Teacher Profiles

Posted on May 28, 2009 | clarice

The teacher profiles have been updated! Take a look!

Our whiteboard

Posted on May 27, 2009 | clarice

One of our whiteboards at school.... I drew all the happy dinosaurs :) Did you draw anything?


Posted on May 24, 2009 | clarice

Save for one experimental time, I've never had my nails done before I came to Japan. I finally got them done for the first time last month when the owner of GenkiJACS, Rie-sensei, invited me to come with her to a nail salon.

Nails are a big thing in Japan. There are many, many nail-art magazines and there are nail salons littered everywhere in the cities (almost as common as hair salons). Many women go once a month but some go as often as every week. The most common thing to get done is to get gel nails applied, along with many creative combinations of nail art (ribbons, jewels, Hello Kitties, etc.)

It was really fun to get my nails done! One place I went to gave out coffee and chocolate, came with a hand massage, and smothered my hands with a lotion of my choice at the end. However, it all comes with a price-- gel nails will cost you at least 4000 yen and any additional artwork besides your basecoat will cost extra (for example, 80 yen per jewel). Getting the gel off with cost about 1500-2000 yen in total, unless you go to a shop that will take it off for free if you get your nails done again.

Despite the expensiveness, I think it's really worth it if you're a girl, to try it once in Japan! I've never seen such kawaii nail art at home!

School Tanjoubi

Posted on May 13, 2009 | clarice

Today the teachers and staff celebrated Miyuki sensei and Gareth's birthday.


Aso Trip

Posted on May 07, 2009 | clarice

This Tuesday and Wednesday, some of us went to Mount Aso for a school trip. Altogether we took 4 cars!
First we drove to Aso, where the weather took a turn for the worse and started to rain very hard. We stopped by a Soba Dojo where we learned how to make soba from scratch. We all wore aprons and tried to listen as best we could to the Japanese ladies teaching us.

Then we went to Jigoku Onsen. It smelled very, very strongly of sulphur. We were all also very surprised because it was a co-ed bath!!! The girls all kept their towels wrapped tightly around themselves.
We stayed at the accommodation, which was very, very nice. This is the view from the outside:

Dinner was BBQ. It was very delicious, and we were all very full by the end.

The next day, we went to Aso-san. Unfortunately, the road was closed because the wind was blowing the wrong direction. However, we still were able to go on a nice hike!

After that we went to see Kumamoto Castle.

But the best thing was eating ice cream. The milk ice cream is famous in the region. :D