Last month I made the move from Sendai down to Tokyo. I had an awesome going away party with my friends and one at work where I received many wonderful hand-made presents from my students. I already miss the great community of people I knew up there, but fortunately some of them have already made good on their promises to come visit me here in Tokyo.
My new apartment is a Leo Palace, an apartment chain throughout Japan that offer small but cheap and relatively nice places to live. It's supposedly "furnished" but by that they just mean a table, chairs and basic appliances (fridge, microwave, TV, washing machine, etc.). I ended up spending a bit more than expected on stuff for the apartment when I moved in, which made me realize just how spoiled I really was in my spacious, fully stocked Sendai apartment.
|New Leo Palace Kitchen: About as spacious as an airplane bathroom.|
|The crowded streets of Ueno, just 20min. from my new place.|
I'm working at three kindergartens now. My main school is 4 days a week, and I alternate visiting the other two on Wednesdays. I'm really enjoying the chance to spend more time in the kindergarten, getting to know the kids better and learning a lot about Japanese culture and early childhood education. The job is not for everyone though: if you're not prepared to hold crying three-year-old's, encounter a variety of bodily fluids and have small children climbing all over you on a daily basis, this is not for you. Luckily, I've been working with kids since I was a kid myself, so for me this is nothing new.
|Behind that adorable facade lies the heart of a wild beast.|
I'd really like to get back into blogging regularly again, now that I've settled into my new place. You can look forward to some posts about my recent Tokyo adventures: hanami, Yokohama, Namja Town and Ueno, to name a few.