Our ninth meeting was during Kurumi’s last week in Finland. I tried to thought some “must see” places in Tampere and idyllic Tallipiha was one of them. There was my singing gig and after my concert we enjoyed some drinks and Finnish snacks (Karelian pies and Mariannes) at the terrace of the cafe.
We started to talk about Finnish and Japanese fashion and popular clothing brands. I have been many years a fan of Japanese street fashion so that was quite interesting topic for me. We told Kurumi something about Finnish clothing brands, for example Marimekko.
The funniest thing was that Kurumi had a jacket from popular Japanese clothing brand called “Ehkä Söpö” (that’s Finnish and it means “maybe cute”). Before our meeting Kurumi didn’t know what “Ehkö söpö” means but we told her.
We also talk about popular artists and bands (both in Japanese and Finnish cultures). I learnt many new Japanese bands and artists and Kurumi got many recommendations about popular Finnish bands and artist from us.
That meeting was quite similar to our eighth meeting because we didn’t use any notes. But that meeting was also different from our eight meeting because at this time we taught and learnt mostly cultural things, not language.
We decided to spend our eighth meeting in a Japanese restaurant. Maruseki has always been my favorite Japanese restaurant in Tampere but as it is quite expensive we decided to choose another place. We went to a new sushi restaurant called Itsudemo. I was heard that there is very delicious sushi and as everyone in my EOTO-group loves sushi we decided to go there.
There was a sushi buffet but as no one of us were really hungry each of us decided to order only a few bites of sushi. Food was very delicious!
At the same time when we enjoyed our food we started to talk about dialects (both in Japan and in Finland). That was the first studying time we didn’t make any special notes and because of that our conversation went more fluently than before. I noticed that notes are not always necessary in studying. Before this meeting I didn’t know anything of Japanese dialects but now I learnt something. We gave some examples of different dialects in Finland. It was quite funny!
Our seventh meeting was at Kurumi’s place and she taught us to make sushi. I was always wanted to learn make sushi so I was pretty excited! That was the fourth meeting we spent with cooking or baking and that’s why this meeting was quite similar to our previous meetings.
We made maki rolls and I guess that was a good choice because I have heard that nigiri sushis are much more difficult to make. I have always loved sushi but that was the first time I made sushi. Learning was quite easy beacuse I had a very brilliant motivation to learn! Before this meeting I thought that making sushi was much more difficult but now I learnt that I was totally wrong. Now I can also make sushi all by myself!
This kind of practical learning was suitable for me because I needn’t to understand every single word in English. I could just watch and “imitate”!
Our third meeting was at Kurumi’s place in Tesoma. She taught us to cook Japanese food. First we made okonomiyaki. It is Japanese-style savory pancake what is containing the customer’s choice of chopped vegetables, bits of meat, seafood etc. It is fried on a hot plate and brushed with spicy sauce.
That was the very first time I tasted okonomiyaki and I really loved it. It was a great pleasure to learn to cook it.
We also cooked miso soup. It was a familiar food for me (because I am a huge sushi lover and it is a common appetizer in sushi restaurants).
Kurumi also taught us to make delicious Japanese-style dessert. I really liked it because Japanese desserts are not so sweet as Finnish desserts. We drank Japanese green tea.
Before this meeting I couldn’t cook any of those foods that we made. So I learnt many new things during this meeting! That was much more relaxed way to learn new things than normal studying.
Our second meeting was a late night meeting in Subway (because it was almost only peaceful place which was open). Kurumi taught us Japanese hiraganas. Eetu was very good at it. As I tried to write with hiragana for the first time in my life we couldn’t help laughing! But I made it to write so many hiraganas and I also learnt to write my name!
We all were very interested in different festivals in each other’s cultures so we started to talk about seasons and festivals. It was very interesting that Japanese New Year is just like our Christmas because New Year is the greatest festival in a year in Japan and it is spent with family. On the other hand, Finnish New Year is very similar to Japanese Christmas because Christmas is usually spent with friends in Japan.
I think it was very nice to study somewhere else than in a classroom or in a library. Late night studying in Subway was something totally different. 😉
For our final meeting, Toni invited me his place and prepared beautiful Indian curry.
He even had some bottles of Japanese beers, I did not know that I could find Japanese beer in Finnish supermarket.
Then we watched Finnish film called “Mies vailla menneisyyttä”.
Until Toni mentioned him I hadn’t heard his name but now I know that Aki Kaurismäki, the director of the film is very popular among film lovers in Japan.
I really liked the film, its story, the actors and all. I found some similarities with Japanese classic movies and I like it. For instance there’s no too dramatic scene happening, mostly it’s quiet and less talk which is good for learning language.
I definitely will watch another films made by him.
It was such a great final meeting.
Through E1T1, I learned a lot, not only finnish language but the culture.
And I really am happy that Toni will be doing internship in Japan this summer.
I hope he will have good experience there and enjoy the life in Japan, and more than anything, what I told him during E1T1 will help him somehow.
This is my closing report!
Thank you very much for your helpful teaching Toni!
For Toni’s Japanese study, we talked about comparing things, which was the topic for his Japanese class at UTA.
This topic was too difficult for me to learn in Finnish, so I asked something I studied in Finnish class at school such as “ottaa”, “ostaa”.
And also I learned a very useful sentence.
“Voistko puhua hitaanmin?”
We will write a short essay for next meeting.
For our third meeting, Toni and me went to “Ming Zhu”, Thai ravintola.
They’re offering Thai buffet lunch, including Sushi. I was very suspicious but it’s been a while since I’ve left Japan and started missing Asian foods, so there was no way to refuse it.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t see Toni’s chopstick skill because he’s not in good condition with his broken arm, but anyway it was fun to watch him eating Sushi with knife and folk. It was very modern.
I really liked Thai foods they’re serving. They also had Salmiakki which I hate after have finished one big bag full of them a couple weeks ago.
We talked about historical and political things. I’m so interested in these topics because Finnish education system or government policy towards foreigners are significantly different from those in Japan. It was hard to understand how they manage it since I’m from such a small island in the far east.
I’m impressed that he remember really well what he learned from last meeting. It motivate me to work on my Finnish study.
We will have fourth meeting next week.
Today was my first time meeting my Japanese tutors, Saki, Ayano and Aoi. I was excited to meet them but concerned it might be a little awkward. Fortunately I was wrong! We met at Café Pella and all introduced ourselves and spoke a little about our level of Japanese. I told them my aim was to learn more about Japanese culture and try to improve my spoken Japanese. I was only at beginner level and we decided that Ayano would be the best tutor for beginners. That day I also met two Finnish people, Kaari and Paula. We were all interested in Japanese culture and were looking forward to begin learning!