英会話合宿を終えて 

2006年08月23日(水) 13時11分
8月18日から20日(日)までLeafcup主催の英会話合宿に行ってきました。 初めての英会話合宿の企画でいろいろと参加していただいた皆さんにご迷惑をおかけした部分も多々あったかと思いますが無事終える事ができ、本当に楽しい3日間となりました。 一日目は東京駅に集合、越後湯沢についてロープウェイにのってアルプの里へ。 ここではボブスレーが体験できるのですがすっごくエキサイティングで思わずゴールの壁に突っ込んでいってしまいました。ケガがなくてよかったです(汗) そこの里での岩水もすっごく気持ちよかった。 夜ご飯はお好み焼きを食べに行き、大阪人らしからぬヘラさばきを披露してしまいました。 その後はブルーボールというバーに行き、合宿のリーダーだというのにスピリタス(96度のお酒)、テキーラを3杯飲んで思いっきり酔っ払ってしまい後からきたボランティアスタッフの女の子達に思いっきり怒られました。 ほんとごめん。 あ、みなさんスピリタスだけはやめた方がいいです。。
2日目は午前中レッスンをして午後から釣りなど。 その後バーベキューで釣った魚などを食べましたがすごいおいしかったです。 ホテルに庭でとれた野菜もいただいたのですがすごくおいしくてびっくりしました。やっぱり自然の力ってすごいですね。 その後はみんなで花火。 本当に楽しい合宿でした。 合宿の写真をこちらにアップロードしました。是非楽しんでくださいね。 
http://www.leafcup.com/picture/camp/index.htm

秋にも10月頃に1泊2日で英会話合宿を企画しようと思います。 みなさん是非次回も参加してくださいね!   - Kanta

イベント第2弾予定変更!! 

2006年08月12日(土) 14時05分
イベント第2弾予定変更!!

お気づきのお客様もおられると思いますが東京湾大華火祭が順延となりました。これに伴いLEAFCUPイベント第2弾の内容を3つに分割いたします。以下のいずれかのツアーに是非ご参加ください。待ち合わせ場所の詳細は以下となります。

●映画スーパーマンリターンズ  ツアー
●秋葉原探検ツアー
●水族館ツアー

尚、飲み会は秋葉原の和民で21時から30名から40名ほどで予約をとっています。以下のイベントに興味がなくて飲み会だけ参加希望の方は21時に和民に集合してください。Leafcup小林で予約をとっております。 尚予約の関係上飲み会のみに参加されます方は必ず19時頃までに参加の意思と人数を電話またはメールでお知らせください。03-5856-7587, staff@leafcup.com
和民の場所は以下の秋葉原電気街口南店になります。
http://www.watami.co.jp/cgi-bin/search/search_AD.cgi
尚、食事と飲み放題がつきましてお一人様3000円のコースをとっております。



●映画スーパーマンリターンズ  ツアー
集合時間17:45
集合場所 JR山手線品川駅高輪口改札出たところ。以下のURL参照(2番あたり)
http://www.princehotels.co.jp/shinagawa/kotu/index.html
菊田朗子が風船をもっていますのでそちらを目印にしてください。

●水族館ツアー
集合時間17:45
集合場所 JR山手線品川駅高輪口改札出たところ。以下のURL参照(2番あたり)
http://www.princehotels.co.jp/shinagawa/kotu/index.html
菊田朗子が風船をもっていますのでそちらを目印にしてください。

●秋葉原探検ツアー
内容 パソコンみたり、メイド喫茶等。
集合時間18:00
集合場所 JR山手線秋葉原駅、電気屋街口改札出たところ。
スタッフが風船をもっていますのでそちらを目印にしてください。



そうしましたら皆さんのご参加をお待ちしております!

イベント第一弾! 

2006年07月23日(日) 23時58分
今日はリーフカップイベントの第一弾で富士急ツアー。。の予定でしたが天気の都合でお台場のジョイポリスにみんなで行ってきました。なんだか久しぶりの休日って感じですごく楽しかった。 最初はお台場のDECKSでイタリアンを食べながらみんなで英語の自己紹介、それからジョイポリスに行っていろんなアトラクションを楽しみました。 一番すごかったのは空をとんでいくやつ。。 後から聞くとなんだかずっとおー、おーと叫んでたらしい(>_<)  3Dの物語の最後の結末も意外で面白かった^^ ジョイポリスの後はみんなで新橋に戻って白木屋で乾杯。 みんなで飲んで食べてすっごく楽しかった。 
ほんとみんなお疲れ様!!

- Kanta

fish markets in Tsukiji 

2006年07月11日(火) 23時53分
On the weekend I went to the fish markets in Tsukiji. My friend was going back to England, so we went out all night and in the morning we decided to go to Tsukiji for a Japanese experience. It was great. The biggest fish market in the world. The place was little chaotic, large karts with big chunks of frozen fish being transported on them. There was big tuna, and fish that was still alive, and the whole place was full of activity. It was really fun, considering it was just a fish market. Then we went for some fish。I decided it was too early for sushi, so I had some fried fish. It was the best tasting fish I have had in a long time. So I recommend to everyone, if you haven’t been yet make sure you go to the fish markets!
- Trent

old friend ohisashiburi 

2006年07月02日(日) 16時53分
So there I was it was getting close to four at night on a Sunday night and my eyes were getting tired. So I took another sip of my beer in the hope it would pour some energy in me. The beer tasted good but my eyes became even heavier.I was waiting for the game of the Dutch team and Portugal, the result we all know!!, It was bad fot us that night, well maybe if Portugal wins the World Cup it would be easier for us to swallow the loss, but anyway. Just before the game started a bunch of people walked in, I didn't pay them much attention until one of them looked pretty familiar. Ever met people that you haven't seen for five years?? Well it was like a honto Sashibouri and for a moment we made the same amount of noise when a goal is scored at the World Cup. So when two old friends meet the alcohol starts to pour. We took position at the bar and start pouring away Asahi beers. Five beers down the road I suddenly felt a hand on the back of my shoulder ;seemed the Sashibouri night wasn't over as there was an old buddy of mine, we kind of lost contact three years ago as he had moved back to his home country with his girlfriend.So another cheer roamed the bar and new drinks filled up the table. Well we Stayed in that bar till the early morning had a lot of drinks and talked about a million things, since that day our contact is just a phone call away.

- Maurice

Attending a baseball game 

2006年07月01日(土) 10時51分
After a few weeks in Japan, I finally decided to accomplish my mission of attending a baseball game. I have decided to adopt the Tokyo Yakult Swallows as my new favorite team, actually my first favorite team in Japan. Reason one is that I didn't want to go along with the masses who like the Yomiuri Giants, they are like the Yankees of Japan and I hate the Yankees. Plus, Meiji Jingu Stadium, where the Swallows play, is one of the few stadiums in Japan that is outside, where baseball is meant to be played. Add on to that fact that it is only about a 15 minute walk from Aoyama Gakuin to the stadium and we have ourselves a winning combination.
It happened to be student day at the ballpark and therefore I was able to sit a little outside first base and 14 rows up for only 2,000 yen! Which is a steal of a deal since it usually costs 1,500 yen to sit in the outfield bleachers.
Some interesting differences with American baseball became apparent once I stepped into the park. First off, there is a screen about five meters high or so that runs all the way down both foul lines. So, needless to say I spent most of the time looking through this screen to watch the game. It was also interesting that during batting practice there were stadium employees blowing whistles and waving red flags whenever a ball was hit into the seats, I guess it was a warning for those not paying attention. During BP, there was a catcher and all the homerun balls were gracefully returned to the outfield by the fans, no freebies here! It was also funny to watch them prepare the field for the game, there was a mat where the BP pitcher was throwing from, to protect the turf I guess, but to get rid of it a Hi-Jet truck came rumbling out onto the field and two workers threw the mat on the back, so much for preserving the turf!
It is very strange seeing baseball played on turf outdoors, with only small diamonds of dirt surrounding the bases. Before the game cheerleaders from Aoyama Gakuin and Tokyo University accompanied the three Swallow mascots (a big male one, one little male and one little female) in leading the pre-game festivity of shooting T-shirts out of a cannon. A girl from Aoyama Gakuin also threw out the first pitch. There was no national anthem nor a loud call of "play ball" to start the game, it just kind of started.
During the game beer girls came around with a mini-keg strapped to their back to pour "nama" or draft beer for $7. There were also vendors selling whiskey, shochu and sake, among the usual fare of popcorn and peanuts. I decided to venture back under the seats to the concession stand where I ordered some fried octopus balls. The seats never got more than a quarter full with the majority out in left and right field, in the cheering sections. Right field was for the Swallows fans and left field was taken over by the visiting Yokohama BayStars (currently basement dwellers in the Central Division). Each section only does chants while their team is at the plate, and most cheers consist of nothing more than the rhythmic chanting of a player's last name accompanied by some trumpets, drums and weird plastic hand clapper things.
The game got off to a great start after the BayStars got one run in the first inning, American Greg LaRocca stepped to the plate for the Swallows with one on, only to be beaned on the payoff pitch! He took a few quick steps to charge the mound and the pitcher threw off his hat in preparation, but LaRocca backed off and trotted down to first. A few players or coaches, it's hard to tell since the Swallows coach is their catcher, came running out of the dugouts, but nothing else materialized. However, the pitcher was immediately ejected, something that almost never happens after one seemingly accidental bean ball in America.
The next few innings were filled with another run by the BayStars before a LaRocca solo homerun. Meanwhile, the comfortable space of two to three empty seats around me had since been taken, and with no armrests separating the seats I am left to wrestle for position with the ten year old next to me. In the fifth inning, the BayStars pitcher was hit by a bouncing grounder in the lower abdomen and had to leave the game. That's two pitchers we knocked out! Then the Swallows proceed to try to give the game away with bonehead plays by the likes of fellow American Adam Riggs at first and one time Chicago Cub Alex Ramirez in left, who somehow forgot how to run the bases since he left the majors.
After a few BayStars hits and what I would call errors, but the Japanese scorekeeper called more hits (it seems some kind of overthrow or other obvious mistake must be made, a bobble doesn't count as obvious in the scorekeeper’s mind) the BayStars had a comfortable 4-1 lead heading into the eighth. Two quick outs later and some fans begin to file out, but to everyone's surprise the Swallows' bats come alive, kind of. Riggs doubled into the right field gap, then the SS bobbled a sure out (scorekeeper rules...hit!), a single deflected off the pitcher’s glove and it is 4-2. Another infield single and a walk and the bases are loaded with the lead trimmed to 4-3.
Keep in mind this is all happening against their star closer, Marc Kroon, who is blazing the radar gun at nearly 98 mph. Shockingly a pinch hitter is put in for the number two hitter, a solid .300 batter on the year. I begin to worry, but the other fans are too busy playing with their umbrellas to notice. (Side note, every time the Swallows score, fans open up greenish blue umbrellas and raise them up and down like they are Mary Poppins trying to catch an updraft, supposedly it has something to do with the opposing pitcher being ready for the shower or something, nevertheless it is entertaining and has put me on the lookout for a miniature greenish blue umbrella for less than the $5 they were selling for at the stadium). In the hole 1-2 (or 2-1 since the Japanese put strikes first), pinch hitter Dobashi wasn't looking that great. He fouls off a few pitches, and then somehow, magically, squirts a single to left field, scoring two runs and sending the crowd into an umbrella frenzy!
Former Met Kazuhisa Ishii retires the BayStars in order in the 9th and the Swallow comeback is completed. Immediately after the game Dobashi is interviewed over the loud speaker while holding a Swallow stuffed animal. Only the Japanese would end such an exciting game this way. I can't wait to go to my next game!!

- Tyler

World Cup Fun 

2006年06月27日(火) 17時31分
Well yesterday Australia was eliminated in the World Cup. They lost 1-0 to Italy. It was dissapointing in the end, but overall I was happy with Australia's efforts.

I often watch the world cup games with my friends, and sometimes my friend's tend to do funny things, like wearing a horses head. For the rest of the World Cup I will support England.

- Trent

International Party 

2006年06月18日(日) 13時38分
昨日はインターナショナルパーティーにお越しいただきましたお客様、お疲れ様でした。 まだ2回目のパーティーでいろいろ不慣れな部分も多かったのですが楽しんでいただけたのではないかなと思います。スタッフの皆さんもお疲れ様でした。 また来月もパーティーを行いと思います。そのほかにも皆さんで交流できるようなイベントとかも来月あたりから初めていきますね!

遠くからの生徒さん。 

2006年06月15日(木) 23時49分
7月からはじまる英会話スクールの申し込みが始まっているのですが、今日埼玉の遠くからのお客様から入校していただけました。 飯田橋までの時間は1時間半らしく、そこまで遠いお客様のスクールの申し込みははじめてでしたのでなんだか感動しました。。 そこまで時間かけて通ってもらうからには本当になんとか英語を上達をしてもらいたいなって思います。 
先生もそうですが本当に僕らスタッフも生徒様に満足してもらえる英会話スクールになるようにがんばらないと。。

- Kanta / Leafcup

日曜日もオープンします! 

2006年06月12日(月) 8時47分
今までにもいろいろなお客様から日曜日もやってほしいというご要望があったのですが今月の25日より日曜日も英会話喫茶をオープンする事に決定しました! 日曜日の詳しいオープンの時間帯等決定しましたらトップページで公開したいと思います。 

よろしくお願いいたします。

leafcup owner/ Kanta
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