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 :)
Monday we left Tokyo and went to our host city, Isahaya, in Nagasaki prefecture (prefectures are a little like our states in the US). On the plane ride our group leader, Meg, gave us an assignment: we had to learn how to introduce ourselves in Japanese. Watashi wa Florida no Boca Raton kara kimashita Tracey Petruff desu. Watashi wa ko-ko de Bijutsu wo oshiete imasu. Meg said I did really well on the assignment. :) (I said: "I am Tracey Petruff from Boca Raton, Florida. I am a high school art teacher.")