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The Seawall

The Seawall

I’ve got nostalgic pavements, I’ve got familiar faces. I’ve got mixed up memories, and I’ve got favorite places. – Kate Nash It may not look like much in this early summer morning photo I took last week, but for the past year and a half, this has been my favorite spot in the entire world. … Continue reading

Eye love lash.

Eye love lash.

Tomorrow is my last day teaching classes to junior high school students in Japan. As such, it is a special Fake Eyelash Day, and not an everyday Mascara Day, not for the reason that I’m trying to look like a purikura model on my last day or anything but simply because I don’t want it … Continue reading

No Hula, No Life

No Hula, No Life

In the days following the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami on March 11th and after both failing to give blood for the first time in my life (stupid puny veins!) and feeling like my ¥10,000 note to the Red Cross was barely enough, I started to get this idea. Back in March a friend and fellow JET … Continue reading

What happens at the nomikai…

What happens at the nomikai…

An important part of Japanese social culture (and a rite of passage for any ALT) is the nomikai, a Japanese drinking party held among coworkers or fellow members of some group, club or team. It often marks or celebrates an important calender event or happening, and it usually takes place at an izakaya (Japanese restaurant pub), unless it … Continue reading

卒業式 (Graduation Day)!

卒業式 (Graduation Day)!

I stole Ron-Sensei‘s title format for this blog entry, but only because I think he’s the best. Thanks Ron! Japanese graduation ceremonies are a little different than the ones back home. They’re a bit more solemn, a lot of instrumental music box-y versions of pop songs are played as background music, and there’s more bowing … Continue reading

Friday fun-day

Friday fun-day

First off, I’ve had this song stuck in my head since my last post. Such an old-school jam! Takes me right back to the summer before junior year of high school. J-Lo is lookin’ fly as ever and Ja Rule… well, Ja Rule has always been, um, Ja Rule. I’ve decided to make today’s update … Continue reading

What’s my mothaf@*&!’n name?

K-A-T-E (Or more like, K-E-I-T-O, here :). Doesn’t have the same ring to it though.) I realized that I don’t talk about my job very often, despite it being a big part of why I even got into writing in my blog in the first place. If you know me or have read my “About Me” … Continue reading

Japaniversary!

Japaniversary!

Yesterday marked my living in Japan for exactly one year. I was busy in classes all day, but with teachers I enjoy teaching with so work went by quickly. My favorite JTE and I enjoyed reminiscing with the students about how my luggage got lost on the way here a year ago, and how I … Continue reading

These kids are hilarious! (/borderline sadistic?)

I got a good laugh out of today’s class exercises with the 3-nensei (9th grade). I wish I had the the actual worksheets to post pictures. Alas, you’ll just have to take my word on my Japanese students’ inherent sense of morbid creativity for the English language. They were given pre-written conversations and had to … Continue reading