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Happy New Year 2024 and Hidden words of 2023 drawing

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Happy New Year 2023 from Japan!

Please receive my warmest greeting and attached new year card I drew, hoping that your 2024 will be the “Fruitful” year as shown in Japanese calligraphy “実”.

This year of the Dragon (5th of 12 Zodiac cycle animals) is said to be a symbol of shaping growth. Also, since the dragon is the only imaginary animal in the zodiac, I hope 2024 will be a year in which your ideas and imagination come to fruition with full of wellbeing.

How many hidden words can you see in the dragon drawing?

Below are hidden words from the last year’s drawing (mostly Japanese).

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Review of 2023 to thrive in 2024

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“A year without learning is a wasted year” 

This is the default phrase I think of when I am about to finish a year.

How was 2023?

In general, reviewing the past is one of the best ways to know where you are in relation to your objective (s). In this post, I will capture my examples based on the (1) Daily routine, (2) Major events and (3) Creation and Learning, hoping it might provide some insight into how to reflect your own 2023.

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New publication of Picture Book Series “Greeting of the World” and its Insight

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The three-volume picture book series “Greetings from the World” was published in April 2023!

This time, I was involved in the creation of this picture book series as a supervisor, so I would like to introduce just a few of my thoughts on this and early childhood education.

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Feel the connection and diversity of the world through cassava

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Do you like Cassava?

Ca………What?

If that’s the kind of your reaction, this article is for you.

Although I always say in my profile and lectures that I lived on 5 continents, I didn’t know much about cassava until I came to Mozambique. The movement I had over the past year (Denmark to Brazil, Mozambique, Japan, Indonesia then back Mozambique) I could feel the world through cassava.

In this article, I will introduce why cassava is actually important for everyday life and the world (WHY), how I felt the world through cassava (HOW), and what cassava is in the first place (WHAT). I hope this could be some learning to you.

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Learning by Teaching an Intensive Graduate School Course on SDGs

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Thank you Professor, I learned a lot!

This was the rewarding comment from my students of the SDGs course I teach at Tsukuba University Graduate school as a visiting lecturer.

SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) include so many things that it is quite easy to get lost on what to do, and there are so many ways to contribute. In this post, I will briefly share why I teach unconventional course content for SDGs, course description and some learning out of it. Since SDGs is everyone’s business (in theory but not in practice) but still complex for many, I hope this might serve to unpack these global goals.

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Learning from Cashew Nut in Mozambique

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How much do you know about cashew nuts?

You might be shrugging your shoulder or tilting head, thinking why I am asking this.

To me, it was nothing but a part of nuts family (almond, walnut, peanut, etc.), and just learning a bit of this nut was quite interesting (at least to me). In this post, I will share some facts about cashew, which expanded my world. Probably there are not many people passionate about cashew nuts, but it can be a good example to show that any trivial thing can become a part of learning, which lets you see things differently.

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Story and tips for passing Portuguese Exam CAPLE C1 level

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Each learning has its own story.

Although people find it hard to understand why I learned Spanish in USA and started French in Chile, each language story makes sense to me. Here is my story on learning Portuguese, as well as some learning from the process of passing Portuguese Exam CAPLE C1 level.

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