10 days away from Christmas and New Year holidays and I am thinking about a renewal of my site.

Now it is so cold in Japan but when I look at the snowing scenes in Dallas (wow!), maybe the city I am living in is not half bad in terms of coldness.


Well, at the outset, I was deeming this site as kind of like the site I am writing about my cycling life but things started change.  I would say it was not a gradual change but more of an abrupt one, sort of out of the blue, apropos of nothing.


As I wrote before, when I had become forty eight years old and entered into this last cycle of 12-year-cycle in a Chinese zodiac system (I was born in the year of dragon and I feel really fortuitous because it is kind of cool to say “I was born in the year of the dragon!”), I had a strong urge to do something.  I wanted to be ambitious and want to achieve something.  Then I have started to wonder what it is that I can round up my life with?  Should my life end just here right now, what would I say my life was about?  


When I came out through that door of Dulles International AIrpot to step on the land of the United States of America, when I looked up at the Skyscraper of NY and listened to the people talking to each other in English, I felt was galvanized.  I was exuberant!  Yes, it is English.


So from now on (I am still busy for a while so it will be a bit late), I would like to make this blog a place I can write about anything or should I say I will opine just about everything.


Of course I will not exclude cycling stories.  That is one topic I will keep on writing about.  It was the road biker talks about biking and sometimes other stuff.  From now on, it is one Japanese guy crazy about learning American English, talks about many things and sometimes talks about cycling.  


I have got a feeling that I write a lot about Japanese culture (this is also one topic that I wrote about multiple times before) and the Japanese English education since I am an English teacher.  I mainly write not so much as from a professional’s perspective (where I am strongly thinking about the readers) as just one individual (Just write more freely what I want to say.  I would say it would be intriguing for those who want to know something about Japanese culture and maybe teaching English situation.  If you are interested in teaching English and spend some time in Japan,   If you have any questions, once again, don’t hesitate to ask!  I like answering those questions.  It also helps me improve my English and it is not half bad!  I will write about what makes me happy and sometime what grates on me, vexes me or something exasperates me.  


So if you want to know about Japan, look no further and don’t be surprised when the title of this site is changed.  I am thinking about the title right now.  


But I am regret to say, 10 more days, I have to spend most of my time taking care of the laborious work I have been allotted.  Hope to update my site one or two times and maybe give a new title to my new site.  For the time being, I am thinking about “Correct me if I am wrong,” “Apropos of nothing” and so on… I am a bad title maker.


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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