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国際交流員(CIR)マシューのブログ(H28.12月発行 りんぐりんぐ57号掲載)

As a CIR I have different types of work in City Hall, but one of my favorite activities is visiting local child care centers. When I visit these centers my main goal is not to teach English, but to enliven interest in learning English, in learning about people from different countries, and hopefully in learning in general.
 My usual schedule for a visit to a child care center in the city begins with a brief meeting with the administrators of the facility. After that, I enter a room filled with anywhere from fifteen to forty young children of an assortment of ages, where I proceed to give a short self-introduction using a few pictures.

 Next follows one of the more interesting parts of the day, the Q&A time. Initially the kids are a bit shy and ask me only one or two basic questions, but as soon as there is a little momentum, the children start asking the most imaginative questions.

 When the Q&A time is over, I begin a simple lesson that I have prepared, after which I teach the children a game or two to help solidify the words and phrases I have taught while also having fun.
 Taking care and working with children is demanding work that uses a lot of energy, but I think having the chance to spend a little time with smiling and energetic children is a very enriching experience. 

国際交流員(CIR)マシューのブログ(H28.8月発行 りんぐりんぐ56号掲載)


In early May a ceremony was held in the Okuki port for the unveiling of two new Torii for the Itsukushima Shrine.

When the terrible tsunami struck eastern Japan in 2011, along with the immeasurable damage that it wreaked on the east seaboard of Japan, it also destroy two of the three gates that had adorned the approach to the Itsukushima Shrine in the port of Okuki. The debris was swept out to sea and the gates considered lost. But miraculously enough the torii gate pieces would be discovered months later, all the way on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.

One day, two large pieces of drift wood washed ashore on the beaches of Oregon State. As it was soon discovered, these were the two lintels, called kasagi, from the two torii gates that had been destroyed in the tsunami, and it was able to be determined which gates they belonged to. The Oregon State Government shipped back to Hachinohe, to be displayed and reconfirmed as the correct Kasagi pieces, and then sent down to Tokyo to be restored, and finally returned to their original shrine to take their rightful place atop two new torii gate for the Itsukushima Shrine.

I was fortunate enough help unload the torii gates’ lintels when they were brought to Hachinohe the first time before their restoration, and fortunate enough to witness the ceremony held to officiate their reinstatement. Truly what was more amazing than the brand new gates, the beauty of the ocean in the foreground, and even the flocks of Hachinohe’s own black tailed gulls, who also joined in the ceremony to provide a wonderful chorus in the background, was the sense of community, friendship, and pride. International relations can be complicated on both a national level and personal level for citizens of any country. But when two communities can join together and work towards a common goal with such unity, I am filled with hope for the future of our two nations, and gratitude that these two communities could complete such an admirable task together.






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H28.3.7 国際交流員マシューのブログ

Hello everyone! My name is Matthew Bola, and I am Charles’ replacement for the Coordinator of International Relations for Hachinohe. I’m from the USA, and I have been working in the Hachinohe city Hall since August of last year. This is my first blog, so I hope you all like it!


This winter was my first in Hachinohe, and it was all in all a good one. I had the chance to experience many winter activities that helped keep me active and excited during these cold winter months.


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例えば、1月に初めてスキーに挑戦しました。最初は難しかったのですが、だんだん坂を滑れるようになってきています。たくさんの人が私にスキーを教えてくれたので、お返しに私も初心者の友達に教えてみましたが、まだ自分でも分からないから、上手に教えられないです。しかし、スキーの勉強は本当に楽しいですので、スキーができる残りの時間を楽しみたいと思います。 For example, I tried skiing for the first time in January. At first it was quite difficult to get used to but slowly but surely I am becoming more able on the slopes. Many people have helped me improve my skiing, and I in turn have tried to help some friends who are also beginner skiers, but as I still don’t really know what I am doing, I’m not much help at all. It’s really been a good time learning how to ski, and I’m looking forward to the last couple of weeks left in the season.  


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I also went to the Sapporo Snow Festival this year. Although it wasn’t my first time, it was as impressive as the last time I was there. The sculptures were amazing, the atmosphere wonderful, the company was good, and the snow beautiful. My friends and I only spent one day there, but we packed in as much snow, food, and more food as possible. I’m a sucker for yatai food as well as Genghis Kahn.


Next on my checklist of winter events, I participated in the annual human curling event in Hachinohe. Although the day was unseasonably warm, I had a lot of fun pushing my friends and being pushed by them into other people. We didn’t win, but we put up a good fight, and went to yakiniku for dinner afterwards.


Lastly, I have had an influx of invitations to come to some of the jidoukans around Hachinohe. I am usually greeted by warm and welcoming staff member, and lead to a room full of eager and energetic children. Although I am not a great teacher, I try to explain a little about where I have lived, some things about America, and a few easy English greetings and phrases. I then usually read a picture book and play games with the children for the remainder of the time. I am always impressed at how quickly children catch on to foreign phrases. Whenever I am able to visit these jidoukans and have fun while also teaching such cheerful and animated children, it really brightens my day.


Well that’s all I got for these last couple of winter months. Soon spring will be upon us, and I wonder what new adventures it will bring. Although I will miss the snow and skiing, I am looking forward to a new season.