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Principal’s Post - marketing trip to Japan

English school promotion in Japan

Since the last post, the Principal and her assistant have been overseas on a fascinating trip to Japan. Primarily this was a work trip, but we also travelled around using the magnificent Shinkansen train network and saw some truly amazing sights, and met some truly amazing people.

First stop was Tokyo, a city of superlatives. We visited Tsukiji Fish Market, which is the world’s largest and busiest fish market and then went up the world’s tallest tower (and its second tallest structure) Tokyo Skytree. Standing at 634 metres, of course the view over Tokyo and the surrounding area was stunning. Other stops on our trip included Hiroshima, Kobe, Nara and the wonderful Kyoto. We also spent time in a traditional Japanese village called Tsumago and stayed in a ‘ryokan’ or inn, where we lived in a tatami-covered room, slept on a futon on the floor and ate delicious delights from a low table.  We visited temples and toriis, meandered through markets and shopping malls and ate everything from sushi to succulent Kobe beef.  Japan is certainly a WOW country, full of weird and wonderful sights, sounds and smells. The food is healthy and tasty, the people very friendly and the transport network works smoothly and efficiently. Definitely a place to go back to.

News from the school

Congratulations to our TOLES Legal English candidates who participated in the August Intensive Legal English course this past summer and sat the exam on 21st August. They all passed the exam and should be proud of their results.

The school continues to be busy with students from 10 different countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. They are following a variety of General EnglishSpecialist English and IELTS exam preparation courses, all working hard to raise their level of English but at the same time enjoying the weird and wonderful sights, sounds and smells of Edinburgh and Scotland in autumn.

We are putting the finial touches on some new English courses for adults in 2015. Watch this space...

Words in the News

This week’s words are ‘clocks’, ‘back’ and ‘Greenwich’ to remember that clocks go back at 1 am next Sunday morning as the UK reverts to Greenwich Mean Time and says goodbye to British Summer Time. It’s hello to lighter mornings and darker evenings too.

Keep on studying English and let us have your snippets of news too.

Tokyo Skytree with the Asahi HQ building

The super Shinkansen!

Jane and Laura at the Toshodai-ji Temple in Nara

Delicious dinner served at the Hanaya Ryokan in Tsumago

Finally doing some work! Laura talking to agents in Kyoto. Photo by English UK

Laura and Jane at the networking buffet in Kyoto. Photo by English UK

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