You know you’ve lost your “New in Japan” smell when participating in the following conversation has no effect: Liv: So what is something you can do in Sakiio? Student: You can … go Kanikamayama Temple. Liv: Cool! What else can you do? Student: You can eat … octopus balls. Liv [without missing a beat, ladies […]
Apparently, one must stand in line from 6 am if one expects to get tickets to the last day of a sumo match. Fortunately, I am the easily consoled type – a shot like this does much to assuage my disappointment.
At this tender point in my tenure with my school, I have only a few regular shifts. Every once in a while, when, I suppose, there is a surplus of substitute teachers, I have been called in to do something out of the norm. Today was one of those days. I received a call from […]
At my school, the staff encourages the students to keep journals in English. Between classes, the English teachers are asked to check out and proofread said journals. This is a request that appeals strongly to me – not only do I get to brandish my editing skills from my former life but my love of Engrish will […]
… how staff members refer to me when telling parents that I will be taking over such-and-such other teacher’s class. Yesterday, in one of my children’s classes, my lesson plan focused on the vocabulary for “moon,” “star,” “planet,” etc and the staff suggested I do this arts and crafts project to make it more fun: […]