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Thursdays are the second most boring day of the week

Following Tuesday, of course. It's so close to the weekend, but not quite close enough to relax.

I was finally able to deposit money into my bank account here, and I'm really enjoying my new docomo phone. Especially because it has unlimited internet access!

Last night I went out with some new friends to a local bar, which is conveniently located across the street from the kindergarten. It was pretty fun, and I rickrolled everyone there during karaoke. It was really fun! I hope we can hang out again soon. Read more »

New bike and weekend festival

Today I overslept and was a few minutes late for work! It turned out okay though. Read more »

Working hard? Or...

Today at work they gave me a new notebook. Previously, I had been using post-it notes to take Japanese notes on. It looks like a kid's notebook, and on the front is written "A Good Kid's Notebook" (よい子のノート). Even so, I'm happy to get something to take notes with! It's a lot better than post-its, which clutter up the place. In my opinion, it's better than the computer as well, because it's sometimes hard to read kanji depending on the font and size of the text. Read more »

Japanese TV is awesome sometimes

I've been following the US debt debacle on the CNN website while I'm at work. I just got in to work today, so I'm excited to see how it turned out! Last I heard, it passed in the House and was expected to be filibustered by Republicans in the Senate. I'm going to check it out right after I post this! It's so silly how they want everything, but don't want to raise taxes to pay for it. Once politicians are replaced by robots, the world will be a better and more truthful place. Read more »

Mystery of the Missing Restaurant

Last night was pretty uneventful. I rode around town on my bike looking for a restaurant my coworker recommended, but I couldn't find it. I thought it was somewhere behind the Record Museum, but it wasn't. I did find the Niikappu train station, though! I went in to work today and asked where exactly the restaurant was. Turns out it's literally right next to the Record Museum! I'll probably go there sometime this week. Read more »

Longing for internet

It's Monday, and I just got in to work! I forgot to shave though... I guess I'll do that during my lunch break. Today, like the past few days, I woke up with searing back pain. I wish it would go away! Yesterday was a lot of fun though. Read more »

Weekend!

Even though it's the weekend, I honestly didn't do very much today. I'm leeching off of some unsecured wireless network to post this. It's actually pretty fast, so it must be close. I can't wait until I get my own internet... This morning, I was still really tired from playing badminton last night. Badminton was really fun! I went over to the sports center and played with some teachers and locals. There were some students playing as well. They were all way better than me, especially the teachers. They look like pros! I never knew the birdie could move so fast. Read more »

Niikappu Arrival

It's been an exciting two days so far here in Niikappu. Read more »

No Internet

Hi everyone!

Just a quick update. I have no internet in my apartment yet, so the daily blog is kind of on hold. I'm still writing them, but I can't upload them. I'm writing this from a computer at work. Hope to get internet soon...

A new adventure

Well, the day has finally arrived. I'm in a Chicago hotel tonight, about to fly out to Tokyo tomorrow for JET program orientation!
I'll be teaching English for the next year in Niikappu-cho, Hokkaido. From what I've been able to learn so far about the place, it's a small town of about 6000 people. It's famous for race horce breeding, is close to a ski resort, and has a record museum (you know, those circular black things). Read more »