Tuesday, 26 October 2010

in japan

 sometimes it irritates me that this blog is so disorganised and sporadic. I look at other people's tidy, catagorised and beautifully presented blogs and i feel ashamed of my shabby effort.  I've thought about giving up on it, when times have been hard ( busy) and there have been posting droughts. but then i always think, see or hear something that needs to be shared and so it seems to stumble on. I cant really change its form or the flow of posts because well... my life is not that consistent and this blog is a reflection of that.  i thought it couldn't hurt to try n add a little something to the content though.

last week in the midst of runny noses and splutters i celebrated a year in japan! (wozers how time does fly, and to think i was only really planning to stay a year.)  i thought it would be cool to start some kind of regular what's what of japan. a 'japan corner' if you will.  believe me there is a lot of funny stuff to share. island nations we may both be, but that is where the similarities end.

please note; this idea may fall on its face...but what the heck, thought id give it a go.

starting with these lovely ladies. this is what happens to street style when kids grow up on a diet of manga and anime.

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Friday, 22 October 2010


this week i have been ill. every year for my birthday the universe gifts me with  a rotten stinking cold. i can scarcely remember a birthday celebration where i have not been dosed up to the eyeballs on a day nurse/lemsip cocktail. and this years halloween party in tokyo was no exception. the result of this of course is that i have full throttle post birthday hangover/cold combo ( times ten to the power of two)... so that was me this week. and in japan you dont get paid sick days, so for most of it i had to soldier on. inflicting ( and no doubt irritating) my colleagues and students with all the wheezing, hacking and nose blowing (plus a little whimpering too). on wednesday it reached its peak and the school actually insisted that I go home...so that i did.  and sleep and sleep and sleep. its amazing what a few hours extra kip can do. yesterday i felt like a new me and eagerly attended work plus all appointments plus my japanese lesson and i cleaned the apartment with time left to read my book. 

im glad i made it to work. if for no other reason than to see one of my favourite second year students draw 'open eyes' in magic marker on his eyelids then spend the lesson with them closed so that i had these creepy ( hilarious) eyes staring back at me.

 those kids, they are amazing.

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Monday, 18 October 2010

Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity

I completely agree!! (especially in japan) they are farming clones in this country!! kids are not taught to think creatively at all, which means, in my experience, that by the time they reach adulthood many have lost their imaginations completely. its a real problem...a whole nation trained to think the same...not a recipe for progression.

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i love ryan gosling and michelle williams. this one looks like a winner.

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this looks amazing. but alas im pretty sure it will never make it to these shores.

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Saturday, 16 October 2010

we went to  asagiri jam last weekend. this was taken the day after the festival finished, we were jumping for joy because the sun had finally come out after so much rain that even my underwear got wet. over the years i have endured and indeed enjoyed many a festival in the rain, but i must admit this one tested even my die-hard festival spirit. there was no shelter. at all. no big circus tent to seek refuge in when the rain got so heavy, my eyelids were being forced shut by the sheer weight of the gigantic raindrops. truth be told i think the organizers could do with taking themselves on a little research trip to the uk. because, when it comes to festivals... we've got it down to an art.
my laptop has a virus, my phone drowned in a torrential downpour at the weekend, my ipod is on its last legs, my bike is in the pound, my electricity turned off (because i failed to pay a bill that i later discoved under my coffee table) i woke up today with a cold AND  of yesterday im officially no longer young....on the face of it things are looking pretty lame in my world today. but im not letting any of it get to me. no. because... i got like more than 35 birthday wishes from friends. and ununexpectaly good turn out to a last minute birthday shindig ( with only a moments notice)...so i feeel looooved. thank you so much everyone. 
also i feel excited about getting back in the saddle with the blog. i have some plans, which mean im gonna be posting on a daily basis... or something like that. i promise!!

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

the definition of love...

when i stumbled up on the speech from this amazing wedding it struck me as pretty spot on. 

“The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival. Our little planet floats like a mote of dust in the morning sky. All that you see, all that we can see, exploded out of a star billions of years ago, and the particles slowly arranged themselves into living things, including all of us. We are made of star stuff. We are the mechanism by which the universe can comprehend itself.  The world is so exquisite with so much love and moral depth. We should remain grateful every day for the brief but magnificent opportunity that life provides. The sum of all our evolution, our thinking and our accomplishments is love. A marriage makes two fractional lives a whole. It gives to two questioning natures a renewed reason for living.  It brings a new gladness to the sunshine, and a new fragrance to the flowers, and new beauty to the earth, a new mystery to life.

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