Sunshine Newsletter for January 2021




A happy new year! Hope we will have a safe and fruitful year of 2021.

In Cairns, we have started a new year with rain. It should be bless rain for the delightful future. And we should keep it positive that we can visit Japan this year. Your hard work in learning Japanese will go repaid with full of fun.​


あけまして おめでとうございます。

ケアンズは雨(あめ)とともに新(あたら)しい年(とし)がスタートしましたね。これは「恵(めぐ)みの雨(あめ)」です!今年(ことし)こそは日本(にほん)に行(い)くことができるようにポジティブにがんばりましょう。みなさんががんぱったことは報(むく)われます!




Workshop & Kōryū-kai (gathering) :


Hopefully, we can hold various workshops this year. Please give me some ideas which you are interested in about Japan, Japanese culture or Japanese language, if you have.


As the beginning, we will have a new year gathering called Shinnen-kai, for a late lunch on the 23rd of January, Saturday, 1:30-3:00 pm. (Hungry Wombat, Japanese udon noodle restaurant @ Orchid Plaza, Lake Street)

It is just a gathering where we will have lunch together. I have chosen this late hour because the shop is small, so I don’t want to keep the tables for us in the middle of their open hour. We are most likely able to stay until they close.


Each of us can order what you would like. Don’t forget your family or partner is most welcome to join us. However, I need to book a suitable table for the attendance size, so please let me know as soon as possible if you can join and how many people, although I guess it would be possible to adjust even on the day before.


The owner couple runs the shop by themselves, both Japanese; therefore, you can enjoy ordering in Japanese and speaking Japanese to them. You might be able to chat with them about your experience of learning Japanese and travelling to Japan if they are not so busy.

Once again, it is just a casual gathering; therefore, you can leave whenever you like after lunch. Also, you can stay and chat as much as you like.


I look forward to you joining in for the Shinnen-kai.


Time: 23rd of January, at 1:30-3:00 pm

Place: Hungry Wombat (the ground floor @ Orchid Plaza, Lake Street)

Fee: For your lunch

Enrolment: email Yoko at yoko@sunshinejapanese.com.au / RSVP: 18th January


今年(ことし)はいろいろなワークショップをしたいです。日本(にほん)について、日本人(にほんじん)、日本(にほん)の文化(ぶんか)について、ワークショップの何(なに)かアイディアがありましたら、ご遠慮(えんりょ)なくお知(し)らせください。

今月(こんげつ)は恒例(こうれい)の新年会(しんねんかい)をしましょう。日時(にちじ)は1月(がつ)23日(にち)、2時(じ)からです。場所(ばしょ)はHungry Wombat (the ground floor @ the Orchid Plaza, Lake Street) です。

カジュアルなランチ交流会(こうりゅうかい)ですので、それぞれ好(す)きなものをオーダーして、支払(しは)いをして、食(た)べて・・・。楽(たの)しんでください。スタッフと日本語(にほんご)で話(はなし)ができますよ。

皆(みな)さんの家族(かぞく)やパートナーの参加(さんか)も大歓迎(だいかんげい)です。参加(さんか)できる方(かた)、連絡(れんらく)を待(ま)っています。




Oshaberi Club:

Oshaberi club (where you can practice your Japanese conversational skills with other participants who are interested in a certain topic) comprising two groups, one being elementary to pre-intermediate and the other being intermediate or higher. Please feel free to jump in and enjoy this fun challenge.


***GROUP 1: Intermediate or higher*** This month, we will have a chat about New Year's resolutions. Please tell us what you would like to do, how to make it, when you would like to complete it and so on. Therefore, please make a plan and details for each resolution and tell us in Japanese. The resolutions don’t have to be related to Japanese study and not big ones either.

Time: 1:00 pm, Saturday, 16th January


***GROUP 2: Elementary to pre-intermediate*** Don’t hesitate, and just give a go! Let’s talk about your most previous trip to Japan, what you like, what you didn’t like, tell us what was interesting, fun, cool or new that you discovered. Bring some photos, prints, gift (Omiyage), trinket, anything that you brought back from your travels and let’s chat about it this Oshaberi club.

Please come and join us.

Time: 3:00 pm, Saturday, 16th January


For both groups, please book your attendance so that I can organise the groups. Try to book at the earliest time to reserve your spot as you don’t want to miss out.


Place: Sunshine Japanese

Fee: $30

Enrolment: email Yoko at yoko@sunshinejapanese.com.au / RSVP: 13th January


おしゃべりクラブは、ふたグループあります。

メンバーのおしゃべりも とても自然(しぜん)な会話(かいわ)になってきました。

いろいろな話題(わだい)にもチャレンジしています。

特(とく)に中級(ちゅうきゅう)クラスは、

日本語(にほんご)でしっかり伝(つた)えるレベルに来(き)ています。

さらなる成長(せいちょう)を期待(きたい)しています。

***中級(ちゅうきゅう)以上(いじょう)***

今月(こんげつ)は今年(ことし)の抱負(ほうふ)を語(かた)りましょう。抱負(ほうふ)は、何をしたいかだけでなく、どうするのか、いつまでにするのか、なども語(かた)ってくださいね。日本語(にほんご)と関係(かんけい)なくてもいいですよ。もちろん、大(おお)きい目標(もくひょう)でなくてもいいです。

楽(たの)しみにしています。☆彡


***初級(しょきゅう)から初中級(しょちゅうきゅう)***

はじめての人(ひと)は、じこしょうかいをおねがいします。

こんげつのテーマは、にほんのりょこうです。

りょこうのしゃしんや 日本(にほん)のものをもってきて、みせてください。

そして、はなします。

何(なに)を食(た)べましたか。

おいしかったですか。

トラブルはありませんでしたか。

いろいろはなしてください。




News corner:

Sunshine Japanese Instagram @sunshine_japanese

Sunshine Japanese posts one on Instagram every day, with a short Japanese caption in 3 different Japanese: standard Japanese with kanji (Chinese characters), hiragana and katakana (Japanese alphabets) only, and roma-ji (English alphabets). Also, I add an English caption; however, it is not an exact translation, just for someone who is not studying Japanese. Even if you don’t have the Instagram account, you can see those on the Sunshine Japanese website (sunshinejapanese.com.au). I would like to see how it helps your learning if you read Japanese every day.


サンシャインジャパニーズのインスタは、毎日(まいにち)短(みじか)い日本語(にほんご)を読(よ)むことができます。英語(えいご)もありますから、すぐ意味(いみ)をチェックすることができます。毎日(まいにち)読(よ)むと、どのぐらいいいか楽(たの)しみです。




Sunshine Japanese Podcast @Yasashii Nihon-go radio

Sunshine Japanese posts a podcast once a week with a short Japanese story, including vocabulary check. The level of speech is always unstable, you may feel it easy sometimes and hard sometimes. I have been so impressed by some students’ improvement of listening capability. It is certainly because of their continuous practice of listening Japanese. How to utilise this podcast depends on your level. Unnecessary to understand all Japanese on the podcast. For example, pick up the words you know and check the script if they are correct as the Japanese script is on each episode detail. You may choose one new word or a few from the script and create a sentence including it/them. If you can find your own effective way to use the podcast, that would be wonderful. You can listen to the podcast on the Sunshine Japanese website and various platforms such as Spotify, Apple podcast, etc. Hope you can enjoy it.


サンシャインジャパニーズは、ポッドキャストもあります。毎週(まいしゅう)新(あたら)しいエピソードを聞(き)くことができます。ボキャブラリーのチェックもあります。レベルはいろいろです。だから、簡単(かんたん)な時(とき)もあるし、難(むずか)しい時(とき)もあります。ポッドキャストの使(つか)い方(かた)はいろいろあります。全部(ぜんぶ)理解(りかい)できなくても大丈夫(だいじょうぶ)です。楽(たの)しんでください。




情報(じょうほう)共有(きょうゆう)コーナーです。

もし何かシェアできる情報(じょうほう)がありましたら、

メールかレッスンの時(とき)にお知(し)らせください。


Sunshine Japanese サンシャイン・ジャパニーズ

Yoko O’Brien オブライエン陽子(ようこ)






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