The new school

It’s a new term which means I started at a new school. Before I get into the pictures, I wanted to share these hilarious comments a student made yesterday. I was eating lunch with the kids and I was sitting next to a particularly hilarious boy. We’ll call him Boy A. He mostly was talking…

Greatest hits 4/9-4/15

You may have noticed that I skipped last week’s greatest hits. That’s because I was in Oregon and I figured my posts about that kind of overshadowed a greatest hits post. Anyway here’s the newest one! 1. The second Saturday of every month I go to the public library and read English books to kids…

Return to the motherland

Going back to Portland after being in Japan for seven months was a surreal experience. To be honest I didn’t need to go back; I wasn’t homesick. As much as I love my friends, family, and the city I consider home, I seem to have never developed the “homesick” bone. Of course I miss people…

That’s a school, right…?

One of my favorite things about the new school I started working in this month is that it looks like an insane asylum.  I know you weren’t expecting to hear that. You probably thought I’d say something about how nice the staff is or how excited the students are. Well those things are true too,…

Staying home from work in Japan

You may have heard that it’s impossible to take sick day in Japan. Employers often expect their employees to be at work through the thick and thin. This might be true for Japanese employees in Japan, but it doesn’t appear to be true for foreigners working in Japan, at least not for me. Yesterday morning…

Staff trip to Yokohama

A few weekends ago I went on a staff trip to Yokohama. It was cold and pretty miserable day and I wasn’t feeling very well, but I managed to take a few pictures. We had a Chinese buffet on a ship and I got a bit sea-sick 😦  

What are you doing over there??

I feel like a lot of people aren’t exactly aware of what I am doing in Japan. Sure, most of you know I’m teaching, but the teaching I’m doing deserves quotation marks. So, yes, I’m “teaching” in Japan. I’m actually considered an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) here. Please notice I would like to put a…

It’s Saturday. Go to school.

For what? A basketball game? A band performance? How long do I have to be there? Wait, the whole school has to go? You must be crazy. In the States, if we had to tell the entire school they were REQUIRED to be at school on a Saturday, we would have a few hundred kids…