I just went to put my garbage out at the curb. There was an old woman walking by and we exchanged pleasantries as we passed. After a moment, she paused and turned back to me, asking about my school. This in itself wouldn’t be too strange. Most foreigners in my area are teachers and it’s not a hard assumption to make. However, her exact words were, “You work at XX school, right?” She was right and I’d never seen her in my life.
I said yes and she went on to ask if I worked at the middle school in particular. Right again. I added that I worked at the elementary school too. She nodded, and that was about the end of our interaction.
It’s actually really common for the people in an ALT’s area to know about them, even if we don’t know anything about those neighbors in return. It just hasn’t happened to me in a while and the last time it did, the woman was completely wrong (She thought I was married and living with my (possibly Japanese) husband who parked his car in front of our apartment—it was my neighbor’s car. I’m not married). This time around, the woman didn’t even live in my apartment building. I think she lives in the house attached to the rice store across the street though, so she’s not that distant a neighbor…
Awesome weekend ahead!
This week went surprisingly quickly. But I guess that’s what happens when I don’t have a lot of classes to go to. As I mentioned before, the first years were on a camping trip and the second years were on work experience this week. That means the only students in the school were the third years. Because of this, the third year teacher could ask me to come whenever she wanted and my classes were spread out to the extreme. The most classes I ever had in a day this week were three. I average four to five per day on a usual week. All the same, it wasn’t that restful. I’m studying hard for my Japanese test and with two and a half months left, I’m starting to worry about whether or not I’ll pass. I’ve really dropped the ball on studying since around April or May and I have a lot of catching up to do.
Anyway, it’s Friday here in Japan and I’m gearing up for an awesome weekend! After a nice day with my grade schoolers, I’m going off to a moon viewing party at a friend’s house tonight. This by itself would be great. Moon viewing is a traditional Japanese pastime in the fall and I’ve never gone to a party to do it. But we can make this even better!
More introduction hilarity
In today’s 3rd year (9th grade) class, the students were asked to introduce themselves by saying their name and something they liked. Today I got this introduction from one of the boys.
"Hello! My name is *** and I like you!"
The whole class went wild. XD
I’ve had a few more declarations of love since this.