❤ ハイパーかわいいです！❤ While some schools offer kyushoku (prepared school lunches), my school is primarily bento-based – ie. the kids bring in their own packed lunch made by their parents that morning. These Japanese bentos are usually pretty healthy and super cute – with the kids all having little chopstick sets and table cloths featuring their favourite cartoon characters.
This was the last week of the school year in Japan. One of my four-year old kids drew me this. I had previously told her mum I was from Northern Ireland, and religious/political flag squabbles aside, fair play to her for even knowing what part of the world it is in. Coming from Northern Ireland, it’s always very difficult to explain to people about my country – some don’t even know it exists. And I’m not just talking about Japanese […]
Sayonara to the future dropouts and leaders of tomorrow. If there’s one thing my time in Japan has taught me, it’s this: graduation ceremonies in Japanese kindergartens are designed to do one thing, and one thing only – make you cry. From the very moment you set foot inside the gates, teachers are seemingly conspiring to make sure every one in the building is weeping by the end of the day. I’ve attended three over the years, and they are hard going. Kindergarten graduation ceremonies in Japan […]
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How do sumo wrestlers get so fat? Learning how to make Japanese stew and rice cakes with the big boys. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE IKIMASHO! PARTY ON FACEBOOK
Love it or hate it. Please read this before applying for a kindergarten job in Japan. Between monitoring stats, comments and emails, one of the most popular topics it seems for people who stumble across this site is information on how to become a kindergarten teacher in Japan and what it entails. So I thought I’d write a bunch of stuff here to give people an idea of what my life’s like on a daily basis. I really like my […]
“The children were crying with fear. It was a success.” These were the first words my coworker said to me as we took off our crudely made demon masks in a storeroom hidden in the back of the school. Half an hour before we had silently descended upon the kindergarten: bursting into classrooms and purposely trying to frighten the kids. This is Setsubun, a festival held the day before the beginning of Spring in Japan. It’s accompanied by a special ritual […]