Welcome to the life of an ALT (assistant language teacher) in Nagasaki. I started this journal when I visited Japan in 2004 with JFMFTP, then continued it when I returned as a member of the JET Programme in 2006. Enjoy!
I just got some new fish for the summer season. At the summer festivals, children play a game called "kingyosukui" -they try to catch goldfish with a paper scoop! You don't have to work too hard to have fun with my fish, though - just move your cursor over top of their pond & click to drop them some little treats :)
Last Saturday I took 9 of my high school art students to our local Morikami Japanese Museum and Gardens. We learned how to make a heart, bowtie, and shirt out of money! After origami class, and in between the rain drops, we toured and photographed the gardens and fed the huge koi fish (they look like super-sized goldfish). We all look forward to visiting again in December to enjoy a tea ceremony.