• It's about to be festival time here in Nagasaki. How lucky I am to be able to see such a sight.
    China Town
  • Chu shu setsu
    Mid Autumn Festival
  • Nagasaki Shinchi Chuukagai
    Nagasaki China Town

Festival Time

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Today was probably the worst day I've had so far since I've been in Nagasaki. We had a short session today at Seido. We had only two classes, and the first one (Elementary 6) was AWFUL. Those kids were bad today. Just bad. They didn't listen, didn't pay attention, didn't say anything in English. Only one girl passed my quiz. Two girls were giving me some attitude. I wanted to smack them. Maybe next time.
The next class we had was 5th grade. They paid attention much better, but there is this one American girl in the class. She just appeared out of nowhere! She wasn't there last time, and oh my god, it is so hard to teach English when one of your students is a native speaker. Apparently she's only been in Japan for a little while, and she seems to be starved for conversation. She would not stop talking to me while I was trying to teach the other girls. The situation is so strange. I feel bad for her because she doesn't speak Japanese, and I feel bad for the other girls because she totally dominated the English lesson, which she doesn't need anyway.
Well, it was weird for everybody, so we got out of there as quickly as we could.
Then we had so much work to do at the office because we had to make this week's videos, which today included making props and figuring out how to use the recorder. Then I had to make cards for tomorrow's classes at Seido and laminate them. Plus, we had to plan English club before the students arrived which meant I couldn't finish the cards before the club. And during all of this Kumi and I worked together to write all of the baseball team members' names in katakana, which is a lot harder than you would think. One name was Olow. I don't know how to pronounce this in English, and we had to write it's Japanese pronunciation. Well, I hope it's right. I get the feeling they will be announcing them at the game using OUR pronunciations. No pressure.
Then, the kids were absolute monkeys at English club. I finally got home at 7:30 (12 hours after I left for work).
I'm beat.

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  1. lh tanG 102 months ago | reply

    Nice : ) Is it for the Mid-autunm festival?
    Viewed from Japan Images.

  2. €mily 102 months ago | reply

    Yes it is! What a great time to be in Japan!
    Thanks for your comment :)

  3. armeen 102 months ago | reply

    what a colorful photo. i really like your framing. can't wait for your festival shots. and by the way, hope your days go better from now on :)

  4. limowreck1 102 months ago | reply

    Glad you are having a goodtime.
    Sorry I havent been here in a awhile to check out your
    pics. Which are very good by the way!!!
    Hope you are enjoying the food!!!
    How much is the sushi??haha
    Your friend, Greg

  5. shoko!! 102 months ago | reply

    poor you. I remember poor ALTs at my high school... no one response to their talk...i felt so bad so i just made random comments during class often. good luck hon :)

  6. €mily 102 months ago | reply

    Thank you guys. You are so kind. Things are going better today, so there is still hope!
    Greg, I was really surprised to see that you wrote to me. Thanks a lot. Well, the sushi is great, and I can eat sushi for lunch anyday for about 5 bucks max if I go to the grocery store. If I were to go to a restaurant though, it would cost a lot more, but it would probably be worth it. :)

  7. maybe.artist 101 months ago | reply

    Your fantastic color picture is my winner!
    Please add this photo to

  8. €mily 101 months ago | reply

    Thank you Alex! How kind of you.

  9. WakentheDead 101 months ago | reply

    superbly gorgeous - what a fantastic and warm photo! so atmospheric. faved!

    (seen in color award group)

  10. Al-McFly 101 months ago | reply

    Nice lights!

    Bellissima atmosfera.

  11. Bettyboop4 80 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Intelligent Travel - National Geographic Traveler's blog, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  12. spider devine 72 months ago | reply

    Hey that is a sweet picture- I have just created an article about the Moon Cake Festival in China on the website www.festivalpig.com

    Here is the link to my article


    Would t be possible to please feature your picture on my article ?

    Thanks & Peace,


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