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Dear ACE Students,
Happy New Year everyone! Some of you might have done ‘Hatsumode’ or Shrine or Temple Visit
on the first day or sunrise of this year to make a wish for a better year. The New year is an exciting
holiday everywhere in the world. I have read and heard about how you celebrate it here in Japan. I
can say that your traditions and customs are fascinating for me because they show how you
treasure family bonding moments and enjoy each other company while eating the prepared dishes.
I am sure that most of you have enjoyed eating various kinds of special dishes like ‘osechi ryori’
and long soba noodles. Some of students have shared me their homemade ‘Omochi’ which I really
enjoyed eating with soybeans powder and soy sauce for my new year while talking with my family
I am going to share with you here how most Filipino people celebrate theirs, like what traditional
foods we eat, clothes we wear and what fireworks signify for us. Many Filipino people unite on New
Year’s Eve to celebrate a midnight meal known as ‘Media Noche’. It is one the most important
tradition we have because this is where family members are complete, relatives working abroad or
in other provinces come home to spend time with the family. This symbolizes how locals value
family time so much. Preparing 12 round and sweet fruits on a table to welcome the New year is
believed to bring you good fortune, Pancit/ Noodles are cooked to signifies long life, as are eggs
signify new life and malagkit(Glutinous or sticky rice)like omochi here is the representation of a
very good fortune will stick around throughout the year. It is also common to stay awake to greet
the coming of the New year. Before the clock strikes midnight, all doors and windows must be left
wide open to allow good luck to enter. As we welcome the year, we do the countdown and lightning
fireworks and making a lot of noise to drive away evil spirits. Filipinos try to dress in polka dots
because the roundness means prosperity. Pockets are filled with round coins, which jangled to
attract wealth. At the exact moment of midnight, Filipino children jump as high as they can because
they believe this will make them taller. I did it as well when I was a child. We spend the last days of
the year cleaning everything, especially dust. However, on the 1 st day of the new year, you are not
supposed to do any cleaning. And do not start the year off by spending money. Frugality on the 1 st
day sets the tone for wise money management in the coming year.
In reality, it is up to us in how we’re going to make our fresh start and a year full of greatness.
Spending with our family and love ones, being thankful for another year and taking it as a good
memory or a lesson is what matters.
Dear ACE Students,
December has come and we all know that this is the 12th and the final month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian Calendar. It is also the last of seven months to have a length of 31 days. But do you know that it used to be the 10th month of the year? Yes, it was. According to the Wikipedia, ` Decem means `ten` in Latin, because in the ancient Roman calendar, it was the 10th month of the year. At that time, the calendar only had ten months and began with March. Originally, January and February were the last months of the year. Later, the month of January and February were created out of the month less period and added at the beginning of the calendar. But December retained its name. They were added around 700 BC. ``Lots of people who had lived before us had not known about this changed but they adopted it.
Our lives this year has been so challenging to many, especially to all of you. Many unexpected things happened and changed the way we live. This changed have taught all us how to be more cautious and thoughtful of our wellbeing and our love ones. It was uneasy to many people outside Japan to adopt the `new normal life` at first because they were not used to it. But luckily it was not much harder transition here in Japan because of the cultural practices you have that are truly admirable for everyone who is not Japanese. Moreover, we got the privileges to make use of technologies more than ever before to get in touch with our family and friends without going out.
As your teachers, we wish you all the success and happiness in life. Whatever you may choose, we believe in your capability that you can do all things as you believe in yourself. May this Christmas season bring you so much joy and excitement, and the brightest hope for the coming new year 2021. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Dear Ace students,
We are deeply grateful to all your parents who have supported you all the way to make this far to learn English at ACE and for joining events like the Halloween last month. We commend all the efforts and sacrifices that you and your parents have exerted and dedicated. Please know that you are good enough. We are so proud of you for showing much courage to learn something new each day and for all the accomplishments you have gotten. As your teachers, we know the feelings of being in your shoes because we were once a student like you before. We have experienced and continue being a student in life because you and I are not perfect and need to learn more things. Focus on only one thing at a time, so you can finish it as “easy as pie”. We know that every hard work you do now will all be paid off in the future for your success.
Everything you have done are not wasted so do not give up on what you have already started because one day in the future, you will thank yourself by choosing the right thing. Whatever challenge that you may encounter in the future, face it with confidence and a happy heart. My mom has always told me since when I was a child that “If other’s can, why can’t I?” She has given me challenge to believe in myself even it is sometimes hard. Nevertheless, I found this easy when I stop comparing myself to others and start accepting and loving myself. As a challenge, I would invite everyone to do one thing each day to love yourself. The things that I can suggest is to believe in yourself and to make yourself happy. To believe in yourself is to know that you can make your dreams come true. To make yourself happy is to be thankful that there is a sun that gives us light and air to breathe. Let us make every day full of joy and laughter and treat it as a “miracle”.
I have one riddle to share and please tell your answer to me to get some treat. “What did one autumn leaf say to another?”. I will be waiting for your answer.
Dear ACE Students,
The Autumn has come, and I am absolutely thrilled by having this season because I do love how the leaves change their colors. This is best time of the year not to worry about any heat, as Japan News reported last month that more than 12,000 were taken to hospitals nationwide in Japan due to heat stroke, but we still need and continue to be cautious of our health and surroundings because the pandemic is not yet over.
I`d like to tell you a story based on the real experience of our student at ACE which I think is relevant in our `new normal` life now. She told me that she went to a salon to have a haircut and the hair stylist put a towel on her face. As she started cutting her hair, the hairstylist started talking about Covid-19 while she just listened to her with all ears and pondered. The hairstylist said `` Covid-19 is good for the earth. There are too many people in the earth. And the population is increasing. The people consume natural resources. The reasons of the increasing population are due to indiscriminate birth and the longevity of people, etc. If Covid-19 expands much more, the population of the earth will decrease. Covid-19 might help the earth!?`` The student thinks that her idea, maybe some truth, but on the contrary, she thinks that having a long life is good because it gives us lots of profits, such us, the benefits of our retirement and seeing our love one’s success in life that makes us truly happy. The Covid-19 does not do any good thing for us and the birth and the death of people must not be controlled by men. On the other hand, we can say that the medical care is important for longevity, but what is more important are behaviors that can affect health. Anyway, we must live with not only Covid-19 but also other viruses from now on. After, we all get the best methods, let`s go on with our journey`.
I do agree with her and this story is an encouragement that we can`t change the circumstances of our new normal life now, but WE ALL HAVE HOPES and BRIGHT FUTURE if we continue to LIVE. Like the autumn trees which continue to live and we can all enjoy seeing the beautiful change of the leaves each year.
Dear ACE Students,
The 13 th Recitation contest to all our elementary students for both Hosen and Keshigoyama
schools have done so successful with so much gratitude and appreciation to all the parents
who have supported our students all the way until the big day of the contest. We were all so
much impressed and proud to see your growth and how you delivered their respective
recitation with such courage and confidence! All your efforts and hard work are counted and
valued by us. The simple things you have exerted are so precious to us.
It is indeed a great news to be alive and to behold and be surrounded by the beauty of the
nature here in Okayama despite of many bad news going around social media or even on the
news now. The Filipino people have been so excited to welcome September because it is the
start of celebrating Christmas and even listening to some Christmas songs. We find so much
joy by doing these. We can always find happiness wherever we are. I read an article about
finding happiness and I would like to share with you a couple of phrases that spark joy for me.
The first is (It is really about love), I think that when you love what you are doing, you can
always find joy in it. The second is (See more art. Make more art. All kinds of art, even art you
do not like. This truly can help you find peace and relaxation. I, myself have experienced this
because Kimura sensei and I attended an Art class with a professional Art teacher in Saidaiji.
It was so much fun! If you think staying home is better, then you can do arts at home as well.
The 3 rd is to believe in yourself that YOU are enough. You are lovable and amazing and
deserving of true, genuine happiness exactly who you are. Being yourself is the best gift you
can share with everyone. What are the 3 things that make you genuinely happy?
Dear ACE Students,
Time flies by so fast, doesn’t it?
We might haven’t noticed it, but we had experienced
and accomplished many things for the past days
and months since the pandemic began.
Nevertheless, we still continue to stay connected
and hope for the bright future,
no matter what happen.
As your teachers at ACE,
we want to congratulate you for finishing your school requirements
and studying really hard, even at midnight to pass your exams.
We are so proud of you! Thank you for all your efforts
and sacrifices for this year. We might not know,
what will happen in the future,
but we can rest assured that you will all success
as you continue to learn and strive by doing small and simple things each day.
On this summer vacation, we wish you all to enjoy
and try some new experiences or activities
that you can do at home or even outside with your family.
We will have the recitation contest sooner
and we would like to invite everyone who might be interested to join us.
We humbly request the elementary students
to listen and practice the assigned recitation poem at home.
In addition, we will be practicing the deliverance
of the chosen recitation poem of each elementary student at ACE this month.
Finally, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude
for all your thoughtfulness and support to the Love outreach project.
I and all the members of the project are truly grateful
for all your endeavors and kindness.
Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts.
We wish you all the good health and fulfilment this summer holidays.
Dear ACE Students,
First of all, I’d like to congratulate everyone
who got the correct answer to my riddle last month.
I really had so much hearing all your answers.
Some of you might not have gotten the correct answer,
but the most important thing was you tried your best answering it.
So I think of a new riddle again for you to answer
and this is “What goes up when the rain comes down?”
The rainy season has already started.
The beauty of the rain is enjoyable when it is just drizzling.
I suppose that some of people may dislike rain,
but this season is one of the best ones for the farmers
and even for all of the plants and trees which surrounds us and in the forest
because they depend on it.
I knew this because I used to live with my grandparents in my childhood days
and my grandfather was a farmer.
I really enjoyed living with them
because I could eat fresh fruits and vegetables each day.
Rainfall is one of the most important natural things
which makes life possible on Earth.
Since most of the living is based on water,
we replenish ourselves with water every day.
As rain, it replenishes the plant life.
When little or no rain falls,
soils can dry out and plants can die.
According to the study,
“Human can live without food for weeks,
but cannot live without water just for a couple of days.”
I am so thankful that we have rain
and that we can have food to eat at our table each day.
Please stay protected outside.
Dear ACE Students,
We would like to tell you, that we are so proud of you all for making yourself healthier and having endured the 3 months holidays, staying home though some of you got bored.
It was still a blessing in disguise that you could take some time to rest at home and be with your family.
You might have missed your friends and look forward to seeing and talking with them at school. That would be grand! But please do remember the reminder of the Department of Health, to be cautious in our environment, such as avoiding overcrowding and having social distance as much as possible because who knows, if there will be a second wave.
Some of the schools in Japan and most of the schools and businesses in other countries such as Denmark, France, Germany and China have reopened their school in mid-May. Italy and Spain, on the other hand, are much more cautious and only reopening schools in September. As well as in the Philippines, that will be on August 24.
Your parents might be anxious for your well-being as you go back to school, but let them know that the Japanese government is doing its best to protect everyone, especially you because you matter that’s why they have shortened the school hours. This might be a kind of a hard transition to make, both for you and your teachers at school but this is for your own good.
I`d like to give a riddle and if you get the answer right then I`ll give you a treat at ACE.
“Which letter of the alphabet has the most water? I can’t wait to hear your answer in our class.
Dear ACE Students,
Most of us might be traveling to somewhere with our families now or meeting some friends and enjoying the beautiful sceneries outside for this holiday season.
Unfortunately, we all can’t do that for now, due to the unexpected Pandemic.
We are sorry to say that the Japanese government has extended the state of emergency for a month which means our school will be closed this month.
In the meantime, let us enjoy staying home by learning new things and writing in a notebook what you`ve learned. How about that? We don’t want to see your faces frown so lift up your head because we want to see your beautiful faces and smiles.
I`d like you to try something that will surely make you happy.
Would you like to know? Do you know that you can travel to anywhere, even just by staying home?
Yes, you and everyone can do it.
You need 3 to 5 minutes to do this.
First, you need to sit on a chair, in a quiet room and close your eyes.
Imagine the place that you really dream of and really feel that you are there with the people you really like to be with while eating your favorite foods.
I do this sometimes because I often listen to music or sing when I feel sad.
Please know, that we think of you and wonder how you are all doing now. You are the ones who encourage us to become better teachers and I’d like to thank you so much for your consistent efforts to learn English.
We made some videos and will do more in the future. You can check them out on YouTube named Lovely ACE.
Thank you for your support. You are totally welcome, if you have any request video lesson. I would really appreciate it.
Dear ACE students,
April has come and the new beginning of our school is around the corner.
We can’t wait to see you again, hear your stories and greet you all with a smile!
We hope every one of you could enjoy your one-month holiday at home,
spending time with your family.
There is a saying that “Home is the best place of refuge”.A home is where you can be safe and protected. It’s been a month since we are hit by a shocking news about the Corona Virus pandemic not only in Japan but throughout the globe.
No one really expected this kind of pandemic. It has forced millions of families to cancel plans, stay home from work and school, and self-quarantine together in different parts of the world and even many cities are in experiencing lockdown now.
This can be really frustrating and boring for many people and especially for children.
But it presents a good opportunity to teach kids about social responsibility to do small acts of sacrifice and kindness from washing hands and staying home to volunteer for those in need can improve the lives of many, many others in many other countries.
Here in Japan, where the good conduct of manners has been taught to everyone from childhood up to present for many years, including, wearing a mask when catching even little cold, don’t shake hands but bow to greet someone, washing hands often when they get back home and after using the restroom, carrying wet tissue packets to clean hands when they go out and even, all the restaurants here provide it and lastly, maintaining social distance with others, the most important advice that WHO( World Health Organization) is asking everyone and to be cautious of.
This really helped Japan to prevent from lockdown and continue the operate businesses. Isn’t it amazing that the Japanese government is teaching everyone, especially here in Japan to be prepared in times of crisis? This is a wonderful thing to be grateful for and I want to challenge everyone, including you, to think 3 things today, which you are grateful for or made you happy.
According to Buddha, “We are what we think”. I think that we can always be happy by focusing and diverting our thoughts to good things and sharing them to others. Stay happy and healthy always.
Dear ACE students,
We’ve been thinking about you a lot these days of how you are all doing? There have been lots of news about Corona virus everywhere. It’s one of the worries that everyone is scared of now, not only in Japan, but in many parts of the world.
Fortunately for many worried parents, there appeared to be few confirmed cases of the virus among children so far. Kimura sensei has always said that every problem has its solution. We should not worry about it instead as an individual we can do something to avoid such unnecessary illness.
Every respective authorities in the politics and health department groups are doing their very best to find a cure for this problem.
I remember asking a student what he was thankful for before the year ended last year and he answered me, “I am thankful that I didn’t get sick in 2019”.
I asked him a question like, “What have you been doing to stay healthy?” with astonishment. He answered me like this, “I drink vegetable juice every morning”. What a good example he is and I try to follow it even though I’m not really a fan of drinking it every day.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the cancelation of the classes in March from elementary to Senior high school students really saddens us. One thing that we would like everyone to do at home is to use the time wisely by continuing to read books because you want to be smarter than yesterday.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends us everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread. We should avoid close contact with the people who are sick, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and most importantly, wash our hands with soap and water at least 20 seconds, after going to the bathroom, before eating, after blowing our nose, coughing or sneezing. There are many prevented measures that we can do to prevent from the virus. If there’s anything we can do is to use Covid-19 as a reminder to care for our lives always because a bad diet is a thousand of times worse than coronavirus. Lastly, I want to talk about one last topic that is very important. A lot of people are using Covid -19 as an excuse to be racist against Chinese people and it shouldn’t be like that.
We should not judge a whole nation and we need to come together to not only battle the virus, but also racism when hopefully everyone is safe and we have the virus under control. We will all be able to say that we did our absolute best to fight the virus and not fight each other.
Dear ACE Students,
Hooray to the 2nd month of 2020 and for complying and finishing all the exams and projects in January. You did all a fantastic job. We welcome the month of February with full of love because it is the month of love which we can practice and show love to everyone and everything we do. I would like to share some interesting facts of the month of February. It is the only month that only has 28 days and gets longer every four years. Sure, everybody knows about leap years, and most know why we have them.
It’s named after one `Februa` was an early Roman spring festival and cleansing ritual held on Feb 15. Februs, the Roman god was named after this festival. In old English, it was called Kale-monath means Kale or cabbage. It`s the only month that can pass without having a full moon. That doesn’t mean February never has a full moon, it usually does, as a matter of fact. The last time it didn’t was 1999. People who are born on February 29 are called `leaper` or `leaping`. I have a godmother in the Philippines whose birthday falls on February 29. She usually celebrates her birthday on March 1. It’s also highly interesting to note that after six years only February is a month that contains a full 7 days week while the other months fail to fulfil this condition. We hope everyone stays warm, healthy and happy in this winter season.
Dear ACE students,
The tinsel is away, the Christmas lights are down and 2 weeks into the New Year most people have already broken their new year’s resolutions! Kimura sensei had so much fun traveling to the Philippines for the very first time.
I feel ecstatic that she could visit my hometown and experienced the simple life of the people who reside there.
Together, we visited several places, including the very famous Chocolate Hills in Bohol which is located in Cebu, a very countryside like that reminds me of my childhood days.
It was also my first time to visit Cebu though I’m a Filipino and I can say that Cebu is one of the places that I can recommend to everyone because most people can speak English and has an easy access to Taxi everywhere with the low cost fare.
We also visited Hundred Islands in Pangasinan which takes about 1 hour and half drive from where my family lives. My hometown is still in the process of developing its beauty to help the people who live there with their job opportunities and to foster their livelihood in near future.
One of the things, I noticed with our trip is that most of the malls we visited have been using paper bags which is a big help to the environment.
It is impossible to have zero plastic bags in local municipalities. However the government in the Philippines made this rule to encourage people to reduce the garbage on the streets.
I heard that Japanese people are fond of the “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle” Policy is a very smart idea. Thank you for being the best example of everyone in cleanliness and discipline.
We are reducing our use of plastics!
We have significantly reduced our usage of plastic carrier bags in favor of re-usable shopping bags and crates. Nowadays, many malls and supermarkets in the Philippines refrain from giving plastic bags to customers to carry their items.
Some malls exclusively offer mall-goers with brown-bags and “eco-bags” in any time of the week.
Although plastic bags could carry a lot of weight and a number of items, the disadvantages and environmental hazards outweigh its benefits.
It has raised alarm in those people who are concerned about the negative effects on the environment and global warming.
There’s not much wasted things if we will all adopt this kind of rules and regulations. Paper saves animals.
Plastic wastes which include plastic bags are one of the main reasons for many marine and land creatures to die. Each individual can contribute to the society in simple ways.
Christmas message 2018