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Apr 26, 2012 - Dad in Japan

On April 19th, my Dad came to visit Japan. I picked him up at the Komatsu airport and we went back to Fukui from there. I took him to the station ramen shop, where he enjoyed a spicy bowl of Japanese noodle soup. After that, we got a cab, went back to my apartment and went to sleep. The next morning we woke up early and headed for the Dinosaur Museum in Katsuyama. The Dinosaur Museum is the third largest Dinosaur museum in the world. After getting a few blurry photos, Dad took out his video camera and began to tape the museum. I had been...

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Apr 26, 2012 - Goodbye Fukui

I just wanted to write a quick entry to give everyone an update on my situation out here. I completed my contract with Peppy Kids Club on the 21st of this month. I managed to get a new job at the Williams English School, which is in Kota, Japan. This is where I will be spending the next year. It's a small town close to Nagoya. I spent about a year in Fukui, Japan. There's not a lot to say about it, but it was a quiet little place and I was able to go to the Dinosaur Museum, Tojinbo and Eiheiji from there. The next entry will be about my...

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Nov 24, 2011 - Happy Thanksgiving

I just wanted to take a brief moment to wish everyone back home a happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy all the food. I spent my Thanksgiving in Kanazawa for a giant area meeting. I wished a Happy Thanksgiving to the American members of the staff and we regretted not being able to eat good Thanksgiving food. ;) Anyway, for those of you wondering where I've been, I have just been very busy recently. We're down five teachers in the area and thus the schedules have been jammed packed with work. It's been hard, but it's almost over. I did actually go to...

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Aug 2, 2011 - Summer School

I haven't been updating much because summer school has kept me busy all last month. I still have two more days to go and I'll be glad when it's over. It's quite a tiring ordeal. The company has three summer school courses. The A course is a lesson for the younger students (anywhere from 2-7) with their parents involving the story of the Bear Family. Basically, it's teaching them about things in and around the house using the bears. The second course is the B course, which is for anyone from about 7-12, and involves learning about where...

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Jun 22, 2011 - Osaka-Kyoto-Fukui

Seifuso Onsen Resort June 22 – Osaka-Kyoto-Fukui A start at 8:30 gets us on the road early so we can pack in as much as we can today. The agenda includes Kiyomizi, Golden Temple (Zen Buddhist Temple), Heian Shrine (Shinto) and a Heian Kimono Show. Today we will drive 4.5 hours on our way to Fukui. Along the way, Miko-san gives us a history of the country and many interesting tidbits. For example, the tradition of driving on the left is not because of any British influence. The custom began back in the days of the Samurai. If a Samurai...

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Jun 14, 2011 - Tojinbo

I'll start the update by saying that my PS has decided to keep my schedule the same. I'm not losing any of my schools, which I am actually quite happy about. I am still doing a lot of covering at the moment though. Anyway, I thought I'd start off by talking about two new flavors of Kit Kats that I tried. One of them is a green bean Kit Kat, which the Japanese apparently use to make a lot of sweets. It actually tastes really good in spite of its weird look. The other flavor I tried was sweet potato and again, it was pretty good. Though, I...

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May 29, 2011 - Company Changes

I just wanted to make a quick entry about some of the changes that the company has been making recently. The first one I learned about was that Peppy Kids Club will no longer be doing international recruitment. The company lost a lot of people during the earthquake/tsunami (they're not dead, just gone) and it has cost them some money. As such, they're trying to save money any way they can and cutting international recruitment is one way to do it. The other reason I think they're doing this is because they've had too many teachers bail on...

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May 18, 2011 - Goodbye San Juan Island

I just thought I'd make a short entry about my car back home. I got an e-mail from Dad on May fourteenth saying he had sold my car. Ironically enough, he sold it to an eighteen year old girl going to the UW, which is my rival school. Anyway, the car was very good to me the seven years I drove it and I'll miss it now that it's gone. It was incredible reliable and had very few problems in the time I had it. Goodbye San Juan Island (I named it that because the initials on the back license plate were SJI). I hope your new owner treats you well.

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May 12, 2011 - Mt. Asuwa

Before I get started on the actual entry, I just wanted to do a short paragraph on Japanese Kit Kats. I was told by some of the other trainees that Kit Kats in Japan come in a lot of strange flavors and that I should try to pick up the special Kit Kat bags when I find them. Well, I found one out in Fukui and I decided to buy it. They're Royal Milk Tea Kit Kats and they were definitely an acquired taste, but I think they're okay. I've also seem Tiramisu flavored Kit Kats, but I've been reluctant to try them since I don't like coffee. If I...

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May 1, 2011 - Exploring Fukui

My first week of teaching ended on Thursday and the next day was the start of Golden Week. Golden Week is a long Japanese holiday where absolutely everyone is off except for public transportation, restaurants, grocery stores, etc. It's actually a terrible time to travel around apparently, but since I live in Fukui it hasn't been so bad. Anyway, since I had the day off, I decided to explore Fukui a little bit. I started by retracing my steps to City Hall. Chris told me that there was an International Activities Plaza (IAP) somewhere near...

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Apr 30, 2011 - Moving In

On April 25th, a cool and dreary Monday morning, I left the training apartments with my belongings and got on the Higayashima subway line to Nagoya station. Once there, I headed to the JR station to get on the Shirasagi 5 reserved train to Fukui. It was going to be a two and a half hour train ride to get to my destination. I had to wait for a little bit at Nagoya station where it was raining hard and there was thunder and lightning in the air. I was happy when the train arrived so I could get away from the rain, wind and cold. The train...

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Oct 11, 2009 - The sound of one....

The other reason we came to Kanazawa was to do the Zen Buddhist thing, specifically to visit Eihei-ji near Fukui, one of the top Zen temples in Japan. I`m just glad we`re not staying there like Erica originally wanted to! However, we had a really nice time there, and I think it was my favourite Japanese temple by a long way. I thought Zen meant living in a damp cave eating nuts in the dark, but the temple was a huge, sprawling, wooden and highly attractive complex in a magnificent forest. There were hundreds if not thousands of people there...

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