Note l that the Japanese word for electric fan is せぷうき (senpuuki) and the Japanese word for ritual suicide is せぷっく (seppuku). Try not to mix the two up when in a department trying to ask where the electric fans are. (｡-_-｡)
I went on a random date with a Japanese girl today. I kinda thought this was weird and deserved documentation because of the chain of events that lead up to this.
So let’s start at the beginning of the chain of events…
Alright, so if you didn’t know already… Japan still gets a lot of earthquakes. Being in a mountain basin somewhat cushions you from the effects, but that doesn’t protect us from all of them. This is a pretty awesome YouTube video visualizing the earthquakes in Japan over the past year. If you’re one for stats, this is *your* video.
Stopped at the crosswalk and saw this guy squirming around on the ‘Walk’ button. Looks like this guy got a little confused climbing up this telephone pole. Picture is of the little guy zipping up a nearby tree that I transferred it too. It only stopped briefly enough for me to snap this photo and … Continue reading
So I’ve definitely been meeting my fair share of challenges over here in Japan. Seems like something new pops up every week from trying to borrow a wrench at a bicycle shop and getting berated to getting into a shouting match with my friend over her driving after drinking (loooong story – maybe I’ll devote a blog entry to it). I run into challenges in the classroom too when trying to figure out ways to teach the kids in new, fun ways.
Luckily, when things go well in the classroom, it makes me forget about everything. The feeling of fulfillment I get from leaving an excited, happy class of students is super rewarding. I did a lot of research before I came over and I was warned on several accounts that I would be challenged mentally/socially/even physically as an ALT. Unfortunately, I couldn’t possibly imagine these kind of situations on this level.
However, I will leave you with a great bit of advice from a former ALT that I has helped me out. “Challenges in life come at all times and must be treated as opportunities to learn, These opportunities help discover strengths that one never knew one had.”
Good thing I *just* got my raincoat in the mail!
Sonnova-beech! This kind of stuff is happening to me everyday!
Yes, I can use chopsticks: the everyday microaggressions that grind us down | The Japan Times Online.
So I got my first gas bill and was just about bowled over at how much it was. I had been putting off looking into how hot the water was coming out of my faucet (it was scalding hot…), but this was the last motivator I needed… Continue reading
I’ve been watching my ES students all week plant vegetables in front of the school. It’s really making me want some fresh tomatoes. Tomatoes are stupid expensive in Japan; roughly a plum sized tomato will run you about 150¥! I tried making salsa once and it cost me over $20! Blah… Anyways, here’s to some … Continue reading
The tea lady at my school handed me my own coffee cup this morning! This is really awesome. They never want me to leave.