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Trip: A year in Gunma-ken

There are [129] stories from my trip: A year in Gunma-ken

Gallery: Friday night Wally (and saturday park)

JAPAN | Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Ride to Saitama-ken

JAPAN | Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Friday on my mind

JAPAN | Thursday, 4 Dec 2008 | Views [403]

I am in the middle of the exam period, yesterday was exceptionally boring as I had no classes. For about half an hour I got to go into the students homeroom and read out part of the exam. They do a listening test, but it was only around 10 minutes per ... Read more >


JAPAN | Tuesday, 2 Dec 2008 | Views [276]

Sunday was a work day for me. We had a couple of shorter than usual classes in the morning and then there was the school 'marathon', which was only a 2.2 km run, but that's what they called it. I took a bunch of photos, just a few are here. It was freezing ... Read more >

Gallery: 'Marathon' (not really)

JAPAN | Tuesday, 2 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Bike Town and Umeda walk

JAPAN | Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 | Views [245] | Comments [1]

The weekend just gone was a long weekend, we had monday off. I have another seminar on Thursday and a meeting Friday afternoon, so there's not much time left for work. Saturday I took my bike for an oil change at Hiruma-sensei's fathers shop. He invited ... Read more >

Gallery: Umeda walk

JAPAN | Tuesday, 25 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Ebisko fest 2008

JAPAN | Friday, 21 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Hip hop day

JAPAN | Thursday, 20 Nov 2008 | Views [477]

Yesterday was ALT day at Umeda JHS. Galen is the ALT there, he is the drummer from the band I saw the other week. His plan for the day was to do a music theme, so he came up with Hip Hop day. We were asked to dress as Hip Hop or Rap musicians and ... Read more >

Gallery: Christmas pics

JAPAN | Wednesday, 12 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Angel One is up - UPDATE

JAPAN | Wednesday, 12 Nov 2008 | Views [384]

http://www.box.net/shared/fi7aj9m17v#angel This link is to the angel I am going to get the kids to make for Christmas, check the angel gallery for pictures of a completed model, obviously it should be coloured in and if possible printed on heavier ... Read more >

November weekend

JAPAN | Friday, 7 Nov 2008 | Views [384] | Comments [2]

The leaves are changing colour and the weather is getting really cold. It's going to be freezing soon, literally what with the snow and all that's due in winter. I really need to sort out something warm for my lowerlegs till I get my tall boots from ... Read more >

Oh dear

JAPAN | Thursday, 6 Nov 2008 | Views [292] | Comments [5]

http://abc.com.au/news/stories/2008/11/06/2411546.htm?section=justin Someone please tell me these weren't Holmesglen students. On another tack I have found that learning to read katakana is a bit of a revelation. A lot of words in Japan are loan ... Read more >


JAPAN | Wednesday, 5 Nov 2008 | Views [255]

Nice one. 143 years from the abolition of slavery to the first black president-elect. I suspect that in the far future, for those who didn't have to live through it, there will be amazement at the rapid speed of change. I can't imagine that a similar ... Read more >

Gallery: Yokohama

JAPAN | Tuesday, 4 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

pictures of the Yokohama bay area
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JAPAN | Tuesday, 4 Nov 2008 | Views [346] | Comments [1]

Back at work on Tuesday after a long weekend. I think today is Cup day in Melb. and election day in the US, I know which race I'm more interested in. I had japanese language class on saturday morning and then rushed off to a local festival in Kurohone, ... Read more >


JAPAN | Wednesday, 29 Oct 2008 | Views [458]

Yesterday was a holiday for students, but not for teachers. We were all encouraged to take Nenkyu (that's paid holiday) but I don't want to use up my days unnecessarily. I get less than half the days off that I had in Australia and I need them for my ... Read more >

TIFF and things

JAPAN | Monday, 27 Oct 2008 | Views [531]

I am back at work unexpectedly. This morning I was supposed to visit another school for ALT day, but last night I got a phone call saying it had been cancelled due to the death of a teacher, not good news anyway you look at it. I was in Tokyo on the ... Read more >


JAPAN | Wednesday, 22 Oct 2008 | Views [377] | Comments [2]

I have done around 300kms on the bike since Saturday afternoon, which considering the low speed limits here is quite a lot of riding. I am starting to get back some confidence, unfortunately the helmet I ordered hasn't arrived yet, the shop owner ... Read more >

Gallery: Pumpkins

JAPAN | Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

pumpkin carving etc.
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