2012年5月7日月曜日

2012 May Newsletter


The first post of this blog. The aim of this blog is to let our readers see what goes on in regards to events here on OEH.


Well it has been a jam-packed few weeks of events:

11th May, 2012; our resident teacher, Andy, posed a suggestion of everyone in OEH going to a local entertainment spot, Ring. It’s a reasonably cheap place to play darts, table tennis, pool and sing karaoke in the usual karaoke little rooms. Everyone was eager to have an evening of stress relief. The evening of pool and singing was truly enjoyed with many staying out late singing to their hearts content.

18th May, 2012; a dinner party was organized to welcome some new residents and to celebrate the birthday of the owner’s wife. The cooking was started in the early afternoon with a few helping hands of the residents. Spaghetti with either a choice of tuna cream sauce or meat sauce was the order of the day. All residents who could come, where there to enjoy the food and passed on their regards to the new resident and owner’s wife. Afterwards cake was brought out and spread around after the candles were blown out.

19th May, 2012; the monthly Izakaya night took place this Saturday. As usual it takes place in a local Hirakata pub called The Hobbit. This party is a nomi and tabehoudai for two hours whilst conversing with a local group of Japanese interested in language exchange. Generally drinking, eating and playing games take place. It takes place in the early evening giving enough time for people afterwards to head off to anything else they may want to do that evening.

21st May, 2012; a rare total solar eclipse passed over OEH early this morning. It started at around 6:30am and finished at about 8:30am. However the main action was at 7:30am when some of the residents who managed to buy special eclipse glasses went out on the balcony to watch the event. I was an unfortunate in not being able to buy some glasses but managed to still talk to a lovely old couple on the street to borrow their special colored glass to have a look. Otherwise I tried to get some pictures on my camera, only looking through the digital screen to limit any eye damage. I’m glad I managed to capture or two nice shots.

27th May, 2012; this time it was bowling at the bowling alley two stops away on the train. However the OEH staff managed to organize everyone in vehicles and so we drove there. Before the bowling happened a few of the residents quickly jumped into a purikura booth and take a few snapshots. Afterwards the ladies present decorated the pictures and handed them out to those who joined in the shots. Soon afterwards we got our lanes and split into fours. We all had a few rounds before the majority gathered back onto the bus to have a meal at a Kaiten Sushi place. I have never been a fan of raw fish but there was plenty of fried dishes too, and dessert. In fact the table with 5 guys sure put on a display with on average everyone having 15 plates. Hats off to the guy who managed 19 plates worth of food, I could only manage 10.

Next Month’s Activities so far:
Izakaya Night
Barbecue