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Another Bentou

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

Today is Sunday, but we had to come to school to make the final decisions about new applicants, and prepare the results and send them. At least, we had another free bentou. Yummy!

Today’s Bentou

Friday, February 1st, 2008

Today was the entrance examination at my school, and as usual, we all got a free bentou. Yummy!


Homeroom teacher? Well, almost…

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

So yesterday, the teacher in charge of the third year (i.e. my boss) comes to my desk and tells me I have to go with him to the principal’s office immediately, which kinda made me feel like I was a kid again. On our way, he tells me he has a request, but that he can’t tell me until we’re in the office. When we walk in, I find the principal, the vice-principal, the head of the office, the head of Schools Affairs and her assistant are already there. Unusually enough, instead of sitting on one of the two sofas facing each other as I usually would, they ask me to sit on a chair at one end of the table, directly across from the principal. I’m thinking to myself:”Boy, what the hell did I do!?”, as the principal starts explaining one of the 3rd year homeroom teachers has to take sick leave at least until the end of the year, and that they would like me to take over until then. By then I’m thinking more like: “Boy, what the hell am I gonna do!?”, but seeing this as an opportunity to learn even more about the way things are done around here, I agree. Ok, I’m not really a full-fledged homeroom teacher, since I would need a Japanese licence to have the legal right to write the school register (students’ personal files), and even if I did, the time it would take me to do so would make it physically impossible, as these are all hand-written. Nonetheless, I have to go to homeroom twice a day, make sure the students are behaving, and of course, my seal has a lot more weight now, as I have to stamp all of my students’ official papers (already had to use it 3 times today). Yep, it’s a whole new ball game…

School Life in Japan – January 24th

Wednesday, January 24th, 2007

About this series

January 24th
Morning classes only for 3rd year students (Finals start tomorrow)
Entrance Exam Preparations:
Applicants list prep
15:40:Meeting of teachers in charge of applicants’ school records
16:00: Meeting of teachers in charge of sending confirmation letters to applicants

School Life in Japan – January 19th – 20th – 21st

Friday, January 19th, 2007

About this series

January 19th
Until Sunday: Miyagi Prefecture’s 59th Art Exhibition
15:40: General Affairs Committee Meeting


National Home Economics Techniques Exam (Sat)
3rd National Kanji Exam (Sat)
3rd National Composition Exam (Sat)
Soft Tennis Coaches Seminar (Sat)
PTA’s Public Relations Committee Meeting (Sat)
Miyagi University Entrance Exam (Sat)
Miyagi Prefecture’s 59th Art Exhibition (Sat & Closing Ceremony on Sun)
Sendai-Shiogama Area’s General High School Badminton Practice (Sat & Sun)
JHS & SHS Softball Practice (Sat & Sun)
National Commercial Data Processing Exam (Sun)