Hello world. Its been awhile. The school year has ended and in 5 days we will begin a new one. Its been a truly amazing time so far here in Japan and it floors me to think that a year has already gone by. Lets proceed with a few updates.
Of obvious note was the 9.0 earthquake that hit off the coast of Japan. At the time I was at school in the teacher's office writing in my journal when things started to shake a bit. The teachers noticed and we just continued on to wait it out like we do with most quakes but this one didn't stop. It was one of the most bizarre experiences of my life and it was obviously frightening as well. After the first quake subsided we got the students out into the grounds where we waited for the aftershock. After a few hours we sent everyone home. The school was undamaged for the most part and both the staff and students were all ok which I am thankful for.
After that it was a very surreal experience in Japan for a few days. Many of us simply couldn't wrap our heads around what had happened which I suppose is natural. There were shortages of things such as gasoline, batteries and bottled water which didn't surprise me. We still have shortages of some things but that is quickly recovering with each day. The funniest shortage was toilet paper. It never occurred to me that toilet paper would be something hard to get your hands on in the wake of such an event. Now I know.
Graduation for my students went great at all three schools. I was sad to see my graduating classes depart for the next part of their academic journey. I will miss them a lot. As of the 7th of this week, I will officially become an employee of Kuki City as an English teacher. I can't stress enough how excited I am about this. I came to like Kuki almost immediately and its hard for me to picture working anywhere else. I can't wait to get started in 5 days. As for my schools, I'm not sure which I'll be working at yet but I believe I'll be getting two new elementaries. Should be interesting to meet a new set of staff and students but I'm looking forward to it.
Other than that, things are relatively normal around here which was strange at first but thats the way it has to be. I applaud the Japanese for both their quick reactions to the earthquake and tsunami but also how diligently they continued to go to work day in and day out without fail despite the fact that their country was hit by the 5th largest earthquake in recorded history. I really must tip my hat to them.
That said, the laundry Gods call my name and thus I must…do laundry.
PS In the old days, it was believed that earthquakes were caused by a catfish that swam under the earth. When he got a bit unruly and the earth would shake so the people prayed to a God whose only purpose to keep said catfish under control. I'm not sure if the God has a shrine but if there is one nearby I wouldn't mind dropping a few coins so he can keep the aftershocks at bay for awhile. 😛