Party Event by Shinshu University International Students

I was invited to an international party the week before last. The party was held near Shinshu University by international students from the university. They were from Malaysia, Mexico, Chinese. Surprisingly, they spoke not only Japanese, but also English. A Chinese Malaysian lady there spoke four languages which were Malay, Chinese, English and Japanese. She said that she was raised in that kind of surroundings. I guess she must have had a hard time to get over difficulties playing with four languages as a child.
I envy her because I am struggling to learn English now. Malaysians there cooked food (see the photo) for us. They were steamed chicken, rice cooked with ginger and chicken, chicken and seafood stir-fried with Okura and oyster sauce and some vegetables. My favorite dish was the rice cooked with ginger and chicken. It’s better to pour some chicken soup on the rice before you eat. The dishes remained me of stalls in Asian countries. It was a pity that they didn’t understand my English…

One Response to “Party Event by Shinshu University International Students”

Peter Ong says:

Hi Marilyn,
Thank you for posting so many interesting stories. I feel like I’ve been to Matsumoto already! I’m a Malaysian. Yes, we have no problem speaking all these languages. Even a small child a mix the languages together without grammatical error. So, it is not a problem with us. Glad you enjoyed the food the Malaysians prepare. The reason why I looked at the website is to plan for my trip. My wife and I and 2 kids (7 and 5) will be visiting Japan in December. We have been invited to stay with our friend in Kusatsu. So, we are thinking whether to visit Matsumoto. We have seen Himeji jo, Nijo jo and Osaka jo. So, we are thinking of trying out Matsumoto jo. But our worry is Matsumoto is quite far from Kansai area and we might not have the time. So, hopefully we will be able to visit Matsumoto and meet with you. I’m sure we can understand your English as we have many Japanese friends who speak English too. Thanks. Take care.