@Anonymous "I seriously have no idea who that person in, Matsu Jun (?) whatever. I'm serious about what I said because you have authority and you're someone who's looked at as "cool" by the students. If you start saying the name "junk" for "Jun," kids will catch on and there might be a Jun who get's targeted in the school. Things that ALT's do that seem harmless can have some serious consequences for kids - I've seen it before - so I sent that message in attempts to make you aware."

Yeah, you really need to specify that you mean at school in the first place, ‘cause it sounded like you were passive aggressively hoping I would have a child and name him Jun and he’d be bullied.

But it hasn’t caught on. I erased it before any kids could write it down. (One actually “Aww!”ed.) And I only told one class full of super shy kids. My JTE was far more concerned about me possibly offending his fans.

09.23.14
dropshadow

farfromthepacific:

i know as a white male in japan I have a lot of privilege. my experience is totally different than other foreigners. a lot of things are gifted to me and people are nicer to me and i am approached differently. I feel like with all that I shouldn’t complain about living…

I’ve been here one month and I’ve already been completely ignored and sexually harassed.

I can forgive people treating me like a commodity. I can ignore the stares. I can’t handle the NTT guy in MY apartment calling people and complaining about me while I understand everything he’s saying. I can’t handle vagina pics being shoved in my face while on an escalator in the middle of the day.

I used to find it funny when staff people were afraid to talk to me because they assumed I couldn’t speak Japanese even though I could. Since the NTT guy, I realized those people aren’t even giving me a chance. Like, they genuinely don’t even give shit. I’m white, so I can’t possibly speak Japanese. I’m not worth their effort.

Also, I told one of my JTEs about being sexually harassed, and she told my male JTE. You know what he did? Laughed. And then she turned it into a joke, too. Telling him to be my bodyguard. Thank you for turning the event that has caused me to feel unsafe into a joke. I saw the man today on a crowded street and felt so afraid that I actually pulled my friend away like “We need to leave. We need to go somewhere else. Now.” But haha, better go report it to my bodyguard.

Yaay, white privilege in Japan.

26 09.23.14
dropshadow

Sometimes I write my thoughts down on post it notes when I want to share them with friends because I can’t text them at school.

I found a couple I forgot about just now…

Note One:
This week QT sensei will become my target…
(probably not really)
(but possibly)
(if he comes)
(iykwim)
(ijs)
(k)

Note Two:
This teacher is super suspicious holy shit. “Those kids asking if you have a boyfriend and things…” YOU LOOK LIKE YOU WANT TO KNOW. Also, you have no idea what you’re doing in class.


I worry sometimes that one day my co-workers will learn what a terrible person I actually am. (Terribly awesome, of course) Being all super critical and shallow. 

09.22.14
dropshadow

I volunteered to make Nanaimo Bars for an international corner at a festival.

I’ve never actually made Nanaimo Bars before and I have no idea if I can get all of the ingredients in Japan…

Let’s see what happens!

1 09.21.14
dropshadow
@Anonymous "From Jun to Junk and then ごみ? I really hope you have no kids named Jun or with that nickname (it's a common one). I'm sure they love that...."

I upset a MatsuJunk fan.

09.19.14
dropshadow

japan-experience:

moshetei:

chanaeinehime:

ANYONE KNOW SOME JAPANESE CELEBRITIES I CAN USE FOR A GUESSING GAME??!
It’s for middle school ichinensei kids!!!

Matsumoto jun!!

This just reminded me.

I hate Matsumoto Jun, and I tell my students this. They think it’s the best when I…

Honestly, I don’t even know. Something about his face makes me angry. It’s really irrational.

9 09.19.14
dropshadow

QUICK!!

moshetei:

chanaeinehime:

ANYONE KNOW SOME JAPANESE CELEBRITIES I CAN USE FOR A GUESSING GAME??!
It’s for middle school ichinensei kids!!!

Matsumoto jun!!

This just reminded me.

I hate Matsumoto Jun, and I tell my students this. They think it’s the best when I write “Jun” on the board and then add “k” to make it “junk”. (Then I write “ごみ” underneath to just really drive the point home.)

9 09.19.14
dropshadow

chanaeinehime:

And at the same school as before, I’m sure they think I’m like the weakest ALT ever.

I couldn’t even do 15 minutes of 4th period, like I had to leave and come back because I felt myself getting teary & I didn’t want to do that in front of the students.
A couple of students didn’t listen AT ALL…

Ugh. This is nasty. I don’t think my students have said anything like this. They definitely don’t make any gestures. The worst my first years have done is keep clapping for something when I’m trying to move on, but even that they stop relatively quickly.

I have a second year that calls me Brian, but I started calling him Risa in return so it’s our inside joke now. (Except it’s catching on… Another kid called me Brian today.)

I feel like I’m really lucky. My predecessor told me that my school used to have a reputation for delinquent students, but that it’s changed since they were branded with that rep. My reaction before I came was “You WOULD say that! You’re biased! I bet it’s full of delinquents!” But since my arrival, they’ve been nothing but great.

I really don’t know how I’m going to be able to let go of my school after two years. (Sendai ALTs change schools every two years) I’m so afraid of ending up at a school with REAL issues.

5 09.19.14
dropshadow

A random 40 y/o called me すてき today and asked me to go get a beer with him. This is the first time I’ve been called すてき. But still, no. Not interested in men who probably have kids closer to my age than they are.

1 09.18.14
dropshadow

I only noticed today that QT sensei is short. Looking for some new eye candy now.

09.16.14
dropshadow
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