S: My Life in Japan
FC: My Life in Japan Tsubata, Ishikawa 2009-2011
1: I spent two years as an Assistant Language Teacher on the JET Programme in Ishikawa Prefecture, Tsubata Town, Japan. I taught at Tsubata Junior High School, Tsubata Elementary School and Agata Elementary School from 2009-2011. I also taught a family in Tsubata, the Kamogawas, once a week. During the my free time, I traveled, went on driving adventures, studied flower arranging, attended school events, volunteered at international events, took fitness classes, tried all kinds of Japanese foods and more! Enjoy the photos!
2: Shinjuku at night! | First stop: Tokyo Orientation! | Park Hyatt Hotel bar | First meal in Japan! | Pokemon plane! | Tokyo Orientation roomies! | Orientation presentations
3: Arriving in Tsubata! | The streets and houses of Tsubata
4: The Tsubata Festival During the last weekend of July every year, Tsubata holds a community festival. There are dance and music performances, food stalls and a sumo tournament! I spent the weekend with Miyakawa-san from the BOE and his family!
6: Pre-school Visits with Christy and International Day for Elementary Students in Tsubata!
7: Omicho Market | Climbing Mt. Fuji and Exploring Kanazawa with Tracy & Dave | Mt. Fuji | Ninja Temple | Kenrokuen Garden
8: WELCOME PARTIES!
10: Rigata Race & Nagashi Somen in Tsubata
11: Prime Minister, Taro Aso, Speaks in Tsubata! | A welcome note from Tsubata Elementary and my Mitsubishi Toppo!
12: Undokai at Tsubata Junior High! | Capture the Flag | Awards Ceremony
14: First Trip to the Noto!!! | Dinner at Nihonkai, Karaoke, Suzu Salt Soft Cream, the Lighthouse and Lamp Onsen
15: Silver Week in Osaka & Biwako with Melanie
16: Osaka Fun!
17: Relaxing in Biwako!
18: Exploring the Fall Colors at Mt. Tateyama in Toyama!
19: Trick or Treat. Be so sweet. Give me something good to eat.
21: Tsubata JHS Bunkasai
23: Long Weekend in Fukui!
24: Obama City & Tojinbo
25: Good Times in the Noto!
26: Christmas and End of the Year Celebrations with JETs and the Board of Education Staff
27: Winter Ikebana Arrangements
28: Christmas in Bali
29: Hanging out at the Hotel! | Balinese Dance Show
30: Temples, Rafting, Dancing and Booze on the Beach!
31: Singapore for New Years!
32: Exploring Singapore! | Arab Street, Chinatown, Zen Garden and Hawker Centre!
33: Reunion with Su Hui and Katie!
34: Visiting Chris, Jody and Indy in Shizuoka!
35: Tsubata Speech Contest & Hatagenpei New Years Party | The English club girls | Hatagenpei group lunch | Eating with the Kamogawas
36: 80s for Haiti and Casino Night!!
37: A Long Weekend in Nagano with Ginny, Brett and Kris!
40: Agata Elementary 6th Grade Graduation Ceremony
41: Tsubata Junior High 9th Grade Graduation Ceremony
42: Mom and Don's Visit! Himeji, Hiroshima, Kyoto, Tsubata & Kanazawa
45: HANAMI 2010
46: Hanami in Ishikawa & A Berry Noto Birthday | Kenrokuen Light-Up | Kaga Cherry Blossoms
48: First trip to Target Field! | First Trip Back Home - Minnesota and Chicago!!! | Fancy Dinner with Dad | Target Field with Dad and Nicki! | Neighborhood Reunion!
50: Baking Cookies with English Club and Home Economics Club at Tsubata JHS!
51: My Bungee Jump in Gunma!
52: Floating Lanterns on the Asano River to Kick Off the Hyakumangoku Festival!
53: Leah and Ginny after dancing | Nanao Yosokoi Festival & 8K Race in Komatsu! | Foot onsen with Brett | More awesome dancing! | The all-male yosokoi group
54: Suzu Cabin Adventure!
55: More Farewell Parties in the Noto!
56: JET Scavenger Hunt
57: Sobetsukai Prom with the JETs at the 21st Century Art Museum in Kanazawa!
58: Hanging out in Yanagida | Abare Matsuri in Ushitsu! | Festival food stalls | Fire and the kiriko | Exploring Wajima
60: Christy's Sobetsukai BBQ with the Little Earth International Club
61: Save Ginny! | Noto Aquarium! | Dolphin show! | Brett, Ginny, Leah and I!
62: Christy & Joe's Sobetsukai with the BOE
63: Exploring Kaga!
64: Tanabata with the Kamogawas!
65: Hiking Mt. Hakusan with Leah
66: Festival in Kanazawa with Carolyn & Melissa!
67: Dinner with Geisha and the Rotary Club in Kanazawa
68: Welcome Parties for New JETs and End of Summer Festivities!
69: Shelly Comes to Japan!
70: Exploring Tokyo!
71: Hanging out in Kawaguchiko! | Chris and Indy joined us for a day!
72: Checking Out Kyoto in the Heat!
73: The Day We Met Paul Stanley!
74: Driving Around the Noto, Chirihama, Kanazawa and Tsubata!
76: Welcome Parties & Christy's Birthday
77: Agata Elementary Undokai
78: Tsubata Junior High Undokai Theme: Reach for the Top
79: The Most Amazing Sunset at Ganmon Sea Cave!
80: Holly's Visit!
81: Bike break! | Exploring Kawaguchiko! | Kampai! | So much ice cream!
82: Hiroshima & the Carp Game!
83: Kyoto & Ishikawa
85: Dressed as Hantz!
86: A Weekend at Daijoji Temple! | A very "relaxing" weekend with Haydn
87: Thanksgiving with Keiko-san & Yokohama with Anu! | Craft Beers! | Aquarium Lights!
88: Good Times in the Fall! Ikebana, Wajima, Kanazawa and Tsubata
89: Carolyn's Birthday & Christmas Party with the Kamogawas
90: HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS!
91: FUN IN CHICAGO!
92: Tsubata English Speech Contest Grades 6-8
93: Hatagenpei with the Little Earth International Club
94: WINTER IN ISHIKAWA KENROKUEN GARDEN, KANAZAWA
96: A Long Weekend in Sapporo
97: Our Amazing Hotel! | Upgraded to a Suite!
98: Snow Sculptures at the Yuki Matsuri!
100: Shiroi Koibito Park & Ishiya Chocolate Factory
101: Sapporo Beer Museum!
102: Quick Trip to Yokohama! | JET Leavers Conference 2011
103: Sunday Driving Fun with Chelsea
104: A Morning in Kanazawa with Little Earth | Breakfast of Champs!
105: Random Adventures with Melanie and Chelsea
106: Hanami 2011: Spring in Kanazawa
108: Random Nights Out with JET friends!
109: My 25th Birthday!
110: Line Dancing with Little Earth! | Small Dinner Gathering at Chelsea's
111: Shanghai & Beijing with Maggie Golden Week 2011
112: Out and About in Shanghai! The Bund, Yu Yuan Garden, Nanjing Lu, Huangpu District
114: High Speed Train Riding! | A "Relaxing" Day Trip to West Lake | Hot Pot Dinner with Maggie
115: A Night on the Town of Shanghai | A Night Boat Cruise | Shanghai Acrobats
117: On to Beijing!!!
118: Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace & the Streets of Beijing
119: Delicious Dinner on the Town! | Boat Ride to the Zoo!
121: The Great Wall of China
122: Night Market Fun! Maggie eating silkworm | Peking Duck time!
123: The Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square & the Daoist Temple
124: Last Night Out in Hou Hai! | Dinner, Drinks and an Amazing Sunset!!! | The drink that made me oh so sick.
125: Day Trip to Shirakawago | Back in Japan..
127: Hyakumangoku Festival Kick Off with the Floating Lanterns!
128: Hyakumangoku Festival Parade!
129: Dancing in the Streets of Kanazawa!
130: A Day Hike on the Super Rindo Highway!
131: Good Times with Christy & Yohei!
132: Sobetsuprom at the 21st Century Art Museum in Kanazawa!
134: Every Wednesday, Melissa, Carolyn , Christy and I went to ikebana lessons in Kanazawa. Here are some of our creations! | Oh how we laughed... | GOOD TIMES AT ARCO AFTERWARDS! | We love ikebana
135: There was a photo booth to take fun group photos and we had a bunch of arcade games brought in as well. There was fun to be had by all! | Mobile Uploads of the Day
136: Fun Times with the Kamogawas!
137: Last Trip to Nihonkai!
138: Open Cafe, Senmaida, Morning Market & Mitsukejima Island | Other Noto Adventures!
139: Hiroshima Carp Game in Fukui | Hi Slyly! | My student's grandfather
140: Chelsea's Birthday Party in the Inaka of Tsubata!
141: Abare Matsuri 2011: Final Noto Weekend
142: Flatt's By the Sea! | Best Food in the Noto!
143: Farewell Lessons at JHS and Agata Elementary
144: 2nd to Last Week at Tsubata Elementary! | 5th Grade Students
145: School Lunch and Cleaning Time
146: My Farewell Party with Little Earth at Shinrin Koen!
147: Kahoku Rotary Club Fishing Day!
148: Saying Goodbye to Agata Elementary
150: Last Lessons at Tsubata Elementary
151: Karaoke with the Tsubata BOE Bucho! | Such a random night!
152: Saying Goodbye to Tsubata JHS Students
154: The last "readddddy break!" | Final Farewell to Tsubata JHS Teachers
156: Saying Goodbye to Tonya, Brian and Carolyn with a Delicious Sushi Dinner!
157: Karaoke with the BOE Crew!
158: Last Ikebana and Arco Night! | Such fun with Oohata!
159: Final Karaoke at Tsubata's 310
160: Final Goodbyes!