Trip to Kyushu Island (Hotspring and so on…)

16 1月
Special Udon at Hot spring
at Yanagawa, Kyushu Island, Japan
Steamed Pudding by steam of hotspring
Myoban Hotspring, Beppu, Kyusu Island, Japan
Myoban Hotspring, Beppu, Kyushu Island, Japan
Sinter of Sulphur


I had a trip to Kyushu Island in the begging of this year. Our purpose was to take some kinds of hot spring in Beppu area and also visit some historical special places.

Of course, eating special meal at these special points where you visit is also necessary.

There are some pictures of foods and materials in Beppu hot spring. A picture on the top of right set is a special udon at hot spring. For some more information, you can click these pictures. A picture in center of the right set is the special Bowl of eel and rice. What is special? It comes from the way to make it. It was steamed by Seiro (a basket used for steaming food). And a final picture of the right set is yes, you know, it is pudding. But this is also special. It is also steamed. But this time, it is steamed by steam of hot spring! Can you imagine?

A top picture on your left is a private (family) cottage at Myoban onsen, Yu-no-sato. You can enjoy hot walter from its resource directory with your friends or family.
The second picture of the left set is another type of cottage for making sinter of sulphur so-called "Yu-no-hana" in Japanese. This means flowers of hot spring. And what do you think the final picture on your left is? This is the origin of sinter of the sulphur. Hot gas comes from the hole and it makes such a wonderful shape.

If you really want to enjoy real onsen (hot spring) in Japan, I strongly recommend you to visit Bepppu in Kyushu Island. Because Beppu is such a nice hot spring that you can enjoy many different types of hot spring at once.


Banana Muffins

02 1月
Hand made Banana MuffinsHand made Banana MuffinsHand made Banana Muffins

Happy New Year 2007!

I'm back to blog, how are you doing?
I had a bit long holidays to have a brief rest and went to Beppu hotspring in Kyusu Island. I'll write about my trip to Beppu later on.
My wife made some banana muffins for me last weekend.
It has nice fravor and was good tast which I've never had.

Fresh seafood bowl

30 11月
I tried to make two types of Japanese seafood bowls with Yellowtail soup and Japanese green tea. I can get really fresh ingredients at this time: Salmon (sake) from Norway, Scallops (Hotate) from Hokkaido Japan, Herring roe (Kazunoko) from Canada, Tuna (Maguro) from Australia, and Yellowtail (Buri) from the Japanese neighboring waters. Yes, you will see some ingredients from abroad now. Yeah, this is a really nice menu – very healthy and tastes good!


Get something new

29 11月

It is always hard to try something new. You will fight and struggle while you are facing difficulty. However, when you could feel you reached your purpose, it will be brilliant and proud of you.


This is realy hard

28 11月

I justt finished my conversation program. Despite it being for beginners, it was really hard for me. I was a bit shocked. I thought I could talk more then, but how come I could not do it? When I was a student, I think I could speak more. The reason is clear. I didn't keep using my English. And it was also my first time talking with some people on-line. Talking on the phone is really hard. I can tell what my current listening and talking skills are. Anyways, I think I should get accustomed to this atmosphere and expose myself to speaking more English. On-line conversation in another language is still really hard for me. I could tell this time. But I know, I should never give up and continue to join it. And I need to have time to read/listen more, and save words and phrases a lot. Oh, I always think of it. If I could have enough time, I would be able to concentrate and expose myself more.
But anyway, it was really fun to meet and talk to the other learners. I'll try my best with limited daily time.


First participation

27 11月

I could have one to one session with my tutor two weeks ago. Tonight, I'll finally try to join conversation program. I'll start with beginner class. I considered of what level should I take for my first time joining the program. I suppose I should see how it goes at this time. It is scheduled to take 60 minutes. It starts from 23:00 Japan time. It seems a bit late. But it will be suitable schedule for me if I take a conversation program on weekdays.
It also seems long time. However, time fries so fast when you concentrate on chatting, anyway. I'm very looking forward it.

By the way, when I was a student of the short exchange program at University, I often saw that some students always gather as a Japanese group. I sometimes thought it will not be recommended situation for language learners. Because you will always use your native language with your friends in such a situation. I thought I have no idea what is their purpose at that moment. Therefore, I always tried to be involved in English community alone. Of course, it would have time limit while my short exchange program. Therefore, I tried it as much as possible. Sometimes, this kind of action makes them misunderstanding. But I am still thinking it was not wrong. I could touch & feel something new  in different community and it would make me more active and socially mature. The most important thing is what is your purpose and think of what are things all you have to do at the moment. If you could keep doing it, somebody comrade will appears in front of you. Don't forget your mind!

It also seems that all participants of the conversation program at this time are Japanese. However, we have certain purpose and need to use English for conversation. Therefore, it is a quite expected and different circumstance from such a national community. It will also good to meet other Japanese English learners as a comrade.
I want to say thank you for giving me such a great opportunity to share many things for all tutors and friends.

Woops, I gotta go now!

Have a good day.


Thinking of the way time use

26 11月

When I think of making enough time to do what I really want to do, I am always troubled with my long working hours. I'm always working until late at night. I get to my office in one hour and a half. Therefore, I can't have enough time to do what I'm thinking. There is no exception for learning a language.I can listen to some articles on the way to my office, and on the way home too. However, it is hard to boot up my PC for studying on weekdays. For the last couple of weeks, I had late summer holidays. For this reason, I had much time to read, save words and phrases and review them. It was really lucky to help me to start to improve my English. I'll try to find spare time to continue studying as much as possible.



Lens of your heart

16 11月
Flower & BeeFlower (Red)Berry
I went to repair service to pick up my camera lens which had something trouble.
I took some pictures on the way home for camera test. I'll show you some of these pictures here.
What can be taken by lens of your heart?



15 11月


First of all, I think I should introduce of myself a bit.

I'm TAK TOKIO. I live in Chiba, Japan. I'm working as an IT engineer for 10 years. I married a Canadian who lives in Vancouver over five years ago. I met her when I was a student of the short exchange program at our university. I suppose you will think that I spent time using English with my wife after we got married and that is why I decided to join on-line English program. Actually, my wife is not a native English speaker. She is a Chinese Canadian. Her native language is Cantonese. The problem is that she speaks Japanese very well now! Therefore, I missed my chance to use English and brush up my skill. I want to get involved in an English environment as much as possible.

Anyway, I'll do it and make it!