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The cowardly lion found her heart

The day came to find out my test result on a website. It was scheduled for 3 pm. Although I had been waiting since the day after taking the test, I didn’t have the courage to look at my result. So, I was thinking of covering the laptop screen with a thin white piece of paper or covering my eyes with my hands when I open the website. I will see it a little and I can be ready to accept reality gradually. Am I a coward?

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Walking the line

The test is over! It was exciting …… so I want to write about it.
But actually, I was moping around. 😢  I had thought I don’t want to study English anymore.
Lately, I didn’t write on this blog at all. I was studying for the English test, not very hard though… I could have studied harder.

After the test, I thought I would try to write about my feelings, as the days around the test were an emotional roller coaster. I’m embarrassed to write about my feelings, though… I want to learn many varieties of expressions in English.

Before the test
I ate healthy meals and didn’t drink any alcohol. I thought I was in good shape and was looking forward to taking the test the next day. 🙂

The day of English test
My stomach was upset before leaving for the test. A few minutes into the test, my right hand was shaking. “Stop!” I thought. So I changed to writing with my left hand.

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First step before going on an adventure


I will take an English test, which is called Eiken. This test is a popular English test in Japan. Eiken has 2 types of tests. The 1st test is writing and listening. The 2nd test is an interview in English, which involves speaking, listening and reading comprehension. If we pass the 1st test, we can take the 2nd test one month later.

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Time to Haiku 8

Do you mimic me?

Hearing something different 

Weird sound … is that me?? 😳


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Time to Haiku 7


Writing my Haiku

Showing the dark side sometimes

Letting go of stress

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Beans: The magical fruit?

In 2017, February 4th was Setsubun, which is what we name the day before the first day of spring. It usually occurs around February 3rd. On this day, in a custom called Mame-maki, we throw and scatter roasted soy beans, inside and outside our houses while saying, “Get goblins out of the house! Invite happiness into the home!”


After that, we eat a bean for each year of our age and pray for happiness throughout the year. Some older people find eating them difficult because the beans are usually unseasoned and just taste like beans. During this time, we sometimes ask other people their ages and make small age related jokes.

There are many Setsubun events held in temples and shrines. The beans at these events are usually in small packs. If you are lucky, you can catch pack of beans for free. Although I didn’t go to any events and I didn’t do it in my house, I got a bunch of beans for sale this year. And then, I got an idea.

I will eat those roasted soy beans if I want to stop from becoming hungry. It’s my new diet.  I wonder if it will work for me?
Anyway, I should go on a diet and exercise. I can’t wear my pair of jeans now. 😱 😭

Diet-related Haiku → Time to Haiku 2

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Picky learner 2: Finding the ultimate teacher


I’ve had a ton of English teachers so far. I guess it has been over 100 teachers. Sometimes they gave me good lessons, other times it has been painful. Only 10 min sometimes felt like an hour. So I wanted to find a great teacher for me. For students, This is very important. Just like great athletes have great coaches.

For me, it was hard to find a good teacher. The biggest reason was most English lessons include talking about personal things. There are many private questions in English material books, too. I sometimes think talking about my personal life in English class is weird.
However, I realize that it is helpful to accept western culture while learning English. Also, I need to learn this skill if I want to talk to somebody in English as I would talk to a good friend in my own language. For that reason, I was looking for a good teacher who could also be my good friend. This was my list, requirements and necessary qualities for a good teacher… Continue reading