Things I’m Craving This Week

Eegee’s Jimmy John’s Tropicana Orange Juice with plenty of pulp* Chipotle Progresso Cream of Mushroom Soup * I feel Japanese orange juice isn’t as strong flavored or “orange-y” as American orange juice.

I have internet!

Here’s the good news: I have internet! I never realized how much I rely on the internet before. Googling, Wikipedia-ing, even dictionaries and train timetables require the internet (I’ve gone as paperless as I can manage for a while now). But, Japan is a strange mix of technologically savvy and old school. While they have…

The First Week: a New ALT’s Journey

Whew! Who knew that the first week of school would go by so quickly and be so tiring? One thing I was impressed by when I first saw my weekly schedule was there were a lot of blank spots in my schedule. In America, I had one planning period (50 minutes) a day which I…

First Day of Classes

So before anyone says, “You’re just starting school? I’ve been working forever,” in Japan teachers don’t have summer break. So, while classes begun today, I’ve been working on lesson plans, schedules, etc. But today, I had my first lesson with non-Native speakers. And it went just fine. One thing I kept reminding myself: Don’t forget to speak slowly!…

no pressure

Opening Ceremonies

I tried to sit in the folding chair in a relaxed way. I’m not nervous. When my JTE, M-sensei, had asked if I was, I had admitted to being a little nervous. He had casually answered, “Well, there will be 1,000 people in the gym.” I laughed. “No pressure,” I answered. I heard the principal, who was doing…