On June 15th my Sado sensei (tea ceremony teacher) hosted a farewell tea ceremony in my honor. It was such a kind gesture and I was really touched when she suggested doing it. She invited other tea ceremony students, many whom I’d met for the new year tea ceremony but of course because of the … [Read more…]
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…]
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…]