327 Sunday


Eli talks about a relaxing Sunday with her friend.

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Eli
Eli

I had a really nice day today. It's Sunday today, so obviously I got nothing to do so I went to meet my English friend Ben in a place called Harajuku in Tokyo, which is a great place to hang out in on Sundays anyway, but we found this amazing sushi restaurant that we used to go to together every time we meet up.

Sundays usually our day for meeting up together cause he lives in Yokohama which is quite a long way away from me. So I don't ever see him during the week. Anyway, this sushi restaurant we found is the best one I've eaten at in Tokyo. It's one of those ones with all the sushi on a little conveyor belt, that goes along, but it doesn't just do raw fish it does all the different meats. It does little hamburgers on rice, little bits of bacon on rice, melon, salad, and also loads of puddings. We ended up I think eating about 7 puddings between us today. Um, it's, the pricing system really good. It's done on, the, how many plates you eat, and each plate is different color and that's a different price and it's so cheap and you end up, just gorging yourself eating loads and loads, for really a very cheap price, so after that we were both stuffed, and left the restaurant, went to a, up to a place in Harajuku where all the crazy kids hang out wearing costume. Had a look around there. Took some pictures and then walked along the road together about 15 minutes to a place called Shibuya which is really one of the good sort of trendy young shopping, hanging out places in Tokyo, um, just so crowded all the time,

but today they were having a Matsuri festival on, where all the sort of people from the local different sort of dojos and clubs get together and carry this big heavy thing through the streets all in there traditional Japanese clothes, and all that chanting and singing and whistling, so that was really nice to see. We decided we wanted to go to the cinema to see a new film that has just come out so we walked all around Shibuya looking for cinemas and everyone we went to didn't have this film, wasn't playing this film, so we gave up on that in the end. Ben went home and I went into one of the shopping centers in Shibuya looking for souvenirs for my friends, cause it's getting to that time now where I gotta start thinking I'm leaving Japan in a month and there's just my list of presents that I've got to get for people, a number of people I've got to get things for is just getting longer and longer as I keep on remembering more and more people, so I've stuffed my souvenir buying now and I think Shibuya, as far as my girlfriend's is concerned is the best to buy stuff.


Learn Vocabulary from the lesson

conveyor belt

It's one of those ones with all the sushi on a little conveyor belt.

A 'conveyor belt' is a mechanical rotating surface that transfers things from one place to another. It is frequently used in a factory.

Notice the following:

  1. There were lots of things on the conveyor belt.
  2. When I go shopping with my mum I help her to put the groceries on the conveyor belt.

gorge

You end up, just gorging yourself eating loads and loads.

When you 'gorge' yourself with food it means you eat far more than you need.

Notice the following:

  1. I had not eaten all day so I gorged myself at the restaurant that night.
  2. Christmas is the one time of year that I allow myself to gorge on food.

stuffed

So after that we were both stuffed.

When you are 'stuffed' it means that you are really full after having a good meal. When you are stuffed you can't eat any more.

Notice the following:

  1. I have eaten so much food that I am totally stuffed.
  2. Look at all the lovely food, I am going to stuff myself silly!

costume

Where all the crazy kids hang out wearing costume.

A 'costume' is an outfit that people wear to look like a character from a story or a famous person.

Notice the following:

  1. I am going to a fancy dress party and I am going to wear a fairy costume.
  2. I love to dress up, I have lots of costumes.

chant

Carry this big heavy thing through the streets all in their traditional Japanese clothes, and all that chanting and singing and whistling.

When people 'chant' it means that a group of people repeat the same thing again and again, loudly and in unison.

Notice the following:

  1. There was a large group gathered around the palace and they were all chanting the King's name.
  2. When I go to football matches I always join in with the chanting.

 

Answer the following questions about the interview.

 

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Vocabulary Challenge

Complete the sentences with the words below.
conveyor • gorge • stuffed
costumes • chant
  1. The fans of the basketball team have a special the do before every game.
  2. I can't believe how many people buy for their dogs and cats.
  3. After belts were invented, factories became a lot faster.
  4. I ate so much at dinner! I'm and really uncomfortable.
  5. Children usually themselves on candy on Halloween.