I think greeting is very important in society. Greeting other people enables us to show our respects to them and give us chances to make friends with them. For example, if you greet people with a smile, they will have a good impression on you, and you may be treated better by them. Therefore, greeting could contribute to your success this way. That’s why greeting is very important in society.
(Written by F, 9th grade) 学院 中3
I think greeting is important because we need greeting in order to begin communication with people we don’t know. It is often said that the communication ability of young people is declining. Greetings are the catalyst to begin communication, so young people should greet others much more to encourage better communication.
(Written by Johnny, high school junior) 修道高２
The followings are the essays written by our students. Please take a look! Comments and opinions are always welcome.
I think greeting is important. For example, “good morning” makes us happy to start the day. If you are greeted, you will feel good. But if you are not greeted, you may feel bad all day because they are the first words we use to communicate with people. If somebody doesn’t greet you, you may not want to greet them back and it may cause a communication breakdown. That’s why I think greetings are important.
(Written by M, high school junior) 修道高２
Greeting is said to be important. I think greetings bring us chances to make better human relations. For example, when I greet my friends or neighbors, the greeting will give them a good impression on me. Also, we can start new human relations. Greetings can be a cue to start a conversation with people I’ve never met before. Therefore, I think greeting is very important.
(Written by T, high school junior) 修道高２
I think eighteen-year-olds should not be permitted to vote because they are still children. Almost all of the eighteen-year-olds in Japan are high school students and they are supported by their parents, so they are literally children. Children are not paying taxes, therefore I think it is strange if they are given a vote and decide the national policy including the national budget. (Written by B, high school junior) 修道高２
I don’t think eighteen-year-olds should be given the right of voting. I think they need to be interested in Japan’s politics and learn it before they have the right of voting. In addition, I don’t trust candidates’ promises. You have to be careful when you vote. It is true that our national debt accounts for nearly fifty percent of our national budget, which means that our generation has to pay for it. It is important that we get eighteen-year-olds to be interested in Japan’s politics before we give them the voting right.
(Written by J, high school junior) 修道高２
My opinion is that voting age should be lowered to eighteen-year-olds because the government should reflect opinions from people of all ages including the young.
I don’t want them to reflect the opinion from only limited generation of people. For example, if only old men’s opinions are reflected on the government’s structure, young people’s opinions won’t be able to reach the government’s policy. The actual problem is that it seems impossible for the government to reflect all the opinions in this country. Even so, every election should be reflection of a wider range of ages. Therefore, voting age should be lowered to eighteen years old. (Written by T, high school junior) 修道高２
I think that a vote should be given to eighteen-year-olds. It is because I feel that Japan is run to favor older people since most of our law makers are made up of older people. I think that it is necessary for Japan to give to eighteen-year-olds not only a vote but also the right to run for office so that they can discuss the future of young generations at the Diet
(Written by F, ninth grader) 学院中３
Have you ever been to Arima? I just visited there last week. It’s a very small city near Kobe that is filled with giant hotels and ryokans(Japanese style inns).
What makes this place so special? It’s their famous hot springs. Yes that’s right, all these giant hotels and ryokans are filled with people who want to take a hot bath. That’s why I went there too. I wanted to try a famous hot spring and I chose a place near Kobe because I also wanted to try their famous Kobe beef. I also stayed at a ryokan for my first time. Among all three my favorite was the Kobe beef. That was amazing; the beef was like nothing I have ever tasted. It was very soft and it had a texture like velvet. Although the experience was very nice it was also very expensive. I think next time I will just buy some Kobe beef and cook it myself.
There is a discussion in Japan that we should lower the voting age from 20 to 18. In today’s class, we discussed it with our high school students and they wrote their opinions. Our teacher J (J sensei in Japanese) lectured about how the voting right was given to eighteen years olds in the USA. We will put up the opinions from our students soon!
“How do you explain the Japanese word ‘Mottainai’ to English speaking people?” (From entrance exam. of Osaka University)
The word “Mottainai” is important in our daily life. “Mottainai” is said when we cannot make the best use of something and waste something that can still be used. In this way, this word reflects the user’s sense of guilt when we throw away usable things.
It is important for us to keep on using something well-made with respect until it cannot be used. This word may come from our attitude toward valuing things.
Written by J, high junior 修道高2
In the last week’s class, we learned about the usefulness of the Japanese word “Mottainai”. It is an important word that has a lot of meanings. Mottainai is used when someone wants to save something that can still be used. It can also be an expression of wisdom that says, this thing that you want to throw away still has value. In English the closest words that match mottainai would be the expression, “waste not”. This implies that that garbage or food should not be thrown away so carelessly. Another common expression that relates to mottainai in English is, “One man’s garbage is another man’s treasure.” This is to say, that the things we throw away in the garbage may not seem to be useful to us but to someone else it is a valuble treasure.
However, we all still throw away a lot of things and make too much garbage. In many cases this is because we want something better. Another reason is because the cost of repair is more than the cost of buying a new replacement. So even though we try to remind ourselves not to throw away useful things with words like “mottainai” and “waste not”, there remains still a very large problem with our cultures wasting too much. To give these words more meanings we must consider them carefully and actually try not to waste so much. If we do not; words like mottainai have no meanings. (J)
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