So this past weekend (1st week of November) a couple of my guy friends from Gifu came to visit me. We checked out the aki matsuri in my town had some stand food knocked back a couple beers, and the next day we went to the dam and this parkish area that my students seem to really love hanging out at.
So today I went to my first matsuri with my friend. One of her students was the Maeko-san (?) so she invited me to go watch with her, and it was pretty fun!
I saw some of my own students and one of the teachers I work with, and chatted with quite a few of them
I also watched the 500 days of Summer for the 1st time today, so here’s….
Today I dressed up as a cow boy (hat, boots, etc.) and decorated bags with the kids that came (which they used later on to go “trick or treat” at 4 stations). It was super fun and I got to hang out with the younger students that I don’t usually get to spend much time with, which was great. It was pretty rainy and muddy, but I had a ton of fun, and I think the kids and their parents did too for the most part.
AND after I decided to treat myself to some cake/ a roll at the shop around the corner …
with some tea
I used my new dolphin tea seeper because the special single serving Japanese tea pot that my grandda gave me seemed a little dirty. Yes, I literally mean dirty, as in it had dirt in it, which I don’t think I can wash out completely.
Yesterday I hosted my 1st Meetup.com event ever for the group I made for people in the Shizuoka Prefecture. It was wicked fun and I met some really great fellow Shizuoka-ians, some where Japanese, a few were english teachers, and there were a few other interesting individuals as well. It was my 1st time hosting and I hadn`t really thought the 10ish people who had RSVPed YES would actually come (I though more like 5 at most would show up). So there was a lack of planning on my part.
After the event, which ended around 5pm, I booked it to Tokyo (the event was at Shizuoka City near the central station). I tend to just wing it when it comes to traveling things, so I just bought my shinkansen ticket after the event (though I did keep in mind the time and decide that I absolutley had to leave before 6pm). I arrived to the Tokyo Station around 7:15pm and made it the Kita-koshigaya Station after getting on the Yamate Line towards Ueno and gettting of and switching to the Hibia Line where I got off at Kita-koshigaya and took the bus to my grandda`s place.
I spend the whole day tomorrow at the BOE (Board of Education) building, so I had to make my own lunch.
I guess deep down inside I’ll always be an (North) East coast Beast coaster. I’m living in a part of Japan, where it never snows, it still feels like summer (I’m still sweating in a t-shirt), and the leaves don’t change colors at all.
I miss freezing my nose and fingers off on afternoon/evening trail runs along the river, where I can simultaneously blow off some steam and watch the sunset. I miss wearing sweaters, peacoats, scarves, ear muffs, gloves/mittens, and wearing leather boots with thick wool socks (No I was NOT a Northface and Uggs sort of chick, I like to class it up a bit, or edge it up with leather,Ts, and fall sneakers). I miss making and then drinking mulled wine and pecan pie.
On a somewhat unrelated not I also miss monthly trips to the MFA (Boston Museum of Fine Arts), going to visit my regular shops, strolling around Cambridge, parts of Newbury st, and other areas that are less dense in the Bostonish area.
Oh and I miss American graphic novels, I’m so far behind!!! I know I’m Japanese and I’m in the land of manga, but I just can’t help it my heart is in graphic novels!
AND YES!!! there is a difference between graphic novels and manga!
Here are some songs I like to listen to in the fall…
So I went to the Backstreet Boys concert in Hamamatsu and it was wicked fun! It was also incredibly hilarious in that there actually a surprising number of guys who in their own little words flailing their arms around and just acting really crazy as a whole.
After my friend and I went out to a family resteraunt and had dinner and (fall) seasonal desserts and it was SOOOOO good! I had bibimbap udon and cabocha pudding with ice cream. My friend had (as gross as it sounds, it’s actually incredibly delicious) soft rice (almost like porridge but softer) with crepe with macha ice cream.
boiled okura with soy sauce and katsuoboshi flakes (I made this one for dinner)
I bought this fresh at a local shop, it’s a monbran type pastery (so uses chestnuts/kuri) *monbran is my favorite!!!*
I think this is acorn squash in English but it’s kabocha in Japanese. I made this for dinner with a bit of margarin and sugar.
Stuffed peppers (made this myself for dinner one night as well)
Farm fresh grapes sent from my grandparents!!!!
Yay I just got 3 job offers within the past 2 weeks after interviewing with 4 different companies!!!
(the 4th company is due to respond to me within the next 2 weeks)
But man does it feel so good! I even got several other interview offers and invitations to apply to other positions, which I politely declined, as the process of application and interviewing is quite exhausting, especially when one is still taking classes, while packing for a trip within the next few days.
Update: I got an offer from the 4th company as well!
Welp, despite the fact that i’m a 22 yrs old senior about to graduate in August, I guess I look like a high schooler/ incoming freshman according to the quirky and overly friendly taxi driver who drove me back to Uconn from Bradley Airport. I suppose its a good thing though, and I’m pretty sure it’s really just because I wear very little to no make up. But then again if I end up teaching high schoolers it could be a bit of a problem, as students might be less willing to respect me as their ALT if I look like I’m the same age as them.
Anyways my interview at The Loop in Chicago went great, and I’m nearly 80-90% sure I’ll get asked for a second interview!
If I ever have a kid of my own I will name them Dragonhunter Thunderdragon, so that I may bless them with a life of conflicted self-loath, hehe just kidding, I saw this in the comment section under a io9 article on nature names and thought it was wicked funny.
What what, who said I couldn’t eat half a full size watermelon on my own. Yay, I ate it and have yet to suffer any consequences, such as projectile vomiting and explosive diarrhea, of over eating watermelon. Hope it stays that way, especially since tomorrow is the first day of my new kick ass summer job!
and this is how I celebrate…
by making and then wearing a watermelon hat
Playlist of the day comes from my soundcloud account
this play list has a bit o chanson and maybe bossa nova(?)
A quote of Ramakrishna that Huston Smith uses in his book The World’s Religions, which provides a romanticized overview of several religions. I’m also reading this for an Anthropology summer course titled World Relgions.
Though my parents are Christian and raised me as such, they even enrolling me in a private christian academy, I prefer not to tether myself to the Christian religion or one specific religion/ belief in general. Instead I see myself as a spiritual or religious (?) individual who sees and enjoys the similarities and positive aspects that many religions seem to possess and share. This probably explains why I really like this quote and the universalist approach Hinduism seems to take.
I mean who am I to judge others and press my upon them my own personal beliefs (in terms of religion and such)? Right? Well, that’s how I like to think of things at least. I think Pi in the Life of Pi by Yann Martel also takes a similar approach to such matters.
I know some consider Life of Pi to be a bit of a middlebrow piece of literature with it’s increasing popularity and it’s being adapted into a film, but regardless it’s still one of my favorite books, that have reread a countless number of times.
Why do runners love Steve Prefontaine so much? I mean sure he was a wicked runner, but he was also a pompous ass wipe (or at least it seems that way). I mean i’m not arguing that Prefontaine doesn’t deserve or isn’t worthy of any respect, because he certainly deserves some, as reaching that level of athletic achievement definitley takes a great deal of blood, sweat, and tears (quite literally) even if you are naturally gifted. But aren’t there more deserving athletes that can ignite the spark of inspiration and the enduring drive in young athletes to pursue their athletic aspirations? Should people really look up to individual who are simply athletically accomplished, or should we instead idolize individual who also contribute to society outside of their athletic lives.
Well… I think there are. I for one as a individual who pursued her athletic dreams quite far into the division one level in one of the most competitive conferences, think Sir Rodger Bannister, is a human and athlete more than worthy of my respect and admiration. Not only was he a pioneer in the world of running, the first man in the world by run a sub 4 min. mile, but he was also a dedicated academic. During and after his career as an athlete he continued his studies in neurology. I mean it’s really quite an inspirational tale, I’ve studied a bit of neurological aspect so cognitive science and though it’s incredibly interesting it’s also quite difficult.