tonbo cafe

Welcome to tonbo cafe in Second Life!  The purpose of this virtual environment is to meet people and do cultural exchange activities between English and Japanese speakers.  Knowing Japanese is very beneficial when visiting as most visitors speak very little English and a whole lot of Japanese.  I make it a point to speak in both languages when necessary.   First in English, then quickly into Japanese.  That way everybody participating understands one another.  Beyond helping everyone understand the conversation, this also provides valuable interpretation experience.  For those who can’t do this, I help interpret for them too!

At the front bar, we have a couple of useful tools available.  First is the Virtual Hub, which provides various vocabulary lists and useful study materials.  Then there is the memo pad, which is used to take notes and display pictures for everyone to refer to while we are talking.

In the back, we have a library, a game board, and a TV.  The library has various study materials.  You can study both Japanese and English here.  A larger scale Virtual Hub is located here as well.  The game board can play several different card games like a version of skip-bo and monopoly.  There is also a TV where videos can be watched.

I tried my best to make tonbo cafe look as relaxing and inviting as possible.  Right now we have a cherry blossom spring theme with various times of day that slowly pass by.  There are birds chirping with flowing water sounds in the background.  Dragonflies are dancing in the air, while the sun dazzles on the endless ocean view in front of all the guests.

If you haven’t been to tonbo cafe lately, please come stop by sometime!

Onomatopoeia in conversations!

These are from our recent discussions at tonbo cafe!  Let’s take a closer look.


leisurely; slowly; gradually

Pretty soon we’d better wrap up this break and get back to work.


sputtering; smoldering

He is always grumbling about his small allowance.

The fallen column was still smoldering.


messy; confused; disorderly

All sorts of things are jumbled [mixed] up together.


state of being dried out

This bread is all dried out.


stiff; starchy

This sheet is stiff.


with a crack (e.g. branches, knuckles)

The screen of the smartphone shattered.