Schools #1

Today we are going to write about schools :)

There was small holiday in Poland and in Japan too, because of Christmas and New Year,
so with ‘new energy and smile on the face’ we can go to school and write something about it, haha

In Poland we don’t wear uniforms at all! In primary school we can wear what ever we want to. In Secondary school we can wear what we want but only in “School colours” that means we can wear just blue, white, grey and black to school.

Ofcourse there is few schools where students have to wear uniforms.
On Friday we have “Colorful day”. That day we can wear every colour! And every 13th day of month we have an event, that everybody who will have e.g Santas Hat won’t be ask on the lesson. It’ really fun ^^

On Monday we have to wear white shirts and ties

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The longest break has20 minutes, we can eat lunch made at home or from school canteen. I usually have some fruits like banana and apple or a sandwich.

My school has just 3 floors,

my schoolone small and one big gym, ‘mirrors’ gym with big balls and many mirrors to do fitness and big playing field

We also have cloakroom, I hate it cuz there isn’t enough space for everybody and it’s a little dangerous when all school finish lessons at the same time.

Cloakroom

 

Minako wrote that they clean their classrooms. In Poland we just make a mess, during the lessonse and on the breaks!   Hahaha

~Kate

Most Japanese schools have uniforms. Some schools has no uniform, but i think it is rare.
school of my friend does not have one, but she wears uniform. in japan, there are some shops that we can buy uniforms. there are many kinds of uniforms there! she buys there.
i wanted to buy some stuff there, but my school does not allow to wear the others ); haha…

School Uniforms - Japan

 

Minakos School Uniform

in lunch time, i guess many students have their own “obento” or school lunch at school.

and i think this is really different point from foreigns’ school is that japanese students clean school ourselves after school or long break time every day. i hate it xb lol

and my school have 7 floors! it is like a building. haha

Minako School
the swimming pool is on the 7th floor, and the gym is across from my school. lol we have only 10 min break times, so it is a little bit hard to get the gym or swimming pool, and wear swim suit and gym suit! xD

~Minako

So it’s first school post!
Write in comments what do you think is the best in our schools and how it is in your school!

New Year Days and so on

i spent on new years day and more 2 days with my family.

January 1st, i ate osechi which is Japanese traditional New Years Day’s food. it was nice!
however, recently a number of eating it has been decreasing xb
then my parents gave me otoshidama. otoshidama is money which we receive from parents or relatives or so on. i was really happy!! haha

Jan.2nd, i went shopping with my family. i bought many clothes and stuff, because, mostly jan.2nd, most shops sell clothes at sale prices. this is really great for me. lol
there are so many people at the shop. it took for about 15 min to buy clothes! i was surprised.

Jan.3rd, i went to my grandparents’ house. it takes only 5 minutes to get there by bicycle. it is so close. ha
i ate curbs’ Nabe. This is picture of Nabe.(this isn’t what i ate though)

Nabe

and, i got otoshidama from my grandparents xD they are always tender to me and my older sister.

I was happy that I was able to spend nice time with them (:

~Minako

I spent 1st January with my friends. I invited just two girls on 31th of December and we were having sushi, crips and non alcoholic champagne :) It didn’t taste very good xD

When 00:00 pasted We go on balcony to see fireworks. It was amazing! :D

When we got up I take Kasia (One of my friends) to see christmas decorations in city center :)
There was a teddy bear reading a christmas stories! ^^

Then on 2nd January I had to go to school! :( just for two days cuz on 6th we are having next free day when I visited my grandparents :)

~Kate

 

How did you spend first days of 2014 year? :)

Polish sushi

I was in just two Sushi restaurants, but my dad make sushi from time to time.

My dad, when makes sushi add to it fishes, crab sticks, cucumber, lettuce, avocado, pickled turnip, pickled gourd, paprika and ofcourse rice and nori. he makes it really good-looking and tasty, but I’m not sure if it’s like “Japanese Sushi”. I think polish and japanese have different preferences tastes, Here are few photos of my dad sushi

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My favourite restouration with sushi is Sushiberry. I was there with my mom few times. They have sushi with fishes, vegetables and… sweet with chocolate and sweet colorful sprinkle!
Plates are beautiful decorated, there is many fruits. Sushi looks also very good. And for polish it tastes very good.

Here are few photos from my and mom dinner

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How do Polish spend New Year Day?

So now I’m going to write about Polish New Year day traditions, if we really have it.

Many polish spend this day with family and close friends, eating food, singing and talking.
Part of people in Poland have big party, at home or night club.
Few spend it alone, we call it “Sylwester z dwójką” it’s when you don’t go anywhere and just watch New Years TV programs.
When it past 00:00 we open a bottle of champagne, it’s only day when parents let children drink a glass of champagne.But we have non alcochol champagne for children too.

Then we go outside let fireworks ^^

There is nothing special :(

A New Year’s Day

New Year’s Day will come about in a week!
I’m going to show you how to spend the day in japan.

when it pasts 0:00 (12/31), we say “Akemashite Omedetou gozaimasu.” each other! (friends, parents)
and some people go to shrines to pray. this is called “Hatsumoude”.

then, we eat a traditional food called “Osechi” on New Years Day.
and we receive and send some New Year’s cards. this is called “Nengajyo”.
we go shopping to buy clothes and “Fuku bukuro”.
there are many clothes in it and we can buy 5,000 yen or 10,000 yen (:

sushi in Japan #1

Japanese often eat sushi. I’ve heard from Kate that in Poland, there are some myths about sushi. So I’m going to tell you about sushi in Japan(:

First, there are many conveyor belt sushi shops in Japan. We can eat them only 100 yen (;
i don’t know if there are such shops in other countries though

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Second, do you eat them with wasabi? There are wasabi between rice and ‘neta’. (we call stuff like salmon, tuna, etc “neta”)
and mix wasabi into soy sauce. it is really good!!

Recently rare menus have increased.Ffor example corns or avocado on rice. Of course there is natto sushi xD They seem to be a little strange, but the tastes are so nice!

 

Christmas in Poland

For few days in my home everybody is cleaning, cooking and excited! Christmas is coming!

First, children dress the Christmas Tree, to Mikołaj (Santa Claus) has place to put gifts!

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In the same time adults are preparing the table. There should be one more seat than family members because you never know if some unexpected visitor visit you!
Okay, so we have Christmas Tree, Place to put dishes but what dishes?

Christmas Table

Everything starts with Opłatek (Christmas Wafer) Everybody exchange wishes and Opłatek with everybody.

Opłatek,

 

Then on the table appear Barszcz (beetroot soup) with uszka (small dumplings) in it.

SoupDumplings When everybody tried Barszcz one of family members carries Śledzie (Herring) in oil, vinegar, onion, tomato in fact there is unlimited recipes for it .

Ones of dishes

 

On the pic: Carp in Jelly, Herrings with garlic and herrings with..I don’t remember there was many kinds of herrings!

In the same time new dishes appear.
The main course is Karp (Carp) served with Sałatka Jarzynowa (Salad made with boiled potatoes and carrots with fresh peas, sweetcorn, dill cucumber, and boiled egg, mixed with mayonnaise) and bread.

Small Christmas tree

Everybody must try at least 12 dishes! Just a little bit but still… 12!
We also have dessert, usually it’s cakes, many cakes ;)
The most typical are Babka Piaskowa, Piernik (Gingerbread) and Sernik (Cheesecake).

Few christmas cakes

Christmas candles on the table

Children are waiting for the First Star on the sky. When the First Star appear, children are looking around house for Mikołaj (Santa Claus) and when they come back to the Christmas Tree gifts are there. Then everybody open it, sing Kolędy (Christmas songs, carols) and enjoy Christmas.

Presents under christmas tree

I forgot write, that everybody look great, womens have dreeses or shirts, mens have shirts and ties. Everybody look ofical

Here is few the most beautiful Carols

Silent Night, Cicha Noc

Lulaj że Jezuniu

Przybieżeli do Betlejem

And something more modern ;)

 

In small villages, and cities still are Kolędnicy. It’s children in Devil, Angel, The Kings, Maria, Juzef and Jezus costumes, going around city, singing and visiting people.

 

And at the end…

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Christmas

Finally, it’s Christmas Day tomorrow!!!
Who’s excited?!

I don’t have christmas parties but I’m going to at least eat a christmas cake!
Recently, people who celebrate christmas have been increasing, but normally, japanese don’t celebrate it.
because there is no custom to celebrate (:

how do you celebrate christmas? tell me please! i really want to know!