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Hello everyone! Sorry it's been a while! I meant to sit down and get photos up of my diaries this year, but I only just managed to get around to it today. I have another diary almost finished and was considering uploading pictures but... I bring you my January-March journal for now!

So we last left off with this journal, and a calendar that was not as packed as this one is now...

Apologies as we go forward. I did rotate these, but it's not showing that in the editor. You may have to tilt your head to one side...

New years entries. Last time seeing my grandparents for a while, and I got a bit teary. I never used to get teary before I came out here. Since coming to Japan I cry at everything.

I also continue to be plagued with eye issues. Even now, five months later :/

Anxious for address cards to arrive before LetterMo. I didn't use them all during February, but they are almost all gone now!

Writing on the plane back to Japan. The cabin pressure played merry havoc with my pen!

The moment I landed in Japan, I got a message from my supervisor telling me I had elementary school the following day which... was kind of difficult, since I didn't get back to my house until late that evening by which time I pretty much wanted to collapse. But somehow I managed to pull together a lesson plan the following morning and execute it o/

Some friends invited my friend and I to theirs for lunch, and we did kakizome, which is the equivalent of writing a new years resolution in Japan :) Mine were "keizoku" (perseverence) and "sessa takuma" (to improve oneself through hard work and diligent study, because I asked Kazuyo-san for something with more kanji). Above me, Sharon holds "kansha" (gratitude), Kazuhiro holds "hatsumei" (invention) and I can't recall what his other one is but his were on a theme of invention and creation. Kazuyo's (beside me) are "atarashii kazoku" (a new family) and "anzan" (a safe birth). Their beautiful daughter was delivered last week :)

More lesson planning, and quiet preening over my sixth graders achievements. A mixture of delight, pride and sadness, because a number of them got into private high schools, but then a number of them got into private high schools and I have less of a chance of seeing them again, even if I change schools :(

New Years card from my hairdressers!

Small Japanese lesson from one of my first grade JHS kids. The translation is mine, but the writing is hers - she has lovely writing for a first grade high-schooler! I wish mine was that nice!


Continuation of the entry before all the Japanese stuff. My Japanese teacher went to a really old shrine over the new year and brought me back a woven keyring and the fortune you see here (I particularly love the entry for childbirth!). I managed to get the keyring onto my bag with a bit of fiddling, but it fell off the holder on my way to my lesson. Luckily a search of the area by daylight and I found it! And it is safely on my bag where it belongs!

So I printed this out. This kind of thing always gets me.

Japanese can be such an interesting language.

Suddenly February!

The first weekend in February means the annual Uchiko Bowling Tournament!

Transitive and intransitive verbs are a nightmare.

One of my kids who is usually always late never showed up for school, and everyone was worried.

Other JETs drama. My neighbour is convinced her kids are all going to come to her house. I live right next door and had the same school and my kids were also my neighbours and I never had this particular problem :/

Intensive Japanese school!

And cat cafe with a good friend.

We got to put the cats to bed!

The sty I got over new years never went away and was particularly gross around this time ._.

Sudden earthquake in Ehime just after the three-year anniversary of the March 11th earthquake. Ehime never has strong earthquakes, and I did completely the wrong things.

And then I also fell off my bike ._.

Sudden finish is sudden! I think I was writing during a break in the Japanese lesson, and then we started up again and I never finished it. And I had decided to move into another journal, so I thought I'd just leave it as it was rather than go back and try to finish the sentence. It still amuses me.

Ink tests!

Forward planner and letter list from January. I aimed to get them all responded-to by the end of January and I did /o/

So that's it from me for now! But I have another journal almost finished, so expect to hear from me again soon <3


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May. 12th, 2014 01:33 pm (UTC)
Love your journal. Such a lovely mix of planning, writing and memorabilia.
May. 12th, 2014 09:08 pm (UTC)
What lovely handwriting!
Fun sticker photos and those ink tests are GENIUS! :)
May. 12th, 2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
I love the photo booths here in Japan! But I tend not to stick in the photos I get all the time even though they're designed to be cut up and shared - the majority of mine are on boards and in frames. And also scanned and up on facebook...!

My handwriting has got really messy recently! I always go through a period where I get lazy and make tons of mistakes and hate the way I write! But when I write neatly, my writing resembles my parents', especially my dad's in the way I loop my descenders and connect letters like s and h. So I think that's kind of neat ^_^ And I adore fountain pens, but I usually keep a ton of spare books on hand for my next journal and test ALL THE INKS in them before I commit...
May. 13th, 2014 01:35 am (UTC)
Aw I love it!

Do you always finish journals or sometimes move to a new one before the old one is done?

I'm learning Japanese at the mo - your writing is so neat!

May. 13th, 2014 01:53 am (UTC)
I've overcome my journal ADD to some extent - I used to be really bad and jump to a new notebook within a month! Right now, I usually give my journals a... lifespan, I guess? Especially in the beginning, I go through the pages and estimate how many I think I will use in a month, usually splitting the journal in three or in half, and so allot myself two or three months per journal and this makes it sound like my ADD has turned into OCD! Sometimes I run under or over, but this is the general rule. But sometimes I start to get to the end of the book, and... you know, the pages are running out, so writing on the right side isn't as luscious and cushiony as it was in the beginning, and between stick-ins and so on writing on the left feels kind of weird, so I usually start falling a little out of love with a journal towards the end. In general, though, I try to write until the end, or with five pages or so to spare, before I change journals.

Pff, my Japanese. The international centre here runs an intensive ten-day course twice a year, and apparently since 2013 I have earned a reputation amongst all the teachers as being, "Helena-san. You know. The one with all the notes." But I make a lot of mistakes, especially when I started, and especially with kanji. Kanji are the bane of, if not my life, then my N2 studies ._.
May. 14th, 2014 12:53 am (UTC)
Hehe, I used to start new journals all the time for the same reasons, but something "clicked" a while back and I now am reasonably good at finishing them up before starting a new one. Unless something bad happens, then I tend to want a clean start!

Do you have a big box you keep all your journals in?

Aw! Well I'm only on hiragana and katakana right now and Kanji looks like a complete nightmare! So I don't blame you for finding it difficult! Did you learn much Japanese before you went over there, or did you do most of your learning there?

May. 15th, 2014 09:03 pm (UTC)
I always love seeing your updates, there's so much packed into your journals!!
Jun. 20th, 2014 04:52 pm (UTC)
Your journal is so beautiful. Thank you much for sharing it with us. I really like the book itself- what brand name is it? I would love to find one similar (even the color is nice).
Jun. 21st, 2014 02:00 am (UTC)
The book is from Paperchase in the UK - it's their own moleskine knock-off; a tad cheaper and with better paper! I can't really say where you could get one, short of looking out for moleskine knock-offs yourself. This one was just shy of a5 , but bigger than your average moleskine!
Jul. 1st, 2014 05:37 pm (UTC)
Hey thanks for the follow up info! Such a pretty book.
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