Category Archives: Stuart Sensei

English Cafe

letseigo-englishcafeOn the morning of January 6th 2015, we held the first official “English Cafe” at Let’s Eigo in Moriai. It was a fun, relaxing time to start the new year!


English cafe is a 60-minute free talk time. The price to attend is just 1000 yen, with coffee included!

It’s a great way to practice speaking English while enjoying coffee in a no-pressure environment. We didn’t use a text book – we just talked about anything we wanted to.

Thanks to the students who participated! I hope to do more “English Cafe” often events this year.


Happy New Year 2015!

Happy new year! It’s the start of a new year. I wish you much happiness, health and success this year!

I hope you had a great vacation period! What did you get up to? What memories did you make?

Most working people had 9 days off for their winter vacation, and they went back to their regular working schedule today – Monday 5th of January.

Are you still in vacation mode? It’s hard to get back into the regular “swing of things” after a long vacation.

My vacation was filled with watching movies, going out shopping with kids and some family parties. I was able to go snowboarding too!








Thanks for all your support last year and thanks in advance for 2015!

– Stuart

Fukushima Firebonds Basketball 福島ファイヤーボンズ

Last Friday night, I watched the Fukushima Firebonds play against the Akita Happinets . The game was held at Inawashiro Gymnasium.

Unfortunately, the Firebonds lost the match! However it was a fun time. I love basketball and I was excited to see a professional basketball game live.

The Firebonds are a new team in the BJ League. The BJ league is one of the professional basketball leagues in Japan. The 2014-2015 season just started in which the Firebonds made their debut.

I want to support the Fukushima Firebonds and I hope more people will become fans as well. If you like basketball, let’s go to a live game to support our prefecture’s team!


残念ながら、 ファイヤーボンズは一負けました!でも、とても楽しい時間でした。私はバスケットボールが大好き、プロのバスケットボールの試合が生で見れて興奮していた。





FirebondsはBJリーグで新しいチームです。 BJリーグは日本のプロバスケットボールリーグの一つである。 2014-2015シーズンの10月開幕でFirebondsがデビュー始めた。



I was asked yesterday the difference between Typhoons, Hurricanes, Cyclones and Tornadoes.

In Japan, strong storms are called “Thypoons” whereas in Australia we call them “Cyclones”.

I just did a search on Google and found the answer in Yahoo Answers.

These terms can be confusing because of how they are used. Technically, a cyclone (lower case) is ANY rotating low pressure system (rotating counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere, or clockwise in the southern hemisphere). Hurricanes, Typhoons and Cyclones (note upper case) are the same thing but are termed by where they exist. The tropical cyclone is called a hurricane (if sustained winds are at least 65 knots) over the Atlantic basin and the eastern Pacific Ocean, while over the western Pacific it is called a Typhoon. The same type of system is called a Cyclone over the Indian Ocean area.

A tornado is another type of cyclone that is born in thunderstorms. In some cases, tropical cyclones can produce many tornadoes if conditions are right.

Source: Yahoo Answers


私はGoogleで検索してみたやYahoo Answersの答えを見つけた。

これらの用語は、あるためその使用方法の混乱を招く可能性があります。技術的には、サイクロン(小文字)は、任意の回転低圧(北半球では反時計回りに回転させたり、南半球で時計回り)システムである。ハリケーン、台風、サイクロンは、(大文字に注意)同じことですが、彼らが存在する場合で呼ばれている。 (持続風が少なくとも65ノットである場合)、西太平洋上で、それが台風と呼ばれながら、熱帯低気圧は、大西洋と東太平洋上のハリケーンと呼ばれています。システムの同じタイプは、インド洋領域にわたってサイクロンと呼ばれています。


Be Careful of The Typhoon 台風に注意してください!

台風に注意してください!! This week, southern Japan has been faced with the oncoming Typhoon ‘Neoguri’.

Many people in Okinawa were affected by high-speed winds and blackouts in the early stages when the typhoon started it’s journey from the south. Reportedly, around 90,000 are still without electricity in Okinawa.

Now the typhoon is moving north towards Kyushu and mainland Honshu where the land is getting hit with powerful winds and severe rain.

It is predicted to move up here to Fukushima tomorrow, Friday July 11. We expect heavy rain and strong wind so please take care. It’s a good idea to stay indoors out of the danger’s way.

今週、日本南部に接近する台風 「ねおぐり」 に直面してきました。




Tips For Passing Tests

Are you studying for an English test? Maybe TOEIC or EIKEN? Those seems to be the most popular tests for Japanese students of English.

Here are some tips for passing your test.

Study, Ask, Practice, Prepare, Perform

Study – General study of the overall content comes first. You might already be taking English conversation classes or studying by yourself with a text book or audio course. Study needs to be a daily activity so you can steadily improve. There are specific books to help you study and prepare for TOIEC and EIKEN tests. Look in your local book store for a book to help you study.

Ask – When you have a question about the content in your text book or about the test coming up, it’s best to ask someone who knows. You can ask your teacher in person or read official websites on the internet for more information.

Practice – Whenever you can, practice your test with a real person (your teacher) or use a Practice test book. The more you practice, the better you’ll perform on the big day of your test.

Prepare – In the days leading up to the test, prepare everything you need for the test. This includes making sure you know how to get to the testing facility on time. You should also review all the content that will appear on the test.

Perform – Take the test with confidence. Have a positive mindset that you will score great on the test. If you’ve studied and prepared for the test, you will have more confidence naturally. Concentrate on your test questions and let your mind deliver the answer. If you’ve studied well, the answers will all be in your sub-conscious mind. Keep an eye on the time too. Most test takers worry and fret about being able to complete the test on time. You may have to hurry to answer all the questions so be ready for that.

Good luck on your test!


Spring Time! Cherry Blossoms & Warm Sunny Days

Finally, Spring time is upon us. Yippee!
cherry blossoms fukushima

I get a burst of fresh energy when spring comes. I think everyone does. The green trees and grass is a very welcome sight. In Japan we’re lucky to be able to enjoy the colorful trees when they blossom in March and April.

When I first came to Japan, I thought that all the colorful pink trees were Cherry trees. But I have learnt that these beautiful blossoms appear on several different kinds of fruit trees. There are apple, plum, apricot, cherry, and possibly some other trees I’m not yet aware of.
cherry blossoms fukushima

What are your favorite things to do in spring? Do you go to view the cherry blossoms and other trees in the park? In Fukushima, there are a couple of popular flower viewing places I know of. Hanamiyama is probably the most popular, but equally as crowded.

I hope you enjoy Spring. It is my second favorite season. Summer is my #1 favorite. I love being hot and wearing just shorts and a t-shirt.


Big Snow In Fukushima Winter 2014

This winter has brought a lot of snow to Fukushima! I’m very surprised!


I’ve seen the news on TV and on the internet news sites. There are a lot of stories about the heavy snow fall and many accidents that have been caused by the snow.


Image from

How have you been coping with the snow? Did you have to shovel the snow around your house and work place?

Did you suffer a lot of inconveniences like closed roads or  slow moving traffic?

The heavy snow in Fukushima and Touhoku area is not one of my favorite things about the place. It causes a lot of trouble for almost everyone, especially those who live in the more rural areas where they might not remove the snow from the roads with the snow plow.

The only really good thing about snow is that is makes for good snowboarding and skiing!

Take care on the roads driving and don’t injure yourself shoveling snow. It can be heavy so it can be easy to hurt your back. Also, watch out for falling snow off roofs!  I know every year a number of people die or get injured from falling snow from roofs.

Ganbatte! Stay positive and happy because spring will be coming soon!

– Stuart









Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2014

Merry ChristmasMerry Christmas and a Happy New year for 2014 from Stu and Otto at Let’s Eigo!

Thank you for all your wonderful support during this year.

We hope you’ll be around for more fun lessons and activities with us in the new year and for many more years to come.

For most people in Japan right now, you’ve probably just started your new year “O-Shogatsu” holidays.

Please enjoy your time and and be safe and careful driving on the streets!

And it’s so cold outside, so take care not to catch a cold! Eat lots of vegetables, garlic and stay warm!

See you in 2014 and together we’ll have fun learning and improving our English together.


メリークリスマス!! そして、ハッピーニューイヤー!!








Winter Is Cold But Beautiful

下の方、日本語の翻訳があります。GoogleTranslate をつかましたので、変な日本語になったかもしれない!

Once again we’ve experienced another season change in Fukushima.

This time it’s winter.

snow on the trees

Fall came and went so quickly, it was nice while it lasted but now we have the cold winter to bare for at least 3 months.

Although I don’t like the cold weather much, it’s such a nice sight driving through the mountains, seeing white snow aloft the trees and coating the forest floor.

The view from Fukushima city of Mt. Azuma in the winter is a miraculous sight. It reminds me that I’m far away from Australia and this is a wonderful, unique place.

In winter, I try to stay indoors for obvious reasons, but I love to get out and go snowboarding when I can – and when weather permits.

Hopefully this year I will be able to go out with Otto for some fun on the slopes.

Here are pictures from a few years ago. These pics were taken by pro photographer Pete Leong, a friend (and fellow Aussie) I made here in Fukushima, who is now living in Okinawa.

pete and stu snowboard

When I get out to snowboard this season, I’ll be sure to post photos for you to check out.

Do you go snowboarding? Where do you go? What other things do you do for fun in winter?

– Stu








冬には、私は明白な理由のために屋内に滞在しようが、私は外に出てたときに私ができるスノーボードに行くのが大好き – とするとき、天候が許す。





– ステュー