Monday of this week was a Japanese national holiday, so I was off from my rewarding job teaching English in Japan at my English conversation school（英会話スクール）, Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi（スミス英会話塚口校）, located in Tsukaguchi（塚口）, Amagasaki City（尼崎市）, Hyogo Prefecture（兵庫県）, Japan. I was off on the day before that as well (Sunday), so I had 2 days in a row to enjoy with my Japanese wife, who was also off on both days. On Sunday we went to a huge mall in Nishinomiya City called Nishinomiya Gardens（西宮ガーデンズ）, which opened this year. It’s only two train stations and a short walk away from our home in Tsukaguchi and has become our favourite place to go to the movies. First we went to the movie theater there called “TOHO Cinemas Nishinomiya OS（ＴＯＨＯシネマズ西宮ＯＳ） “, where we bought some tickets for the new movie “2012“. We had a few hours before the show, which was perfect because we wanted to have brunch. We went to a French bakery we like there called “DONQ（ドンク）“, bought bread and pastries and bought hot coffee at a coffee shop connected to the bakery. It was busy there but we luckily got a table right away after ordering. Great! It was already the afternoon so we were hungry. Everything was delicious!
After brunch we did a bit of shopping then went back to the movie theater to watch “2012”. The movie was very good. The special effects were amazing! Wow! Everything looked so real that it was scary at times! I recommend seeing this movie if you like disaster movies.
After the movie we went to a Korean-style restaurant where you barbecue beef and vegetables on a grill in the center of your table. We enjoyed the food there and relaxed. Before leaving we did a bit more shopping before finally heading back to our home in Tsukaguchi.
The next day (Monday), we put up our Christmas tree at home. You can see our tree in the photo. I really like Christmas trees and decorations. When I was younger and lived with my family in Canada, we always had a real Christmas tree for Christmas that my father cut down himself on his land. However, here in Japan, my wife and I use a fake one. It’s kind of short so my wife put it on top of something. I would like to have a bigger one one day when we live in a larger place, but for now, this one will do. Now the only thing missing is presents under it! (^.^)
I really enjoyed my 2 days off relaxing with my wife. On Tuesday, I felt refreshed and was back to work teaching English in Tsukaguchi to my great students at Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi. (^.^)
Smith’s School of English Tsukaguchi