Sam in Japan

21 year old Perth-born transplant to Sendai, Japan.
Homemade yakisoba and ebook on the couch :)

Homemade yakisoba and ebook on the couch :)

Ugh. Seeing how much my favorite 1st year kid struggles really breaks my heart. He doesn’t understand a word of English after 6 months (and I’m guessing other subjects also present a problem for him) but he tries so hard. Just sits there in class looking so confused and practically pulling his hair out trying to understand. Even so he’s so funny and friendly with me. We have a little game where we fake ‘punch’ each other or throw ‘gun fingers’ at each other but when other teachers see they tell him off, despite me saying it was just a game :(( He’s always forgetting his chopsticks and he gets ripped a new one for that too. Other kids can see he’s struggling in class but none of them help him and it doesn’t look like he has any friends to speak of. I guess I’m just PMSing really hard this week but I feel like crying after seeing him in class today :( Someone be nice to him :((

Gig went well. Definitely hit a few weird notes due to nerves but had a lot of fun! Double the amount of stares that we gaijins usually face but the crowd had a nice energy and were very supportive. I’m glad I did this and hopefully the next few gigs will go well too.

Gig went well. Definitely hit a few weird notes due to nerves but had a lot of fun! Double the amount of stares that we gaijins usually face but the crowd had a nice energy and were very supportive. I’m glad I did this and hopefully the next few gigs will go well too.

Noticed a funny thing these past few weeks. Since taking over my JTE’s classes solo while she’s been away on sick leave all the other teachers are making much more of an effort to talk to me. I mean they were perfectly cordial before, but now they actually engage me in conversation beyond “good morning”. Geez if I’d known all it would take to gain the acceptance of my Japanese colleagues would be to take on another teacher’s workload on top of my own and push myself to the point where I broke down and slept for two whole days when the weekend finally rolled around I would have… Said ‘screw it’ and made peace with my outsider status. This country, man. -.-

I call this dish “clueless Australian girl attempts to make nabe and it ends up being nothing like nabe but is pretty tasty anyway” ;)

I call this dish “clueless Australian girl attempts to make nabe and it ends up being nothing like nabe but is pretty tasty anyway” ;)

It’s 11:15 and I can hear my neighbor snoring in bed next door over the sound of the typhoon rain outside. Why.

Eggplant and chicken parm with spinach, broccoli and mushrooms. Cooking is still not something I’m particularly fond of, but after a year of living alone you do learn, and it’s nice to come home and make myself a proper meal on occasion :)

Eggplant and chicken parm with spinach, broccoli and mushrooms. Cooking is still not something I’m particularly fond of, but after a year of living alone you do learn, and it’s nice to come home and make myself a proper meal on occasion :)

I get so irrationally grumpy about working the weekend even though we get time off in lieu and most of the time it’s not even work and can be pretty fun messing around with the students. Why am I so grumpy? Seriously though screw working on a Saturday and Sunday rrrrr grumble grumble rabble rabble.