Friday, July 31, 2009

It’s summer!

DSC00021 I’ve been on my summer vacation since July 18 a couple weeks ago. My first semester at my new schools went by kind of fast and much better than I originally thought it would. I enjoy working at both schools and the kids are much more interested and open to me and my classes. I suppose that has a lot to do with their age, kids seem to be more receptive to new things compared to teens. The only thing I’m still working on at my schools are my relations with teachers. I barely know any of them, and whenever I am inside the office I rarely get to talk to anybody since they are usually in their classrooms all day. Oh well at least I’ll save money on staff parties.
DSC00014 The pictures that are on this post are pictures from earlier this month. I took the pictures during July 7th’s Tanabata star festival near Kofu Station. The pictures don’t deserve their own post so I might as well litter this post with them. You know it’s summer once Tanabata rolls around. So you’ll probably see a few more posts with pictures like the ones you see today in them.
This summer has brought a lot of humidity and rain. The average temperatures in my area hit the low 100s in the afternoon and high 70s in the evening. It’s hot and the humidity doesn’t help any.
DSC00003  It’s been the rainiest year on record for this season in Japan. A lot of floods and mudslides have wreaked havoc on the countryside of Japan for a good couple of weeks. We even got a tornado in Gunma-ken that knocked around a few cars in a parking lot. Tons of freakish weather for this region. From what I understand from what I see on Japanese TV, it may be that Japan’s experiencing “el nino” style weather patterns. I think this winter’s going to be an equally cold one to this record hot one.
DSC00022 Speaking of hot weather, I bought a brand new 1,100 yen fan for my upstairs bed area. I decided I’d try my hardest to pinch some more pennies and use my AC sparingly. So far it’s worked fairly well and my electric bill has been relatively fair this month.
DSC00010 For the next few weekends to come, I’ll be traveling within Japan with Yuko. We plan on visiting Osaka for two days, Nagoya for two days, and maybe Chiba for a day. I’ll be doing a lot of driving this month! At least I don’t need to use that stupid beginner sticker on my car anymore! It’s been just over one year since I got my Japanese license. Time sure does fly!

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