Kyoto life & hello to you all
Hello again to you all and thank you SO much for your kind words, they are very much appreciated. Van Gogh! Well thank you Marianna, he is certainly one of the greatest painters in history but a little crazy? Another famous comparison from Habooba, I can only dream of Ibn Battuta’s travels. Bahij excellent point! Yes I think our experiences have really helped us to assist students with their communication. Naheed yes over the next month I’m sure you’ll notice many things about my teaching style; I hope they will mostly be positive. Guzin I’ll try and let you know over the next month about being a foreigner in Japan. Fuji knows that July is a very special & exciting month in Kyoto and I’ll talk about that soon. Cristina the education system is not so strict for younger children in Japan. I think that the pressure increases from after they leave elementary school and preparation starts for university entrance exams. Finally to Luis Rugby, the town is in the central part of England called the Midlands. The population is about 60,000 and it is 132 km North of London. You can also find Rugby settlements in (as you say) North Dakota and Tennessee.
Thank you all for your warm welcome.
I thought that a quick description of Kyoto would be interesting for people reading this blog because for many people Japan is a difficult and expensive place to get to.
First of all the name Kyoto…
Kyo-to (western capital)….. To-kyo (eastern capital)
I never even noticed that before I came to Japan!
Kyoto was the capital of Japan from 794 to 1868 and is set inland, which is unusual for Japanese cities. The city is surrounded on the West, North & East by mountains. These mountains have a profound effect on the climate, making the winters quite severe and the summers hot and muggy. It is about 45 km North of Osaka and Tokyo is 370 km to the East. The population is just under 1.5 million and the main things that people know about Kyoto are that there are a lot of temples and shrines and that it is home to the Kyoto Protocol.
So what is it like to live here? June is known, as the ‘rainy season’ so it is really humid. July is the start of the ‘real’ summer (why ‘real’ because for an English person I find June REALLY hot TOO!). As I live close to downtown my house is certainly hotter (because of the heat island effect) than many of my friends’ homes that are up on the hills overlooking the city. I’m not that jealous because when it comes to travelling around town and enjoying the city I’m at the centre of things. Plus in the winter they are freezing. Bearing in mind the city’s connection with global warming I always make an effort not to use the air conditioner. So far this year I have not used it, which I am very pleased about, as it will also save me money! I'm looking forward to posting again soon. Best wishes Simon.
Appreciated Valued, respected or cherished.
Inland Away from the sea or coast area.
Profound Deep, intense or extreme impact upon something or someone.
Severe A harsh or very cold winter.
Muggy A lot of water in the air, moist or humid.
Temples and shrines Places of worship for Buddhist and Shinto
Kyoto Protocol A rule on reducing greenhouse gases that cause climate change, which was signed in Kyoto on 11th December 1997.
Downtown The city centre.
Heat island effect Change in the land surface to city development leads to higher temperatures.
Overlooking To have a view, usually from a higher place.
Jealous Envious, to want something that someone else has got.
Freezing Very cold, especially below 0C.
Bearing in mind Considering.
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