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 :)
Here's the whole Isahaya FMF group sharing a meal to celebrate Thanksgiving. (Yes, once again - on the floor!) Hope you all had a lovely day. I thank God for blessing me with so many wonderful family members and friends (and students!).
Through his broken English, my limited Japanese, and a lot of hand gestures, I think I managed to make contact with a teacher who will write back the American students who sent postcards to their Japanese counterparts. Here he is with some sample cards and the pictures of the students who made them.
After a visit to a local museum in Isahaya (my host city in Nagasaki prefecture), we found out that much of the land surrounding us had once been part of the sea! Look on the model to see how much land they've "reclaimed" from the sea.
Dedicated as an appeal for lasting world peace, this statue was given to the people of Nagasaki on the 10th anniversary of the devastation to their city by the atomic bomb. The right hand points upward to symbolize the threat of nuclear weapons, the outstretched left hand is for peace and tranquility. Divine omnipotence is seen in the sturdy physique and serene countenance, and a prayer for the repose of the souls of all war victims is represented by closed eyes. Also, the folded right leg symbolizes quiet meditation, while the left leg is poised for action in assisting humanity.