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Hi! I’m Yassine, a language teacher from Morocco.
Morocco is an Islamic country approximately 99% of the country are Muslims.


In this article we’re going to talk about the forth pillar of Islam which is Sawm or Fasting of Ramadan, which is at this very moment for this year.


Ramadan (ラマダン) is the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar , and is observed by Muslims-worldwide as a month of fasting. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month lasts 29–30 days based on the The visual sightings of the crescent moon.

ラマダンとは、イスラム暦では9ヶ月目を意味し、世界中のイスラム教徒の間では、断食の月とされています。 毎年恒例のこの儀式は、イスラム教の5つの柱の1つとされています。断食月は、三日月の見え方により、29-30日間続きます。

Fasting is obligatory for adult Muslims, except those who are suffering from an illness, traveling, are elderly, pregnant, breastfeeding, diabetic or going through menstrual bleeding.


How do Muslims fast?


While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations. Muslims are also instructed to refrain from sinful behavior that may negate the reward of fasting, such as false speech (insulting, backbiting, cursing, lying, etc.) and fighting. Food and drink is served daily, before dawn and after sunset.



ラマダン断食から得られる身体的な利点 Some of Ramadan benefits:

1. Fasting Promotes detoxification
2. Fasting Rests Digestive System
3. Fasting Resolves Inflammatory Response
4. Fasting Reduces Blood Sugar
5. Fasting Increases Fat breakdown
6. Fasting Corrects high blood Pressure
7. Fasting Promotes Weight loss
8. Fasting Promotes Healthy diet
9. Fasting Boosts Immunity
10. Fasting May Help to Overcome Addictions


1. 体のデトックスができる。
2. 消化器系を休ませることができる。
3. 炎症反応が抑えらる。
4. 血糖値が下がる。
5. 脂肪燃焼を高める。
6. 血圧を下げる効果がある。
7. 減量に効果がある。
8. 健康的なダイエットができる。
9. 免疫力が上がります。
10. 中毒症状を和らげることができることもある。

ラマダン断食は、メンタル面の利点 The mental benefits of fasting during Ramadan are even better.

1. You get an opportunity to be in a state of self-discipline and self-control, which is not a bad thing at all.
2. You start to evaluate even small things differently.
3. Ramadan teaches you to avoid anger.
4. To forgive someone’s and your own mistakes.
5. It is strongly encouraged to help those in need.
6. And share your happiness with everyone.


1.  自己鍛錬、自己コントロールができるようになる良いチャンス。

2. 周りの些細なことも違った捉え方ができるようになる。

3. 怒りを避ける、ことを学べる。

4. 自分や他人の過ちを許せるようになる。

5. 助けが必要な人を助けたくなる。

6. 幸せをみんなと分かち合いたくなる。

In general Ramdan is a time to quit bad habits and start to make healthier choices. While fasting, you start to refrain from bad language and bad thoughts. It’s a reminder of how many things in life we take for granted.


 警察官からの質問。My story with the police woman




My story with the police woman
It was Friday the day I always go to Nagoya Mosque to pray. I put on my Moroccan long dress (one piece) as I sometimes do and headed to Nagoya. I had a class to do before I go to mosque, so I headed straight to school after I got off the train at Nagoya staion. As I was walking through the Golden Clock heading to school, a police woman noticed me and ran to me and asked for my indentity in a very wiered way. I really didn’t like that and I said “Do i look that suspesious to run to me that way?” “No you don’t i just wanted to ask for your identity” she replied. I stopped and picked out my wallet from my bag to show her my Residence card or my drivers licence but I was quite angry. I looked around and I saw some people around looking at me with the police woman especially because of the dress I was wearing which is always associated to a certain race and relegion. I said “Why did you stop me not the others around ? We are all foreigners after all. Is it because of my dress? It’s just a cloth and has nothing to do with who I am”, “I am sorry I just wanted to check your identity that’s all” she said. When she was done she bowed and said ” arigatou gozaimasu” but I just got my card back and disappeared without saying a word …..




culture shock


November 2010 is the month I first stepped in Japan, stayed for two months and got back to my country Morocco in January. I was really excited going back to the land where I was born, grew up, learned how to walk, talk and write with the chalk.
The land where I have my family, my friends, my school and everything.
But that huge excitement turned to a terrible shock once I stepped out of the airport in Casablanca. In the dark, dozens of taxi drivers voices came from all directions saying “hey Bro where are you going? I’ll take you wherever you want”.
That really freaked me out and I was really shocked at how scary, frustrating and frightening the place is. That was the first time I felt I don’t belong there. I still remember that evening as it was yesterday. I got a taxi, a bus, a taxi then another taxi to get home.
Everything was fine and completely safe. It actually was all about the way people do things. I found out that it’s was a question of how a Japanese taxi driver does his job and how a Moroccan one does his. I love the Japanese one though.
A question to those who lived abroad for a while and felt some kind of Re-culture shock when they were back in their home countries. Could you please tell us a bit about that experience? Thanks for reading!
By Yassine





Jamaa el Fna market square, Marrakesh, Morocco, north Africa. Jemaa el-Fnaa, Djema el-Fna or Djemaa el-Fnaa is a famous square and market place in Marrakesh’s medina quarter.







モロッコ国内に広がっているサハラ砂漠は、Moroccan SaharaSouthern provinceとも呼ばれています。





The beauty of Morocco
Morocco’s picture perfect landscape is something you have never seen before. It has been an inspiration for many, a tourist, an artist and soul seekers.
Morocco is a beautiful country and has such diversity in location that it is considered one of the best tourist locations. The climate, the sunshine, the serene coastline, the high plateau and the Atlas Mountains Sahara desert and so on.
In this article we are going to take a look on one of the most breathtaking landscapes which is The Sahara Desert

The Sahara Desert

South of the Atlas Mountains, the Sahara begins to impose itself on the Moroccan landscape. And sand and palm trees progressively become the norm.
The part of the Sahara desert that falls in Morocco is called as Moroccan Sahara or the Southern province. There are small towns around the oasis which can be a great location for those wanting to enjoy the camel excursion into the desert. The popular activities are sunrise and sunset camel rides over the sand dune, you can catch a glimpse of the tradition Berber villages there that have been beautifully preserved. What do you know about Morocco? Have you even been there? Please tell us what you know or tell us about your Moroccan experience.


Moroccan Cuisine

Morocco possesses a diverse and lively history that witnessed a long succession of different ruling people such as the Romans, French, Spanish, Jews, Arabs and Berbers. This diversity is reflected through many aspects of Moroccan life, namely the languages, the clothing, The Cuisine, and the culture.
Moroccan Cuisine food is incredibly diverse and is a delight to nearly all the senses thanks to the country’s interaction with other cultures and nations over the centuries.
A classic Moroccan dish is The Tajine (or Tajine) – a slow-cooked stew made in an earthenware dish known by the same name. They are typically made with inexpensive cuts of meat that become tender with long cooking and are typically flavored with dried fruits, olives, preserved lemons, and spices. I love my mum’s honey chicken Tajine.

Moroccan Tajin

Couscous is considered a gift from Allah and is a staple of North African countries. It is the most common starch used to accompany dishes and is typically cooked with spices, vegetables, nuts and dried fruits. When prepared traditionally, fine semolina is rubbed with super fine semolina to coat until it resembles a grain. When steamed, it becomes light and fluffy.

Moroccan Couscous

The essence of Moroccan food is a communal style of eating, with many dishes shared by the family. Mealtimes are very social and eaten at a leisurely pace with much laughter and talking. Hospitality is a very important part of Moroccan culture and making guests welcome is also part of the Islamic teaching. Upon entering a Moroccan home, guests are typically offered food and tea within seconds.





伝統的なモロッコ料理の一つは、タジン鍋を使ってじっくりと煮込まれた料理、The Tajine(タジン)です。





インドネシアでの交通機関 Transportation in Indonesia

Transportation in Indonesia
Hi everyone! I am Cindy and I am an English teacher in mmm.
I would like to show you some list of traditional and modern public transport in Indonesia.
Motorcycles are the most popular vehicle in Indonesia because they are cheap to buy, cheap to run and they negotiate traffic much better than cars. It is common to see families with three children to ride on a motorbike together.

  1. Becak

You can see becak drivers taking children to school each morning, and taking women home from traditional market. Models of becak are different in each city. Big city like Jakarta limits becak because they cause traffic jams but you can still find it at the junctions of main roads and small streets. Negotiate your fare before you get in.

  1. Bajaj

Bright orange and noisy vehicles became popular in India but later imported to and built in Indonesia. Similar to Tuk-Tuk in Thailand and MotoTaxi in Peru.

  1. Kereta api (commuter train)

Train runs several times daily and a good transportation option to travel from major cities to the other. These trains are quite simple furnished and crowded and dirty, and often run late, but the fares are cheap. Different classes of service are available, with the first class is quite comfortable. Some trains are bookable in advance.

  1. Minibus

They are known as Mikrolet, angkot or Sudako. They are used for local transport around cities and towns. Most minibuses picking up and dropping off people and goods anywhere along the way. Drivers may try to overcharge foreigners and ask you for triple the normal fare so it’s best to ask somebody about the normal price.

  1. Ojek

They are motorcycle taxis and ojek drivers should have spare helmets for you to wear. They take passengers around the town and go where no other public transport exists. There is a new service called Go-jek that allows you to order an Ojek from your phone and order to pick up a meal from a restaurant or deliver goods and documents which is very convenience.

  1. Delman (horse-drawn carriages)

Delman is getting harder to spot in Jakarta. They are most commonly used to transport goods from major outlying markets. On Sundays, you can rent a delman around Monas, the national monument in Jakarta.






3.ケレタ アピ (通勤電車)




5.オジェック( バイクのタクシー)




My first step in Japan.

Honeymoon stage:

As almost every foreigner in Japan The first few years In Japan are often referred to as the “Honeymoon Period”, The stage where I’ve just arrived in Japan, it was an awesome, it seemed like life is a party, everything is so exciting, everyone is so nice, so polite, so clean, well-dressed, the society is modern, urban, educated and honest…
It’s just so exciting because everything is new and my eyes are opened to a new and different way of life…
So what were some of the most exciting moments in Japan ? What amazed the most about Japan?  These are questions to be answered next time … To be continued.



Hi I’m Yassine from Morocco. Here is the second stage of my life living in Japan.
The honeymoon stage starts to disappear little by little and disopointment comes out then you start asking yourself “was I wrong?” “Isn’t Japan like what I thought?”.
This is the stage where you find out that things are quite different from what you got as a first impression when you first stepped in this country.
In this stage you get a feeling like it’s not the way it seemed to be in the first stage, a stage of exciement and joy.
You start observing things from a different angle, and then you get different interpretations, completly different from what you understood at the first stage.
And then comes the stage of “CRITISISM” Can you guess what foreigners critisise about Japan?
I Can’t wait to see what your opinions are!!!!! See you next month!



The last stage :Enlightenment
The stage  is where you understand that Japan is just like any other country, learn to accept strength and weakness and cope with them.
The stage where harsh criticism melts down and you start accepting things the way they are and live your life the way you want -with the minimum influence possible caused by the annoying side of the environment where you live-;
As I stated in the previous stage , some of the reasons for all of this criticism and annoyance are the language barrier and the extreme cultural deference, so the person starts living more comfortably  when he/she gets over the language barrier and learns more about the new culture.
In the stage you feel your mind is at peace and think that you could live in Japan forever without any Drama. But the Criticizing Damon is always there but not as furious as it was in the Criticizing stage.
Have/has you or a friend of yours, a member of your family,  or whoever you know ever lived abroad?
If so, feel free to share with us your/their experience in the comments.
Thanks for reading.
See ya. 
by Yassine






Hello Everyone.
I’m Yassine! I’m back again.
How have you been?
Do you remember the disappointment I talked about in the last article?
The stage today is Criticism as I’ve told you last time.
Well, here we go. The first thing a foreigner criticizes about Japan is the working system. Does it really make sense ? Do Japanese people work that hard because they really love their jobs as
we’ve heard? I personally (as many foreigners actually do) don’t believe that because there are fact that say completely the opposite, with a few exceptions of course.
Do you know  I had never heard of something called “STRESS” before I came to japan?  Why do Japanese people need to push themselves that hard and stress themselves out?
Why  do Japanese people have to make a big deal over using chopsticks or my Japanese language skills ? This happens even if you’ve lived in japan for decades.
Why does the cashier have to talk to my Japanese friend wife or whoever even if  I’m the one who’s buying? The cashier just ignores me and talks to the person behind me lol  Does that make sense?
That doesn’t disgrade Japanese people in anyway and doesn’t mean foreingers are perfect.
Well those were some random questions.  I think it’s enough to keep it short. Feel free to write your responses, opinions and personal points of view in comments. I’d be glad to read all of them.
Thank  you and see you next time!