I am a 20-something English teacher living in Hokkaido. These are my adventures.Anything you are dying to know?
I have a high school student who is going to America to study abroad soon and is really freaked out about it. To be honest, I’m kinda freaked out for her. Not because her English isn’t good, because she is doing really well, but because kids can be complete assholes. Also sometimes teachers can be assholes. I’m super used to talking with people who are learning English and are at different levels, but I’m almost positive that the people in this Wisconsin school are not. To make matters worse, I’m not allowed to give her my email or have any contact with her outside of school because she is not 20 or older. It makes sense, parents in Japan do freak out because of your “intention” with their child. I understand it. I just wish that I could talk with her parents and offer my support. But I would be fired.
I’ve only been playing games in Japanese for a while now because I have a Japanese region 3DS and it can only play Japanese games. For a change, I picked up Zelda: Spirit Tracks and almost flipped out at how fast I could read the text. I forgot I spoke English for a while >.>;
The holidays have been kind of bittersweet so far. Because I have been sick on and off for about a month and have been very busy, I wasn’t able to get my gifts out before Christmas. That will be done this week, but I feel bad it took so long.
New Years is the biggest holiday in Japan. If you ever want to see Japan turned into a ghost town, walk around on New Year’s Eve.
Everyone at school was talking about being with family and having fun. Then they would ask me about my holiday plans and it made me want to cry.
At least I’m going down to Hakodate for a trip this week. I’ll be alone, but I’ll be alone in a city with a lot to explore.
FYI, don’t look at plane ticket prices when you are homesick. I swear it makes them more expensive.
Okay, I get why I’ve been so on edge today. After making it through the kid’s Christmas party, teaching 3 classes, and doing counseling sessions, I was feeling a little dizzy. Taking my temperature, I realized that I was running a 40 C fever O_o
Needless to say, my manager sent me home.
Students keep asking me what I’m doing for Christmas and that just makes me really depressed because it is a normal work day here in Japan. “what are you doing for Christmas?!” “I’m going to get up and go to work. Then I’m going to go home and sleep and get ready for work the next day.”
If you had asked me a month ago, I would have told you that I didn’t care that I wasn’t going home for Christmas. That the season was going to be fantastic anyway. Because of recent events, I can no longer say that. The flu has also been coming on for the last few weeks and it is hitting full force this morning. There will be no calling in sick this week though. We are too busy.
It’s weird to think back to eating sushi in America because it was all roll sushi. It was always really packed with ingredients and stuff. But here in Japan that kind of sushi is not so normal. Most sushi here is nigiri (the chunk of rice with fish on top). Also it’s kind of junk food. You can get good sushi here, but it’s kind of like eating good pizza.