Monday, January 31, 2011
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
- I'm pretty sure every school in Japan is designed exactly the same way. The school office is always on the second floor, there's always at least 2 or 3 floors in each school (Hokuyo has 4), and the practice fields are always dirt.
- Junior High is three grades, first grade (US 7th grade) second grade (8th), and third grade (9th).
- Teachers stay in a large room called the Teacher's Room, and they move from classroom to classroom, with the students staying in one room all day. Except for specials classes.
- The Japanese know how to do a uniform. Japanese students are the nicest dressed students I have ever seen; the picture above really doesn't do them justice, but the boys wear ties and jackets, and the girls wear a vest,skirt, and jacket. Spiffy. And yes, some schools do have the sailor-type uniforms for the girls, but I've only seen them on high-schoolers.
- The tea lady is always awesome. Yes, our school has a tea lady.
Monday, January 17, 2011
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Mame Shiba is half bean and half dog. A hybrid, if you will. Each one of them is a different type of bean, and they enjoy telling various trivia. Only in Japan would they think of something like this.
Well, I couldn't resist their cuteness, and ended up buying "strap" (a charm that's usually put on your phone or bag). I use it as a keychain.
It's shaped like an edamame bean pod, and you can push out the beans to see the little mame shiba. Kawaii!!
But perhaps the cutest thing is the commercials. There are about 20 of them on you tube, and these are my three favorites:
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Day 4: In a model shop Ethan likes to go to. This place was so full of boxes of models and other things, that it was hard for us to walk through!
Day 9: The Texas Burger. Beef patty, chili, cheese, onions, and some kind of delicious relish. For McDonald's I have to admit it's pretty good. Maybe they're just tugging at my Texas heartstrings.
Sunday, January 2, 2011
- Have a conversation in Japanese
- Get back in touch with my crafty side, like start knitting again.
- Set aside time to connect with Ethan and Nathan. More hugs all around!!
- Set up a garden in the summer on my balcony