I realized I’ve lacked updating this place for a bit .. but all for several reasons.
One was because I wanted to completely immerse myself in life without English at all … but some of my friends here don’t speak as much Japanese so it’s sometimes difficult to go through a day and not use English. But well, anyway there we go.
So everyday on average I use about 80% Japanese, and 20% English. Normally I never speak English to most people because I flew all the way here afterall to .. well, use Japanese.. although some of my friends here prefer english. Either because they’re shy, or theyre in a lower class than me
After landing in Japan on the first day I was already offered a 3 month english teaching job based in several cram schools all over the place in different towns. One in Kasugabaru (16 students), Another in Nishijin (7 students) and Chikushigaoka (also 7 students)
My favourite classes are Nishijin and Chikushigaoka because the students there have a lot of energy and *really want* to learn English. But for Kasugabaru they all don’t want to even be there.. yet they have to because their grades aren’t very good.
1 1/2 months later I also got another job at a chinese restaurant in the kitchen. Which isn’t really fun but money is money and I only do it to pay for expenses for living here. After all, life isn’t fair enough to just give you an easy living. You have to work for it. Same with school, you have to strive for perfection if you want to get somewhere in life
Speaking of school, everythings fine. Although the class I belong to is slightly easy now that I’m used to the course so starting next week I should be moving to another class. I was told the one I was in is the highest .. but from what I can see the class in the afternoon schedule is considerably moving faster because the majority of the students there are Chinese. So they know all the Kanji (but not necessarily read it), whereas here we learn the Kanjis (which I already know 99% of)
Overall, Part-time job and school is going smoothly. When I’m not working or studying I like to read books. There’s a book shop locally around my area that sells used books for a very cheap price from 105 yen to 450 maybe. Thats around 1 quid to 4 quid max.
The more I immerse myself into the culture and the language, the more aware and prepared i feel for the future.. which I’m praying everyday will lead to something meaningful enough to give back those who helped me come here. I not only have to give back but I want to.
It’s now been about 2 months since I’ve landed in Japan and I love every moment of it so far.
Anyway here’s a few photos I took here and there in my area.
This is one of the shrines in Ogori. Its very quiet and theres a park on the left. Me and a friend would sometimes hang out here to eat lunch .. or just have quiet time to end the day during the evening.
This is one morning on my way to school. Over in the distance are some low mountains. They’re not as visible as they are when the day is clearer and towards the afternoon.
And this is a typical sunset on a nice clear evening. Almost every evening I meet up with a friend to study in a donut shop (Mister Donut). The coffee there is incredible! for 242 yen you can get 1 cup of coffee and ask for free refills!
It’s a shame that they’ll be closing for good on the 28th this month. We’ll have to find a new place to study eventually.