This week was my first full week of classes！Fun fact, in Japan classes are actually saunas, disguised as a learning environment. I knew it would be hot but… I didn’t think I would go through my WHOLE pack of cooling Gatsby Facial paper in 1 sitting ⁀⊙﹏☉⁀
Thankfully, the saunas are filled with kawaii children, eager to poke and pull their new gaijin animal so I quickly forget that every piece of clothing I’m wearing has become a full body bathing suit of sweat!
Jokes aside, it’s been a fun week getting to know the elementary school kids; they’re extremely cute and FULL of energy. I’ve won over the 3rd graders with my Estelle Bingo game and I’ve made the overly inquisitive 6th graders believe I was dating Daisuke Takahashi (2010 Olympics figure skating bronze medalist). Let’s see how long it takes them to find out the truth!
This month is undokai month, which means the kids are practicing every day for their sports festival day. They’ll be doing 100 meter races, tug of war, traditional dances, and on and on it goes. I’ve got 3 this month and I’ve been watching the children practice while at school. It’s very odd and fascinating at the same time, seeing all the kids be obliged to partake in this very repetitive and highly organized (dare I say formal) training. I’ve got 1 down, 2 to go! I was invited to join the jump rope and tug of war challenges #gambarimashita.
Being the foodie that I am, I was very excited to begin school lunches! Total gaijin, I know. They’re called kyushoku and OMG WHY DON’T WE HAVE THESE IN CANADA!? It’s provided by the school system, the purpose being to teach healthy eating habits and provide better understanding of food. Guys, it totally makes my day!
I’ve also developed a deep new hatred for Google Maps. Because noooooooo, NO, it can’t make me take the EASY way to my schools, noooooooooooo I have to take the HARD way there! Since I live in the inaka, this means taking NARROW roads (100% NOT big enough for my company’s land yacht of a car) AND it means getting into trouble. You see, on these TINY roads there’s a space on the side juuuuuuuuuuust big enough for your tire to slip into, and for your car to get stuck. And of course this happened to me! I’m fine, the car’s fine, my pride however… well we’re not on speaking terms right now.
All in all, an eventful but good first week!