Monday, June 29, 2015


By popular request, I tried to take some subway pictures without being weird. 
It didn't work well. 
Here we are changing trains. The blur is pretty much how the morning commute feels. 
Everybody in? Let's go!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Forever lost

Today, I got lost. 

I was sure that I was going the right direction. 

Somehow, it was the complete opposite. 

Also, it was hot. But, I did see a nice sight!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

A little announcement

I’m not sure if you remember or not, but about a hundred years ago I had the flu and then went to the Post-JET conference immediately after. Oh, you don’t remember? Well, that might have been because I didn’t blog about it, apparently. The flu will do strange things to you.

Anyway, the conference was held in Yokohama, which is a little bitty city of 3.6 million people. It’s tucked next to Tokyo.

I really can’t believe I didn’t blog about this.

But I digress.

The whole reason for this blog is to let you know some exciting news! It’s a little sad, but also exciting. In September, I will be teaching in…Yokohama!


I’m still working in the same job, just in a new location. From the sounds of things, the classes will be quite different.

It’s good to try new things, even though it’s hard to say goodbye sometimes!

Here’s some purikura from the last time I was in Yokohama.


Friday, June 26, 2015


Here's a little project we did in class. We cut out Popsicles from the Internet and wrote messages on them. 
Today was a little strange with only 4 classes. Tuesday is going to be strange as well. On Mondays, I only teach in 1 department, so it won't be weird at all. 

I can't believe we're so close to the end of the term. But it has felt long. I'm looking forward to the rest of the term , my almost month in Hokkaido, and 3 weeks at home. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Hello, I am finished teaching one of my departments. Okay, just so you know, this is a voice written blog post. I did not start this post by saying hello. Paragraph. Okay, saying paragraph didn't work.

Anyway, today's two goodbye parties were pretty good. We had a lot of sweet farewells, and we took tons of pictures.

Some students stayed for a long time after class, and then waved all the way down the hallway as they left. Kind of felt like being at the airport. Again with the allergies. They're pretty strong this time of year.

Unfortunately, most of today's pictures have identifying details. But, not this one. Again unfortunately, I looked a bit goofy. Actually, really goofy. The students had my phone and I didn't know what they were doing. I was handing out goodbye cards to students.
I can't believe one department is already finished. On the other hand, I do feel like I've been in Nagoya for ages.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


This term I have 3 last days. Today was one of them. Last term, I had one. 

Now that I think about it, I had at least 11 last year in Hokkaido, so I really should be grateful! Ah, perspective. 

It was sad, but I think we got most of our sadness out the day before. Today was mostly fun and pictures. 

Of course, I can't show you pictures of students, but I can show you some of the presents they brought me. Awwww.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I'm not crying, it's totally allergies!

So, this happened today:
I'm down to my last classes with the bulk of my students. One of them teared up today when she realized I wasn't coming back in the fall. 

I hate the ends of things!!!