Falling into Autumn

Falling into Autumn

With the start of September, Tokyo Summer ended: no more yukatas, festivals, and fireworks shows. However, now that fall is officially here I’m excited for cooler weather and changing leaves. Tokyo summers are brutal. Heck, even today I find myself profusely sweating everywhere I walk.  Anyway, I welcomed the fall equinox in the best possible way, with a day trip and hiking. Saturday I went to Yokohama with some friends. One member of our group lives there and wanted to…

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Rain Rain Go Away

Rain Rain Go Away

Am I the only one that was blissfully unaware of how much it rains in Tokyo? The sad part is prior to moving here I traveled around for a month. Guess what, it rained most of the days I was here! Anyway, a month or so ago I finally accepted that Tokyo is a rainy city. There are definitely more rainy days than sunny days. I don’t think that knowing this ahead of time would have changed my mind on…

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Typhoon Fever

Typhoon Fever

Last Thursday I shared how one of my schools let me join a dance class and learn Soran bushi. Well, the next day at my other school the first grade teacher invited me to join her class in the afternoon for game time. We met earlier that day for English class and I ate lunch with them. The kids were thrilled I got to spend so much time with them. During game time we got to practice our skills at…

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Soran Bushi Dance

Soran Bushi Dance

Yesterday at my favorite school I started the day with two planning periods. The vice principal suggested that I walk around the building instead of sitting at my desk for two hours. I asked her if there was a music, art, or PE class I could participate in. She happily informed me that the fifth and sixth graders were practicing dances during those periods and led the way. First period I watched the sixth graders practice a dance and acrobatics…

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Conquering Mount Fuji 

Conquering Mount Fuji 

Summer is officially over. My school assignments are in full swing. However, I had time for one last summer adventure. Last Sunday and Monday I climbed and conquered Japan’s highest mountain, Mount Fuji. After nearly six months in Japan, I can finally cross something off of my bucket list. Not to sound arrogant or crazy in shape (because I don’t consider myself either) but I didn’t find the climb as difficult as I imagined. However, the descent was more brutal…

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Party Till the Break of Dawn

Party Till the Break of Dawn

Would you believe me if I told you it took me nearly six months to party all night in a city as vibrant and crazy as Tokyo? Maybe I wasn’t out partying until daybreak every night in France, but I was out dancing at least 3 to 4 times per week. I feel like I’ve become more antisocial in Japan because I don’t have many friends and for the first time in my life, I live alone. However, when I…

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Back to School

Back to School

Summer is finally winding down, the cicada singing is slowly disappearing, and schools are getting back into the swing of things. The Japanese school year starts in April and students enjoy a 5 or 6 week summer vacation. Yesterday was my first day back at my favorite school. I firmly believe that with every passing day, I love that school more and more. If I were a teacher I would try and get a permanent position at this school and…

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A Day Trip to Kamakura

A Day Trip to Kamakura

A few weeks ago my summer school holiday started and what better way to kick things off then with a day trip?! During my first few months in Tokyo I haven’t exactly been a social butterfly because I knew summer was coming and with it a lack of assignments and therefore money. However, I planned accordingly my first few months during my antisocial period and now I’m allowing myself to explore a bit. Just don’t expect me to start balling…

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Shake, Shake, Shake

Shake, Shake, Shake

If you suspect this post is about milkshakes your e going to be sorely disappointed. Two nights ago I felt my first earthquake since moving to Tokyo. I’m sure everyone is aware that Japan is earthquake prone and one can frequently feel small earthquakes. However, I’ve been here four months and never felt the finest inclination of subterranean vibration. Well, until the early morning hours this past Wednesday.  It was about 2 am when all of a sudden I wake…

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Boys Will Be Boys

Boys Will Be Boys

Yesterday I taught two third year classes at a junior high school (equivalent to 9th graders). It was my first time seeing one of the classes so I gave them a brief self introduction. When I finished the class clown looked at me and said, “You’re cute.” All I could do was shake my head and give a sarcastic thanks. Hm, I just remembered that Japanese people don’t do well with sarcasm so he probably thought it was a genuine…

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