S2 Ep20. そとさむすぎる


​​Hello, this is episode 20 of season 2 of my podcast. I’ve recently been travelling to Chicago and also meeting students in Osaka. It’s very cold in Osaka right now. It’s so cold that I bought Anka. Anka is a heating device that warms your feet. It is convenient because you can use it at your desk or on your bed. (It’s a small electronic device that you can rest your feet on.)


It’s the end of another year. Many of my students are enjoying their winter holidays after school and work. Recently, I have been talking a lot with my students about work-life balance. Therefore I decided to go out once in a while, but it was very cold today with a temperature of only 2 degrees Celsius (35.6F). I thought about going to see the Christmas market near Umeda, but I omowazu gave up. Omowazu (unintentionally) means that you didn’t intend to, but you did. Instead, I bought a coffee in my neighbourhood, did some shopping at a supermarket and went home.


Supermarkets are full of New Year’s foods. There are crabs, herring roe and dried persimmons. New Year’s Day is after Christmas, but in Japan New Year’s is a longer holiday, so many households start preparing for New Year’s from Christmas time. Christmas food is sold only on the 24th; supermarkets are busy in December. They sell special products for New Year and Christmas and they close during the New Year’s holiday, so they are very crowded now. I always buy (three days’ worth of) water in bottles (before the holiday starts), and I have to buy them little by little because they are heavy to carry.


To everyone who always listens to my podcast, thank you very much for your support this year. I look forward to seeing you again next year. I would love to meet you in the lessons. Well, I think that’s it for today. See you next time and thanks for listening!