This morning we need to go and buy a thermometer. Part of the paperwork that took NINETY minutes to complete yesterday, (with an interpreter), was writing down the kids’ average body temperature. Both the international teacher, Lin-sensai, and our interpreter, (a lovely lady from Dan’s HR department), were shocked that I didn’t know this off the top of my head. So today we buy a thermometer and start taking readings.
The orientation session yesterday was long. I need to set-up a bank account: in order to do this I need to create a seal. Woah. I need to take some paperwork over to Naka ward office today, and at some point we need to buy all the bits and bobs for Monday morning. It was a hard ninety minutes but I held it together until we got out. Really overwhelmed. And Oliver was being difficult.
As it happens, next week the teachers are carrying out home visits for all the pupils in the afternoons so the boys will only be going in for morning session and lunch.
I’ll be going in with them for that first week. Both the boys are upbeat and excited. Turns out Oliver will be going on a residential camp in June at a peninsular where they’ll be fishing and kayaking and suchlike.
So the photos. The school itself looks run-down in comparison to British primary schools. It reminds me of schooling from the 1960s. Or maybe earlier. But they WILL learn some Japanese!
The international room
The communication box
The pencil box. No smelly rubbers. Everything name labelled. In Katakana.
Cup, toothbrush and flannel in a bag.
Desks with disaster hoods doubling as cushions.
Cleaning cloth and peg under each desk.
A Grade 5 classroom
Boys at the drinking station
Unicycles. Of course.
One of the playgrounds. There is also an outdoor pool in the grounds.
I have found a closer supermarket which is far more comprehensive. I am a happy shopper.
Yesterday we met Dan for lunch and had a Korean barbecue meal. Hover over the photos to get the captions.
This miso soup is the tastiest I’e had so far. It’s garnished with seaweed and spring onions. The meal comes with iced tea. (Non sweetened)
Here is the main event. Thin slices of beef, with a sesame dressing-covered salad and kimchi.
People have been asking about our house. Well, it’s at the top of a hill, so coming home we all get a mega workout climbing one hundred odd steps. It is on three levels and is great. We have a strip of scrubland outside the living area which will be handy for barbecues. Here are some snaps.