札幌 アメリカ人 英会話講師 Allen アレン
I'm Allen, from Los Angeles. I came to Japan in 2009, and now I live in Sapporo. I have many hobbies - reading, fencing, archery, riding my bicycle, hiking, and so on.My favorite hobby, though, is studying. I studied many different subjects at University, and before I came to Japan I was a cram school teacher in America. I love math and history, science and literature, economics and psychology; but my favorite subject is linguistics. I like watching people learn, so I always have fun teaching. I'm looking forward to seeing you in my class sometime!
Le Sacre du Printemps / 春の祭典
Igor Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” is one of the defining musical works of the 20th century. We can hear it’s echoes in almost all modern music, and in the music commonly used in film and television, in particular. Stravinsky approached rhythm and harmony (and dissonance) in a way that few had ever attempted, and his impact is still being felt today. When we listen to Le Sacre du Printemps, and its sister work, L’Oiseau de Feu (火の鳥) it is difficult for us to understand how groundbreaking they were when they were first performed. Even if you are not usually a big fan of classical music, I recommend both of these pieces as a way to understand how modern music evolved in the 20th century.
Duel / 激突！
Recently, someone recommended that I watch the movie Duel. (The Japanese title is: 激突！) I wonder if any of my readers have ever heard of this movie. It was actually the first movie directed by Steven Spielberg, way back in 1971. I was intrigued, so I watched it at home that same evening. I enjoyed the movie very much, and I felt it was thrilling and interesting, with a lot of the suspense that made classic American movies great. I could see connections between Duel and Jaws, which was one of Spielberg’s early masterpieces. I also felt that it had some stylistic similarity with the later color Hitchcock films like Rear Window and To Catch a Thief, even though the story and action were quite different. If you are interested in classic American movies, I think you should give this one a try.
Why I am happy to live in Japan – Part 9: Delivery Companies
The quality of service provided by delivery companies (including the Post Office) in Japan is amazing. We can choose the date and time when we want a package to be delivered, and most companies will re-deliver a package for free if nobody is home to receive it. I can’t imagine getting a free re-delivery or choosing the time for a night or weekend delivery from an American company. Delivery workers are polite and friendly, and generally speaking deliveries are made on Saturdays and Sundays, as well as late in the evenings. I have only had trouble with a damaged package one time, and I have never had a package that was lost.
Another service that is not generally available in America is paying cash for a delivery when it arrives. For example, in Japan, I can buy something on Amazon or Rakuten without a credit card. Then, I just pay cash to the delivery person when my purchase arrives. This is very convenient, and also good for people who don’t like to use credit cards. Delivery companies can also make pick-ups and deliveries at convenience stores and other locations around town, which makes them even easier to use for people who are busy or work outside the home.
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