Monthly Archive: March, 2009


Well, I’m back home after a nice weekend in Tokyo. Being the first weekend of Spring and a 3-day holiday, Tokyo was really crowded with Japanese and international tourists alike. It took an… Continue reading

Upcoming trips

Well, it’s a beautiful day in Japan land. From my window in the computer lab, I can clearly see the snow of Southern Alps as it slowly melts away.  Late February/March can tend… Continue reading

Housing Update

Well, I think it’s safe to say that we have officially completely moved in now. All the boxes are gone and the place is fairly organized. We’ll get internet next Monday (took longer than I… Continue reading

Graduation – Japanese style

On Thursday I attended High School #1’s graduation ceremony and on Saturday I attended #2’s.  Despite the difference between the two schools, academically based vs. vocationally based, the ceremonies were very similar to each… Continue reading

Graduation Preparation

The whole student body filed into the gym today to rehearse tomorrow’s graduation. The students practiced singing the Japanese version of “Auld Lang Syne” along with the band several times before being aloud… Continue reading


Friday’s Nagano Meeting left Ryan and me only one day to pack for the big move. Moving went well though, and now we have our own little Japanese house in Iida City. Saying… Continue reading

Nagano Meeting Decision – No HS JET ALTs in Nagano

Rumors have been going around for a while but now it has been decided.  The Nagano Board of Education will begin phasing out JET Program High School ALTs (Assistant Language Learners) beginning this year. Friday… Continue reading

Monkey Majik post op

This week has been a busy one, but now I have a moment to say that yes, we had a blast at the Monkey Majik concert. The concert was a lot of fun… Continue reading