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Well, I have cause to celebrate for a few things, but never got round to posting about them, so here's a digest :)

1 - WE GOT TICKETS!!!! Tickets to see Never Say Goodbye - TWICE! We weren't able to get them through the traditional means because all the fans had snatched them up before they went on general sale, but fortunately a very kind friend in Japan got some through Yahoo Auctions Japan. Not cheap, but hey, it'll be our last opportunity to see Wao and O-Hana... ;_;
Now to try and nab a ticket for Wataru's concert too...

2 - A little while ago, I finally finished editing the video I made with the 3rd year students at Yasutomi Junior High School. I even managed to get the DVD to the students before they leave the school!
So, for anyone who's interested, I've uploaded a lower quality version online. (Be warned, it's 50 minutes long and quite a large download.)

3 - On a whim, I had my hair cut shorter than I've had it in over 12 years (half my life... eek O.o;)
It's not that I didn't like it long, but I just wanted a change, I guess :)

For the curious...

I could almost be an otokoyaku. Well, except for the whole being 5'2" thing. I'm not even as tall as O-Hana... T_T

Sorry for all those who might have been hoping for more Wao and got only me... More Wao will be forthcoming, especially Christopher from Excalibur, who has become a favourite Wao character, second only to Kevin (Boxman). Let's just say long silky black hair and leather trousers... ^____^


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Mar. 14th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
Don't - I don't want to think about afterwards. It will be too sad! But of course, I will document this visit to Takarazuka exhaustively.

At the moment, I'm just savouring every second of anticipation :)

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Mar. 14th, 2006 12:23 am (UTC)
Thank you! :)

Yay especially for my kind friend in Japan who did it all for me!
Mar. 21st, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
You used to teach english in Japan? That is so awesome. For english class I have to report on the day in the life of a ____ [whatever it is that the student wants to be] but I just couldn't find something that would tell me what a day in the life of an English Language teacher overseas in Japan was. Could you tell me what an average day teaching there is like, please?
Mar. 25th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
Hi! Sorry for the late response, but emails and comments have been a bit crazy lately!

I hope this info will still be useful to you (or is your English class past now?)
You could ask </a></b></a>caithion as well, since she's done two years like me as a JET English teacher, and doubtless had a very different experience, since in Japan, as we are told over and over when we begin JET, 'every situation is different'.

So, an average day for me would have been...

7:30 Up
8:00 Arrive at school by bike.
8:05 to 8:15 Teachers' daily morning meeting
8:35 to 12:25 Morning lessons (4 periods of 50 minutes)

I usually taught in about 2 out of 4 periods. In a typical junior high school lesson, we'd start with a greeting in English, then the Japanese teacher and I would do a short and easy dialogue for the students to practice listening. Then we'd introduce today's grammar point and explain it, and possibly read the relevant part of the textbook. Then I'd have prepared some activity to practice said grammar point and we'd have the students do it in pairs or groups. Finally we'd check the activity and finish off with some vocab or something.

When I was not teaching, I was preparing other lessons, looking for illustrations for lessons on the internet - at least when I wasn't having a cup of coffee with other teachers ;)

12:25 Lunchtime - school lunch (students bring up all the food in large tureens to their classroom and serve it out) Some days, I'd eat with a class, others in the staffroom.
12:50 Lunch break, generally spent chatting with other teachers
1:15pm Cleaning time - All the students in Japan clean their school, and they each have a set task, which changes every term. I was usually seen sweeping mats or pushing a wet cloth around the floor with my backside in the air...

1:30 to 3:20 Afternoon lessons (I might teach 1 or 2)
3:45 Club activities - I went to the ping-pong club (of my own accord, I didn't have to)

The finish time would vary according to the season and the time it gets dark. Students must get home by their own means, so it has to still be light. So ping-pong practice sometimes went on till 6:30 in the summertime, but stopped around 5:00 in the winter.
After clubs I'd usually go straight home, but sometimes I went back to the staffroom to finish last minute preparations for the next day's primary school lessons/adult lessons/whatever (this was not zeal, just the result of leaving everything till the last minute...)

I tried not to work at home but sometimes brought things back to do in the evenings. Otherwise I did shopping, laundry, boring stuff, and spent long hours browsing the internet (that hasn't changed...). Dinner would generally be something very easy to make, and bed, although scheduled for 10:30, usually slipped to around midnight.

Err, there. Hope that helps... :)

I know the file is massive, but if you really are interested in Japanese schools, you could have a look at the video I posted. Its whole purpose is to introduce a Japanese school!

Good luck, anyway!
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