November: the calmer month in between Halloween and Christmas.
After the Halloween craze of decorating the school’s English room, grinding on game events, and being swarmed by students, who normally don’t care about anything relating to English, shouting “trick or treat”, November passed by like a breeze.
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.