In case you didn’t know, it’s been really hot in Japan lately— around 90 degrees all week!
Anyway, here are some things I did this past week:
iPhone!: Went to SoftBank with my supervisor. Nothing special really, except I had to pay for the phone in full because I didn’t have some Japanese document. Ouch!
Junior High school visit: My supervisor and I went to the JHS I will be teaching at so I could introduce myself to the staff. Well, I got super nervous and blew my introduction (in Japanese). Embarassing -_-‘
Kindergarten visit: I went to the kindergarten for a half day to play with the kids in the river and generally hang out. One little girl was scared of me and started crying when I tried to talk to her. The kids were soooo cute though! I can’t wait to go back.
Local TV station: filmed a self introduction to be aired on the local news (probably over and over, considering they’re still playing clips from the previous ALT weeks after she left…eek!). After we recorded it, a couple of the people who worked at the TV station wanted me to stay and hang out so they could practice English. We went over some scenarios like going through customs and making a reservation at a restaurant. It was fun ^^
Raided the old ALT house: A couple of my coworkers and I went to the house formerly used by the ALTs in my town…and well…it was a mess! However, there was a good amount of stuff I took back with me like some cooking pots and shelves.
Maebashi Fireworks: Met up with my friend Hayami in Maebashi to see the fireworks and go to the festival! I ate a buttery baked potato, shaved ice, and a chocolate covered banana. Mmmm!
Village library: Went to the small village library with a coworker. There aren’t many books, but there are definitely enough to keep me busy for a while.
I also found 100% buckwheat soba this week! Yayyy
I was basically at the office all week Just studying Japanese and trying to keep busy. One afternoon a coworker, who is in charge of school lunches, spend some time showing me pictures of different school lunches and explaining each one (one for every day of the month). It was kind of cute…I was thinking like…”wow, this woman really likes school lunch!” She seems very proud of and happy with her job, and I think that’s kind of great.
I also ran into another foreigner in the supermarket this week. He was middle aged and came up to talk to me. He talked about his career teaching musicology or something. He was nice, and everything he was talking about was interesting, but he was talking to me in the hot hot hot parking lot and I really just wanted to return to my air conditioned car…
Aaaaaand let’s see. There was a really great TV show on about “beautiful overeating ladies.” Basically a 2 day long eating contest between these four young, beautiful women who can shovel down more food that I can ever dream of. Now that’s entertainment. (Search “oogui” on YouTube if you’re interested)
This week is my village’s festival on the 14th and 15th, and I have more ALT orientation on the 15th and 16th in Maebashi. Hopefully then I will FINALLY be able to go to karaoke! It’s been so long! I’m so excited!
Anyway that’s about it for my past week. Until next time!