Snow

 Posted by on February 14, 2004  Mr Grumpy in (and out of) Japan  Add comments
Feb 142004
 

It’s a new thing for me.

Snow.

Snow

Snow

There you go. It’s been months since I last wrote something and all I can think of is snow. It’s a major thing for me. I spent 5 weeks in Australia drinking beer, eating meat pies and watching the cricket. And my friends were sending me pictures of the snow in Fukuoka. Now, when I was home, I really missed my friends, and everything here in Fukuoka. Now that I’m back it’s all the same. But one day I’m in sunny Sydney, enjoying James Squire Original Amber Ale and the next I’m in snow.

Snow

Snow

Now, it doesn’t snow very often in Fukuoka, and this Winter seems to have been a freak Winter. So, I’m kind of glad I missed it. But I missed my friends. So, really, it was a bit of a conundrum. What to do? Well, the answer was simple, I had to return because I had to go back to work. Easy. I could have stayed in Australia but I think that wouldn’t have worked out. For a start, all my stuff is in Fukuoka. I’d have to return eventually to reclaim it. I think my flatmate would have been a bit annoyed if I didn’t come back.

Snow

Snow

I know I’ve been slack writing this. I think what made me do it was one of the guys I work with mentioned to me that he found my site when he was searching for stuff on Japan and Fukuoka. And another Australian friend in Fukuoka had asked if I had updated the site. Generally I just shrug it off and tell people it’s my own thing, I do it when I feel like it. Sure it reads badly, seem totally introspective and is a total waste of time. But hey, if you don’t like it. You don’t have to read it. Go read someone else’s blog.

Bears

Bears

Today marks my 1 year in Japan. Exactly. (well, actually now it’s Saturday morning and so it’s 1 year and 1 day, but I won’t tell if you won’t.) Two years ago I spent two months travelling from Tokyo to Fukuoka doing my own thing (and spending way too much money.) I wrote a fairly extensive online diary about my happenings. I promised myself I’d get off my arse and finish the thing. Surprisingly, I haven’t yet.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day in Japan. Over here, the girls give the boys Chocolate. I think that’s a great deal. But, on March the 14th the boys are supposed to give the girls lots of expensive gifts. Most girls were quite surprised that in Australia the boys give the girls flowers, a card and chocolate. Or as one fellow Australian corrected me, the boys are supposed to give the girls flowers, a card and chocolate. Anyway, down at the department stores the last few days the chocolate sections were packed with girls buying up big. They don’t just give it to their husband or boyfriend, but co-workers and friends. Even their English Teachers. that’s something I like the idea of.

One of the more popular teachers here left today. Lots of girls came to see him off. It was quite fun. I did a special Australian lesson after him. He had more girls then me. Such is life. I’m still trying to work out, long term what I want to do. All that money on the Master’s degree and I’m teaching English. I’m looking at doing some more study in English teaching but I just don’t have the energy (or money.)

Or another thought when I return (in many years time) is, if my Japanese is good enough, is to be a tour guide. We’ll see.