2017 April Wrap-up

If I were to describe April in a word, it would be “painful”. Not mentally or emotionally painful but literally. With the start of the new school year and orientation, there was much more time to practice guitar than normal (about double the normal time). Long story short, I used up most of that time practicing a new song and over-strained my left wrist without knowing…

Aside from the mishap, the rest of the month was rather hectic.

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花見 Cherry Blossoms

2017 late-March/early-April

Nothing says “Spring in Japan” more than cherry blossoms blooming and scattering in the wind. Through recommendations from my co-workers, I stopped by Ueno Park a few times to check up on the cherry blossoms, since it would be a shame to not see one of the biggest symbols of Japan during my first spring here. The first few times I went, the blossoms were barely blooming, yet already there were a lot of people taking pictures of them. Although I’ve seen cherry blossoms in the past, seeing so many trees in a row with light-pink blossoms that looked as though they would fall apart with a single touch was breathtaking. With my camera in hand, I joined the crowd, finding opportunities to snatch as many pictures as I could.

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2017 March Goods

Fate/Extella stick poster – Karna
Fate/Extella stick poster – Medusa
Stuppy Kiryu poster (Kyouka Suigetsu)
Touken Ranbu – Izuminokami Kanesada paper file
Fate/Grand Order – Schathach clear file
Fate/Grand Order – Cu Culainn Alter clear file

Stuppy 2014 September vol.2 Opening special Edition – Kiryu (己龍)
Akame ga Kill guide book
Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo! – Light Novel vol. 1

Plastic Models
PetitG’Guy Prettyinpink & petitpetit bearguy

KonoSuba Wiz pin
KonoSuba Chris pin
F/GO GudaGuda Order Cu Culainn lancer rubber strap
F/GO GudaGuda Order Oda Nobunaga rubber strap
Microsoft Surface 3
Madcatz S.T.R.I.K.E.5 keyboard
Fate/Grand Order – mini plastic coaster collection binder

February Wrap-up

In a word, February was busy. From getting ready for 3rd year ending events to events, there wasn’t a single day of rest.

Following the 3rd year final exams during the first week of February was an event to showcase what the students have learnt in their classes. This includes a lot of preparation and rehearsal to get everything just right.

On the 12th, I sat in a nation-wide speech contest among other JETs listening to English speeches given by high-school students. It was an interesting experience, and the speeches had me thinking twice about issues in our society. If only my students could have at least a fragment of those students’ skills.

The week after was Wonderfest in Maruhaki Messe. Getting there at 7am, I spent three hours waiting for the convention to open. There were a lot of people in front of me, but definitely not as many as behind. The second I got in, I looked for the GoodSmileCompany sales line. Thus, I returned to linecon. I ended up buying a Snow Miku nendoroid for myself, another one for a friend along with a Gudako nendoroid from FGO.

The weekend afterwards, I went to a Mottainai Flea Market in Akihabara, where I bought goods from random sellers.

At the end of the month, a friend got me to play Fate/Grand Order. It’s been eating away at my data, but at least I’ll have something to do on campus when I can’t make much noise and disturb the students during class time.