So about our working life… During the winter Kyle’s been workin as a ski and snowboard instructor at Ajigasawa. He gets to wear a bright orange getup while he teaches mainly English speakers. Misawa US military base takes trips to the mountain often, and Kyle was the only English speaking instructor there. Sometimes he would get an occasional Japanese speaker, and he’d have to fumble through his vocab to try to communicate. We met an amazing Japanese family who lives in our town, and they ALL speak great English (which is a rarity) It’s a husband, wife, HS girl, JHS girl, and Elementary boy. If we haven’t mentioned it before, he is the first White dude the resort has ever hired. During the weekdays Kyle’s been workin at Eternal Crest, a great local tattoo shop here in town for our friend Haya.
As far as Tori’s job is concerned… it’s just like any ol teaching job! The job is mostly with the Ichi Nensei students (Sophomores) teaching them how to use their classroom English in the real world, and communicate in a conversation. It has been surprisingly challenging! It is compulsory for Japanese students to learn English starting in junior high school, so students have a pretty good start to the language. But, because they don’t use it in daily life, they lack the ability to communicate their thoughts and ideas in English. Luckily, Tori loves being an educator, so this kinda thing is right up her alley!
Tori is now teaching about 6 lessons a week at her base school. Almost every week she visits another school on Tuesday and Thursday, and teaches 3 classes each time she visits. In total, there are 3 schools she works at. Minami Koko- academic high school with students who are college bound, Jitsugyo Koko- technical like a trade school, Owani-low level not good English and will mostl likely go straight to work after graduating.
Japanese people love ALL things かわいい (cute), hence their want to doctor up their little photos to appear cuter then maybe they are:) I sit next to a male teacher who brings his lunch in a bright yellow snoopy bag covered in little chicks and doggies. Inside, he has a baby blue bento box with more snoopy figures on it. It’s crazy!
Everything down to the way they package and prepare their food is super cute. They are ALL about presentation here in Japan. You can really never expect your food to be brought to you without looking absolutely gorgeous in some way or another.
There are a lot of cute things I could put up here, but thought these two would suffice:) Where as in America, all the people wanna be sexy and naughty, here people want to be cute and good. I’m sure there’ll be lots more for you to look at in the future. But whatevs. But the cutest thing that I love about Japan, is the way the kids refer to us…
“YOUR MR. KYLE” If that isn’t cute I dunno WHAT is!!