amae: (happy times)
So I'm around, alive, and doing things.

I've kind of been avoiding posting anything, because my mood has been so up and down lately while I've been getting used to living here. Which is hilarious, because this is my third time in Japan! Where was this odd culture shock when I was first here? At any rate, it's been showing signs of gradually receding so I'm happy. :3

I think a good factor is because now I'm actually teaching. And it's so relieving, you have no idea. Having to sit in the teacher's room with absolutely nothing to do has been so excruciating, especially while my JHS was preparing for Sports Day. I felt so left out of everything, it was really getting to me. Now I actually have a purpose, and it feels good. Hopefully this feeling will last.

I teach at one junior high school and four elementaries, so five schools in total. I thought this would be difficult to juggle, but it's relatively simple since I spend most of my time at my JHS. The elementary schools are on rotation, so end up going to them every other week. The elementary kids are SO CUTE. You have no idea. It feels so great to teach them because they give you such a great reaction no matter what you do. This month has been all about me introducing myself, and it's hilarious the things that they end up getting exciting about. Like, when I mention that Ohio is next to Kentucky, they nearly explode in laughter because the only "Kentucky" they know is KFC, lol. Little things like that gets them so riled up, it's hard not to smile.

JHS...is not so easy to please, admittedly. They're getting to that age where being interested in things isn't so cool anymore, so their reaction is much more muted. But in the end they're still young, so when they find that they have something in common with me, they still get excited. Like this one kid in one of my second year classes, he got SO excited when I mentioned in passing that I like L'arc en Ciel lol. He was like, "What's your favorite song?!" And when I told him I like Hyde the best, he asked, "Okay, so what aspect of Hyde do you like the best?!". I was dignified and told him that I thought Hyde was really cool and I liked his voice because I didn't think it was appropriate to gush about his ABSOLUTE BEAUTY to a 13 year old boy, but...yes.

For all grades, the fact that I draw has helped me immensely with actually getting them to engage in conversation with me. It's no surprise that the elementary school kids get excited, but the JHS kids are just as drawn to it (that pun was totally unintentional l-lol) and that makes things a lot easier for me in the long run. It also helps that I speak Japanese so they're not afraid to talk to me, but the fact that they have something to talk to me about is crucial. One kid looked at my Lelouch picture and told me to draw Zero next, lol. And I got invited to the Art Club! I was hoping something like that would happen, because I wanted to interact with some of the kids outside of class as well.

I'm hoping that with some of these encounters I'll be able to weasel a bit of English out of them here and there, and if not, at least let them have a meaningful time with someone from outside their country. Little things like this can really change your perspective on things, so I hope that's what I'll be doing with them.

Incidentally, given my interests, I was asked (in English) if I was an otaku. OTL I...gracefully bowed out of that question. I'm so glad I removed that SUPAR GAY picture from my sketchbook, or I would be known for being a little more than an otaku pretty quickly hahaha...ha.

So I guess things are going pretty well! Now I need to see if I can get my hands on a cool Halloween costume for my inevitable Halloween class. Maybe I should dress up as an Otokoyaku again, hahaha.
amae: (Default)
My body will hate me forever for being abused like it has over the past few days. Everwhere I walk now, I feel Comiket. It was hot and smelly and I'm surprised I didn't dislodge anything with the sheer amount of books I bought.

BUT.

That doesn't change the fact that it was AWESOME. For serious, guys, would abuse myself again to do that. I don't know if it was the armpit stench in the air or something but I was like a possessed fangirl demon out there, I shit you not. And the best thing? SO WAS EVERYBODY ELSE. It was quite nice to see how unified people were in their geekiness, haha. And I got to meet such awesome people while I was there! Tokyo may not be my favorite city in Japan, but when you're in company as good as what I had, things become ultra fun. We even got to draw together, eeee :D

Speaking of drawing, I may or may not hve bount an application to Comiket 77 (the next one). Um. We'll see how that goes, haha...ha.

In any case I needed the break so badly. I was getting so worn out and now I feel like my batteries have been recharged. This could also be because Takaoka's one day of sun was today and brightened up my spirits. Day after day of rain is tough. Hopefully tomorrow is like today, weather-wise. But I doubt it.

Ok, back to drooling over the OMG YES Persona 4 doujin I manages to get my hands on. Oh Ruru, you draw such delicious MCxYousuke ;_;

My boxes from home finally arrived! Now I have my art supplies back in hand, finally.
amae: (the things unsaid)
Overland updated, for those who are interested.

About a week before my departure for Japan. I'm starting to feel a bit scared, as this is my first job ever and my first time living alone and my first...for a lot of things. I'm sure things will work out, but I can't help feeling anxious because that's just how I am.

In other news, I'm considering translating Overland in Japanese so a few of my friends in Japan can read it--and to practice a bit. Might be too lazy though, haha.

And in more unrelated news, I think I've fallen in love with the idea of getting a ScanSnap s300m. I've never even considered non-flatbed scanners! It's so portable and adorable, I'm seriously thinking of getting one while I'm in Tokyo at the beginning of next month. S-so cute.

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