Wow! What a great time! Sunday we were blessed with wonderful weather here in KANSAI. And this was perfect for enjoying the wonderful cherry blossoms in the Osaka Jo Park. We were unable to stake out our usual spot next to the outer moat but did grab a very large spot across the walkway from there. This year’s group may have been close to 100 people at its peak. Students, teachers, friends and family members from 7 Smith’s KANSAI schools attended and we partook of the wonderful blossoms, good food, spirit lifting drinks, games and fine conversation. Many children attended this year and enjoyed running and playing. VIDEO OF SMITH’S HANAMI 2010
This year even hard working Mr. Mark Smith himself of the Kyobashi School attended with several students and family members, which was a very pleasant surprise for many KANSAI Smith’s students. The Smith’s school was his brainchild and has grown a lot in over 14 years since its founding in 1996.
Many people don’t know that Smith’s School of English is a franchise and is the largest foreign-owned franchise English school in Japan today, offering many foreigners in Japan the opportunity to own and operate our own English schools. Mark has put a lot of his passion into building this franchise and providing this wonderful opportunity for foreign teachers to build and operate their own businesses in Japan. With Mark’s advice and guidance, the hard work and teamwork of all the owner-teachers of Smith’s Schools throughout Japan we are working harder than anyone to achieve continuous improvement and offer a learning experience and general life experience far above that provided by other schools.
We are the leaders of a revolution now underway in English instruction in Japan. Foreign teachers working hard and really caring for our students every day, we are unmatched in our dedication. So, if you or a friend really want to make real progress in learning English while enjoying fun events and receiving the care and guidance of a dedicated teacher, seek out a Smith’s School right away!
Variation on this week’s one point: Despite (A) I still want to (B):
Despite the glossy ads on the trains or even on TV commercials, you still need to look much deeper to see the true heart of the English school which will help you the most. Smith’s School is the place without a doubt!
Al Bartle (Smith’s School of English – Okamoto)
Well, this must rank as the biggest multi-school get-together yet! Other than Christmas Parties at Kyobashi! Great work everyone.
Kotoen school wanted to join in too, but April 5 is my and Yoko’s anniversary. We have a habit of celebrating in Yoshino with family for 2 nights, so that’s where we were, until just about 10 minutes ago when we got home!
Again, great effort all of you!
Martin W. Zander
Smith’s School Kotoen
John C says
As owner of one of the participating schools, I can only echo Al’s remarks. Wonderful weather, excellent company and a beautiful location: what more could one want?
Thanks to all who worked so hard to make this a success.
Smith’s School of English, Kawanishi.