今年もよろしくお願いします！ Happy 2016 everyone! Did you know that this year is the year of the monkey, from the Chinese zodiac? Probably not, but in Japan, the new year and it’s Chinese zodiac animal go hand in hand and most 2016 New Year’s good feature cute monkeys. Even at Tokyo Disney, there’s a lot of merchandise featuring their monkey characters. While I’m sad to leaving behind the year of the sheep (I’m a sheep!), I’m looking forward to a new year of fresh starts and new adventures.
・I spent Christmas at Tokyo Disney Sea. It was a lot of fun and the Disney Christmas decorations were absolutely gorgeous.
・New Year’s in Japan is probably the biggest holiday of the year, a lot like American Christmas. I spent mine eating New Year’s cake and watching Audrey Hepburn movies. So relaxing!
・I don’t usually make New Year’s Resolutions but I set 6 goals for myself this year, most of which pertain to improving my mind with study and my health by exercising and eating a larger variety of homemade dishes and vegetables. So far it’s going very well ^_^
・I signed the final possible extension to my job contract so I will get to continue working at my awesome school and living in my fantastic city until August 2017.
・I added some new blog entries about my favorite female Japanese solo artists, so if you want to get more into Japanese music, check it out!
Thing I’m Looking Forward To
SPRING! When I imagine heaven, I imagine it to be like spring in Japan. Of course I’m looking forward to shaking the cherry blossoms out of my hair, but also Japan’s fiscal year ends in March and starts in April, which is also when the school terms turn over and there’s a wonderful atmosphere of change and new beginnings.
Japanese Thing I Want to Share With You
Gudetama is a lazy egg yolk who can never seem to muster up the energy to do anything. His name actually comes from the combination of a Japanese term for laziness gude gude and tamago, the word for egg.
Gudetama has a ton of popular merchandise and his cartoon shorts air on TBS in 58 second segments, although the last 20 seconds are usually a demonstration of the Gudetama dance. Here’s one of my favorites:
In December I read Mindy Kaling’s new book, Why Not Me? I’ll admit I’ve never seen any of her television work, but I’m really into autobiographies and I borrowed the ebook from my local library in America. It was a really good, realistic look at what it’s like to be in yours 20s or 30s and have big dreams you want to accomplish but not exactly sure how to do it.
I also re-read the complete collection of Sherlock Holmes stories and novels and I definitely recommend everyone interested in mysteries or human behavior to check them out. You can get ebooks of all the Sherlock Holmes stories for free or nearly so on Amazon and you will be more intelligent for it.
My Top 5 Favorite Holmes Stories
- “The Adventure of the Speckled Band”
- “The Adventure of the Navel Treaty”
- “A Scandal in Bohemia”
- “The Adventure of Charles Augustus Milverton”
- “The Adventure of the Devil’s Foot”
Funny Thing My Students Did
At the end of the day, I came out of the teachers’ room when the students were supposed to be in homeroom to find one of my favorite (but rowdiest) third year boys with his friend on the sumo team standing really close together, almost nose to nose. The sumo boy was holding onto the other’s collar and when the rowdy boy saw me, he started yelling, “Help me!”
I went up to them and saw that the rowdy boy had popped a button off of the collar of his uniform. His sumo friend was delicately sewing the button back on for him. After he finished the sewing, while the rowdy boy and I were still talking, the sumo boy pulled the rowdy boy down the hall by the thread in search of scissors.