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Combining a few posts into one…

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In the last few days of August, I started at my new school Higashi. It is actually my second time to teach there, the first time being the school year of 2009-2010. The students, and some of the teachers, are new, but the layout and other things are the same, so it is a bit different than I’m used to. Anyway, I had a short speech in front of the school the first day, then after a few days of testing, went straight into my introductory lessons.

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Higashi students

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Giving my speech

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Principal’s speech

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Higashi school song

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The next school event is the Fujioka-Tano English Oratorical Contest, a major event for every JHS ALT in the city. My kids didn’t do great this year, but they worked really hard and I was really proud of them! Also, I knew kids from 3 different schools, so it was nice to see old faces.

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A third grader from Higashi

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My old first grader from Onishi, who did a GREAT job!

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A third grader from Kita, who I know both from school and also from ECC

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The award ceremony

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My current school, Higashi, out of which only the one second grader, Kansei, got an “excellent” prize

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My previous school, Onishi, where the first and third grader both got “excellent” prizes!

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Lastly, a few days after the speech contest, Kenji and I took a short trip out to nearby Kamikawa to take pictures of the Higanbana that line the roadway. These bright flowers herald the oncoming cooler weather of fall.

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Out by the roadside

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Two of my favorite pictures of the set

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Higanbana always grow in clumps, and along this road they grow in three lines. They must have been planted like that once…

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Higanbana and motorcycle

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And a quick picture coming home from my koto class… so happy fall is coming!