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My hobby is “Eisa” dancing

My hobby is “Eisa” dancing. I’m in an Eisa club at my university. Eisa is an Okinawan traditional dance in which is seen the Bon festival in Okinawa. The Bon festival is a Japanese Buddhist festival where people show respect to the dead. Now, having taken into account the genres of rocks or pops music, we practice and perform at local festivals.

We meet two days a week for practicing for two to three hours. And we have many opportunities to perform our dance especially on weekends in the summer. We dance the Eisa shouldering and hitting a drum. The drum is somewhat heavy but I feel releasing my energy when I hit the drum. During practice, we memorize the choreography and dance in perfect union. Whenever we have a show, we show the fruit of our practicing.

Everyone could join our club’s practices at any time. And I think, any one could come and see our performance. If you saw our dance, you would be excited and wanted to join us.

The challengings of studying abroad


Are you interested in studying abroad? And if you are interested in studying abroad, what is it meaning for you? I maintain that studying abroad is a challenge.

I am going to give three reasons why I think it is so.

First, when studying abroad, I can acquire some skills to solve the various problems. Since studying abroad happens outside of Japan, I am sure I will face many problems. Problems like language gaps that cause misunderstanding, cultural differences, and trouble getting used to the food or the environment.

The second reason I think studying abroad is a challenge is that it would be worthwhile for me and in my life, when it has done. I would gain many experiences and learn many differences or similarities between the country I study in and Japan through a studying abroad. This is something I can only do when outside Japan.

Third and finally, studying abroad would make me stronger than before when I am in Japan. It would help me grow. This means the result of a challenge.

There are many difficulties while you were studying abroad. So you had to resolve many problems on your own, you had to have precious experiences and learn about the country. Then you came through the difficulty stronger than before. For these reasons, I claim that studying abroad is a challenge.


My name is Ayako.
I was born and raised in Kitami, so I had lived there for 19 years.
My family members are my dad, mom, my older sister and myself.

Now, I’m a student at Hokkaido University of Education, Asahikawa Campus. (Kitami is about three  hours from Asahikawa by express train). Here,  I’m majoring in Educational Development. It’s Elementary Ed. And I am also an English Ed minor.

I enrolled in HUEA in March 2015, but I took a year off last year.

Last year, I had an operation and did rehabilitation  again, that’s why I took a leave of absence for a year. So, I am studying at the university as a freshman from April 2016. I have had operations many times in my life because of I had bad hip joints by nature.


I really like movies. My favorite movies  are Dead Poets Society and Big Fish.
I can do curling and also play the saxophone.
That’s all for now!
Thank you.
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