Friday, October 26, 2007
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Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
akata-no daiboutsu (aka big buddha)
back at chokai-san
this picture reminds me of one of my favorite books, "exploring the adirondack high peaks" where the author inserts pictures he has taken in the mountains, most of which include the backs of his sons' heads. tristen is admiring the view (we didn't climb it again, just took in the scene from the lookouts around the trailhead parking lot).
Posted by sophiesaffron at 10:47 AM
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
yet another re-cap of a jolly good long weekend. on friday, i was invited to dinner by the kyotosensei (vice principal) of my elementary school, and her daughter, who is 22. we had a delicious feast of sushi at their lovely home in a rural area just outside of honjo. i got to meet the grandparents as well, their grandmother told me proudly "i am seven-seven" (seventy-seven yrs old!). they were all so warm and friendly, they recently had an american english teacher not on the JET programme do a homestay with them, and invited me back again whenever I wanted. on saturday, a fellow ALT from Idaho, Tristen, organized an "oktoberfest" party at his house in northern akita - german sausages, sauerkraut, and spaetzle were enjoyed by all and general merriment ensued. the next day i visited another ALT from Kentucky, Maureen, in her beautiful old house near akita city. we found a place to bowl and also drove out on the oga peninsula, a wild and rugged type of preserve, where there was a fun aquarium. enjoy the pics!
a fore-promised pic of my favorite sign in honjo
scary giant namahage statues in oga
sho, kuni, maureen, mihoko, juls and cristian at bowling
the angry sea of the coast of oga
edel and me
cathy, edel, juls, and maureen at the oga aquarium
my friend the polar bear doing a nice back stretch
Posted by sophiesaffron at 12:02 PM
Thursday, October 4, 2007
a 2nensei classroom. out the windows, not visible today, is a perfect view of mount chokai
the giant blackboards come equipped with about 500 different colors of chalk, all with specific purposes (I was once scolded for using the wrong color)
view of the school pool, which suprisingly has not been drained yet, and baseball field, where prefectural teams have been practicing for the kokutai (national sports competition going on right now, held in akita this year)
some 3nensei girls singing in music class in their less-than-flattering winter uniforms.
1nensei boys being distracted during cleaning time. the boys look quite smart in their winter uniform (i think today is the last day they can choose between summer and winter). but unfortunately the all-black suit totally clashes with the girls' all-navy blue ensemble. wish they had consulted me on that one too.
Posted by sophiesaffron at 2:58 PM