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 :)
I am totally amazed at how much the students revere the visiting American teachers. I could barely get down the hall - much less get out of a classroom - without students surrounding me to sign something - anything for them. I even signed shirts, shoes, and bookbags! Why is it my students in Florida don't treat me like this? :)
To my students who made the hands postcards - I have a nice surprise for you from students here; you'll see it when I return.