Maia Does Japan

I desperately need a new shower curtain- but shower curtains in Japan are $15-20 and they’re not even that cute.

Adding it to the list of things to buy in America…

I started riding the local bus

Up the giant hill I live on- and I’ve made friends with one of the bus drivers. Today he gave me a high five as I got off the bus. The best part is this guy is super old too. Oh Japan I love you some days.

Hey Maia, I think your blog is great. I am an incoming JET. I was wondering if you could tell me more about your english club, how you started it, what you do etc? Sorry if you have already posted about it, but I would like to do the same when I arrive. Thanks!
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Hey- おめでとうございます !~ 

English Club. It’s definitely one of those ESID type things. Mainly whether you will be teaching HS or JHS/ES. 

In my situation

I am in change of English club once a week with three other teachers (more often than not I’m completely left alone with the students though) we usually meet for about an hour, sometimes an hour and a half/two on Friday after school. I didn’t really start it, it was something my pred had arranged and I just kept it going. Most SHS will have an English Club (if you’re interested in starting one I suggest talking to the head of the English department)-

I usually just play active games with the students who come to ESS. I try to keep it as interactive as possible and get them up and moving since they’ve been sitting down all day. We sometimes watch English Cartoons and talk about them and we go on field trips to Miyajima and Starbucks. 

NOTE: It’s not so common to have English Clubs in JHS/ES schools (at least in my prefecture) and often ALTs have multiple schools so it isn’t entirely feasible, 

One weird thing I miss about America is

the variety of lunch meat. In Japan I’ve only been able to find Ham. However yesterday during my costco trip I found chicken- I’m literally having the most amazing sandwich I’ve had since coming to Japan.

Turkey, Avocado, Pepper Jack cheese, Mustard and Spinach on whole wheat bread. Thank you costco thank you. <3

Thank God for Costco.

… Yes that is six blocks of cheese in that suitcase.
Now that I&#8217;m back at my blind school I&#8217;m back to having my weekly kyuushoku. - To be honest I was a little relieved that it was something so friendly looking to ease me back into the weirdness that sometimes can be school lunch in Japan.Today&#8217;s Kyuushoku - &#8220;Potato Tuna Salad Sandwich&#8221; - Yes exactly what it sounds.. A lump of potato salad with tuna mixed in which is meant to be served between the two slices of bread pictured. Also- a play on chicken noodle soup and of course milk. Oh Kyuushoku, I missed you.

Now that I’m back at my blind school I’m back to having my weekly kyuushoku. - To be honest I was a little relieved that it was something so friendly looking to ease me back into the weirdness that sometimes can be school lunch in Japan.

Today’s Kyuushoku - “Potato Tuna Salad Sandwich” - Yes exactly what it sounds.. A lump of potato salad with tuna mixed in which is meant to be served between the two slices of bread pictured. Also- a play on chicken noodle soup and of course milk. 

Oh Kyuushoku, I missed you.

Someone didn&#8217;t tell the ALT about something today&#8230;

Someone didn’t tell the ALT about something today…

A JTE I taught with last year stopped by to give me these and ask me about the TEFL course I was taking. She expressed how excited she was to continue teaching with me&#8230; Considering I always question whether she&#8217;s being genuine or Japanese I felt this to be very genuine. She also apologized profusely for missing my (seven month late) welcome party.

Gift giving in the office continues- but I am so awkward about gifts oh man. How generous. 

Also my alma maters colors were purple and grey&#8230; It follows me everywhere.

A JTE I taught with last year stopped by to give me these and ask me about the TEFL course I was taking. She expressed how excited she was to continue teaching with me… Considering I always question whether she’s being genuine or Japanese I felt this to be very genuine. She also apologized profusely for missing my (seven month late) welcome party.

Gift giving in the office continues- but I am so awkward about gifts oh man. How generous.

Also my alma maters colors were purple and grey… It follows me everywhere.

Pretty sure a teacher at my school things I’m super otaku now- he saw my Levi keychain that has my office key on it and asked me what it was before morning meeting and I replied with “shingeki no kyojin” and he was like you like shingeki no kyojin? And I said yes and he laughed and walked away…

daily ALT struggles 

daily ALT struggles 

My local pizzeria created a pizza that has fresh prosciutto, cream cheese and local yellow tomatoes&#8230; I think I&#8217;m in heaven. ❤️

My local pizzeria created a pizza that has fresh prosciutto, cream cheese and local yellow tomatoes… I think I’m in heaven. ❤️

I thought I was &#8220;broke&#8221; until payday but then I found $20 worth of ¥ I was hiding in my desk for some weird reason.

I thought I was “broke” until payday but then I found $20 worth of ¥ I was hiding in my desk for some weird reason.

What’s up Hiroshima prefecture nabbing that number 4 spot. 

I am a senpai. And I will never notice you. Not because you’re not good enough. But because there are always these damn sparkles surrounding my head and I can’t fucking see anything.

Hiroshima!