◆One Stay Here


One Stay Here

  I’m very sorry that I didn’t update our blog this month until now. It has been a very busy time for us running1 our classes, supporting the switch to online lessons and teaching online lessons which requires2 more energy than teaching in person3. (←Don’t worry! We are accustomed to4 it now and have no problem managing5 them!) Moreover, we are happy, thanks to our students’ support, that we are able to cut down one place in our society where people meet directly.
  Anyway, here is a blog which Will prepared for early April to put up on our homepage :

  One of the things I always look forward to in the early winterA is the coming of the swans to my part of the Hirose river.


  They arrive in the middle of November, and stay until early March. Many people enjoy feeding them, and everybody enjoys seeing them.


  Then comes the springB, and we have to say goodbye to these lovely, graceful creatures.


  They fly off6 in separate groups – I assume7 families – to spend the summer in their breeding grounds of Hokkaido, China and Russia. Wouldn’t it be fun to know where OUR swans go?


  Saying goodbye is always sad, but starting a few years ago an even sadder thing happened. One swan had to stay behind8, while9 all the others left. I don’t know how this swan was injured, but it cannot fly and has to spend the summer with us, waiting for his friends and family to come back next winter.


  Of course it is in a pretty good place! Many people feed him? Her? And it is loved and admired10 by all.



  Until just the other day our swan was under the Atago Ohashi.



Being taken care of!


What a beauty!


  The other day, we got out of the house to take a walk. We saw this swan was still there and people were taking care of it. It looked like he/she has a happy life! We hope so! (Can you see the teeny tiny11 white dot? That’s him/her!)


      ( ↓ enlarged )



1 run ~ : ~を運営する
2 require  : ~を必要とする
3 in person : 直接会って
4 be accustomed to ~ : ~に慣れている
5 have problem doing  : ~するのに問題を抱える
6 fly off : 飛び立つ
7 assume : ~と憶測する
8 stay behind : 残る(取り残される)
9 while S + V : SはVするけれども
10 admire  : ~を称賛・感嘆する
11 teeny tiny : ちっちゃな

 One of the things ( I always look forward to / in the early winter) is ~ . 基本の骨組みは One of the things is ~. 「(複数ある)事柄の一つは~です。」それに「私がいつも(それら)を楽しみに待っている」「初冬に」が後ろから説明をかけているかたちです。

 Then comes the spring. は普通の順序に置きなおすと、The springs comes then. 「春がそれからやって来ます。」よりも「それから、春がやって来ます。」とした方が生き生きと感じますよね。「それから」という副詞を強調するために文頭に持ってくるために起こる倒置です。子どもの絵本でもよく用いられる方法です。ex. There comes Dad. (= Dad comes there.) 「そこへ、パパがやって来ました。」


















 白鳥たちはいくつかのグループ — 多分家族ごと — に分かれて、北海道、中国、ロシアの繁殖の地で夏を過ごすため飛び立っていきます。ここ広瀬川で過ごしていた白鳥たちがどの土地へ行くのか知れたら面白いでしょうね~。










































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