Lyon College Japanese Newsletter


May 2004††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††† Vol. 2, No 2

This edition of the newsletter includes 10 compositions in Japanese written in spring 2004 by the students taking the second semester of Beginning Japanese or Intermediate Japanese.Beginning students learned to write a letter to their imaginary Japanese friend whereas Intermediate students challenged to write about their interesting experiences.I am very proud that these students learned not only to write but to present it from their memory as their final product at the speech contest held on April 26, 2004.

Questions and comments regarding the newsletter or the Japanese program at Lyon College can be directed to:†††††††††††

Mieko Uchida Peek

Instructor of Japanese Language and Literature


Table of Contents

    Winners of the Japanese Composition Presentation Held on 26 April 2004  

Introduction by Mieko U. Peek

さくらさん (Dear Sakura) by Matt Bradley

メアリーさん (Dear Mary) by Garrard Conley

みちこさん (Dear Michiko) by Cody Cox

あんずさん (Dear Anzu) by Jesse Crafton

おたまさん (Dear Otama) by Tristen Dean

さくらさん (Dear Sakura) by Charles Holloway

のりこさん (Dear Noriko) by Eric Richardson

りょうこさん (Dear Ryoko) by Tracy Turner

     大学の食べもの (College Cafeteria Food)   

 おもしろいけいけん (An Interesting Experience) by Kent Runnells      †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††


Winners of the Japanese Composition Presentation Held on 26 April 2004

Japanese 102

First place: Tristen Dean

Second place: Jesse Crafton

Third place: Matt Bradley

Japanese 202

First place: Kent Runnells

Second place: Juan Herrera


The first special event of the semester was Community International Night on January 24 at UACCB.  Lyon College students of Japanese participated in the program for the second year.They demonstrated Japanese tongue twisters and encouraged audience participation.The students also set up a table where adults and children could observe and experience Japanese crafts, calligraphy, and games.Lyon students of Japanese will participate in Community International Night again in 2005, which will be held on the Lyon College campus.


Our last lecture series guest of the year was Dr. Mark Ravina from Emory University.This presentation on March 18 focused on his newest book, ďThe End of the Samurai ClassĒ.As the topic of the lecture coincided with the movie "The Last Samurai," the audience enjoyed his thematic focus on history vs. Hollywood.


At Beatlemania on April 17, organized by Dr. Russell Stinson, students of Japanese performed "Hey Jude" in Japanese.  Charles, Juan, and Tracy sang while Kent and Kevin played the guitar, and Cody the piano. It was a great hit with Charles, the singer, ending the song with Beatle-like scream.


Last semester students of Japanese met in the evening once a week to learn how to type in Japanese.  This spring semester, students were exposed to cultural experiences such as abacus, calligraphy, origami, and taiko.  They were most fascinated by the taiko, Japanese drum, and decided to perform at the student talent show, the Big Show.They practiced once a week for several weeks using large plastic trash cans, dowel sticks, and a metronome.  


On April 24 the students performed taiko drumming at the Big Show.  They did a great job.  The trash cans sounded like real drums echoing in the Chapel.  The Happi coats they wore produced the feeling of a Japanese festival.  I am hoping that more students will be interested in taiko drumming this coming year.


I am pleased by the quality and array of activities this past year and the level of involvement of members of the Lyon and local community.I am hoping we can continue to expand the Japanese program with the assistance, advice, and involvement of Lyon students, faculty and staff, local public school teachers and students, and the general public.  Please watch for the announcement of 2004-2005 events on my home page.


Mieko Peek 













April 16

††††††††††† Sakura, are you doing well?Howís the weather?Todayís weather is pretty good here.This town has a beautiful river.I went there yesterday. I love rivers.

††††††††††† I was busy today.I have two tests tomorrow.I like history class.But the tests are not easy.

††††††††††† I bought the new game, Final Fantasy.But the game was not good. Did you buy Final Fantasy?

††††††††††† Next week, I donít have class.Would you like to talk on the phone?

     Tomorrow is your momís birthday, isnít it?Take and send me some pictures, please.

††††††††††† I like to smoke.Are you allowed to smoke at your house?I canít smoke in my house.I have to go outside, and then smoke.

††††††††††† Did you meet my roommate, Robert?Heís interesting and fun.Robert is tall.

††††††††††† Iím going to the library to study tonight. Iím studying with two friends.

††††††††††† When are you coming to America?Would you like to meet in America?

                                                                                                                                       Matt Bradley








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 April 16

††††††††††† Mary, how are you? Itís hot today. Yesterday was a little hot. Last week my room was not hot. I really donít like summer.

††††††††††† I go to college everyday. On Monday I study in the library. I really like Japanese class. Fridayís are fun. Mary, how do you like school?

††††††††††† My family is very interesting. My momís fat. She wears glasses. Sheís cute and energetic. My father goes to the convenience store every day. My father and mother go to the restaurant to eat fish.

††††††††††† Mary, can I borrow your homework? Because I didnít get any sleep. Yesterday I played video games. I went to the department store to buy the video game. Goodbye.††††††††††††††††††††††

Garrard Conley†††††††††††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††








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April 16                                   

Hello. How are you? I am healthy.  Are father and mother healthy? My family is healthy.

††††††††††† Igo to Lyon College.  I like Lyon College†† because it is beautiful.  Do you go to college, Michiko? Is your college inexpensive? My college is not cheap. But t is fun. 

     Cris is my girlfriend. Cris is cute and kind.She is healthy.  You have a new cat, Michiko? Is she cute?  Cris likes cats, too.

††††††††††† My family is busy. Both my father and mother are a little fat. Mom is not working.She has no free time. She is always busy.

††††††††††† Letís go to Tokyo. Letís meet there. I will eat Japanese food and drink sake. I look forward to meeting you. Goodbye.








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 April 16

††††††††††† Anzu, are you well?I am doing well. Today was hot.Today, Iím going to the pool and going swimming.

   †††††††† College life is interesting. I have been very busy.Last week, I had two tests. But, they werenít difficult, because, I studied for six hours.

   †††††††† My family is doing well.This Sunday is my sisterís birthday.On Saturday, Iím going to buy a gift and then return home. But I really dislike birthday cake.My sister is sixteen years old.Sheís a high school student. But she isnít very bright.My mother wears glasses. Itís because she watches TV so often.

   †††††††† Have you seen the new movie, Kill Bill?I saw it last week.Itís very fun.Please see it sometime.

   †††††††† Are you going to Little Rock next week?Iím going there to buy anime because they donít have any in Batesville.Would you like to meet there?Iíll bring two friends with me.

    Iím looking forward to meeting you.Take care.

  Jesse Crafton











March 29

    Hello, Otama. Howís the weather? I hope it is well.

It is now spring. All the trees are turning green. The cherry trees are very beautiful. The spring nights are cool. I love spring.

    Everyday I have class at 08:00. I ride my bike to class. And then I study.

    I wear glasses. I dislike glasses. I have short, blond hair. Iím not tall. Iím not short either.

My family is small. My dad and mom are living in Boise, Idaho. As of late I donít live at home. But this summer I will return home. My family has a black cat. The cat is very clever, mischievous and fast. My father works for a boat company. My mother works at a hospital. My brother is tall and quiet. He is also working. Heís married.

    I hate the cafeteria food. So I have lost weight. But when I go home Iíll get fat. My momís cooking is very delicious. Iíll go back home on the seventh of May.

    This Thursday I will go to New York. New York is very big. There are about eight million people in New York. Iím going to an art museum, when I get there. I mustnít go out at night (itís dangerous). It will be fun when I go to New York. Iíll take many pictures when I go to New York.

    Please write me. Soon, Iíll write a letter to you.

Tristen Dean








April 16

Dear Sakura,

    How are you? It is a little hot here during the day. The weather is nice It gets a little cold at night. Itís spring. I like it very much. It is very beautiful.

    Are you having a tough time at college? Do you like attending Tokyo University? How are you doing in English class? Are there a lot of students in your English class? Is your English class interesting? I like Lyon College. I really like my Japanese class. My Japanese language teacher is a nice Japanese lady.

    My mother is very nice. My father is skinny. My sister is super cute. My parents both work for companies. My sister is a college student. My family is a lot of fun. They are very interesting and boisterous. My hair is short. I am fun and happy.

   I am coming to Japan in June. Letís meet. Weíll have lots of fun. Take care of yourself.

Charles Holloway








April 162004

   †††††††† Noriko, how are you doing? Iím doing fine. How is the weather in Tokyo? It was a little cold here today.

   †††††††† Iím going to school at Lyon College. But I donít like it much. It is very hard, but it is sometimes interesting. I donít study much. I go to five classes. I love golf class. We should play golf together next week.

††††††††††† My family has four people in it, and it is fun to be with them. My brother goes to school in Arizona. His hair is short. My father was not interesting, but now he is interesting. He always forgets things. My mother is beautiful. She helps me study.

   †††††††† I am coming to Tokyo next week. Will you wait for me at the Tokyo library? You can meet me at the restaurant.

    Noriko, please do not smoke. It is bad for you, so do not do it. Take care of yourself.

 Eric Richardson







   四月十六日 金曜日

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April 16

    Ryoko, how are you doing?How is the weather in Kyoto?In my home town, the weather is nice, but it is a little hot.

    Everyday I go to class.Iím taking Japanese class.Peek sensei is my Japanese professor.She is a very energetic professor.

    I am twenty one years old.I am tall, and I have long hair.I am very intelligent.I am not married.Iím thin.I live in a house.I do not wear glasses.Iím a very kind person.I have a large family.My father died four years ago.He was sixty years old when he died.My mother wears glasses.She works in a hospital.My big sister is married.She lives in Atlanta.She has three children.My younger sister has long hair, and she is very good looking.My younger brother is short, and fat.††††

    Year after next I may be going to Japan.We will be going to Kyoto and Tokyo together.We can eat lunch in the cafeteria together.Lyon College is going to Japan to study Japanese.Iím going to Japan to understand Japanese songs.Could you please teach me some Japanese songs?

   Yesterday, I say an interesting movie.The movie was scary.I like the movie a lot.Iím looking forward to traveling to Japan.Take care of yourself.

Tracy Turner

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College Cafeteria Food

Juan Herrera

When I was a child I wanted to come to America. I liked America a lot. My father told me that I must learn English. Because I wanted to come to America I studied a lot the English language. I watched American movies, and listened to American music to practice English.

I received a tennis scholarship, so I came to Lyon College. Lyon College offered various experiences. College life is very interesting and fun, I like it. But the collegeís cafeteria food is not delicious.

When I was a child my mother cooked delicious food everyday, reason why I hate the food from the collegeís cafeteria. In Colombia there are lots of fresh foods. Therefore, everyday I eat a lot. But I never got overweight.When I was a freshman in college I wanted to eat good food. Because I did not know how to cook, I look to read a book on Colombian cooking. But I did not become a very good cooker.

American fruits are very old. Now, two times a day I eat American food, and I have become overweight. My tennis coach said that I must loose some weight. I want to keep my tennis scholarship I am planning to start a diet. Three times a week I am going to run 5 KM. Life at Lyon College is fun and I have good friends reason why I donít want to go back home. Therefore, tomorrow I will start a diet.








                                                       An Interesting Experience†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

Kent Runnells

      ††††† I am a senior at Lyon College.I am 22 years old.My major is computer science.

On March 3rd, Amy and I went to Duke University in North Carolina. In September Amy is going to graduate school.I was also looking for a job.But, since I was too busy, I could not find a job. Since I do not have money, I must find a job.

††††††††††† We went to a class at Duke University and talked with the students.Afterwards, the bus driver said that he knew a good restaurant.I said to Amy ďLetís go to that restaurant.ĒI thought that the restaurant was expensive.Since, once a year, I try to eat a new food, I ate deer meat.I had eaten lamb before, but I had never had deer meat.Since the food was delicious and I was hungry, I ate everything.

   †††††††† After dinner, I intended to propose to Amy.But, I completely dropped the ring under the table.I could not find the ring right away.Finally, I found the ring, but I hit my head on the table.I think I drank to much alcohol.Anyway, I thought my girlfriend would probably say yes but I wasnít sure.I gave the ring to my girlfriend and said ďLetís get married.ĒAmy laughed and said yes.

   †††††††† On March 13th, my girlfriend also gave me a ring.But, she also dropped it under the table.We both laughed.It was the most interesting experience in my life.We intend to get married on July 17th.It has become interesting.