Saturday, September 03, 2005

Where is the Literature???

I will be participating in classes and seminars while I am in Japan. I received a notice about some of the ones I can attend on my first days in Tokyo. I signed up for two so far and am very excited for them. I will be taking a class about the role of women in Japan (which I am hoping I will be able to apply to the reading of literature and the portrayal of women in this literature) and a class about Japanese art forms. They both look like they will be very worthwhile, however, I am disappointed to see that there is nothing being offered in literature yet. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I will be able to sign up for something in that area one of the days I am there.

Descriptions of classes I have signed up for so far in Tokyo:

Art Education Workshop: Introduction to hands-on activities of Japanese traditional paper work, including discussion of current issues on art education in Japanese schools.

Women's Status: A presentation and discussion on women's status in Japan.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

The pictures are coming…the pictures are coming!

A lot of people have asked about how I will communicate/remember my trip in Japan and share it when I return. Well, have no fear. I have a plan that will fill all of you in on my trip!

The Game Plan:

  • Digital Camera: my camera is going to be the main recorder of my trip. It’s about the size of a small cell phone so I can take it everywhere and I have a media card that holds 350 pictures at a time.
  • Photo I-Pod: “Only three hundred pictures?” Don’t worry; I also have the I-pod photo so I can download up to….drum roll, please….25,000 pictures! I know, I know, hold your excitement. I’ll try to take that many, but I need to save a little room for my songs. I need something to listen to on the loooooong flight across the Pacific! I will upload all my pictures when I return and put them on a site that everyone can access.
  • Journal from Mrs. Priest: Mrs. Priest gave me a journal last year that I have been waiting to use on this trip! I figure I will write in it each day and then transfer it to these posts. It’s only three weeks, but when I was in Costa Rica, I filled up almost two hundred pages with my experiences! I think it’ll keep me busy! I will try to put some of the journal onto this blog each day, if I can get to a computer.
  • Kinko’s: I only put Kinko’s because I plan on using them when I am in Tokyo for Internet time. I have decided not to bring a computer because I don’t want to be responsible for it the whole trip. The Kinko’s is only a few blocks from the hotel and has Internet access. Let’s just hope that I don’t get lost on the way!

I plan on using all these options as often as possible. I want to remember everything about this trip, and make you feel as much a part of it as I can. The idea is to share it with my students, so I will work my hardest to do that! :)

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

American Food…not so American!

I was talking with some of my students the other day about what I expect Japan to be like. We came to the topic of food and what I would be eating over there. I told them rice, noodles, soup and sushi are their main foods. I also told them how much I’m looking forward to eating sushi since I LOVE it! Sadly, it seems that some students don’t share in my love of raw fish and seaweed. Ha! I’m expecting to eat it at least once (often twice) a day based on what I have heard from past teachers. I can’t say that I’m complaining! Sushi Rock is my favorite restaurant! Perhaps I need to go there again to practice my chopstick skills…which still aren’t the best! Ugh!).

Anyway, I also told them that there are a lot of restaurants that are American there. The tour books say that there are McDonald’s. KFC and Starbucks (yes!) all over the city of Tokyo. However, the contents are probably not going to be so American! I remember when I was living in Costa Rica, and the McDonald’s had black beans and rice on value menu. You could also get plantains (fried bananas) and tortillas as a meal option. These were located right along side the Big Macs and Quarter Pounders! I also witnessed the same experience when I was in Boston, where the restaurants would adapt their food according to the culture. The McDonald’s there sold lobster hotdogs!

It seems that American food might not always be what we think it is. The differences/additions to the McDonald’s menu makes me wonder what I am going to find on the menu in Tokyo? Anyone want to attempt a guess???

Sunday, August 28, 2005


We have had about a week of school and I know that there are parents and students who have visited this site. I just wanted to thank you all for taking the time to come and visit and say "welcome!"

Please feel free to leave comments or ask questions. I look forward to hearing from you! :)