My Junior High School Blog
So, now it is the `Year of the Tiger`- Which is my year!
I was born in 1974 - also `Year of the Tiger`
This year started off quite slowly as teachers had to work even when the students were still at home for the holidays (lucky students)!
So I asked Amano Sensei and Kurumi Sensei to teach me how to play Shogi.
It was very interesting to learn this Japanese game.
The weather was still bad, so even at the weekend I didn`t want to go outside much, but I did visit the `Botanical Garden` in Kyoto.
Outside it was very cold and grey, but inside the glass house it was warm and colourful.
However, soon the students came back to the school and the new term began.
For the first year students there was also an exciting snow sports trip to Hakodate mountain.
I was very happy to join the students and learn how to snowboard.
Snowboarding was great fun and I want to do it more in the future.
I also made an intresting trip to Tsuruga in January.
I went to visit the `Orphanage` there.
An orpanage is a place where children who don`t have any family can live.
These children are called `Orphans` - about 60 orphans live in the Tsuruga orphanage.
I visited with many other JET program ALT teachers.
These ALTs are from all over Shiga.
First we made paper snow flakes with the children.
Then we played with them - it was a lot of fun and very tiring.
The children took my camera from me and took many photographs - some of them are funny!
ALTs visit the orphanage every month, I hope I will have time to go again and see the children.
I also went hiking with two of my JET friends in January; John and James.
We walked from Hieizan train station over the hill to Kyoto.
After walking up the hill for a while we stopped to take a look at Enryaku-ji.
Then we continued over the hill.
On the way we found two very old ski lodges.
We were surprised to see that there was still a lot of ski equipment inside though the building was very old and unused.
We were very lucky with the weather that day, it was sunny and warm.
Next weekend it was very rainy so I went iceskating with Haru.
My last trip in January was to see the Lake Biwa Museum on the other side of the lake.
We drove down the lakeside and across the Rainbow bridge.
I was surprised how nice the museum was, there were many interesting things to see.
There were exhibits and replicas of old Japanese village houses.
There was also a large aquarium where you could see lake fish from all around the world - and the famous Biwako Catfish!
January was the coldest month yet, and though I had fun I was looking forward to spring and warmer weather.
However, I had a very interesting snowy trip in February - but I`ll write about that next time!