In Japan occasionally a fearless youth will ask us for a picture, or take our picture surreptitiously, but in China we were celebrities. Everywhere we went people not so much asked, but pushed us into pictures with their children, or themselves.

This sweet old lady came up to Scott and grabbed his hand at the Olympic stadium and gestured wildly for her friend to take their picture.

These cute children ran up to Alicia to pose.

These children’s mother posed them with us before running back to take the picture. The little girl loved it.

A whole family got into this shot.

Even on the great wall in our sweaty disarray we were stopped for photos!

While I thoroughly enjoyed it for the week I was there, I can see how people live there would tire of this. Also, I wonder where these pictures end up…

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Cute Boys at the Forbidden City

It’s probably true that I take too many pictures of cute children.

But they are so cute.

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Sometimes kids here are too cute for words.

Girl gazes at Anpanman bus

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On being a muse

There are many wonderful things about teaching here. I get to design my own curriculum and lessons, the teachers I work with are so helpful, hardworking and nice, and there are very few essays to mark. 😉 The best thing about teaching in Japan though, is the students. Every day an interaction with a student makes me laugh. They are so lively and entertaining. I am the only foreign person most of them interact with, and I think they still see me as a novelty.

One of the amazing consequences of being different is that sometimes your super cute students will draw pictures of you! Here are but a few of the amazing depictions I’ve been given.

I told the students to draw anything they wanted. Most students drew sports equipment or Anpanman.

Me at my most Genki. I think they got the glasses just right.

This student drew me surrounded by students, ala Jesus and the little Children. Too cute.

This one is my favourite. I am on the left, between Doraemon and Anpanman. On the right is Hello Kitty, whose name in English the student tried in vain to spell many times before resorting to Japanese.


Ohhhh… life as an English teacher in Japan. Full of so many small joys!

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Ms. Genki

I feel like this a lot. I assume it’s because of the caffeine I consume, so I’m not sure about her. (The ad is for caffeine free tea)




I wish people would join in on my random street dancing and singing….


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Hanami: Partying Japanese Style

In the spring when the cherry blossoms bloom, Japanese people flock en mass to fields with cherry blossom trees, lay down a blanket, bust out the BBQ and enjoy Hanami – or cherry blossom viewing parties.

On Saturday the JET program had a social Hanami party at Kokura castle, in Kitakyushu.

At the bathroom we met some Japanese people who invited us to join their party. Since they had really cute children in Anpanman sweaters and a magician, we couldn’t say no.

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