Posted in March 2008

Teaching kids…

I started ‘kids training’ today. It was soooooo much fun! ๐Ÿ˜€ I think it’s going to be pretty hard work still, but we get to sing songs and dance and make complete fools of ourselves, so that’s got to be good, right? I have to prepare a lesson for tomorrow, but we’re not teaching real … Continue reading

I love this country!

The smallest, silliest things are making me happy about being in Japan at the moment! Today I finally found a proper, Tesco-style supermarket!ย  I know, I know, it sounds like a pretty ridiculous thing to be excited about, but it was so cool!ย  As a tourist you really never see these things – just convenience … Continue reading

Inkan (ใ„ใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚“)

Yesterday I went to buy my inkan (ใ„ใ‚“ใ‹ใ‚“) (also known as a hanko/ใฏใ‚“ใ“). Inkan are stampers or seals depicting the person’s name. The bizarre thing is that you can just walk into the store and ask for absolutely anything you like – no ID required! Very odd. Anyway, it’s really hard to write my name … Continue reading

Gimme, gimme, gimme fried chicken!

I had my welcome party with my new school tonight! We met n Nagoya City and went to Kurokawa together. As I walked into the school I was surrounded by people! It was quite overwhelming but so so lovely!! Everyone is really really nice and I think I’m going to have such a good time … Continue reading

Initial training day 5…

This week has just been a roller coaster of experiences!ย  My first lesson went well, my second was a little rocky, but I had another go today.ย  I was teaching a harder text, but still not the hardest.ย  It was a lesson about ‘auxilery verbs + Be’ (which, I confess, did freak me out when … Continue reading

What the?!

Ok, so I’m in my hotel room, and I suddenly hear this tuneful little ditty playing on repeat.ย  I look out of the window and there’s this little truck driving past really slowly, playing this tune (a sort of “doodle dooooo, doooodle dooo do”).ย  As it passes the hotels and other buildings in the street, … Continue reading


I found fruit! Yes, whilst I was stood in the Mini Stop, photocopying (yes, I successfully used a photocopier entirely in Japanese today!), I spotted a little fruit shop! The bananas I got weren’t amazing, in fact, they were a little manky, but they were the best bananas I’ve tasted in like a week or … Continue reading

First day of training…

Today was day one of the intense training schedule. I have training from 10.00 – 19.00 today and tomorrow, 12.00 – 21.00 Wednesday – Friday and 11.00 – 20.00 on Saturday, then I get Sunday off and have to start again with kids training on Monday through to Wednesday. Then, apparently I go to my … Continue reading