Japan Diaries 4: Week 32


Week 32: June 6 - 10, 2022

Day 217: June 6, 2022

Monday - Rumoi

Rumoi High School 6/6/22

Another week, another opportunity. Today, I'm back at my main school - Rumoi High School.

Here's my workload for today:

1st period - Wild Racoon Dog in Tokyo Intro @ 3 -35 of Matsuda-sensei
3rd period - Wild Racoon Dog in Tokyo Intro @ 3-46 of Matsuda-sensei
5th period - Listening Activity @ 3-11 of Matsuda-sensei

Inside one of my collab classes with Matsuda-sensei

For these classes, Matsuda-sensei allowed me to be the lead teacher. It wasn't as easy as I imagined but it was totally worth the experience. 

Planning activity for the Rumoi High School English Club

After classes, we had a planning activity for our Rumoi High School English Club.

Grocery shopping at COOP

Going thru the aisle that every wife wants

Mint KitKat

Cookies & Cream KitKat

That night my wife and I went on a walk and ended up at COOP just in time for the Closing Time Sale. Aside from the usual cooked food and bread that we buy during this time, I also bought two new KitKat Flavors to try out and add to my list of KitKat flavors that I tried in Japan

Day 218: June 7, 2022

Tuesday - Rumoi

Rumoi High School 6/7/22

It's a beautiful sunny day in Rumoi. I biked to Rumoi High School as it was a perfect day to do so.

Here is my workload for today:

Inside Sato-sensei's class

1st period - Listening Activity @3-F1 of Matsuda-sensei
3rd period - Animals in the Philippines @ 2-345 of Sato-sensei
5th period - Australia's Cute Quokkas @ 1-1 of Motoyama-sensei

Day 219: June 8, 2022

Wednesday - Obira

Good morning everyone! Today will be my first time at Obira High School for Special Needs. Since the first period was still at 9AM, I rode the 6:44AM Engan Bus to the Onishika Minato-machi 1-ku bus stop. Since this is the nearest visit school among all my visit schools, I got to the bus stop at around 7:30AM which was very early. The fare was about 680 yen.

Obira manhole cover

Onishika Itsukushima Shrine

Uphill walk to Obira Special Needs School

Obira High School for Special Needs was a bit of a walk from the bus stop. It was about 900 meters away and most of the way was uphill. I did a bit of a side trip to Onishika Itsukushima Shrine along the way to offer respect. From there, the school was about a 10-minute uphill walk from where I was.

Obira Special Needs School 6/8/22


My visit was featured in Step by Step, the school's newspaper

I was welcomed by Minoguchi-sensei who introduced me to the Kouchou-sensei. Since it was my first time here, I did my Jiko Shokai in front of everyone including most of my classes. Okubo sensei spent a lot of time with me and talked to me about the school and how it is different from regular high schools. 

Here's my workload for today:

1st period - Class observation
2nd period - Jiko shokai @ 2nd year of Okubo-sensei
3rd period - Bingo @ 3rd year of Saito-sensei
4th period - Class observation

Lunch @ Obira Special Needs School

LUNCH - I was told to bring 380 yen for the school lunch which I had with the 1st year students.

6th period - Jiko shokai @ 1st year of Takahashi-sensei

Strolling around Rumoi River with the family

Ella got to bike again

A beautiful sunset as seen from Rumoi River

There was still sunlight when I got back home so my family and I didn't waste the opportunity to stroll around the Rumoi River pathway. 

Day 220: June 9, 2022

Thursday - Embetsu

Embetsu Agricultural High School 6/9/22

Today is my fifth visit to Embetsu Agricultural High School for the School Year 2022 - 2023. For this visit, I used my 2-day Moekko Free Ticket

Here's my workload for today:

Inside one of Sasaki-sensei's class

1st period - Cool Things in Japan @ 2nd year of Sasaki-sensei
3rd period - Past Tense Regular Verbs @ 1st year advance of Sasaki-sensei
4th period - Relative Adverbs: When and Where @ 3rd year of Sasaki-sensei
5th period - Past Tense Regular Verbs @ 1st year basic of Sasaki-sensei

Day 221: June 10, 2022

Friday - Tomamae

Tomamae Commercial High School 6/10/22

Today is my 7th visit to Tomamae Commercial High School for the School Year 2022 - 2023. For this trip, I used my 2-day Moekko Free TicketIt's exam day for the students. Aside from that, it's only me and Mike here today as Guy has another work commitment at another school. 

Here's my workload for today:

2nd period - Listening Test @ 3rd year Elective of Hasegawa-sensei
3rd period - Listening Test @ 1st and 3rd year of Hasegawa-sensei


Overall, it was another productive week for me. This week I visited Rumoi High School, Obira Special Needs School, Embetsu Agricultural High School, and Tomamae Commercial High School. I'm happy that I finally got to visit Obira Special Needs School for the first time. I'm looking forward to my next visit.

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