Due to . . .

So, I went to Tokyo on Saturday, by airplane.  It was planned to be a one day quick trip.  I was going to return to Akita Saturday night on the last flight.  It was so beautiful in Tokyo.  Warm weather with the plums in bloom:

We arrived at Haneda airport around 7:00 p.m. for our 8:00 p.m. flight, and found this sign: canceled due to snow.

We quickly checked the time for the last shinkansen and found we were too late.  We had no hotel reservation and no change of clothes.  Quickly we called many hotels and finally found one with an open room in Hamamatsu cho.  So we spent the night in Tokyo.

The next day, we were finally able to make it back to Akita around 4:00 p.m. and found this waiting for us at home:

We spent two hours shoveling snow before we could even get into our house.  A great end to our “quick” trip.

Due to”  is very common and a convenient way to give a reason:

School was cancelled due to influenza.

The concert was cancelled due to low ticket sales.

Due to a low viewership, theTV program was cancelled.

Due to a terrible President, America is going through a very hard time. 

English class is cancelled due to a tired teacher!

I hope you can use this phrase in our class this week.