Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Xmas, Everybody!

We love Halloween. Every year, we make our own Halloween costume. We also make our own Xmas cards. We often include our Halloween costumes in our Xmas cards. This year, we were the old-style Batman, Batwoman (NOT Batgirl!) & the new-style Batman (A.K.A. The Dark Knight).
You can check out all our past Xmas cards here...
Have a merry Xmas and a happy & healthy 2015!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Video from Halloween 2014 on the Dotonbori Bridge

A huge crowd of young, costumed Japanese celebrate Halloween 2014 on the Dotonbori Bridge, in Shinsaibashi, Osaka.

Photos from Halloween 2014 on the Dotonbori Bridge

Japan invented "cosplay" so it makes sense that Halloween has become a BIG thing here! Every year, huge groups of young Japanese dress in costumes and go to the Dotonbori Bridge, in Namba. This year, Halloween fell on the Friday before a long weekend so more people than usual dressed up & celebrated on the bridge. Here is just a small selection of some of the costumes that were there...

Thursday, October 30, 2014

What to do for Halloween in Shinsaibashi & Tennoji this Friday

Last Halloween (the REAL Halloween -- October 31st!), I visited the Dotombori Bridge with a friend to check out all the people in costume. We had a great time!

This year, I'm meeting some other friends at Ola Tacos Bar (, in Shinsaibashi, at 8:00 pm for a quick dinner. After dinner, we're going to go down to the bridge to check out this year's costumes.

After we've finished on the bridge, we're going to catch the subway down to Tin's Hall, a bar in Tennoji, to watch a friend's concert & join the bar's Halloween party.

If you want to join us, come to Ola at 8:00 pm!

Here are some photos from last year's trip to the bridge:

2014 Halloween at Ola -- The Photos!

Every year, my family & friends enjoy celebrating Halloween at Ola Tacos Bar ( ), in Shinsaibashi, Osaka. This year, we were Classic Batman, Batwoman & The Dark Knight -- a Bat-Family!

You can check out all our photos from the night here:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Halloween Party in Shinsaibashi, Osaka, this Saturday, October 25th

Halloween is nearly here -- already!!!!  This year, we'll be going to the Halloween Party at Ola Tacos Bar this Saturday, October 25th, from 6:00 pm.
Please Note: This event is intended for ADULT students!
We hope to see you there!  Don't forget that it's more fun if you wear a costume!
Here are a few pictures from previous Halloween parties at Ola (Click on the links below each photo to see more photos!)...






Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A Fun Way to Review

We're always looking for new ways to make review interesting for our younger students. Recently, Mayumi read a book by Goro Taijiri, an English teacher who often works on NHK. He recommended using fly swats for a fun (& safe!) version of "Flashcard Slam." As you can see, the kids love it!

何事も反復練習が大切です。新しい単語や表現を学んでも、身に付くまでは何度も練習。間をあけて何度も練習です。その1番の方法はゲーム!私たちもあれや これやと考案し、巷のアイディアを参考にしながらやっています。今回はNHKテレ基礎英語の田尻悟郎先生のおすすめアイテム。『ハエたたき』カルタゲーム でカードを取るのにピシャリとハエたたきを使います。初めて見る道具にびっくりの子供たちが白熱するのに時間はかかりませんでした!(笑)

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Live Music on Friday, September 12th

OMG! (Oh, My God!)  What happened to the summer?!  I was planning to post soooo many things on this Blog over the holidays ... and now it's nearly the middle of September!  I guess time really DOES fly!

Anyway, the temperature is starting to cool down.  It's a good time to start going out again.  This Friday, September 12th, my friend David is playing at the Shinsaibashi Blarney Stone with the band REVolution, which plays a mix of hard rock & funk covers.  The band will start playing around 8:30 pm.  I'm working on Friday night so I will get there around 9:00 to 9:30 pm.  There is no entrance charge and recently the band has been sounding VERY good -- hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 29, 2014

What Happened to the Shinsaibashi Classroom?

It's been just over 4 months since we moved out of the Shinsaibashi classroom.  It seems like only yesterday, but it seems a lifetime ago!

We're still in contact with our old landlord & now friend, Noriyuki Ueno.  Recently, I saw some photos of what the classroom looks like now.

 Wow!  That's quite different, isn't it?!
Noriyuki is now a host for Airbnb (that's Air B&B, an online site for booking bed & breakfast accommodation).  He rents out rooms for one-night, weekly, & monthly stays in Shinsaibashi.  You can check out all his rooms here:

The big yellow table is not gone!

We still use it for our adult classes at the new classroom in Sekime Takadono.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Thermae Romae 2

On Sunday night, my family & I went to see Thermae Romae 2.  It was great fun!  I could really relate to Lucius, the main character, because he's also a foreigner trying to understand Japanese baths. (My favourite scene was Lucius trying to work out where to look in the mixed bath [混浴] -- I totally understand that scene!!!)

After the movie, we checked out the merchandise in the lobby.  We were surprised to see that Camera Otoko, the No-More-Movie-Piracy character, had his own corner!

We also found the must-have Thermae Romae merchandise -- a bathtub plug shaped like Lucius.  Of course we bought it!

You can check out the trailer for the movie here...

Sunday, June 22, 2014

What Happened to the Last 2 Months?!

Wow! What happened to the last 2 months? They just seemed to fly by!

In English, we often say that “time flies when we’re having fun.” This means that when we are having fun, time passes quickly. I’m not too sure if I’ve been having fun in the last 2 months! – I’ve been too busy to notice!

Actually, since the beginning of April,
I’ve been flat out like a lizard drinking! (Click on the expression to find out what it means.)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Live Music at the Hard Rock Cafe (Hommachi), Friday, April 25th

Our friend Dave is in a rock/funk band called "Revolution." They are playing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Hommachi, on Friday, April 25th, from about 8 p.m.. My family and some other friends will go there around 7:00 p.m.  We THINK they'll finish playing at around 11:00 p.m.!  Why don't you join us!

Hope to see you there!

They are playing funk in the above video.  When they play rock, they sometimes play AC/DC -- what's not to love!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Thank You, Kyoko!

 Many years ago, I wrote on this Blog about our student Kyoko, who is a fashion designer (Be & Me Student Saves the World). Yesterday, some really funky cushions designed by Kyoko were delivered to our new classroom. They were a new classroom-opening present.
Thanks, Kyoko! The kids really love them!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Be & Me 英会話 Club の 高殿教室 の オープニング パーティー

わいわい がやがや 25名くらいかな
バルコニーでは 子供たちがピクニック
コトミが開いてくれた ジャマイカ料理に舌鼓 ♪
ビールに ワイン・・
We're going to look after them well!

Friday, March 21, 2014

高殿教室 開校します!



さて 高殿教室でスタートします「小学生コース」のご案内を致します。

曜日: 火曜日  水曜日  木曜日  金曜日

低学年   4:30-5:10 (午後)
中低学年  5:15-5:55
高学年   6:00-6:40

定員: 6名/クラス

お月謝 : 8,000円/40分/4回




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Above photo by Kenji Matsuyama

Tuesday, March 18, 2014


I finished work early today (it was graduation day) so I've been cleaning out my PC (getting ready to "retire" it). I found this GIF, that I made many, many years ago using photos I took at one of our spring picnics.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

高殿教室 説明会の様子です!







詳しくは ホームページの「生徒のみなさんへ」を


Be & Me 英会話 Club - 06-6916-2613

Saturday, February 01, 2014

スクールカレンダー & イベント

みなさん、こんにちは!オンライン”スクールカレンダー&お知らせ”の ページをアップデイトしました!当月のサービスレッスン日やキッズクラスの日程、祝 日やイベント案内が日本語で確認できます。

当校の ホームページ( の “スクールカレンダー”または "生徒のみなさんへ" をクリックして下さい!または直接下記のアドレスへリンクして下さい!(携帯電話からも可能です)

ス クールカレンダー :

生 徒のみなさんへ :

よ ろしくお願いします!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014





でも よく動く! よくまわる!


 しのぶ先生は 肩や首まわりから ゆっくりストレッチをスタート





いろいろ話しをしながら 先生の動作をまねます

ひとつ ひとつ の動きが ヨガのポーズへのステップ

「英雄」 とか 「ネコ」 や 「ドッグ」




だから 今朝は イタタタタ

でも 「エクササイズしたぞ」感の痛みが嬉しい私

さぁ 毎日10回 続けるぞ

* 高殿教室 ヨガクラス *

毎週 月曜日 午前10:30-11:40 (70分)  1000円/1回

要予約 :
件名 : 「ヨガ予約」 と書いてください 

大阪市旭区高殿6-3-15 ハイツアドニス 2階 (1階はマクドナルド国道関目店です)

Thursday, January 23, 2014


みなさん お久しぶりです スマイル 
Be & Me 英会話 Club は 新しい教室に 引っ越しました ハート
じゃ~ん 音符
大阪市旭区高殿6-3-15 ハイツアドニス 2F
英会話レッスンの本格スタートを3月に控え、只今準備の真っ最中です スマイリー
まず最初のお知らせは ストレッチヨガクラス ハート2
私自身が習ってきた < 佐藤しのぶ先生 > を お迎えしてスタートしました
毎週月曜日 午前10:30-11:40
料金 : 1000円/1回 (10回参加された方には1回無料プレゼント)
先生の気さくな人柄とオモシロトークで ビギナーの方にこそ体験してほしい!
動きやすい服装で 無料貸し出しマットもありますので 気軽に始められますよ ニコニコ
1月20日(月)から 毎週やっています
来週月曜日もまだまだ空いてます ウインク  ご予約待ってます!
予約アドレス :
件名 : ヨガ予約 ( と 書いてください )

 しのぶ先生 高殿教室

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Live Music in Shinsaibashi this Friday, Jan. 24th

My friend Dave sings in a rock band called Revolution.  Revolution are having a concert at The Blarney Stone, an Irish pub in Shinsaibashi, this Friday night.  I'm going to go.  Why don't you join me?

Here are the details...

When: Friday, January 24th.

What time: The band will start to play around 9:00 pm.  I will be teaching until 9:30 pm, so I'll get there around 9:40 pm.  The band will play until very late, but I will leave at about 11:15 pm, in time to catch my last train.

Where: The Blarney Stone Irish Pub in Shinsaibashi, opposite the Comfort Hotel in Europa Street.
Click here for a map (in Japanese):

Cost: The concert is free.  Drinks are "cash on delivery" (you pay each time you order a drink).

Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 06, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  Did you have a good holiday?

Be & Me 英会話 Club starts lessons again from today, January 6th, 2014.  We are looking forward to seeing you soon!