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December News

Hey guys, Marky here!

The year is coming to an end. I want it to hurry up and finish as soon as possible because I’ve been focusing all my energy on 2008.

But, the month isn’t over yet, so I’d like to get some important information out there about December.

◎ Mixi
We finally got off our lazy butts and set up a mixi community. I’ll be posting little tidbits here and there about upcoming stories and behind the scenes things. Next year we’ll be trying some new approaches, so if you’re obsessed with JPod like some people are, you’ll definitely want to check it out from time to time.
http://mixi.jp/view_community.pl?id=2858106

◎ My Tokyo Travelblogue 
For fans of the Agnes Murakami saga, December is a good month for you! There are 4 Agnes lessons this month. Day 22, Day 23, Day 24 and Day 25. I can’t remember a time when the Agnes story went this long uninterrupted. I go into a little more detail about Agnes on the Mixi page, so Mixi members may want to check it out.

◎ Japanese Culture Class
We keep getting a lot of requests for explanations about the Intros gags. We recorded this one at the same time as the last JCC on the same topic. We are finally releasing it during the Holiday Break. Actually, we’ve gotten soooo many requests for this, that we decided to act upon it. in 2008, the intro scripts will be included in the PDF’s. I’ll talk more about that next month.

◎ Nihongo Dōjō - Welcome to Style You
This is probably the most popular thing we’ve done to date. The character Fabrizio has taken on a life of his own. I tip my hat to Naomiさん and Yoshikaiさん for that one. This 25 lesson newbie series will end on 12/17. But have no worries, Part 2 will begin next year!

◎ Holiday Schedule
Our usual schedule will be disrupted during the Christmas and New Years Holiday.

The Tokyo office will be closed from 12/28 - 1/6.
In past years we just shut down completely, but I’m happy to say this year will be different. We will still be releasing lessons for most of the holiday break.

On 12/24, we’ll put out a podcast detailing the lesson schedule. Intermediate learners will be loving it, I think!
The new seasons will begin 1/7. Again, I can’t tell you how excited I am to get these out to you!

Team JapanesePod101.com

Recently, listener Todd Mizomi visited us in the Tokyo Office! Todd was visiting Tokyo with his wife, celebrating his 8th wedding anniversary. He brought in some delicious Hawaiian chocolate as well as some heavy camera equipment! We know our listeners are very interested in seeing the faces behind the JapanesePod101.com team, and we took advantage of Todd’s professionalism! We had a lot of fun with our mini-photoshoot! There will be lots more pictures in the coming days! Thanks Todd-san!

Team JapanesePod101.com

Starting from the left: Brian, Oe, Jon, Marky, Kishimoto-sensei, Jeff, Yuki, and Peter in the center. (Missing: Sachiko, Naomi, Jun, Miki, Sakura, Natsuko, Yoshikai, Take, and Ushijima) We hope you enjoy this.
Yoroshiku o-negai shimasu!よろしくおねがいします。

More Pictures!

Last Friday, we received a visit from Favianna Rodriguez a talented and sucessful artist from the Bay Area (California)! Everyone at JapanesePod101.com was wowed by her energy level, personality and the fact that she brought us Ghirardelli Chocolates (Gone in 60 seconds)! We can’t thank her enough, as it was great meeting and getting to know her. You can find out more about the talented Favianna-san and her art work by clicking here.

Favianna-san managed to track down some more members of the JapanesePod101.com team. So, we would like to introduce you to Sasahara-sensei, Takase and Jonas.

Starting from the left: Kazunori (JPod101.com’s Alpha-male), Natsuko (holding the Japanese Journal Favianna’s art work appeared in), Favianna, Sasahara-sensei, Takase, Jonas, (kneeling) Sakura(holding half of the o-miyage (souvenir) from Favianna) and Peter(holding half of the o-miyage (souvenir) from Favianna). We hope you enjoy this.
Yoroshiku o-negai shimasu!よろしくおねがいします。

Pictures Finally! Meet JapanesePod101.com’s Crew!

Last Friday, Dr. Lalo, a doctor from Mexico and an avid listener, stopped by JapanesePod101.com! He was vacationing in Tokyo and wanted to pay us a visit, and he found us! We were so happy to see him! We went to the local sushi bar together; he tried the UNI (sea urchin), and he loved it!! He did all the ordering himself!

Dr. Lalo made sure we took some pictures to share with all of you, so “Hello listeners, here we are!”

Starting from the left: Kazunori (JPod101.com’s Alpha-male), Peter (holding an o-miyage (souvenir) from Dr. Lalo), Kazu (That face is on purpose!), Dr. Lalo, Natsuko, Sakura(holding another o-miyage (souvenir) from Dr. Lalo), and Hatsumi. This is just the first of many pictures and videos to come. We hope you enjoy this.
Yoroshiku o-negai shimasu!よろしくおねがいします。

The Newest “Authority” on Japanese Language Learning at JapanesePod101.com

Learn Japanese with Sasahara-sensei, the latest edition to the JapanesePod101.com team. We would like to officially welcome our new Grammar Guru, Sasahara Yuko- sensei. In our continuing quest to improve our lessons and provide our listeners with the best possible Japanese Language Learning Lessons possible, Sasahara-sensei is plays a crucial role in our structure. In addition to being a fully qualified Japanese Language teacher, she has over 5-years of experience teaching Japanese to foreigners. Her addition to our team is vital as all material we present has Sasahara-sensei’s official “seal of approval.”� We feel a responsibility to our listener’s to provide fun and, at the same time, professional language education. We want you to feel 100% secure in using the Japanese you learn at JapanesePod101.com. As every lesson must be approved by Sasahara-sensei before being presented to the world, you don’t have to worry about double-checking and cross-referencing.

For more information of Sasahara-sensei please visit our members page.