October started off with the school festival. Same as last year, I tried all the third years’ food stalls, went around as many attractions as I could, and listened to the music club’s live concert. Unlike last year, however, I didn’t feel like I was in as much of a rush. I managed to listen to the brass band’s performance before the end of the day, but sadly, they didn’t sound very prepared. After the festival, I went to the staff after-party and had a good time talking with many of the teachers. I left for home at 10pm.
Classes resumed and everything was off to a slow start. Even though nothing seemed different from the previous term, I couldn’t help but think about how different everything felt since last year when I entered my first class. I’m not sure how much I’ve improved over the year, but slowly, I’m getting better at what I’m supposed to do.
A year has passed since I landed in Japan. There were many positive as well as negative things that happened throughout the year. The negative side were things such as conflict at school, language barrier, and, the worst, mosquitoes. On the positive side were things such as learning new things, playing new games, having small-talk with the teachers and students, and, the best, experiencing a society completely different than what I was used to. Living alone in a foreign country is frustrating, but in the end, I had a lot of fun and the “downs” throughout the year felt insignificant.
“… Perhaps I bought too much…”
Expecting this month to be quieter as I wait for S’s visit, I ended up doing more than anticipated. The start of July was rather quiet; still recuperating from June, I relaxed in my apartment during the weekends as the school term comes to an end. After the students’ finals, the classes focused more on review and filler activities. I created “jeopardy” (doesn’t really follow the rules of Jeopardy, tho) for students to play in the second and third year classes where they have to translate Japanese sentences into English. Although the content wasn’t very interesting, the students seemed to have fun with it.
HGBF Petit’GGuy SurfacerGray with Placard
PSO2 Fashion Catalog 2012-2015
Devil Survivor (vol 5-8)
Claymore (vol 6-8)
Falling Roses X Crimson Quartet (ShinganCrimsonZ)
Rabidango (Dango Rabbit plush)
Fushimi Inari Fox keychain
Fushimi Inari red gate placard
Tenryuji dragon placard
Cat Hatsune Miku plush
Granrodeo Roger plush
FGO Gudaguda Schathach keychain
Haro Tin: Takoyaki version
Rilakkuma dust box (mini trashcan)
On the 31st of May, two of my friends (Bird and 9) visited Japan and stayed over at my place.We went to Jonathan’s for dinner, then spent the night chatting and planning what to do during the next few days.