Elementary Christmas Cards 小学校クリスマスカード


Today after teaching a Christmas lesson to one of my favorite 3rd year classes at my elementary, the kids took me by surprise!
Soon as i finished the farewell, they all ran up to me at once pushing dozens of Christmas cards they had written for me into my hands!


I thought this one was cute. My Japanese isn’t amazing but it basically says.

Dear Daniel,
English classes are fun, even though I don’t understand any English at all!
I now understand because the explanation was clear.
Please continue to teach me in the future.

All of the feels!

Elementary School Disaster Drill Day


Today at my Tuesday shougakkou we had a 避難訓練 (disaster drill), after a speah from the visiting fire fighters. The ‘Kobe City Fire Band’ put on a brass band concert for the students, mid way through the set the conductor asked the kids if they like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu before suddenly started busting out Ninjari Bang Bang めっちゃびっくりした!

Check it out below for all the crazy goodness!

Toy Making Class! おもちゃランドを作ろう

So today at my crazy tiny elementary school, I was invited to attend ‘toy making class’ with my favourite 3年生 (third grade). I’ve done this once before a couple months ago when we make aki 秋 (autumn) themed toys out of the seasonal fair (think acorns and leaves), however today’s subject was rika 理解 (science class) and since the children were learning about じしゃく (magnets) their toys were themed accordingly.


Here are a couple of the meccha kawaii games and toys they put together, the ones above were all filled with magnets which could be manipulated by other magnets on sticks (in this case the cat chases the giant mouse)


This guy was a lil race track, the kid made a dozen of these little cars to choose from and gave them all crazy names like ロケットカー(rocket car), スズメバチカー (wasp car) and 宇宙カー (space car), unfortunately I didn’t get a shot of it but he later made a giant paper toilet so store them in XD


The photo above features a paper fishing game, a couple of the girls made lil fishing rods out of hashi 箸 (chopsticks) with magnets tied at the end of a piece of string, the various sea fauna had paper-clips to attract them!

20130226-午後030217.jpgAt lunch time they set up a spare room with all the games and had a little carnival for the students in the other year levels to come play. Needless to say today was a good day!


Kyuushoku Will Be The Death Of Me (Literally)

So yesterday I sat down for kyuushoku 給食 (school lunch) at one of my shougakko 小学校 (elementary schools), only to be once again I was presented with the regular run of the mill horrors that they deem appropriate to feed to children.


Milk, bread, fruit and a mystery dish. Luckily I was able to give away everything but the mystery soup to the students around me but admitted defeat and began to eat the stew.
As I was chewing I thought to myself, ‘huh this chicken sure has a strange taste and flavour’ several seconds later as my esophagus began to contract it dawned on me that maybe this wasn’t chicken…… I was in anaphylactic shock!

Stumbling to the teacher I pulled out my dictionary clumsily typing in the word for what I though I was eating, hotate 帆立 (scallops) which I am frightfully allergic to!

Not realizing my impending doom, ignorance sensei smiled and nodded as I asked if this was what I was eating.
Suddenly it dawned on me, if I didn’t get some adrenalin in me in the next 10 minutes I was probably going to die!!


Running from the classroom I headed to the nurses office in what I remember as a blur and tried to find the words to ask her to call an ambulance.

Next thing I know paramedics have me on a stretcher and a mask rushing me to a nearby hospital! Luckily my kocho-sensei 校長先生 (school principal) came alongside me, but as she speaks no English it was really only for moral support.

Rushing through tragic 5 minutes later they had me in an emergency room, no one was communicating with me, the world was spinning around in a haze, I was in panic, lost in my own mind.
Suddenly there was a catheter in my arm pumping me full of god knows what, I remember the doctor injecting 5 or 6 additional solutions into it.
Then they pulled down my pants and shoved a needle in my thigh!

Adrenalin pumped through my veins, seconds passed, i came back from planet crazy, the world made sense again, I couldn’t think before as I wasn’t breathing! I managed to find the words to ask what had happened, the doctor told me I could have died and to lie down and relax.


I closed my eyes and woke up some time later, I reached for my phone, there were dozens of messages from my worried family and friends! Whatever they had pumped me full of was making me hella drowsy, but the adrenalin was making it seem like my heart was running 100miles and hour, I was shaking, I couldn’t make sense of what had happened.


I’m really lucky to have some really amazing friends here in Kobe as before I knew it 3 of my closest Kobpanions (I’m a master of puns) were there at my bedside, all having left work immediately and jumped in cabs when they heard I was in trouble!

So it seems my valentines present was the gift of life, living to see tomorrow sure beats the giri choco I got XD


Here was a lil thank you card I drew them in gratitude for their support ❤
Barbie, Richy, Sandy lurvessssss yew!

小学校サッカーロボ (Elementary School Soccer Robots)


Just spent the last 90 minutes building and playing with サッカーロボ (soccer robots) in rika 理解 (science class) with a couple dozen 10 year olds at my Tuesday elementary school, pretty much had the best time ever!


Satsumaimo さつま芋 Surprise


やった Kyoto-sensei 教頭先生 (Vice Principal) at one of my shougakkou 小学校 (Elementary School) just tapped me on the shoulder shoved a large paper bag into my hands and grumbled ‘Daniel sensei presento’. Peering inside I discovered half a dozen roasted satsumaimo さつま芋 (sweet potatoes). Omnomnom, so much for my diet (^。^)