This Tuesday, our group and other two groups met at cats cafe together. There were 7 Each One Teach One’s members including me! We enjoyed to touch cats and to take pictures. All cats were very cute, but they didn’t care about me at all. The cats are fickle😂 Anyway, it was a good experience for me since I had never been to cats cafe.
Last Sunday, we met at Huang’s friend’s apartment and tasted Chinese traditional sweets named Tangyuan. It was very delicious! I like Chinese food very much!
By the way, I thought that Huang and her friend, Li made all of this sweets, but in fact they bought these dumplings. I learned that it is very difficult to make these dumplings and useually people who want to eat it buy it at supermarket even in China later😂
After enjoying dumplings, we talked a lot. The English education system and Japanese movies were our topics of chattering. It was good time and we made a plan for our last Each One Teach One meeting.
We met at restaurant of TAMK and ate lunch together. While eating, we talked a lot and made some meeting plans not only as Each One Teach One buy also as friends! I’m looking forward it very much! I learnt a Chinese word “fish” this time.
Then, we moved to library and took photos because we wear similar ear-rings together. We carried out what we had promised! It was very good time.
Last Sunday, we made Japanese sweets together at my apartment. The name of it is “Shiratamadango”(a kind of rice cake ball). We enjoyed cooking it and eating it with “Aoko” (sweet red-beans paste). I was very happy because I could eat it not only after a long time but also with best foreign friend! Then, we learnt about expression “I” in Japanese but our lesson became a drawing lesson after all.
At the end, I gave her handcrafted accessories that were made by my aunt. It made her very happy and she said “beautiful” many times. I was very glad to hear that. We promised to wear it next meeting!
This Friday, Huang took me Moro Sky Bar. The bar is on the top floor of Sokos Hotel, so we could overlook Tampere and the view from there was very good! We learnt about some phrases and greetings over orange juice. A question on “I ” in Japanese from Huang was very difficult, so I couldn’t give a good answer. I want to find out a good answer by the next meeting. Anyway, it was a good time and I wanna go to there again!
Last Monday, we met and enjoyed sushi at Itsudemo which is a Japanese restaurant with Huang and her friend. I was very glad to hear that Huang said that it was very delicious, because sushi is traditional Japanese dish and my favorite food. And she tried wasabi(Japanese horseradish), but she added it too much and almost cried.
Then, we talked about Japanese movies and TV program and learnt some phrases and the words on family members. Actually, it was second for me to go this restaurant, but I really enjoyed sushi and talking with my friends!
Our fourth meeting was in Pella’s cafe on November 4th.
Actually, we met at Sokos first but there is not suitable place to learn, so we walked around the center of city looking for a place we can learn. Then, we found Pella’s cafe and enter it. I was glad to be able to go there because the symbol of the cat of the cafe is cute and I wanted to go there! The sandwich I ate was very good. We talked a lot and learned some words about animals. And surplisingly, we met at a Halloween party at the night! We met twice a day.
We met and ate traditional dishes of each other’s country in apartment of Huang’s friend at a night of holidays. I cooked rice, miso soup, and Nikujaga(meat and potato stew flavored with soy sauce). Huang and her friend cooked many Chinese dishes and all of them were very good! I was surprised because there are the dishes similar to the dishes which they cooked like dumplings and candied sweet potatoes in Japan. We talked about table manner and culture each other while eating. Then, we learned words on colors at my apartment because her friend’s room and my room are in same building. It was very good time!
Last Sunday(October 7th), we went to the Pyynikki observation tower. The reason why we chose there to meet is that I really wanted to eat the famous donuts of the cafe on the side of the tower! We enjoyed the very sweet donuts and a cup of coffee.
Also, we talked about each other country’s education. I was very surprised to hear that Chinese students go to school early in the morning and go back home at 12am!
Then, we had a great view of Tampere from top of the tower. But it’s so cold, so we couldn’t stay there so long.
We had our first Japanese-Chinese meeting at a department store RATINA on September 14th. My pair Huang had known that RATINA was on sale, so we decided to meet there.
First, we looked around the entire RATINA. There were a lot of shops and we talked a lot while walking around. For example, about the difference in uniform. Most Japanese high school students go to school wearing uniforms like jackets and skirts, or shirts and pants, but according to Huang, Chinese high school students go to school wearing jersey. I was surprised to see the actual picture because the Chinese uniforms was like gym clothes to wear in physical education class in Japan.
Then we sat on the bench and taught the name of countries each other. Although there are kanji (Chinese character) in Japan, it is difficult for me because the pronunciation is quite different from that of Chinese.
After all we just bought a snack at a grocery store despite sale, but it was a really good time talking with Haung!