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October 2005


+ The Land Horizon +

I went to Gatineau Park with my Canadian friends. The park was very large and beautiful. The leaves began to change colours. I felt that fall has started. At the park, I saw the land horizon. It was the first time for me to see the land horizon! When I was in Japan, I saw the sea horizon but not the land horizon. What a beautiful panorama it was! The border between land and sky was brighter than other areas. There were no artificial things between the land horizon and me. When I was gazing at the bright line, I felt that I could fly! I was happy to feel the part of the great Canadian nature.



+ Au Pas Camarade +

I was very surprised that I heard "Au pas camarade" on TV. It was a French channel for kids. The song "J'ai perdu le do" is a very popular song in Japan. All of the Japanese kids sing the Japanese edition of this song in their kindergarten or elementary school. I sang it also. However, I didn't know the original song is in French. The part of "Au pas camarade" wasn't translated in Japanese. I just sang the part as the sound "O-pakkyamarado" without knowing the meaning. The next day I asked my French Canadian about this song. Finally, I understood! It means "Let's walk, my friend."

    [French Lyric]
    (#1)J'ai perdu le Do de ma clarinette, (*2)(add re, mi, fa, sol la, si)
    ---
      J'ai perdu le Ré de ma clarinette, (#2,3,4,5,6,7)
        J'ai perdu le Mi de ma clarinette, (#3,4,5,6,7)
          J'ai perdu le Fa de ma clarinette, (#4,5,6,7)
            J'ai perdu le Sol de ma clarinette, (#5,6,7)
              J'ai perdu le La de ma clarinette, (#6,7)
                J'ai perdu le Si de ma clarinette, (#7)
    ---
    Ah ! si papa savait ca, tra la la, (*2)
    Il dirait : "Ohé!" (*2)
    Au pas, camarade! Au pas, camarade! Au pas, au pas, au pas! (*2)
    au pas! (#7)

And I try to direct translate the Japanese edition lyric in English.
    [Japanese Lyric (direct translation)]
    My favorite clarinet
    which was given by my dad.
    I have treated it very carefully.
    But I can't make some tones because I broke it.
    Oh my god, Oh my god,
    O-pakkyamarado pakkyamarado pa o pa o pa pa pa
    O-pakkyamarado pakkyamarado pa o pa o pa
    ---

It is interesting. I had sung in French (even though I didn't know the meaning).

I think that the boy didn't break his clarinet. He just didn't know how to make the tones. He thought that it is easy to make the tones like a soprano recorder. His father is a good clarinet player but the boy found that he made only strange sounds. The boy thought that it was because he broke the clarinet and he panicked. If I read this lyric in this meaning, this song will be funnier!



+ Poutine +

Poutine is one of the most popular junk food in east Canada. It consists of several layers of french fries and melted cheese. It is also covered with hot gravy sauce. I heard that it originated from rural Québec area. The other day, I found that I had never eaten it since I came to Canada. I should, no, I had to try it! I bought a small one and ate it. It was great! The hot gravy sauce went very well with french fries and melted cheese, even though it didn't look good. I think that it has many calories and it isn't good for my health. I think that this is a genuine Canadian junk food! Good taste, good price, and bad for health, eh!

Poutine CA$4 (about ¥400)



+ Hallowe'en +

The Japanese school where I work has children, youth and adult classes. The younger students came to my adult class as a Hallowe'en event. They sang some Japanese songs while wearing their own Hallowe'en costume. Their performances were very cute. I gave them very sour Japanese plum candies. Actually, I was not familiar with Hallowe'en because it is not a popular event in Japan. I learned how to enjoy Hallowe'en this time. I will try to wear a costume next time :-)


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