Archive for February, 2011


Ok, so last week I travelled up to Sapporo which is located in Hokkaido (the north island of Japan). The main reason was because there is a festival held every year for approximately a week called 雪祭り or Snow Festival.

It was amazingly cold and snow everywhere! I was slipping and sliding with every step that I was taking, and unknowingly using muscles in my legs that I didn’t know existed..! I definitely prefer Winter over Summer, but Sapporo is too cold for my liking! The snow is very, very pretty, but it sucks when your clothes are damp, fingers frozen, feet frozen, hair flat, glasses fogged up to the max from entering a building…
But it was definitely worth it for photo’s such as these:

And I suppose it shouldn’t have been that much of a surprise, but other towns also had ice sculptures such as Otaru 小樽.

I also went to Tenguyama 天狗山, which offers a nice night view of Otaru, especially in Winter because there is a night skiing course there.

I wish I had more time to travel to more places in Hokkaido, and I would love to see the magnificent flowers that grow in the Summer, but I’m not sure when the next time I will be back in Hokkaido will be. For now, I’m loving my slightly warmer town back here in Osaka!



Posted: February 2, 2011 in Tadaoka
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Today was the 3rd day of tests for my 3年生の生徒 and so my 3rd day without class. Well, except for Monday when I went to 小学校 with 神前先生 to give an introductory lesson to a 6th grade class which was so much fun and made me want to teach at 小学校 even more!
Anyway, today, the clock turned 4pm and I was helping marking the English test papers, but then my JTE said, ‘ok, lets leave the rest until tomorrow’ and she went home. I don’t know why, but I really didn’t feel like going home at 4, even though that’s my finish work time. I really would have preferred to stay there until 6pm as long as I had finished marking the papers and tallying up the scores.

So today reminded me of my high school dream to be a work-a-holic. When I was in year 11 or 12 (or both) I wanted to be like my mum, a work-a-holic. That meant, waking up early, working business hours, coming home about 6ish, preparing dinner, watch some tv and then go to bed. I think I wanted this lifestyle because even though mum worked hard, she earnt a lot of money back in the day.

People say that money doesn’t make you happy, but I think ‘sometimes, money actually does make you really happy’.