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March 15th, 2010

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03:13 pm - Long time no see :)
 Long time no update, I almost forgot my password when I tried to sign in today -__-;;

How's everyone these days?  I haven't been keeping up with my friends' page so I'm a little out of the loop with what everyone's been up to.

My time here in Japan's been flying by.  So far the experience has been mostly positive, work isn't without problems, but I doubt any job is perfect.  I'm just happy I'm working and actually have some money in my bank account these days XD  Most of the days I go to work around noon, teach, stop by the convenience store on my way back to buy dinner at night, come home, eat, watch some shows online, sleep and do it again the next day.  On the weekends I sometimes go shopping, hang out with some of my friends or just stay home and relax.  

Back in February at Chinese New Year they had a Lantern Festival and the city had a ton of lanterns hung all over the place for two weeks in celebration.  The had the usual red ones along some of the streets, and in parks and other places they had huge lanterns (more like paper-made statues with lights inside) of different Chinese-inspired things like dragons, phoenixes, the 12 Chinese zodiac animals, mandarin ducks, characters from famous stories like the Three Kingdoms, Journey to the West, etc.  I went to a park to see the big lanterns twice, both times the park was packed to the brim with people.  Aside from lanterns there were also performances, dragon dances, lion dances, acrobats, Chinese instrument performances, etc.  (click for enlarged pictures).  


The last picture is in the shopping arcade where I work, so everyday on my way to and from work I saw the lanterns.  On the weekends the place was packed.

During the 2 weeks of the festival there were lots of places selling really yummy Chinese food too. One of my favourites is the kakuni manju, usually you have to go to Chinatown to get them but during the festival there were lots of small street vendors selling them.  So yummy *-*

Now it's March, in Japan the school year starts in April so it's a little bit more busy at work then when I first started, we're getting a lot of new students coming in.  I've met some really awesome people through this job and I'm really impressed with how determined some of the students are to learn English.  It's really made me appreciate the fact that I can function in English.  To learn a language is to learn a culture and opens countless new opportunities, I'd be so thrilled to see some of my students in Canada someday :D

PS.  The food here is heaven, pure heaven.  I don't know how so many Japanese are stick thin, I'm not losing any weight and I'm pretty sure I gained some.  The convenience of those store-bought bento boxes are going to be the death of my waistline OTL

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Date:March 15th, 2010 10:50 pm (UTC)
Yay!! That was the long awaited update! <3 <3 <3
I've been missing you... The place you work looks so picturesque. Oh, and dont worry about gaining weight, some Japanese do it too, just look at the sumo wrestlers! Btw, did you already manage to go to a sumo tournament? How about sporting? Do you get around the place a bit? Am i asking too many questions? Will someone please stop me asking questions? Please?

Hehehe :)

I'm glad you're liking yer time there... And i sure hope for more frequent updates from now on! You've got to promise.

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