My friend Hira-chan advised me that there was this seminar by Asia/Africa language specialist and professor Nishie's seminar held @ Asian African Library. It was interesting and educational.
His knowledge about language along with history, geography and ethnic group is wide and deep.
Learned a lot. Today's focus was mainly Pacific region and pidgin , creole language. It sounds/looks like English, yet the spelling and grammar is different.
In Japan, English is becoming mandatory @ elementary school. I agree with him. In Japan, elementary school teachers are not able to speak English. I wonder how they can teach English....
Also, he says there might be discrimination against non-English speakers... like if you cannot speak English, you might be looked down..., which I feel wrong. It is an advantage to speak English.... I feel it is great that I am able to speak English, but it doesn't mean I am superior than other people.... there are many people who are intelligent , yet do not speak English.
Professor Nishie's foresight is truly deep and I respect that.
I couldn't stay that long, but visited this place " Galeria M" in Omotesando.
My friend was selling some items to help Hands on Tokyo ( Volunteer Group) with other creators.
Since my friend is a food specialist, there were cookies, jams ( sold out ) etc.....
Other people were presenting beautiful bags made of kimono or East meets West style, semi-precious stone- earrings, glove holders.....
It's like tiny - art museum.... drop 500 yen, please for raffle and write your name on the back of the colorful sheet of paper , that money will be sent to the group.
If you are interested, tomorrow is final day.
Galeria M --- The closest exit is A1 of Omotesando Station. Take a first left and go on.
At the Crayon House ( one of my favorite shops --- their basement is organic restaurant, 1F has nice kids books, 3F has well selected books for women.) , take a right. You will see orange-beige buildings and the Galeria M is located on the basement. ( half basement !? )
Toward the end of the year, it gets cold and there are people who need help..... this kind of raffle is nice idea !