Another late post, but I really wanted to write about this as it was a notable experience and a cultural piece of my time and work here that I couldn’t forgo mentioning. As I mentioned in my post about graduation ceremonies in Japan, the Japanese school year ends in March and begins in April. With any beginning or end, there … [Read more…]
I noticed this post sitting in my draft box, finished but for whatever reason never published. So here’s a throw back to November, and one of the most enjoyable parts of my job as an ALT- Speech Contest!
Of course to follow up my last post on Graduation, the inevitable end of the school year was soon to follow. For me it almost seemed to end abruptly and at the same time mundanely. I had taken some time off near the end of the school year due to having visitors (more on that … [Read more…]
March in Japan means the end of the school year and changes on the horizon, and of course along with that comes sotsugyo: graduation. Since I teach at both a kindergarten and Junior High School, I was able to see two graduations, and all the pomp and circumstance (minus the actual song) that comes along … [Read more…]
As I make my final preparations for my trip home for the holidays and look at wrapping up my nearly 5 month mark here in Japan I’m happy to say that I’m leaving on such a high note. Over the past few months it’s been easy to get caught up in the everyday grind, and … [Read more…]
Finally the big event came…and went. It was absolutely awesome though and in my opinion totally worth the wait and endless practices. Words fail me to describe what a fun day it was. I wish I could post some of the many awesome pictures and videos I was able to get of the event, but … [Read more…]
Friday was the first day I started teaching at the pre-k and kindergarten. I have been looking forward to working with the little ones since I heard that I had a placement there and couldn’t wait to be able to go there. Kindergarten in Kamogata started this week, so finally I got to be around … [Read more…]
Ok, so maybe 300 is a hyperbole, but this “first day of school” is definitely among many, although it is my first day of school in a foreign country! I started at my school (aka work) last week, but yesterday marked the first day of second term for the students. Japan starts and ends their … [Read more…]