タコパ. Childs. Letter.

I can’t believe this month is my last month in GRIT! Last week, I and Yoshida san finished interviews new interns. Actually, I had some strangle feeling. Is it my last month? They are candidates for fourth generation. They made me remembered to the first time  I had interviewed with Yoshida san. That time, my position was same as them. My heart was beating so much. And now, I’m here, interviewed  the next people. Time flow so fast! I wished that I had Doraemon. I can come back 5 months ago… Time is becoming shorter. When I can see you again? I don’t know. So, that made me the more appreciate I want.

めっちゃかわいい〜

I like letters which were wrote by hands. Nowasday, with developing technical such as smart phone, internet. Fewer letters we received. I was so happy when received a picture with words wrote by hand – Mei chan. He is Hiromi Ito san’s child. Ah~~~ Honestly, really really happy~ That was a great gift to me ^0^!

This is small gift from Aoi chan – Fuji san’s child. She made by her hand. I really like that. Last week, I had takoyaki party in Fuji san’s house. I played with childs and was so happy. We made takoyaki and crepe together.  That was the first time I tried to make crepe by myself. So interesting ^-^. That day was happy memory between me and everyone. Ah~ I just want to time fly slowly slowly. If can, I want to stop it! ^-^!

Thank you Ito san chan for gaving to me so cute picture and letter from Mei chan.

Thank you Aoi chan for gaving me a cute gift.

Thank you Fuji san, Mizuno san, Mine san and childs had happy dinner together, we laughed so much!

3! 2! 1! Cheese!!

Fireworks!

Summer in Japan is colorful with many kinds of fireworks. In Saturday, Yoshida san and Rie san took me to see fireworks in the beach near Nagashima Spa Land with Sobue san. Before that, we had interesting experience with Sobue san’s boat. The feeling like we were surfing. The boat gently moved in the beach, we swayed follow boat. Sometime, big waves came, boat jumped and water scooped our face. AWESOME!!! My lips couldn’t stop laughing because of exciting. Whoohoo!!

We anchored the boat and fishing and waited until 8pm to see fireworks. Sunset was so beautiful and peaceful. Sun was disappeared gradually behind mountain. The sky changed  to pink and purple, I let my soul free and thinking. Actually, my inside had complex feeling. Yoshida san taugh me how to take fireworks. We went to on the top of boat, immerse in sound, colorful light. I wished that I can stop time.

Yesterday, one more lesson about taking pictures fireworks. It was really interesting to me. I and Yoshida san went out house and find the shadow area. We took some pictures, like this…

Yoshida san with heart ^0^

Do you know what I want to write? ^-^`

I want to write LOVE, but after that… uh oh! \haha/

Do you see star? ^0^

Thank you Yoshida san and Rie san took me to see fireworks in the beach and had interesting experience with “jumping boat”. Yay!!

Thank you Yoshida san (one more time) for teaching me about camera, we had happy time together.

Communication (Part 2)

I want to talk to you!
I want to make friend with you!

These were sentences  always appear in my mind. I still remember the first time I went to GRIT!, I can’t talk by Japanese. When I meet someone, that sentences appeared in my mind. “ I want to talk to you” .  But, that just my thinking. It was very hard to talk by Japanese. I didn’t know how to explain what I want to say. That was the hard time for me to understand what everyone talked in GRIT! Specially, when I heard everyone joking or chatting together. I wished that I can understand and I can talked naturally same like that.

Everyday everyday in GRIT! everyone helped me so much! Do you still remember psychology test with cubes (square, circle, S, triangle) ? Yah, I learned many things about Japanese from that. I just wrote what I want to said and tried to speak but actually I just read them ^-^!. Everyone is still perseverant to listen to me. Honestly, my grammar is wrong. But through key words they still can understand what I said. Same as me, about listening, I just hear the key words and tried to understand them.

Played, went out or had trips with everyone in GRIT! were the way I had chances to talk with everyone. Not only about memories, but also about learning Japanese and Japan’s culture. I think these in below are lessons I learnt through communicate to everyone in GRIT!

A interesting bilingual book which I really like. Learning Japanese! “It’s never too late to learn” \^-^/

Don’t be shy, don’t fear.

When learn a new language, do you have any fear about pronunciation or grammar?
Yes, I do.
I used to be fear that when I said they won’t understand because of my pronuciation is bad. Like that. But after that, I realized that if I don’t talk I won’t learn anything. If I don’t make mistake I won’t study anymore. I learned that accept mistakes is the way I face to face with myself. I want to study Japanese and talk to everyone, so I want to focus on that.
Fear, it starts from our inside, our mind. Do you think that? I think I can control that and just say to myself  “Be brave”.

Confidence

When fears, shy went out of my mind. Confidence is what I need. That was the moment when you face to face someone and you don’t know what should to say. Yah, I had many times like that. Do you remember Totoro invitation in the kitchen? To invite someone go out or play with me, honestly I worried that they can’t go, worried that that will be denied. That was a little bit sad. But, I think that “Let’s talk”. At least I tried and I did it. And one more time “Be confidence”. ^0^ .

Again, again and again

That was when I said something by Japanese but everyone understand another meaning because of my wrong pronunciation and grammar. Eveyone helped me repeat them until I can talked right words ^0^. Yah~ japanese~. When I take mistake, I fixed, mistake again, fixed.. I will remember longer. I had many funny moment with that. Learning is interesting! Japanese is hard but it really interesting to me.

Communication is happning in our life everyday. Don’t run away from that, although our languages aren’t the same. My language is Vietnamese, yours is Japanese. I want to understand you, I learned Japanese. And you learned English (Shiho san learned Vietnamese \haha/ ). That’s why each time I was very happy when everyone try their best to talk to me by Japanese and English. The feeling same as we tried our best together to talk and understand each other ^-^

Thank you everyone in GRIT! helped me learn about Japanese, talked to me, practiced with me everyday.

Thank you Miuwa san for giving me juice, 美味しい〜

Thank you Fuji san, Mizuno san, Mine san because of tomorrow, coming soon ^-^~

What I learnt from GRIT!

I’ve worked at GRIT! nearly 5 months. From Viet nam’s environment to Japan’s environment, I learnt so many things. And in this post, I want to tell you about that.

Careful
Firstly, talk about carefully. I still remember the first time I cut paper in production room. Yah, not good, some of them was threw away >-<. So Kawasaki san had to print to me again. The line cut must be sharp and tidy. For the last product, they will come to customers. This taught me that I should careful, very carefully. Good products are the way to talk about company. The products are good, customer will come back, again again…
Yah, that was one of the examples which I had experienced.

On time
How do you feel if some one promise to you that he will go to at 6:00 but he lated?
Promise? Prestige?
I still remembered one day, products must sent to customer. Had so much papers needed to stamped and we must finished them around 4 hours. Everyone supported, helped each other and finished them on time. I can see that everyone tried their best and give priority to customers.
One more lesson I learnt, that was unity and think about the last result together. ^-^

Manage time
Do you want to save time?
Do you have anytime you feel regret when not having enough time?
I had, and sometimes I just wish the time can come back. I witnessed everyone in GRIT! manage their time effectively. In working, that’s about deadline. When had deadline, it will be help me manage time better and work effectively. Let’s set deadline by yourself, that was help you aren’t lazy. How to win myself? I think that need strength from my mind and my inside.

Preparation
Preparation is very important. It can said that are you ready or not? Tried to imagine that if you go to meeting with customers. You didn’t prepare any document, what you will said, what you will sales. You didn’t prepare. I think you know what will be happen. ^-^! Good preparation will help you work smoothly, avoid to risks which we don’t need.
I still remember when I and Yoshida san went to Fukui to took pictures staffs at Gas station. He said that I should bring two cameras. 2 it’s mean 1, 1 it’s mean 0. In case your camera has problem, you still have another and continue take pictures, right? ^0^. Or camera card, let’s bring two cards.
So, before you want to do something, let’s take 3 steps! Prepare, prepare and prepare!

Actually, still have many things else what I learnt in here. I know only one post can’t enough for all of them. See you next time! ^0^

Thank you everyone in GRIT! taught me so much lessons every day. I learnt more, knew more from here. Studying is never enough, step by step, fighting!

Shirakawago

Recently, I often count days left of my time in Japan. So, I made To-do-list what I want to do, what I want to eat ^0^, where I want to go… yah, still have many many things I didn’t do before.

Yup! Last week, I had Shirakawago trip with 7 person in GRIT! Iwasa san, Ichi chan, Yuii chan, Kawai san, Mizusako san, Ito san and Ito san’s child – Mei chan. A strong team! 8 is a lucky number, ね〜

Thanks to Ito san and Kawai san’s car, we had a comfortable and convenient trip together without go by train. It’s was very hot, no, super hot! We reached at Shirakawago nearly 12am and had lunch time in a restaurant  where we read it from newspaper. Luckily, inside very cold ^-^~.

Shirakawago is a peaceful village with old houses beside fields. I wish I can see them in the winter. But I can’t. Now Shirakawa go is covering by green. Yah, how peaceful it was! We walked, talked, and ate ice cream, kakigori… Each time like that, heaven came to us. Whoohoo!  Another thing was impress to me, that was local’s friendly. Specially, when we went to the souvenir shop, I had chances talked to some people, yah, I can feel their warm ~


Thank you Iwasa san, Ichi chan, Yuii chan, Kawai san, Mizusako san, Ito san and Mei chan  had happy trip together. On the way we went, we talked and laugh so much! We had happy time together, and played with Mei chan was so funny . He always bring gun \haha/.

Thank you everyone (again) for gaving to me experiences. When we went to みようぜんじ、staff took picture us and just printed one paper. Everyone spent it for me. Ah~ so touching!!! 皆さん、ありがとう、いろいろ〜

Thank you Iwasa san (Takapi ^0^) for gaving wine and chili sauce, super delicious. I was surprised. I love it!

Japan culture (Part 1)

I lived in Japan nearly 5 months. I had chances experienced Japan’s culture very interesting. My journey internship, beside learning in GRIT!, Japan show me a colorful picture about culture.

#1 Wearing Yukata in Matsuri

In summer, Japan is very famous with matsuri. This time last week, I joined in みなとまつりwith Fuji san, Kito san and Aoi chan. That was  the first time I went to the big matsuri like that. I saw very beautiful fire work which is so bright. That day my wish came true: wore Yukata in festival Japan. Although it was so hot, but I still saw many people wore Yukata. The way that Japanese keep tradition in the modern life, it was so impress to me. Activities in matsuri, all of them was prepared very carefully. Crowd of people was dancing in the traditional songs, I totally enjoyed in excitement generated  ^0^. Of course, I really love long lines food shop too \haha/

Do you know her? I know you will know ^O^

BOOM!!

Talking about Yukata, to me it has so many steps to wear it, and difficult. I can saw that everything is detailed. From how to wear it to texture, creating a unique harmony. They always attract my eyes. But geta was a little bit hard to me. I like comfortable things. ^-^

Thank you Fuji san, Kito san, Aoi chan went to matsuri with me. Specially, Fuju san made me so surprise. She prepared for me very thoughtful from flower hairpin to bag, hand-fan, tea… and made my hair same as Japanese girl. I was really really happy ^0^

Thank you Fuji san’s mother for helping me wear Yukata and brought us to go festival by car.

あ〜楽しかった〜^O^

#2 Go to shrine

Japan have so many shrines. I can see that Japanese respect Gods. Before praying, always see Japanese wash their hand. And each time go through Tori gates, they always bow to Gods. I really like that and I did the same thing too. Having many traditional activities happen in shrine, such as coin toss, ring the bell, clap hands before praying.

I witnessed some weddings in shrine, these were interesting experiences to me. They were happened in formal atmosphere with blessings from everyone. I think that Gods will help couples live happily and bring beautiful meanings in marriage life. Do you want to traditional wedding or modern wedding? ^0^

Marathon in summer

How many times did you run Marathon? I just had two times, and today I had one more time with everyone in GRIT! Yah, today we just practiced, but sooo hottt!!

Talking about Marathon, I knew it before but I didn’t run Marathon in Vietnam until I went to Japan. Do you know the book “What I talk about when I talk about running” – “走ることについて語るときに僕の語ること” by Haruki Murakami (村上 春樹). I read it when I lived in Vietnam (of course Vietnamese version ^0^). Now, after had two times Marathon experiences in Japan, I can understand more book’s meaning. If you have free time, let’s read it. Not only about running but also about life with thinking deeply. With me, that was a good book to read. I like it!

For a long time I didn’t practice, today my legs started a little bit hard. To me, running that was the good time to me thinking and refresh my mind. But today was so hot and I didn’t practice for a long time. I ran very slowly and felt that time was so long. I recognized that was easy to stop but very hard to continue, to win myself and win lazy inside me. Specially, with the hot air, I had a thousand reasons to lazy. But I can’t only think about them.  Yah~ Although I finished 3 laps but I think my mind should stronger. Do you think that Marathon is a form of brain training and mental ” work out ” fine-tunes mind ? Yes! I think so ^-^! So, be strong! 

Any way, I had happy time with everyone today. Everyone tried their best in 39*C ^0^. \Yay/ We did it!

Thank you every one for running together today, I had more happy memories. Thanks to Kouchi san, I had “ice hat” so cool!!! This special hat helped me so much, 大好き〜”

Secret house

In July, I had so many special memories. I just went back from Hokkaido and this week I continued my Japan journey with Wada san’s family in Ise Shima \Yay/ ^0^

Yah, this was the first time I had chance to go with Wada san’s family. It took us about 6 hours to reach at Ise Shima. In summer, the great thing to me that is beach, sea. I was surprised and happy when Wada san asked me, and said that we will have trip for 3 days \Whoohoo/

Sunset on the beach, peaceful~

The way lead to the “secret house” made me very impressive. That was a small path with forest bamboo in two side. We went down a small slope, through shade of the trees. Sometimes branches swiped on the car’s door. AWESOME!!! The feeling’s really great! Super great!

In the end of slope, blue beach appeared in my eyes, とてもきれい〜 How peaceful it was! A small traditional Japan house’s very lovely and warm. I love it! This is the first time I live in a traditional house like that. So tired after long time moving, we drunk beer and sleep on the floor together. I call that is “family feeling”, and freedom.

Say good bye Tom san and Yuuko chan ^0^

Why I call that is “family feeling”? Because of “together”.
That is when I, Wada san and Yo kun went to super market prepared for dinner, made たこ焼き, and two childs played game together waited us cooking. That view, made me so warm~
That is when we ate lunch or dinner together, everyone gathered around the table.
That is when we sleep together in one room. Yah, the first time I had warm experience like that. Five of us, together 〜
That is when we played card game in the afternoon, ate ice cream together, kids tried their best explain rule to me by English. かわいい〜
That is when we went back home every night, turned on songs from radio, light and warm melody.
。。。

Houses linger in the trees

 

Surfing!!! So shiny!!!

The second day, had Wada san and Yokun’s friends. We went to beach and swim. I jumped out of boat, drunk beach water so salty ^-<`. とても楽しかったです。気持ちいいな〜 We went to fishing into the sunset, talked and laugh so much!
The last night, everyone know my Japanese have limited. Wada san still tried to explain to me by English. Everyone said to be by the simple way Japanese. Yah, so happy and feel warm. We played butt language, do you know that game? I laughed so much. Everyone wrote hiragana to me easy understand. But sometime still hard to me. Haha. We talked until 12pm ^0^.

Third day, we prepared went back Nagoya. I can’t believe that we still can talked so much like that in the car on the way go back. Happy time!

Three days in Ise Shime with Wada san’s family, I had so much interesting experiences and really happy. That was a peaceful time in my heart, “family feeling”. I was surprised that Yo kun has actions same as my dad. I really cherished him. He’s so warm and kind to me.

Fishing and made Takoyaki with Yo kun ^0^

Thank you Wada san’s family for everything, brought me to Ise Shima together. Had great time together, gave to me so much awesome experience that I never ever done before and specially, “family feeling”. Three days was fly so fast. My heat, my mind full of happy and warm.

Twinkle memory

I just went back from heaven. Where I had wonderful memories in Japan, with an special person. Yah, I went to Hokkaido with Rie san.  Look back for one months ago, in a rainy day, the grey sky, everything around me became twinkle twinkle suddenly when Yoshida san said that I would had trip in Hokkaido. *^-^* I couldn’t believe I can go Hokkaido because it’s very far. But, thanks to Rie san and Yoshida san, finally it came true. \Whoohoo/

How lucky we were! Blue sky!

Hokkaido welcome to us with the cold air 19*C. I was very interesting when the wind blown on our side. So cool!!! The first play we came that is 白い恋人公園. I had chance tried white chocolate ice-cream. Yah, Jumbo ice-cream with 10 layers. すごい美味しい〜That was the first time I ate the ice-cream so big like that. Shiroi koibito park has Europe architecture, I was surprised when can see “Europe” in Japan. ^0^~ We enjoyed and took tons a lot of pictures in here. Rie san explained to me about the name’s meaning in here. Yah~ really interesting!

We had lunch with Hokkaido ramen, I challenged myself with the best spicy in here. Very spicy and very delicious as well, yummy~

We went to inside  Sapporo and walk around this city to see TV tower, Office government building and many interesting on the street. Sapporo is the big place. Sometimes, on the way we went to through, only had two us. I really love that feeling, freedom!!  Like we were flying. We was so lucky when it wasn’t rainy. Sky was blue and shiny with the cool air. I and Rie san lie on the lawn, soaking up the fresh air in here. とても、とても楽しかったです。気持ちいい〜

We had happy time together ^O^. とても楽しかったです〜

Rie san lead to me to go Hokkaido university. That was a beautiful university. We spent a mount of time walked in here. I tried to find the four leaves but didn’t see. Rie san help me found them and how lucky she was. Two four-leaves. \Yay/. After that we had lunch with some special sea food in Sapporo. We talked, ate and drunk osake. With our limited Japanese and English, Rie san still understood what I said. With me, that was a deep talk. I don’t know how to describe that feeling, but it was very warm, honestly.

めっちゃかわいい〜〜

I wished I can eat all of them ^0^

The second day, we went to Otaru. I heard that Otaru is the romantic place. It’s true. The street with many many beautiful glass shops, music box shops. I want to find the music box with Totoro song. Rie san went with me many shop to find what I like. Rie san did “magic” to me ^0^~. Now, when I writing this post and remember for that. How happy I was~ That was special feeling to me.

In Otaru, we walked 9 hours. From Otaru, we went back Sapporo soon more than plan. So, we continued walk around around Sapporo and sight-seeing this city in night. I had chance to tried special Sapporo beer. You know, the feeling when I drink Sapporo beer in Sapporo very different with I drink in Nagoya. Very interesting!

Sapporo TV tower

And in night…

For the last place, we went to Furano to see Lavender. I have to said that Rie san is a great driver. From Sapporo to Furano, that was the mountain way like zigzag. Sometimes, my heart was beating when we went higher and higher. Many times just had two us, not have anyone in there. The air became cold and had so much fog. I like nature, so this way gave to me so much exciting feeling. Same like we were the actors in the exploration movie. Only two us, in the car, with strong hearts. \^0^/

This was the first time I had trip with Rie san far from Nagoya and many days like that. Honestly, these was peaceful memories in my heart with Rie san, The moments I really treasure between us. Now, each time I looked the pictures we took, always happy and smile, really peaceful in my heart.
The places we went…
The moments we had…
The stories we talked…
The times we laughed…

Twinkle twinkle happy… 

Thank you Rie san for having great great trip with me. Had so much happy time together, took care of me during trip. I don’t know have to say thank you to Rie san how many times. りえさん、本当にありがとうございました〜いろいろ。

My time in Japan grow shorter, it makes me appreciate what I have even more. They are memories with everyone in here.

Higashiyama zoo.

The sky was very bright and very hot on last Sunday. My skin after Saturday and Sunday was blacker. (>-^)

Higashiyama zoo was the first zoo I went in Japan. I went to there with Yukie san’s family. How happy I was! I met Yukie san’s husband – Tom san and her daughters – Rena chan, Meru chan. How happy I was!

Tom san can speak English very good. I was surprised! He’s humorous and kind as well. I could see that he is a good father when he tried his best to went with Meru chan many many shops to find Otter doll which is the best doll Meru chan like. That made me miss my dad when I was child…

Higashiyama zoo is the giant palce. We went very soon in the morning until the zoo closed . I had chances to see so many animal I didn’t see before. All of them really interesting, I just wish that if my Japanese better, I will know more about them. Ah~ The best anime I like in here, that is seal. Just look their fat body, flow slowly under water, ya ya~ かわいい〜〜 I wanted swimming with him ^0^.

Thank you  Yukie san’s family for bringing me to go the zoo. I had happy weekend. Specially, Rena chan and Meru chan are very very cute.

Thank you Tom san for gaving me animal wallet very cute, かわいい〜〜 I really like that. I will use it to but coin, hehe.