The Last Day of this Week

Here in Japan, it is Friday morning. I just returned from a morning training!

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/211406172

This week I have been pretty busy because I took my paid leaves and went to DC & NY for a week visit. Now this is the last day of my week. I am a little tired so I might be hanging around doing nothing tomorrow.

It is an O-BO-N week in Japan. It is believed that around the 15th of August (The date varies depending on which part of Japan it is; in my area, it is from 13th to 16th) the deceased members of your family return to your home and stay for a couple of days. These days, religious meanings are kind of starting to wear out (but many, especially when you get old, you tend to believe it in Japan) and many people think the period as a series of holidays. So all the resort places are so crowded in Japan.

In my case I took holidays week earlier and chose to work this week (mainly because the airplane tickets were cheaper during last week than this week for the same reason as mentioned above) so naturally there are fewer people in my working place and have to handle more work than other weeks.

Though it was a vacation, I had to take care of my kids and went right into a line of work on the very next day of my return from a trip to the States, I guess I am a little tired.

So on Sunday I am planning to go for a almost 100-mile ride (140 km with 1000-meter climb in mind) but tomorrow, maybe I will give myself a break even from a road bike training.

Climbinn Site

I usually climb some place like this (This is really a country side. Where i live is a little more urban area).

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About dw64 (or Masa(aki) or Mark)

I am 52-year-old Japanese male. Ever since I watched Sesame Street when I was VERY young (5 years old?). I fell in love with American English and culture. I learned English hard and now I am teaching it. Then when I was 18, I had an opportunity to stay with an American family in Shell Knob, Missouri and I asked them to educate me as an American kid. So they taught me the American way and even my taste for food has changed completely so I call this rebirth! Then when I was 30 (I visited the U.S. several times but they were short stays), I joined the MA course in teaching English of graduate school in Vermont. I stayed about 10 months there (it was an intensive course). I stayed in a dorm and learned a lot inside and outside of classrooms. I got all the credits but I failed because of the difference in the context between the U.S. and JAPAN cuz it is so hard to teach English in The way I learned in the course because in Japan, teaching is about understanding grammar and structure in Japanese. But my journey does not end here. Last year I was admitted the CELTA course in NYC where I worked hard and got this certificate that certifies that I had finished the course and qualified to teach English to people who want learn English as a second language by Cambridge University standard. So if you are one of those people, send me a message and I can help you learn American English (I got this at Cambridge but basically they teach different English depending on location). Why did I pick NYC? Well, I am a huge fan of American everything! I live the country even when that demagogue guy is the President so I am an authentic fan of it. I mean, I love the U.S. more than anything in this world. There was a guy who loved Japan so much so after he retired he came to Japan and became a citizen. I want to do the same, actually. So now I am so into it, I listen to NYC CBS radio 880 all the time except when I watch dramas on Netflix, HBO or HULLU or read paperbacks on Kindle (read 70 books in the last two years). And then I am writing in English. I hope to be able to write something publishable in the future but I have to learn some more. As for my learning, I have almost done usual stuff so now I decide to do things that native speakers who wish to be writers will do. At least I learned 8000 words and phrases in the last couple years and I confirmed that I know more than 22000 words, which is tantamount to the number of words American graduate school students have. Well I might talk about these things, too, but I will talk about my favorite things in this blog. I love American dramas. I love the ones with some sci-fi portion in it. Like, from HULU, Gotham, Lucifer, Fringe, etc. I love good comedies so I love Seinfeld, SNL and night shows. Netflix? Luke Cage, Daredevil, and other defenders. I love legends of tomorrow, too. HBO, Game of Thrones!! And I also loved Night of and West World. I also might talk about cycling (road biking) and all other stuff! Please feel free to comment!
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