Chapter 5: The Unatonable Mistake Takashi was in a motorcycle gang. When he was a freshman in high school I met him in the kingdom of night. Becoming a full-fledged gangster had been Takashi’s dream since he was in junior high school, so he was overjoyed to partake in a motorcycle gang’s meeting. Takashi said… Continue reading Night Patrol Teacher cont.
Something interesting happened at my junior high school on Friday. It was apparently the day that students had to decide which school club activity (bukatsu 部活）they wanted to participate in. Until Friday, and this is mostly for the first year students, students were able to check out a different club every day. I am not… Continue reading Junior High School Bukatsu
What can I say, I am at work right now and for the first time in a while I have two periods in a row with no classes to teach. Using the new elementary school English textbook makes it so that my free time is very free indeed as there is no prep I can… Continue reading 早口言葉: Japanese Tongue Twisters
Something I had noticed before when I was an exchange student, but forgotten until the recent addition of a TV to my apartment, is Japan’s annoying trend of showing the same thing over and over and over again on TV. I am not talking about commercials (although some of those are annoying as well), but… Continue reading Japanese TV Can Sometimes Annoy Me
Chapter 4: The Sad Coming of Age Ceremony I met a 19-year-old boy. In a terrible downpour, I found him dressed in ragged clothes curled in a ball under a pedestrian bridge on an old futon. He had the vacant eyes of someone addicted to drugs. When I called out to him he shouted, “you… Continue reading Night Patrol Teacher cont.
Chapter 3: A Broken Girl This is a story of something that happened in 1993. A student begged me to “Please do something to help this girl,” so I met her. The color of her face was terrible, around her eyes were dark circles, and it was clear that her appearance was that of someone… Continue reading Night Patrol Teacher cont.
So, this it totally random but worth a share. I spent last Tuesday with my host family from JSP and came to realize how much and how little my two younger siblings have changed. When my middle host brother, Ryu, came home from his soccer practice, he immediately grabbed my younger sister, An-chan, to practice… Continue reading Fits Gum Dance for 1 Million yen…