Shibuya Station, Toyoko Line

Shibuya Terminal on Toyoko Line
March 14, 2013
It's amazing..... the technology of Japanese railroads, this can be exported to overseas.

They change station overnight...... I took this photo on March 14.  Last night, meaning March 15, they changed and moved this station to the basement...... I have to go check and see how they look now.

Toyoko Line is now connected with Shin Fukutoshin Line.... meaning people living on Toyoko line can go onto Shin Fukutoshin Line with ease.....this connection makes it easy for people to visit Shinjuku , Ikebukuro area.....

The amazing part is Japanese railroads do not close the station for these kind of big change.  They prepare new station and connection and then overnight, they open the new station... just like " Ta-Dah!".

Next weekend is my area...... not a new connection, but Shimokitazawa station will be moved to the basement, so as next stations....Higashi Kitazawa and Shin Daita.

This will make Odakyu Line of this area quadruple track and railroad crossings will be gone.... no more waiting ... no more accidents.

White Day

It's been a while since I wrote last time.   Apology for long silence.

I've been busy..... and then hay fever.  This year's cedar pollen is terrible.. 5 or 6 times of average year, I heard.

Anyways, have you heard of White Day?  On Valentine's day, you give chocolates to your love, husband, friends.

White day is the day those people give you something sweets in return.

I didn't give these people anything...... these are the mothers who I am teaching..... their daughters used to be my students, yet for them, coming all the way to my area is such a burden.....yes, mothers have to take two trains with them.

I suggested them to take local lessons so that they can be exposed to English more often and with less burden.  In order to avoid hurting children's feelings, mothers and I decided to have a meeting.  I visited their places and explained the situation to those children.   Thanks to nice mothers, they gave me these sweets.

The bigger box has cookies, baked sweets etc.  The small square box has so called " Guimauve", which is French..... similar to marshmallow, but guimauve uses fruit juice and texture is moist.

Currently, 50% or more of my work is teaching.   I had never thought that I would teach English to people, yet this is such a learning opportunity.  I learn a lot from students, people and get pleasant reward... I don't mean these sweets or materialistic reward, yet pleasure to learn, teach and see the happy faces of people, growth of children, adults, etc...etc......