Where have I been??

I know all my die-hard fans out there have been wondering what the heck has happened to their favorite blog. Well…in short, a lot! I made the move from Japan to my hometown briefly, and then to New York. I never wrote about a lot of really great things that I did in my last…

See you next later!

“See you next later!”–That’s what one of my students just said to me as he left the staff room after “cleaning time” today. It reminded me of the fact that I’m going to be hearing lots of goodbyes very soon. In exactly one month from today I will leave Japan after being here for two…

Pit stop in Shizuoka

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Shizuoka, a prefecture not too far from my own. But with my time in Japan winding down, and seriously high shinkansen (bullet train) ticket prices, I really didn’t think I would make it there. However, as I mentioned in my last post about shibori, I recently went…

Japanese Shibori

For a while, I had been seeing this beautiful indigo blue and white fabric all over the internet, on blogs and pinterest, on online shopping sites. I loved it instantly–it was like a sophisticated version of tie-dye.   I did a quick google search to discover the name of the style, and learned it’s called…

What they’ve said to me lately

I just thought I’d do a quick update about some funny things kids have said to me lately. At an English camp I volunteered at for elementary school kids, the students in my group were asking the volunteers questions about their home countries. Here’s how one conversation went: Student: I heard there are many fat…

Off to Okinawa

I was so excited to go to Okinawa during Golden Week this year. My time in Japan is winding down, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it there or not. BUT I DID!!!!! And it was amazing. My friend Faye and I had a great time on some amazing beaches in…

Waterfalls and canyons

Last weekend my friend Faye and I went “canyoning,” through a company called Canyons. I’d previously done something similar to this in Puerto Rico, but that course was labeled as “rappelling.” Here I am with Nivi during our rappelling excursion in Puerto Rico: I absolutely loved the rappelling tour, and perhaps more importantly, I felt…

Those charmers

My Japanese students often compliment me, and it’s quite cute, especially because of their small mistakes in English. So here is a list of my favorites: Today during writing time in an English class the students were supposed to write about their past, present, and future. Here is what one student wrote: Male student: Me….

Bunkasai

Does your school have (or did it have) school festivals? I don’t really remember having them except for in elementary school. All the parents would volunteer and each classroom would have a different type of activity. I remember the “fishing” game was always really popular. Usually there would be a big “screen” (paper) decorated to…

English Club

I haven’t really mentioned my English Club on this blog, that I can remember. Part of that is because according to school rules, I’m not allowed to post pictures of my students on the internet. (I think it’s ok if you can’t see their faces, but I’m still paranoid about it.) So although we’re doing…