How are you today? Is it getting cold there? It's pretty nippy and often
rains here lately.
Did you have a fun weekend? I took part in a festival about Japan that was
held in Manchester on Saturday. I was there as a member of JETAA (The
Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association). We were there
to promote The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme, which is a government
scheme that helps people all over the world go to Japan to teach English.
The Alumni Association then welcomes these teachers back to the UK and
provides a support network for them. You can see a picture of me and my
colleague from the Alumni Association on our stall at the festival at the
top of this article.
At the festival, there were karate demonstrations, Taiko
drumming performances, Japanese folk singing, talks on Japanese culture, a
cosplay competition, a Japanese speech contest, many arts and crafts
stalls, anime, manga, and of course Japanese food.
For me, there were three good things about the festival. The first was the
maccha cake. The sponge was light, and the cream had azuki beans in it.
It had been a long time since I had eaten such authentic Japanese cake, so
I was really pleased. What do you think of it?
The second thing was a koto performance. I had already seen this lady play
her koto last year but she still overwhelmed me with her talent this time.
I think the koto is such a beautiful and unique instrument and I would love
to learn how to play it someday. Here's a picture of yesterday's
Finally, I was pleased to make a new British acquaintance who used to teach
English in Japan and now lives in Liverpool. It's great to be able to meet
such people and talk about our memories because only people who have
experienced Japan can understand my feelings completely.
How have you been spending your time lately? Have you done anything fun or
unusual? Please do tell me about it. Until next time, take care and have
a great week!
Best wishes, from Corrina. ☺️