This one’s just for shits and giggles. So please, don’t be offended. If you know me at all, you know I’m a sarcastic bitch. 🙂
One of the things that never ceases to amaze me about Japan is how EVERYONE is interested in my marital status. At every school I have taught at, at some time throughout my first day, someone has asked me if I’m married. And not just the students, the teachers, too!
“Do I have to go today?” Every morning. Never fails. I ask myself how important my role is in the education of Japan’s future. I always conclude that my role is very small, and they most likely won’t remember a quarter of what I teach them in a year from now, but I still force myself to go…
It really seems like everyone in Japan has their shit together. Every morning, I am surrounded by perfectly put together people on the train.
I’ve been in Japan for about nine months now. I’ve had a birthday in Japan, experienced every season, been to awkward drinking parties with Japanese coworkers, and have probably eaten more onigiri and taiyaki than what’s considered normal.
Deer. Temples. And that’s basically Nara. Deer roam around freely, as messengers of the gods in Shinto religion, of Todai-ji (東大寺), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Photos from my trip to Nara include deer at Nara Park (奈良公園), Todai-ji (東大寺), Kofuku-ji (興福寺), and Kasuga Shrine/Kasuga-taisha (春日大社).
Opened in 1909, Tennoji Park is one of the biggest parks in Osaka. With the blooming sakura and relaxing pond, it was quite a beaut!
As I’ve just begun my second year as an ALT in Japan, I will admit that there are times that I wonder if I made the right decision of staying here for another year.
A letter to my future husband. 🙂
Now that I’m 23 years old, graduated college, moved to a foreign county by myself, I have this strange notion that I know a bit (just a little bit) about life now. So, there are a few things that I wish I could tell my 20 year-old self.
I am at that age in my life that I feel like if I’m going to pursue a dream of mine, I’d better start now. The problem is, what is my dream? Do I even have a dream?
For those of you who know me personally, you know that when I first decided on moving to Japan, I’d joke (well, maybe I was about 50% joking…maybe 75%) that I was going to find a Japanese husband and live here forever. Whenever someone posed the question, “Why are you moving to Japan?” my immediate response was, “To find a husband.” Honestly. That’s what I’d say. And it caused a good chuckle.