2/15/2019

February 15, 2019 #643 H - Hotels

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Hotels
One interesting thing about Japan is that it has so many hotels!  In America, we just have a few types.  There are the bed & breakfasts, the 4 or 5 star hotel, the economy hotel, and the motel.
Recently, B&Bs have become popular thanks to a famous website called "Air BnB"  I sometimes stay at one when I travel to Hawaii because they are cheap.  When I was a child, my family would drive down to Alabama from Virginia every year to visit my grandparents.  I always enjoyed staying at the Holiday Inn hotels.

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2/14/2019

February 14, 2019 Happy Valentine's Day!

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I am sorry but from now on I will post only on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Please check my blog on those days and leave a comment!

By the way, thank-you everyone for the nice chocolate.  This week I will run extra so that I don't get fat.  

Have a nice day!

-Mr. John


2/13/2019

#642 G - God

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otherwise (adv) 違って/異なって
open-minded 考え方が柔軟な
exist (v) 存在する
Christianity (n) キリスト教Christian (n) キリスト教徒
(adj) キリスト教の
believe in ... ....の存在を信じる
When it comes to 名詞/〜ing
...という事/話になると
religion (n) 宗教

**otherwise
other (他の)+wise (方向)=ways
1. そうでなければ (副詞)
I started earlier otherwise I might have been late.
2. 違ったふうに (副詞)
I think otherwise .
3. その他の点(面)では
I have a cold, but otherwise I’m fine.
4. 違った (形容詞)
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GOD

When I was a child, I went to church every Sunday with my family. I believed in God, and I couldn't imagine how anyone could think otherwise.  Then I took a philosophy course in college and I began to open my mind.

Many people around the world believe in different kinds of gods.  In Christianity, there is only one god. In Shinto there are many, and in Buddhism, there seems to be none (I may be wrong).  I like the way Japanese people are very open-minded when it comes to religion.

Now, I don't believe in any god, but if I had to choose one, I would pray to the Sun.  The Sun gives us life and allows us to exist.  Without it, we would be nothing.  


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2/12/2019

How to Learn English


英語の学び方!無料Eメールレッスンのメールマガジン
  • 英語を出来るだけ早く習得したい?
  • 学んだことを記憶していたい?
  • 学んだことを会話に使ってみたい?
メールコース”英語の学び方のコツ”ではこれらのこと、さらにもっとたくさんのことが学べます。


#641 F - Flying

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crash (n) 墜落/ 衝突
(v) 墜落する/ 衝突する

in one piece (ここでは)バラバラにならないで。/ 無事に, 怪我なく(という意味でも使われる。)

tear to shreds ズタズタに引き裂く

bother me 私を悩ます

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Flying

I don't like flying.  The first time I came to Japan was on a ship.  It took about 10 days.  I am not afraid of flying; I am afraid of crashing.  They say that there is more of a chance that you will die in a car accident rather than a plane crash.  However, in a car accident, your body is usually in one piece. I don't like the idea of my body being torn to shreds in a plane crash.  Another thing that bothers me is that plane crashes happen very slowly.  What I mean is that it takes at least 10 or 20 seconds before the plane hits the ground. During that time, I imagine, would be so scary.  I think car accidents happen suddenly, so there is no time to be scared.

If I could travel by boat, I would never fly again.

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2/10/2019

#640 The Japanese Student Pt. 3

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The Japanese Student Pt. 3

The other day in class, one of my students who had once been a serious student of KENDO explained to me the concept of SHU HA RI.  When Japanese students begin learning something, they follow what the teacher says and don't ask questions.  The reason, I think, is so that the student can learn the basics the exact same way as the teacher did before.  The good point is that the student will learn the fundamentals completely and properly. The bad point is that the student may only know, but not understand, and it can take a long time to learn this way.

American students consider thinking and understanding to be more important for learning than following the basic steps.  That's why they ask so many questions. They want to have a complete understanding before they focus on the fundamentals.   This is an important point in American culture.  Even Steve Jobs' motto was "Think Different".  The good point is that the student can learn and remember quickly.  The bad point is that some important basic steps are missed and can prevent someone from reaching a very high level.

I think the best way to learn is a little of both! 


先日クラスで、剣道を深く学んだ1人の生徒さんから守破離の概念(コンセプト)についての説明を伺いました。日本の生徒さんが何かを習い始めると、その先生の言う通りに従い(追随し)、質問等はしません。私の考えるところ、その理由は、そのようにすれば、かつてその先生が習得した全く同じ方法で、「基礎」を習う事ができるからではないでしょうか。その(方法の)良いところは基礎(基本)を余すところなく、正確に習う事ができる点でしょう。一方その短所は、生徒は 「知る」know だけで、「理解する」understand には至っていないのかもしれませんし、この方法では長く時間がかかるとも考えられます。アメリカの生徒は基本を段階的に従って行くことより、思考しthinking 理解していくunderstanding ことがより重要だと考えます。彼らは「基礎」に重点的に取り組む以前に完全な理解(complete understanding) を望むのです。そのような訳で、アメリカの学生は多くの質問をするのです。この事はAmerican culture に於いて重要な点です。スティーブ・ジョブズのモットーは「Think Different」です。その利点としては学習者は時間をかけずに早く学び、覚える事ができることでしょう。またその不利な点としては、いくつかの重要な基礎的なstep が見落とされる事で、非常に高度な レベルへの到達が妨げられうるという点でしょう。
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#639 The Japanese Student Pt. 2

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  1. to look directly at someone 人を真っ直ぐに見る/ 直視する
  2. he yelled at me 彼は私を怒鳴りつけた。
  3. attentively(adv) よく注意して
  4. pay attention 注意を払う
  5. practice (v) 練習する (ここでは、「稽古する 」が適当かな?
  6. opposite (adj) 反対の ここでは名詞で the opposite と使われているように、反対の(人/物/事) です。
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The Japanese Student Pt. 2

I was sitting Japanese style with my feet under my legs as I always do in class (seiza). I was in my Aikido dojo, but in Florida.  I was watching my teacher's feet and hands, listening attentively, and

taking in everything he said as he spoke.  But then suddenly he yelled at me.  He was angry and said something like "Don't you think this is interesting, John?"  I realized that I was being Japanese!  I was quiet and not looking directly at him, and he thought that I was not paying attention.

In my Aikido dojo in Japan, however, I was the opposite.  The other students would rarely ask questions.  We would often have American students like me from the Navy base come. Since I could speak English, my teacher would ask me to teach them.  I thought they were so noisy.  They always said, "why, why, why?". It seemed like they were speaking more than practicing.

Why are Japanese students so quiet, and why are American students so noisy?

TO BE CONTINUED......

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2/09/2019

#638 The Japanese student Pt. 1

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1.  open-ended question 
  自由回答式質問( yes / no だけで答えられない質問)

2.  translate (v)       翻訳する/ 訳す

3.  frustration (n)     欲求不満

4.  biology (n)           生物学

** an open-ended  question can not  be answered with a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ response. 
それに対し、
a closed-ended question can be answered by simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’. 


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The Japanese Student Pt. 1

There is a big difference between Japanese students and American students.

Actually, there are many differences, but the one I want to talk about today is.....



Japanese students are so quiet!  Sometimes at my tango lessons, a teacher would come from Argentina to teach.  I was lucky because they could often speak English. Usually, they would have someone to translate to Japanese for them.  Sometimes they would say, "Are there any questions?"

Silence.

Then the teacher would talk some more and then ask an open-ended question like "Why do you think this is important?"

Silence.

I could see the look of frustration on the Tango teacher's face.  It was the same look my high school biology teacher had on her face when no one spoke up.  She then told us that if no one had any questions, then it meant that we understood everything and so she was going to give us a test!

I had a similar experience in my aikido class......

TO BE CONTINUED....

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2/08/2019

#637 Waiters in Japan

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1.  publish (v)     出版する/ 発行する
                               公表する
2.  I am amazed.  驚いた

3.  mention (v)     述べる

4.  come by your table
     テーブルにやってくる
     by は、’近くに’という感じ

5.  impatiently (adv)  
   我慢できずに
   待ちきれなく なって
  もどかしそうに

6.  on occasion    時折 (文語的)
     (sometimes but not often )  =now and then / from time to time
   occasionally 

** I am amazed . 良い出来事に対して’驚いた’ ... すごい、素晴らしい
という意味を持つ。

Surprised は 良くも悪くもない事
両方に驚いた。

Shocked は悪い出来事に対して
驚いた。

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Waiters in Japan

Until now, I have published 636 blog posts.  Isn't that amazing?  I wonder if I can get to 1000 by the end of this year.  I'll do my best!



Today, I want to talk about waiters and waitresses.  I have never been a waiter (or a waitress), but it seems like a really hard job.  I am always amazed by the little tiny girls who work at the izzakaya and bring out 6 or 7 big glasses of beer with one hand and plates of food with the other, and they never seem to drop anything.  One of my students did mention, though, that he happily had 2 glasses of beer accidentally dropped on him once.

One thing that many foreigners don't know about Japanese restaurants is that the waiters and waitresses don't come to your table unless you call for them.  I have, on occasion, seen a foreigner impatiently sitting at a restaurant alone, waiting for a waiter or waitress to come.  I always think to myself  "He's going to have a long wait.".

I wonder if Japanese people think the waiters in restaurants in America are too noisy.  They always come by your table many times and ask if you need anything. It's because they want a big TIP!





That's all for today!

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2/06/2019

February 7, 2019 - My Favorite Teachers Pt. 2

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1. philosophy (n) 哲学

2. ...like no other teacher
他のどの先生ともちがって

3. summer break 夏休み

4. He moved me. 彼に感動した。
- move (v) 感動させる
I’m moved .
似た表現に
I’m touched (by) 心に触れる
I’m impressed (with) 感心する

5. stoic (adj) 禁欲主義的な
ストイックな

6. lengthy (adj) 長ったらしい
冗長な

** 2. ... like no other ... ほかに類を みない/ 唯一無二の/ 特別な

ex. This is a moment like no other .
特別な瞬間

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My Favorite Teachers Pt. 2

My other favorite teacher was my Philosophy professor in college.  His teaching style was unique. It was like he had the whole book in his head, and he taught with so much passion.  The way he taught moved me like no other teacher. I went to the library and read as many books as I could about philosophy and even spent the whole summer break reading!  I got a perfect score on every assignment in his class, and even on a lengthy essay, which was hard to do.  I think he was the best teacher because he moved me to study philosophy not only for his class, but also outside of class. Even now to this day, I read books about philosophy from time to time. Recently, I have been studying the philosophy of the Stoics.

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NOW - Coffee guy

OMG there is a young Japanese guy sitting across from me on the train sipping his can of coffee like he is slurping soba.  What is wrong with this guy.?!?!  I'm trying to work here!

2/05/2019

February 6, 2019 - My Favorite Teachers Pt. 1

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  1. come to mind 思い浮かぶ
  2. assignment (n) 宿題/ 研究課題/割り当てら れた仕事
  3. to copy a paper 一枚コピーする
  4. spill the beans 秘密をもらす/ばらす
  5. author (n) 著者
  6. to pull one aside (話をするために)〜を脇に連れ出す
  7. to kick someone out 〜を追い出す
  8. to have an influence on someone 〜に影響を及ぼす

** spill the beans :
スラングにspill the tea
特にゴシップや噂話


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My Favorite Teachers Pt. 1

Of course, I always try hard to be the best teacher that I can be. I think it is important not only to be friendly and nice, but also to have good teaching skill.  When I think of all the teachers I have had in my life, of all the ones who had the most impact on my life, two come to mind.

The first is my English teacher in High School.  She was a very serious teacher, but not too strict. Once we had to write a paper as a homework assignment.  After we turned our papers in, she took mine and read it to the class without saying that I wrote it. The other students said that they thought whoever wrote that paper must have copied it because it was too good.  I wanted to shout out, "I DIDN'T COPY IT!", but I didn't want to spill the beans as to the author of the paper. However, it made me feel good.  Later, one day after class the teacher pulled me aside and told me that she was kicking me out of her class.  I thought "What?!?  She said that she wanted to put me in an advanced class.  I think her support really had an influence on my life.  When I was in the Navy, we often had to write reports.  Often, my coworkers would come to me for help.  Now, I must write a lot and correct my students' mistakes, so I am very thankful for my English teacher's support. I still make mistakes sometimes, but nobody's perfect (even a monkey falls from trees).

Next time I will tell you about my other favorite teacher. 

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February 5, 2019 Climbing Mt. Fuji Pt. 7

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  2. make it to.... 達する/うまくいく/間に合う
  3. a fork in the path 岐路/分かれ道
  4. hobble (v) 足を引きずって歩く
  5. I took a guess 当て推量した
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Climbing Mt. Fuji Pt. 7

Ok, yesterday was fake news.  But seriously, after going around the crater for about 3 hours, I finally started to head back down around 1 pm.  I thought I could get down quickly by running down, but it was a big mistake.  My knees suddenly started to hurt, and I was in so much pain! I had never had knee pain in my life, but now I started to worry if I could make it down or not.  So, I took it slow, one step at a time.  I was doing ok until I came to a fork in the path. I realized then that there was more than one path down the mountain, each leading to different parking lots.  I didn't know what to do, so I took my best guess and hobbled down in pain.

Finally, I made it down by 6pm. It was so hard.  Everyone was waiting for me and teased me saying I was like an old man.

I enjoyed it.  Now, I am thinking about going again someday.  How about you? Have you climbed Mt. Fuji?

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2/04/2019

February 4, 2019 Climbing Mt. Fuji Pt. 6

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1. crater (n) 噴火口
2. edge (n) 端•縁•周辺部
3. swirl (v) 渦を巻く
4. tremble (v) 震える•揺れる
5. explode (v) 爆発する
6. burst (v) 破裂させる•押し破る
7. eardrum (n) 耳の鼓膜
8. make a mad dash for ...
... に向かって猛ダッシュする
9. lava (n) 溶岩
10. nearly (adv) もう少しで
11. fiery (adj) 火のような
スペル注意 not firey
12. run for one’s life
一目散に逃げる=run for it 口語的

** for one’s life ... 命懸けで

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Climbing Mt. Fuji Pt. 6

So there I was in the middle of the crater with nothing but snow and ice. A few small clouds climbed over the edge of the crater and swirled about a little bit before climbing out again. It was perfect peace under the pale blue sky.  Until....suddenly the ground started shaking under my feet. My first thought was that it was an earthquake, so I made a mad dash for the edge of the crater. It was hard to stand as the mountain trembled. I finally made it to the edge when the shaking got worse and worse. People started screaming and running down the side of the mountain! Was it going to explode? And then it happened....there was a large explosion in the center of the crater and out came not lava, but the head of...GODZILLA!!!! OH MY GOD!!! His screams nearly burst my eardrums as the sky turned a fiery red and I ran for my life.

To be continued......

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2/03/2019

February 3, 2019 Climbing Mt. Fuji Pt. 5

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Climbing Mt. Fuji Pt. 5

The sun was shining and warm and seemed to welcome us as we made it through the final gate to the top of Mt. Fuji! What do you think we found there? Can you imagine?

There was a ramen shop!  I couldn't believe it!  I wondered how they could build something like a ramen shop on the top of the mountain.  How did they get all the supplies and necessary things up here?  There was also a post office, souvenir shop, and some vending machines!

In front of the ramen shop, there were some benches. Many people, young and old were sleeping on them.  A heavy fog drifted by and I decided that I would go around the crater. It seemed a little dangerous because there were no rails, and I thought it would be easy to fall. One place was really steep.  I found a spot where I could climb down into the crater.  There was nothing but ice and snow there, but I felt it was a special place because it was hidden from the world. 

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2/02/2019

February 2, 2019 Hodgepodge - Happy Groundhog Day!

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  4. if you are up to it
  5. broad daylight
  6. on the tip of my tounge

Hodgepodge

The universe seems to be in order again, so today I will write about a hodgepodge of different topics.

First, do you know which day of the year is coldest?
I don't know, but today sure is cold!

Do you know what today is?  It is a special holiday!  Is it 7,5,2 day? No. Is it Valentine's Day? No. It's Ms. Odie's birthday today! If you are up to it, send her a birthday wish.

Odeisha
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She has the day off, so I will be teaching instead.  I am looking forward to seeing the Saturday students again.

Does your nose feel itchy when you wear a mask? Mine does. I'm not taking it off, though because an itchy nose is better than a sore stomach!

Yesterday, in the News class we were talking about a robbery in Kawasaki recently. A man was robbed in broad daylight.  Sometimes when I teach, I use Japanese to help students understand. Yesterday there was a phrase, "to drop your guard".  I wanted to say this in Japanese.  It was on the tip of my tongue, but I just couldn't get it out. Do you know what it means?

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2/01/2019

February 1, 2019 Climbing Mr. Fuji Pt. 4

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New words & phrases:
  1. the air was thin
  2. hilltop
  3. zip by
  4. What energy!

Climbing Mr. Fuji Pt. 4

We could see the top! We were almost there, just a little more way to go. However, it was just another little hilltop.  It looked like the top, but it wasn't.  We felt so tired, maybe because the air was thin. So we sat down to take a break.  That's when a little old lady and her 2 little grandchildren came zipping by.  She stopped to talk to us. She was Japanese, but she could speak English. She said that it was her 7th time climbing Mt. Fuji!  What energy!

I felt like we were in an airplane because from our viewpoint, we were looking down on the clouds.  The sun was shining and warm and seemed to welcome us as we made it through the final gate to the top of Mt. Fuji! What do you think we found there? Can you imagine? 

To be continued....

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1/31/2019

January 31, 2019 Umbrella

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Umbrella


It looks like rain today, and maybe even snow tonight!  It is interesting to look around and see so many different types of umbrellas.  They say you can judge a man by his shoes, but how about his umbrella?  Can you judge a person's personality by the umbrella that they carry?

In the U.S. I very rarely used an umbrella.  I had a car, so whenever it was raining, I would just run out to my car and jump in. I have never owned so many umbrellas as I have in Japan.  I have left my umbrella here and there countless times.  I found that the trick is to have an expensive umbrella. The reason is that if it is expensive, then you pay more attention to it and are careful not to leave it behind.

Did you remember to bring your umbrella today?  You can come stand under my umbrella!

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1/30/2019

January 30, 2019 Why Japan?

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Why Japan?


The following is something that one of my student's wrote. I changed it a little bit. Her English is very nice, and the story is very interesting.
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Student's essay:

Where does the name "Japan" come from, and what does it mean? Nihon is said to mean "The land of the rising sun", but how about JAPAN? It's not a Japanese word, after all!

Mr. John gave me this homework.  I googled it before coming to class, and this is what I found; I don't know if it is correct or not.

It is said that "Japan" is actually a Chinese pronunciation of Nihon. Chinese people pronounced it as "Jipun".  When Marco Polo heard this, he passed it on as "Zipan" (sounds like ジパン). Over the years, this became the modern pronunciation that we know today, "Japan".

Interesting, isn't it?

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1/29/2019

January 29, 2019 Climbing Mt. Fuji Pt. 3

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Climbing Mt. Fuji Pt. 3
The view from the lodge was fantastic!


Journey through the clouds
Gate to heaven?

Made it through the clouds!



Looks like we reached the top!

When I finally woke up and got out of my futon, I had a big surprise.......

All of my friends with whom I had started out with were also here in the same room!  We all laughed and talked about how cold it was the night before and that we all overslept and missed the sunrise. I think it was around 9am when we awoke.

Two of my friends and I started off on our trek up the mountain again. Up ahead, it looked like fog, but then we realized that it was the clouds! Walking into the clouds was an eerie feeling. Before that, it was nice and sunny, and now everything was hazy and dark. I couldn't see the top of the mountain, nor the bottom. It just seemed to be an endless path with no end. Step by step we drudged on, still clutching to that darn hiking stick until finally the haze cleared and we made it through the clouds. We could see the top! We were almost there, just a little more way to go. However........

To be continued...

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1/28/2019

Now - Mr Bean

Just went to theファミマ to get my breakfast and I met Japanese Mr Bean! There's a guy who works there and looks just like Mr. Bean! I can't understand anything he says either.

January 28, 2019 Climbing Mt. Fuji Pt. 2

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  5. bundle up
  6. howl
  7. attic
  8. nestle

Climbing Mt. Fuji Pt. 2


Me and my very heavy hiking stick. Can you see my t-shirt? I love Mt. Fuji!

The first floor of the mountain lodge

I always thought that Japanese people are so polite because they say "Mr. Fuji" (Fuji-san)

Inside my cozy futon. The roof was just over my head. The wind was howling and sounded so cold outside.
People come and go
Like the winter and summer
Fuji always stays

At station 9, I was freezing.  There was a mountain hut (lodge) there. It was only 5000 yen, but I only had credit cards and no cash.  I was sitting in front of the hut shivering and then I heard a voice, "You okay?" It was some American guy I had never met before.  I told him how I didn't have any cash and that I didn't know it was going to be so cold. It was July!!  He was in the Navy, too. He lent me 5000 yen to stay in the lodge and told me I could pay him back if I ever met him again. He made my day!

Inside the lodge, I went up to the second floor.  It was more like an attic.  Futons were lined up on either side of the room with a few guests here and there bundled up inside. I remember thinking that it was strange that so many strangers slept next to each other in the same room. But, I was cold and tired, so I didn't care. I quickly jumped into one.  I was so lucky. It was so warm, and I could hear the howling wind outside.

Then the morning came.  Some Japanese guy came in the room shouting something in Japanese. I didn't understand what he was saying and I didn't care. I just wanted to stay nestled in my futon a few more hours. I realized later that he was telling everyone that the sun was coming up and that we should all go out to watch it. I missed it. Too bad. I guess I have to go back now. ha ha.

When I finally woke up and got out of my futon, I had a big surprise.......

To be continued.....

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