So, I recently started a new work assignment late last week. It’s a bit further away from my home, but the atmosphere amongst my colleagues is a thousand times better than my last assignment. The previous assignment had me at a certain office for four to five days a week and I found it difficult to stay positive. However the general tone at this new one is a lot lighter and everyone gets along well it seems. During lunch we had a very entertaining and engaging conversation about rock music. Several of us have been inspired to learn a second language because of it. I hope that this trend will continue for the next few months that I will be spending there.
This month has been a trying one. It’s the middle of the busy season in Japan, so we’ve been running around like chickens without heads.
Today was my first slower day all month, since two of my lessons got canceled. It’s also my last week at my current assignment, so I wad given a little extra time to put things in order for the incoming staff.
That being said, I was actually able to go out and enjoy my lunch this afternoon. Mostly, I’ve been popping out to the nearest convenience store and eating lunch at my desk.
The weather was rather nice, if a bit windy. My lunch was scheduled to start at four, so it also wasn’t super crowded.
After lunch, I took a stroll around the train station and shopping centre where my job is located. It has a lovely courtyard where there are a ton of flowers, fountains, and illuminated displays in the winter.
That is where I snapped these pictures. I have no idea as to what kind of flowers these are, but I thought they were pretty. They also came in an aray of colors, as you can tell.
I’m looking forward to my next assignment, though I will miss seeing these flowers.
Today, I heard some interesting news. A higher up told me that I’ll be moving to new branch come April. I’ve been at my current branch since last October and the commute is really getting to me. It’s about one hour each way. Here’s to hoping for a shorter commute and a good work environment!
This morning I had to get up super early to catch a 9:20 bullet train. I’ll be spending all of .gv in Tokyo on business, so I had to pack over the weekend and get things ready last night after work. If all goes well, I’ll be back in Aichi come October.
A manhole cover in Komaki City. This month, I’ve been helping at bit at a school there. Everyone’s been incredibly nice and the area is a couple of degrees cooler than Nagoya.
Today was my first day back to work, but I had a lot of trouble falling asleep last night. My sleep schedule got messed up due to staying up late, then sleeping in, during my vacation. Since it was too hot to go anywhere, I adopted a more nocturnal lifestyle. That lifestyle doesn’t exactly match well with my work schedule…
My workweek is only half over and I’m already exhausted. I haven’t made many plans for the weekend yet, save for meeting a few friends Sunday morning. One thing I need to remember to do is buy a thank you treat for the staff at my school. It’s too hot for chocolate, so maybe some sort of light cookie?
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.