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A Weekend Diary: Summer Break (Part 1)

Do you have those kinds of days? Those kinds of days where you’re sat in your chair or aimlessly walk around the house, staring into space? Since summer break started, that’s ALL I’ve been doing. That’s not saying I don’t have things to do – I have plenty – I just don’t have the interest… Continue reading A Weekend Diary: Summer Break (Part 1)

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Oyster Sauce and Eggs: Versatility!

Before becoming accustomed to un-American foods, you could never have convinced me to eat something like oyster sauce. Even though I believed myself a consumer of just about anything, my scope was rather limited when I think about it. Brussels sprouts? Sure! Asparagus? No problem. Poached eggs? As long as they didn't have Hollandaise sauce,… Continue reading Oyster Sauce and Eggs: Versatility!

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A Trip Back in Time: The Hime-sama Parade

What do you think of when you hear “princess?” For most people, that means DISNEY DISNEY DISNEY! For others, expanses of rolling green hills, cramped forests and intimidating castles are called to mind. While these “western” influences do permeate the Japanese imagination, the term “princess” possesses something more unique. Like with most countries, Japanese princesses… Continue reading A Trip Back in Time: The Hime-sama Parade

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School Lunch, Ep. 6

Hello, again! It's me with your school lunch update. You'll have to excuse my tardiness. On Fridays, I want to ignore everything I'm meant to be doing. Unfortunately, that means remaining in a stale state, staring dumbly off into the distance. It's Monday again and I need to shake off the funk. I present to you… Continue reading School Lunch, Ep. 6

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School Lunch, Ep. 5

Good afternoon, everyone! We're finally getting a bit of those April showers here in Japan. The downside to that is that it's chilly. Soon we'll be wishing it back when summer beats down on us. Anyway, I hope your lunch hour went well. What did you eat? I remember eating fried chicken and potato salad the majority… Continue reading School Lunch, Ep. 5

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School Lunch, Ep. 4

Before we get started, have you read my other entries on school lunch? Please be sure to catch up by reading Episodes One, Two, and Three. And awa~y we go~! School lunch is back! And bo~y am I grateful. Just because a new school year starts doesn't mean school lunches are immediately in effect. When… Continue reading School Lunch, Ep. 4

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May your hair be cured! (short ver.)

Damaged hair. Why are women (and men) subconsciously obsessed with it? And why are they obsessed with it looking good? The anthropologist in everyone would tell you, “It’s because good looks reflect the health of the individual. Health was coveted; therefore, valuable to have in a mate.” Health meant attractive and attractiveness meant one would… Continue reading May your hair be cured! (short ver.)

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Another Year, Gone

Aa~h, the hustle and bustle of preparing for graduation. Another year, gone. Like every school in Japan, I sit here at my desk and watch the other teachers clean, organize, and sort out their remaining business before leaving for new beginnings. Some will retire, some will depart for a fresh school, and some will go… Continue reading Another Year, Gone

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School Lunch, Ep. 3

Good morning, everyone. It's Friday here in Japan and the sun has just crested over the hills. The temperature is 7 degrees (C) but it feels a lot colder. What's even more upsetting is that the school refuses to turn on the heater. Please excuse me while I slowly wither away inside. This is a… Continue reading School Lunch, Ep. 3

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School Lunch, Ep. 2

Good afternoon, everyone. I hope your day is going well. I'm making use of this blog today in order to fight the after-lunch sleep crunch. As an ALT, I do not participate in student-teacher-parent conferences and... that's what's going on this week before Winter Break starts. My afternoons are totally and utterly free. Here is… Continue reading School Lunch, Ep. 2