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.
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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
ribu-sensei* da 'ittle one* shouku-chan* blissfully naive weirdo *personal favorites
... 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:
... in other news, bowing is fun.