2021年5月18日火曜日

 

Golden Week

During golden week, I decided to climb Mt. Gongen in Kanagawa prefecture with my friend. It was a beautiful, sunny day and we set out in the late afternoon and slowly climbed the steep steps with the green trees surrounding us. The mountain was not busy and we were able to spend some good quality time together. When we reached the top, we were able to see a beautiful view of Mt. Fuji, luckily the clouds weren’t blocking it. It was so good to get out into nature for the day and spend some time away from the busy city. Mountain climbing is good for the soul and I hope to do more climbing during the incoming weeks. I hope you were able to get out into nature during golden week too?

2021年5月9日日曜日

 

Spring is in the Air!

The cherry blossoms were looking amazing this year in Tokyo. They bloomed a lot earlier than previous years and threw a thick layer of pink around my neighborhood of Musashino-shi. I recently bought a nice red bike in my local bike store and I tested it out by going on a nice, long cycle last Sunday. I cycled all the way to Sayama Lake in Saitama. It took me one hour to get there and one hour to get home, so you can imagine how sore my legs were when I returned! The lake was looking very pretty and I was lucky enough to see some cherry blossom trees in Sayama Park. I’ll definitely cycle there again in the near future.

2021年3月2日火曜日

3月(キャロル先生)


March Time Now that it is March, I can see a lot of plum trees have bloomed. The parks are looking very pretty and the weather is getting a small bit warmer. It’s always nice to go for a stroll around and take in all the pretty pink and white colors. The graduation ceremonies are also in March and I will be very sad to say goodbye to the students. It’s always a pleasure to teach 3rd year students and it’s always difficult when they leave. I wish them the best of luck on their new journeys and hope that they will remember their junior and high school years fondly. The years go by so fast and it’s important to cherish every moment. These past few months have gone by so fast, it’s hard to believe that it is March already! It’s good to take one day at a time and enjoy the small things in life.


 

一年の終わり(ジーアン先生)


Regular classes are over, and the students are studying hard for their final exams. Some of them, though, are preparing for their graduation ceremony. The third-year seniors in high school will soon go on to pursue their degrees in the college or university of their choice. I’m very proud for them and happy for all that they have achieved in high school. I know that they will do well in college, and I’m excited on their behalf! I’m excited, too, for the warmer weather as spring starts making its appearance. Spring is my favorite season, and I’m looking forward to seeing more plum blossoms and eventually cherry blossoms all over Tokyo.


 

2021年2月9日火曜日

オンライン期間の出来事(ジーアン先生)


We only have a few weeks to go before the end of classes, and the entire school is busy preparing for exams and tests. A few weeks ago, it snowed in Tokyo! During this time, we had online classes, and one of the students mentioned the snowfall. After the class, I hurriedly got outside my apartment and enjoyed the snow. Since we had online classes for a couple of weeks, I was able to save a lot of money since I mostly stayed indoors. I can only count on one hand the total number of times I went outside my apartment. It was also a great chance for the students to see us teachers without our masks on! Now that we’re back, I’m excited to read the students’ essays and watch their speaking performances. Graduation is just around the corner, and I know I’m going to miss the students leaving Fujimura. But before that, we’ve still got a lot of things to do! がんばりましょう!


 

小さな森の猫(キャロル先生)

 

During the state of emergency in Tokyo, it was important to keep busy and pro-active. I made sure to sleep, eat and exercise well when I could. There is a lovely little forest, close to my apartment, that has a small walkway. I usually jog along this walkway, past the tall trees towards the riverbank. It’s such a nice place to jog and de-stress and I try to do this nearly every second day. There is a black and white cat, who usually hangs out in the little forest, making sure people know just how important he is. Sometimes I try to pet him but he never comes over to me. There are always people crouching down around him, trying to take his photo, like some celebrity cat! He sits there with his head held high and a smug look on his face. Hopefully, someday he’ll stroll over to me and let me get a bit closer to him. I’ll just have to keep jogging through my little forest until he gets used to me.



2021年1月14日木曜日

新年(ジーアン先生)


It’s the new year, and many people are hopeful and optimistic. The year 2020 was challenging, with many unexpected things happening around the world. Hopefully, this year will be marked by successful innovation and solutions. Since the pandemic is still around, it’s important to keep safe and to refrain from going out unless if it’s for important errands. I have found that it’s a good time to brush up on my reading. I’m currently reading “The Book of Tokyo: A City in Short Fiction,” an anthology of short stories from different writers about the strange and beautiful faces of Japan’s capital city. I think that this year, we’ll see more people starting new hobbies and developing new skills. I’m also excited to start the online classes this month! When there are things we can’t control, it’s helpful to focus on the things that we can. And every day is the perfect day for learning something new!