Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

One today!

22May09

I’m ill. The doctor reckons it’s just a cold, but since this is Japan, he prescribed me no fewer than four different types of medicine. Advertisements


This post is my* contribution to Blogging Against Disablism Day 2009. I’m getting good at tuning out background noise in the Board of Education office, a task made easier by the fact that all the conversation is in Japanese and I’m not fluent enough to follow it all anyway. But occasionally words and phrases come […]


Shamebagging

24Feb09

There’s a dedicated pharmacy in my town, but it’s a little out of my way. Usually, if I need something like shampoo, I get it from the supermarket or the homeware store next door, since I go there almost every day.


Kawaii is Japanese for cute, or charming. The stereotypical Japanese young woman likes fluffy things and Disney characters (and fluffy Disney characters most of all), and likes to squeal “Kawaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!” when faced with any objects (or small animals, or children) that vaguely fit this description. There are of course women that veer in the direction […]


I’m finally back from my summer in Hokkaido. I managed to wangle (paid!) study leave from my office, who generally do things by the book but were sympathetic about my co-ALT and me not wanting to sit in the office all summer, and took a month off to study Japanese in Sapporo. It turned out, […]


It’s early summer, the rainy season is upon us and the mosquitoes are out. And this week love is in the air. Or something like that. Once a week, I attend a cooking class. I’m not a totally awful cook, but I could certainly use the practice. The teacher speaks a little English, but mostly […]


It’s summer here in south Japan. More or less. As far as I’m concerned, temperatures in the mid-20s are hot, rainy season or no rainy season (remember, I’m from London). Not to mention the humidity. Summer brings short sleeves, no ties and hand fans to the office, and school uniforms become shorts and t-shirts. But […]


I’m a peripatetic EFL teacher. I work at six schools on a regular basis, with occasional visits to several more and a few kindergartens thrown in for good measure. At the junior highs I teach at, my role is well-defined and the teachers I work with, as well as the other staff members, know what […]


Last week’s Correspondent’s Diary in the Economist came from Tokyo, and explored the wonders of Japanese food. It’s an interesting read for me, as all the locations mentioned are in Tokyo, and thus offer a contrast to the restaurants and cafes in my little corner of Wakayama prefecture. Sushi, of course, is ubiquitous in Japan. […]


The town I live in has a population of around 20,000, of whom approximately 19,990 are Japanese. By now, therefore, most people who live around here know me by sight. But visitors to this little corner of rural Japan are sometimes surprised to see a tall blonde girl in the supermarket. Today’s surprised visitor was […]