2019 Photo Journal

Second Bloom

When I bought this particular plant, it was already in bloom, with tiny red flowers. After those wilted about a week later, I resigned myself to owning an admittedly nice leafy plant. Imagine my surprise when it started to bloom once again.

2018 Photo Journal Tokai (東海)

Newer Pastures

This is my last full week of working in Mie Perfecture, for the foreseeable future. I’ll be commuting from my home in Nagoya to Mie three days next week to do crossover training with the new teacher. After that, I’ll mostly be at the office, save for a handful of assignments around Aichi.

2016 Photo Journal

Cherry Blossoms, by work

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The cherry blossom tree, near my job, has started to bud. When I saw it, it made me so happy.

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This is how you know it’s really spring. Until I see these little buds, and watch the blossom, it’s not spring. Even if the calendar tries to tell me otherwise…

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2015 Photo Journal

Cherry Blossoms Bloom


It’s that time of the year again: the annual cherry blossom festival!

Unfortunately, I have work later today and won’t be able to go this year. However, I will be able to see some cherry blossoms every time I leave my house, when I teach at the school, and the next time I go up to White Plains with brother.


2015 Photo Journal

Enjoyable Weather


The past week has been beautiful weather, which we’ve all been trying to take maximum advantage of. At the school, we’ve been doing a ton of outdoor activities, in attempts to help the kids de-stress after the state exams. After school, and on weekends, brother and I have been going for walks and running errands. In our travels, we have also found a farmer’s market, not too far from where I work. That means, more fresh vegetables for my recipes.

2015 Photo Journal



There has been a budding doubt in the back of my mind, which had been floating about my mind since the middle of December. It’s been “what now?” Now that I’m out of school, I’ve been feeling pressured to do something with myself now that I don’t have classes as an excuse.

I had been applying to jobs online, when I could a short little ad looking for someone to help out in a local public school. Considering that I had been thinking about going into teaching, I figured that it might make for a good learning experience, and look good on my resume. So I applied and got the job.

Since then, I’ve been training at this new job, and it’s been very difficult. I never knew how little I know about children and how they think. I was in way over my head and for the first week, I wasn’t sure I was going to continue. I had tons of doubts. I was so stressed. I kept getting woken up through out the night due to nightmares concerning my job. I doubted myself and if this was really the path I wanted to take in life.


For a moment, I considered returning to my old job (fashion/high end retail) before my brother and a friend of a friend talked me out of my slump. What I’m doing now isn’t exactly teaching. While I do teach them tthings, be it getting along with others or how to do fractions, I am not a teacher. I do not have the training to be a teacher. I do not have enough experience to be a teacher. Yet. That is why I am here: to learn, just like them.

It won’t always be perfect. Hell, this is the public school system, so I would do well to not expect much. But, we (myself and my kids) are stuck together for a few hours a day and it would be best that we at least try to make this work. There will be times I could kick a wall and times they will be frustrated with my lack of math skills, but all we can do is our best. And at the end of the day is that really so bad?

2014 Photo Journal

The next generation


2013 Photo Journal



Katamari(塊) means clump. This is definitely a katamari.