6 pm students M and K got nervous in class last night...
Suddenly there were strange sounds in the Imagine classroom.
Screams, laughs, bells and buzzers....from the closet, from the book case etc
I had booby trapped the classroom, by hiding two cell phones, a kitchen timer and my old tape recorder around the room - timed to make sounds between 6 and 7 pm.
M looked very calm. She is brave.
K? Nervous! She got jumpy. But, she went on with the lesson and tried her best in a difficult circumstances. If she can speak English with strange thing happening around her, I think she can do it anywhere!!
Halloween is really more popular in the US than in England, but we do celebrate it a little with costume parties and pumpkins.
This morning on Facebook I can see many friends' pictures of cos
* booby trap - to secretly make a safe thing dangerous or scary, usually as a joke.
Who gave me these?
They were outside the door at Imagine last Thursday afternoon, but there was no note, e mail or phone call.
I have no idea who put them there. Or even if they are for ME. I left them in the building entrance area until the weekend, but nobody else took the box.
So I brought them home - but I don't know who they are from.
Santa came early?
This week at Imagine - I took off (most of) my clothes, stretched out on a bed and got a wonderful oil massage from one of my students!
That classroom gets used for many things ;-)
M-san is a licensed aromatherapist and she is preparing her English to work with non-Japanese clients in Sapporo. So, the best way was for her to practice on me! Recently she and I were translating and checking all the pre-treatment forms and information her clients will need.
Then Thursday afternoon it was time for my aromatherapy. My first.
We closed the curtains at Imagine, took in the signboard, locked the door and transformed the classroom into a massage salon.
M-san brought her own massage bed and towels, and of course the oils.
I had marjoram and something else (can't remember!) and I stretched out to enjoy.
Wonderful! I felt so relaxed. And I slept much better the next two nights.
If you would like to be introduced to M-san, just ask me, she has space in Odori and of course....you could come to the Imagine Aromatherapy Salon too!
Yes - that IS me!
Just been to Kyoto for 3 days, to enjoy a holiday in Japan - with shrines, sunshine, maiko-dressing up and tourist time.
I stayed in a hotel one night, and with a Japanese Couch Surfing host for 2 nights.
Beautiful weather! I walked the Philosopher's Path, the Nishiki Market and Arashiyama - and of course, down into Gion I tried the maiko dressing up experience with walking and rickshaw ride.
All fun. I thought Kyoto was a beautiful city, with lots of help for foreign visitors. It was strange for me to see so many foreigners! I even joined the Imperial Palace tour (but thought THAT was not so interesting).
More pictures below.
This is an impulse buy!
Yes, I bought a kayak! ( I already have the car and the cat...)
Recently I fell in love with kayaking, because it is peaceful and refreshing - and a great escape from being an Oyomesan.
A Canadian man living in Sapporo was selling his old kayak and he offered it to me cheaply. He brought it to my home...and I fell in love. Impulse buy.
BUT! Afterwards I thought....my car is small, the kayak is big...will they fit?
Today I will go to the Suzuki garage and ask the staff about roof top carriers and weight and length. I am really REALLY hoping I did not make a mistake.
The Canadian man kindly offered to buy back to kayak if the car is too small.
I am lucky for that offer. Impulse buys are dangerous!
So. Now I am a student.
I have a Japanese lesson once a week, I have books, I have homework, - and all of this means I have to find/make study time.
As a teacher I know that this is important. Study time should be calm and quiet. You should have all the things you need (dictionary, pencil, eraser etc) and you should give your focus to the study. Set yourself tasks to do and review the past lessons.
Soooo much easier said than done!
I am easily distracted. If I am at home I can play with the cats, or play word games on the computer. Or take in the dry laundry from the garden...or check the news on TV! Easily distracted.
If I study at Imagine I suddenly remember things I must do and jump up from the table to "just check...".
I am a bad student!
One Australian friend recommended studying early in the morning, before the busy day and many distractions begin. An Imagine study tells me she always leaves her home and goes to Tully's or Starbuck's coffee shops to study.
I have to find my time and place. I'm not in a study routine yet.
Tokyo Olympics....7 years to go.