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The following stories are the most recent ones which have been submitted during the 2013-2014 school year.

 New Zealand  Brazil  Scotland  Australia
 Northern Ireland  Italy  America  China 
Saudi Arabia  Canada  Wales  England
Switzerland  Singapore  Russia  South Africa


China:

Chinese good husbands  (by Hikaru)
Last winter, I visited Beijing for my study of Chinese. And I got an opportunity to live with a local family. I was very surprised then, because my…

Chinese language  (by Shigeki)
I study the Chinese language a little. It is difficult for me to study, but it resembles the Japanese language. We Japanese use Chinese characters, …

Population ratio in China  (by Eri)
In China there is a very serious problem with the gender bias that many Chinese parents want to have a male child rather than a female child. It is said…

Serious air pollution  (by Kotaro)
China has a serious environmental problem. It is air pollution. The dead expected to be affected by the minute particulate matter "PM2.5" discharged…


America:

Music of the Night  (by Hikaru)
Broadway. It's the holy ground of musicals. Broadway theatre, commonly called simply "Broadway," is theatrical performances presented in one of the…

Rice Krispies  (by Eri)
Rice Krispies is one of my favorite American sweets. It is very easy to make and you will only need 3 tablespoons of butter, 1 package (about 40) of regular…


Italy:

Awesome Italian cheeses!  (by Hikaru)
Do you like cheese? I like cheese very much. Cheese is very good for your health (it contains a lot of calcium) and is easy to eat. Above all, it's really…

The Good Old City Is There  (by Yoshimitsu)
I’ve been to Italy about five years ago with my grandfather. Italy was a fantastic place. People are fun, every sightseeing spot was beautiful, and…

Italy's Motorway of the Sun  (by Kotaro)
The highway called the "Motorway of the Sun" is located in Italy. It is Autostrada del Sole. This motorway that connects Naples to Milan is a highway through…

The ancient Roman city ― Pompeii  (by Yui)
Do you know the ancient Roman city of Pompeii? Today, I want to talk about this city. In the south of Italy, facing the Bay of Naples, Pompeii has beautiful…

“Costituzione della Repubblica italiana” and Japan  (by Kohei)
Italy lost World War 2. And the constitution of Italy, “Costituzione della Repubblica italiana,” contains an article about pacifism. Nowadays, some…


Northern Ireland:

Irish dispute  (by Shigeki)
In fact, I belong to a seminar for Ireland at my university. So, I study about Ireland a little. It's a difficult topic. The dispute happened because…

Speaking of Ireland  (by Yoshimitsu)
When I here about Northern Ireland, the thing that comes to mind is THE IRISH PUB. These days, I see many stylish Irish pubs, kind of like a HUB in…

Fantastic Arts Festival for Older People  (by Hikaru)
The Imagine Arts Festival for Older People was held in Northern Ireland. Featuring a host of arts events, performances, and workshops for the over 50s,…

Northern Ireland Conflict  (by Yui)
In 2012, "The Shore" won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. It is a Northern Irish short film, which follows two men who are reunited after…

Natural stone pavement, Giant's Causeway  (by Kotaro)
There is a natural stone pavement, Giant's Causeway. I do not know about Northern Ireland well. It is only Giant's Causeway which I knew by being related...


Australia:

He is called Thorpedo  (by Kotaro)
The man called Thorpedo is in Australia. He is Ian Thorpe. He is the wonderful swimmer who won the gold medal at the Olympic Games repeatedly. This nickname...

Coat of Arms of Australia  (by Hikaru)
The Australian Coat of Arms is the official symbol of Australia. The shield contains the badge of each Australian state. In the top half from the left,...

Ian Thorpe, great swimmer in Australia  (by Yasutaka)
I’m sure that most Japanese remember the impact Ian Thorpe made in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. He got 2 gold medals in the 200m and 400m freestyle,...

Why did Canberra become the capital of Australia?  (by Kohei)
Where is the capital of Australia? Someone may answer the question Sydney or Melbourne. But it is wrong. The capital of Australia is Canberra. Canberra...

Clean Up Australia Day  (by Yui)
Australia is a beautiful country. There is a wide variety of land forms, climate, animals, and plants ― and, the beautiful sea. Recently, as public awareness...


Scotland:

The country in which Nessie is present  (By Kotaro)
It is said that Nessie is in Scotland. It is the mysterious animal considered that Nessie is in Loch Ness. Loch Ness is a lake of very quiet and very rich...

Conan Doyle, who is the author of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  (by Hitomi)
I like the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Do you know the author of this novel? It is Conan Doyle. He is from Scotland. He’s called the originator of...

Hotaru no Hikari  (by Kohei)
You know the song Hotaru no Hikari, don't you? It is sung commonly in Japanese graduation ceremonies. It's a very famous song. But do you know that this...

A mysterious living thing―Nessie  (by Yui)
When I think about Scotland, the word Nessie occurs to me. Do you know Nessie? Is it an animal? Is it a food? Is it a place name? Today, I want to talk...

Scottish Highland Dancing  (by Hikaru)
Scottish Highland Dancing is a traditional dance in Scotland. As you know, dance is common to all cultures. Most of the true Highland dances are connected...


Brazil:

Carnival of Rio  (by Eri)
Brazil is the country that gives the famous carnival called Carnival for Rio de Janeiro, sexy lady's dancing. This festival began in 1723 and is one of…

Soccer  (by Shigeki)
Brazil is famous for soccer! There are many soccer players and teams. They play soccer very well. In fact, they won the World Cup in 2002. Why are they...

The Samba Carnival  (by Hitomi)
My impression of Brazil is the Samba Carnival. Lots of women are dancing with fun music. They wear costumes like bathing suits and big shoulder plumes....

Not only soccer but baseball  (by Kotaro)
I love baseball. (I am a great fan of the Tokyo Yakult Swallows and the Chiba Lotte Marines especially!!) Although we have an image of soccer in Brazil,...

Brigadeiro  (by Yui)
Brazilians love sweet things. For example, they take much sugar in their coffee, and drinking it, they eat a sugary chocolate cake! Therefore, there are...

Lively Brazilians  (by Yasutaka)
I have some Brazilian friends who were studying English together when I was in Ireland. They told me what Brazilians like and their national character....

Copacabana - Beautiful Beach  (by Yuka)
When I hear Brazil, I imagine the Carnival of Rio de Janeiro, a lot of parties, beautiful and sexy girls, and beaches. I've never been there, but I wanna...


New Zealand:

Image of sheep  (by Shigeki)
I think New Zealand is country of sheep. There are about 44,000,000 sheep! Amazing. Sheep are cute animals, so I want to go there to see them. In fact,…

Sheep in New Zealand  (by Eri)
Did you know that New Zealand has 7 times more sheep than humans!? In 1982, there were 22 times more sheep than humans, with 70,300,000 sheep compared...

Hokey pokey!  (by Hikaru)
Do you know hokey pokey? It's a flavor of ice cream in NZ! Hokey pokey consists of plain vanilla ice cream with small, solid lumps of honeycomb toffee....

Kiwi -The icon of New Zealand-  (by Kent)
What I think about NZ is that it is a place where the kiwi lives. Do you know the Kiwi? It is a very little bird. They can’t fly, but they can run fast....

A Paradise on Earth  (by Yoshimitsu)
New Zealand is the very best country that I want to go someday. It’s famous because of its nature. National parks and nature reserves account for 30 percent...

New Zealand food  (by Yuta)
New Zealand is a nation of islands. Its waters contain many seafood and fish. However, shellfish has never been an important part of the diet of New Zealanders....

Traditional food of New Zealand  (by Hitomi)
Do you know the traditional dish of New Zealand? I know only one food which is named “hangi.” When I was an elementary school student, my Assistant Language...

Similar twins? Japan and New Zealand  (by Kotaro)
I have not been to New Zealand. But even when I was small, and a global map was seen, I thought New Zealand resembles Japan. It was the time when I was...

Fiordland National Park―natural beauty in New Zealand  (by Yui)
New Zealand retains a lot of natural beauty. Fiordland National Park, which has been registered as a UNESCO world heritage site, is one of the most...

The country which charms lots of people  (by Yasutaka)
I know two things about New Zealand: beautiful nature and warm people. Firstly, New Zealand is famous for shooting films because there are great landscapes...

NZ's trade with Japan  (by Kohei)
I have never been to NZ. And I have no idea about there. So I accessed some websites to study about NZ's trade with Japan. For NZ, Japan is one of its...






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