Fresher week

It’s welcome week at university. I gave a short talk on Japanese culture to freshers in a university induction. It included a 10-minute talk and some demonstrations. I was nervous before going to the classroom, but everything was fine once I started talking because students were keen and it made me relaxed. When I stood in front of them, I forgot almost everything I wanted to mention and show to them, but quickly reorganised the structure of my talk. It went surprisingly well because I was able to interact with the students more frankly.

On the day before, in the preparation time, I was feeling some anxieties until I found a vision which students would be interested in. Luca gave me much advice about teaching skills after I did a practice. His feedback was to supply more visual variations in my PowerPoint slides and to give clearer instructions to students.


A three-day trip to Amsterdam was great fun! I always stop at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam every time I fly to Tokyo and felt like travelling to Holland. Luca arranged this trip, and he took me to lots of places. It was such a beautiful graduation trip for us.

In Amsterdam, the Dutch houses and architecture were most fascinating. They reminded me of Zurich because the well-preserved structure of buildings and the appealing entrance of houses around the central area had some similarities. These traditional building structures make people feel right at home. Regarding food, there was more cultural diversity, though I enjoyed sandwiches at several bakeries, which were delicious.

Amsterdam has multiple faces of the food culture, arts and pastimes, which makes the city more attractive and relaxing. Luca loves the city and enjoyed the three-day stay more than me. It was so nice for me to know a new dimension of Amsterdam.


French toast

Luca and I have sorted out most of the housing things, and I am feeling relaxed and happy to have such a slow pace of life; cooking French toast for breakfast and cooking lasagne for dinner with dessert wine after meals.

This slow-living restores a balance to my life, hopefully his life as well, though we are going back to work very soon. This week, we are going on a three-day holiday and setting off for Amsterdam. It will be the first trip to Amsterdam for me.