Sunday, December 14, 2008

I went to two universities.

This weekend I went to two universities; Weseda University and Kogakuin University.
Because I join AEI so take part in these discussions in English, it was so exciting!

In Waseda University, I and freshman who was same table gave a presentation of our group products which wake us up easily. This is really serious problem for me because I sometimes overslept recently. Other team’s presentation was wonderful so he and I felt regrettable but we tried our best.

In Kougakuin University, it holds Christmas party! All participants bring present and exchange. This picture is present I got from someone. It’s an ornament of glass and I really liked it!

I’m so satisfied to talk so many unknown universities students. I love communicate with so many people. I don’t know why I really enjoy discussion very much but I want to meet a lot of people and have to do with good relationship :)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Hi everyone! How are you doing? Peter is fine.

This weekend, November 22 to 24, I went to Shibuya everyday! That’s why for my new part time job and a moot United Nation.

My job is serve dishes and drinks, clean tables and accept orders by customers and so on. It was hard for me but I enjoyed this work especially I love clean dishes and wine glasses, if I do this I feel refreshing. :)

There are two types of restaurants in there; one is a hull-course meal and other is a kind of bar. Many workers can work so smooth so I want to work efficiently as soon as possible.

This board was really delicious! I worked long time so was tired, but I ate meals and recovered my spirits. :)

November 24 I went to the United Nations University. In fact this university is in front of Aoyama Gakuin University so I have seen it several times so far and I wanted to enter in it. One of my little dreams came true!

I took part in a moot United Nation and this topic is humanitarian intervention by United Nation. Three professors told their ideas of this topic it was so interesting and complicate. Is it OK to do humanitarian intervention? Why the UN does it for other country; not related to own country? What borders of it decide success or failure and who decide it? I thought about it for the first time.

This experience made me realize keenly how important acquire and broaden knowledge once more. If I always think or study about some topic I can tell my idea or opinion. If I don’t do this I have no idea so I can’t discuss with others. I need to study more and more:)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


From November 1 to 3 I was spending busy but exciting time because Aoyama festival was holding these three days.

Our club set up a refreshment stand we sold frankfurter and potato rice cake; it is in chesses and really delicious :) Many people bought those so we became happy.

I’m member of Aoyama English Institute (AEI). Our club main activity is participating in discussion. We talk to other university students in English at these discussions. It is really exciting! I love talking with unknown people and become friends. I took part in only twice so I’m going to participate more and more :)

Recently my friend and I are planning to change AEI more active club so I’m nervous a little. But I try my best.

Friday, October 17, 2008


October 11 morning my mother and sister came to my apartment. When they entered to my room I was still sleeping because I cleaned my room carefully and cooked Chinese soup with egg the last night. Recently I enjoy cooking so I wanted to eat them my dish.
In the soup there were much long green onion; my sister hates but she ate! Thanks :)

After that we went to art museum of Ryogoku in Tokyo. There is held Ukiyoe prints; woodblock prints of Boston. There are so many works for example works of Hokusai Katsusika and Hirosige Utagawa. They are really famous artists so their names and works have in both textbooks of history my sister and me! It was so excited for us :)

The next day, October 12 was my sister birthday. Happy birthday Saya! She became 14 years old. So I gave presents; a necklace of strawberry and a hairpin of small pink ribbon. She seemed like them.

The day also was Sagamihara festival; this is Aoyama Gakuinn festival (This picture is the festival.). So we went to school. First we listened to Ayumi’s club live concert; they were really good at singing! It was impressed for me. My sister belongs to a chorus club so I thought it was nice experience to her.

I met some of AGU members in this festival. Masahiro was selling cotton candy. Risa and Kyoko were selling Tidimi; Korean food and Nozomu helped them. Emily was selling fried noodles. Sae and Kei were selling waffles. Sachi was selling general merchandise of Thai. As a result, I bought all of them! But my mother and sister and I enjoyed this festival.

Saturday, October 4, 2008


Hello everyone! How are you? I hope you are fine :)

Recently I cook sometimes because I love and enjoy eating and autumn is appetite season. I cooked miso soup (This taste was weak.), boiled spinach seasoned with soy sauce (Its color turned bad.) and fried rice with various ingredients, I upgrade the picture (This taste was so-so.). I’m not good at cooking but I want to cook delicious meal so I keep trying. Do you like cooking? What’s your favorite food?

Today I went to shopping at Shimokitazawa near the Shinjuku with my friend. This is first time to visit this place for us. There are many nice and interesting small cloth shops. Some shops are unique; others are very cute and so on. I bought a kind of dressing gown. It is so cute I think! I always try to buy Cheap and Cute clothes, this double C is really important for me. In fact this gown was a bit expensive but I bought; it’s against my policy! Ha ha ha...

We bought many clothes and enjoyed shopping. After that we ate dinner at Machida west of Tokyo. It had a good time!

Friday, September 26, 2008


Last week, I had been sick. I felt badly so I checked my temperature…I run a high fever…it was 39 degrees!! It was shocked and confused for me :( I called my mother because I didn’t understand what I should do and wanted some advices. After that, I asked my friend who live same apartment to bring drink and banana. Thanks a lot!

But I didn’t recover soon so I went to hospital. The doctor told that I was gastroenteritis (Of course I consult this word a dictionary.); it was really surprising because I thought I only had a fever. Unfortunately I became suffered from diarrhea…I thought good health is really important again and again!

I gave up participating in lodge together for my club and meeting AGU at September 22. I wanted to meet everyone, I felt sad :( I’m looking forward to meet next time!

Monday, September 15, 2008

This is Peter! :-)

This is peter! She is really cute rabbit. Her breed is Dwarf rabbit. My family has her from this spring. Do you like her? Do you have a pets?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

I love ''Peter''

Hi, everyone!

I came back Kanagawa yesterday by night bus. During stay my hometown, I was spending a full time. Meeting my friends, having a wisdom tooth (It was fatigued for me…), eating udon ; thick white noodles many times(It is famous noodles in Kagawa, it tastes really good!), and so on. I did a lot of things :-)

Especially I enjoyed spending time with ‘’Peter’’. My family has a rabbit; her name is Peter because we like Peter Rabbit. She is so cute! I stroke her head again and again and watch her long time. I felt happy:-D I want to show her picture but I can’t because I don’t understand buddle share and other ways yet, sorry :-( I have to do it quickly.

By the way, I think university’s summer vacation is really long so I want to experience many things more and more!

Friday, August 29, 2008


The day before yesterday I and my family went to see the movie that is Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea. This film was directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Do you know him? He is famous for a Japanese movie director. Most Japanese love his movies, of course me too! The heroine of the movie is ''Ponyo'', she is five years old fish! She met human boy (His name is Sosuke.) by a strange chance and fall in love with Sosuke!

My sister really enjoyed it! My mother is easily moved to tears at home and she doesn’t shed tears in outside. But sudden tears ran down her cheeks in Movie Theater because she was so imprested it. On the contrary, my father didn’t satisfied so much the movie and it didn’t make sense to him. My mother thought that he is stubborn a little and he seeks a logical argument. I think so too, but at the same time I also have some questions like him. So I want to see it again to solve my question.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Around Tokyo

Hello everyone :) I remember our staying in Maryland again and again. In fact, I miss America very much! (For example I want to eat American foods strongly because I love them.) Of course, Japanese life is also good!

Yesterday my mother and sister came to my apartment house. I had not seen them since my entrance ceremony so we have many things want to talk each other. Needless to say, I told about this trip but I couldn’t convey my feeling how enjoy I spent time in Maryland.

We went to many places today. At first we visited at Harajuku(I thought this town was a polished area at first. After I felt it was good old-fashion town. ), ate pasta in restaurant and shopping. I and my sister bought some accessories were reasonable prices! She knows about fashionable shops well because she has pinkeye. Next we went to Shibuya (There are many different people so I’m interested in this area.) and final destination was Ginza (It was really beautiful town!). We met our uncle and ate dinner together. It was a good time!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Back to Japan

Yesterday we came back to Japan. This two weeks program passed so quickly! I enjoyed spending time in Maryland so much :) Thanks to everyone; Nina, Heather, Nikki, Mike, Joe and AGU!

Some of us cried when we departure at the airport. But I hold back my tears because I wanted to say goodbye with smile and we can keep in touch with this blog!

I wake up at two in the afternoon. It was too late! Last night I called my mother, sister and father because I live a single in Kanagawa (My hometown is Kagawa, do you know?) so they worried about me. I must tell them about this trip. We experienced a lot of things so I think I can’t tell everything!

I’m going to keep my blog so if you read it and leave a comment, I’m very glad :)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Today is the last days of this summer program! I will miss it, but I have enjoyed everyday so I also enjoy today :)

Yesterday we were taught about the Prange Library. This is all Japanese media after the war; for example books, newspapers, TV, radio and so on. It was interesting.

After that, most of us went bowling at the University of Maryland. I couldn’t play well, but it was really exciting! Everyone is good player. Surprisingly, I did a strike! We went to grocery store to buy our souvenir. It was really big supermarket. I bought some sweets.

At dinner I ate curry at the Indian restaurant. It tasted really, really, really good! I was so satisfied. I want to eat again! We played batting and putter golf. I went to batting center for the first time but it was so exciting!

I also enjoyed yesterday but I was really sleepy so went to bet soon.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

This summer program is drawing to an end; we have only two days left. I have enjoyed spending time with this members so I want to stay in America longer than now:)

Yesterday’s listening and speaking class was really fun because we talked to each other about some topics and I like this type of class. I could communicate with partners in some extent so I was satisfied. But I think communication is really difficult in some situation for example listener and speaker don’t open their mind each other or one.

At lunch Sae, Kei, Sachi, Sahori and I ate Pot Berry, it tastes really good. I have been four times!

After that we went to Capital Building and White House. Capital Building was so great, but we could only saw White house from distant place so I wanted to see White House more closely. In addition we walked much, we were so tired but I ate dinner and recovered my splits.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008


I am enjoying this summer program everyday. Yesterday we went to the Voice of America and listened to a presentation about American history and broadcast. It was interesting so I want to listen more long time.

At night, we went to Nikki’s house. Her house is so big and nice! I saw her high school days room; it was very, very cute!! After that Joe, Ayumi and I went to the backyard and found a hammock. One of my dreams is to lie down on the hammock so I was really happy because I did! It felt so good!

I played billiards, pinball and wii. It was really fun! This dinner was also very good; I ate hamburger, salad, potato salad, watermelon, sponge cake, nice dessert, and potato chips…all of them was delicious! Her cat is really cute! Thank you for inviting us. 

Monday, August 11, 2008

We didn’t have class three days completely, so I have a lot of things to write here.

On Friday, we went to Baltimore and rode Water taxi. I went to see baseball games for the first time, it was really exciting! The domed atmosphere was so nice.

On Saturday, I went to National Gallery of Art because I love art! (When I was in junior high school, I was member of the art club.) I saw Picasso, Van Gogh, and Gauguin and so on. I bought a postcard of Utrillo I like this artist. In the evening, I played volleyball so this was my three times I did! I couldn’t imagine I play sport so much in America!

On Sunday we went to the National Museum of Natural History. I saw so many beautiful jewelry, stone and minerals it was interesting! Especially blue stone was really nice, if I were a rich woman, I would buy these! Next we went to the top of the Washington Monument; this scenery was so good but many people also were here and these windows were small, so I couldn’t see so much. The Lincoln Memorial is really big. Before dinner, I played volleyball and basketball. We had a very good time.

Thursday, August 7, 2008


A few days ago, I went to some shoes shop to buy sandals. This shop assistant said to me,’’ How are you?’’ and I said’’ I’m fine, thank you,. And you?’’ He told he was fine too. Surprisingly he said ‘’ Are you Chinese?’’ I said ‘’No! I’m Japanese!’’ It was amazing for me because… I’m Japanese! Then he said’’ Oh, you are Japanese. We depend on Japan! High technology! Toyota, Honda….’’ He seemed excited. This story is really interesting, isn’t it? But today I saw Mike’s new posting blog and found my picture, actually I saw myself like …Chinese!

Yesterday we went to The Newseum it was really interesting. There are a lot of old and latest newspaper, phone and so on. We saw a short movie about 9.11 terrorism accidents.
I was sad. After that I went to souvenirs shop and bought fun cards.

At night some of us played billiards. It was for the first game for me and I really enjoyed playing! Kyoko and Masanori taught us how to playing, they are good at playing. I want to play again after come back to Japan. We played until over twelve o’clock so I have to say Mike sorry but thank you very much!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Since we came to Maryland, we almost always use computers to make blogs. It is really, really, really difficult for me!!! In listening & speaking class, we talked about Maryland university students study Japanese.

Lunch time, I and Sahori shared big ice cream and ate it together. This is biggest ice cream I have ever eaten! There were three different tastes, Fear the Turtle, peach and strawberry. It tasted very good so I was satisfied and full.

After lunch we attended class of Diplomatic History of the United States. The class was difficult but interesting, Heather and Dr. Marie Hallion gave us some sweets and tea. So I was happy.

Finally some of us played volleyballs and badmintons, it was really fun! We had a really good time.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

We attended class for the first time and discussed about difference of Japan and America. It was so difficult for me because I spent in America naturally, I didn’t have question not so many. After the class we met students of Maryland studies Japanese. They study very hard. I talked two of them. They know Japanese very well.

Next we went to Kennedy center and listened jazz music, it was really impressed for me .I love these songs! Furthermore I took picture with the singer, how nice! She lived in Japan three years and missed Japan’s onigiri. This was happy memory. I want to go and listen the music again.

At dinner everyone went to Sushi but I don’t like Sashimi so went to hamburger shop with Nikki and Emily. This shop is American old fashion style so it was interesting. The Sushi restaurant seemed like a bar. All of them enjoyed dinner time.

Monday, August 4, 2008

Start Maryland Life

Now it is almost eleven o’clock. Air conditioning turns around in the ceiling. This is University of Maryland.

Hello, I’m Sanae Shirai, a University of Aoyama Gakuin student. My major is International Communication.

I really like see, know and go actually unknown places, it’s exciting for me. I also interested in America for some days. So I decided to join summer program when I heard this explanation for the first time.