Closing April

Closing April

The end of April draws to a close. So many things have happened. Spring is running madly past me and in marches Summer. Oh summer…I do not covet the heat you will bring, but I am dearly in want of my parents!! They will come to get me and drag my limp body home to … Continue reading

You Only Had One Job Body

You Only Had One Job Body

There was ONE thing I never wanted to experience in Japan; there was only one. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said it or how many people I have said it to. I was DESPERATELY EMPHATIC about it. Some of you will know since I’m sure I told you! I did not want … Continue reading

Texan Winter Wonderland

Texan Winter Wonderland

We don’t get a lot of snow in Texas. In fact, when it snows in Texas we shut everything down. I’ve lived there for so long that I can tell when a snow will stick, if it has been warm enough, or even if the schools are going to close. The thing is, it snows … Continue reading

Kyoto and Back Again

Kyoto and Back Again

I wanted to see Kyoto in the fall. I wanted to see the Kyoto I’d heard could make you cry because of the intensity of the momiji -“red leaves”. The tradition of visiting a place in order to see leaves that have turned for autumn is called momijigari –a combination of the words momiji and  kari “hunting”. … Continue reading

Yokohama

Every year a group of older Japanese people, most of who are a part of the international group here, get together and go on a trip. They invite ALTs in order to study English and travel together. While I’ve run into some issues with a few of them, I went last year and again this … Continue reading

Test or Tesuto

Test or Tesuto

…as my students call it. This past Wednesday I had a test of sorts. At least, that’s what it felt like.  What it was actually suppose to be, and was really, is a chance for us ALTs to share games and thoughts with our coworkers. Common issues with said meeting: -‘respectful’ coworkers sleep through your … Continue reading