Monthly Archive: January 2012

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I’ve been thinking about going home this summer. Actually I was going to stay in Japan but it’s hard to stay here for so long. This year will be crazy for me because I will be teaching Junior High. It’s my first time in Japan.
I’m on winter break and I have to teach for one weak in January. Today was my first day. It was weird. I was a little annoyed with one class but what do you expect with seniors. I like some of my students but it’s a rich-boy private school and so some of the kids are a bit shallow. The worst part though is that here in Japan student are not shy speaking to their friends in class but they are shy in responding to the teacher. I’m use to more social interaction. Last year was so rough and tough. I just felt like jumping through a window like Wolverine but I’m no X Man. Anyway I survived. My commute is crazy too. I can’t count how many books I’ve read on the subway and also my iPod is now a part of my head.
The bright side is that I did connect with some students and that was cool. You can win every game. I know a lot of people here in Japan but I don’t really hang out much. I do spend a lot of time in record stores and I did make one friend in a record store who is a DJ and was surprised at how much music I bought and what it was. It was a enough of a shock to him to strike up a conversation. I may get a DJ gig but here in Japan things can take so long. I’m in no rush. I like playing around at home and I’ve done some production but I have to take things to another level and I’m getting closer and closer.

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I’m still here
! As usual I miss home. Time to move forward. I’m making new friends and there are new adventures. This is turning out to be a lot longer than I expected. Who knows what is next but it can’t be any worse than what I have experienced before. Actually that sounds to pessimistic. I feel good. Sometimes things look so good from afar. I can see things a lot differently. Still something is missing. My family keeps my spirits up. Sometimes I spend hours in the crates looking at vinyl. I can’t really communicate with people so, I can only listen and observe. I’m making an effort to learn the language but it’s moving so slow. I’ve never been one to be too quiet but what can I do?
I have to put my bags down and move one.
New Years was quiet.
I’m amazed at how people here were crosses for fashion and celebrate U.S. holidays but it’s all products and services. The cigarette smoking gets annoying but I’ve never been some place where there is so much social engineering but people here feel safe. After a few days off it’s back to work for most people but not me. I have to keep my mind free but I actually have to start teaching soon.