2007年08月28日

Birthday Party

IMG_3588.JPGI had a birthday party for my host brother with my host family in the middle of July.
I couldn't believe that it was the first time for him to celebrate his birthday.
I asked about the reason but I didn't remember, I guess it was connected with his religion which is Islam.IMG_3589.JPG

I heard from him about Muslims who were not allowed to eat pork or to drink liquor.IMG_3591.JPG
And surprisingly if they stole something, it doesn't matter cheap or expensive, they would cut off their wrists for the first time. For the second time, they would lose their ankles and they were killed for the third time.
That is why they have only a few crimes.

I was shocked to hear his country story and I never want to live his country.

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2007年08月27日

Snowboard

IMG_3487.JPGIMG_3488.JPGI went snowboarding with my host family and that was the first and the last time to do that in NZ.
You know, there are some difference between Japanese skiing ground and NZ skiing ground.
I think the biggest difference is that there is no tree in ski ground in NZ and smaller than Japanese one. 
When I was snowboarding alone, a instructor tried to stop me but I ignored him. 
Then I kept doing for a few minutes and another instructor did the same thing again to me.
So I have no choice without following him.
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He told me that all people were not allowed to glide on snowboard fast in speed and if I did it again, they have to drive me from ski area.
I was so surprised to hear that and felt depressed.
After that, I couldn't enjoy doing snowboard.IMG_3502.JPG

Therefore, I took lots of photos instead of doing snowboard.
The view from the mountain was awesome, gorgeous and beautiful!!!

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2007年08月23日

Orana wildlife park

IMG_3406.JPGIMG_3403.JPGAround end of June, I went to Orana wildlife park which was famous for "the LION ENCOUNTER RIDE".
You can see what it is if you see this website and my photo.
http://www.oranawildlifepark.co.nz/
You know, I was in the cage and I was able to see some wild African Lion very near.
It was a wonderful opportunity to enjoy their power and feel excitement.
I strongly recommend you to visit there and try it!!
We could also feed giraffes with our hand and touch them directly.
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These were memorable experiences for me and I will never forget about it.

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2007年08月22日

Good accident

DSC00900.JPGI clearly remember the day which I saw a filming of Korean musician.
When I was on the way to a park to have a chat with my friends, there were lots of people who were watching something, so I wonder what they were doing?
A moment later, I was fascinated by gorgeous woman who was model.
So I asked my friend to take a picture of me and her :-)
He told me that he also wanted to be taken a picture with her.
Then we asked her and after that her attendant was willing to take some pictures of us with her.DSC00902.JPG
Other friends were laughing but we were very happy and really appreciate her kindness.
Unfortunately, I didn't know about Korean musician but some Korean female friends were trying to take photos of him but they were not allowed to do that...
Such poor girls :(



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2007年08月21日

Field trip

DSC00796.JPGOne of my NZ mothers who was my first English teacher took my friends and me to her favorite places in a class.
The reason why she did it was that her Japanese student would go back to Japan in 2 days, so she wanted to show him NZ nature.DSC00802.JPG
During field trip, we happened to meet a very famous writer who was Margaret Mahy.
Actually, I hadn't known about her at all...
She often comes there to for taking a walk with her dog, I heard later.
SSL11420.JPGShe was so friendly that I could be taken pictures with her.
I was the happiest person in the world :-)


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2007年08月20日

Reunion(再会)

DSC00010.JPGDSC00006.JPGThis is a story about Reunion last Saturday in Osaka.
One of my wonderful friends and his girl friend came to Japan; Osaka for sightseeing on Sat.
He emailed me to let me know about his trip to Japan just 2 or 3days before he visited Osaka.
He is always like doing this, I mean suddenly decided to do something :-)

By the way, I took them to Kyoto to see Gold Temple called KINKAKU temple and then the place there are lots of Shrine gate called INARI FUSIMI.DSC00019.JPG
I think they were so excited to see these places and they asked me some questions.
Actually, some of their questions were difficult to answer because these were common things for Japanese people, so I didn't know why.
I thought I should learn about Japanese customs.

After having sightseeing, we went to an IZAKAYA and this was the first time for them to go there.DSC00015.JPG
They were surprised to see each price of food, very expensive compared to price in Korean restaurants.
Anyway, they had Japanese beer, Japanese Sake and Japanese style SHOJU a lot :-)
We talked a lot about NZ life, about difference between Japan and Korea.

Reunion is great!!!
I hope we see again soon!!


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2007年08月17日

Basketball game

DSC00831.JPGI went to see a basketball game with my host family because one of my host brothers was the captain of the team.
I didn't know how nice he could play basketball as he always play rugby, not basketball.
You know, Kiwi people are so tall, even girl is 170cm on average I think,  that some player can dunk in front of us.
That was amazing and made me excited!!
I really wanted to join them and play together, so I asked them about that but I couldn't join...
I was so sad but I couldn't insist that and I gave up the idea.
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Next day, host brother gave me information that I could join basketball team.
So I visited the team and played basketball 2 or 3 hours.
He was such a kind man!!!



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2007年08月16日

OKONOMIYAKI Party

CIMG3127.JPGI had OKONOMIYAKI, Japanese-style pancake containing vegetables and other foodstuff, party with my friends at my friend's house.
This was the first party for me in NZ and I met many Korean people.
You can see the pictures of OKONOMIYAKI which were looks not so delicious...
We failed to cook them and I felt embarrassed.
You know, there is a similar food in Korea, that is Jijimi and they made it for us.
It tasted very good and we couldn't stop eating.
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Next day, we had a farewell party for Japanese friend who went back to Japan soon.
Actually, I was so rude that I didn't know Kiwi or Korean people play bowling.
I thought only Japanese people do that for enjoyment.
I am really sorry about that.DSC00748.JPG

Everything I did with foreigners was the exciting experience and common things for me were changed to special things.


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2007年08月14日

National sport of NZ

DSC00696.JPGI went to watch the Rugby game in very big stadium in CHC with my school teachers and friends.
Actually, I was not interested in Rugby and even I didn't know the rule about it.
I think most Japanese people are the same as me.
So the reason I had decided to watch it was very simple, it was the final game of Crusaders which is the team of CHC.
In fact, Crusaders won the game and became champion of NZ!!!
Unfortunatelly, we couldn't see anything about the game there because of heavy fog but I enjoyed a cheerful atmosphere and excitement.DSC00695.JPG

By the way, I dont know why but some people asked me to have my picture with them.
So I was taken some photos and I was happy to talk them for a while.
I like this kind of experience, very uncommon in Japan but often happen in NZ.

DSC00704.JPGAfter watching the game, we went to the pub to drink and celebrate the victory!!
I couldn't believe that so many people were waiting to enter the pub and we had to show our passport to enter.
I was 29 years old but they asked me to show it LOL
Japanese people look very young compared to kiwi, we are very lucky kkk



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2007年08月13日

Willowbank

DSC00613.JPGI visited "Willowbank Wildlife Reserve" where we can see kiwi birds in CHC with my frined.
Do you know what kiwi bird is?DSC00635.JPG
It is the most famous bird in NZ and the contry bird!!!
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         ABOUT Kiwi bird

When I visited there, I was so surprised and excited because the place was tatally different from Japanese' park.
DSC00608.JPGI felt here is a kind of real nature, not park and it was easy to touch most animals.DSC00616.JPG
You can see what I mean when you see my pictures.
It is difficult to explain in English, even Japanese how I was impressed to visit there.

If you like a zoo, please visit and see by your own eyes.


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