Monthly Archives: April 2011

Free Sumo and Sofas: Friday 29th April

This morning I celebrated the late Emperor in style, by heading to Ryougoku to watch a sumo wrestling open training session. The arena was dazzling, the contenders gigantic, and the price just right (free). The fact that there were lots … Continue reading

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Blinded in the Sun and Rewriting the Syllabus: Thursday 28th April

Today I woke up to glorious sunshine beating through my windows, and as I set off to school there was a spring in my step; as well as the fantastic weather there is a public holiday tomorrow to look forward … Continue reading

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Psychedelic Folk Music and A Brief Encounter: Wednesday 27th April

Today we finally got our new textbooks, although sadly we are still awaiting delivery of the new classroom. Probably the most amazing thing about our new learning resources is their astronomical costs. The CDs alone cost ¥3,500 per copy, and … Continue reading

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The Delivery of a New Classroom and Cheating to a Loss: Tuesday 26th April

Today in school we split into new classes, and so there was a slight pressure to lay down a marker for the next ten weeks or so. I need not have worried, as within ten minutes I had confidently set … Continue reading

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A Garden Like a Cat’s Forehead and Problems with Caffeine: Monday 25th April

Today we started the intermediate course in school. From what I have gathered so far, this is very similar to what we were doing before, only without a grammar book explaining what everything means in English; so I’m glad that … Continue reading

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A Fascinating Water Closet and A Very Surrogate Victory: Sunday 24th April

Easter Sunday arrived with a cloudless sky and a liberal sprinkling of sunshine; it made a very welcome change from yesterday, although any brighter and I would no doubt have had eye-gouging parasols to contend with! In the morning Richard … Continue reading

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Singing in the Rain and A Five-Fingered Discount: Saturday 23rd April

Today there was an almighty storm raging for most of the day. I don’t normally mind a bit of rain, but what I most certainly do mind is the average Japanese person’s umbrella related behavior, as I have never met … Continue reading

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