My husband and I took a short trip to the Izu Peninsula during Golden Week vacation. Before our holiday break, as is our custom, we discussed holiday plans with our students (our plans and those of our students). A great opportunity to use real English, it’s also a fabulous chance for us and students to get to know one another better.
One of the couples we coach was quite serious about wanting to give us some travel advice, so we took them out to dinner after their lesson to discuss it. (Luckily their lesson was the last of the evening!) We talked for a couple of hours over food and drink at a nearby establishment. They helped us a lot, and they enjoyed using their English in the process.
At their next lesson just before the break, they brought us a detailed driving map, complete with notes on recommended activities and hotels! The kindness and eagerness to be helpful one finds so often in Japan is truly something special. These events occur nearly every day, and are frankly too numerous to write about on this blog. Of course we do our best to do the same for our students, and pride ourselves on our personal service and hospitality.
Not sure if we’d have such experiences in Canada. To be sure, even if we did, they wouldn’t happen nearly as often. Just one of the many wonderful things about being in Japan, running our own school!