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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR REPORT

For My Junior High School's homepage Blog

I didn't write a new blog report here for a long time - ごめんなさい!

So today will be a quick review of Christmas, New Year and the beginning of 2011.

In December I visited Osaka twice (two times).

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The first time visit was to see the German Christmas market.

There were very nice illuminations and nice things to eat.

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We also saw a concert of Christmas songs.

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The second visit was to see Osaka Zoo.

I like animals very much and have visited many zoos in Japan.

We saw many birds, snakes, lizards, lions, tigers and much more!

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There are many bears in Osaka zoo, but my favorite was the Polar Bear (White Bear).

He looked very happy and was playing in the water.

We watched him for a long time.

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I was in Imazu with Haru and Andrew Sensei (from Kutsuki Junior High School) on Christmas Day.

I cooked a big Christmas dinner for everybody and we watched a Christmas movie together.

My favorite Christmas present this year was these books.

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'Kwaidan' is full of Japanese ghost and yokai stories, and 'Ninja Attack' is all about real ninjas from history.

I really like books like these and I enjoyed reading them.

For New Year I travelled to Hirakata and stayed with Haru and her family.

We ate Osechi - which was very new for me.

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In Slovakia there are many fireworks at New Year and it is very noisy.

In Japan there are no fireworks and it was very quiet I was surprised!

In the morning we went to the local temple to pray.

It was VERY busy and we had to wait for a long time.

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After we prayed and got blessed, it was time to go home.

In January there was a lot of snow in Shiga Ken and it was very cold!

The good thing about this is you can snowboard - which is fun!

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I don't travel so much in the winter (it's too cold so I like to stay home and watch movies or study Japanese).

But my friends in the Satoyama group had a nice event in January so I went too.

We made a fire and special decorations from clay.

I made a leaf and an owl.

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Then we cooked bread on the fire, and ate soup and sweet potatos.

It was delicious and warm.

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This event was great fun and a very welcome bit of warmth in the middle of a cold winter.

Next time, February and March.

More snow, yokai, temples and fire walking.

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NOVEMBER REPORT

For My Junior High School's homepage Blog

The weather was still very nice in November, so I wanted to go out and enjoy the sun.

One nice day I visited Kyoto with Andrew Sensei (Kutsuki Junior High School's teacher).

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It was a fun day - I met Ken Ketsu by Kyoto City Hall.

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Ken Ketsu is my favorite mascot - he is the mascot for 'giving blood'.

I also sat on a Police motorbike for a picture - it was very big and heavy!

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Then we walked by the river to Gin-kaku Ji (The Silver Pavilion).

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The Silver Pavilion is NOT Silver - it is made of wood, but it is very pretty.

There is a very nice garden by the pavillion too.

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We also went hiking (walking) in November.

We visited a place near Takarazuka with a nice walking path on an old train line.

The train line closed many years ago - there are no train now!

Walking on train lines is very dangerous, so it was exciting to walk down old train tunnels and over an old train bridge with no trains.

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After the walk we went to Takarazuka and visited the Osamu Tezuka manga museum.

Astro Boy is famous even in England, and it was nice to see many old comics from Osamu Tezuka - some had English names.

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I enjoy visiting Kyoto in November because there is beautiful momiji everywhere.

I went to a market in a temple near the train station.

The market was very big and there were many people buy and selling things.

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I saw many interesting old Japanese toys, photographs and decorations.

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I really liked these 'namennayo neko' cards - so I bought them :-)

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In the afternoon we went to Kiyomizu Diera.

The momiji there was really bright and colorful too.

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The next week I went to Koka to see the Shigaraki Tanuki.

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The momiji in Koka was even more beautiful than in Kyoto.

I was surprised how red it was.

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I took these pictures at the Ninja Mura (Ninja village) in Koka.

I went there with three friends.

We tried to throw ninja stars at paper targets.

It was difficult but fun, I was lucky and hit the target two times.

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I think Autumn (Fall) is my favorite season in Japan.

It's not too hot or too cold and it is very pretty.

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Now we have a lot of snow and it is very cold - I want the November weather again!!!

Next time I will write about Cristmas and New Year.
See you,
Damon.

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HALLOWEEN ART SHOW REPORT

For My Junior High School's Homepage Blog

October 31st is Halloween!!

This year I asked students to draw Halloween pictures for an 'Art Show'.

I was very happy to get many WONDERFUL pictures!

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Here are some examples of the students pictures.

(Click on a small picture to see it bigger).

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These three pictures won Halloween prizes for 'Best Picture'

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That's all for October.

I hope you had a Happy Halloween!

See you,
Damon

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OCTOBER REPORT

For My Junior High School's Homepage Blog

The beginning of October was very busy with the school culture festival (bunkasai).

There were many things to see and do at the festival.

There was a lot of nice art work; mosaics, pictures, figures.

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Students performed plays, sang and danced on the stage.

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Everybody - teachers, students and even parents - helped to make the festival a great event.

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There were also many games and activities to enjoy.

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I practiced singing in Japanese and sang with many teachers and parents.

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It was difficult, but I was happy to help too.

After the festival I was travelling again!

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I saw this beautiful sea view in the north part of Kyoto prefecture.

We also saw many Japanese battle ships on the sea!

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Haru and I were taking a road trip to see Amanohashidate.

I wanted to go there because I often saw very nice pictures of the Amanohashidate 'bridge'.

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We took the chair lift to 'View Land'.

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Many people like to look at the bridge between their legs - so I looked between my legs too!

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I wanted to go across the bridge so we rented bikes.

It was a nice ride!

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Now a short quiz!!

Do you know what this is?

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No?

It is the symbol from the Slovak flag.

I lived in Slovakia for 12 years - I was surprised to see this flag in a Japanese resturant!

Of course, October is also Halloween time - and if you want to see some nice Halloween pictures please look at the next report!

See you soon,
Damon

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SEPTEMBER REPORT

For My Junior High School's homepage Blog

Wow - I have been very busy and haven't added anything new here for while - gomenasai!

So today I want to put a few pictures from September.

OK let's start!

In September I went for a trip to Kobe with Andrew Sensei (from Kutsuki Junior High School)

We saw Kobe tower and the big aquarium!

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My favorite thing in Kobe was the the big figure of the Japanese 'Iron Man' (Testsu Jin).

I was surprised how big he was!

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Travelling is fun, but I was busy at school too!

I was working with two students for the English speech contest.

They practiced very hard and on October 8th we went to Adogawa for the contest.

There were many students from all of Shiga, the Imazu students did very well and we won the 3rd prize for best speech!

I was very proud! Coming back to school we saw a nice rainbow too :-)

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After the speech contest I had some free time, so I went for a trip to Nara.

I wanted to see the full-moon festival in Nara, but it was very cloudy and we couldn't see the moon :-(

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The next day was rainy, but I went to see the famous temples and the deer.

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I was very worried about the deer.

Sometimes they were very close to the cars!!

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They deer look very cute, but if you buy food for them they push and fight for it.

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Nara has many old buildings.

I saw many famous temples and the giant Buddha.

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I also saw mochi being made for the first time - this was very interesting for me!

They were very fast!

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After watching I ate some of the mochi - it was delicious!!

That's all for today, more soon - I promise!

Damon,

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