sparrowdreams:

manycardigans:

A weekend of clear weather in Fukushima

"Blue skies, smilin’ at menothin’ but blue skies do I see…”Where in Fukushima was this, manycardigans?

sparrowdreams
This is on the way to Shirakawa in southern Fukushima.

sparrowdreams:

manycardigans:

A weekend of clear weather in Fukushima

"Blue skies, smilin’ at me
nothin’ but blue skies do I see…”

Where in Fukushima was this, manycardigans?

sparrowdreams This is on the way to Shirakawa in southern Fukushima.
A weekend of clear weather in Fukushima

A weekend of clear weather in Fukushima

Full moon from my bedroom

Full moon from my bedroom

First time ever having pretty much the whole train to myself

First time ever having pretty much the whole train to myself

moshetei:

maiadoesjapan:

When I first arrived on JET I luckily had a western bed in my apartment but the mattress was unbearably hard. I somehow managed to suffer through it for a year.

Last night my neighbor gave me the bright idea of putting a futon on top of the mattress and sleeping on it. She…

The best bed futon thing in the world is sold at Nitori from 7000-10000 yen, but it’s like memory foam or something and I swear to god, people will come to my house specifically because they’ve heard about my bed. It’s amazing. 

It’s true, that’s where I got mine from. It’s super comfortable and helps my lower back pain. 

maiadoesjapan:

When I first arrived on JET I luckily had a western bed in my apartment but the mattress was unbearably hard. I somehow managed to suffer through it for a year.

Last night my neighbor gave me the bright idea of putting a futon on top of the mattress and sleeping on it. She even lent me an extra futon to try it out. I feel like I’m sleeping on a fluffy cloud and I will never go back. I happily shelled out $150 for a memory foam futon… Happy early birthday to me.

Adult life.

This is exactly the same for me. I have an old spring mattress where you can feel the metal through the thin lining. I had trouble sleeping all through the spring and summer and finally decided to splurge on a good futon and it’s made all the difference. I don’t even know why I waited. I’ve always been a light sleeper so I just chalked it up to that and the heat. Futons can be as cheap at 2000 yen but the really good futons go upwards of 8000 yen. but It’s worth it to spend extra and sleep on something soft rather than a mattress that’s been used for years by other people…

The women in my ceramics group and I made owls the theme for the majority of the work we make and this is what we’re firing up in the kiln this month. 

It’s been raining on and off for a few days but it finally cleared up a bit. The scenery in the countryside can be really beautiful

It’s been raining on and off for a few days but it finally cleared up a bit. The scenery in the countryside can be really beautiful

indianazoe:

True power.

indianazoe:

True power.

This library looks amazing

The most creative rendition of the akabeko I’ve seen yet. 

The most creative rendition of the akabeko I’ve seen yet. 

Because I said I would a while back and forgot. 
I got asked at orientation what kind of skirt is appropriate for work/school and this style is basically what I wear every day. As long as my skirt comes to my knees and isn’t too tight and my shirt is buttoned up to my collarbone, it’s not a problem and no one has hinted that there’s a clothing problem by asking me if I’m cold. A lot of new JETs come over worried about what to wear but as long as you’re covered and neat, there’s nothing to worry about. 

Because I said I would a while back and forgot. 

I got asked at orientation what kind of skirt is appropriate for work/school and this style is basically what I wear every day. As long as my skirt comes to my knees and isn’t too tight and my shirt is buttoned up to my collarbone, it’s not a problem and no one has hinted that there’s a clothing problem by asking me if I’m cold. A lot of new JETs come over worried about what to wear but as long as you’re covered and neat, there’s nothing to worry about. 

Took a day trip to Matsushima, Miyagi prefecture

Took a day trip to Matsushima, Miyagi prefecture

My largest drawer is full of construction paper in every shade. I’ve made so many stops to Daiso over the past year. For any ALTs that work with really young kids, I suggest pinterest for game and crafts ideas. They’re fun to make and the kids really enjoy them. Stock up on that construction paper

My largest drawer is full of construction paper in every shade. I’ve made so many stops to Daiso over the past year. For any ALTs that work with really young kids, I suggest pinterest for game and crafts ideas. They’re fun to make and the kids really enjoy them. Stock up on that construction paper

My first year on JET was spent figuring out how to plan lessons and teach on my own. Now that I have experience hopefully this year will be slightly less stressful. Planning lessons and making materials for all grades at 4 different schools was overwhelming at first. it still kind of is but it doesn’t seem as impossible. 

My 2nd year will be spent trying to take everything I learned and apply it to my teaching, make things go smoother in the classroom. I’ve also decided to apply to online grad school to get an MSc so I have a year to get the paperwork in order and to save up. Being on JET, you sometimes feel like you’re spinning your wheels and when things have felt kind of stagnant or discouraging at work, I’ve felt stuck and frustrated. Having a goal in mind keeps things in perspective and it’s given me something to work towards that’ll go beyond my time as an ALT.