Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in November

Here’s the monthly menu for my meals in November. If you haven’t noticed, I don’t eat lunch with my students. On occasion, I will eat with my students if invited to, but for the most part, I eat in the back of the teacher’s room with the other office staff. At my secondary school, I do eat with my students (which is why there are no pictures from my other […]

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My Christmas English Board

I can’t believe the year has flown by so quickly already! I only have a few weeks left of teaching before I’m out of my current school for good. Time for me to get more active about posting and go through all of my drafts. You guys won’t believe how many pictures I take/half-written drafts I have sitting around. For Christmas, I decided that I wasn’t going to do an […]

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Coin Locker & Baggage Room Storage in Shibuya Station

A lot of people who have departing night flights from Tokyo often face this predicament: they’re forced to check out of their AirBnb / hotel / hostel in the morning, but they have large suitcases with nowhere to store them! You may be one of the lucky ones who has a place that lets you store your things (it’s always worth it to ask–hostels are generally more accommodating) but more […]

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School Tour: My English Room (Elementary School ALT)

One of the most disheartening things to me, when I first started teaching, was the fact that I didn’t have my own classroom. (Heck, I didn’t even have my own English board!) I knew an entire classroom dedicated to English was a lot to expect, especially because I’m not even technically a full time teacher! Though, I think it’s more common to have English rooms in elementary schools (where they […]

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My First (English) Doctor’s Visit in Japan

If there’s one thing to remember about me, it’s that I’m almost perpetually sick with one thing or another. Last month it was a runny nose; this month’s ailment is a dry cough and a headache. Despite this, I only went to the doctor in Japan for the first time last month. Since I arrived in Japan, I’ve been enrolled in the NHI (National Health Insurance) program, which covers a […]

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My Experiences With School Cleaning Time

The (dreaded?) cleaning closet If you’ve watched any school-life anime, you’ll know that an important part of the school day is cleaning the school. Students are allocated a set amount of time, either after lunch (elementary) or at the end of the day (junior high school) to clean. They’re responsible for cleaning both their classroom and the common areas of the school. Usually, a little jingle will play through the […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in October

It’s that time of the month again… Now that October is over, I have a compilation of October’s school lunches. If you didn’t notice, we also got trays this month! My Friday school already has trays, and it looks like my main school is following suite. So, I teach at two different schools. One is strictly an elementary school, and one is a much smaller specialty school that has elementary, […]

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Happy Strawberry Day ~ いちごの日

Happy Strawberry Day! Did you know that the official strawberry day of Japan is January 15th? Photo by Flickr user Anna Peaches It’s a play on the Japanese word for strawberry, which is “ichigo”. And if you’ve been practicing your Japanese, you know that the Japanese word for one is “ichi” and the Japanese word for five is “go”. 15 = ichi-go = strawberry! But why January 15th? Wouldn’t that […]

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Happy New Year!

Hello everyone! I know I’m about 2 weeks too late, but I felt it would be bad luck not to post some sort of New Year’s greeting. (Especially being in Japan, where it has a huge cultural significance!) My resolutions include updating more often–I have a bunch of posts in queue that just need pictures added to them. Unfortunately, my Lightroom program isn’t working properly and I can’t figure out […]

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Elementary School Lunch (Kyuushoku) in September

Here’s September’s school lunch menu! Things are starting to get a little bit different, thankfully! The end of summer vacation and the start of the second semester signals a change in the kyuushoku menu. For the most part, the meals are somewhat seasonal and use only fruits and vegetables that are in season. A lot of the time, students will ask for a certain dish, only to be told that […]

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