Archive for January, 2011

Umbrella Locker

Posted on Friday, January 28th, 2011 at 8:04 am.

Umbrella Locker

I see lockers like this every once in a while; you put in your umbrella and get a key so that nobody walks away with it. It makes sense in a country where umbrellas are so important, but man, is it weird.

Teachers’ Cars

Posted on Thursday, January 27th, 2011 at 12:25 am.

There are a lot of interesting cars here; here are two of the neater ones: an Alfa Romeo and a Legacy WRX.

This school has, strangely, tons of Subarus. I’ve seen a Porsche before, and a BMW.

Alfa Romeo and Legacy WRX

Parking Lot Traffic Guy

Posted on Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 at 7:19 am.

While I went to city hall with my friend Grant to go to our interviews for direct contracting next year, it occurred to me that you guys might be interested in this.

There’s a guy in the parking lot who stands on a little tower, like so:

Parking Lot Traffic Guy

His job is to point at an empty spot, and your job is to go there.

This isn’t by any means common; I’ve only seen it in two other places. It’s neat, though, and I can see how it would be a huge help to drivers…

The Japanese Staff Room

Posted on Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 at 9:25 pm.

My name is Scott. Though I’m American, I work in a Japanese school and this is my fourth year here in Japan.

Staff Room Chalk Boards

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The Start of a New Decade

Posted on Thursday, January 13th, 2011 at 12:49 pm.

2011 – doesn’t that sound oddly futuristic?  People felt that once 2001 rolled around that we had hit that weird point in time where we were treading on the future settings of past movies and movies (namely the one that used that year as its main title), but don’t you feel like 2011 also gives a similar connotation?  It seems a little less pretentious too, somehow.

I haven’t really posted anything significant for the past year and a half, and I can see why journals like this eventually dissipate; the immediacy of daily life just takes precedence and there are just other things that time can (and should) be spent on.  The site has been around for a full 4 years now, which isn’t any amazing landmark, but it does make me feel a little older, considering I was finishing up with college when I first started it.  I still plan on keeping it up for some time, and hopefully with some improved content.

Recently I went on a 2 week trip to Japan, to try to get a fuller experience of the country and culture, and I will do my best to get around to writing about it and sharing whatever I recorded in my logs or photos.  Long time readers of the site would remember that my first few posts were of my brief trip 3 day trip to Japan and subsequent trip to Korea in the holiday of 2006; the new material should show some kind of improvement in both scope as well as maturity (one can hope).