(Tuesday 19th January)
I’ve gone from already counting down the days until I leave Japan to thinking that if every day were like today, I’d probably have decided to stay a third year. (Edit: Nope, as soon as I go back to the BOE I am immediately grateful for making the decision to leave!!)
Today was the first day back at my favourite school since breaking up for winter holidays. I had such a laugh in all my lessons, mostly because the kids have brilliant senses of humour. The highlight was probably showing the 2nd years the video for Learn to Fly by Foo Fighters (probably the funniest they made) and everyone thought it was hilarious. I think we watched it four times after the students realised that all the different characters were being played by the same band members.
I was really excited to see that they’d left me an invitation to their end of year enkai, because they have only invited me to two before. I put it aside and tidied up the rest of the school newsletters that had accumulated on top of the laptop, and underneath I found a New Year’s postcard from none other than the ikemen (beautiful male) P.E. teacher who sits behind me.
He wrote: “Are you enjoying school? If it’s ok with you, please come and join a P.E. lesson some time. I think the students will be happy.”
So I found myself, not for the first time, reluctantly agreeing to do sports in order to impress a guy (he’s married though, sigh). I played basketball with the third graders (15 year olds) and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it, but more so that I didn’t drop the ball or smack anyone in the face. I felt a surge of pride as I threw the ball across the court to my team mate and sensei shouted naisu pasu! at me from the other side. I can’t have been that bad because I’ve been asked to join in again next time…