April Journal

Just one month left in the Heisei Era. It is a time of renewal and new beginnings. Why not begin by writing me a little letter?

Week 1: Your Heisei Memory

  1. What does the Heisei Era mean to you? How do you feel about the abdication of the emperor?
  2. Write about your hope for the new emperor.

Week 2: Music

  1. Can you play an instrument? Which one? When and how did you learn it?
  2. Would you like to play an instrument? Why or why not?

Week 3: Windy Weather

  1. Write about a windy spring memory.

Week 4: Vacation

  1. The long Golden Week is just around the corner. Do you have any holiday plans?
  2. What kind of vacation do you enjoy?

March Journal

What a beautiful day to start out this March! Let’s enjoy a little writing and lots of time outside this month.

Week 1

  1. Do you think school uniforms are still an important part of Japanese education?
  2. Write about a memory of a school uniform. (wearing it yourself, or seeing it on someone else, etc.)

Week 2

  1. When was the last time you sang out loud?
  2. Do you think there are any benefits to singing?

Week 3

  1. The Momo Challenge. Did you hear about this news? Why do you think fake scare stories like this are easily spread from person to person?
  2. Do you like scary stories or movies? Why are horror movies/stories popular?

Week 4

  1. Write about a spring vacation memory. It could be your own, a relatives or an imagined one.
  2. Write about a first day of —— memory. What happened on the first day of something new? (for example: school, living in a new house, being a mother or father, at a new job, owning a car or something)

February Journal

I am just back from a lovely week with my uncle in the Philippines. While we were away I noticed a lot of my daily habits that I didn’t do while overseas. I thought, let’s write a bit about our habits this month.

Week 1

  1. How do you do your grocery shopping? Do you have any special habits?
  2. Have you ever used a grocery home delivery service? Why? Did/do you like the service?

Week 2

  1. Which do you prefer baths or showers? Why?
  2. This month is the Kumbh Mela in India. An important spiritual festival where devotees bathe in the Ganges River to wash away their sins. Have you ever participated in a spiritual bathing ritual?

Week 3

  1. Do you have a morning routine? How do you start your day?
  2. Do you have an evening routine? How do you end your day?

Week 4

  1. The Tokyo Olympics are just a year and 5 months away. Do you have plans to try to see any events? (Live or on TV)
  2. What kinds of sporting events do you enjoy watching?