the-maleficar that sucks! Thankfully my apartment isn’t too old and the windows don’t rattle. The building shakes every time a truck drives by though. Lol.
rinda-rinda it’s actually not that bad in Miyagi! It’s looks like rainy season weather not a typhoon. It’s not windy at all. It sucks being at work but I’ve actually been working a lot so far.

the-maleficar that sucks! Thankfully my apartment isn’t too old and the windows don’t rattle. The building shakes every time a truck drives by though. Lol. rinda-rinda it’s actually not that bad in Miyagi! It’s looks like rainy season weather not a typhoon. It’s not windy at all. It sucks being at work but I’ve actually been working a lot so far.

Woke up to three lines chats from an ALT, JTE and Japanese friend, an email from my school and two loud speaker announcements saying school was cancelled. Why the eff do I still have to go?! Take the day of dammit! I have a car but those that walk or bike stay safe!

My weekend in pictures.

Two weekends ago.

Saturday, I biked to my ceramics class, 13km, for a special Saturday class. Actually, the teacher has been really nice to me and since I can only go to the night class, which is once a week, he let me go Saturday to work some more. I loved biking down there! It’s the part of town that’s past the Kitakami river and heading towards the mountains. Finished two plates, ate ramen and ice cream, went to my ceramic teacher’s house and saw his beautiful home and private studio space. I wish I could live in Japan and just do something art related. I wonder how I can do that?

Sunday, I biked 12km to another part of my town for the Autumn Festival and finally went to the old school building that was built in 1888. It was really cool learning more about the history of my town. I want to bike to more tourist spots around my town.

PS

Tuesday I fell off my bike and already effed it up. Gotta fix it! UGH! I just bought it too!

moshetei:

pumpkinkitten:

a-type:

hotmesssensei:

This Is Not High School, Girl.

bar the fact that i actually teach at a high school.

new video desu.

This video is pretty great. I know a lot of my followers are new-ish ALTs who might still be trying to find here they fit in in their new life (and social life), and there is so much pressure to be ‘with the group’ and take part in all of these ALT/foreign specific events and social circles… even when a lot of those people will be obnoxious assholes people who you have nothing in common with.

When he talks about thinking, “I would never let someone treat me this way”, it really struck a chord. 

You aren’t required to participate in ALT/JET events. You aren’t required to spend time trying to appease people who don’t mesh with you, or worse, don’t respect you. Have standards. The fact that you’re both ALTs in the same area, or both American, or both English speakers, or whatever doesn’t mean that you have any obligation to be around them.

When I realized this, my life changed… for the better. I’m better than that. You’re better than that!

this video & subsequent commentary is really important for me to hear.

I’m reblogging this again because the commentary is so spot on. 

JET friendships can be really great, but they can also be really damaging. Learning to be alone was a process that took me months, and stressed me out constantly (and still occasionally stresses me out), but it has been worth it. I feel happier with the interactions I do have, and happier about my life in Japan. 

I’m really excited about this dialogue! It’s very true and a very important aspect of JET (and any program or job that you may be doing in Japan).

Student council elections are not joke! There was an assembly where each candidate had to give a speech and before their speech another student gave a speech stating why they supported the candidate. The gymnasium looked like a voting center!

I fell asleep during the speeches. Teehee.