello. I was able to see your video letter. Thanks a lot. Your grandparents were happy to see you. Definitely, your English speaking skill has improved . You were using more difficult words and phrases than you were in Japan. I hope you will try to develop your vocabulary more and more. Rich vocabulary helps you use English easier.

In your video, I noticed your disappointment for this stay-at-home situation. I know that all your plans were canceled because of this pandemic but please try to think how to make your days in Canada meaningful. There are still something you can do at home.

I love you always!!



79th Day

Hello. I have got a weekly report from your teacher. You look spending happy days out there.
Please be careful not to miss the deadline of your assignments.

The situations of COVID-19 pandemic in Japan is getting worse. The government will expand the state of emergency to all prefectures. What a world! We should focus on the small things to make us happy. I was happy to eat my favorite ohagi today.

I will upload the photo you were trying to cut a wood 6 years ago. You were struggling to cope with the new life in Nagano. And now you are doing in Canada.

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Good luck with your new life!



76th Day ~ Easter Sunday ~

Hello. It was Easter Sunday. How did you spend today?
I made some Easter Eggs. I enjoyed painting eggs.

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Easter is the most important festival of Christian Church, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Nowadays many Japanese enjoy Easter activities such as egg hunting or egg coloring. I enjoy Easter to celebrate the arrival of spring and new lives.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are no church services and no parades.. People stayed at home and joined online church services. I am looking forward to enjoying Easter activiities with my students after this coronavirus pandemic ends.

Take care!!



72nd Day

Hello. I made a song about the super moon and uploaded on my YouTube yesterday.



After the coronavirus pandemic happened, I know that the world is more fragile than we expect. In this fragile world, the moon always remains there where it should be and it shines the earth unfailingly. Viewing the moon makes me feel reassuring. I recommend you to look up at the moon when you feel anxiety.

Take care.



71st Day

Hello. I saw the Supermoon last night. According to Wikipedia, 'A supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that nearly coincides with perigee—the closest that the Moon comes to the Earth in its elliptic orbit.'
It was not so large as I had expected but It was very bright and clear.
 
I made a song about the Supermoon. I would like to sing this song with children of my school.
After making the melody, I will upload this song on my YouTube.

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SUPERMOON

I saw the moon yesterday.
You were bright.
I saw the moon yesterday.
You were clear.

Look up at the moon. Look up at the moon.
You are the Supermoon.
Look up at the moon. Look up at the moon.
You are my faithful friend.

I saw the moon yesterday.
You were smiling to me.
I saw the moon yesterday.
You were following me.

Look up at the moon. Look up at the moon.
You are the Supermoon.
Look up at the moon. Look up at the moon.
You are my faithful friend.

Thank you, Supermoon.




I love you always!

67th Day

Hello. How is your weekend? But after the school shutdown everyday looks like weekend, doesn't it?
Today was another warm day so I took your grandparents to Aoba no Mori Park to see the cherry blossoms. When I came here, I always remember the days we played here together.  I couldn't catch up with you and was easily exhausted.

Your grandparents are over 80 and they are vulnerable to the virus but both of them are good walkers. Walking in a park viewing beautiful blossoms on a warm sunny day is really comfortable. 

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I will write a thank you letter for your new host family. And I'll send them some presents. Please wait another one week.


Take care!!






66th Day 留学2カ月後の状況

カナダ留学中の娘に手紙を書いているつもりで英語ブログを書いています。

今日は久々に日本語で留学から今までの状況をまとめておこうと思います。

1月末にカナダ留学へ出発し、まさに娘の留学はコロナウィルスとともにスタートしました。
在籍する日本の高校の規則で、留学中は日本人との接触を極力避け、現地の人々とのコミュニケーションを充実させるということになっています。そのため親とのコミュニケーションも月1回程度の手紙のみとなっています。

3月上旬にようやく娘からの初めての手紙が届き、「学校までの1時間半のスクールバスが最高に楽しいし、難しい授業にも少しずつ慣れて面白くなってきた。これからボランティア活動も頑張って毎日を充実させたい!」というようなことが書かれていました。順調な留学生活がわかり私はすっかり安心しきっていました。1カ月前はカナダの感染者数も少なく、日本にいるより安全だと喜んでいました。

その数日後、3月半ばに娘の体調不良と発熱の連絡が学校からあり、同時にオンタリオ州の学校はコロナウィルス感染防止のために3週間休校になると連絡がありました。病気をきっかけにして、娘はホスト宅に閉じこもる生活になってしまいました。本人は4日も熱が下がらず体もだるいのでコロナウィルスに感染したと思ったようです。その後も部屋にこもりがちになり、ホストとの関係が悪化していったようです。

それほど悪化していたとは知らずにいたのですが、29日の日本時間早朝4時頃、学校の先生からホストチェンジの連絡をいただきました。何度注意しても態度が変わらない娘に痺れをきらし、関係改善の見込みがないと判断されたそうです。翌日30日には新たなホスト宅に移動し、4月1日には新しいホストファミリーと仲良くやっていると連絡をいただきました。学校がないので留学エージェント主催のオンラインルームでほかの地域で頑張っている高校のクラスメート達とも話すことができるようです。新たなファミリーとの生活は順調のようで先生の報告メールには満面の笑みの娘が映ったオンライン画像が添付されていました。ヤレヤレ、これで一安心です。

カナダの感染拡大も1日に1000人単位で増え続け、まだまだ終息の見込みはないことから、学校休校もさらに5月4日まで延長になりました。6月中にはセメスターが終わり、9月には新学期が始まります。この状況では今学期の学校再開は難しそうです。せめて9月から学校が始まってほしいと願うばかりです。

こんな調子で娘と直接連絡がとれないので、娘⇒担当エージェント⇒高校の先生経由でようやく現地の状況がわかります。唯一の連絡手段である手紙は今の時期、本当に時間がかかっていて届くのに3週間ぐらいかかります。いくら学校経由の留学とはいえパンデミックで非常事態の状況下で伝言ゲームのような連絡方法には疑問が残ります。とはいえ親と子が頻繁に連絡してしまえば、留学の目的である自立&自律が中途半端になりかねないだろうし、なかなか難しいですね。

今は誰もが当たり前の生活ができない状況です。stay at home で social distancingをしている状況の中、知らずしらず心が疲弊してしまいます。心にはたっぷり栄養を与えながら、social distancingを続けていきたいですね。

今日は暖かかったので、桜が散ってしまう前にぼっち花見を楽しんできました。たくさんのお花を見て春をたっぷり感じることができました。

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I wish you stay happy and healthy!!











64th Day

Hello. It's April Fool. New school year has started in Japan. Congratulations to you for moving up to a new grade.
I'm really happy you are able to start a new year with a new host family you like. The news of your host change surprised me a lot but this change would be really important for you to keep you moving forward especially in such a terrible virus affected world. Although no one can tell when we will get back to the normal life, we need to find many things we can still enjoy and thank a lot for the workers who are supporting sick people with a great risk.

I will restart my English school today. Let's enjoy using English with children!!

Take care!


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3歳の娘と一緒に "英語でアート" をコンセプトにしたこども英語教室を2007年に開設して13年が経ちました。実験台のように英語を吹き込み、インターナショナルなイベントに連れまわした娘も16歳です。当然のように国際志向が育まれ、今はカナダ留学中です。留学中の娘に連絡がとれないので、手紙のつもりで英語日記を書いています。
その他、千葉市の英語教室、Bears English Clubの活動などをご紹介しています。
どうぞよろしくお願いします!

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3歳の娘と一緒に "英語でアート" をコンセプトにしたこども英語教室を2007年に開設して13年が経ちました。実験台のように英語を吹き込み、インターナショナルなイベントに連れまわした娘も16歳です。当然のように国際志向が育まれ、今はカナダ留学中です。留学中の娘に連絡がとれないので、手紙のつもりで英語日記を書いています。
その他、千葉市の英語教室、Bears English Clubの活動などをご紹介しています。
どうぞよろしくお願いします!

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