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.)