Makiko's Slideshow
My College and Its Neighborhood



Comments or Questions

The pictures of Nagasaki you showed are so beautiful. I love how you can see fireworks from your own window. In Santa Clara I have always had to struggle to find a place where I can see fireworks clearly. I thought it was funny when you mentioned the amount of stairs in the beautiful city and how much excercise you get from it. If I were to visit Nagasaki what would be the best season for me to come?
- Vi Vo

Thank you for your comment. It is so beautiful, isn't it? I love to see fireworks with drinking from your own window and I regret not having taken pistures of it. Nagasaki is hard place as well as good place because we can hardly use bicycles. Although other city has not slopes or narrow streets so much like here and many university student often use bicycles or car, we had better to walk than using them. If you were to visit Nagasaki, I think spring is the best season. What is the best season to visit California?
- Makiko


Nagasaki sounds like a really great place, and you're so lucky to be living so close to your college. It seems amazing that you are surrounded by so many famous places in Japan. Do you see a lot of tourists walking around during the day? From what you've said, Nagasaki sounds like a beautiful place to live or even visit for that matter. It's mind blowing how much history can be crammed into one city.
- Riana

I'm happy with your response. I chose this apartment when I entered this college and started to live alone. I am satisfied with living here. Nagasaki is famous for tourist attraction because Nagasaki was one of opened few ports in Edo period and remains of history buildings or place. We can often see many tourists walking around during a day. Sometimes I am asked a foreigner to tell the way. Nagasaki is the place we can communicate with many people. Please tell me something about your home town.
-Makiko


In my home town of Santa Clara/Sunnyvale (they're really close together) we don't really have a sense of tourism. I suppose that's because there's not many tourists in this area, nor is there really a concept of "foreigners" in America. With the mix of ethnicities and cultures everywhere here, it's very difficult to define who is a foreigner and who isn't. Is the atmosphere of Nagasaki very different from that of your hometown?
- Riana

My home town is next to Nagasaki. It is not so different between them but my home town has an American base and I could have many chances to see American. So I thought to study English and I wanted to speak other language well. I envy you because I think you can feel various culture than me.
-Makiko


That's pretty cool, living next to a famous city like Nagasaki. If you don't mind me asking, how far is your hometown from Nagasaki? I know what you mean about wanting to speak another language. Sometimes I feel jealous of the people who can speak English and another language, usually something that their parents from another country taught them. How long have you been studying English? I suppose that it is true that we can experience other cultures easily in America, but at the same time, I'm envious of your ability to feel the traditional aspects of your culture. There are such things as Japantown and Chinatown in America, but I don't think the experience is quite the same as actually being in the native country.
- Riana

How far is my hometown from Nagasaki? Maybe for about one hour and a half by a car. It is not so far but I didn't like to get up early, commute and go back lately from my hometown everyday. I have my part-time job 3 days a week at a clam school. I work as a part-time teacher there and teach from elementary to high school students. I teach only Japanese or English because I'm not good at mathmatics and don't want teach it. By the way I have been studying English for 7 years with great effort. But although almost Japanese is taught English as a required subject, people can not speak it well because education that Japanese government work on is not good. When I started to study English we learned many rules, but did not practise speaking. Happy holidays!
-Makiko



I like how you mentioned you get a lot of exercise just living in Nagasaki. Do you usually get around by walking, or are there other types of transportation you use also?
-Brian

Nagasaki has good transpotation system. For example, bus, train, taxi or street car. Moreover the street car is flat fare and we can get on with 1 coin (100 yen) if we get off at which stop. It is so popular in Nagasaki. So we often use the transpotation system but we walk as much time as we use them. I think most of Nagasaki's people is so healthy. Don''t you walk a lot?
-Makiko


I try to walk alot because I know it's good for my health but like many Americans I'm lazy to excercise. It's so funny how people would spend hours in their cars looking for a parking lot right in front of the store or mall because they're too busy to park across the street and walk. How is traffic in Japan? If people walk alot I'm guessing the streets are not packed with cars? If you come to California I'd reccommend either the summer (because of July 4th) or the winter (because of Christmas and New Years). There are lots of festivals, decorations, and places to see during those times.
- Vi Vo