Changing weather

The weather in my hometown of Montreal has been strange this month. Last week the temperature was 12 degrees Celcius, but this week it fell to -20C! All the snow that melted has now turned to ice. Spring comes late to eastern Canada, and we can get snow storms in May!

Here in western Japan, the weather is finally starting to warm up. After a cold winter, I was happy to see that the plum trees are starting to blossom. Now, beautiful pink, purple and white flowers can be seen all over Mihara.

Soon, the cherry blossoms will start to appear. This is my favourite season in Japan. The tradition of hanami is not like anything we have back home. I love spending time with friends under the cherry trees. It’s a happy time for me because I can see my friends and eat good food. Also, I know that the warm weather is not far away.

Please teach me where to go in Mihara to see the best sakura.


My First Mihara Festival!

Hello everyone! I hope that you all had a great time at the Shinmei festival, and were able to stay warm! This was my first time and I had a lot of fun. There was so much delicious food! Candied apples are a popular fair food in America, but I had never seen candied strawberries and candied oranges before. It was also my first time seeing a Daruma.

I brought this one home with me, I hope he will bring me luck! I need to think of a wish and draw one eye.


It's been a long time! -Ben Sensei

Hey K&F! How are you?

I just finished hiking the Pacific Crest Trail on November 3rd, 2016. It is 2650 miles long and it stretches from Canada to Mexico. It goes through 3 U.S. States; Washington, Oregon, and California. I had a wonderful time, but I am happy to be home in Ohio. I miss you all, and hope you are well! Much love to the students at K&F!!!
-Kuma Sensei

At the Northern Monument (Canada/US border)

                                                 Snow on the Trail!!
                                                 Snow covered ridge
                                                    Yummy Japanese backpacking food!!

Beautiful green of Washington

                                                       Lots of rivers!!
                                                         SO MUCH SNOW!!!!
                                                          My hair is growing back!
                                                           Trail Blaze
                                                              Lifelong Friends
                                                       HUGE PINE CONE in Oregon
                                                              Halfway point in California
                                                     KUMA TEACHER (Big beard, neh?)
                                      Finished the trail. Clean shave. Southern Monument (Cali/Mexico)


Just to let everybody know. All 8.5 kilos of  K&F's candy is on the way. 




Can you believe I'm back? I can't believe I'm back. And I can't believe how everyone has grown so much. Makes me feel old!

The month of June is going by quickly and I've had a blast seeing all the students and parents so much. Even though everyone's taller it's like nothing has even changed.

I've been teaching in Korea the past year and a bit. Nick and I finally got married and are still enjoying the honeymoon phase.

Last summer we took a train trip from Fukuoka to Hokkaido, what an amazing place!

Here are some random pictures from my time in Busan, Korea:

There is a restaurant street several blocks long that is pedestrianised - even in winter it's busy. 
After Nick and I got married there was a super moon and we had a picnic.

Thanks for welcoming me back this month, I've been really happy to help out while I can.



Hey K&F,

It's Ben Sensei! I recently moved back to the United States and I have been living with my sister. I am living in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is so beautiful here and the mountains are so close. I will be out hiking and rock climbing very soon. I wanted to write here and let everyone know I am doing well. I hope you are well and studying English!! I miss you, and good luck!!
-Ben Sensei


put on & take off ☆


洋服を着るときは put on!
"put on your hat." "put on your jacket."~帽子をかぶってね。ジャケットを着てね。

洋服を脱ぐときは take off!
"take off your hat." "take off your jacket."~帽子を脱いでね。ジャケットを脱いでね。

レッスンでは大好きなお母さん、お父さんから借りた服を使ってput on, take offの練習をしました☆