Friday, 8 October 2010

Japan: What has Adele been doing?

As some of you are aware I am teaching in Japan this year.  I've just entered my tenth month of living in a country where I didn't speak the language, knew little about the culture and its people. Two of those three things has changed.  (Hint - I am an awesome pointer.)

For those of you that haven't seen a slice of my life....here's a gander.  (Prepare for an onslaught of photos.)


My village which is surrounded by mountains.
Said mountains are covered in green tea fields and orange trees.
My students eat bento boxes full of these goodies for lunch.
I am surrounded by wonderful places like this...
...and this!  Fuji-san!
I sleep and type on the floor.
I take chances and eat raw baby octopus...mistake.
I've learnt to make gyoza.
And fallen in love with okonomiyaki.
Seen the destruction ...
...and the beauty of Hiroshima.
I've seen the magic of Kyoto ...
...and its history.
I've also learned to fear bugs (after living my whole life in Australia - capital of deadly bugs).
So that's what I have been doing here in glorious Japan.

It's been amazing. I left Australia having never stepped off its shores and I have never really looked back. Taking risks, making big life changes are sometimes a great thing to do. I love Japan.

That being said, I'd like to forget this ever happened...

Interesting technique for curing a cold huh?

14 comments:

Alea said...

Wow 10 months, the time is sure flying by right? What a wonderful post. And that bug, looks really pretty serious in his business of hurting people! And I don't think that baby octopus could ever get inside my mouth!

Rae (In The Forest) said...

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MichieBee said...

Aahh, I'm so jealous. I've always wanted to go to Japan. :) These pictures are beautiful (except that bug, which is absolutely terrifying.)

the story siren said...

your pictures and experiences never cease to amaze me. i'm sure this time in Japan is something that you will never forget.

william said...

Looks fantastic. I think i'll make Okonomiyaki in your honor. What is the sauce?

Lenore said...

I never took a liking to okonomiyaki, which I called okonomiyuki (lolz).

Carla said...

well, you already know what I think about you going to Japan after our talk *HUGS*

These photos are amazing, I would LOVE to visit Japan one day.

Emily Cross said...

I always wanted to go to Japan! Completely obsessed with it. So your pics are only stirring me on!

danya said...

Woah...is that bug a mukade? I heard about those but never saw during my time in Japan (luckily!)

Also okonomiyaki is delicious!

Kailia Sage said...

My Dad went to Tokyo and he really liked it! I'd love to visit Japan one day! Great picture....ugh octopus...*shudders* and what a creepy bug!

Liz said...

I love the photos. It looks like you're having a great year!

Mortgage Choice at Sutherland (9521 1611) said...

Did my year there in 1989 and boy was it a closed shop to foreigners then. But the Scottish girl met the Aussie boy and he followed me back to Scotland eventually. We married in Scotland in 1991 with the agreement that we would live in Australia. On April 13 2011 we will have notched up 20 years. And you know the story of how I started writing for teens etc...
I've followed your posts with interest all year. Never can you feel more more isolated and more treasured within the hour than in Japan.
I think you're ready to come home now but you'll never get Japan out of your soul.
M
x

Amy said...

Ahh this is gorgeous and makes me miss Japan. I'm Japanese but I haven't been back in 10 years or so due to school and all that, but seeing these pictures made me happy! :) So thank you.

Michelle said...

ACK! What is that bug? Seriously, I would never make it in Japan.