I love being asked to join my students for various events, everything from viewing and drinking under the cherry blossom trees in Spring, to going out to dinner, drinking and eating after work, going to plays, movies, rock concerts etc. I particularly like to patronize the restaurants and izakaya which are close to Smith’s School of English Koenji.
Recently one of my students told me about one of her Japanese friends that she met in London. Her friend is married to a South African and they were visiting Tokyo prior to re-locating to Australia to live. She went on to mention that they were going to live and work in Gold Coast city where I was living and working before coming to Japan and where I have an apartment, in The Moroccan Resort, overlooking Surfers Paradise beach. She had told her friends that I came from Gold Coast city and they wondered whether I would have dinner with them one night before they moved to Australia. I was very happy to do so. So one Saturday night, when I’d finished work, I met my student at JR Koenji railway station and we went to meet her friends in Kichijoji.
It was a fabulous night, we had dinner in one of the many Tori Yoshi chain restaurants. Her friend’s husband has never been to Gold Coast city and his wife had been there many years before, however they had checked it out on the internet and he applied for and was successful in obtaining a job working in the Stocks and Bonds Industry.
I love Gold Coast city and was excited to tell them about the Gold Coast scene and some of its attributes such as: a fantastic 70 kilometre coast line of wonderful white sandy beaches, sensational restaurants, nice bars and a never ending night life. In addition, being Australia’s most popular domestic holiday resort area it has four theme parks – Sea World, Movie World, Wet and Wild, and the ever popular Dreamworld plus bird and animal sanctuaries etc. It also has a very comfortable sub-tropical climate all year round.
I recommended to them that they become members of the Gold Coast Turf Club where horse races take place every Saturday afternoon as it is a wonderful place to meet people who could turn out to be not only wonderful friends but also great clients.
Another memorable night out was when I went to see Kenji Sawada in concert. Kenji Sawada has been entertaining the Japanese for 30 plus years and although his 60th birthday is fast approaching, his voice is still quite strong and he is a good performer.
I really enjoy all the outings I have with my students and I love to hear them using the English that they have picked up at Smith’s School of English -Koenji in real live situations.