09 November 2011 ~ 6 Comments

The Soul Is Healed By Being With Children

The Soul Is Healed By Being With Children
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This is part 3 of my series: Five things I’ve learned about myself living in Japan Click here for part 1 and here for part 2 And now Part 3 Most everyday, by the time I get to work, I’m either a case study in apathy, nauseous from the obscenities I’d endured moments earlier or, on a […]

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03 October 2011 ~ 7 Comments

What Were Yakuza Like As Junior High School Students?

What Were Yakuza Like As Junior High School Students?
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When I was about 10 years old, and a student at a private school (I’ve touched on the nature of the school I attended several times in past posts) we had a protocol for answering questions. The teacher would pose a question like, “What is the product of 5 and 5?” (Yeah, they would word […]

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17 January 2011 ~ 9 Comments

What the hell are Japanese teens thinking about??? pt.3

What the hell are Japanese teens thinking about??? pt.3

Previously, I exhibited the art from my kids at School C (here’s Part 1 and Part 2). You remember how brilliant that work was, right? (If not, refresh your memory using the links above…definitely worth a 2nd look) Themes ranged from bullying in the schools, to world peace, to respecting elders, and the artistic level […]

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12 December 2010 ~ 6 Comments

Live from Locohama S2/E37: Good Clean Fun

Live from Locohama S2/E37: Good Clean Fun

Over the course of the year, the school gets pretty dirty… Time to change that! It’s like a cleaning game. Japanese call it Zoukin Gake! Aren’t they just too cute for words….I love my kids! These pics were submitted as part of the Show Me Japan series at Budget Trouble Vol. 1/Issue 4. Please go there […]

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11 November 2010 ~ 4 Comments

What the HELL are Japanese teens thinking about???

What the HELL are Japanese teens thinking about???
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Good question! I can’t speak for all of them, of course. But, I can tell you what my 1st year students (13 and 14 year olds) are thinking about. Better yet, let me show you: Well, they’re thinking about racial equality. . And racial unity… And Human Rights… They’re thinking about one another’s feelings… …A […]

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14 September 2010 ~ 10 Comments

Live from Locohama, S2/E33: All by my lonesome

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Betty-Sensei had informed Akiyama and I that she’d be spending most of the day today at the doctor. She’s been having problems with her left knee. I’ve mentioned before the trouble she has walking and the pain she’s in most of the day. Beyond my concern for her well being, which was considerable, it also […]

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11 June 2010 ~ 12 Comments

Yokohama, in living color #8: A Junior High School in Yokohama pt.2

Yokohama, in living color #8: A Junior High School in Yokohama pt.2

Here are some pictures from school C:          Well, that’s about it for now. Thanks for stopping by.   Loco

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10 June 2010 ~ 10 Comments

Yokohama, in living color #8: A Junior High School in Yokohama

Yokohama, in living color #8: A Junior High School in Yokohama

I’ve written a lot about the drama and adventure at Schools A and B, and at the new school C, but rarely do I actually show pics of the environment in which I work. I guess that left a lot to the imagination. Well, I’m going to remedy that today with a dose of the real. Following are scenes from […]

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