From Ireland & Canada 2022-2023 Wish you a great new year

Happy New Year to You All!   It’s great to share the new reports from the exchange students of Otsuma Nakano studying in Ireland  and Canada.  –  新年、おめでとうございます。2022年から2023年への年越。今年も多くの大妻中野生が留学先の国でホストファミリーと一緒に新年を祝っています。年末から年始の留学レポートです。

From Bray in Ireland,

Hi everyone!   My name is K.H.  I have been staying in Ireland  for 4 months. The year 2022 is already ending, although it has gone by really fast.   In this report, I’ll talk about three things that happened this month.

The first is about Christmas exam. It was on December 5th and 6th. The subjects were only English, French and Math. Although they were not so difficult. In English test, I wrote 2 essays about Taliban and Afghanistan. I had to write fairly long sentences, but I have practiced a lot in Japan. So, I was able to finish to write it and the score wasn’t bad. In the French test, I needed to use English to Japanese and French to English dictionaries. My test was easier than other girls, but it’s still hard for me. On the other hand, I was able to learn vocabularies and grammars, so that was really good opportunity to practice French. In the Math test, I studied text, so that was easy. But there were a lot of complicated calculation problems, so it was difficult to allocate the time. Even so, French and Math score were good also, so I’m satisfied for these results. Next exam is in May, so I’ll do my best.

Next is about snow. In the middle of this month, we had snow! I live in very near the sea, so I could see the beach and snow. It was beautiful and a bit curious. I went to Bray Head and the I saw that the distant mountains are covered by snow a little bit. That was very beautiful. However, the day after snowfall, the road was iced so it was very easy to slip, and weather was really cold. It was not good, but I was happy that I saw snow. I hope the snow will stick next time. My Swiss host sister loves snow, so she looks really happy as well.

Third is about Christmas.   In Ireland here, the Christmas is the bigger event than Japan, I think. There were a lot of lights in the town and houses. They were so beautiful. I did gift exchange with my host family in Christmas Eve and that was so fun! I got a lot of nice gifts and also, I was really glad at they were happy with the gift I gave them. In the Christmas day, we ate Irish lunch and dinner together, they were delicious. After that we watched movie, it’s called “Die Hard.” That was so fun! I want to watch movies again with my host family.

This month, I was able to spend a lot of time with my host family, so I’m happy. I hope to get to know them better in the future.  Thank you for reading. See you next month!

皆さんこんにちは!  1年留学でアイルランドのブレイに滞在しているK.Hです。今は、4ヶ月目。 本当にあっという間なもので、2022年も終わりが近づいてきました。今回も今月にあった3つのことについてお話していきたいと思います。



3つ目はクリスマスについてです。ここではクリスマスは日本より大きなイベントだと思います。沢山のイルミネーションを街や家で見ることが出来、それらはとても綺麗でした。 クリスマスイブにはホストファミリーとプレゼント交換をしました。私は沢山の素敵なプレゼントをもらえたのと同時に、私があげたプレゼントもとても喜んでもらえたのでとても良かったです。クリスマス当日にはホストファミリーとアイルランドの昼食と夕食を食べました。とても美味しかったです。その後にはみんなで「ダイ・ハード」という映画を見ました。またホストファミリーと一緒に映画を見たいなと思います。


From Burnaby, Canada,  December Report –

Hi everyone!! My name is S.H and I have been studying in Burnaby, Canada for four months now. The year 2022 is coming to an end. By the time you are reading this repot, it will already be 2023. Happy New Year!! What kind of year was 2022 for you? I think it was a turning point in my life, as I became a high school student and studied abroad in Canada. Looking back on the year 2022, I will show you my last report for this year.

First of all, I would like to talk about events at my school. This month I had benefit concert. There were performances by students in the dance company, traditional dances from their home country, and a band formed by the students. Another was a Christmas party organized by the Leo club to which I belong. The Canadian students took the lead in bringing in food, and we all had a dinner. Afterwards, they played loud music and everyone sang and danced, it was like a club. I thought it would never be able to do that in a Japanese school…lol  Also, one day before Christmas break is called Pajama Day, and I had free pancakes and hot cocoa in the morning, so I woke up a little early and enjoyed it at school with my friends.

December is a month of Christmas. In the Canadian city of Vancouver, a Christmas market is held every year. It was a wonderful place with elaborate decorations and a merry go round. Also main dishes are made in German. There are many skate rink in Canada, and I went many times because it costs only 5 dollars per person. It is very cold, both indoors and outdoors, so you need to be warm. There was also one week when it was incredibly cold. It was at least minus 11 degrees Celsius, and it felt warm when the temperature was 0 degrees Celsius, which is something you don’t normally experiences. Do you know the Nutcracker? It is one of the most famous ballet pieces. I love ballet, so I went to a Christmas performance by a ballet company near my house. It was a good experience for me because I don’t get to see it very often.

Lastly, I would like to talk about the exchange with my friends and host family. While we were eating mother’s special dishes, father came as Santa to deliver presents. I received a Champion hoodie. My friends and I had a home party. We ate a lot of cakes and snacks and watched movies together. I was also able to go to many cafes. I had high tea at a famous tea shop and ate lovely pancakes. I am glad that I could go to eat many Japanese foods such as hot pot and Maze-soba, but my desire to eat in japan will never disappear.

It is a new year, and the school is moving on to the next semester, and classes are changing. In the limited time of about six months left, the outcome will depend on how I act, so I am determined to do my best. I am going to do my best to keep my mind tight. I will try to keep my mind tight and do my best and to give you all a nice report again.

Thank you very much for your kind attention. See you next month!!!!


まずは学校でのイベントです。定期的に私の学校ではイベントがありますが,今月はベネフィットコンサートがありました。ダンスカンパニーに入っている生徒が披露したり,母国の伝統ダンスや生徒が組んだバンドの演奏もありとても豪華でした。そしてもう一つは私の所属するレオクラブが企画したクリスマスパーティーです。カナディアンの生徒が中心になってご飯を持ち寄り,みんなでディナー会をしました。その後には音楽を爆音でかけながらみんなで歌ったり踊ったりし,まるでクラブのような空間でした。絶対日本の学校ではできません笑 またクリスマスブレイクに入る1日前はパジャマデイトいい、朝にフリーパンケーキとホットココアがあったので少し早起きをして学校に行き友達と楽しみました。