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Nicest instructors are closest to myself.

All I have to do in the class of ESL, the presentation, is done. Last night after finishing making the movie, which is 12 minutes long, I have practiced it, by speaking loud, for instance. I felt I was perfect before going to bed. At the same time, I realized that it’s the last presentation for me, other students, and Carey.

Only sad thing during presentation was that my voice sucks cuz of the sickness. But it’s ok, it’s hard to listen tough. The other picked-up heroes were Son-Goku, Anpanman, Yamato, Frodo, Leon, and Lupin the Third. As it was said that Waseda University has lots of unique, ironically speaking strange, students, their presentation were pretty funny.

At the end of the class, our instructor Carey said that she doesn’t want to say good-bye. Although I expected her to cry, it didn’t happen. To be honest, her teaching style doesn’t always fit the want-to-learn spot of mine. It might show how significant the fate to meet a good instructor is.

All I can say about ESL is that thank you, Carey and Glen.

  by tkpsu | 2005-11-30 05:21 | @Portland

Wondering how many times left.

Good Morning! It’s 7:40am on Tuesday. I’m wondering how many times left I gotta get up in such an early morning. The answer is quite obvious: only two times more. Can you imagine? Me? Of course, no, I can’t. I have two reasons why I wanna get up again and again.

One is because I don’t wanna finish studying abroad here. Every student who have studied abroad said that it’s too short. I can say the same thing, and another I wanna add is that I wanna stay more. Although I said that, I found that I had much more time to think about everything than in Japan: future, family, friend, joy, drink, etc.

Another is because I found the most excellent class here: MKTG 376 Int’l Business. It’s the best I’ve ever taken in both Waseda and Portland State. I strongly wish Paul taught in Waseda cuz of his humor, which is so attractive that many students opened their mouths.

I’ll never have such an early morning class in my life. If I have, it’s gonna be of graduate school.

  by tkpsu | 2005-11-29 07:44 | @Portland

Output will give big impression.

I’m likely to have a cold. Actually, I don’t have any high fever, but I have a runny nose and a sore throat. What can I do for? It’s just to keep having something hot to drink, take medicine and sleep well. What’s the most significant for me? It is to leave a neck warm by a muffler, even when I’m in my room. Is it strange? I don’t care about your claims.

I had a final quiz about Fahrenheit 451 we have used as a text of ESL. Although it was a multiple, it had only 15 questions, which was, of course and fortunately, less than I thought. Therefore I can’t say it was either easy or difficult. I hope I scored higher. Yusuke Sato, one TNP crew, tried to work his visual aid for a next presentation, which is about hero in either Japan or US.

His aid was so awesome that I decided to steal his idea that a movie is working very well at audience. As soon as I was back to home, I just started creating mine. My hero is Simba in Lion King of Walt Disney. I gotta think about the limited time I will have: 10 minutes. I’m gonna use certain of movies and sounds from it.

  by tkpsu | 2005-11-28 13:31 | @Portland

Tidal Wave in myself.

The awesome visit, my first to 23rd in a half a year, was seen as one of the best time I had. It was such a clod day that we decided to walk in shop by shop next to next, which has a warm atmosphere. There are more cute and fashionable goods than expected. In the first shop to visit I bought a Christmas card. What is it for? I don’t wanna answer it, lol.

After some kitchen stores, we reached the Urban Outfitters, where we can some similarities to Japan’s stores. It is hard to explain what an example is though. Its business will be successful if it starts overseas. Only one difference I found is how much there is space. It’s gonna be one largest problem in Japan, where a rent is the world-most-expensive as every body knows.

What I got there is a T-shirts w/ music notes printed and a black velore jacket. Although they also are for ladies, I did buy’em. On the way to home, I bought a unique T-shirts at Adidas, which is sold in only Portland. I have the same one of NY. Can you imagine what a wonderful day it was? Kicking back to a luncheon, a café was so cute.

  by tkpsu | 2005-11-27 13:09 | @Portland

Encourage Viks to bring more students.

For the first time I ate Shushi since Clint took me w/ Riku on March, when I arrived here. Who took three TNP crews there was Taka-san who got suddenly extra money by the gamble of Japanese Racing Association. First of all, although we tried to be at Shinju, Japanese restaurant, located at Pearl district, it was closed. We left for 23rd, which has some restaurants.

We was very engaged in Japanese food, interestingly. What came our eyes next was Yuki, whose branch Taka-san knew. Actually, I’ve been there with Keiko in March. In spite of Japanese restaurant, all employees are Korean, so the taste is a little bit different from the real Japanese food. Yet it’s ok, I mean, it’s enough to remind us of Japanese stuffs. On the way to home, we helped Shiemi to lift the love-sofa to her room. I thought she did the economical shopping.

At this night I went to the Scott Center to watch PSU Vikings of women’s basketball against Arkansas. Two sad things happened to me. One is the number of audience, especially of current students, which was too short. Another is the level/quality of plays, which was too low. Ironically, it might lose Japan’s girl high school teams.

After game, I had dinner on the bottom of Iron Plaza. Finally, we played “twister,” which Yusuke got from his friend whose house he visited on Thanksgiving. We took an hour and half as if we were little.

  by tkpsu | 2005-11-26 08:31 | @Portland

Made customers buy more.

I left home at 4:30am with only two-hour sleep. Nov. 25th which is right after Thanksgiving is the biggest date for sales in a year. Taka-san drove five of us to Wal-Mart, Woodburn, and a mall whose name I forgot. The 2nd one is awesome. There are Adidas, Nike, Puma, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Levis, etc.

Despite really early morning, lots of families showed up every where. The funny thing happened in one world-largest grocer store which controlled Seyu in Japan. The electric section was the most crowded and popular cuz the fryer said the big sales, obviously. I wanna focus on the grocery section. Nobody was right there. That’s funny. Moreover, meats are put next to discounted TVs.

All stuffs I bought are two watches and two T-shirts at Nike, shoes at Puma and jeans at CK. Because of the big sale, I didn’t wanna take time to decide whether to buy or not. I took whatever gave me a great impression. As I said before, it’s unusual to do that. I usually take time for shopping.

Nov. 25th became one of the moat memorable days in Portland, anyhow

  by tkpsu | 2005-11-25 16:29

Organized Family.

It was Thanksgiving Day, one biggest holiday in the United States, which has July 4th (a.k.a. Independence Day), Christmas day and New Year’s Day. I visited the huge family whose daughter is the host mother of Shun, a friend of mine. Do you understand? The reality is more complicated than I’m saying here. It’s better to stop it any more.

Two surprising things I found are number and kindness. When I got there, the number of relatives surprised me well: five couples and more than 10 kids. All of the kids had been playing till the dinner started. Meanwhile, adults were cooking, taking after them and talking.

Why did I enjoy? I’ve had nothing to do with that family since I joined them. Only one thing to make da distance much closer was to introduce myself. It has no special meaning. It is a rough and simple one. All of the family members were kind enough to me.

Finally, I noticed how important da family is.

  by tkpsu | 2005-11-24 17:09 | @Portland

Have fun?? or not?

You know what!? The winner can play forever as long as they don’t lose da game. My circle, Whynot, have not accepted such a survival style. The main reason why we have is because of equality to play, one Japanese good and bad tradition. Talking about Whynot, first, we usually divide players per 5, which make one team. If 17 players show up, we will have 3 teams (5, 6 and 6) for instance.

On the other hand, here American guys decide a team by shooting. Before we start da game, we say “shoot for team.” The first five players who made free throw/ three pointers are the first team. Like that the second five are the second team. Finally, the possession for the first offense depends on “shoot for ball.”

When is the game over? We have a time keeper each game overseas. It usually takes 8 minutes, which are divided by half for the substitution. It is part of equality I think. Every player can stand on the court each game. Meanwhile, some American guys can’t play in one game.

Although there are some differences, I enjoyed myself well. I’m wondering if I can have time to play more.

  by tkpsu | 2005-11-23 19:22 | @Portland

Definitely I’ll help you.

A friend of mine, Koji, moved to Broadway. I went there to help him after MKTG and lunch. Surprisingly, he didn’t get ready for it at all. What we started first is packing, lol. Another thing I can talk about him is that he is lucky. 6 friends gathered totally to help him. You know what!? Japanese guys are pretty kind to friend of their.

It took three hours, anyway. The movement which started at 2pm was finished up at nearly 5pm. But, since I had a class from 4:40pm, I just said to him, “good luck.” The 2nd surprising thing I felt is a number of furniture a student, who live by himself, has. On the other scale, I don’t have such a amount, and actually there are nothing but a bed mat I rent from Misa.

According to Japanese moving staffs, the number of my furniture I’ll use in new place is more than usual student living alone. And also I’m very concerned how large my room is cuz I wanna have a love-sofa which will make it more comfortable. I wish I got as cheap one as possible.

  by tkpsu | 2005-11-22 14:40 | @Portland

No reason no Vodafone.

It was the first time for me to work as a part-time job in Portland, where we are not allowed to earn w/ any way. Just I did at Waseda Oregon office was to put a postcard into each pamphlet. Seven of us worked together for an hour. If less than seven came there, we couldn’t finish it up for such a short time.

I got $10 as kinda salary, fortunately. Next I did shortly after the job was to eat a big mac at McDonald, which provides a dollar-big mac every Monday. I went to Broadway after having a tiny dinner, finishing the article assignment of MKTG 376. One topic I chose is about Russian natural gas business, which decides to come through Turkey as a hub.

The other I read was that Vodafone is in trouble in both Europe and Japan. The share in both is decreasing cuz of the lack of competitiveness. I have used only its cell phone. The reason why I am a user of the Vodafone is because of the discount price as a group of family. Its price marketing is better than two other rivals in Japan: NTT Docomo and au by KDDI.

Although I worry about the shortage of the variation of designs, I’ll do contract w/ the Vodafone again.

  by tkpsu | 2005-11-21 18:25 | @Portland