Fumiko’s Posts

Super Saturday is happening on campus!

It is Super Saturday here, in New Zealand, today; yes, the whole nation gets together against COVID-19. Are you thinking of getting vaccinated in Hamilton today? – You can do it on our  university campus today (16 October 2021). No booking required ☺💉! You can see the details here: https://covid19.govt.nz/covid-19-vaccines/how-to-get-a-covid-19-vaccination/super-saturday/  

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Katakori (stiff shoulders)?

Many areas in New Zealand are at the COVID Alert Level 3. This means people in those areas should stay at home and work from home if it’s possible. We, lecturers/teachers, naturally tend to spend so much time in front of a computer and… as a result, I have experienced massive KATAKORI!!! Have you heard […]

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Lockdown again! 再びロックダウン!

A lockdown started again in New Zealand. In case people who are not familiar with the situation here might be reading this… ニュージーランドでまた、ロックダウンが始まりました。あまりよく知らない人のために書きます…。 There was a new positive case of COVID-19 detected in the community yesterday, on 17 August. At the time of the detection, nobody knew much about the case but everybody knew it’s […]

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8月6日

I had not posted anything to this blog for quite a while. However, I am here as there is something I definitely want to mention today. It is 6 August today; yes, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima 76 years  ago. We all wish for peace and happiness in the world. ここのところ、ずっと忙[いそが]しくて、全然[ぜんぜん]ブログを書いていませんでした。でも、今日は書かないわけにはいきません! 今日は8月6日、76年前に広島に原爆[げんばく](= atomic bomb)が落[お]とされた(= […]

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April means…

It is April now; time flies indeed… 4月です。月日の経つのは本当にはやいですね。。。 April means to us, people in New Zealand, Autumn. Most people in Japan would think of Spring; therefore, it is all about (maybe not all but) cherry blossom🌸. Also April is the beginning of an academic year. 4月は私たち、ニュージーランドの人にとって秋です。日本の多くの人たちにとっては春、そして、もちろん、桜です🌸!4月は学校の新しい年の始まりです。 All levels of schools and universities start their academic […]

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Wanna study?

Trimester A will start next month at the University of Waikato. Are you, by any chance, interested in studying at the university this year? If you are but not sure where to start etc., why don’t you contact us and just ask? Asking a question (or two!) does not mean you have to enroll. It […]

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Work in a train

I read an article reporting an interesting experiment for the Shinkansen users (the article is written in Japanese). It is still at an experimental phase and you cannot have this service in every single Shinkansen. Apparently, some particular compartments of Shinkansen allow you to use the space a bit like your own office; wi-fi is […]

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Setsubun!

It is Setsubun today! 今日は節分[せつぶん]です! According to the Lunar Calendar, tomorrow, the 3rd of February, is the first day of Spring this year and this is called Risshun in Japanese. The day before Risshun is Setsubun and Japanese people have all sorts of rituals on Setsubun to welcome Spring . One of such rituals is […]

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Cultural identity

Have you thought of your cultural identity? How important is it for you? I found the following article, which Crystal, a Waikato student, talked about her own precious experience in regard to her cultural identity. This is not about Japan or Japanese culture, but I thought I should share with you! https://www.asianz.org.nz/leadership/thailand-visit-inspires-search-for-cultural-identity/ 自分の文化的[ぶんかてき](= cultural)アイデンティティって考えたことがありますか。文化的アイデンティティは大切[たいせつ]だ(= important)と思いますか。今日、文化的アイデンティティについてのすばらしい記事[きじ](= […]

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