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!
Yesterday, Moe invited me to her apartment to cook tranditonal Japanese sweet “白玉团子”, it taste very good!! I could not describe by my English language, if Moe could understand Chinese very much, I would speak to Moe how it is delicious for me!
And then we start our lesson, Moe found a video for me to understand the different experssion “I” in Japanese systerm.
At the end of our meeting, Moe sent me a little gift! So beatuiful these are! Moe said it made by her aunt, and her aunt said let her send the little gift to other countries` friends! And I am so glad to become one of her bset “foreign friends”!
I love Moe and I love Japanese! So nice they are!
Last Sunday, I took Moe to the Moro sky bar, and that day is so good with a wondful weather, so we could took several good pictures with blue sky!
And we also enjoy the drink and learn something about “greeting”(it is different from the last one, it is more daily talking
But when we started learning something about “I” in Janpanese, I felt very confused cause there are so many different ways so express “I”, so i asked Moe tell me more next time, after of all, this is a good day for having a view!
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.
On Thursday 1st of November it was time for the 10th and last official meeting for me and Meguru. In fact we’ve already met more than ten times, but we agreed to have ten official meetings to write about on this blog. Remembering to write the learning diaries has been the hardest part of this course.
We met at restaurant Itsudemo for sushi buffet lunch since both Meguru and I had never been there before and wanted to try it out. There were some types of sushi which Meguru said he’d never seen in Japan, such as corn and kiwi sushi. Not to mention one that had whipped cream, strawberry and banana in it, like a cake. I’d never seen such sushi before either. As for the taste, you’ll know when you try. But I won’t be doing that again… The lesson: It’s good to appreciate other countries’ culture and even combine with your own, but often things are better left alone if you don’t know what you’re doing. Well, at least the sushi was fun to take photos of.
Is it a slice of a roll cake? Is it sushi?
While eating we talked in Japanese and reviewed the Finnish which I’d taught Meguru during this course. Meguru had been using the app which I recommended in the previous meeting, and I felt so proud when he remembered various words well, such as food items and colors. I’d been worried about not teaching enough grammar, but since Meguru has said that it’s better to focus on vocabulary and culture, I’ve tried to do that.
I was finally able to use properly polite Japanese for most of the time while talking. Before taking this course, I’d mostly just talked in a casual style with people who I’m close enough with to do so, but it may come off as rude to others. I was aware of that, but haven’t had many chances to practice polite style. I’m thankful to Meguru that he was patient with me and often corrected what I said. Because the styles differ in word choices and grammar, it’s not that easy to switch between them, especially as a Finn who’s used to casual Finnish being used even in formal situations. I’ll continue working on this even from now on.
After lunch we walked around the lake shore in Eteläpuisto and continued talking. It’s good to balance enjoying food culture with exercise, and also important to enjoy the rare Autumn days in Finland which aren’t rainy.
All in all, this has been a very fun course. I’ve learned many useful things, not only about Japanese or Japan, but even Finland.