Friday, October 31, 2008


On the 27th, I went to Nishi Nakada ES. It was fun. Not much to report.
The other days I stayed at my school. Not much to really report from that. I'm slowly learning some more names. Got taught a word that, if I had just begun learning Japanese, I probably shouldn't know, but I've learned Japanese for long enough to feel fine knowing yet another naughty word. I think my inability to learn some of the names of the students is getting on their nerves as noted by "え、もう教えた" and then lack of name giving again. Damn retardation in the area of name remembering. Feel in love with the first years again through Halloween activities and with third years through...talking with them. I think I could fall in love with the second years if I were there more often...but I'm not, so it's kinda hard to do that.
Tests in two weeks. That should be fun.

Oh, also had a pretty big earthquake Wednesday night/Thursday morning. And by pretty big, I mean it's the biggest I've ever felt but it really wasn't that big.

Sunday, October 26, 2008


I didn't leave the apartment at all today. I stuck my head out the window and looked at some helicopters and at the sign at the base of the apartment that says something like "People who move want" or something like that.
Not much was accomplished today other than completing some images, and sketching via PS...which I rather don't like. This is the first one for my Boxer-briefs club (I hate the bg, but we'll be working on it_, and the other one since I've drawn a give on a skull for the past two years, I decided to switch it up to make it a girl AND a skull. I rather don't like drawing on the computer, but we'll work on that in the days to come.
Don't snakes smell with their tongues? Watching HP2. That made me think of that. It's at the part where he's cornered by the Basilik, or however you spell it.
Anyway, didn't leave my apartment, wrote some emails, watched some movies, drew some pictures, drunk some liquor. I need to cut that last part out...tomorrow...or the day after...

Saturday, October 25, 2008


Today, I woke up late by choice, and then went shopping. I got a really gay plastic pad thing. It's not like homosexual gay, it's just really weird. The man in the speedo did it for me. After seeing that, I had to buy it. I also accidentally got a ¥1500 pen/pencil for my schedule thing. That pen/pencil better save my life one day. That is all I can really say about that. I also got another pen and a Happy Wedding card for my friend.
After that, I got a giant pig, and two small pigs as a wedding present. It may sound weird, but I hope they like it. I also got a small necklace for myself that I can wear to work, and some hair pins which I hope works in my hair.
After that, I went to the Disney store and bought some 50% off Vampire Stitch, a notebook, a pen, and a pencil.
Then, I went grocery shopping (it really had been awhile), and then got some bread from the most delicious bakery I think I've ever been to. It's my version of crack. I really do think it is.
Came home, and put the stuff away. Then started to type these up. Now, I think I'll watch a movie or ten and study...'cause I do have homework. The JET language course came to my desk on Monday, and I've been attempting to do them everyday since. The damn Kanji keep getting me. I have to make more flashcards...and that is what I forgot to buy that I had to. Oh well. There is always this afternoon/tomorrow/after that.
I didn't actually study. I cleaned a little, filled out a form, and took it to the post and then bought some things I keep meaning to get but always forget shampoo, and whatnot. I also updated my bank book, so life is good now that I have some idea where my money has been going and all.

...I also got some wine. I'm waiting until at least 5, maybe 6, to start making dinner and open up that wine. It should be a nice thing. A nice thing indeed.


Today was a full day. I had 5 third year classes, and one first year class. It was pretty good. Tiring, but good. The teachers and I didn't have time to make a lesson, so I just came in and walked around the classroom. Perhaps not the most entertaining lesson, but it was enough for me. I got to do a dialogue with a few of them. It was pretty good. Luckily I was able to memorize my lines.
Not many booze, since I really don't have many left...although I did buy two beers...but I didn't finish even one.


More first year fun times. More popping in through windows. More strange looks from the other teachers and I'm crouching outside a window waiting to pop up and tell everyone what time it is in America and how the weather is. It was rather cold today. Rather. But, it was fun. I didn't really startle anymore students...unfortunately...or fortunately...I'm not sure which.
Today was also 'Viking' lunch - basically a buffet for a couple of third year classes and their teachers. It was pretty fun. I didn't eat anything, but hung out with the students and started to try to remember names; my next goal in this experiment of teaching. It turns out, they don't seem to hate me, so life is good. The least I can do for them is to remember their names.
More booze, and more bread, and more movies.


Today was a day of retribution...(ie: it sucked). The speech really didn't go over too well, especially that first time. The speech wasn't too bad as far as speeches of my caliber go, but the Q&A really sucked. I don't think I really understood the questions, and then I gave crappy answers. It really sucked, but there is nothing to do about it now...although the liquor and bread did help me feel better at least. Perhaps not the best way to make up for crappy behavior, but it kinda works. The second time wasn't as bad 'cause I had heard the questions before, but it still sucked. Basically, about half way through I wanted it to end, but obviously that can't be done. I just hope the 3rd years don't hate me for good now. If they do, effing H, but if they don't then I'm safe.


I had some fun with first years since second years didn't have normal classes today (it's a special week revolving around dreams and the future). After that, I went to a seminar about Classroom Management. It was pretty good. It turns out I'm a "Firm but Fair-style" teacher. Yeah for me. Second was the "Laissez-faire style," but #1 is clearly #1. "Authoritarian" came in just about as last as you can get. There's another style, but I'll leave that one a mystery. ...I'm too lazy to turn the page back over.
Came home, and watched some movies, and typed up my speech for tomorrow, and picked out what parts of what movies to show. It took forever, but I did it. The speech is about 8 pages long. This is really going to suck.


Nishi Nakada Elementary school keeps getting better and better. The lesson was pretty least for me. I got to possess some kids, and then give them all candy - good deal. I also got to wear a much as a child's cape and a mini hat go. But, what made the visit golden was that some boy kept yelling out 'panties' and then asked if I knew what that meant and I said yes and then called him "panties-kun" and we all had a laugh. Then they taught me that thumbs down means 'die' in Japan. Not too sure if that is true of if they are just kidding around with me, but, either way, I just laughed along with them. Then their teacher made them say sorry for all the rude things they had said to me (since his buddy did end up joining in the panty/gesture fun). It was kinda cute. I don't particularly care, but I can see why they don't want kids to think it's okay to yell such things out since I know some people who would have been offended.
Went back to school after that, and helped out with one class. Startled some kid 'cause I appeared at a window. It was a good lesson.

Sunday, October 19, 2008


Today I headed out to the subway to go to the Loft to pick up a bag for Halloween goodies, and a couple of movies, when I stumbled upon the Taihaku-ku People Fest. It was kinda interesting, but mostly it was just games for kids, and food stalls. There was dancing, but I didn't stay for long.
At the Loft, I got a pumpkin bag for the goodies. Then, I went to the HMV in Loft. It's a music and movie store. I found Transporter and Transporter 2. I also got a CD. After that, I bought a marker. Just one...and by that I mean 4. I went to get one and then saw three others that looked nice too. But, they will be used, so I didn't buy them for naught. After, I went to Jupiter (a foreign goods in food goods) and bought some cookies 'cause I was going to go to a woman's house to make food (she's teaching me!). So, I got the cookies.
From there, I got on the train going the wrong way, so I got off and got on the right one. From there, I went to my stop, and went into the Mall. I bought some bread...which I ate all of 'cause it is damn good bread.
I finished most of the prep for tomorrow's class. Watched the Transporters and found a good scene to use if it weren't for the nipples showing. Drat. It was possible the best scene of its kinda and it's out the window 'cause of nipples. Drat.
At around 5, I left my apartment to go meet up with the woman who was going to teach me how to cook. We met up, I met her kids and we went to her house. It's a rather nice house. I liked it. And the cooking was a lot of fun!! It was a great night!! I have her eldest son, Takumi, tomorrow at the Elementary School.
She gave me a lift home. After that, I made mini-crabs, and started to write this. I'm rather tired, but I have to study I will, and then it's off to bed.


Today was the Imonikai...or, as I lovingly call it, the River Party. We made some stew and hung out on the river. I think I got some sun. It was surprisingly warm. Almost hot. The party started at about 11, and ended around 3-ish. It was a lot of fun, and the stew was amazingly tasty. That, and the mochi. Hand made mochi. I got to hit the mochi - it was fun.
After that, some of us hit up the Book-off. That was nice. I got 3 movies and a CD. I'm looking for a good one for stuntman-showing-off. It's harder than it looks. I thought that "Mr. and Mrs. Smith" might work, but I don't think it will. I'm going to try to find Transporter tomorrow. That should work.

Friday, October 17, 2008


Today I was supposed to go to 3 nen-sei, but they had tests, so I went to some 1 nen-sei instead. That was nice. With fall break being a break I feel like I haven't seen them in such a long time. I surprised one of the 3 nen-sei this morning by sneaking kinda behind him when he was at his desk and asking "What are you doing?" rather quickly. That was probably one of the highlights of my day.
Yeah, I won that round.
I left after lunch to go to a seminar on Second Language Acquisition. It was rather intriguing. Apparently it's basically impossible for a Japanese person to hear the different between 'r' and 'l' unless they hear it a lot between the time they are born and the time they are 1.5 years old. Kinda sucks.
After that, I went Halloween Supply shopping. I got me some nifty stuff. Namely this awesome outfit...and some markers. Still gotta get some candy and something to put the candy in. I also got an alarm clock. There was one that looked like a robot that I liked, but I couldn't figure out how to work it, so I gave up on that one. I also felt the rugs again. Yup, I'm definitely going to be getting that blue one come next week when I have my pay check. I also found some presents for my Mommy, and sister in the same building/department store. So, come pay day (and after finding something for my father...and wrapping 'em!!) I'll be posting that. A few months wait makes the opening that much better. I have no idea what he'd want though. Oh well. I'll find something.
After that, Moloko (yeah, I wasn't alone through all this...) and I went to the AER building. She tried on a jacket, I translated. She didn't buy jacket, I translated. It was a good thing. Then we went to Maruzen. She got a book, I got two. But seriously, Medical mystery and Physic Detective. Who can blame me? I mean, really. Think about it. Those are two separate books, but as one purchase it makes an awesome thought.
But, now I'm tired and will probably hit the hay early. There's a river party tomorrow that needs to be rested up for. ...and I also have to get out some cash since my little Halloween preparations today, and everywhere takes cash here. It's an all around good idea to have cash.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Today was school as normal. That is to say that it wasn't a Thursday schedule at all, it was a Tuesday one, and we had something going on in the morning. Today was opening ceremony. That was the way opening ceremonies are. After that, had class with the 1 nen-sei's. A couple of them. 2 to be specific. Had some fun with "Who is~?" form. The other class we got to do a speaking activity. I handed by speech over to be edited to the teacher. Over 10 pages of dreamy goodness. I'll see how that 'dreamy goodness' stands up to the test of time...or editing. I think the editing is going to kill it, but that is what I get for not studying...and the teacher gets for asking the foreigner to do a speech.
At about 3.30, I left to go to Nishi Nakada Elementary School for some good times lesson planning. It was good times. I was early. It was a good day. We made a plan. A good plan. A plan-like plan. It's about Halloween. It should be fun. I get to go get a costume over the weekend...'cause one set of classes is on Monday (which I just found out about today). So, good times with quick planning. Halloween is really sneaking up on us here. About two weeks 'til it's here. I'm excited. Are you excited?
On a completely different note, I love my rug. I think I will get the blue one later on. I really just want to go roll on it. In fact, I might just go do that.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


Today is the last day of holiday. Tomorrow is work. A Tuesday schedule on a Thursday actually. We may or may not have an opening ceremony. I'm not sure yet...and I won't be sure until tomorrow when it happens or doesn't happen.
Went to get my Re-entry permit today with Kevin. It was nice, but one heck of a walk since we didn't know where it was and we got some interesting directions (mostly my fault that, probably). Either way, we made it, got a grumpy man who doesn't like foreigners, left to get the stamp, got a couple of more fun directions for the post office, got to the post office, got the stamp, got back and got the permit. We can now re-enter Japan as many times as we feel necessary for the next 3 years.
After that, we walked back to Sendai station. We went separate ways. I went to LOFT and got me a couple of rugs (the blue one was out :( ) and a yoga mat. The rug is for warming up the apartment...and giving color. The other is so I don't drip on the floor when I come out of the shower. And the yoga mat is Which I'm sure you could have guessed. Kinda sad that I didn't get the blue one. Maybe I'll go back and get the smaller blue on after pay day...which is next week.
Tomorrow is class and I've yet to make up a worksheet for "Who is this?" Perhaps it won't be too terrible. Perhaps it will. Who knows. I also gotta to finish writing that speech. GOOD THING I LOVE GIVING SPEECHES SO MUCH. I kinda want to skip out on my speech and go listen to the soccer players. Now that sounds interesting.


Haven't really been updating 'cause I really haven't felt like it. Since I'm writing mostly 'cause I want to, I figure if I don't want to do it one day...or half a month, then I don't really have to. I'll try to get into the habit of doing it everyday. Who knows when I'll want to know about what happened even if it is mostly everyday things. It might be those everyday things that I miss the most. Who knows. All I do know is that I'll try. I make no promises, but trying is all I can do.
So, not much probably happened at school from 09.30-10.03. Probably hung out with the third years. I had an ALT meeting on the first...just like every month.
On the 4th, I went to Akiu and had some good nude times. By that I mean that I and a few other people went to an Onsen. It was fun. Met some Japanese from Fukushima. Not at the onsen, but on the walk towards the onsen.
Probably didn't do anything important on the 5th.
6-10 not too much to report. I went to help out at a school on the 9th, and then went to a seminar in the afternoon. Basically, I came back for lunch, and then left again. I also taught the third years "Wassup?" on Wednesday, but I'm not sure they got it. The one guy remembered it...after I said that I would be sad and cry if he didn't. The answer has yet to be learned.
"I'm fine, how are you?"
sounds a little strange, don't you think? I do. The whole "nothin'" as a reply seems to allude them. Oh well. That will come with time and practice. The 10th was also the ending of the semester. Had a nice little ceremony and enjoyed we always do when there is s ceremony. I did think that it was interesting that one of the teachers went and told one of the students to go tuck in his shirt. It was the cool guy who plays can tell he's cool by the fact that his shirt wasn't tucked in. I'm not sure it ever really is. I think on the 10th I went Karaoke-ing. I'm sure I did, in fact.
The 11th and 12th were Sport's Festival. Had to work. On the 11th, I went to the office, did some office like things, and then went to watch Volleyball. We lost to Tomizawa, and then won the next game...against someone whose name I forget. At night, I went to a concert with Jessica. It was pretty nice, but I still think the singer guy is probably a jerk in real life. On the 12th, I went to watch Baseball. We lost in the very last inning. I didn't notice any of them crying, but there might have been tears of sorrow. After that, went and had lunch, then went to a famous tofu shop (the tofu sucks up flavor like a brand new vacuum), and then to buy the traditional candy of Akiu...which I think is called hago. Perhaps. Perhaps.
After that, the 13th was a Sport's Holiday. I went to volunteer with a program for Down's Syndrome kids and their siblings. I meet one of my students there. I was quite surprised about that. After which I walked to Sendai with Mina and Mike, we had lunch, and then I went to the AER building. Went to Maruzen, and then to Office Vender. I now have the best schedule any 9 year old has ever seen. It's pretty sweet. Also got a kick arse pen with 7 colors, some highlighters, and some notebooks. Gotta work on this whole "studying" thing.
The 14th was a holiday. I cleaned my room like no ones business. Then, later, went out to meet with Caye and Jeremy. We went to Maruzen...I got more books, but this time they are Turkish and Russian, so they are for studying...studying. From there we had dinner, and then kinda split up and went our separate ways. It was a nice day.