Pope in Japan pt. 2 – Nov. 2019

Good morning everyone,

It is a cloudy Monday morning, and Pope Francis is on the third day of his Japan trip. Today he will be in Tokyo to meet with some leaders in Japan and give another speech. Over the weekend he was in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, spreading his message of peace. Here is one news report from the Washington Post about the reaction from local students:

Pope Francis’ powerful message of peace and a world free of nuclear weapons that he brought to the two cities to have suffered atomic attacks has struck a chord with the younger generation.

Francis visited Nagasaki and Hiroshima on Sunday to demand world powers renounce their nuclear arsenals, declaring the use and possession of atomic bombs an “immoral” crime and a dangerous waste.

A Hiroshima high school student, 17-year-old Nozomi Kitahata, said the pope’s visit prompted her to renew “my resolve to work toward peace.”

She was among a group of high school students who joined the pope and survivors of the 1945 U.S. atomic bombings at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

Koharu Matsuda, also 17, said she could see the pope’s understanding and compassion for the atomic bombing survivors, and that “I can imagine how much his visit meant to the survivors.”

Pope Francis offers prayer after laying a wreath at the Atomic Bomb Hypocenter Park, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Nagasaki, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis kisses a baby as he arrives to lead a Holy Mass at the Nagasaki baseball stadium in Nagasaki on November 24, 2019. – Pope Francis railed against the use of nuclear weapons and the growing arms trade on November 24 as he paid tribute to the “unspeakable horror” suffered by victims of the Nagasaki atomic bomb. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Pope in Japan – Nov. 2019

Hello everyone,

Have you heard the news? Next week, from November 23rd to the 26th, Pope Francis will visit Japan. It is only the second visit by a pope to Japan, with the last one being in 1981… even I was a little boy back then!

The theme for his visit is “Protect All Life”. He will visit Tokyo, Nagasaki, and Hiroshima during his stay. If you want to read more about the event, you can check out the website here: https://popeinjapan2019.jp/en/

Here is the summary about the logo concept from the website:

United with the red flame representing martyrs as the foundation of the Church in Japan and the light blue flame representing the Blessed Mother embracing all humanity as her children, the green flame in the likeness of Japan abundant with nature expresses the mission to proclaim the Gospel of hope. The red circle as the image of the sun embraces all life equally with love.
The logo expresses the theme of Pope Francis’ visit to Japan, PROTECT ALL LIFE.

College Life – Nov. 2019

Hello everyone,

Last week our school had many activities. One of them was a university visit for high school grade one and two students. I think they learned a lot about the schools, but I wonder… do they think much about life outside class? This term one of my writing topics for grade three was about their budget for next year. I got some really good ideas, so please read them and take a look!

This one has a lot of good details, and the last line is really strong! Click on it!

This one is also really good. Private universities and public universities have different costs. Although, when you write, be careful of the difference between a “million” and a “billion” yen 🙂

Have a good week!

Pockey Day ! – Nov. 2019

Good morning everyone. Today is November 11th, and it is Pockey Day in Japan. Why?   Because 11/11 looks like pockey snacks. Honestly, this is just a clever marketing idea by the company. If you can associate a calendar day with your product, then it will get more recognition. Another example is on Mother’s Day in Canada, many many people buy Kentuky Fried Chicken. They have succeeded in linking that event and their product as a way to “give mothers a break from cooking”. Clever, right?

Today I have a quiz for you. If 11/11 is Pockey Day, how about these other dates?

November 11 = Pocky Day!

November 29 =

January 5 =

August 3 =

August 7 =

December 3 =

Hints: Good meat day! One Two Three day! Strawberry day! Banana day! Honey day!

In other countries, November 11th has a much more serious meaning. Why don’t you search for “Remembrance Day” to learn about the Canadian holiday?

A busy Wednesday… – Nov. 2019

Hello everyone,

Today was a busy day at our school. In the morning we had a special mass to remember people who have passed away this year. There are many reasons to have a mass, some of them are happy, and some of them are serious. This was the latter. Students and teachers who wanted to remember someone important to them put flowers at the altar on stage.

During the afternoon in long home room class, junior high school grade one students received the lamp shades they made at Shin-ai junior college before summer. Each student named their piece of art, and they will be displayed in the hall near the M1 classrooms this month. Come take a look!

As for tomorrow and the next day, we have a busy school life.

  • M1: Tests tomorrow and then hiking in Kumanokodo on Friday.
  • M2: Off to Nagasaki for their school trip. Enjoy!
  • M3: Two days of work experience. It is hard, but a good chance.
  • H1 and H2: University visits. I hope you can experience some interesting lessons.
  • H3: Testing. Nose to the grindstone, this is an important time for you. Fight!

Good luck everyone, enjoy and do your best!

Bible Reading – October 2019

Hello everyone,

This week it was my turn to do the bible reading. I chose a passage about how to help people. I hope you can find some inspiration from it.

Good morning. Today’s bible reading is Matthew 9:10-13

10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”

12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’[a] For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”


In this story, Jesus shows us the best way to help people. Of course, it may be more comfortable for him to eat dinner with his friends, but his friends do not need his help. Jesus chooses to eat with the people who need his lessons the most.

Also, by doing so, Jesus is also acting as a role model for others. When people see his example of teaching, they can learn and understand his message.

In this way, at school, challenge yourself to help people who need it most. Of course, it is easy to help your friends. But, helping someone you don’t know might be more important. Do not help people to make yourself feel good, help people who need you the most, even if it makes you feel less comfortable.

If many people do this, they will be role models everyone can follow. We are all responsible for making school a good place for everyone. So, ask yourself, are you a doctor for the healthy, or a doctor for the sick?

Have a good Sunday and holiday Monday!