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pictures and thoughts from rural Japan

Apr 23

Every once in a while, this community van drives through the village, blasting Enka through really old speakers.

I don’t even know why. It’s going really slow and just…blasting it. Maybe I should ask the teacher who’s lived here here whole life.


On my way to work, I pass my elementary school students on the road, waiting for the bus. Every day I give them a little wave as I go by. It helps me to start my day right.

Today I was a little late, and was driving down the road when two of my students caught sight of me.

They jumped into formation and started doing a little waving dance.

I laughed all the way to work.

Sometimes, it’s the little things someone does that make your day so much better.


Apr 21
Why is she not human?!
The winner for this week’s comic, by a 2nd year student.

Why is she not human?!

The winner for this week’s comic, by a 2nd year student.


Apr 20

Went to get a drink at the vending machine between dungeon runs and ran into three of my elementary students (all sisters).

SO CUTE IN THEIR PJS AND SO EXCITED TO SEE ME


Apr 17
This week’s comic. Can’t wait to see what the kids come up with.
All credit goes to Hark, a Vagrant! for creating strips that are really exploitable for my ESL kids. please don’t hurt me

This week’s comic. Can’t wait to see what the kids come up with.

All credit goes to Hark, a Vagrant! for creating strips that are really exploitable for my ESL kids. please don’t hurt me


I get to teach at the preschool today.

Today’s lesson is colors. Going with my usual lesson plan for colors because it’s tried and tested and my firsties totally loved it. So excited.


Apr 16

My arm still hurts from this morning.

yes I’m whining


Medical exams over just fine. They did it right as I got to work, before class, so it was all good.

The funniest part was getting my blood taken.

I had to get my blood taken a lot when I was a kid thanks to high cholesterol, so I know how it works and what it feels like. I’m still not a fan though, and I won’t look at the needle as it goes in or really open my eyes. And when the needle goes in, I’ll usually talk my head off.

So I sat down and they swabbed the area, I’m all smiles and whatnot. “I might mumble a bit in English, sorry about that.”

Needle goes in.

Oh god oh jeez oh god dammit fuck me ah god.”

The entire room bursts into laughter. When I asked why, they said “You were so cheerful and happy and then the moment it went in you totally changed!”

Still don’t like it, but at least it’s over.


Apr 15

We have medical examinations at school tomorrow. They’re gonna take blood and do a urine test, test our hearing and eyesight, and do an EEG or something like that where they put the sticky things on your body and check your heart.

why am I nervous


Apr 14
Hello, father.
This week I started my comic project with my kids - one comic every week, do it if you want to; I’ll correct and return it to you and put the funniest ones for each grade on the board! 
I’ve been using Hark! A Vagrant! comics with my middle schoolers lately and they love them! I hope she doesn’t mind that I just kind of grabbed them ;; They work so well!
This one won this week overall. I read it and lost my shit, I was laughing so hard. Here’s the ‘corrected English’ version:
My fiance.
Good reason or not…I am opposed to this.
Hello, father.

Hello, father.

This week I started my comic project with my kids - one comic every week, do it if you want to; I’ll correct and return it to you and put the funniest ones for each grade on the board! 

I’ve been using Hark! A Vagrant! comics with my middle schoolers lately and they love them! I hope she doesn’t mind that I just kind of grabbed them ;; They work so well!

This one won this week overall. I read it and lost my shit, I was laughing so hard. Here’s the ‘corrected English’ version:

My fiance.

Good reason or not…I am opposed to this.

Hello, father.


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