We have a three day weekend this weekend, so today (Monday) I’m currently still curled up in bed drinking tea writing this post.
Let’s jump right in!
We had a special lunch last Thursday and Friday – shrimp katsu, sekihan (red bean rice), and cake (in the colourful box)! Also with the usual soup and pickled salad.
It’s the end of the year (this coming week is the last week, 6th grade graduation will be this Thursday), and some of my classes and students have given me little gifts in thanks. I received a beautiful set of origami cranes from one of my 5th graders at 8sho! I’m amazed and so touched that she put so much time and effort into making this for me!
Since the school year is wrapping up, I’ve had fewer classes to prepare for, so I’ve been catching up on reading (currently rereading Philip Pullman’s the Subtle Knife, SO GOOD). My kindle gets the darndest ads…I’m not sure why I get these recommendations, because I don’t read these kinds of books?? This one had me roaring with laughter:
On Friday we had our last class of the school year with the 3rd grade at 1sho! I ate lunch with my third graders, and the teacher, Mr. Akazawa, asked me to come back in 10 minutes right before cleaning time to take a picture with his class. I brought my phone hoping to get a few of my own, but my attempts at a selfie with some of the kids are just a ton of pictures of me getting swarmed.
This class was a little crazy at times, but they’re the sweetest kids! They’re enthusiastic about English and always talk to me, which I really appreciate. I hope I get to teach them again next school year! (And thank you Mr. Akazawa for sending me this picture!)
On my way back to the teacher’s room, where I help clean, I thought, “Oh wow, I can take some quick pictures on the way and write a blog post about cleaning time!” And then I was again swarmed by children the second they saw me lift my phone for a picture, and yeah, I’m never going to be able to write that post.
On my way home I saw that the koinobori (carp flags) are now up at Azalea Park! They’ll be up until Children’s Day in the beginning of May.
On Saturday I went to Hanyu’s Aeon Mall with Katie! We had dinner at the Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and saw one of Japan’s numerous mascots (this one a cat) be swarmed and groped by children.
And we saw this dude’s left butt cheek. I could have bought a box with his left butt cheek on it, but I didn’t know what was in the box, so I decided to save my money and treasure this picture instead.
We’re trying to eat healthier, so I’ve started to try to cook some more fish. Lunch yesterday was lemon salmon with asparagus! I also bought a new blender to make fruit smoothies in. Our grocery bill’s taken a hit though…I spent almost $40 on a week’s worth of vegetables and fruit alone! Can’t wait to visit home in August be able to buy fresh fruits and veggies for cheap! (I remember when I could buy 10 beautiful, juicy limes for $1…)
And that’s our week! Hope yours is going well!
Until next time! またね！