Captain Cook in Hiroo

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There’s a cute, “British style” cafe in Hiroo called Captain Cook. Jamie and I went there today for a late lunch, where we enjoyed their signature dish, “Shakespeare’s Globe.” A poached egg encased in avocado, bacon, feta, and tomato. It was a nice way to catch up since we’ve both been busy over the holidays. They also have real bread (like rye!). Definitely recommend the place.

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Bento Cooking

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Back in March, I joined a class that taught how to make “traditional” bentos (Japanese style lunches). We learned how to make staples that are particularly popular in kids’ bentos: rolled omelet, potato salad, seaweed salad, karage (fried chicken), and octopus weenies. Continue reading “Bento Cooking”

Only with your best face!

The 2nd year students finished a “mini presentation” assignment where they had to use only words and gestures to describe how to make a very easy food item (most of them Japanese). Examples are rice balls, rolled egg, ham sandwich, potato salad…

Anyway, they had to script what they’d say first, with pictures showing the gestures they would make. It was this I decided to grade. I think this one may be my favorite phrasing:

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Eat Club, why is that not a thing?

I’m currently grading the first year students’ introduction assignments. They have some basic questions — what’s your favorite book, TV show, food, singer, etc. — as well as a few asking about their high school life like which club they joined. Out of all the answers, I think this one is my favorite:

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Eat club? Genius! Where can I sign up?

The Fox Village

So, this little excursion of mine wouldn’t have been possible without Kestrel, who found the video of the Fox Village on YouTube and informed me about this place…because I had no idea. Fox sanctuary in Japan? A place where you can walk with the foxes, feed the foxes, and pet a fox? Yeah, I was blissfully ignorant of this potential for cuteness overload.

And what a missed opportunity that would have been. After all, who could resist these face?

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I’m still here!

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So I’m still here, kicking in it in the Land of the Rising Sun. I know, it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ve been super duper busy. However, I really want to continue chronicling my adventures. Currently, there’s 7 posts I have drafts of, the only thing they’re waiting on (and what’s slowing me down) is getting pictures into them and uploading things to the gallery. To help me on that end, I’m redoing the gallery script to something hopefully a bit more streamlined. I should finish in the next week or so.

Until then, if you’re just itching to know what I’m up to, I suggest taking a peek on Twitter. I’ll be posting (semi-)regular, 140-character “mini updates” flush with pictures and snark. 🙂

Opinion Writing in a Different Country

I find cultural differences fascinating. Our personality and knowledge and habits, when we think of it, are made up of some many influencing factors. Environment, economical, gender, parental, societal, cultural…And nowhere is that more clear than when you’re teaching adolescents in another country. Continue reading “Opinion Writing in a Different Country”