KFC, Trump, and Terrace House: more international conversations
Three more conversations with ordinary people in Japan.
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I just attended my second Ohanasi Kagawa Japan–U.S. online conversation event, in which I spoke with a kindergarten teacher, IT professional, and big-data entrepreneur from Osaka, Tokyo, and Yokohama. In each one-on-one session, we spoke for ten minutes in English and ten minutes in Japanese. Topics discussed included:
COVID-19: Apparently, only 0.5% of people in Japan have been vaccinated. That doesn’t bode well for our plans to visit Japan in July.
Kentucky Fried Chicken’s rise, through an ingenious marketing campaign, into Japan’s go-to Christmas meal.
The fact that Trump visited Japan in 2019 and refused to eat Japanese food, choosing to go with a well-done burger instead.
Plato, my cat, who jumped into my lap during one of the conversations.
I’m a big fan of this event and its structure. It’s pretty remarkable to be able to have face-to-face conversations with ordinary people across the ocean who are working to improve their English skills. International exchanges of this kind are rare but so important, and I want to seek out more of them.
Relatedly, I’m attending my first Esperanto event via Zoom tomorrow.
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