[Meeting place change notice]
Meeting place has been changed and we will meet at the following place on October 15th.  Please come on time so that Kazunori-san can escote you at the door (we need a RFID to get in to the building).

Sycamore @ Northpark Apartments 3500 Palmilla Dr San Jose, CA 95134

Entrance is right next to the leasing office and the Conference room is right by the entrance.  Parking may be difficult to find near by but usually there should be some spaces a block or two away.
  • Absent:
  • Guests:


  • 19:00-20:00 Japanese
    • Toastmaster: Naoki Hada
    • Thought of the Day:
    • General Evaluator: Jun
    • Timer:
    • Grammarian: Kei
    • Ah Counter:
  • Speaker #1:  Ernest
    • Project: #4
    • Manual:CC
    • Title: ガラスの町
    • Time:   minutes
    • Evaluator #1:
  • Speaker #2:  Kyoko
    • Project: #3 Get to the Point
    • Manual: CC
    • Title:
    • Time:   min
    • Evaluator #2: Sumiko
  • Speaker #3:
    • Project: #
    • Manual:
    • Title:
    • Time: min
    • Evaluator #3:
  • Speaker #4 (Back up):
    • Project: #2
    • Manual:
    • Title:
    • Time:  min
    • Evaluator #4:
  • Table Topics Master:


  • 20:00-21:00 English
    • Toastmaster: Kei
    • Thought of the Day:
    • General Evaluator:
    • Timer:
    • Grammarian:
    • Ah Counter:
  • Speaker #1:Kaz Kushida
    • Project: # 2
    • Manual: Speaking to inform
    • Title: Japanese Lanuguage Proficiency Test
    • Time:   5-7 minutes
    • Evaluator #1:
  • Speaker #2:  Jun
    • Project: #10 Inspire Your Audience
    • Manual: Competent Communication
    • Title: Keep it a secret!
    • Time:   8 min 10
    • Evaluator #2
  • Speaker #3: Naoki Hada
    • Project: #3 Make Them Laugh
    • Manual: Humorously Speaking
    • Title: TM Mentor Program
    • Time:  5-7  min
    • Evaluator #3
  • Speaker #4(Back up):
    • Project: #
    • Manual:
    • Title:
    • Time:   min
    • Evaluator #4
  • Table Topics Master:

Meeting Minutes             10/15/09

—————————-Japanese Secession —————————————

Thought of the Day : Kazunori –san

Its fall foods should be good! 秋は食べ物が旬です!

Speech #1:  Glass no matchi ガラスの町

Speaker #1 : Ernet-san

  • Have you been to Toledo ? トレードに行ったことありますか?
  • What Toldeo is known for トレードはここが特徴
    • Glass,  Car industry, and metal industryガラス、車産業、鉄鋼産業
    • 30 yrs ago city died because of competition from japan 町は日本からの企業との競争で負け放棄 状態。
    • Reasons to be in Toledo トレードはここがいい!
      • Housign is cheap! Rent is $200 /month 家賃が安い!月$200!
      • Food is cheap! 食べ物が安い!
  • Winter is really harsh!  でも冬は厳しい!
  • Explaination of Diamond dust! ダイヤモンドダスト説明!

Speech #2: Shinai areaburenashi?

Speaker #2: Kyko –san

  • Rain that hit us was from Typoon 18 that hit japan! 最近の雨は日本に上陸した台風18号でした!
  • Did you have issues in the rain? It took me 2 hrs to get home in rain. あなた方は雨で困りましたか?わたしは家に帰るのに二時間かかりました。
  • Thanks to a few thing it helped! でもこれらのグッズで助かりました。
    • GPS Navi  – was able to see if there was any alternate routes  GPSナビ - 別ルートとかを検索するのに便利です。
    • Cell phone : 511 tells you traffic info! 携帯で511!渋滞情報をゲット
    • Books! Help pass the time 本!時間をつぶすのに役に立ちます!
    • Lessons learned 改善点
      • Really should pack some food in car. Especially when it may take 2 hrs to get home. 車に食べ物を入れとく事。家に帰るのに二時間以上かかるときにかかせない!

Table topics:  Mayumi-san

Q: What do you do to concentrate? 集中するにはなにをしますか?

Julie-san: I study in Hotel lobby  私はホテルのロビーで勉強します。

Wataru-san:  My disruptions are my kids so I get away from the kids. Mail is also bad too. Only check mail when I’m in the bathroom. I also shut down phone. 私の集中を壊すのは子供です!だから集中 しないといけない時は子供から離れます。メールも良くないです!メールはトイレの時だけチェックします。電話も出ません。

Mayumi-san: I listen to my special CD. I can’t work with out it now. 私は特別なCDを聞きます。CDがなければ仕事できなくなりました!

Q: What does “work” mean to you? あなたにとって仕事は何ですか?

Kazunori-san: I have a tendency to get too wrapped up in my work. Right now its everything. I some times work a little too much. Maybe because I like to make things. 私は仕事に夢中になりすぎるタイプです。今は仕事がすべてです。時々仕事しすぎます。ものを作るのが好きだからかな?

Akemi-san: I see it as “training”. It’s the gateway to the future! 私は仕事は修行です。未来の門への鍵です。

Q: If you retired right now what would you do? 今すぐ退職できたら何しますか?

Kei-san: I would go on a trip! I used to travel around a lot but now don’t travel much I wopuld like to go see fireworks around the world. 私は旅をします!独身だったころはよくたびしてたんですけどいまはそれほど旅はしてません。世界を旅して花火をみたい。

Jun-san: I would travel too. When I went to Greece I met some older men who were sailing around world I would like to do the same! 私も旅をします。ギリシャにいったときに世界を帆船で旅してた人に会った。私も同じ事がしたいです。

Q: What was the most eventful thing to happen to you when you were driving? ドライブ中にあった一番インパクトあった事は?

Hiroshi-san: I avoided a biker that fell and spun out 3x. Also spun out in nigata! 私はバイカーをよけようとして三回転のスピンアウト をしました。 後新潟でもスピンアウトしました。

Yuko-San: Did a hit and run apparently and didn’t even know about it. Found out later and had all sorts of issues to resolve with police and insurance. 知らない内にヒットエンドラン をしたそうです。後で分かったんですけど色々警察や保険会社に聞かれて大変でした。

—————————-English Secession———————————

Speech #1: Japanese Language Proficiency Test

Speaker #1: Kazunori –san

  • What is Japanese Proficiency test? 日本語能力試験 て何?
  • Explaination of Level  “級”の説明
    • Level 1 is highest 4 is lowest “1級“が一番難しく”4級”が一番やさしい!
    • Reverse of how we think in US アメリカとは逆です。
    • Language Section – what I though was hard… 文字試験の説明 ―難しいと思った所
      • “kata gata” 。。。。かたがた。。。。
      • “gatere” 。。。。がてら。。。。
      • Listening comprehension – pictures look easy but it really is a logic test best to take notes 聴解試験の説明 - 問題の絵は易しそうに見えますがかなり難しい。聞きながらメモ取るのが一番かと
      • Reading comprehension 読解・文法 試験の説明
      • Tips for taking test テストとる時のアドバイス

Speech #2: Keep it a secret!

Speaker#2: Jun – san

  • Hard to keep motivation up? 目標に他するためのモチベイション を高めて追いとくのは難しいですか?
  • Did you talk to your friends about your goal? May have made it more difficult for yourself 目標 を友達に話しましたか?もしそうでしたら自分の目標達成をちょっと難しくしたかもしりません。
  • Side effect of telling your friends : becomes a task obligation 友達に教えたら義務になるからです。
  • If you keep it a secret it becomes more of a noble effort with yourself. 秘密にしたら自分のための目標 になり自分の高貴な目標になります。
  • Story about friend who became patent lawyer.. kept goal a secrete and that seemed to work 友達で特許専門の弁護士になったひとのお話。目標は隠密にし知らない内に目標達成した。
  • choosing secret goal is the secret way to success! 秘密の目標を選らび隠密に成功します!

Speech #3:   TM Mentor Program

Speaker #3: Naoki-san

  • Mentor follow up on them because they will escape メンターはメンテイーにチェックしましょうでないとにげます!
  • Do evaluations on Phone when you can’t meet in person 評価は電話で!
  • Remind and check on person いつもその人にチェックしてもらいましょう。
  • Please don’t loose mentee!  メンテイーを無くさないように!

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