Thursday, March 30, 2006
Having mentioned that I couldn't download cryptic crosswords from the newspaper website without paying an exhorbitant fee, my father sent me a book of 75 cryptic crosswords from the smae newspaper.
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Tuesday, March 28, 2006
The photo is from Sunday, a guy fixing up his toy racing car.
Monday, March 27, 2006
Hmmm, I've been rather busy and hadn't realised there was no entry on Friday. Well...
On Saturday I went up to a remote waterfall in a mountainous region. Remote - the narrow, rock-atrewn, precipitous road ended there. I didn't see the falls that were pictured in the tourist brochure, but I got some nice shots in and managed to get out without breaking an arm or a leg.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
At lunchtime, Peter (the other English teacher) and I went to the old house museum which has been somewhat repaired since last I was there. However, this blue hose is still curled up on the pavement. Then, in the afternoon, Peter and I played a boardgame - Oltre Mare - in the back room. hehehe
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Anyway, today was my last day at my most-visited school. I had to go in much earlier than usuall as they held a farewell assembly for me. Then I had the second and fifth graders We played games and sang songs.
Tuesday, March 21, 2006
It was a public holiday in Japan today, it being the spring equinox. It was very windy again . I stayed home most of the day, just going out for petrol and some groceries. I wanted to go to the zoo for more photography, but it's 1000 yen and a crappy zoo, and I live with someone who wanted me home. However, it is just up the road.
Anyway, here's a snowy owl I took last year. Not bad considering it was through a fence.
Sunday, March 19, 2006
Here's a picture I took for boardgamegeek Anyway, yesterday was boardgame day in Oyama. I got to play about seven different games; some guys were playing one "crayon" railway game that was still going on when I left. Looking forward to next Sunday - Tokyo Boardgame market.
Friday, March 17, 2006
Of course, they've been practising for weeks; not just them, but the lower grades as well. They sang several songs - there are a lot of graduation songs to choose from in Japan - and they sang very nicely. I think three of the students actually played the piano for the graduation songs, and very well. And when they all stood on stage and recited memories of their school life and whatnot - one boy would say a sentence, then another, then a girl, then all of them. (Hey, they even mentioned me...). The lower grades also had things in the script to say, too.
So, a very formal affair, and it was de rigeur for the parents to wear black clothes. The sixth graders wore their new uniforms for junior high school, which they start in just over three weeks. Most of them are going to the same school, joining students I taught at other elementary schools. Two or three wore different uniforms.
Thursday, March 16, 2006
I got to the office this morning and sat down and started my computer. A few minutes later, I was asked to go to the back room - because they were having visitors. Namely, the various school principals coming in one by one for a chat with the big boss. So I spent a solitary day alone in a small room by myself with noone there. I was taking a nap at lunchtime, but was disturbed by the office lady who wanted the money for my lunch...
The photo is from the other day, when it was really windy and cold.
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
I fixed up the links to my other website I posted yesterday - for some reason, this morning, they were set to this blog.... strange.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
Nah, not really. Just another office day ... I did a few pictures, and updated my nonsense site. I hadn't done anything to it since September 2004. Vert's On-Lign Magazine
So here's a photo from last year, a nice soothing sunset, with Mt Nantai looming in the glooming (above the clump of trees on the right)..
Monday, March 13, 2006
Here's a shot from the other day. Gosh, I hope I didn't post it already. Anyway, it's just a towel drying, hanging from the apple tree.
Today was an office day and Peter was there. He did the other elementary schools in the town (city, really). We went out for a walk after lunch. It was partly cloudy, but snowing in the mountains, and there was a fiercesome cold wind blowing. I took a couple of shots of the mountain but the wind was so cold and strong my eyes watered. There was a hawk flying around, and he seemed to be enjoying it.
Office days are pretty useless; we just have to be there for some unfathomable reason. I take my laptop in and edit photos. One of the guys apologised to us because they hired a different (cheaper) company for their native English teachers next April.
Sunday, March 12, 2006
Saturday, March 11, 2006
Friday, March 10, 2006
Thursday, March 09, 2006
I had the two 6th grade classes together for the last time. They gave me a book of letters to me, many saying how I'd changed their concept of English and some even wishing I could teach them in Junior High School.
Tuesday, March 07, 2006
I thought I'd have trouble finding "O", but I drive past it most days - it's a part of a hedge spelling out wordson the side of slope at the waterworks.
It tok over a month to get these five - would have been quicker if I'd realised the hedge was doable.
Monday, March 06, 2006
This is my last full week of teaching before the spring break, then I'll have a couple of weeks of office days with one school day each week.
Saturday, March 04, 2006
Friday, March 03, 2006
As I will be working in a different town from April, today was the last time to have lunch with this class. So I took my camera in, which I don't usually do. It was actually snowing at the time, though it didn't last long.
And thumbs up is better than the usual V-sign.
Thursday, March 02, 2006
After school, I went to a temple near the expressway. It's kind of out of the way, but there are some trees there waiting for spring blossom time. I also went to the opposite hill-side to investigate something that lloked like a cemetery. It was a cemetery - for pets. There are four or five tiers, a Kannon statue ... and a grand total of four (4) headstones and a lot of empty plots. One of the headstones was dated 1999 ("Queen Haponess"). As a cemetery, I'd say it is a failure.
Wednesday, March 01, 2006
I signed a new contract today, but will probably be in a different town to work in as my current town has budgetry constraints, apparently.