Japan Diaries 4: Weekend 12

Weekend 12: January 22-23 2022

Day 82: January 22, 2022

Saturday - Snow Shoveling Day 

Good morning! It has been snowing a lot since I came back from my winter break vacation. That's why it wasn't a surprise to see my backyard balcony covered in waist-deep snow. 

Time to clear the snow in my backyard

Since I have concerns that the weight of the snow might break the glass panels of the balcony, I decided to shovel the balcony and clear the accumulated snow. Well, it took me more than 2 hours to fully clear it and it was worth it as I got a free upper body workout.

Check out that snow hill that accumulated behind me. It's probably about 6 -7 feet deep. 

It took me about 2 hours to clear the snow.

That night, I finally finished unpacking my luggage which I left lying open in one of the rooms like a casket for the week.

Before calling it a day, I received a message from my JTE informing me that students won't have classes on Monday but we teachers need to report for work.

Well, that pretty much wrapped up my 82nd day here in Japan. See you tomorrow.

Day 83: January 23, 2022

Sunday - Bonding with Other ALTs

Good morning! My day started out like any typical weekend morning which is doing my morning rituals, cooking, breakfast, and doing laundry.

Heading to Rumoi City Library to meet my Rumoi ALT friends

Thankfully, to break the monotony, the Rumoi City ALTs invited me to hang out with them. The plan was that we'd meet up at the Rumoi City Library first to help Kiaya apply for her library card before grabbing lunch. 

Rumoi City Library

Inside the Rumoi City Library

Next stop - Joshua's place

However, I was finishing some things which took some time hence I was not able to meet them in the library. Instead, we met up at Joshua's place to hang out. 

We headed to Mo's Burger Rumoi for lunch

I ordered fries and a burger

When we got hungry, we proceeded to nearby Mo's Burger to grab some lunch. 

Checked out some winter clothes in ワーク留萌

We then walked around Rumoi city after lunch to check out some home improvement stores and also some restaurants that we could try out in the future.

Kiaya's place

Late that afternoon, we decided to go to Kiaya's place as she plans to teach us how to bake banana bread. Joshua and I did our fair share of mixing and slicing. While waiting for it to cook, we watched the 2004 Action/Comedy film Team America: World Police.

The banana bread looks good

The banana bread turned out well thanks to our team effort. While eating we talked about a wide variety of topics. We decided to call it a day at around 9PM. Joshua and I bid Kiaya good night and walked back to our homes. I was the last to get home as I live the furthest. 

Overall, it was a fun day. I learned a lot about Canadian culture from the other ALTs. That's why I'm looking forward to our next bonding time.

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