May 2, 2000
I'm feeling: TIRED!
Right now I'm listening
to: Mai Kuraki
Kuraki: Love, Day After Tomorrow
Isao Junior High School
Today I was reading:
Elizabeth Peters' Lion in the Valley. Her books
are sortof cheesy, but I love 'em to death!
"Be confident. Be expectant of grand and
beautiful results from everything you do."
-- Patricia Sampson
last two days have been special days at the office.
was "Sketch Day". The junior high schools that are
close to Wakayama castle go there to draw the keep or one
of the gates. They don't really have much of a choice; one
whole grade goes to one location and has to sketch that particular
thing. The gate or the keep.
is over a river and up a mountain, far from the castle, and
there being no points of interest nearby, the students sketch
the school. Each grade goes to their designated area, but
they are allowed to sketch anything in that area; the school,
a random building, even a single flower. I liked that much
better than the sketches at the castle, where they have no
choice in what they sketch. I had no classes that day. My
job was just to wander around occasionally and do some baseline
socializing with the students. And check out their sketches.
These kids can draw a hell of a lot better than nearly all
of the kids I knew in junior high school. Some were remarkably
good. Serious talent. None of the first graders knew who I
was because this was my first day there for the new year so
they were a little afraid of me, so I just went around and
said hello. Every
time I passed one particularly unshy girl she asked me to
for the school trip, I was to go with the second grade class
to the tidepools at Kada, but the teachers decided it'd be
easier on them if they took them to Misaki Park (they wouldn't
have to watch them there, they just let them run wild).
Park is a small zoo/amusement park. Entrance is free, but
the rides all cost mucho dinero. I went on two rides, one
of them cost $5!! What a rip off! Most of the time, the place
looked deserted because there were only the students from
Isao and a few other random people there, and if there are
not enough people for a particular ride, it doesn't run...
not like Disneyland at all. The rides are also very short,
I wasn't satisfied. But hey, it's the first time I've been
on a roller coaster in about a year so I can't complain. Much.
the teachers told me not to bring a lunch because all the
teachers were going to eat at a restaurant that I was sure
to like. Uh-oh. When a Japanese teacher says something like
that it always means eating something which doesn't look quite
dead yet, or something that's slimy and has more than four
legs. But when we got there and he pointed to those big golden
arches and asked, "Is this restaurant ok?" I just
sighed with relief.
wandered around aimlessly for a while. Popped a few coins
into the arcade. Then went back to the entrance for lunch.
I had just sat down with my Big Mac and fries and opened my
book when a group of third grade girls came by and said how
sad it was that I was eating by myself (actually, I was
kind of looking forward just to relaxing under the shade of
a tree with my book, it was a beautiful day today), so
they kept me company while I finished my lunch. Then they
kidnapped me and took me on two roller coasters. Nice girls.
didn't see any of the teachers until it was time to go. I
heard that there is a place where teachers or parents can
sleep while their charges are roaming. I saw one teacher with
his hair like he just woke up and his eyes just a bit red.
He denied he was sleeping, of course.
"Golden Week" starts. It's a series of unrelated
holidays that are in succession which gives for a five day
weekend. I don't have any special plans, but God knows I have
enough work to keep me busy. I do hope to get out of my apartment,
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