【オーナー酒井の日常ブログ】Eat out at bills with Cameron and Yuhsi!

こんにちは😊 酒井です。







Today I want to write about a dinner my family had at “bills” with Cameron, our old staff at Global Cafe, and his wife Yuhsi.

Cameron started working at Global Cafe soon after the cafe opening. Unfortunately he became busy and unable to work at the cafe, but he still helps out us when an emergency pops up.


We have been talking about going to bills for long time since bills’s owner is an Australian celebrity chef and Cameron, being Aussie, probably felt he should go and eat there sometime.

I knew about the restaurant for long time because bills was in Sydney when I lived there, but I had never been there and always wanted to go, so going there with Cameron was a very good opportunity for me!


The reason we decided to go there this time is to have a farewell dinner.

Cameron got married with a lovely lady, Yuhsi, from Taiwan recently, and they are moving to Taiwan next year.


Although it was a bit pricey, the food was very good and the atmosphere was very nice too.

We shared some starters and then the main dishes followed by pancakes, their signature dish!

Cameron and Yuhsi had Pavlova, a famous desert in Australia (You can see it in the photo below), and I got to try it for the first time.

They both were very surprised by the amount Toshi ate! (He had some of starters, some fried chickens, a pasta dish and then two pancakes!!   I thought he would be almost full by the time he finished his main dish and we could share one pancake dish but I barely ate any…)


Anyways it was a very nice night and we all enjoyed it a lot.

It is a little sad that Cameron won’t be in Fukuoka, but I am very happy and grateful for the friendship with them.

Cameron is a person with the Aussie sprit of `*mateship‘ and ‘*fair go‘ and he is one of the most genuine people I know.

I hope all the best for their new life together, that our friendship lasts for a long time and that we will visit them in Taiwan or Tasmania some time!



*fair goとは公平にチャンスを与えることです。












【元添乗員ふきこのブログ】Take me skiing ~私をスキーに連れてって~

Hello everyone! Recently, it’s getting colder and colder, and winter is coming. What do you usually do ㏌ winter?

In my case, it’s skiing. I’ve been to Nigata, Nagoya, and even Hokkaido with many students on business. My chiefs and senior tour guides said to me that I should be able to ski so I took lessons, but I don’t have any talent for skiing. 🙁 So, I couldn’t master it.

Unfortunately, I used to be a ‘benchwarmer’ at the cottage. However everytime I listened to “I want to fall in love with someone and have passion that can melt gelaende” (ゲレンデが溶けるほど恋がしたい)by Komi Hirose, I was excited, and it made me feel like skiing.

Basically, when we were skiing, we reserved all or almost all of the gelaende. Most of the students had never been skiing before, so the children tottered behind the instructor in a single-file-line just like ducklings following their mother. It was so cute!

So, what did I do at the cottage? Basically we took care of students who were injured and brought them to the hospital. I was asked by my boss, “your age is close to the students, so you will be able to take care of them right?” So, one of my jobs was to take care of and play in the snow with the injured students. We went sledding, had snowball fights and made kamakura (Japanese igloos). Even though they couldn’t ski, I wanted to make some fun memories with them, and it made me feel like a kid again. In the end, I perfected my Japanese igloo-building skills. I can read the quality of the snow, the temperature, and the angle of the walls. Making Japanese igloos has now become one of my special skills.

One of the hard parts of the job was taking students to the hospital from the cottage. Fortunately, there were no major emergencies, as the nearest hospital was more than one hour away. Going to the hospital was very stressful, so on the way back everyone was very tired and fell asleep. Even though I was supposed to take care of the students, I couldn’t help but doze off too!

Even now, this time of the year makes me want to go skiing. Maybe I’ll try snowboarding. What is interesting is that every country has different winter traditions, activities, and conditions. Come to our cafe and talk about winter experiencies with facilitators!




















カズオ・イシグロ氏が私の中のgame changerになりそうです。












私はイシグロ氏のmemory (記憶)やnostalgie (ノスタルジー)という感情の捉え方や考え方に共感を覚えましたし、











(universal statement / 普遍的でとても大切なメッセージ)を小説を通して伝えようとしている作家なんだと思います。








『(全録)ノーベル文学賞にイシグロ氏 受賞の喜び語る』




『カズオ・イシグロ文学白熱教室』こちらは日本語吹き替えバージョンですので、できればイシグロ氏の話す英語をそのまま聞ける動画の方をご覧頂きたいです(英語音声の動画はこのページでシェア出来ませんでしたが「Kazuo Ishiguro」という題名の動画がありますので検索してみてくださいね)


『Kazuo Ishiguro interview (1995)』 若かりし日のイシグロ氏


『Young Kazuo Ishiguro interview (1986)』


『Kazuo Ishiguro on Brexit』




(Mariusz Kubik as photographer)


Hello, everyone! It has been a long time. How have you been? I am so glad I got so much good feedback from everyone. Seeing and talking to everyone is one of my favorite things about working here.

By the way, recently it is getting a little colder and, with the cold, comes “Halloween”. Nowadays, Japanese Halloween is becoming well known around the world. In some amusement parks in Japan, “Halloween” season starts as soon as summer is over, and continues past October. I always think “oh my god why?” 🙁 Recently, the policemen called “DJ police” in Shibuya have become famous too. Do you know about the “DJ police”? You should search them on google!

So, why has “Halloween” become a famous event in Japan? There are many reasons, but the biggest reason, in my opinion, is because of “Tokyo Disney land”. They used to have a parade on the 31st of Octorber but now they celebrate for 2 months. When I was a tour conductor, I went to “Universal  Studios Japan” many times in this season. It was fun seeing people who dressed up as “Wally” (from “Where is Wally?” or in America “Where is Waldo”), Minions, and characters from “One Piece”.

I remembered that overseas many children dressed up like a witch, or another character, and say “Trick or treat?” to get some candies or snacks. But in Japan, rather than children, the adults dress up and wander streets in the city.

Last year, I was in Canervon in Australia. They sold some Hallloween snacks and goods around the Halloween season like in Japan, and they went to a tavern at night to have fun, dress up and drink. It looked like Japan.

Well, how about America? I asked Travis who is from America, and he said that there were kinds of 2 halloween styles in America. One of them is when children dress up and wander house to house to get snacks. On the other hand, young (or even older) adults dress up in costumes, usually sexy, and go to parties.

Our cafe is open on “Halloween” day. Perhaps you want to come and talk about Halloween. See you soon at the cafe!





ところで、私の記憶のハロウィンは海外で小さい子供たちが魔女などの格好をして「Trick or Treat!」と言ってお菓子をもらい歩く、そんなイメージでした。しかし、日本では子供がお菓子をもらい歩くというより、大人たちが仮装をして街中を歩きまわっています。



また、当カフェはハロウィンの日もオープンしておりますので、直接カフェにて世界のハロウィン事情を英語で学んでみるのも楽しそうですね♪ それでは、またカフェにてお待ちしております!


Hello everyone. How have you been❔

I have great news. Our boss gave birth to her second child, and everyone is overjoyed with the new addition to her family. I have been spending a lot of time at the cafe in place of her, since Motoko needs to take care of her children, so I would like to introduce myself.

I lived in Darwin, Australia for a year, and returned to Japan three months ago. Darwin is located in the Northern Territory state of Australia. Many people ask why I didn’t stay in Sydney, Brisbane, or Cairns, the popular locations. But I stayed in Darwin, which is very local and was dangerous during that year. This story would be too long ,so I will tell it to you some other time. Today’s topic is “My perceptions of Australia and Darwin”. I am going to talk about the culture shock I had in Australia and Darwin.

1) Many crocodiles
In Darwin there were crocodiles, crocodiles, and more crocodiles. All around the sea and river. Darwin’s sea was ranked No. 7 most dangerous sea in the whole world, so we can’t surf in the sea and no one can swim in it, so people go to the pool near the sea instead. There are many crocodile feeding tours and crocodile museums.

2) The women don’t care too much about make up and skincare but they really cares about nail and eyelash extensions.
This might only happen in the country side, but I realized how awesome Japanese nail technology is. Australian nail technology is as simple as just putting on nail polish and shaping the nail but they don’t do nail arts .I was surprised that is costed about 40 dollars. ( about 3200 yen)

3) Expensive
Have you ever heard that everything is cheap in Australia? I had thought so until I went there. But I realized I was wrong. Actually, it is very expensive, especially rent. But why is everything in Australia so expensive? Because of the salary. The people in Australia receive a high salary even if they have a part time job. On average, the salary in Darwin was 22 dollars per hour. ( about 1600yen)
I want to keep talking about my perception of Australia. But I would like to share it more when you visit the cafe. I am looking forward to seeing you!

4) Many Aboriginal people
Aboriginal(Aborigine) means the people who lived in Australia a long time ago. But many aboriginals were killed and chased away by the pioneers and they moved to Darwin for safety. But let’s talk about the Aboriginals of today. They were very aggressive, and shouted at passerbyes. When I was at the bus station in Darwin, I saw an Aboriginal girl and a police officer arguing loudly. I watched casually, then the girl came to me and shouted “ what are you staring at!?”
Of course this is not every Aboriginal in Australia. This was just one situation I remember. Many of them were extremely friendly towards me.










4、アボリジニの人たちがとても多い                                                                                                             これはダーウィンに特化した話だと思います。アボリジニとは先住民という意味でもともとオーストラリア全土に住んでいました。しかし、植民地化により多くのアボリジニの方々は北へ北へと追いやられ、そしてダーウィンにたどり着いたといわれています。そしてダーウィンのアボリジナルの人たちの中には、ものすごい攻撃的な人もいて、大声で叫び、道行く人々を威嚇していました。私も以前あったのが、とあるショッピンングセンターのバス停にて警察官と15歳くらいの女の子が大声で喧嘩していました。何気なく見ているとそれに気づいた女の子が近づいて「何見てるんだ!?」と威嚇されたことがありました。これはあくまでも私が遭遇した一場面でほとんどのアボリジニの人たちはとてもフレンドリーでした。




【オーナー酒井の日常ブログ】Our new baby and Toshi

こんにちは😊 酒井です。





Hello everyone!!

My baby boy was finally born on July 29th. He was 6 very long days late.

My contraction started at 4:30 in the morning and I gave birth to my son at 9:54 at night. Considering it was my second time to give a birth, the labour was very long and I almost panicked. My husband was with me and supported me so much through the labour. I could not go through it without his support.

The moment we saw and held our new born baby, we got very emotional. At the same time we were very surprised because he looked almost identical to our eldest son, Toshi.

When I’m breastfeeding him and he’s wearing Toshi’s hand-me-down clothes, I feel like I am holding Toshi when he was a newborn baby.


We named our new son Aoi (悠碧). The Chinese character of 悠 has meaning of ‘far-off’, ‘endless’ or ‘boundless‘, and 碧 means ‘deep blue’. We hope that he will be an open minded person and have a big heart like a beautiful and boundless blue ocean.


What I was most looking forward to about having two sons was to see Toshi and his brother playing together and Toshi taking care of his brother. What I was most worried about was if Toshi feels left out or as if his mother has been taken away after Aoi was born.

Before Aoi was born, we tried to talk and explain to Toshi about how a baby is coming to our family many times, but Toshi pretended to not hear, or didn’t listen, to us each time we tried. I think he had a rough idea of what it is like to become a brother but he was not really ready for it.

So when I saw Toshi trying to take care of Aoi, asking Aoi what wrong when he was crying and stroking his head gently, I was incredibly happy and even cried. That was one of the most beautiful moments of my life.


Now Toshi is slowly adjusting to the new lifestyle and becoming a brother. He doesn’t ask to be held or for me to do things for him as often and he seems to be a little bit more independent than before. He has been considerate of me as he had been told that his mommy was in a hospital and her tummy is aching. It makes me feel both happy and a little sad. I guess that is how children grow up and I have to accept the fact that my sons will eventually be fully independent…

I really have to appreciate being mommy for my two sons and enjoy the time with them as much as possible now!


・contraction  陣痛

・labour(英)/ labor(米) お産

・identical そっくりの

・hand-me-down  お下がりの、お古の

・boundless   無限の、広大な

・stroke なでる

・be considerate of —         –のことを気遣っている、–に思いやりのある




















【元旅行添乗員ふきこのブログ】Atomic bomb Memorial day





This summer is becoming hotter and hotter, while there is also increasing excitement for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Japan. Despite, the excitement for the Tokyo Olympics, there is a past we should never forget. It’s “Atomic bomb Memorial day” in Japan. Many people in Japan died on the 6th and 9th of August because of the atomic bomb.

During his term as president, Mr. Obama visited Hiroshima where these disasters took place. Out of all the places I‘ve visited in Japan, I frequently visit Nagasaki and Hiroshima. When I walk around museums, observing the monuments and listening to the stories of the victims impacted by the atomic bombs, I am overwhelmed by a deep feeling of sadness. One day, when I looked around the museum, I happened to turn around and see a group of students and something resonated in me at that time. It was complicated. I felt like I could see the future and the past, and what we, as a nation, have been burdened with. Don’t you think it’s terrifying that the bomb was supposed to dropped in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka?

But Japan was resilient and has begun working on the Tokyo Olympics. Japan is finally becoming more of a global country, I think it could be a great opportunity to get to know other countries and look back on the past and use our newfound knowledge to move forward. Go for it, Japan!






【元添乗員ふきこのブログ】My lovely cats and turtle

Hello, everyone. How do you survive in this sweltering summer?

I always lie down with my lovely cats on the floor in my home:)


Today’s topic is my pets. 

I have three cats and a turtle.


First, I’ll talk about my cat “Kuro (黒)”. He is a wuss, and he is spoiled, but very caring to his brothers.

Next is another cat “Shiro (白)”. He is chubby, but he is the smartest of them all, and a gentleman.

The third cat is named “Kin (金)”. He is a scottish-fold. He is young naughty and has too much pride, but he is affectionate and eager to learn.

Kuro and Shiro were adopted from foster, so they are genuine brothers, but Kin was bought from a pet shop.

Even though they are not real brothers they are so close, but sometimes they fight.


Lastly, my turtle. His name is “Kamegon(カメゴン)”.

He was found in a river by my brother 15 years ago. He is grown-up now and looks like a king.

I really love animals, especially cats. I subscribe to a magazine called “cats feeling (猫の気持ち) every month.

If you love animals or you have pets, please let me know at the cafe:) I`m always happy to talk with you, and some of our facilitators like animals, so you might want to talk about animals during cafe time.






























The end of the rainy season is finally here, and summer is coming soon too.

I guess you might already have some plans of where to go this summer, but I’d like to recommend to you this as an ex-tour guide.

The place is called ‘Takachiho-kyo’.

It’s getting hotter now but there is a lot of nature and many big and wide waterfalls.

So that will cool you down.


Also, `Takachiho’ is a famous spiritual power spot in Japan as told by Japanese mythology. According to the legend, Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun hid in a cave in Takachiho taking away the sun light with her.

With this information I believe you will enjoy your trip more!

Why don’t you go to ‘Takachiho-kyo’ to cool down and have fun?






【元添乗員ふきこのブログ】The start of Mt. Fuji-climing season.










Recently, there has been a lot of news due to extreme weather. However there is a lot of good news out there too.
I am talking about “The start of Mt. Fuji-climbing season” today.
The start of the Mt. Fuji-climbing season is the best time to climb Mt. Fuji, so many people visit during this period.
I used to be a tour -guide for school trips, so I had to climb,,,,,no, I was happy to climb the mountain many times.

I was always impressed by Mt Fuji, which shows many faces every time, and there are rest houses and good restaurants on the way. I once found a unique but good souvenir called “富士山に行ってきましたトイレットペーパー”(I visited Mt.Fuji-toilet paper)
This is only sold by the rest house in Mt.Fuji.
The mountain is drawn on the paper, and part of the paper has interesting trivia about Mt. Fuji. The papers quality is Okey:)
I used to really like this job which involved looking interesting foods and products.