So young readers, I have finally entered my summer vacation. And so comes the pressure to catch up on my blog from the curious few. I see my last post was as far back as May. With good reason though – unfortunately not a whole lot has happened since then; or so it would seem…
Before I begin though, I’d like to express how happy I am with how much cooler this summer has been (knock on wood) than last year’s. Enjoy this photo out the back of my apartment:
Anyways, later in May, a minor incident occurred. Some friends and I went to a restaurant which subsequently caught fire in a small way. We had to wait around a long time for the police to take a report from us and another young guy who’d been about to interview for a part-time job there. I talk to him a bit in the parking lot as we watched way too many firefighters pretend to look busy.
Later again in May I made it to the Spring Design Festa in Tokyo, but I’ll include those photos in a separate post. Ah, ok, have a teaser:
After that I was pretty busy with school and hadn’t many chances to take exciting photos for a while. A few interesting things did happen though. The school’s Nature Classroom week allowed me to have a bit more fun at work spending time with the kids building things and doing stuff instead of teaching. Just like last year, the 7th grader girls and I built the biggest and most useful stuff for the school (some huge shelves for their classrooms). However, I’m not the kinda guy to be whipping out a camera/phone all the time to take photos, so all I have of that is a picture of my nice quiet lunch break in the park one day:
Another minor event was the old folks’ club cookout. I prodded the other ALTs into coming, and so they came. Of course, as usual, it seems that everyone but me is terrible with directions even with the aid of satnav/GPS… but eventually they made it.
Anyways of course, this time of year brings with it student teachers to the school. This year not one, but three lovely young ladies had returned to their hometown junior high to get some practical teaching experience. I don’t know why they liked me so much…
Anyways, uh, June and July were then pretty busy but fortunately not too hot. I had a lot of work to do translating speeches and things for the bigwigs involved in the exchange program with the middle school in California. And of course lots of work when they actually came too.
There’s one thing I don’t know if I’ve blogged about much before but it’s the forced unpaid overtime here. Teachers especially are incredibly expected to do it all the time. Working in this country is all about seeing who can suffer the most, but you probably already know that.
(they haven’t slept for 3 days in order to practice this piece) (also the stage is a cargo truck)
Haha, they probably actually got enough sleep, but seriously these people. I always try and make sure I get time to enjoy the flowers at least:
I’ll continue later on, but really, nothing incredibly exciting is going on in my personal life on the grand scale of things. Maybe if I get into more of a daily blog groove you’ll get a better picture of things around here.